National Sports

Johnson and Kisner, housemates and British Open leaders

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — A light rain in the morning that gave way to soft sunlight in the afternoon took some of the sting out of Carnoustie. Just not all of it. Kevin Kisner found that out with one swing that erased his two-shot lead Friday in the ...

Heyward helps Cubs beat Cardinals 9-6 in return from break

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The All-Star break is over. It's right about now when the Chicago Cubs usually take off. Jason Heyward had three hits and two RBIs, Ian Happ belted a two-run homer and the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-6 on Thursday night for their fourth ...

NFL and its players union working on anthem resolution

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer The NFL and National Football League Players Association have agreed to halt enforcement of rules regarding the new national anthem policy while the two sides work on a resolution. The league and its players union issued a joint statement late Thursday, ...

Indians bolster bullpen with All-Star Hand, rookie Cimber

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — With an eye on October and beyond, the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians scooped up All-Star closer Brad Hand and fellow reliever Adam Cimber from the rebuilding San Diego Padres in exchange for switch-hitting catching prospect Francisco ...

Neymar not upset at critics of his World Cup rolling

By MAURICIO SAVARESE, AP Sports Writer SAO PAULO (AP) — Neymar said he isn't upset with critics who have made fun of his apparent theatrics during the World Cup in Russia. At an auction Thursday organized by Neymar Jr. institute, the striker appeared in public for the first time since ...

LEADING OFF: Hader faces Brewers, Machado debuts for Dodgers

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors Friday: HADER RETURNS Milwaukee reliever Josh Hader rejoins the team, three days after years-old racist and homophobic tweets of his resurfaced during the All-Star Game. The Brewers open the second half at Miller Park ...

DeMarcus Cousins relishing fresh start in Golden State

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins spent his first eight seasons in the NBA chasing two things — peace and the playoffs. After signing with Golden State as a free agent, the four-time All-Star center has no doubts he'll finally find both, and that ...

Kisner takes lead, Carnoustie holds its own at British Open

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — The silver claret jug was on the first tee Thursday morning at Carnoustie, a trophy that Kevin Kisner knows all too well. Kisner flew home from the British Open last year with Jordan Spieth, a flight that was delayed while waiting ...

Rowdy Tour fans tarnish win for Thomas atop Alpe d’Huez

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer ALPE D'HUEZ, France (AP) — One of cycling's big attractions is that fans don't have to pay to watch — and they can get as close as they want to the riders. The sport paid for that unlimited access Thursday when unruly spectators interrupted the most ...

Holy homers! AL tops NL 8-6 in 10th

WASHINGTON (AP) — Houston teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer hit back-to-back homers in the 10th inning, and the American League beat the National League 8-6 in a power-crazy All-Star Game. There were 10 homers on the night at Nationals Park, shattering the previous All-Star Game ...

McLemore returns to Kings in trade

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired guard Garrett Temple from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for guard Ben McLemore, center Deyonta Davis, a future second-round pick and cash considerations. Temple, 32, scored a career-high 8.4 points per game and shot 39.2 percent ...

Warriors coach Steve Kerr receives contract extension

By Janie McCauley AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has received a contract extension following the franchise’s repeat championship and third title in four years during his tenure. Kerr and general manager Bob Myers, who are close friends ...

Delle Donne, Parker to captain 2018 WNBA All-Star Game

NEW YORK (AP) — Elena Delle Donne and Candace Parker will captain the WNBA All-Star teams in two weeks. Maya Moore was the top vote getter, but told the league she was unable to perform the captain duties, giving Parker the chance as the third-place finisher in the voting done by fans, ...

Players open to expanded DH, wild card, but MLB not keen

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball players are open to extending the designated hitter to the National League and to expanding the winner-take-all wild-card playoff to a multi-game series. Management has little interest. The American League has used the DH since ...

Cambage scores WNBA-record 53 points for Wings

DALLAS (AP) — Elizabeth Cambage scored 53 points to set a WNBA record Tuesday, leading the Dallas Wings to a 104-87 victory over the New York Liberty. The 6-foot-8 Australian reached 50 points on a three-point play with 2:19 remaining and broke Riquna Williams’ WNBA record of 51 points, ...

Harper wins 2018 HR Derby over Schwarber in thrilling fashion

By David Ginsburg AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper thrilled the home crowd and surely made his father proud, winning the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday night with an exceptional display of power that carried him past Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs 19-18. Harper hit ...

Bell, Steelers failed to reach deal on new contract

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Le’Veon Bell’s next season with the Pittsburgh Steelers will almost certainly be his last. The Pro Bowl running back and the defending AFC North champions failed to reach an agreement on a new contract by Monday’s deadline, meaning he will play under the franchise tag ...

33yo Ronaldo at Juventus: Age isn’t important

TURIN, Italy (AP) — At the age of 33, many football players are past their peak. Cristiano Ronaldo vows to show he is not one of them. Juventus signed Ronaldo from Real Madrid last week for 112 million euros ($131.5 million) — an Italian league record sum — and the world player of the ...

Harper to bat 6th, Scherzer vs. Sale to start All-Star Game

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper will get to enjoy at least one more grand celebration as a hometown fan favorite at Nationals Park when he trots out to right field at the beginning of the All-Star Game. Harper is batting sixth in his fifth All-Star start, the lowest he has been in the ...

Green Bay Packers says missing playoffs hurt bottom line

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers’ profit fell by nearly 50 percent in the last fiscal year as the team missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade. President and CEO Mark Murphy says the outlook for the Packers remains strong as the NFL’s only publicly owned team ...