National Sports

Francois helps Florida State escape with win over Samford

By BOB FERRANTE, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State paid Samford $500,000 looking for a guaranteed win. The Seminoles got a victory — but quite the run for their money. Deondre Francois threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score to Tre' ...

LEADING OFF: Astros seek sweep in Boston, deGrom’s Cy pitch

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: TWO DOWN... Houston tries to become the second team to sweep major league-leading Boston this season when the teams complete their three-game series on national TV. The defending World Series champion Astros took the ...

Love leads No. 10 Stanford past No. 17 USC 17-3

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — With Bryce Love and the key parts of Stanford's offense back, the Cardinal figured to be dynamic on that side of the ball. Two games into the season, the defense showed it's capable of leading the way, as well. Joey Alfieri and crew ...

No. 13 Penn State drills Pittsburgh 51-6

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The future of the rivalry between No. 13 Penn State and Pittsburgh is uncertain. There is no question about the present. The Nittany Lions have separated themselves from the Panthers. And the gap appears to be widening. Quickly. Trace ...

Elliott’s thefts help No. 8 Irish hold off Ball State 24-16

By JOHN FINERAN, Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly fell on his sword after his eighth-ranked Fighting Irish struggled offensively against Ball State in what many assumed would be a tuneup game. "I obviously didn't do a good enough job getting them up to ...

England World Cup glee punctured by homecoming loss to Spain

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer LONDON (AP) — Gareth Southgate's trademark garment has gone. England's World Cup feel-good factor also has faded. The football fervor that swept through the country during June and July was punctured by a 2-1 loss to Spain as England's homecoming that ...

Navy uses fourth-quarter rally to beat Memphis 22-21 in rain

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Because Navy relies so heavily on the run, comebacks are not exactly its specialty. So when the Midshipmen found themselves in a driving rain and trailing Memphis by 12 points in the fourth quarter, only two options remained in ...

Peoples, Jackson sharp; No. 12 Hokies beat Tribe 62-17

By HANK KURZ Jr, AP Sports Writer BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Justin Fuente said he was worried how his team would handle a quick turnaround. The No. 12 Hokies had an emotional 24-3 victory at Florida State on Monday night, then had to travel home, operate on insufficient sleep and prepare to ...

Amir Khan recovers to beat Samuel Vargas on points

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — English welterweight Amir Khan had to climb off the canvas to continue his comeback with a points win over Samuel Vargas on Saturday. In his second fight since returning to the ring after a two-year absence, Khan was knocked to the floor in the final seconds of the ...

Murray’s 5 total TDs lead No. 6 Oklahoma past UCLA 49-21

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — UCLA coach Chip Kelly believes his day against Oklahoma might have gone better with some help from the Oakland Athletics. The A's selected Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the ninth overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft. ...

Taekwondo champ Steven Lopez receives permanent ban

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Center for SafeSport has permanently banned two-time Olympic taekwondo champion Steven Lopez for sexual misconduct involving a minor. The center has been investigating Lopez for about four months and made his ban permanent Thursday night. He can appeal. He was ...

LEADING OFF: Ohtani slugging away with bad elbow, Gio debut

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: THE SHO GOES ON Shohei Ohtani doesn't need two good elbows to help the Angels. Doctors this week recommended the two-way rookie sensation have Tommy John surgery on his right pitching elbow, but Ohtani has been ...

Turpin ignites No. 16 TCU in rainy 42-12 win over rival SMU

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — If No. 16 TCU was looking ahead to a showdown with Ohio State, KaVontae Turpin snapped his fellow Horned Frogs back into the present with another speedy dash to the end zone. Turpin ignited a sluggish team by returning a punt 78 yards for a ...

Tanaka shines, Torres and McCutchen homer as Yanks blank M’s

SEATTLE (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka may be pitching himself into a start at the AL wild-card game. The Japanese right-hander struck out 10 over eight innings, Gleyber Torres and Andrew McCutchen each hit two-run homers and the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Friday ...

Astros beat Red Sox 6-3 in in a matchup of AL leaders

By The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and the Houston Astros won their sixth straight game, beating the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Friday night in a matchup of AL division leaders. The Red Sox, with the best record in the majors, ...

Kershaw efficient, Dodgers pull closer to 1st-place Rockies

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — Kenta Maeda felt something the veteran pitcher doesn't always experience — a touch of nerves. Stepping into the shoes of All-Star closer Kenley Jansen happens to be stressful work. Even more so in the heat of a division chase. Clayton Kershaw ...

No. 3 Georgia, No. 24 S. Carolina meet in SEC East showdown

By The Associated Press Here are some things to watch during the second week of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 3 Georgia at No. 24 South Carolina. It's an early-season matchup between two teams who are among the favorites to win the SEC's Eastern Division. ...

Luplow hits tiebreaking HR, Pirates beat Marlins 5-3

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — When veteran pitcher Chris Archer faltered and regular right fielder Gregory Polanco left a game Friday night against Miami with an injury, Pittsburgh turned to the kids to get the job done. Kevin Kramer recorded his first major league ...

Knee ends Nadal’s Open defense; Djokovic vs. del Potro final

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Nadal felt the pain sear into his right knee early in his U.S. Open semifinal, on what he called "a bad movement." It was a familiar pain, one that he's dealt with off-and-on for years. The defending champion looked up at his guest ...

Rams finally get Donald, Suh together on tantalizing defense

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Donald makes a joke during a break in practice, and Ndamukong Suh chuckles. Pretty soon, the entire Los Angeles Rams' defensive line is cracking up. This new defense is no laughing matter, though. Six months after the Rams ...