National Sports

Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7 in ALCS

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander remained perfect with the Houston Astros, pitching seven shutout innings when they needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs during a 7-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night that extended the AL Championship Series to a ...

Morgan, Rapinoe lift US soccer past South Korea 3-1

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz prolonged their recent scoring binges for the United States, while Megan Rapinoe showcased her knack for exposing weaknesses in even the most technically sound defenses. Morgan scored in a fourth straight game, ...

Rare Jackie Robinson rookie jersey up for auction

By VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A rare jersey from Jackie Robinson's historic rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers 70 years ago could be available for someone with a few spare millions. The jersey, part of a Heroes of Sports offering by Heritage Auctions, has been ...

No. 2 Penn State faces No. 19 Michigan with high stakes

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer This team is back. That team is back. The practice of proclaiming that a struggling traditional college football power has returned to elite status after a big win is fraught with false steps. The truth is that a return to glory can rarely be ...

Pitt, Duke look to reverse slumps in ACC Coastal matchup

By JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Both Pittsburgh and Duke can take solace in one thing: One of them has to win Saturday. The Panthers visit the Blue Devils in a matchup of slumping Coastal Division teams. Duke (4-3, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) has lost three ...

Second SkyCam to be used on “Sunday Night Football”

By The Associated Press NBC will unveil a second SkyCam for Sunday night's Super Bowl rematch between the Patriots and Falcons at Gillette Stadium that will provide views from on high. The original SkyCam used for games flies anywhere from 12 feet to 40 feet above the playing field. The high ...

Dodgers rout Cubs 11-1 in NLCS Game 5, move on to World Series

CHICAGO (AP) — Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making. Fueled by Hernandez's home run trilogy, Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers are finally going to the World Series. Hernandez homered three times and drove in seven runs, Kershaw ...

Thunder take down Knicks; Raptors stop Bulls

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook had a triple-double and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 105-84 on Thursday night in their first regular-season game with All-Star additions Paul George and Carmelo Anthony Westbrook, the NBA MVP last season when he averaged a ...

Panthers’ QB Cam Newton opts not to speak with reporters

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has declined to speak to reporters for the second consecutive day. Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said Thursday the former league MVP gave no explanation as to why he wouldn’t participate in his weekly news conference prior to ...

Hayward, Lin out for year, and many others in NBA are ailing

MIAMI (AP) — Brooklyn’s Jeremy Lin was horrified to see what happened to Gordon Hayward, whose season almost certainly ended in a most disturbing fashion five minutes into the Celtics’ season-opener. A night later, Lin met a similar fate. Here’s some of what should be celebrated from ...

Big Ten expands conference basketball schedules next season

NEW YORK (AP) — Big Ten basketball came to the Big Apple on Thursday for media day and a look at Madison Square Garden, where the conference will hold its tournament in March. “This is the mecca of basketball,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “It always has been. And I think it ...

US women’s hockey team gets Wilma Rudolph Courage Award

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. women's hockey team received the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award on Wednesday night at the Salute to Women in Sports hosted by the Women's Sports Foundation. In April, the hockey team won its fourth consecutive world title and seventh in eight tries. The U.S. beat Canada ...

Nets’ Lin expected to miss season with right knee injury

NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a ruptured patella tendon of the right knee. Lin was hurt midway through the fourth quarter of the Nets' 140-131 loss at Indiana on Wednesday in their opener. He landed hard behind the ...

Underclassman running backs fuel Big 12 attacks

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer The running game has become increasingly important in the Big 12 this season — with a host of talented young backs leading the way. Seven of the league's top 10 rushers were underclassmen as the league reached the midway point of the season, led by ...

IOC expects decisions on Russian doping cases next month

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer Investigators at the International Olympic Committee expect to have "a number" of doping cases involving Russians at the Sochi Olympics resolved by the end of November, but they have no plans to dictate the eligibility of these athletes for next year's Winter ...

Buckeyes’ progress pleases Meyer as Penn State game looms

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A month ago some Ohio State faithful urged the benching of quarterback J.T. Barrett because of the anemic passing game. Now he's being talked about as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate. It's been all good lately for the fifth-year ...

LEADING OFF: Dodgers seek sweep; Yanks try to solve Keuchel

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BRING OUT THE BROOMS One win from their first World Series appearance in 29 years, the Los Angeles Dodgers go for a four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Championship Series at Wrigley Field (9:08 ...

Rockets rally to spoil defending champion Warriors return

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Confetti began to fall and the Golden State Warriors thought they had pulled off a wild opening-night win. The Houston Rockets emphatically signaled otherwise — insisting that Kevin Durant's baseline jumper had swished through the ...

Former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino sues Adidas

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino is suing Adidas and says the sportswear maker "outrageously conspired" to funnel money to the family of a Cardinal recruit without his knowledge. Pitino's lawsuit filed Tuesday comes a day after Louisville's Athletic Association ...

Furyk to invite Americans to see Ryder Cup course in France

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer Le Golf National outside Paris, the host course of the Ryder Cup next year, has been part of the European Tour schedule since 1991 and last year was the 25th time it has held the French Open. So along with the European crowd, that's one big advantage for the ...