National Sports

Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies at 49

By KAREL JANICEK, Associated Press PRAGUE (AP) — Jana Novotna, who won the hearts of the tennis world by sobbing on the shoulder of a member of the British royal family after a tough loss in the Wimbledon final, has died at the age of 49. The WTA announced Novotna's death on Monday. The ...

Juniors unite: Close friends Earnhardt, Truex celebrate

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. chugged another beer, left his crew guys on pit road after a nearly hour-long post-race party and bolted for the championship stage. He had another celebration ahead with one of his best buddies in ...

Trump: NFL should suspend Oakland Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the NFL should suspend Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch. Lynch sat during most of the U.S. anthem and stood for the Mexican anthem before Sunday's game against the Patriots at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Lynch hasn't stood for the ...

Jerry Jones dishes on Goodell as Cowboys lose sans Elliott

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have lost both games without Ezekiel Elliott, and owner Jerry Jones is still trying to explain what the six-game suspension for his star running back has to do with his objections over a contract extension ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Status quo before final playoff push

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Almost nothing changed in The Associated Press college football poll this weekend. A remarkably uneventful week produced little movement in Sunday's Top 25 . If you liked how the voters had the Top 25 last week, well, you'll probably be fine with ...

Colorado ski season: Mountain coasters, Olympic fun and more

By The Associated Press Colorado's ski resorts are getting ready for winter with mountain coasters, new lifts and amenities plus celebrations themed on the Winter Olympic Games. The mountain coasters are gravity-driven roller coasters with dips, waves and loops, designed for skiers and ...

LeBron James scores 39 points, Cavs beat Clippers in OT

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 39 points, Kevin Love added 25 and the Cleveland Cavaliers won their fourth straight, 118-113 in overtime over the skidding Los Angeles Clippers Friday night. Love made a pair of 3-pointers in OT, when the Cavs outscored the Clippers 13-8. Dwyane Wade ...

Chargers QB Rivers practices again, questionable for Sunday

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is listed as questionable for Los Angeles’ game against Buffalo on Sunday due to a concussion. Rivers is still progressing through the NFL’s concussion protocol after he reported symptoms of a head injury on Monday. Rivers ...

Brady, Patriots heading for greater heights in Mexico

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Tom Brady, fresh off his NFL-record 86th road win, is ready to take the New England Patriots to new heights, namely Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium, where they’ll face the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. “I’m excited for it. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” ...

After friend’s death, Brown fuels Celtics win over Warriors

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Hours before the Celtics took the court Thursday night to protect their winning streak against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, Jaylen Brown was walking around in a fog. Boston's second-year forward was not even thinking ...

Roethlisberger throws 4 TDs, Steelers drill Titans 40-17

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Another uninspiring half in the books in a season littered with them for a team that expects to play deep into January and beyond, Ben Roethlisberger decided he had seen enough. So the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback decided it was time to ...

Astros’ Altuve wins AL MVP, Marlins’ Stanton earns NL honor

By JAKE SEINER, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros have grown together, enduring an arduous rebuild and coming out the other side among baseball's best. These days, nobody is standing taller. Altuve won the American League MVP award Thursday, towering over ...

New $1.6B Atlanta stadium rises; now old one to be destroyed

By JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's new $1.6 billion stadium — home to the NFL's Falcons and the city's hugely popular pro soccer team — has successfully risen, despite a series of construction delays over its complex retractable roof. Now, the dome next door that ...

Truex and team balanced numerous setbacks in dream season

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The Phil Collins song "In the Air Tonight" blasted through the Furniture Row Racing shop as the employees loaded their championship-contending race car for the long trip from Colorado to Homestead-Miami Speedway. Some crew members ...

Trump to host NCAA champs, So Carolina women decline invite

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will host college sports championship teams at the White House on Friday, although the South Carolina women's basketball team declined the invitation. The White House says 18 NCAA teams will attend a reception at the ...

Allen leads No. 1 Duke past No. 2 Michigan State 88-81

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Forget about Marvin Bagley III and the rest of Duke's talented freshmen for a moment. Grayson Allen can play a little, too. Allen scored a career-high 37 points, Trevon Duval had 17 points and 10 assists, and the top-ranked Blue Devils beat No. ...

Papa John’s apologizes for criticizing NFL anthem protests

By The Associated Press Papa John's apologized Tuesday night for comments made by CEO John Schnatter blaming sluggish pizza sales on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. The company is a major NFL sponsor and advertiser, and Schnatter said on an earnings call Nov. 1 that "NFL ...

The Pistons are 10-3, and might be the surprise of the NBA

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer The Detroit Pistons are heading on the road for a few days, so maybe someone will see them play. They've certainly been worth watching. Detroit's 10-3 start, good for No. 2 in the Eastern Conference standings, is one of the biggest good surprises in the ...

Crosby, Sheary lead Penguins past Sabres 5-4 in OT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby ended a long goal drought and assisted on Conor Sheary's winner 16 seconds into overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 on Tuesday night. Crosby scored his sixth of the season, Sheary had a pair of goals and Patric Hornqvist added one ...