National Sports

Last year’s backup QB says he ready to be Clemson’s starter

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Kelly Bryant believes he is prepared to Clemson's starting quarterback and is ready to keep the Tigers playing at a national championship-level. Tiger fans will be watching intently for any slip ups by 6-foot-3, 215-pound ...

Appeal hearing for Cowboys’ Elliott over after 2-plus days

NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott's hearing on the appeal of his six-game suspension over a domestic violence case ended Thursday after 2 1/2 days. According to the labor agreement, Arbitrator Harold Henderson must rule on the NFL's punishment "as soon as practicable." The ...

Pac-12 adds new measures to shorten football games

By John Marshall AP Sports Writer College football has a time problem and the Pac-12 Conference is taking steps to fix it. The conference announced this summer that it will reduce halftimes in an effort to shorten what have been increasingly long football games. It revealed more details of ...

Timberwolves hire Roth to coach Iowa G-League team

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have named Scott Roth as the coach of the inaugural Iowa Wolves G-League team. The Timberwolves announced the hiring on Wednesday. Roth will oversee coaching of the team after the Timberwolves purchased the minor league team in Des ...

Amid floods, Astros to return home Saturday to face Mets

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros are coming home and will open a three-game series against the New York Mets on Saturday. The Astros had to relocate their series against the Texas Rangers this week to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, because of catastrophic flooding in the ...

Cut by Browns, Haden signs 3-year deal with Steelers

By Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Haden needed a job, a change of scenery and a chance at a Super Bowl. The Pittsburgh Steelers were more than happy to give the longtime Cleveland Browns cornerback a shot at all three. The Steelers signed Haden to a three-year ...

Lynx top Fever 80-69 for 6th 25-win season in 7 years

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Maya Moore scored 18 points, Sylvia Fowles had 12 points and 13 rebounds for her 19th double-double, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 80-69 on Wednesday night. Minnesota (25-7) won its 25th game for the sixth time in seven years and moved a game in front of ...

After playing games, Wolverines, Gators set to play a game

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Some things to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK Michigan vs. Florida, Saturday, in Arlington, Texas. There's been no shortage of gamesmanship in advance of this intersectional game. Jim Harbaugh, coach of the No. 11 Wolverines, ...

US hosts World Cup qualifier in New York area for 1st time

By SCOTT ORGERA, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. is playing a World Cup qualifier in the New York metropolitan area for the first time, a critical match against Costa Rica on Friday night at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The Americans have played plenty of matches in ...

World Cup qualifying: State of play in Europe

By The Associated Press With four rounds of qualifying remaining, all 13 European slots for the World Cup are still up for grabs. The picture should become clearer over the next week, with Germany able to secure its place at next year's tournament in Russia. The nine group winners qualify ...

Lights, camera, action: No. 1 Bama, No. 3 FSU ready to roll

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jalen Hurts is already accustomed to these kinds of games. The marquee games. The biggest matchups on the largest stage. This one pits top-ranked Alabama against No. 3 Florida State in the first-ever opening matchup of preseason ...

Canelo-GGG to MayMac fans: We’ve got a real show for you

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar De La Hoya had no desire to watch Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s victory over Conor McGregor last weekend. Neither did middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, who smirked at the idea of taking the time away from his family. "I just ...

Former Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote dies at 90

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer Jud Heathcote, who led Michigan State and Magic Johnson to the 1979 NCAA championship, has died. He was 90. The school announced Heathcote died Monday in Spokane, Washington. Spartans coach Tom Izzo was hired by Heathcote as a part-time assistant in 1983. ...

BYU-LSU moved to New Orleans because of flooding in Houston

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The BYU-LSU game will be played Saturday night at the Superdome in New Orleans after massive flooding in Houston from Hurricane Harvey forced it to be relocated from NRG Stadium. ESPN announced the move Monday. Finding a stadium to play the ...

AP source: Matthew Stafford, Lions agree to $135M extension

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford has made a home in the Motor City, leading the Detroit Lions on the field and becoming a first-time father with twin girls earlier this year. "Aggressive start," Stafford recently cracked. The Lions, likewise, made an ...

LEADING OFF: Astros play ‘home’ game, KC nears futility mark

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ FAR FROM HOME The Astros will host a three-game series against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, because of flooding in Houston caused by Hurricane Harvey. Both the Astros ...

Patriots star WR Edelman out for season with knee injury

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots star wide receiver Julian Edelman will miss the 2017 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee in a preseason game. The Patriots announced Saturday that Edelman, Tom Brady’s favorite target and one of the NFL’s most clutch receivers, ...

Jaguars select Bortles starting QB heading into season

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are sticking with Blake Bortles — because of his legs. Coach Doug Marrone selected Bortles as his starting quarterback for the season opener Saturday, a surprising turnabout that said more about the team’s offensive line than its signal ...

‘12 champ Murray out of US Open; long list of injured men

By Howard Fendrich AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — His voice choking, Andy Murray unexpectedly announced Saturday that he was withdrawing from the U.S. Open because of a hip injury, adding to the lengthy list of top players who will miss the year’s last Grand Slam tournament. Murray ...

Snagged: AP sources say Cavs reviewing Irving-Thomas trade

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Just when it appeared the Cavaliers’ chaotic summer had calmed, there’s a flare-up. That blockbuster deal between Cleveland and Boston is stuck. The Cavaliers have some concerns about guard Isaiah Thomas’ health and are doing a ...