National Sports

Red Sox stun Yankees 5-4 in 10 for 4-game sweep

By KEN POWTAK, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Andrew Benintendi's hit bounced a handful of times before finding its way into center field for the winning run and a big four-game sweep over the rival Yankees. The Red Sox now find themselves in firm control of the AL East. Benintendi's RBI ...

Outside firm will head Meyer probe; expected to take 2 weeks

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State will rely on an outside law firm to investigate what coach Urban Meyer knew and did about domestic abuse accusations against a former assistant, a process expected to be completed within two weeks, the university said Sunday ...

Browns trade disappointing WR Coleman to Bills for pick

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns dropped Corey Coleman. After two disappointing, injury-slowed seasons, Coleman was traded Sunday night to the Buffalo Bills for an undisclosed draft pick. Coleman has been a bust with the Browns, who selected him with ...

Justin Thomas wins in Firestone’s WGC finale

By The Associated Press AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Justin Thomas took all the drama out of the final World Golf Championship at Firestone, never letting anyone closer than two shots and closing with a 1-under 69 to win the Bridgestone Invitational for his third PGA Tour title this season. Sweeter ...

Shaw, Peralta lift Brewers to 8-2 win over Rockies

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Travis Shaw hit a grand slam during Milwaukee’s six-run first inning, and the Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 8-4 on Saturday night. Milwaukee won for the fourth time in six games stayed one back of NL Central-leading Chicago, which held on for a 5-4 win over San Diego. ...

Packers left tackle Bakhtiari taken off the field on cart

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari was taken off the field on a cart, dampening the spirits Saturday at Family Night at Lambeau Field. Bakhtiari walked to the cart with his left shoe removed. Asked if Bakhtiari’s injury was a major concern, Packers coach ...

Randy Moss: Pro Football Hall of Famer

By The Associated Press NFL receivers usually are tall or fast. Randy Moss was both, making him the most dangerous pass catcher in the game, and now a Pro Football Hall of Famer. A first-year nominee, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Moss brought the perfect combination of height, speed, soft hands ...

Conor is back: UFC says McGregor will fight Oct. 6 in Vegas

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Conor McGregor will return to mixed martial arts on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas for a title bout against UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. The UFC dramatically announced the matchup Friday with a promotional video to close a news ...

Porcello’s 1-hitter leads Red Sox over Yankees

By Doug Alden Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched a one-hitter, Steve Pearce homered for the fourth time in two nights and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 4-1 Friday after manager Alex Cora’s ejection to open a season-high 7½-game lead in the AL ...

Rodgers gets Packers up to speed in practice

By Genaro C. Armas AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers’ no-look touchdown pass is still the talk of Green Bay Packers training camp. The defense was called for offsides to give Rodgers a free play during a two-minute drill in practice Thursday. The play was going ...

Meyer says he followed protocol for 2015 abuse allegations

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer Urban Meyer defended himself Friday, admitting he was not forthright with reporters when questioned about 2015 allegations of domestic violence against one of his assistant coaches, but also insisting he handled the situation properly at the ...

Not Kids’ games! Dodgeball, Quidditch, mini golf go pro

By TERRIN WAACK, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Dodgeball is not just a Ben Stiller movie or anxiety-inducing gym class activity. It's a professional sport. That's no Vince Vaughn joke. The World Dodgeball Association , founded in 2013, is holding its second World Cup — this weekend in ...

Bellinger, Pederson, Puig power Dodgers in rout of Brewers

By DOUG PADILLA, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took 56 years for Dodger Stadium to see a game like this. Cody Bellinger hit a grand slam, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig hit two homers each, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 21-5 on Thursday night. Brian Dozier ...

Pearce hits 3 homers, Red Sox boost AL East lead over Yanks

By The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Steve Pearce homered three times, the second a three-run drive in an eight-run fourth inning as the Boston Red Sox rallied from an early deficit to beat the New York Yankees 15-7 on Thursday night and take a season-high 6½-game lead in the AL East. In ...

Rangers score 10 in first 2 innings, beat Orioles 17-8

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jurickson Profar helped the Texas Rangers get a big win in a matchup of retooling teams, and hand the struggling Baltimore Orioles another low this season. Jurickson Profar hit a three-run home run and a run-scoring single as Texas scored 10 runs during the first two ...

Hedges, Erlin lead Padres past Cubs 6-1 to stop 7-game slide

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres may be at the bottom of the National League, but Austin Hedges is at the top of his game. Hedges hit a go-ahead, three-run homer, Robbie Erlin pitched two-hit ball over five innings in a spot start and the Padres beat the ...

Ravens and Bears show off D, Baltimore wins 17-16

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The goals were to let the backups play and learn, and to be inspired. Missions accomplished. The Ravens and Bears honored their great linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher with some defense to make them proud in the Hall of ...

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ’18: New redshirt rule in place for coaches

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer For years college football coaches have labored, even agonized, over whether to play a freshman who might be able contribute immediately or hold him out of games to preserve a year of eligibility and hopefully cash in greater rewards down the ...

Decades-long wait for Hall of Fame over for Jerry Kramer

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer Jerry Kramer has basked in the attention on his key block on the winning play in the Ice Bowl for more than half a century. He sure was uneasy, though, when Vince Lombardi told Bart Starr to run "31 Wedge" from a yard out, the Green Bay Packers' ...

Nationals set team scoring record, rout Reyes, Mets 25-4

By HARVEY VALENTINE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Mets have been searching for any reason to smile during a miserable season. This laugher wasn't exactly what they had in mind. In the highest-scoring game in Nationals franchise history, Daniel Murphy hit two early home ...