National Sports

Team Sky’s future in doubt after broadcaster pulls backing

By ROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LONDON (AP) — The future of the most successful cycling team of the last decade was put in doubt Wednesday when Sky announced its withdrawal from the sport following the European pay TV giant's takeover by American company Comcast. Team Sky, which had a rider ...

A look at the unbeaten and the winless in college basketball

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer Just more than a month after the season started, there are only nine unbeaten teams left in Division I men's college basketball. And it's a similar story at the other end of the spectrum: Only five teams have yet to win a game. Getting this far without a loss ...

Sorry, Seattle: NHL GMs learned from Vegas expansion draft

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Hindsight is 43/35 for the Columbus Blue Jackets. That's how many goals and assists William Karlsson put up for the Vegas Golden Knights after the Blue Jackets let him go in the most recent NHL expansion draft. They also sent first- and second-round draft ...

Column: It’s time for the shift to go

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ask baseball managers what they think about the dreaded shift, and most of them have the same answer. It's not a problem if the hitters don't make it one. "There's an easy way to combat that," Oakland's Bob Melvin said. "Just hit the ...

Forbes’ double-double fuels Spurs by Suns 111-86

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Bryn Forbes was happy to finally earn the first double-double of his basketball career, and even happier that it came in another San Antonio Spurs victory grounded in defense. Forbes had a season-high 24 points and a career-best 11 ...

Serge Ibaka, Raptors cruise past Clippers 123-99

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Serge Ibaka had 25 points and nine rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors cruised past the Los Angeles Clippers 123-99 on Tuesday night without injured Kawhi Leonard. Kyle Lowry added 21 points, making four of the Raptors' 14 3-pointers. Leonard sat ...

Ovi’s 21st hat trick helps Caps to 6-2 rout of Red Wings

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his 21st hat trick and first this season to lift the Washington Capitals over the Detroit Red Wings 6-2 on Tuesday night. Ovechkin entered the night as the NHL's goal leader and stretched his total to 25 through 30 games, ...

Chiefs supplant Rams atop AP Pro32 poll; Steelers fall to 10

By SIMMI BUTTAR, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes has had a special season so far. A league-leading 43 touchdown passes. A no-look pass against the Baltimore Ravens. And he has led the Chiefs to the top of latest AP Pro32 poll . The Chiefs received seven of ...

Roethlisberger OK, Boswell not as Steelers weigh changes

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger's ribs are bruised but not broken. The Pittsburgh Steelers believe the same could be said about their wildly uneven season. Roethlisberger believes he'll play on Sunday when New England visits Heinz Field, one of the few ...

Harden scores 29 to lead Rockets past Blazers 111-103

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets' bench came to the rescue twice Tuesday night, and the second time made the difference. James Harden had 29 points and seven Rockets scored in double-figures as Houston used a big second-half run and snapped a three-game losing streak with a 111-103 victory ...

Penn ends No. 17 Villanova’s city supremacy in 78-75 win

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phil Booth took the potential tying shot with hands that have slipped on two Villanova national championship rings, and a tick of the clock suddenly seemed endless. "The ball seemed like it was up there for way too long," Penn forward AJ ...

AP source: McCutchen, Phillies agree to $50M, 3-year deal

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $50 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity ...

Banged-up Nuggets sign veteran Nick Young

DENVER (AP) — The banged-up Denver Nuggets have signed veteran guard Nick Young under the injury hardship relief exception granted by the NBA. Young spent last season with Golden State, where he appeared in 80 games and averaged 7.3 points. He's also played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los ...

4th Redskins QB starter of season prepped with ‘Madden NFL’

By Howard Fendrich Pro Football Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — This is what it's come to for the Washington Redskins: Their fourth quarterback of a once-promising, now-lost season, Josh Johnson, will be making his first NFL start since 2011 and spent time playing the "Madden NFL" video game to ...

Warriors named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of Year

By JOE REEDY, AP Sports Writer The three-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors are the fourth team to be honored as Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year . The Warriors join the 1980 U.S. hockey team, the 1999 U.S. Women's World Cup soccer squad and the 2004 Boston Red Sox as the ...

Boswell’s missed FG sends Steelers to 24-21 loss to Raiders

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A Pittsburgh Steelers team that kept finding ways to win during a six-game winning streak now has fallen short at the end for a third straight game. A slick field that led to kicker Chris Boswell losing his footing on a potential ...

Column: Across USA, cheers. In New England, shocked silence

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer In viewing areas across America, from sports bars to living rooms, explosive cheers rang out. Throughout New England, shocked silence. Whether the way the Patriots-Dolphins game ended is worthy of being dubbed the South Beach Stunner or South Beach ...

NFL ICYMI: Good as Belichick is, Pats erred on Miami Miracle

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Bill Belichick is universally recognized as one of the best coaches — if not THE best coach — in NFL history, and he owns the Super Bowl titles to prove it. That doesn't mean he — or his entire New England Patriots staff — is ...

Baines surprised by Hall of Fame election

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Harold Baines answered the phone and learned he was a Hall of Famer. "Very shocked," he admitted. So were many others around the baseball world. In fact, in the hours after his selection by a Hall-picked panel was announced Sunday at the ...

Goff, Rams shut down by Bears in 15-6 loss

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Jared Goff was born in California and played his college ball for California before beginning his pro career in Southern California with the Los Angeles Rams. The Golden State kid looked a little lost in the Windy City. Harassed by Chicago's ...