National Sports

Mantle’s 1964 World Series jersey auctioned for $1.3 million

By The Associated Press A Mickey Mantle jersey from the 1964 World Series has been sold at auction for $1.32 million. It was the jersey Mantle wore when he homered in Games 6 and 7 at St. Louis to give him 18 for his career, a World Series record that still stands. He also homered in Game 3 ...

Texans’ Watt eager to return, move past injury woes

HOUSTON (AP) — Nearly 11 months from his most recent NFL game, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt isn’t hiding his eagerness to get back on the field. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year hasn’t played since he suffered a broken left leg against Kansas City in Week 5 last ...

Disappointing Nats trade Murphy to Cubs, Adams to Cards

WASHINGTON (AP) — Essentially throwing in the towel on a disappointing season, the Washington Nationals traded second baseman Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs and first baseman Matt Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. Despite a roster that boasts such stars as Max Scherzer and ...

Adrian Peterson ready for his next move with Redskins

By Benjamin Standig Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Adrian Peterson believes he still has something left. The 33-year-old running back had his first practice with the Redskins on Tuesday, a day after signing a one-year deal with Washington. “I can give a lot. I really believe ...

Usain Bolt trains for 1st time with Central Coast Mariners

GOSFORD, Australia (AP) — Star sprinter Usain Bolt says he passed up the chance to trial with clubs in Europe before accepting an offer to trial for a professional contract with the Central Coast Mariners in Australian football's A-League. Bolt trained with the Mariners for the first time on ...

Jansen gives up 2 HRs in return, Cards top Dodgers 5-3

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Since the calendar turned to August, the St. Louis Cardinals have been on a tear. They kept it up against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, who allowed ninth-inning homers to Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter in his return from the disabled list ...

Pick 6: Some old geezers to watch this season

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer Anyone who pays attention to the NFL knows that Tom Brady is 41 as he heads into the season. He's hardly the only geezer, in football terms, still on the field or hoping to be when the season kicks off next month. Indeed, Brady isn't even close to the ...

LEADING OFF: Stanton returns to Miami, Altuve off the DL

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: SOUTH BEACH STANTON Giancarlo Stanton returns to Marlins Park for the first time since Miami traded him to the New York Yankees in December. Stanton spent his first eight years with the Marlins and was the NL MVP ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Handling preseason expectations

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Broadly speaking, a team that starts the season in the Top 25 and finishes it unranked has had a disappointing season, failing to meet expectations. The converse is likely to be true as well. Critics of preseason polls complain about setting ...

Mets botch popup in 13th, Giants wind up with 2-1 win

By ADRY TORRES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Mets left fielder Dominic Smith readily took the blame for plowing into shortstop Amed Rosario on the potential inning-ending play in the 13th inning that ended up costing his team the game. Smith, a highly touted prospect who has been ...

Ravens crash Luck’s homecoming with 20-19 preseason win

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens spoiled Andrew Luck's Indianapolis homecoming. They picked him off before allowing a completion, and Terrell Suggs nearly chopped the ball out of Luck's hands on a sack. The Ravens then secured a 20-19 preseason win ...

Kluber, Indians top Porcello, Red Sox 5-4

By KEN POWTAK, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Boston pitcher Rick Porcello had the wind knocked out of him after taking a hard liner to the stomach. Two pitches later, Cleveland's Greg Allen knocked the energy right out of Fenway Park. Allen hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning ...

20-year-old Wilson pitches Braves past Pirates 1-0 in debut

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryse Wilson was pitching for his high school team in Hillsborough, North Carolina, barely two years ago. Now, he's 1-0 in the major leagues. Wilson worked five solid innings, becoming the third 20-year-old pitcher to start in his big ...

Kid stuff: Mets rout Phillies 8-2 in Little League Classic

By MIKE CRANSTON, Associated Press WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Jason Vargas never talks to fans from the on-deck circle, just like major league teams never line up after a game and shake hands. Put a big league game in a tiny park full of 11 and 12 year olds, though, and those kinds of customs ...

Rossi wins at Pocono in race marred by violent wreck

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Alexander Rossi was as worried as the rest of the IndyCar field when a violent wreck shot Robert Wickens' car airborne, ripped up the catchfence and left the tub of the rookie's Honda toppled on the asphalt. The crash at Pocono Raceway ...

Snedeker opens with 59 and closes with victory in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Brandt Snedeker won the Wyndham Championship on Sunday for his ninth PGA Tour title, four days after opening with a 59. Snedeker closed with a 5-under 65 for a three-stroke victory, breaking a tie with C.T. Pan on the final hole. Pan hit his tee shot out-of-bounds and ...

Verlander wins 200th, Astros back ahead of A’s with 9-4 win

By The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched just well enough to earn his 200th career win and the Houston Astros hit five home runs, beating the Oakland Athletics 9-4 Sunday to avoid a sweep and retake sole possession of the AL West lead. The surging A's had won ...

LEADING OFF: Gregorius hurt, Stanton in Miami, Felix starts

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors Monday: AILING The Yankees will see how shortstop Didi Gregorius is feeling, a day after he bruised his left heel in a collision while beating out an infield hit. Gregorius was hurt when he tumbled over Toronto first ...

Barrett has 23 points, 11 assists, Duke wins Canadian finale

MONTREAL (AP) — R.J. Barrett had 23 points and 11 assists to help Duke beat McGill University 103-58 on Sunday night in the Blue Devils' third and final game on a Canadian exhibition tour. Duke opened the tour with two games in Barrett's hometown of Mississauga, Ontario, beating Ryerson ...

Cabrera hits grand slam as Indians beat Orioles 8-0

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians showed off their power and pitching Sunday. Melky Cabrera hit a grand slam to cap a six-run fourth inning, four pitchers combined on the team's AL-leading 13th shutout and the Indians continued to roll through August ...