National Sports

Vikings’ Harrison Smith voted top NFL safety by AP panel

By Dennis Waszak Jr. AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Harrison Smith has been making his mark for years with big hits and clutch interceptions for the Minnesota Vikings. As a key piece of one of the NFL’s top defenses, the playmaking safety was voted the top player in the league ...

Take 5; Steelers get a break after drilling Panthers 52-21

By Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger was still in the process of picking himself up off the Heinz Field turf when the scrum started, one that sent a message that at the moment it might be unwise to mess with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Steelers center ...

Founding Wild owner Naegele dies of cancer at 78

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Bob Naegele Jr., the founding owner of the Minnesota Wild, has died of complications from cancer. He was 78. The Wild said Naegele died on Wednesday night with his family by his side. Players will wear a jersey patch with his initials for the remainder of the season, ...

No MLB rule changes likely until eve of spring training

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Major League Baseball and its players’ union likely will not decide until the eve of spring training whether to change rules in an effort to increase action on the field next year. Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem said Thursday as ...

Larry Fitzgerald closing in on yards receiving milestone

By Bob Baum AP Sports Writer TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Larry Fitzgerald is closing in on another milestone, and it’s an impressive one. The 35-year-old receiver needs to catch just 33 yards worth of passes Sunday at Kansas City to move past Hall of Famer Terrell Owens into second place on ...

LA Rams horrified by mass shooting near their training base

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Andrew Whitworth and most of his Los Angeles Rams teammates live within a few miles of their team’s training complex in Thousand Oaks. The Borderline Bar and Grill is only five miles south of their weekday headquarters in ...

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray on record pace by spreading wealth

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Many of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray's best attributes are obvious. His powerful arm helped him get selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft as an outfielder. His speed has helped make him the second-leading ...

Rams eager to rebound from 1st loss, sweep Seahawks series

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although the Los Angeles Rams hadn't lost a game until last week, their spectacular season has featured several close calls. Not many were closer than their 33-31 victory just five weeks ago in Seattle, where the Seahawks racked up 190 ...

Jung Ho Kang stays with Pirates for $3M, 1-year deal

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jung Ho Kang is staying with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pittsburgh and the third baseman agreed Thursday to a $3 million, one-year contract that includes $2.5 million in performance bonuses. The deal was announced a week after Pittsburgh declined a $5.5 million club option for ...

Vrabel gets 1st crack coaching against Belichick, Patriots

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Vrabel won three Super Bowl rings over eight seasons with the New England Patriots. He even caught eight passes — all for touchdowns and all thrown by Tom Brady. Then Bill Belichick traded the linebacker away to ...