National Sports

No. 24 BC’s visit to Virginia Tech headlines ACC’s Week 10

By The Associated Press Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 10: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 24 Boston College at Virginia Tech. The Eagles' return to the national rankings comes in one of only two games matching ACC teams with winning records. Boston College (6-2, 3-1) enters ...

James’ free throw gives Lakers 114-113 win over Mavericks

By JOE REEDY, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James walked into Staples Center on Halloween dressed as Jason from the "Friday the 13th" movies. Five hours later, he saved the Los Angeles Lakers from a horrifying ending. The four-time MVP scored 29 points and made the game-winning ...

Penn St. can dent Michigan playoff hopes, polish bowl resume

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week: BEST GAME No. 14 Penn State at No. 5 Michigan Michigan (7-1, 5-0, No. 5 CFP) needs a win to remain at least one game ahead of Ohio State in the Big Ten East and further enhance its resume for the ...

Top 25 includes 4 teams that missed NCAA field last year

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer The preseason rankings suggest next season's NCAA Tournament could feature plenty of new faces. The AP Top 25 includes four teams that failed to reach last year's big dance: No. 14 Oregon, No. 18 Mississippi State, No. 23 LSU and No. 25 Washington. In last ...

No. 12 WVU at No. 15 Texas in matchup of Big 12 co-leaders

By The Associated Press Some things to know about Week 10 in the Big 12 Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 12 West Virginia (6-1, 4-1 Big 12, No. 13 CFP) at No. 15 Texas (6-2, 4-1, No. 17). A November matchup that could go a long way in determining who plays in the Big 12 championship game — ...

New Skins safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix admired late Sean Taylor

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Ha Ha Clinton-Dix professed all sorts of love and admiration for the Washington Redskins a day after arriving in a trade — mentioning the late Sean Taylor, new teammate and offseason workout partner D.J. Swearinger and even the team's marching band. "Check this out, all ...

McCoy laments 13-yard outing in Bills 25-6 loss to Patriots

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Ever since he topped the 10,000 career yards rushing mark last season, LeSean McCoy set a "12K or bust" objective. Bust was more like it for the Buffalo Bills running back on Monday night, when McCoy totaled 13 yards on 12 carries ...

4 years of CFP rankings show importance of a good start

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer If form holds, two of the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff ranking of the season will go on to play in the national semifinals. After meeting for a day and a half at a hotel outside Dallas, the CFP selection committee will ...

Chiefs owner Hunt surprised by quick success of Mahomes

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Not even the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, who gave the green light to trade up last year and select Patrick Mahomes 10th overall, expected his young quarterback to succeed this quickly. During his midseason discussion with ...

Thompson sets 3-point record, Warriors beat Bulls 149-124

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Klay Thompson popped to the wing off a screen from Stephen Curry, caught the pass from Kevin Durant and dribbled to his left before launching the record 3-pointer. The ball swished through the net. He raised both arms, pumped his fist and ...

Butler shoots Timberwolves past James, Lakers 124-120

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After a lethargic loss in their last game, the Minnesota Timberwolves came to life. LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers served as their spark plug. Jimmy Butler hit five of Minnesota's eight 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to ...

Simmons shines in 76ers’ 113-92 win over Atlanta

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After yet another slow start by the 76ers, Ben Simmons gave restless fans and a slumping team a needed reminder of just good they can become in the East. Simmons had 21 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, and turned the game around in ...

Steelers’ James Conner shines in Le’Veon Bell’s absence

By DAN SCIFO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't surprised by the success of second-year running back James Conner. Conner continues to shine in the spotlight while two-time All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell remains away from the team. Conner enjoyed a ...

Talk of rule changes, Harper, Machado dominate offseason

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The World Series was baseball 2018 in a microcosm. Half the 44 runs scored by the champion Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers came across the plate on home runs. That's the second-highest percentage in baseball history, according to the ...

Departing Warriors owe $40 million for Oakland arena fix up

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Golden State Warriors were ordered to pay roughly $40 million for renovations at the Oakland arena they are leaving, authorities said Monday. The government agency that manages the Oakland arena took out a $150 million bond in 1996 for basketball renovations that the ...

Heat Check: Comparing AP Top 25 with 1st CFP rankings

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Something to keep in mind as the College Football Playoff selection committee prepares to release its first rankings of the season on Tuesday: In the four-year history of the CFP, the top of the committee's first rankings have never matched The Associated ...

Red Sox top Dodgers for 4th World Series title in 15 seasons

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Sale's final pitch for this Boston juggernaut triggered a celebration on the Dodger Stadium infield, among thousands of fans who made their way to California — and even outside Fenway Park back home. The quest is complete. Yes, ...

Browns fire coach Jackson, owner cites ‘internal discord’

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam finally tried the patient approach with his head coach. That didn't work either. Haslam made his fourth coaching change since 2012 by firing Hue Jackson, who won just three of 40 games over two-plus seasons and ...

Cavaliers’ coaching situation unclear after Lue’s firing

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — After an emotional day and restless night, Larry Drew went back to work. He organized practice, met with stunned players still reeling from Tyronn Lue's firing and put the Cleveland Cavaliers through drills as they prepared for ...

Bengals have 5 wins at midpoint despite worst defense

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — A four-interception, six-sack game usually leaves defensive coordinators thrilled. Not this one. Cincinnati let an 18-point lead slip away in the fourth quarter before rallying for a 37-34 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. It was among the worst ...