National Sports

Moran plates 3, Pirates get 7th straight win over Reds 8-4

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Pirates decided to give Jung Ho Kang a few at-bats this weekend as a reward for working back from wrist surgery. His first plate appearance in two years was a hit. Kang had a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning as Pittsburgh pulled away ...

Hayward returns, and the NBA preseason schedule begins

By The Associated Press CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Gordon Hayward finally returned to the court, and Kyrie Irving got to play at North Carolina. Hayward scored 10 points in his first game in nearly a year for the Boston Celtics, who fell to the Charlotte Hornets 104-97 on Friday night — the ...

Hayward returns, and the NBA preseason schedule begins

By The Associated Press CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Gordon Hayward finally returned to the court, and Kyrie Irving got to play at North Carolina. Hayward scored 10 points in his first game in nearly a year for the Boston Celtics, who fell to the Charlotte Hornets 104-97 on Friday night — 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 ...

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 brink ...

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 wearing a ...

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 ...

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 fifth ...

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, with ...

Excitement builds ahead of Ryder Cup

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — With the sun beating down on Le Golf National, European and American players are getting in their final practice before the start of the Ryder Cup. Tiger Woods might be taking it easy, though. Woods chose not to take a tee shot in front of thousands ...

WVU-Texas Tech matches top Big 12 QBs, a senior and freshman

By The Associated Press GAME OF THE WEEK No 12 West Virginia (3-0, 1-0 Big 12) at No. 25 Texas Tech (3-1, 1-0). Will Grier, the senior Heisman Trophy hopeful for the Mountaineers, goes against the only Big 12 quarterback throwing for more yards per game — Red Raiders true freshman Alan ...

Stage set for another thriller between Ohio St, Penn St

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 4 Ohio State at No. 9 Penn State The highest-scoring teams in the nation meet Saturday night in State College, Pennsylvania, and the winner will gain the inside track in the Big Ten ...

New Coaches: Trotz takes Cup-winning experience to Islanders

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer While the Washington Capitals are watching their Stanley Cup banner rise to the rafters, Barry Trotz will be fresh off a plane in North Carolina, preparing for his own season opener. Trotz guided the Capitals to their first title last season and in winning ...

LEADING OFF: Rockies, Cubs try to improve playoff position

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ROCK 'EM Colorado has won six in row, boosting its playoff position. The NL West leaders aim for a four-game sweep when they take on the Phillies at Coors Field, having outscored them 34-4 so far in the series. ...

Whiff of offense: Ks top hits, lowest average since ’72

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The most-heard sound at major league ballparks this year was "Strike three!" A whiff of offense would be nice rather than all those nights filled with nonstop whiffs. Strikeouts are likely to exceed hits over a full season for the first ...

Diamondbacks drop Dodgers to second in NL West with 7-2 win

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers picked a bad time to have their first losing streak in two weeks. Plagued by another night of missed opportunities and Ross Stripling's shaky start, the Dodgers lost 7-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night ...

Cubs clinch 4th straight playoff spot, top Pirates 7-6 in 10

By JOHN JACKSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo thought he'd caught the foul ball. Many others at Wrigley Field, meanwhile, thought about Steve Bartman. Despite a play that reminded Cubs fans of what went wrong many years ago, Chicago wound up clinching its fourth straight ...

Banter early, pressure late in Ryder Cup

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — The Ryder Cup begins with banter and laughs. The pressure comes later. The Europeans haven't lost on home soil in 25 years. Half of their team was in America on Sunday for the Tour Championship won by Tiger Woods. ...

LEADING OFF: Astros, Cubs can clinch; Wright makes comeback

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ON THE CUSP Houston can clinch its second consecutive AL West title — and a best-of-five playoff matchup against Cleveland — with a win at Toronto and an Oakland loss in Seattle. Rookie right-hander Josh James ...

Athletics clinch playoff berth with Rays’ loss to Yankees

SEATTLE (AP) — The Oakland Athletics clinched their first playoff berth in four years Monday night, earning at least an American League wild card when the Tampa Bay Rays lost to the New York Yankees. Following three straight last-place finishes in the AL West, the A's found out just a couple ...