National Sports

Joey Logano spoils Big 3 party to win NASCAR title

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Joey Logano was the underdog in NASCAR's title race, the driver few thought capable of keeping pace with the Big Three and stealing the title from one of the favorites. Logano proved everyone wrong with an upset victory in a ...

Drama, the long ball center of early season NBA intrigue

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer There has been some early tinkering to lineups, a few hiccups and lots of drama to start the NBA season. None of the league's final four teams from last season — Boston, Cleveland, Houston, Golden State — look like locks to hoist the Larry O'Brien ...

Even in Year 16, LeBron James refusing to slow down

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James stopped worrying about his place in history long ago. His legacy has been secure for years. The argument about where he ranks, whether or not he's the best player to ever step on a basketball court, will continue forever and ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 11: Alex Smith leg break like Theismann’s

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — As much as the NFL would rather if everyone discussed all of the yards and TDs produced in game after game, and for whatever advancements have been made in player safety over time, pro football is, at its core, a brutal sport ...

Bad penalties, bad decisions, bad coaching. And bad losses.

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer Bad penalties, bad decisions, bad coaching. And bad losses. They occurred all over the NFL on Sunday. The Jaguars , Cardinals, Chargers and Falcons all will be shaking their heads the way their fans are about how they blew games. At least the Panthers ...

Steelers rally to stun Jaguars in final seconds, 20-16

By The Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger was far from perfect until the fourth quarter, and that was all that mattered for the Pittsburgh Steelers. One week after Roethlisberger had a perfect quarterback rating, he overcame three interceptions and a 16-0 deficit ...

Eagles embarrassed by blowout loss to Saints

By GUERRY SMITH, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The slow-starting Eagles will see their season end much quicker than they anticipated if their latest performance is any indication. Another dismal first-quarter doomed Philadelphia in a 48-7 loss to the streaking New Orleans Saints on ...

LeBron James scores 51 points, Lakers roll past Heat 113-97

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — There was a time when LeBron James getting pestered by Lance Stephenson would have worked out wonderfully for the Miami Heat. Sunday was not one of those times. The scenario: It was late in the game, the outcome was decided, and Stephenson ...

AP Top 25: No. 23 Army ranked for 1st time since 1996; WVU No. 12

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Army is ranked for the first time since 1996, moving into The Associated Press college football poll at No. 23 on Sunday as it begins preparations to face rival Navy. The Black Knights (9-2) have been edging toward the Top 25 in recent weeks, and ...

Jackson carries 27 times, lifts Ravens past Bengals 24-21

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — In the days leading up to his first NFL start, Lamar Jackson experienced a stomach ache and insomnia. When the rookie quarterback finally got on the field, Jackson inflicted a whole lot of pain on the Cincinnati Bengals. Jackson juked ...