National Sports

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 ...

Olympic star Moses remarkably recovers from head injuries

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Edwin Moses turned the corner, saw the blue police lights in the distance and, immediately, started spinning. His senses overwhelmed by the strength of the strobing lights, Moses fell to the ground and crawled to the ...

Garoppolo off to promising start as 49ers beat Bears

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers believe better days are coming now that they have quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. His first start for them was a promising one. Garoppolo threw for 293 yards, and Robbie Gould kicked a 24-yard field goal in the ...

Ravens hit stride on offense; slam Lions’ playoff hopes

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — In the days leading up to their pivotal game against the Detroit Lions, Ravens safety Eric Weddle predicted there would come a time when Baltimore would have to rely on its offense to win. Sure enough, that's what happened Sunday. Though ...

Win over Giants has Raiders back in tie for first place

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The four-game losing streak, change in defensive coordinators and all those early-season struggles are in the past now for the Oakland Raiders. They head into the stretch run of the season exactly where they hoped to be, even if ...

Rams special teams shine in win over Cardinals

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Much has been made of the offensive eruption of second-year quarterback Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams under first-year coach Sean McVay. And people already knew the Rams' defense was good. Add special teams to Los Angeles' ...

Hey 8-4: Titans stay atop AFC South by beating Texans 24-13

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee left tackle Taylor Lewan remembers only too well how the Titans always seemed to find a way to lose through his first two seasons in the NFL. Now they're finding ways to win, and that's all that matters. The ...

Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma, Wisconsin are playoff top 4

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma and Wisconsin will enter championship weekend positioned to earn a playoff spot with just one more victory. But a potential Alabama-Ohio State controversy looms. Clemson moved up to No. 1 in the final College Football ...

TCU coach doesn’t believe Oklahoma pregame throw an accident

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU coach Gary Patterson doesn't believe it was an errant or accidental pass that hit safety Niko Small while going on the field for pregame warmups the last time the No. 10 Horned Frogs played No. 2 Oklahoma. Patterson also ...

Manning benching low point of a year the Giants went south

By TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The benching of Eli Manning for the first time in 13 seasons is probably the low point of a season in which the New York Giants did almost nothing right. Let's start with the decision by coach Ben McAdoo and management to sit ...

Sumo wrestler Harumafuji retires over assault allegations

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — Mongolian grand champion Harumafuji has decided to retire from sumo after allegations that he assaulted a lower-ranked wrestler and tarnished the image of Japan's national sport. "I have caused much trouble to society," Harumafuji said at a ...

Grizzlies fire coach David Fizdale day after benching Gasol

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach David Fizdale on Monday, with the team at 7-12 and a day after he benched center Marc Gasol for the fourth quarter of an eighth straight loss. General manager Chris Wallace announced the move. Associate head coach J.B. ...

TOP 25 THIS WEEK: No. 16 Baylor tries to maintain momentum

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A year ago, Baylor carried momentum from winning a November tournament all the way to its first No. 1 national ranking. The 16th-ranked Bears have a chance to see how far another title carries them. Baylor won last week's Hall of ...

NFL putting permanent Experience in Times Square

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is taking its game to Times Square. Literally. NFL Experience will open to the public in the mecca of Manhattan on Friday, one day after a grand opening that Commissioner Roger Goodell and assorted football celebrities and Hall ...

Flacco protects ball, Ravens use takeaways to beat Texans

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Flacco doesn't mind putting up mediocre numbers and looking rather ordinary, as long as he can keep doing it right into the NFL playoffs. The Baltimore Ravens offense turned in another mundane performance Monday night, yet it was good ...