National Sports

Flags, injuries, bad ‘D’ hurt Skins in 38-14 loss to Falcons

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — As harbingers go, this was quite a start for the Washington Redskins. After a 4-yard run on the opening play of the game, the hosts' initial possession featured a holding penalty, a sack for a loss of 9 yards, an injured left ...

4 interceptions help Dolphins beat Darnold and Jets, 13-6

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jerome Baker danced, waved, waggled his index finger and clicked his heels. For a first-year linebacker, it was a surprisingly polished touchdown celebration. Baker bested fellow rookie Sam Darnold, scoring the game's only TD on a ...

Newton, McCaffrey lead Panthers past Bucs 42-28

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton can't keep from grinning when he looks around at the playmakers that surround him in the Panthers' locker room. "The talent level we have on this team is extremely scary," Newton said. The Panthers proved that again ...

Magic Mahomes: KC quarterback throws 3 TDs, Chiefs go to 8-1

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — With almost every flick of his right wrist, the legend of Patrick Mahomes grows. And he's just beginning. Only 10 games into his NFL career, Kansas City's young quarterback is doing things that have never been done before. Mahomes passed ...

No. 7 Mountaineers like the view from on top of the Big 12

By JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — West Virginia likes this view: The Mountaineers are tied with Oklahoma for first place in the Big 12 Conference with three games left in the regular season. The Sooners have seen this view before, but it's a whole new world for West ...

Ethiopia’s Desisa, Kenya’s Keitany win NYC Marathon

By DENIS P. GORMAN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — By the time Mary Keitany was pacing her way up Manhattan's First Avenue, she had no reason to look back for challengers. The Kenyan's lead was growing over the strong women's field with every stride, and all she thought about was the ...

AP Top 25: West Virginia up to 7 after 10 ranked teams lose

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer No. 7 West Virginia re-entered the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll after another weekend in which the number of ranked teams losing reached double digits. Unanimous No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame remained ...

Cubs exercise option on Hamels, trade Smyly to Texas

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have exercised their 2019 option on left-hander Cole Hamels, solidifying their rotation for next year. Hamels, who turns 35 in December, went 4-3 with a 2.36 ERA in 12 starts after he was acquired in a July 27 trade with Texas. ...

Re-run: 4 winners from ’17 to defend titles at NYC Marathon

By MELISSA MURPHY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — All four winners of the 2017 NYC Marathon return to defend their titles on Sunday. American Shalane Flanagan and Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor will try to repeat, along with the Swiss pair of Manuela Schar and Marcel Hug in the wheelchair ...

Nebraska’s confidence high for No. 8 Ohio State

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The bye week has been quite unpleasant for Ohio State. After a collapse against unranked Purdue on Oct. 20 that further exposed weaknesses in the defense and running game, the Buckeyes spent the off week stewing in the loss and trying ...