National Sports

Jackson’s 2 TD passes help Virginia Tech handle FSU 24-3

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Virginia Tech and coach Justin Fuente notched another season-opening victory against a ranked team. Florida State and Willie Taggart delivered the program's most inept offensive performance at home in a decade, hardly the start Taggart ...

Yelich beats throw to 1st in 9th, Brewers beat Cubs 4-3

By The Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich drove in the winning run with the bases loaded in the ninth after beating a throw from third to avoid a double play, and the Milwaukee Brewers opened an important three-game series with the Chicago Cubs with a 4-3 win Monday. The ...

Saban makes official what “everybody knows,” it’s Tua’s job

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Nick Saban made official what anybody who watched No. 1 Alabama's opener likely assumed: Tua Tagovailoa is the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback. The top-ranked Tide's coach didn't wait for the question to be asked Monday before ...

Harbaugh to Edwards after critical tweets: “Come after me”

By CHRIS NELSEN, Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The war of words between Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and former Wolverines receiver Braylon Edwards is heating up. Harbaugh, upset Edwards posted a negative tweet about two U-M players during Saturday's 24-17 loss at Notre Dame, ...

Votto gets fan’s shirt, vote; Reds get 5-1 loss vs Pirates

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — This trade was too good for Joey Votto to turn down. The Cincinnati Reds star first baseman spotted a fan sitting along the first base line Monday at PNC Park wearing a T-shirt that read "Votto for President." It was from a Nike ...

Cilic converts 8th match point at US Open; wins after 2 a.m.

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Marin Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, needed eight match points to recover from a two-set deficit and eventually edge 19-year-old Alex de Minaur 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 at 2:22 a.m. on Sunday, four minutes shy of the latest finish in ...

Green-out: No. 12 Notre Dame beats No. 14 Michigan 24-17

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Michigan-Notre Dame series returned after a three-year hiatus and the 12th-ranked Fighting Irish became the latest rival to get the best of Jim Harbaugh's Wolverines. Brandon Wimbush connected on a long touchdown pass ...

Tagovailoa shines, No. 1 Alabama routs Louisville 51-14

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Alabama doesn't rebuild. The Crimson Tide simply reload. College Football Playoff hero Tua Tagovailoa threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third in his first college start, helping top-ranked and defending national champions open the ...

Ronaldo still scoreless as Juventus extends perfect start

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer ROME (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is still scoreless after three matches with Juventus. Juventus, however, is doing just fine. Mario Mandzukic scored one and set up another with a backheel pass as the Bianconeri won at promoted Parma 2-1 on Saturday to remain ...

Hamlin looking to his Darlington touch for NASCAR playoffs

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — About the only time Denny Hamlin's had difficulty at Darlington Raceway came when he was trying to impress the brass at Joe Gibbs Racing. He and Tony Stewart tested at the track "Too Tough To Tame" about 15 years ago and Hamlin ...