National Sports

Offensive line woes costly in Giants’ 24-10 loss

By SIMMI BUTTAR, AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Not even Odell Beckham Jr. could save the New York Giants on Monday night. Not with Eli Manning working behind a porous offensive line. Beckham returned from an ankle injury, but Manning was sacked five times and the Giants ...

LEADING OFF: HR record set to fall, Maddon back in TB

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ SUMMER OF THE SLUGGER Major League Baseball is on track to break its season record for home runs with nearly two weeks left in the season. There were 5,677 home runs hit through Monday, 16 shy of the ...

Stanton hits 55th homer to help Marlins beat Mets 13-1

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Maybe it was the breather Giancarlo Stanton requested and received, or the move one spot down in the batting order that rejuvenated his home run swing. Perhaps it was Mets pitching. Stanton hit his 55th homer — and his first in nine days ...

NFL Overreactions: Are the Giants already finished?

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer The New York Giants are finished. Odell Beckham Jr. returned to the lineup but the offense was awful again in a 24-10 home loss to Detroit on Monday night. Eli Manning looks so uncomfortable under pressure that he took a sack without getting hit. It's ...

Chase for championship: Elliott a NASCAR title contender

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Kevin Harvick considered the list of young drivers often suggested as NASCAR's next big stars and replacements for departed veterans Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. He suggested that only one prospect could truly hook a ...

Luck still not cleared to practice, ruled out of Browns game

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck will miss his third consecutive game Sunday after being ruled out by Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano on Monday. And there's still no timetable for his return to practice. While Pagano didn't rule out the possibility of Luck coming back Wednesday, Pagano ...

Steelers defense talking, playing a good game

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The difference in the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, inside linebacker Ryan Shazier insists, isn't in what is happening after the snap, but before it. The kids like nose tackle Javon Hargrave, cornerback Artie Burns and safety Sean Davis ...

3-time Olympic cyclist Sarah Hammer retires from riding

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Three-time Olympian Sarah Hammer, one of the most decorated track cyclists in U.S. history, is retiring after a prolific career spanning more than two decades. The 34-year-old Hammer announced Monday that she's stepping away from competitive riding to focus on ...

Alabama LB: ‘The season’s officially here’ with SEC play

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama can now officially begin its quest for a fourth straight Southeastern Conference title. The top-ranked Crimson Tide has conquered one highly ranked team, Florida State, and produced lopsided wins over a pair of Mountain West ...

Back to work: No. 12 Florida State prepares for long grind

By JOE REEDY, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is glad to get back to a normal game-week schedule after Hurricane Irma forced the 12th-ranked Seminoles to take two weeks off. They are facing an upcoming stretch that is becoming quite ...

Person familiar with matter to AP: MLB review of umpire hit

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is reviewing how an umpire got hit this week by a pitch that a catcher missed in a game between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. Plate umpire ...

NCAA reforming transfer rules by tying them to academics

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Sports Writer The NCAA is in the process of reforming its rules for athletes who transfer — and the mere suggestion of changes that could make it easier for football and basketball players to leave one school and play immediately for another was enough to stir ...

NFL seeks quick action to get Elliott suspension reinstated

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer The NFL filed an emergency motion a federal appeals court Friday, hoping to get a swift ruling on its request to overrule a judge who blocked a six-game suspension for star Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott in a domestic violence case in ...

LEADING OFF: Indians aim for 22nd straight, Miller off DL

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ RECORD RUN Now that they've set an AL record with 21 consecutive wins, the seemingly unstoppable Indians take aim at the major league mark of 26 in a row by the 1916 New York Giants. Cleveland tries for ...

Tennessee and Florida meet in pivotal SEC East showdown

By The Associated Press Here are a some things to watch during the third week of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 23 Tennessee at No. 24 Florida: After ending an 11-game losing streak in this annual series last year, Tennessee now gets a chance to send ...

Rematch of Big 12’s last national title: Texas at No. 4 USC

By The Associated Press Some things to watch in the Big 12 Conference in Week 3 of the season, the last weekend before any games that will count toward the conference standings: GAME OF THE WEEK Texas (1-1) at No. 4 Southern California (2-0). The last time they played a dozen seasons ago, ...

Marbury hopes to finish off career back in NBA

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Stephon Marbury hopes to finish off his basketball career back in the NBA. The 40-year old guard is playing in the Chinese Basketball Association this season for the Beijing Fly Dragons and when the league ends in February or March he ...

Germany takes over at top of FIFA rankings from Brazil

ZURICH (AP) — Germany is back at the top of the FIFA rankings, taking over from Brazil after a busy World Cup qualifying program. European champion Portugal is up three places to No. 3, while Argentina falls one to No. 4 and No. 5 Belgium climbs four places. European teams, which each ...

Ticket sales start for 2018 World Cup in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Ticket sales have started for next year's World Cup in Russia. Fans can start applying for tickets to any of the 64 games, with prices ranging from 1,280 rubles ($22) for the cheapest tickets — a price available to Russian fans only — to $1,100 for top-level seats at the ...

Watch Out: Sacks galore likely in Texans at Bengals

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer Judging by the performances of their blockers in the opening week of the season, it's fair to wonder if there will be more sacks than points in Thursday night's game between the Texans and Bengals. Cincinnati allowed Andy Dalton to be trapped five ...