National Sports

Royals hold off Twins til end 7-6

By Mike Cook Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Moustakas homered for the first time since mid-August, Brandon Moss also went deep and Kansas City held off Minnesota 7-6 on Friday night. Melky Cabrera tied a season-high with four hits for the Royals, who won for just the second ...

Dolphins bury Vikings in preseason finale

By Jon Krawczynski AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jakeem Grant caught four passes for 141 yards and a touchdown and the Miami Dolphins wrapped up the preseason with a 30-9 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night. David Fales completed 9 of 15 passes for 139 yards and ...

Gophers grind out 17-7 win vs. Buffalo in Fleck’s debut

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tyler Johnson had a 61-yard touchdown reception from Conor Rhoda in the first quarter to give Minnesota a spark in coach P.J. Fleck’s first game, and the Gophers grinded out a 17-7 victory over Buffalo in the season opener on Thursday ...

Hop-off winner: Kepler HBP in 9th, Twins top White Sox 5-4

By Mike Cook Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Max Kepler took one for the team — and wound up with a hop-off winner for the Minnesota Twins. Kepler was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Twins rallied to beat the Chicago ...

Alabama-Florida St, Florida-Michigan highlight SEC schedule

By The Associated Press Here are a few things to watch during the opening week of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 17 Florida vs. No. 11 Michigan. A lot of eyes will be on the Alabama-Florida State game — and rightfully so — but a better barometer of ...

Federer seeks 80th US Open victory, Nadal also in action

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Federer looks for his 80th U.S. Open victory, while Rafael Nadal also is in second-round action. A number of players will be on the court for a second straight day Thursday after almost all of Tuesday's action was postponed by ...

Last year’s backup QB says he ready to be Clemson’s starter

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Kelly Bryant believes he is prepared to Clemson's starting quarterback and is ready to keep the Tigers playing at a national championship-level. Tiger fans will be watching intently for any slip ups by 6-foot-3, 215-pound ...

Appeal hearing for Cowboys’ Elliott over after 2-plus days

NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott's hearing on the appeal of his six-game suspension over a domestic violence case ended Thursday after 2 1/2 days. According to the labor agreement, Arbitrator Harold Henderson must rule on the NFL's punishment "as soon as practicable." The ...

Pac-12 adds new measures to shorten football games

By John Marshall AP Sports Writer College football has a time problem and the Pac-12 Conference is taking steps to fix it. The conference announced this summer that it will reduce halftimes in an effort to shorten what have been increasingly long football games. It revealed more details of ...

Timberwolves hire Roth to coach Iowa G-League team

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have named Scott Roth as the coach of the inaugural Iowa Wolves G-League team. The Timberwolves announced the hiring on Wednesday. Roth will oversee coaching of the team after the Timberwolves purchased the minor league team in Des ...

Amid floods, Astros to return home Saturday to face Mets

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros are coming home and will open a three-game series against the New York Mets on Saturday. The Astros had to relocate their series against the Texas Rangers this week to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, because of catastrophic flooding in the ...

Cut by Browns, Haden signs 3-year deal with Steelers

By Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Haden needed a job, a change of scenery and a chance at a Super Bowl. The Pittsburgh Steelers were more than happy to give the longtime Cleveland Browns cornerback a shot at all three. The Steelers signed Haden to a three-year ...

Lynx top Fever 80-69 for 6th 25-win season in 7 years

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Maya Moore scored 18 points, Sylvia Fowles had 12 points and 13 rebounds for her 19th double-double, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 80-69 on Wednesday night. Minnesota (25-7) won its 25th game for the sixth time in seven years and moved a game in front of ...

After playing games, Wolverines, Gators set to play a game

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Some things to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK Michigan vs. Florida, Saturday, in Arlington, Texas. There's been no shortage of gamesmanship in advance of this intersectional game. Jim Harbaugh, coach of the No. 11 Wolverines, ...

US hosts World Cup qualifier in New York area for 1st time

By SCOTT ORGERA, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. is playing a World Cup qualifier in the New York metropolitan area for the first time, a critical match against Costa Rica on Friday night at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The Americans have played plenty of matches in ...

World Cup qualifying: State of play in Europe

By The Associated Press With four rounds of qualifying remaining, all 13 European slots for the World Cup are still up for grabs. The picture should become clearer over the next week, with Germany able to secure its place at next year's tournament in Russia. The nine group winners qualify ...

Lights, camera, action: No. 1 Bama, No. 3 FSU ready to roll

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jalen Hurts is already accustomed to these kinds of games. The marquee games. The biggest matchups on the largest stage. This one pits top-ranked Alabama against No. 3 Florida State in the first-ever opening matchup of preseason ...

Canelo-GGG to MayMac fans: We’ve got a real show for you

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar De La Hoya had no desire to watch Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s victory over Conor McGregor last weekend. Neither did middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, who smirked at the idea of taking the time away from his family. "I just ...

Former Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote dies at 90

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer Jud Heathcote, who led Michigan State and Magic Johnson to the 1979 NCAA championship, has died. He was 90. The school announced Heathcote died Monday in Spokane, Washington. Spartans coach Tom Izzo was hired by Heathcote as a part-time assistant in 1983. ...

BYU-LSU moved to New Orleans because of flooding in Houston

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The BYU-LSU game will be played Saturday night at the Superdome in New Orleans after massive flooding in Houston from Hurricane Harvey forced it to be relocated from NRG Stadium. ESPN announced the move Monday. Finding a stadium to play the ...