National Sports

Tigers hire Gardenhire as new manager

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have hired Ron Gardenhire as their manager, bringing the longtime Minnesota Twins skipper back to the AL Central to take over a team in the middle of a significant rebuilding process. The Tigers announced the move Friday, saying Gardenhire has agreed to a ...

Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7 in ALCS

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander remained perfect with the Houston Astros, pitching seven shutout innings when they needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs during a 7-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night that extended the AL Championship Series to a ...

Morgan, Rapinoe lift US soccer past South Korea 3-1

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz prolonged their recent scoring binges for the United States, while Megan Rapinoe showcased her knack for exposing weaknesses in even the most technically sound defenses. Morgan scored in a fourth straight game, ...

Rare Jackie Robinson rookie jersey up for auction

By VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A rare jersey from Jackie Robinson's historic rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers 70 years ago could be available for someone with a few spare millions. The jersey, part of a Heroes of Sports offering by Heritage Auctions, has been ...

No. 2 Penn State faces No. 19 Michigan with high stakes

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer This team is back. That team is back. The practice of proclaiming that a struggling traditional college football power has returned to elite status after a big win is fraught with false steps. The truth is that a return to glory can rarely be ...

Pitt, Duke look to reverse slumps in ACC Coastal matchup

By JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Both Pittsburgh and Duke can take solace in one thing: One of them has to win Saturday. The Panthers visit the Blue Devils in a matchup of slumping Coastal Division teams. Duke (4-3, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) has lost three ...

Second SkyCam to be used on “Sunday Night Football”

By The Associated Press NBC will unveil a second SkyCam for Sunday night's Super Bowl rematch between the Patriots and Falcons at Gillette Stadium that will provide views from on high. The original SkyCam used for games flies anywhere from 12 feet to 40 feet above the playing field. The high ...

Dodgers rout Cubs 11-1 in NLCS Game 5, move on to World Series

CHICAGO (AP) — Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making. Fueled by Hernandez's home run trilogy, Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers are finally going to the World Series. Hernandez homered three times and drove in seven runs, Kershaw ...

Thunder take down Knicks; Raptors stop Bulls

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook had a triple-double and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 105-84 on Thursday night in their first regular-season game with All-Star additions Paul George and Carmelo Anthony Westbrook, the NBA MVP last season when he averaged a ...

Panthers’ QB Cam Newton opts not to speak with reporters

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has declined to speak to reporters for the second consecutive day. Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said Thursday the former league MVP gave no explanation as to why he wouldn’t participate in his weekly news conference prior to ...