National Sports

Bullpens looming large again for this year’s postseason

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer Around this time last year, the Cleveland Indians were providing a preview of the American League postseason. Manager Terry Francona was using newly acquired reliever Andrew Miller in all sorts of situations, and for more than one inning if necessary. It ...

US beats Europe in Solheim Cup 16 1/2-11 1/2 in Iowa

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Four years ago, Team Europe celebrated the most decisive win in Solheim Cup history — on American soil, no less. Captain Annika Sorenstam and her team will likely spend their trip back across the Atlantic wondering when ...

NFL, Electronic Arts unveil Madden ’18 competition

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL fans and gamers can play their way to the Super Bowl — if they're good enough at the newest edition of "Madden NFL 18." Electronic Arts and the NFL on Monday announced they're teaming up to create an online tournament involving all 32 teams. It makes the NFL the first ...

LEADING OFF: Royals all set to watch eclipse on day off

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE PARK The Kansas City Royals are off, and several of them already have big plans for their day away from Kauffman Stadium — they're going to watch the eclipse. Manager Ned Yost says he ...

Undisputed champ: Crawford stops Indongo in 3rd round

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Terence Crawford took all the drama out of his fight against Julius Indongo, and he did it fast. Now Crawford is the only undisputed world champion in professional boxing. Energized by his huge home-state following 45 minutes from his ...

MMA fighters, pro wrestlers blur line in fight game

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer Jon Jones has teased making an appearance at WWE's SummerSlam event to stir things up in his quest for a mega fight with Brock Lesnar. Lesnar might have trouble keeping an eye on Jones, should the UFC star grab a seat in the front row. The WWE universal ...

Raisman: scandal marred USA Gymnastics needs sweeping change

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Aly Raisman is ready to talk about "the elephant in the room." And the six-time Olympic medal winning gymnast thinks it's time USA Gymnastics joins in a conversation she feels is long overdue. The 23-year-old is calling for sweeping ...

LEADING OFF: Cardinals-Pirates meet in Little League Classic

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors Sunday: ___ LITTLE BIG LEAGUE A day after they played at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, the St. Louis Cardinals and Pirates will fly about 200 miles to central Pennsylvania for the Little League Classic in Williamsport. ...

Frazier HR, 3 hits, Pirates top Cards 6-4 to end 6-game skid

By WES CROSBY, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Adam Frazier and the Pittsburgh Pirates finished off a win at PNC Park, then packed their bags for a trip — to another home game about 200 miles away. Frazier homered, doubled and singled to help the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals ...

Brady has TD in preseason debut as Pats fall to Texans 27-23

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass in his first game since winning the Super Bowl on the same field and the New England Patriots fell to the Houston Texans 27-23 in a preseason game on Saturday night. Brady, who sat out last week, was 6 of 9 ...