National Sports

Indians blank Tigers, clinch 3rd straight AL Central title

By The Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Unchallenged for months, the Cleveland Indians clinched their third straight AL Central title with a 15-0 blowout on Saturday of the Detroit Tigers, who made four errors and managed only two hits. Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley connected for ...

Browns releasing troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon's troubled tenure with the Cleveland Browns has ended. The team isn't going to help him any longer. He let them down for the final time. The Browns announced Saturday night that it intends to release the former Pro Bowl wide ...

Brewers now 2 1/2 games behind Cubs with 3-1 loss to Pirates

By JOE TOTORAITIS, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Zach Davies couldn't hold an early lead and it proved costly to the Milwaukee Brewers. Davies gave up a go-ahead double to Francisco Cervelli in the fourth inning that lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 win over the Brewers on ...

No. 1 Alabama blows past Mississippi 62-7

By DAVID BRANDT, AP Sports Writer OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Top-ranked Alabama faced a rare bit of adversity Saturday night when Mississippi's first offensive play turned into a 75-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Ta'amu to D.K. Metcalf. The angst lasted a grand total of 11 seconds. Alabama ...

Lester pitches Cubs over Reds 1-0, Chicago maintains lead

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — After seven dominant innings from Jon Lester, the Chicago Cubs turned to a closer-by-committee due to their loss of Pedro Strop. Lester allowed two hits over seven innings with a season-high nine strikeouts, Willson Contreras hit a ...

LEADING OFF: Sale vs deGrom for 1st time since college

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: YOU AGAIN? Cy Young Award contenders Chris Sale (12-4, 1.96) and Jacob deGrom (8-9, 1.71) face off for the first time since their college days as Boston hosts the Mets. DeGrom was a two-way player at Stetson in 2010 ...

Tate throws for 349 yards, 5 TDs as Arizona routs S. Utah

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer TUSCON, Ariz. (AP) — A sore ankle seems to be slowing that dynamic breakaway speed of Khalil Tate. But the Arizona quarterback sure can still throw the ball. Tate passed for a career-best 349 yards and five touchdowns, then sat out most of the fourth quarter ...

Agnew, Washington lead SDSU to upset of No. 23 ASU, 28-21

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State made a statement with another win against Arizona State, even if it took until the final play to seal the 28-21 upset of the No. 23 Sun Devils. Junior Ryan Agnew threw his first career touchdown pass to cap an impressive ...

No. 10 Washington shuts down Utah in 21-7 victory

By JOHN COON, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Washington's defense is as strong as advertised once again. The No. 10 Huskies smothered Utah for the better part of four quarters on the way to a 21-7 victory on Saturday night. Nothing the Utes did on offense had a real impact as the ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: First major upset shakes Big Ten

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The fun in a college football season does not really start until there is big upset, a Top Ten team losing to an unranked team. BYU provided the season's first shocker, one that could reset the College Football Playoff race and have long-term ...