National Sports

European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leagues

By The Associated Press What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend: ___ ENGLAND Arsenal has already made its worst start to a Premier League season, although it was handed one of its toughest starts with games against defending champion Manchester City and then ...

With Froome absent, Quintana favored to win Spanish Vuelta

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Chris Froome's decision not to defend his Spanish Vuelta title and fitness concerns for other top cyclists leaves Nairo Quintana in position to claim the Grand Tour for a second time. Quintana beat Froome to win the Vuelta in 2016 ...

Davis, Orioles stumble together in historically awful season

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Cemented together by a seven-year contract, the Baltimore Orioles and Chris Davis are staggering toward the finish of a historically horrid season for both the franchise and former home run king. With 35 games to go, Davis is batting ...

By keeping it in the family, Urban Meyer tarnishes legacy

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Football coaches talk a lot about creating a family atmosphere in their programs. They walk into the homes of teenagers and tell the loved ones of each recruit: We'll make him not only a better player, but a better person. College football media ...

No. 1 Alabama enters season with 6 new coaches on sidelines

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Blue-chip players aren't the only ones who come and go on Alabama's sidelines. The Crimson Tide's success has led to a turnover on coach Nick Saban's staff as well. Saban had to recruit six assistant coaches during the offseason while ...

Ohio State suspends Meyer 3 games, says he protected protege

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State suspended coach Urban Meyer for three games on Wednesday night for mishandling repeated professional and behavioral problems of an assistant coach, with investigators finding Meyer protected his protege for years through ...

Woods-Mickelson set for pay-per-view Thanksgiving weekend

NEW YORK (AP) — The winner-take-all match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson is on. WarnerMedia says it has secured the rights for a pay-per-view event it is promoting as "The Match." It will be 18 holes between Woods and Mickelson held Thanksgiving weekend at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. ...

Ohio St suspends Meyer for 3 games for mishandled abuse case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State on Wednesday night suspended head football coach Urban Meyer three games for mishandling domestic violence accusations, punishing one of the sport’s most prominent leaders for keeping an assistant on staff for several years after the coach’s wife accused ...

Ex-Vikings Johnson, Stephen finding fit with Seahawks

By Curtis Crabtree Associated Press RENTON, Wash. (AP) — As the Seahawks try to keep their defense playing at its traditionally high level despite the absence of five former Pro Bowl selections, a pair of veteran additions from Minnesota along the defensive line could help steady the ...

Mantle’s 1964 World Series jersey auctioned for $1.3 million

By The Associated Press A Mickey Mantle jersey from the 1964 World Series has been sold at auction for $1.32 million. It was the jersey Mantle wore when he homered in Games 6 and 7 at St. Louis to give him 18 for his career, a World Series record that still stands. He also homered in Game 3 ...

Texans’ Watt eager to return, move past injury woes

HOUSTON (AP) — Nearly 11 months from his most recent NFL game, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt isn’t hiding his eagerness to get back on the field. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year hasn’t played since he suffered a broken left leg against Kansas City in Week 5 last ...

Disappointing Nats trade Murphy to Cubs, Adams to Cards

WASHINGTON (AP) — Essentially throwing in the towel on a disappointing season, the Washington Nationals traded second baseman Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs and first baseman Matt Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. Despite a roster that boasts such stars as Max Scherzer and ...

Adrian Peterson ready for his next move with Redskins

By Benjamin Standig Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Adrian Peterson believes he still has something left. The 33-year-old running back had his first practice with the Redskins on Tuesday, a day after signing a one-year deal with Washington. “I can give a lot. I really believe ...

Usain Bolt trains for 1st time with Central Coast Mariners

GOSFORD, Australia (AP) — Star sprinter Usain Bolt says he passed up the chance to trial with clubs in Europe before accepting an offer to trial for a professional contract with the Central Coast Mariners in Australian football's A-League. Bolt trained with the Mariners for the first time on ...

Jansen gives up 2 HRs in return, Cards top Dodgers 5-3

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Since the calendar turned to August, the St. Louis Cardinals have been on a tear. They kept it up against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, who allowed ninth-inning homers to Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter in his return from the disabled list ...

Pick 6: Some old geezers to watch this season

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer Anyone who pays attention to the NFL knows that Tom Brady is 41 as he heads into the season. He's hardly the only geezer, in football terms, still on the field or hoping to be when the season kicks off next month. Indeed, Brady isn't even close to the ...

LEADING OFF: Stanton returns to Miami, Altuve off the DL

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: SOUTH BEACH STANTON Giancarlo Stanton returns to Marlins Park for the first time since Miami traded him to the New York Yankees in December. Stanton spent his first eight years with the Marlins and was the NL MVP ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Handling preseason expectations

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Broadly speaking, a team that starts the season in the Top 25 and finishes it unranked has had a disappointing season, failing to meet expectations. The converse is likely to be true as well. Critics of preseason polls complain about setting ...

Mets botch popup in 13th, Giants wind up with 2-1 win

By ADRY TORRES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Mets left fielder Dominic Smith readily took the blame for plowing into shortstop Amed Rosario on the potential inning-ending play in the 13th inning that ended up costing his team the game. Smith, a highly touted prospect who has been ...

Ravens crash Luck’s homecoming with 20-19 preseason win

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens spoiled Andrew Luck's Indianapolis homecoming. They picked him off before allowing a completion, and Terrell Suggs nearly chopped the ball out of Luck's hands on a sack. The Ravens then secured a 20-19 preseason win ...