National Sports

McIlroy recreating 2014 to find form for British Open

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer IRVINE, Scotland (AP) — Rory McIlroy is recreating his British Open build-up from 2014 in an attempt to rediscover some form for another shot at the claret jug at Royal Birkdale next week. In the week prior to winning at Hoylake three years ago, McIlroy ...

Forbes says Cowboys most valuable sports team, worth $4.2B

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are worth $4.2 billion, making them the most valuable sports franchise for the second straight year, according to Forbes . In its annual rankings, Forbes placed the New York Yankees second — up from fourth a year ago — with a value of $3.7 ...

Big 12 preseason top newcomer: WVU’s Grier

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma senior quarterback Baker Mayfield and Kansas junior defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. have been named the preseason Big 12 players of the year. The Big 12 preseason honors released Wednesday were selected by media who cover the 10-team league. Mayfield was a ...

Schauffele birdies final hole to win Greenbrier Classic

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — A strong finish in the U.S. Open late month helped prepare Xander Schauffele for the nerve-racking grind of chasing a title on the PGA Tour. The rookie made a 3-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win The Greenbrier ...

Verlander being realistic about trade speculation

By Noah Trister AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander is a rarity in baseball these days — a veteran in his 13th season who has played for only one franchise. His future in Detroit, once so secure, has become increasingly uncertain. “Even though I think of this ...

Sparks, Lynx set for 1st meeting this season

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer Cheryl Reeve insists that Thursday’s game with the Los Angeles Sparks isn’t a WNBA Finals rematch. It’s just a matchup of the top two teams in the league again. A good measuring stick for both teams. “It’s not the finals. It’s a ...

Bridwell excels as Angels beat Twins 2-1

By Mark Remme Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Parker Bridwell pitched six scoreless innings, Kole Calhoun hit his 12th home run of the season and the Los Angeles Angels avoided a road sweep with a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. Bridwell (3-1) was strong ...

Oilers sign McDavid to 8-year, $100 million deal

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers paid a huge price to lock up superstar captain Connor McDavid. But it could have been even higher. The Oilers said Wednesday that the team and McDavid have agreed to an eight-year, $100 million extension. That makes the 20-year-old league MVP ...

Judge dents metal casement above door at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge dented a metal casement above a door behind the left-center field wall at Yankee Stadium with his major league-leading 28th home run of the season. The New York rookie drove a pitch from Toronto’s J.A. Happ in the fourth inning for a solo homer Tuesday. The ball ...

Rubio leaves Minnesota: ‘Maybe it wasn’t meant to be’

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer The rumors finally became reality for Ricky Rubio. Now the Spanish point guard has gone from wondering where he fits in with the Minnesota Timberwolves to being a central figure in the Utah Jazz’s efforts to retain Gordon Hayward. “It makes me ...

Gordon Hayward choses Celtics over Jazz, Heat

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer Gordon Hayward has chosen to sign with the Boston Celtics and reunite with coach Brad Stevens. Hayward told Utah officials that he is moving on after seven seasons with the Jazz and that he picked Boston, making the announcement Tuesday evening on The ...

Bosh, Miami Heat formally part ways

Chris Bosh’s time with the Miami Heat is officially over. Weeks after the sides came to a final agreement on how to part ways and more than a year since his last NBA appearance because of blood-clot issues, Bosh was waived by the Heat on Tuesday. The move was a formality. It gives Miami ...

Gibson pitches into 7th as Twins beat Angels

By Andres Ybarra Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Gibson is still below .500 as a starter this season, and Byron Buxton is still barely batting a hair above .200. The baby steps they’re making, though, are positive signs for a Minnesota Twins team that needs more consistency ...

Cavendish involved in nasty crash after elbow from Sagan

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer VITTEL, France (AP) — A nasty crash involving Mark Cavendish marred Tuesday's fourth stage of the Tour de France, which was won by France's Arnaud Demare in a chaotic sprint finish. Replays appeared to show world champion Peter Sagan elbowing Cavendish, who ...

With bad knee, 3-time major champ Wawrinka out at Wimbledon

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — So much for the idea that Stan Wawrinka might be able to complete a career Grand Slam at Wimbledon this year. Didn't even make it out of the first round. An owner of one championship from each of the other three major tournaments, and the ...

Jordan Spieth wants reputation as being a good closer

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer The club throw. The body bump. Those are the indelible images from Jordan Spieth's victory in the Traveler's Championship, where he holed a 60-foot bunker shot in a playoff to defeat Daniel Berger and capture his 10th title on the PGA Tour a month before his ...

LEADING OFF: Sabathia returns for Yankees

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ THE BIG MAN IS BACK CC Sabathia (7-2, 3.46 ERA) comes off the disabled list for the banged-up Yankees to start against J.A. Happ (2-5, 3.71) and the Blue Jays. Sabathia has been sidelined since June 14 with ...

Umpire Hernandez sues MLB, claiming race discrimination

CINCINNATI (AP) — Angel Hernandez, a big league umpire for nearly a quarter-century, sued Major League Baseball on Monday alleging race discrimination. In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, the 55-year-old Hernandez, who was born in Cuba and lives in Florida, alleges MLB ...

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins crash-filled race at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Junior went to victory lane at a restrictor-plate race again. Just like last time, it was Ricky Stenhouse Jr. celebrating after the checkered flag. Stenhouse raced to his second victory of the season — second consecutive on a restrictor-plate track — Saturday ...

Day 1: Curry gets huge deal, Hayward hears Heat sales pitch

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer J.J. Redick is trusting the process. Gordon Hayward got his sales pitch from Miami. And David West, finally a champion, is coming back for one last season. The first day of NBA free agency Saturday saw things starting to take shape, though there’s ...