National Sports

Pacquiao going big, or going bust in the Battle of Brisbane

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Freddie Roach is ready to narrow down Manny Pacquiao's options following the WBO welterweight championship fight against Jeff Horn: Think about another shot at Floyd Mayweather, or think about retirement. The 11-time world champion is ...

LEADING OFF: Nationals take a look at K-Rod, Yankees ailing

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ CAN HE HELP? The NL East-leading Washington Nationals were angling to add Francisco Rodriguez to their biggest trouble spot — the bullpen. The Nats have seen a lot of late leads get away this season and ...

Giants score plenty to back Samardzija, snap five-game skid

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For a night, the San Francisco Giants delivered the key hits with runners in scoring position. They got contributions from throughout the order, made things happen on the basepaths and did all the little things. Music blared in a ...

Transfer talk makes Sanchez better, Chile hopes

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Chile thinks transfer speculation around Alexis Sanchez will drive him to play even better against Portugal in the Confederations Cup semifinals. Sanchez has been linked with a move away from Arsenal and, far from distracting him, Chile teammate Marcelo Diaz said "he ...

LEADING OFF: Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium, Barreto pop

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ WELCOME BACK Old-Timers' Day is always a popular event at Yankee Stadium, and former catcher Jorge Posada figures to draw a lot of attention when he attends for the first time. Tim Raines, set for induction ...

Sonnen tops Silva in unanimous decision at Bellator in NYC

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Chael Sonnen took out one MMA legend, called out another, then unloaded his misery about fighting at Madison Square Garden. "I hate New York," he bellowed in the cage. Sonnen won on the scorecards, if not the adulation from MSG fight fans, ...

Jordan Spieth birdies 18th to keep Travelers lead

By PAT EATON-ROBB, AP Sports Writer CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Jordan Spieth continues to play just a little better than anyone else at the Travelers Championship. The 23-year-old Texan closed with a 20-foot birdie putt for a 4-under 66 on Saturday, giving him a one-stroke lead for the third ...

William Byron wins in Iowa for first Xfinity victory

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — It took rookie William Byron just a week to get over one of the most brutal losses of his young career. The 19-year-old Byron grabbed the lead with just over 20 laps left and won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday ...

LEADING OFF: Darvish-Tanaka for first time in US; Felix back

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ DARVISH VS. TANAKA The last meeting between Yu Darvish (6-5, 3.35 ERA) and Masahiro Tanaka (5-7, 6.34) was six years ago and nearly 7,000 miles away from Yankee Stadium. The Japanese pitchers will start ...

Family affair: Lakers get Lonzo Ball and dad with No. 2 pick

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Lonzo Ball is staying home with the Los Angeles Lakers, and the point guard is one big part of Magic Johnson's grand plan to return them to championship contention. The Lakers selected Ball with the second overall pick in the NBA ...