National Sports

Kershaw allows 2 hits, Dodgers blank Braves 3-0 for 2-0 lead

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — With Sandy Koufax sitting in the front row, Clayton Kershaw pitched the best postseason game of his career, motivated partly by being passed over as the Dodgers' Game 1 starter. He responded with a postseason career-high eight innings of ...

Kevin Durant feels the love in NBA’s return to Seattle

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — Kevin Durant got off the bus inside the loading dock of KeyArena about two hours before tipoff and made a quick glance toward the court, visible through the tunnel. He was back where his NBA career began more than a decade ago. "When I woke up ...

Sale strong, ‘pen shaky as Red Sox beat Yankees 5-4 in ALDS

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Chris Sale left the mound to a standing ovation and then waited along with anxious Red Sox fans while the Boston bullpen frittered away most of a five-run lead. Bases loaded in the sixth inning. Two runs. Bases loaded, nobody out in the ...

Love tosses 4 TD passes; Utah State beats BYU again, 45-20

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Jordan Love threw for a career-high four touchdowns and ran for another and Utah State beat BYU 45-20 Friday night, the Aggies' first back-to-back wins in the 88-game series since 1973-74. The Aggies, who opened their season with a 38-31 loss at then-No. 11 Michigan State, ...

Marshall, Georgia Tech run all over Louisville 66-31

By STEVE BITTENBENDER, Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Earlier this season, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson decided to make a change. After Johnson's Yellow Jackets walked out of Louisville with a 66-31 victory Friday night, it might be time for the Cardinals to make some changes, ...

Champ Crawford challenging Benavidez to back up his words

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — World champion welterweight Terence "Bud" Crawford said he's eager to make unbeaten challenger Jose Benavidez Jr. eat his words when they meet in the ring at CHI Health Center on Oct. 13. A heated confrontation between Benavidez and ...

Browns’ Peppers dealing with hostile fan backlash

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns defensive back Jabrill Peppers has stopped going out in public by himself after hostile confrontations with Cleveland fans. Peppers said the exchanges "happen a lot" and he knows some of the encounters are due to his lack of ...

1-2-3-4: Alabama quarter of receivers delivering big plays

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jerry Jeudy took a slant pass 34 yards on Alabama's first drive against Louisiana-Lafayette to set up a touchdown and Henry Ruggs III capped the Crimson Tide's second offensive possession with a 13-yard score. Then freshman Jaylen ...

Report: Male sports fans have big interest in women’s sports

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Male sports fans make up more than half of the group of people with an interest in women's sports, according to a report published Thursday by analysts Nielsen Sports. The report found that 84 percent of general sports fans in eight key markets ...

No. 5 LSU puts undefeated record to test at No. 22 Florida

By The Associated Press Here are some things to watch during Week 6 of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 5 LSU at No. 22 Florida: The Tigers have been among the biggest surprises in the SEC this season, vaulting into the nation's elite after victories over ...

Notre Dame-Virginia Tech matchup headlines ACC’s 6th week

By The Associated Press Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 6: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 24 Virginia Tech. The ACC's only game this week involving two ranked teams matches Virginia Tech (3-1), which bounced back to knock Duke from the Top 25 , against a ...

A look at all 16 potential World Series matchups

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer Familiar faces in the American League, new blood in the National League. That's one way to describe this year's postseason. The two Division Series in the AL will include the same four teams as a year ago. Meanwhile, the NL welcomes the Braves, Brewers and ...

LEADING OFF: Brewers go bullpen, Dodgers send out Ryu

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: OPENER FOR THE OPENER The Brewers will begin their NL Division Series against the Rockies with a bullpen game at Miller Park. Manager Craig Counsell said Wednesday he had not decided on the order of his relievers. ...

Yelich’s steady demeanor balances big production at plate

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — With every home run and big hit, it's getting more difficult for Christian Yelich to go out in Milwaukee without being recognized. It didn't stop the potential National League MVP from making a run to the supermarket for groceries, so ...

4 rookie QBs starting the same week is NFL rarity

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer Four rookie quarterbacks started in the same week for only the second time in NFL history in Week 4. None of them earned a win. Cleveland's Baker Mayfield and Arizona's Josh Rosen came close. Both of their teams lost by a field goal. Buffalo's Josh Allen ...

Big 12 Red River rivalry has Oklahoma and Texas both ranked

By The Associated Press GAME OF THE WEEK No. 18 Texas (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) vs. No. 7 Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0). For the first time since 2012, the Longhorns and Sooners are both ranked for their annual matchup at the State Fair of Texas where the crowd splits 50-50 in burnt orange and crimson. ...

Ovechkin, champion Capitals rout Bruins 7-0 in season opener

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals opened their title defense with a 7-0 thrashing of the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. After watching the franchise's first Stanley Cup banner ascend to the rafters, T.J. Oshie opened ...

“Stop crowning us!” 4-0 Rams shrug off hype, focus on ‘Hawks

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams realize they're a popular Super Bowl pick after their spectacular first quarter of the season. Pundits, fans and other teams seem to be lining up to praise them. While they appreciate the respect, this is a ...

Yanks rout A’s 7-2 in wild-card game

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge got the party started with a two-run homer in the first inning, Luis Severino atoned for flopping in his postseason debut last year and the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 7-2 Wednesday night in the AL wild-card game. Judge’s drive off starter-turned ...

Capitals open Stanley Cup defense with 7-0 rout of Bruins

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals opened their title defense with a 7-0 thrashing of the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. After watching the franchise’s first Stanley Cup banner ascend to the rafters, T.J. Oshie opened the scoring just 24 ...