National Sports

Chiefs owner Hunt surprised by quick success of Mahomes

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Not even the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, who gave the green light to trade up last year and select Patrick Mahomes 10th overall, expected his young quarterback to succeed this quickly. During his midseason discussion with ...

Thompson sets 3-point record, Warriors beat Bulls 149-124

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Klay Thompson popped to the wing off a screen from Stephen Curry, caught the pass from Kevin Durant and dribbled to his left before launching the record 3-pointer. The ball swished through the net. He raised both arms, pumped his fist and ...

Butler shoots Timberwolves past James, Lakers 124-120

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After a lethargic loss in their last game, the Minnesota Timberwolves came to life. LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers served as their spark plug. Jimmy Butler hit five of Minnesota's eight 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to ...

Simmons shines in 76ers’ 113-92 win over Atlanta

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After yet another slow start by the 76ers, Ben Simmons gave restless fans and a slumping team a needed reminder of just good they can become in the East. Simmons had 21 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, and turned the game around in ...

Steelers’ James Conner shines in Le’Veon Bell’s absence

By DAN SCIFO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't surprised by the success of second-year running back James Conner. Conner continues to shine in the spotlight while two-time All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell remains away from the team. Conner enjoyed a ...

Talk of rule changes, Harper, Machado dominate offseason

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The World Series was baseball 2018 in a microcosm. Half the 44 runs scored by the champion Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers came across the plate on home runs. That's the second-highest percentage in baseball history, according to the ...

Departing Warriors owe $40 million for Oakland arena fix up

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Golden State Warriors were ordered to pay roughly $40 million for renovations at the Oakland arena they are leaving, authorities said Monday. The government agency that manages the Oakland arena took out a $150 million bond in 1996 for basketball renovations that the ...

Heat Check: Comparing AP Top 25 with 1st CFP rankings

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Something to keep in mind as the College Football Playoff selection committee prepares to release its first rankings of the season on Tuesday: In the four-year history of the CFP, the top of the committee's first rankings have never matched The Associated ...

Red Sox top Dodgers for 4th World Series title in 15 seasons

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Sale's final pitch for this Boston juggernaut triggered a celebration on the Dodger Stadium infield, among thousands of fans who made their way to California — and even outside Fenway Park back home. The quest is complete. Yes, ...

Browns fire coach Jackson, owner cites ‘internal discord’

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam finally tried the patient approach with his head coach. That didn't work either. Haslam made his fourth coaching change since 2012 by firing Hue Jackson, who won just three of 40 games over two-plus seasons and ...