National Sports

NL West-leading Rockies beat Nats to lock up playoff berth

By The Associated Press DENVER (AP) — The NL West-leading Colorado Rockies locked up a playoff berth for the second straight season, beating the Washington Nationals 5-2 on Friday night for their eighth win in a row behind a resilient start from Kyle Freeland. David Dahl homered for the fifth ...

LEADING OFF: Yanks try for HR record, Wright closes career

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: BRONX BOMBERS The New York Yankees take aim at baseball's single-season home run record, a day after tying the mark of 264 set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners. The Yankees connected four times Friday night in Boston, with ...

Excitement builds ahead of Ryder Cup

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — With the sun beating down on Le Golf National, European and American players are getting in their final practice before the start of the Ryder Cup. Tiger Woods might be taking it easy, though. Woods chose not to take a tee shot in front of thousands ...

WVU-Texas Tech matches top Big 12 QBs, a senior and freshman

By The Associated Press GAME OF THE WEEK No 12 West Virginia (3-0, 1-0 Big 12) at No. 25 Texas Tech (3-1, 1-0). Will Grier, the senior Heisman Trophy hopeful for the Mountaineers, goes against the only Big 12 quarterback throwing for more yards per game — Red Raiders true freshman Alan ...

Stage set for another thriller between Ohio St, Penn St

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 4 Ohio State at No. 9 Penn State The highest-scoring teams in the nation meet Saturday night in State College, Pennsylvania, and the winner will gain the inside track in the Big Ten ...

New Coaches: Trotz takes Cup-winning experience to Islanders

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer While the Washington Capitals are watching their Stanley Cup banner rise to the rafters, Barry Trotz will be fresh off a plane in North Carolina, preparing for his own season opener. Trotz guided the Capitals to their first title last season and in winning ...

LEADING OFF: Rockies, Cubs try to improve playoff position

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ROCK 'EM Colorado has won six in row, boosting its playoff position. The NL West leaders aim for a four-game sweep when they take on the Phillies at Coors Field, having outscored them 34-4 so far in the series. ...

Whiff of offense: Ks top hits, lowest average since ’72

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The most-heard sound at major league ballparks this year was "Strike three!" A whiff of offense would be nice rather than all those nights filled with nonstop whiffs. Strikeouts are likely to exceed hits over a full season for the first ...

Diamondbacks drop Dodgers to second in NL West with 7-2 win

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers picked a bad time to have their first losing streak in two weeks. Plagued by another night of missed opportunities and Ross Stripling's shaky start, the Dodgers lost 7-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night ...

Cubs clinch 4th straight playoff spot, top Pirates 7-6 in 10

By JOHN JACKSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo thought he'd caught the foul ball. Many others at Wrigley Field, meanwhile, thought about Steve Bartman. Despite a play that reminded Cubs fans of what went wrong many years ago, Chicago wound up clinching its fourth straight ...

Banter early, pressure late in Ryder Cup

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — The Ryder Cup begins with banter and laughs. The pressure comes later. The Europeans haven't lost on home soil in 25 years. Half of their team was in America on Sunday for the Tour Championship won by Tiger Woods. ...

LEADING OFF: Astros, Cubs can clinch; Wright makes comeback

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ON THE CUSP Houston can clinch its second consecutive AL West title — and a best-of-five playoff matchup against Cleveland — with a win at Toronto and an Oakland loss in Seattle. Rookie right-hander Josh James ...

Athletics clinch playoff berth with Rays’ loss to Yankees

SEATTLE (AP) — The Oakland Athletics clinched their first playoff berth in four years Monday night, earning at least an American League wild card when the Tampa Bay Rays lost to the New York Yankees. Following three straight last-place finishes in the AL West, the A's found out just a couple ...

As training camps open, here’s 10 NBA stories worth noting

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — Training camps for most NBA teams open Tuesday, and with the season fast approaching, here's 10 items of note as the league heads into the 2018-19 campaign: ___ JIMMY BUTLER As media days were ending Monday, Jimmy Butler was still with ...

Kershaw, Dodgers beat D-backs 7-4 to maintain NL West lead

By JOSE M. ROMERO, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Matt Kemp needled teammate Manny Machado in a happy Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse after Monday night's 7-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving the star slugger a hard time for not running full speed out of the batter's box while ...

Brewers beat Cardinals 6-4 to open 3-game wild-card lead

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — A chuckling Eric Thames said it felt so good he almost ripped third base out of the ground and hoisted it above his head. A lot of that going around for Milwaukee these days. Thames tripled and scored on reliever Bud Norris' throwing error in ...

Roethlisberger shines, Steelers hold off Buccaneers 30-27

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It was not the way Ben Roethlisberger would draw it up, but the Pittsburgh Steelers will take it. In desperate need of a win, the two-time defending AFC North champions capped a tumultuous week in which star receiver Antonio Brown made ...

Taillon outpitches Hamels, Pirates beat Cubs 5-1

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Cole Hamels gave the Chicago Cubs something to celebrate when he hit his second career home run. They'll have to wait at least another day for a playoff party. Jameson Taillon outpitched Hamels, Francisco Cervelli hit a two-run homer and ...

Red Sox beat Orioles 6-2 to clinch home field through Series

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox were still shaking hands on the field when the "106" went up in the win column of the AL East standings that are posted on the Green Monster. Scoreboards flashed "106 Wins." Fans waved signs to celebrate breaking a record that has ...

Kluber wins his 20th as Indians beat White Sox 4-0

By PATRICK ROSE, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Corey Kluber spread the credit for his first 20-win season, and admitted it's "a nice, round number." Kluber struck out 11 in seven scoreless innings and won his 20th, and Brandon Guyer hit a go-ahead solo homer in the seventh inning as the ...