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National Sports

Long wait over for some Astros, Nationals at World Series

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Baseball Writer HOUSTON (AP) — What a relief for Houston Astros pitcher Joe Smith that manager AJ Hinch was only joking about his team's makeup for the World Series. "I would bring (him) in my office and pretend like he's not going to make the roster, just to get a ...

Winston, Howard top AP preseason All-America men’s team

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer Cassius Winston had a long list of accomplishments at Michigan State. He led the Spartans to Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles and into the Final Four. He was the Big Ten player of the year, an Associated Press All-American, one of the nation's ...

NFL cracks down on internal dissent over officiating

By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer The NFL threw yellow flags on Rams linebacker Clay Matthews, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and Lions safety Tracy Walker, fining each $12,500 for criticizing officials. Matthews was disciplined for a tweet he posted after the Lions lost to his ...

Patriots blitz Darnold, Jets 33-0 to remain undefeated

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Tom Brady set the tone and the New England Patriots' blitz-happy defense took over from there. Bill Belichick's bunch is still undefeated after another absolutely dominant performance. Brady threw a TD pass to Phillip ...

Clemson player who punched opponent faces no more discipline

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says reserve defensive back Andrew Booth Jr. will face no additional punishment for punching a Louisville player last week. The freshman punch ed Trenell Troutman during the second half of Clemson's 45-10 victory. Booth will miss the opening ...

Mahomes hurts knee in Chiefs’ win over Denver

By Arnie Stapleton AP Pro Football Writer DENVER (AP) — Reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes injured his right knee in a pileup near the goal line before his Kansas City teammates rallied around their fallen superstar for a 30-6 thrashing of Denver on Thursday night. Backup Matt Moore threw a ...

LEADING OFF: Strasburg, Nats lead Cards 2-0, Stanton hurt

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: MAKING THEIR PITCH Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals try to move within a win of the World Series. They lead St. Louis 2-0 in the NL Championship Series after dominant starts by Max Scherzer ...

Mariota, Winston may have cloudy futures with shaky showings

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Pro Football Writer Marcus Mariota might be out as the starting quarterback in Tennessee, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might have to decide how many more interceptions they can afford from Jameis Winston. For the top two picks in the 2015 draft, the future might not be ...

Correa HR in 11th as Astros top Yankees 3-2; ALCS tied at 1

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — In a battle of the bullpens, Carlos Correa felt the greatest relief. Injured down the stretch and slumping this month, Correa hit a leadoff home run in the 11th inning that lifted the Houston Astros over the New York Yankees 3-2 Sunday ...

Jarry makes 27 saves, Penguins rout Jets 7-2

By The Associated Press undefined WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Zach Aston-Reese, Sam Lafferty and Jake Guentzel each had two goals to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 7-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night. Dominik Simon also scored and Aston-Reese also had an assist for the Penguins. ...