National Sports

Buckeyes aim for payback when Penn State visits Horseshoe

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 2 Penn State at No. 6 Ohio State. The Buckeyes have had this one circled on their calendars since Grant Haley — he of the 60-yard blocked field goal return — and an unranked ...

Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins 34-24

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night. Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a ...

World Series: How the Astros and Dodgers match up

By MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer A position-by-position look at the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers going into the World Series, starting Tuesday evening at Dodger Stadium: ___ First Base: Astros: Yuli Gurriel. The 33-year-old rookie from Cuba has made a pretty smooth ...

Baseball is hot! World Series opens in LA with high temps

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fastballs aren't the only things hitting triple digits at the World Series. This Fall Classic is going to feel like summer. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros will meet on what's expected to be a 100-degree Tuesday at Dodger ...

Simmons’ triple-double lifts 76ers over Pistons 97-86

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Four games into his NBA career, Ben Simmons already has a triple-double to his credit. And with some help from Joel Embiid, he finally led the Philadelphia 76ers to a victory. Simmons had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and Embiid ...

Fresh faces Correa, Altuve, Bellinger in World Series

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carlos Correa is such a fresh face, his first big league hit was assisted by technology. When he made his debut for Houston on June 8, 2015, Correa hit a three-hopper off White Sox ace Chris Sale and was called out by first base umpire ...

Andersen makes 36 saves as Maple Leafs top Kings 3-2

TORONTO (AP) — Matt Martin thinks his offensive statistics might be helped by his new linemate. Mitch Marner played on Toronto's fourth line for the third straight game and set up goals by Martin and Tyler Bozak, and the Maple Leafs handed the Los Angeles Kings their first regulation loss of ...

Super Bowl rematch doesn’t have a real super look

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer The rematch of the Super Bowl with a historic finish doesn't have much of a super look right now. The Patriots are 4-2 and have not cruised in any game, mainly because of a leaky defense. The Falcons are 3-2 and easily could have one win. Still, NBC ...

Curry, Thompson, Durant lead Warriors past Pelicans 128-120

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As quickly as Golden State's Klay Thompson pulled up for his seventh 3-pointer of the night, the Pelicans' packed, home-opening crowd stopped chanting, "Defense," and started looking for the nearest exits. Thompson scored 31 points, ...

Ball flirts with triple-double, Lakers hold off Suns 132-130

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — In his second NBA game, Lonzo Ball earned his first victory and almost got a triple-double to boot. Ball, the No. 2 overall draft pick who doesn't turn 20 until next Friday, had 29 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in the Los Angeles Lakers' ...

LEADING OFF: Yankees, Astros go to Game 7 in ALCS

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ GAME 7 A night after Justin Verlander extended Houston's season, the Astros and Yankees will play Game 7 of their AL Championship Series. It's the first Game 7 for either team since 2004, when New York lost ...

Michigan State’s players put on a show at Midnight Madness

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State's basketball team drew so many fans to Midnight Madness that some of them had to settle for seats without much of a view for part of the show. The Breslin Center has 14,759 seats and each seemed to be filled with ...

Strebel kicks game-winner, Air Force runs past Nevada 45-42

By Emerson Marcus, Associated Press RENO, Nev. (AP) — Timothy McVey led three Air Force rushers with 100-plus yards and Luke Strebel kicked a 30-yard field goal as time expired to help Air Force beat Nevada 45-42 on Friday night. McVey rushed for 139 yards, Ronald Cleveland had 118 yards on ...

Tigers hire Gardenhire as new manager

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have hired Ron Gardenhire as their manager, bringing the longtime Minnesota Twins skipper back to the AL Central to take over a team in the middle of a significant rebuilding process. The Tigers announced the move Friday, saying Gardenhire has agreed to a ...

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 ...