National Sports

No. 3 Georgia, No. 24 S. Carolina meet in SEC East showdown

By The Associated Press Here are some things to watch during the second week of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 3 Georgia at No. 24 South Carolina. It's an early-season matchup between two teams who are among the favorites to win the SEC's Eastern Division. ...

Luplow hits tiebreaking HR, Pirates beat Marlins 5-3

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — When veteran pitcher Chris Archer faltered and regular right fielder Gregory Polanco left a game Friday night against Miami with an injury, Pittsburgh turned to the kids to get the job done. Kevin Kramer recorded his first major league ...

Knee ends Nadal’s Open defense; Djokovic vs. del Potro final

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Nadal felt the pain sear into his right knee early in his U.S. Open semifinal, on what he called "a bad movement." It was a familiar pain, one that he's dealt with off-and-on for years. The defending champion looked up at his guest ...

Rams finally get Donald, Suh together on tantalizing defense

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Donald makes a joke during a break in practice, and Ndamukong Suh chuckles. Pretty soon, the entire Los Angeles Rams' defensive line is cracking up. This new defense is no laughing matter, though. Six months after the Rams ...

After banner goes up, Eagles start title defense

By Rob Maaddi AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Before the Philadelphia Eagles begin their quest for a repeat, they’ll have one more celebration. The first Super Bowl banner in franchise history will be unveiled in front of a sellout crowd that waited seemingly forever to ...

Viviani wins another Vuelta stage, Yates keeps overall lead

BERMILLO DE SAYAGO, Spain (AP) — Italian cyclist Elia Viviani won his second Spanish Vuelta stage on Tuesday, while Simon Yates retained the leader's red jersey despite a punctured tire. Viviani, who also won the third stage, outsprinted Peter Sagan in the final meters to comfortably win the ...

Serena, Stephens try to reach semifinals at US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens can give the United States two U.S. Open semifinalists, a year after an all-American women's final four. And for the first time since 2006, the host country can have a man there, too. Williams and Stephens first have to win quarterfinal ...

Mr. Smith goes to Washington as Redskins’ undisputed leader

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer Alex Smith doesn't believe in assigned seats. As he tried to get to know his new Washington Redskins teammates, Smith sat in a different seat for each meeting. Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula knew that from his time with Smith in San Francisco, and running ...

LEADING OFF: Bregman streaking, Angels hopeful about Ohtani

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ASCENDING ASTRO Alex Bregman has homered in three straight games for Houston, part of his surge since making the All-Star team. The third baseman has reached base safely in 31 consecutive games, the longest active ...

Federer stunned by 55th-ranked Millman in US Open 4th Round

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Federer served poorly. He volleyed poorly. Closed out sets poorly, too. And now he's gone, beaten at the U.S. Open by an opponent ranked outside the top 50 for the first time in his illustrious career. Looking slow and tired on a ...