National Sports

Renewed push to protect QBs has defenders stumped

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer Pass rushers like Clay Matthews are stumped as to what constitutes a clean hit on quarterbacks anymore. Lending a sympathetic ear is none other than Mike Zimmer, one of the biggest beneficiaries of the league's renewed emphasis on protecting the ...

Mack, Amukamara lead Bears over Seahawks 24-17

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Khalil Mack once again put on the sort of havoc-wreaking show the Chicago Bears envisioned when they traded for the superstar pass rusher. Even better for them, they came away with the victory this time. Mack had one of six sacks against ...

LEADING OFF: Bosox try to clinch in Bronx, Snell goes for 20

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: BOSOX BUBBLY? The Red Sox can clinch the AL East at Yankee Stadium with a single win during their three-game series — in 2016, Boston locked up the division while playing on the home field of its archrival. ...

Yelich propels Brewers with 2nd cycle in 3 weeks vs Reds

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich became the first major leaguer to hit for the cycle twice in one season against the same team, driving in four runs to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over the Cincinnati Reds 8-0 on Monday night. Less than three weeks after his cycle in Cincinnati, the streaking ...

Bears honor Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Brian Urlacher finally got a chance to say goodbye, and he tackled the opportunity the same way he played for 13 seasons. Fast. Urlacher was honored by the Chicago Bears at halftime of their 24-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Monday ...

Rookie Stallings caps Pirates’ 7-6 comeback win over Royals

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jacob Stallings has 19 hits in parts of three major league seasons, and the rookie third-string catcher has made a some of them count. Stallings hit a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally the Pittsburgh Pirates to a ...

Orioles fall to Blue Jays 5-0, tie 1988 team with 107 losses

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — A historic defeat for the Baltimore Orioles wasn't much different than the 106 that preceded it. Baltimore managed only three hits in falling to Toronto 5-0 on Monday night and tied an Orioles record for losses in a season. "It's ...

Out pattern: Browns trade receiver Josh Gordon to Patriots

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Wrier CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon's strange, stuttering career will start anew in New England. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have a new offensive toy. The Browns severed ties for good with the problematic wide receiver by trading him to the Patriots for a ...

Nothing to ‘C’ here: Importance of NHL captains is changing

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Ryan Johansen remembers how the Columbus Blue Jackets didn't have a captain until one day it clicked and everyone knew it should be Nick Foligno. "There was just no doubt," Johansen said. "It's just one of those things you don't want to force. You don't want ...

Hendricks takes shutout into 9th, Cubs beat D-backs 5-1

By JOSE M. ROMERO, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Kyle Hendricks received a standing ovation from Chicago Cubs fans in Arizona for merely laying down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the ninth inning. He earned all that applause away from home with the way he pitched on the mound. Hendricks ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Should LSU be No. 1 in rankings?

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer LSU should be No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll. Yes, that is a thing you could argue after three weeks of the season. None of the 61 members of the AP Top 25 media panel held that opinion Sunday, but the Tigers did make a big ...

Old Davis Cup format shines bright in US-Croatia series

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Fans banging drums and blowing trumpets for hours on end. Colorful costumes. Chants more reminiscent of soccer games than tennis matches. Plus, a series of marathon matches featuring constant momentum changes and drama. The atmosphere ...

Pirates Top Brewers, 3-2

By COLIN FLY, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brewers manager Craig Counsell says every day is going to be difficult during the final two weeks of the regular season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates showed why. Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana hit back-to-back home runs to begin the ninth ...

Verlander, Astros beat Diamondbacks 5-4, extend AL West lead

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander continued his strong September with another dominating outing Sunday. Verlander struck out 11 in seven solid innings and the Houston Astros extended their AL West edge, topping the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4. "Certainly, in the last couple of months this is his ...

LEADING OFF: NL West showdown, Cards-Braves, Cubs slumping

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: FINAL COUNTDOWN With the Rockies a half-game ahead of the Dodgers for the NL West lead, the teams begin their final series of the regular season. Jon Gray (11-7) pitches the opener of a three-game set at Dodger ...

Week 2 ICYMI: I quit! Bills CB calls it a career at halftime

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer How's THAT for a halftime adjustment? While the rest of the Buffalo Bills jogged into the locker room at halftime of their game against the Los Angeles Chargers, cornerback Vontae Davis jogged in, then just kept on going. He quit at halftime — a ...

Mahomes spreading the love for unbeaten Chiefs

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Patrick Mahomes is taking a democratic approach to his new job. Get open and the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback will get you the ball. The proof came on Sunday in Pittsburgh in a record-setting 42-37 victory over the Steelers. The ...

Browns feisty even as winless streak continues vs. Saints

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Browns were just a kick away. Well, maybe a few kicks, not to mention a defensive penalty that revived a New Orleans touchdown drive, as well as an interception that set up another Saints score in the waning minutes. Even with all ...

Tom Brady loses for 1st time in 9 games vs Jaguars, 31-20

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady trudged off the field with his helmet in one hand, grass stains on his jersey and a look of frustration on his face. This was a different feeling for the New England Patriots quarterback — at least against ...

Young Colts defense ready to face Wentz, Eagles

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer The Indianapolis Colts' defense looks primed and ready to face Carson Wentz and the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. Fresh off holding the Washington Redskins without a touchdown in a 21-9 victory Sunday, the Colts (1-1) turn their ...