National Sports

Donald dominates in Rams 39-10 victory over 49ers

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Donald ripped the ball out of Matt Breida's hands to set up one touchdown. He harassed C.J. Beathard with four sacks and several other hits that helped shut down San Francisco's offense. Donald's dominance helped improve ...

Former NFL player Rae Carruth out of prison after 18 years

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer Rae Carruth is a free man. The former NFL wide receiver was released from prison Monday after serving more than 18 years for conspiring to murder the mother of his unborn child. The Carolina Panthers' 1997 first-round draft pick was released from Sampson ...

Kershaw works out in shorts on chilly night at Fenway

BOSTON (AP) — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw got an early look at Fenway Park, working out in shorts in the bullpen ahead of Tuesday night's World Series opener. The Dodgers arrived in Boston on Sunday, a day after winning the NL pennant. Kershaw tossed a perfect ninth inning in a 5-1 Game 7 ...

Several 2017 playoff teams are underachieving this year

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer If anyone figured the 2018 NFL season would emulate 2017, they have positive proof through seven weeks that just isn't so. Sure, the Patriots are an AFC power, even though they aren't overpowering anybody, and the Chiefs again won their first five games ...

OSU’s Haskins racks up big yardage in big loss to Purdue

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins set career highs in completions and passing yards, and he even connected on 67.1 percent of his throws. That Haskins did all that in a 49-20 loss at Purdue was further proof that trying to win by going almost exclusively through ...

Browns lose another close one, this time to Buccaneers

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Hue Jackson figured there was no way the Cleveland Browns were going to lose. Not on a 59-yard field goal in overtime. The coach was surprised the Tampa Bay Buccaneers even gave Chandler Catanzaro the opportunity, risking giving his team ...

Brady, Patriots hang on against Bears, win fourth straight

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are stacking up the victories and that's what matters most to them. As for the aesthetics, they'll keep working on that. "We need to make improvements," Brady said. "I think the more we're on the ...

Bengals struggle to keep up with high-flying Chiefs in loss

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals knew that with a banged-up defense facing the NFL's highest-scoring offense, there was a good chance they'd have to simply outscore the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night. They barely outscored the Chiefs' ...

NBA suspends Ingram, Rondo, Paul in Lakers-Rockets dustup

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lakers teammates Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul of the Rockets were suspended without pay Sunday for an on-court fight, with Paul taking the heaviest financial hit. Ingram was suspended four games, Rondo will sit out three ...

Panthers rally with 21 fourth-quarter points to beat Eagles

By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cam Newton tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen with 1:22 left and the Carolina Panthers overcame a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 21-17 on Sunday. Julius Peppers sacked Carson Wentz, forcing a ...

Dodgers-Red Sox: Rich histories, but little crossover

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson and the Boys of Summer. Ted Williams to Yaz and the Impossible Dream. Manny Ramirez. Pedro Martinez. Bill Buckner. Fenway Franks and Dodger Dogs. Ebbets Field, the Green Monster. "Sweet Caroline" or "I Love L.A." Yet for all ...

Purdue routs No. 2 Ohio State 49-20, shakes up CFP chase

By The Associated Press WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — D.J. Knox rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns, David Blough threw for three more scores and Purdue shook up the College Football Playoff chase with a 49-20 blowout of No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday night. The Boilermakers (4-3, 3-1 Big ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Michigan is B1G’s best; Tide-Tigers IV?

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer There is no more reason to hedge on Jim Harbaugh's team. No. 6 Michigan is the Big Ten's best right now and will enter November as a very real College Football Playoff contender after it smothered No. 24 Michigan State on Saturday and No. 2 Ohio ...

Fight in LeBron’s home Lakers debut, 124-115 loss to Houston

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Once the fists started flying late in the fourth quarter, LeBron James' home debut with the Los Angeles Lakers was relegated to the undercard. A wild multiplayer fight that included the normally mild-mannered Chris Paul and Brandon Ingram ...

Andrade beats Kautondokwa for WBO middleweight title

BOSTON (AP) — Demetrius Andrade won the vacant World Boxing Organization middleweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Walter Kautondokwa of Namibia on Saturday night. Andrade (26-0, 16 knockouts) dropped Kautondokwa four times in the first four rounds, once in the first and ...

Fleury gets 408th career win, Golden Knights top Ducks 3-1

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury has never been one to take credit for his wins. All 408 of them. Fleury stopped 17 shots to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to their third straight victory, 3-1 over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. And with his 408th ...

No. 25 Washington State beats No. 12 Oregon 34-20

By RICKY HESTER, Associated Press PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — One of the biggest days in program history for Washington State started with a celebration outside the gates of Martin Stadium and ended with fans partying on the field. Gardner Minshew threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Dezmon Patmon ...

Defense leads No. 5 LSU past No. 22 MSU, 19-3

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Boos rained down from the Tiger Stadium stands, even as quarterback Joe Burrow kneeled to close out No. 5 LSU's latest convincing victory over a ranked opponent. It was an unusual scene spawned by an unfortunate play that could carry ...

Jayson Tatum scores 24 points, Celtics edge Knicks 103-101

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Celtics could laugh afterward, because none of Jayson Tatum's mistakes cost them. Not the missed dunk with 36 seconds left — thanks to Tatum rebounding it himself and making a tough jumper — and not his foolish foul with 1.9 ...

Agent says Usain Bolt has contract offer, coach not aware

SYDNEY (AP) — Usain Bolt's long-time agent Ricky Simms said Sunday that the eight-time Olympic sprint gold medalist had received an A-League contract offer from the Central Coast Mariners, but did not provide any further details. "In response to the media stories, yes, Usain has been offered ...