National Sports

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 ...

Go for 2 or play for OT? How coaches make that call

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Faced with the decision to kick an extra point to tie or go for two and the lead late in games last weekend, two college football coaches did not hesitate to basically put it all one play instead of trying to get to overtime. Aggressive? Sure. ...

Columbus Crew owner may move soccer team to Austin, Texas

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The owner of the Crew SC says the team is no longer sustainable and will move to Austin, Texas, unless a new, privately-financed stadium is built in downtown Columbus. Anthony Precourt, whose Precourt Sports Ventures has owned the Major ...

Judge, Sabathia help Yankees beat Astros 8-1, trail ALCS 2-1

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Back in the Bronx, the big guys delivered. Greeted by an array of "All Rise" signs in a ballpark that fits their style, Aaron Judge hit a three-run homer and made a pair of sparkling catches, leading CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees ...

LEADING OFF: Cubs try to dent Dodgers, Judge breaks loose

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ PROFESSOR VS YU Kyle Hendricks is set to pitch for the Cubs, who are trying to overcome a 2-0 deficit against the Dodgers in their NL Championship Series. Hendricks finished the regular season with a 2.19 ...

Woodyard’s stop helps Titans end 11-game skid against Colts

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Wesley Woodyard squatted and folded his arms as his Tennessee teammates bowed in front of the veteran linebacker near midfield in celebration, deserving every bit of the attention. Woodyard had just forced Colts quarterback ...

Tour champion Froome could face Dumoulin test on 2018 route

By JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — Defending champion Chris Froome can expect a stern challenge from Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin in next year's Tour de France. Froome is chasing a record-equaling fifth victory to move level with Belgian great Eddy Merckx, French riders Jacques ...

AP source: Suspended Elliott getting emergency hearing in NY

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer Attorneys for Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott are set for an emergency hearing in federal court in New York as they try again to stop the running back's six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations, a person with direct knowledge of the ...

Column: NFL still riding high, despite issues

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist The narratives themselves are easy enough to craft. Anyone searching for signs the NFL is in trouble doesn't need to look far to document the league's woes. Television ratings are up and down, in a league long accustomed to them being only up. In Los ...

The 10 things to know going into this NBA season

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer Happy New Year, NBA. The 72nd regular season starts Tuesday night, when Boston heads to Cleveland and Houston goes to Golden State. Fans in Cleveland will boo Kyrie Irving, fans in Oakland will cheer the Warriors' latest championship banner, and the march ...

LEADING OFF: Astros, Yanks try to get bats going in New York

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ GOING BATTY The two highest-scoring teams in the majors this season have combined for all of six runs in the first two games of the AL Championship Series. Houston, which totaled 896 runs to 858 for the ...

Steelers’ ‘Killer Bs’ back on track in win over Chiefs

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was so disheartened after his five-interception performance against Jacksonville last week that he half-jokingly talked about having lost it. Running back Le'Veon Bell subtly criticized the ...

Welcome, Rook: Ball, Tatum, Fultz and more making NBA debuts

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — If there was one takeaway from Lonzo Ball's first training camp and preseason, it was this: He doesn't sound like his dad. There's no humility in Ball's game. The confidence of the Los Angeles Lakers' rookie point guard is through the roof ...

FIFA confirms 8 top-seeded teams in World Cup draw

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has confirmed the seven highest-ranked nations joining host Russia as top-seeded teams in the World Cup finals draw. France rises one place to No. 7 to edge out Spain, as defending champion Germany heads an unchanged top six. After a busy qualifying program last week, ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 6: A-Rod’s out; Kaep vs. NFL; what’s a TD?

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Aaron Rodgers might be done for the season with a broken collarbone . Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance , saying NFL owners colluded to keep him out of the league because he knelt during the national anthem. And a play that looked like a touchdown ...