National Sports

WNBA set for wild dash to regular season finish

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA’s final week of the regular season is shaping up to be a wild dash to the finish. Playoff seeding and the final playoff spot are still up for grab. About the only thing that has been decided when it comes to the postseason ...

Column: Best measure of Woods is when he has the lead

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tiger Woods once said it could not be considered a truly great year without winning a major. Five years ago, he never would have said it could be a good year without winning any tournament. This year is an exception. Woods closed with a ...

Meyer probe costs $500K but still about what Ohio St wants

By Mitch Stacy AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Urban Meyer investigation is costing Ohio State $500,000, but whether the superstar football coach keeps his job still comes down to whether the university wants to stick with him based on how he's already been tainted by the ...

Wisconsin gives West hope of challenging B10 East dominance

The Big Ten West might not be best, but it is getting closer to challenging the East Division's conference dominance. Wisconsin returns the entire offensive line and a 1,900-yard rusher from its record-setting 13-win team, and some see the Badgers as a contender for the College Football ...

US Olympian Katie Ledecky gives swim tips to Tokyo students

By NICOLA SHANNON, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese students let out squeals Tuesday as Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky moved across the swimming pool, ducking under the lane lines. The 21-year-old American, fresh off a five-medal performance at the Pan Pacific Championships ...

Post-Ronaldo Real Madrid gets 1st test in UEFA Super Cup

By FRANK GRIFFITHS, Associated Press TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Following the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid gets its first test against crosstown rival Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup. So far, Madrid hasn't resorted to a "galacticos" spending spree to ...

Giants rally with 4 runs in 9th to down Dodgers 5-2

By STEVE DILBECK, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bruce Bochy seemed uncertain how to respond to the question. The Giants had just rallied for four runs with two outs in the ninth inning Monday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers' beleaguered bullpen for a 5-2 victory. And then ...

LEADING OFF: Cano back from suspension, Acuna on HR streak

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: SET FREE Robinson Cano is set to return from his 80-game suspension for violating baseball's drug agreement when Seattle plays at Oakland. The All-Star second baseman has been out since May 15, though he's been ...

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ’18: 6 players starring for losing teams

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Football being, in many ways, the ultimate team game can make it difficult for good players to shine when the players around them are ... not so good. Stars toiling on losing teams rarely get much recognition. They almost never win the big awards ...

Nats walked off again, this time by Cards’ DeJong

By STEVE OVERBEY, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nationals manager Dave Martinez was awake most of the night after Washington lost on a walk-off grand slam Sunday. He likely won't be catching up on that missed sleep Monday. Paul DeJong handed the Nationals their second straight walk-off ...

First casino licensed for sports betting in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hollywood Casino in Charles Town is the first casino licensed to offer sports betting in West Virginia. The West Virginia Lottery Commission made the announcement Monday. Commission legal counsel Danielle Boyd told The Charleston Gazette-Mail the casino expects to ...

Indians pull away from Reds for 10-3 win

By JEFF WALLNER, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona turned to Yandy Diaz in a big spot, and he delivered. Diaz hit a tiebreaking RBI double in Cleveland's seven-run sixth inning, helping the Indians pull away from the Cincinnati Reds for a 10-3 ...

DeGrom, backed by 5 Mets HRs, tops Severino, Yankees 8-5

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — For Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets, there's still one prize left in play. No, not a playoff spot. Those plans were wiped out long ago during a disappointing season. Rather, the NL Cy Young Award for their ace. DeGrom kept pumping up ...

Chelsea, Tottenham dispel doubts with winning starts in EPL

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer Chelsea and Tottenham dispelled doubts about their readiness to make winning starts to the Premier League on Saturday. A week after being swatted aside by Manchester City in the Community Shield, Chelsea beat Huddersfield 3-0 in Maurizio Sarri's first ...

Millionaire baseball pick Murray seeks QB job at Oklahoma

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray insists he hasn't changed, yet there are constant reminders that his life will never be the same. Before June, he was merely a gifted two-sport college athlete. But once the Oakland Athletics took him ...

AP source: Maryland places strength coach on leave

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Maryland placed the head of the football team's strength and conditioning staff on paid leave while it investigates claims he verbally abused and humiliated players, a person briefed on the situation said Saturday. The person spoke to The ...

Finau ties PGA Championship record with 10 birdies

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tony Finau tried not to look at the opening two rounds of the PGA Championship as a Ryder Cup audition as he played alongside U.S. captain Jim Furyk. He sure didn't damage his chances. Not by matching a PGA Championship record with 10 ...

PGA Championship resumes with second round at wet Bellerive

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and the rest of the players that were still on the course when play was suspended at the PGA Championship have resumed their second rounds at soggy Bellerive. All of them are chasing Gary Woodland, whose 66 before the rain rolled through Friday left ...

LEADING OFF: Dodgers await wait on Jansen, Arenado ailing

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: NO WORD YET The Dodgers are still waiting for definitive word on how long closer Kenley Jansen might be out because of an irregular heartbeat. He was put on the 10-day disabled list Friday and manager Dave Roberts ...

Posey, McCutchen lead Giants past Pirates 13-10

By GIDEON RUBIN, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants finally got their offense going, and they needed it to survive another shaky performance from their bullpen. Buster Posey got four hits, Andrew McCutchen homered against his former team and the San Francisco ...