National Sports

Wimbush helps Irish crush Trojans

The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Brandon Wimbush passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more, Josh Adams added three touchdown runs and No. 13 Notre Dame took advantage of three turnovers by No. 11 Southern California to win 49-14 on Saturday night. The Fighting Irish (6-1) ...

Pitching shines for Houston

The Associated Press HOUSTON — Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined for a three-hitter, Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis homered and the Houston Astros reached the World Series, blanking the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series. Just four years ...

Truex in a good place at moment

The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Martin Truex Jr. already looks like the coolest cat at the club, with his shades and scruff and disarming smile, yet he has even more reason to be relaxed and confident at Kansas Speedway this weekend. Start with the fact that he’s already ...

Bell picks up first victory

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Christopher Bell raced to his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory Saturday, beating dominant Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones after they made contract with four laps left at Kansas Speedway. Bell led for just four laps, hanging in second place behind Jones for much ...

Sports at a glance

Langer’s 63 is Champs leader RICHMOND, Va. — Bernhard Langer matched the course record with a 9-under 63 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead in the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, the first event in the PGA Tour Champions’ Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs. Seeking an unprecedented ...

Astros force Game 7

HOUSTON — Justin Verlander stayed perfect with the Houston Astros when they couldn’t afford anything else. The ace right-hander pitched seven shutout innings and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs during a 7-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night that extended the AL ...

Conference schedules expanding next year

NEW YORK — Big Ten basketball came to the Big Apple on Thursday for media day and a look at Madison Square Garden, where the conference will hold its tournament in March. “This is the mecca of basketball,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “It always has been. And I think it always ...

Experience matters in trying to beat Cats

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kentucky opponents have trouble agreeing on what it takes to topple a program that annually brings in multiple future first-round NBA picks. Yet a few Southeastern Conference teams may have stumbled across a winning formula the last couple of years. Experience matters ...

Playoff elimination games looming

The Associated Press A team that has lost two games has yet to make the College Football Playoff. The playoff has only been in existence since 2014, and it’s bound to happen at some point, but for now it seems like a difficult bar to clear. So it seems fair to say that No. 11 Southern ...

Yankees head south with 3-2 series lead

The Associated Press NEW YORK — This time, it was Masahiro Tanaka who was untouchable on the mound. And when the New York Yankees sent Houston ace Dallas Keuchel to an early exit, their rollicking crowd let loose with a cathartic roar that must have boomed all over the Bronx. One more ...

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The Associated Press Cubs win, force Game 5 with LA CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs staved off elimination Wednesday night, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2, in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers still lead the series, 3-1, with Game 5 tonight back in ...

Chiefs have enough for bounce-back win

The Associated Press No longer unbeaten, Kansas City now must concentrate on remaining atop the AFC West and, if the Chiefs can manage it, in front of the rest of the conference pack. The first step toward that comes tonight at Oakland, not exactly a favorite destination for the Chiefs ...

Eagles’ Long donating his salary

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Chris Long is donating the rest of his year’s salary to increase educational equality. The Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive end already gave up his first six game checks to provide two scholarships for students in Charlottesville, Virginia. Now, ...

To suspend or not suspend; Elliott playing

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott was granted another legal reprieve Tuesday night in the running back’s fight to avoid a six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations. A federal judge granted a temporary restraining order blocking the ...

Owners, players air grievances

The Associated Press NEW YORK — NFL players and owners held an unusual meeting Tuesday to discuss social issues, a session both sides termed positive and productive. What was not discussed at any length was the divisive topic of the national anthem that has caught the attention of ...

Late surge gives Yanks 2-2 series tie

The Associated Press NEW YORK — With a soaring shot headed for Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park, Aaron Judge got New York back on track for another memorable October. Judge ignited a rousing rally with a home run, then doubled during a four-run eighth inning to spur the unflappable New ...

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Pitino decides to sue Adidas LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino is suing Adidas and says the sportswear maker “outrageously conspired” to funnel money to the family of a Cardinal recruit without his knowledge. Pitino’s lawsuit filed Tuesday comes a day after ...

Talladega too dicey for playoffs

By Jenna Fryer The Associated Press TALLADEGA, Ala. — Here’s what went right at Talladega Superspeedway: n It was a beautiful day with packed grandstands. n Fans were treated to a sincere send-off to Dale Earnhardt Jr. n NBC’s overnight television rating was the highest for this ...

Fighting Irish QB will play against Trojans

The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 13 Notre Dame will have quarterback Brandon Wimbush ready for Saturday’s home game against No. 11 Southern California. Coach Brian Kelley says Wimbush is “100 percent” after missing the win over North Carolina two weeks ago because of a ...

Yankees crush Astros in Game 3

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Back in the Bronx, the big guys delivered. Greeted by an array of “All Rise” signs in a ballpark that fits their style, Aaron Judge hit a three-run homer and made a pair of sparkling catches, leading CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees over the ...