National Sports

Back-to-back Heisman? Jackson looks even better this year

By Gary B. Graves AP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Lamar Jackson has looked even better than last year, when his performance was good enough to make him the youngest player to ever win the Heisman Trophy. This year, the junior quarterback has posted remarkably similar, eye-opening ...

Steve Spagnuolo settling in as New York Giants interim coach

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The whirlwind is starting to wind down for Steve Spagnuolo. Seeing Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese fired, being elevated to interim head coach, thrust into the position of choosing a quarterback, then getting the New York Giants ready for the Dallas ...

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield named the AP Player of the Year

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Baker Mayfield is The Associated Press college football Player of the Year, becoming the fourth Oklahoma quarterback to win the award since it was established in 1998. Mayfield easily outpointed Stanford running back Bryce Love, ...

Back-to-back Heisman? Jackson looks even better this year

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Lamar Jackson has looked even better than last year, when his performance was good enough to make him the youngest player to ever win the Heisman Trophy. This year, the junior quarterback has posted remarkably similar, eye-opening ...

Penguins put D Justin Schultz on injured reserve

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have placed defenseman Justin Schultz on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. Coach Mike Sullivan said Thursday that Schultz will be out at least two weeks. Schultz left Tuesday night's loss to the New York Rangers in the first period following ...

USOC plan for Olympics unchanged despite ambassador’s doubts

By The Associated Press The U.S. Olympic Committee still plans on bringing teams to the Pyeongchang Games in February despite U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley casting doubt on U.S. participation. In an interview Wednesday with Fox News Channel, Haley was asked if it's an open question about ...

Bryce Love leads the way on AP All-Pac-12 team

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer No surprise here: Stanford's Bryce Love leads The Associated Press All-Pac-12 Conference football team. Love was named the AP's All-Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year by unanimous vote, and also earned first-team honors at running back. It was the latest ...

Bills’ White calls Gronk a ‘dirty player’ for blindside hit

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White shook nervously in anger at his locker Thursday while accusing Patriots Rob Gronkowski of being a dirty player for blindsiding him in the back of the head. As for the NFL issuing ...

Isaiah Thomas plays 4-on-4, Cavs’ All-Star nearing return

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas played 4-on-4 on Wednesday, a significant step in his recovery from a hip injury. Thomas, who has yet to make his debut with Cleveland, scrimmaged along with injured forward Tristan ...

Saints can take firm control of NFC South vs. Falcons

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer One of the NFL's better rivalries has plenty riding on its latest installment. Saints-Falcons on Thursday night also is one of the better midweek matchups on this year's schedule. New Orleans leads the NFC South at 9-3, one game in front of Carolina, ...

Taggart will make $30 million over 6 years at Florida State

By JOE REEDY, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Willie Taggart's contract as Florida State's new head football coach will pay him $30 million over six years. The university released the letter of understanding signed by Taggart after he was announced as the Seminoles' new coach on ...

Rice hires Stanford assistant Bloomgren as head coach

HOUSTON (AP) — Mike Bloomgren has been hired as the coach at Rice. Rice announced Wednesday that Bloomgren agreed to a five-year contract with the Owls after spending last season as the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Stanford. He takes over for David Bailiff, who was fired ...

Longtime horse racing figure Charles J. Cella dies at 81

By BETH HARRIS, AP Racing Writer Charles J. Cella, who helped turn Oaklawn Park into a major racing destination in the South as a third-generation president of the Arkansas track and a thoroughbred owner himself, died Wednesday. He was 81. He died of complications from Parkinson's disease at ...

Kerr: Stephen Curry injury ‘a good thing for our team’

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Warriors coach Steve Kerr says that while Stephen Curry's sprained ankle is not ideal, it may actually help his team in the long run. Curry is expected to miss about two weeks with a sprained right ankle, including Wednesday night's ...

Taggart leaving Oregon to be next Florida St. football coach

By JOE REEDY, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Willie Taggart is returning to the Sunshine State, this time as head football coach at Florida State. Taggart has agreed to become Florida State's next coach, replacing Jimbo Fisher. Taggart told his Oregon players during a team ...

UCF tabs Josh Heupel to be Knights’ next football coach

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — UCF didn't take long to hire someone to lead its rejuvenated football program. The university announced Tuesday that Josh Heupel will be the Knights' next football coach. The move comes about 72 hours after Scott Frost announced Saturday he was leaving UCF to become the ...

Vitali Klitschko and Erik Morales win election to Boxing HOF

By JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) — Three years after he threw his hat back into the political ring for good, former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko achieved the ultimate honor for his time in that other ring — selection to the International Boxing Hall of ...

Hoffmann says he’s playing PGA Tour with muscular dystrophy

NEW YORK (AP) — PGA Tour player Morgan Hoffmann says he has been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and that his right pectoral muscle is nearly gone. In a story Hoffmann wrote for The Players' Tribune website, he says he started to notice his right pectoral deteriorating about five years ...

Man charged with 2010 slaying of NBA player Lorenzen Wright

By ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities charged a man Tuesday in connection with the slaying of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, more than seven years after Wright's bullet-riddled body was found decomposing in a Tennessee suburb. Billy Turner, 46, was indicted ...

Brown, Boswell lead Steelers to 23-20 win over Bengals

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Chris Boswell kicked a field goal on the final play shortly after Antonio Brown caught a 6-yard touchdown pass — taking a hit to the head while landing in the end zone — and the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled off another improbable comeback ...