National Sports

Chiefs’ league-worst defense becomes best on third downs

By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It would take a Nobel Prize-winning mathematician, or perhaps psychologist, to reconcile one of the biggest statistical oddities involving the Kansas City Chiefs this season. They have the NFL’s worst defense by a longshot, ...

LEADING OFF: Brewers-Cubs, Rockies-Dodgers in Games 163

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: WIN OR GO WILD In a big league first, a pair of tiebreaking Game 163s will be played on the same day to sort out the NL playoff picture. First, the Cubs host the Brewers to settle the NL Central at Wrigley Field. ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Ohio St too low; More love of Kentucky

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The AP Top 25 voters need to start getting more creative when filling out the final spots on their ballots. The top of The Associated Press college football poll is not all that tricky to figure out after a month of the season. Orders may differ, ...

Column: US has European way figured out except for winning

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — This is no time for the Americans to panic about the Ryder Cup. The goal that came out of the Ryder Cup Task Force in late 2014 was to have a winning record over the next 10 matches. So even after another thorough ...

Brewers-Cubs set for NL Central tiebreaker

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers were on top of the NL Central for much of the season's first half. Then Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs moved into the lead of what just might be baseball's best division. Then Yelich powered the ...

James captivates crowd in his Los Angeles Lakers debut

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — LeBron James rubbed his hands in chalk powder at the scorer's table, yelled "Yes!" to ecstatic fans in the first few rows and the Los Angeles Lakers' new era was underway. Playing in the same arena where Magic Johnson made his ...

Stephens’ wild pitch in 10th sends Pirates over Reds 6-5

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison put arms around each other as they walked off the field after Pittsburgh's season-ending victory, enjoying perhaps their final moment together on a Pirates team they helped resurrect. Pablo Reyes scored on Jackson ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 4: Earl Thomas’ middle finger says plenty

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Whether or not Earl Thomas should have raised his middle finger in the direction of his team's sideline, this much is clear: His broken leg amid an ongoing flap with the Seattle Seahawks illustrates why the lack of guaranteed contracts is such a ...

Flacco flourishing for resurgent Ravens, downs Steelers

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Flacco knows it's easy to point to his increasingly gaudy stats or the rainbows he's uncorking with ease as proof that he's truly back. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback doesn't quite see it that way. Sure, he feels great. Yet he ...

Raiders steal game from Browns with 45-42 OT win

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — As much as the Oakland Raiders felt like they might have let a couple of winnable games slip away to start this season, they might have stolen one away from the Cleveland Browns to spoil Baker Mayfield's first career start. Derek ...

Jaguars dominate Jets, look ahead to high-powered Chiefs

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are finished with the "Payback Tour." Now it's on to a tougher challenge, a more high-profile matchup. The Jaguars (3-1) will play at Kansas City (3-0) next week — a game that features the league's top ...

Patriots again look like pride of division in win over Miami

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots reminded everyone why they are still the pride of the AFC East. With a 3-0 start to the season, the Miami Dolphins emerged as an early threat to the Patriots' run of nine consecutive division titles. The ...

No. 3 Clemson rallies to beat Syracuse 27-23

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — With new starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence knocked out of the game, Travis Etienne scored on a 2-yard run with 41 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to give No. 3 Clemson a 27-23 victory over Syracuse on Saturday. Etienne had three TDs and a career-high 203 yards ...

Bucs, Bears in 1st place? Who would have thunk it?

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer There is no way anyone outside Tampa or Chicago would have predicted the Bucs and Bears would both be in first place when they square off in Week 4. Sure, it’s still plenty early in the schedule. Yet there’s no denying both teams are ahead of ...

LEADING OFF: Yanks try for HR record, Wright closes career

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: BRONX BOMBERS The New York Yankees take aim at baseball's single-season home run record, a day after tying the mark of 264 set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners. The Yankees connected four times Friday night in Boston, ...

NL West-leading Rockies beat Nats to lock up playoff berth

By The Associated Press DENVER (AP) — The NL West-leading Colorado Rockies locked up a playoff berth for the second straight season, beating the Washington Nationals 5-2 on Friday night for their eighth win in a row behind a resilient start from Kyle Freeland. David Dahl homered for the ...

Trout slugs 39th HR, Ohtani 3 for 3 as Angels beat A’s 8-5

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Angels are playing out the string, although it's tough to tell by watching Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. The team's two biggest stars both shined Friday night in an 8-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Trout hit a two-run homer ...

NHL goalie equipment continues to shrink, premium on scoring

By The Associated Press Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck recently stopped a puck near his collarbone. It was a shot that, in years past, he might not have thought about twice. This time, it hurt. "Didn't feel very good," Hellebuyck said. He and his fellow NHL goalies will be ...

Turner, Dodgers beat Giants 3-1, move closer to playoff spot

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Justin Turner and his teammates want to win their way back into the playoffs, no help necessary during the season's final weekend. Turner hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers moved to the ...

Americans try to regroup as Europe has 5-3 lead in Ryder Cup

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Europe has a 5-3 advantage going into the second day of the Ryder Cup, a lead that feels even bigger with the momentum from its first sweep of a session since 1989. U.S. captain Jim Furyk is not ready to panic. After ...