National Sports

Column: Across USA, cheers. In New England, shocked silence

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer In viewing areas across America, from sports bars to living rooms, explosive cheers rang out. Throughout New England, shocked silence. Whether the way the Patriots-Dolphins game ended is worthy of being dubbed the South Beach Stunner or South Beach ...

NFL ICYMI: Good as Belichick is, Pats erred on Miami Miracle

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Bill Belichick is universally recognized as one of the best coaches — if not THE best coach — in NFL history, and he owns the Super Bowl titles to prove it. That doesn't mean he — or his entire New England Patriots staff — is ...

Baines surprised by Hall of Fame election

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Harold Baines answered the phone and learned he was a Hall of Famer. "Very shocked," he admitted. So were many others around the baseball world. In fact, in the hours after his selection by a Hall-picked panel was announced Sunday at the ...

Goff, Rams shut down by Bears in 15-6 loss

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Jared Goff was born in California and played his college ball for California before beginning his pro career in Southern California with the Los Angeles Rams. The Golden State kid looked a little lost in the Windy City. Harassed by Chicago's ...

LEADING OFF: Yanks try for HR record, Wright closes career

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: BRONX BOMBERS The New York Yankees take aim at baseball's single-season home run record, a day after tying the mark of 264 set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners. The Yankees connected four times Friday night in Boston, with ...

NL West-leading Rockies beat Nats to lock up playoff berth

By The Associated Press DENVER (AP) — The NL West-leading Colorado Rockies locked up a playoff berth for the second straight season, beating the Washington Nationals 5-2 on Friday night for their eighth win in a row behind a resilient start from Kyle Freeland. David Dahl homered for the fifth ...

Trout slugs 39th HR, Ohtani 3 for 3 as Angels beat A’s 8-5

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Angels are playing out the string, although it's tough to tell by watching Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. The team's two biggest stars both shined Friday night in an 8-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Trout hit a two-run homer ...

NHL goalie equipment continues to shrink, premium on scoring

By The Associated Press Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck recently stopped a puck near his collarbone. It was a shot that, in years past, he might not have thought about twice. This time, it hurt. "Didn't feel very good," Hellebuyck said. He and his fellow NHL goalies will be wearing a ...

Turner, Dodgers beat Giants 3-1, move closer to playoff spot

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Justin Turner and his teammates want to win their way back into the playoffs, no help necessary during the season's final weekend. Turner hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers moved to the brink ...

Hayward returns, and the NBA preseason schedule begins

By The Associated Press CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Gordon Hayward finally returned to the court, and Kyrie Irving got to play at North Carolina. Hayward scored 10 points in his first game in nearly a year for the Boston Celtics, who fell to the Charlotte Hornets 104-97 on Friday night — the ...