National Sports

LEADING OFF: Astros, Yanks try to get bats going in New York

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ GOING BATTY The two highest-scoring teams in the majors this season have combined for all of six runs in the first two games of the AL Championship Series. Houston, which totaled 896 runs to 858 for the ...

Steelers’ ‘Killer Bs’ back on track in win over Chiefs

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was so disheartened after his five-interception performance against Jacksonville last week that he half-jokingly talked about having lost it. Running back Le'Veon Bell subtly criticized the ...

Welcome, Rook: Ball, Tatum, Fultz and more making NBA debuts

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — If there was one takeaway from Lonzo Ball's first training camp and preseason, it was this: He doesn't sound like his dad. There's no humility in Ball's game. The confidence of the Los Angeles Lakers' rookie point guard is through the roof ...

FIFA confirms 8 top-seeded teams in World Cup draw

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has confirmed the seven highest-ranked nations joining host Russia as top-seeded teams in the World Cup finals draw. France rises one place to No. 7 to edge out Spain, as defending champion Germany heads an unchanged top six. After a busy qualifying program last week, ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 6: A-Rod’s out; Kaep vs. NFL; what’s a TD?

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Aaron Rodgers might be done for the season with a broken collarbone . Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance , saying NFL owners colluded to keep him out of the league because he knelt during the national anthem. And a play that looked like a touchdown ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Georgia gives SEC the power its lacked

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The Southeastern Conference is not the behemoth it was when the league dominated college football for almost a decade, but for the first time in a few years, it has a team other than Alabama that could threaten to win a national ...

STAT WATCH: Marshall punter’s 92-yarder longest since 1972

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Marshall's Kaare Vedvik knew he hit a good punt out of his own end zone. Once the ball landed, it kept going and going, farther than any other punt in a Football Bowl Subdivision game in 45 years. His 92-yard punt against Old Dominion on Saturday was, ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: 4 top-10 teams fall in wild weekend

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The college football weekend started with a freaky Friday that had two top-10 teams being upset, including the defending national champions, and pretty much ended with another top-five team going down to a big underdog. When it was all done, four ...

Altuve’s dash lifts Verlander, Astros over Yanks in Game 2

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — With each stinging line drive, Jose Altuve is putting his stamp on this October. Same with every pitch from Justin Verlander, no matter the inning or score. Houston's longest tenured player and its durable new ace — an incomparable pair ...

Taylor, Puig power Dodgers past Cubs 5-2 in NLCS Game 1

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Clayton Kershaw once again failed to dominate in a postseason start, these Los Angeles Dodgers don't need one guy to carry them. With a relentless lineup, flawless relief pitching and a collective charisma epitomized by the ...