National Sports

Longtime horse racing figure Charles J. Cella dies at 81

By BETH HARRIS, AP Racing Writer Charles J. Cella, who helped turn Oaklawn Park into a major racing destination in the South as a third-generation president of the Arkansas track and a thoroughbred owner himself, died Wednesday. He was 81. He died of complications from Parkinson's disease at ...

Kerr: Stephen Curry injury ‘a good thing for our team’

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Warriors coach Steve Kerr says that while Stephen Curry's sprained ankle is not ideal, it may actually help his team in the long run. Curry is expected to miss about two weeks with a sprained right ankle, including Wednesday night's ...

Taggart leaving Oregon to be next Florida St. football coach

By JOE REEDY, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Willie Taggart is returning to the Sunshine State, this time as head football coach at Florida State. Taggart has agreed to become Florida State's next coach, replacing Jimbo Fisher. Taggart told his Oregon players during a team ...

UCF tabs Josh Heupel to be Knights’ next football coach

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — UCF didn't take long to hire someone to lead its rejuvenated football program. The university announced Tuesday that Josh Heupel will be the Knights' next football coach. The move comes about 72 hours after Scott Frost announced Saturday he was leaving UCF to become the ...

Vitali Klitschko and Erik Morales win election to Boxing HOF

By JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) — Three years after he threw his hat back into the political ring for good, former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko achieved the ultimate honor for his time in that other ring — selection to the International Boxing Hall of ...

Hoffmann says he’s playing PGA Tour with muscular dystrophy

NEW YORK (AP) — PGA Tour player Morgan Hoffmann says he has been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and that his right pectoral muscle is nearly gone. In a story Hoffmann wrote for The Players' Tribune website, he says he started to notice his right pectoral deteriorating about five years ...

Man charged with 2010 slaying of NBA player Lorenzen Wright

By ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities charged a man Tuesday in connection with the slaying of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, more than seven years after Wright's bullet-riddled body was found decomposing in a Tennessee suburb. Billy Turner, 46, was indicted ...

Brown, Boswell lead Steelers to 23-20 win over Bengals

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Chris Boswell kicked a field goal on the final play shortly after Antonio Brown caught a 6-yard touchdown pass — taking a hit to the head while landing in the end zone — and the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled off another improbable comeback ...

Watt and Altuve share SI’s Sportsperson of the Year award

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — J.J. Watt raised more than $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and Jose Altuve led the Houston Astros to their first World Series title, both giving hope to the city as it picked up the pieces from the devastating storm. On ...

Seattle moves ahead with arena remodel to attract NBA, NHL

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle is moving forward with efforts to renovate the aging city-owned KeyArena into a premier venue that could be ready for an NBA or NHL team within three years. The Seattle City Council on Monday approved a memorandum of understanding with Los Angeles-based Oak View Group ...