National Sports

Bolt to get start in trial game for soccer club in Australia

GOSFORD, Australia (AP) — Usain Bolt says his performance in a trial game on Friday could determine his future with the Central Coast Mariners in Australia's A-League and his quest to play professional football. The eight-time Olympic sprinting champion is expected to start for the Mariners ...

LEADING OFF: Red Sox ready for Astros, Yanks begin offseason

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday: MOVING ON The Red Sox are set for a postseason rematch with the World Series champion Astros. Boston eliminated the Yankees with a dramatic 4-3 victory Tuesday night in Game 4 of their AL Division Series, and now ...

Foligno scores twice as Blue Jackets beat Avalanche 5-2

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Coach John Tortorella thought the Columbus Blue Jackets had run out of energy after taking a 2-0 lead in the first period and then allowing Colorado to climb back in the second to tie it. Maybe, but they managed to find some more. The ...

Granderson gives Brewers upbeat, veteran presence off bench

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Curtis Granderson rounded first base and kept going. He reached second, stopped and turned around to smile back toward the Milwaukee Brewers dugout. Granderson's trademark enthusiasm is evident even in an off-day workout in the ...

Basketball player’s father: Louisville assistant gave cash

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The father of a blue-chip college basketball recruit testified Tuesday that an assistant coach at the University of Louisville gave him a secret payment of $1,300 as part of a deal to get the son to sign with the school. At a criminal trial ...

UFC heavyweight champ Cormier set to defend at MSG

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Daniel Cormier is set to defend his UFC heavyweight championship against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 on Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden. Lewis has won nine of his last 10 bouts and will fight just weeks after he defeated Alexander Volkov at UFC 229 last weekend in Las Vegas. ...

Astros advance with 11-3 win, sweep Indians

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — As his teammates sprayed each other with champagne and beer in Houston’s buzzing clubhouse, ace Justin Verlander stayed clear of the fray and foam while enjoying a cigar. This wasn’t the time to get soaked. Bigger parties lie ...

Take your seats, ‘Bama fans, or you might miss a touchdown

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama fans can’t take their time getting settled in for the start of games. They might miss a touchdown, or two or three. The top-ranked Crimson Tide has wasted no time pouncing on opponents this season, jumping out to big leads that have effectively taken away ...

Melee at UFC 229 after Nurmagomedov chokes out McGregor

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — A few seconds after Conor McGregor tapped Khabib Nurmagomedov's arm and submitted to the champion's choke, Nurmagomedov climbed the cage and leaped at the men in McGregor's corner, setting off a prolonged brawl inside and outside the ...

Utah beats No. 14 Stanford 40-21 as injured Love sits out

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — The defense was opportunistic all night, the running game was productive and Utah even delivered some big plays through the air for a change. After two straight losses to open the Pac-12 season, the Utes finally put everything ...

LEADING OFF: Newcomb subs in for Braves, Rockies head home

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: 2-0 CHANGEUP Sean Newcomb will start Game 3 of the Braves' NL Division Series against the Dodgers instead of Kevin Gausman. With Atlanta trailing 2-0 in the best-of-five series, manager Brian Snitker made the swap ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Texas tops Big 12; SEC East revival

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Texas has been losing the type of game it won on Saturday for nearly a decade. The Longhorns since 2009 had mastered the excruciatingly painful loss as they tried to find their way back (that word!) to being nationally relevant and a legitimate ...

Vargas, Dulorme draw in WBC silver welterweight match

By MATTHEW AGUILAR, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Jessie Vargas and Thomas Dulorme squared off in a fast-paced, competitive and ultimately even bout. Vargas and Dulorme fought to a majority 12-round draw Saturday at Wintrust Arena, leaving the WBC silver welterweight title vacant. Both ...

Fromm throws 3 TD passes, No. 2 Georgia drops Vandy 41-13

By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — For the first time this season, Georgia found itself trailing in a game. It wasn't much of a crisis. The deficit lasted only 15 seconds. Jake Fromm threw three touchdown passes, including a 75-yarder to Terry Godwin, and No. 2 Georgia ...

Texas A&M outlasts No. 13 Kentucky 20-14 in OT

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Jimbo Fisher has his first signature victory at Texas A&M. It took a little extra time to earn it. Trayveon Williams twisted into the end zone on a 10-yard run in overtime to give the Aggies a wild 20-14 victory over No. 13 Kentucky on Saturday ...

Miller stumbles, Indians fall into 2-0 ALDS hole vs Astros

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Two Octobers after sparking a reliever revolution, Andrew Miller came up empty. Miller failed to get an out in relief of starter Carlos Carrasco, allowing a go-ahead double to Marwin Gonzalez as the Cleveland Indians lost to Houston 3-1 ...

Milton, No. 12 UCF beats SMU 48-20 for 18th straight win

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Unbeaten and barely tested. No. 12 UCF won again by double digits Saturday night, continuing to build a resume the Knights hope will be worthy of consideration for a College Football Playoff berth in December. McKenzie Milton threw for ...

No. 3 Ohio State pulls away to beat pesky Indiana 49-26

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A week after a gritty win at Penn State, No. 3 Ohio State had to work hard again, this time to put away pesky, unranked Indiana late in the game. In doing so, Dwayne Haskins Jr. passed for a career-best 455 yards and six touchdowns — ...

LEADING OFF: Springer HR streak, Price not right vs Yankees

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: SPRINGTIME Astros leadoff man George Springer has a chance to tie the postseason record for most consecutive games with a home run. Springer connected for the fifth game in a row Friday as Houston beat Cleveland 7-2 ...

CarGo gone? Rockies, Gonzalez look to avoid NLDS elimination

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — The thin mountain air in Denver might do wonders for the slumping Colorado Rockies. They're going home again, down 2-0 in the NL Division Series to the Milwaukee Brewers. Game 3 in the best-of-five series is Sunday at Coors Field. "I ...