National Sports

Watt and Altuve share SI’s Sportsperson of the Year award

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — J.J. Watt raised more than $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and Jose Altuve led the Houston Astros to their first World Series title, both giving hope to the city as it picked up the pieces from the devastating storm. On ...

Seattle moves ahead with arena remodel to attract NBA, NHL

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle is moving forward with efforts to renovate the aging city-owned KeyArena into a premier venue that could be ready for an NBA or NHL team within three years. The Seattle City Council on Monday approved a memorandum of understanding with Los Angeles-based Oak View Group ...

Olympic star Moses remarkably recovers from head injuries

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Edwin Moses turned the corner, saw the blue police lights in the distance and, immediately, started spinning. His senses overwhelmed by the strength of the strobing lights, Moses fell to the ground and crawled to the ...

Garoppolo off to promising start as 49ers beat Bears

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers believe better days are coming now that they have quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. His first start for them was a promising one. Garoppolo threw for 293 yards, and Robbie Gould kicked a 24-yard field goal in the ...

Ravens hit stride on offense; slam Lions’ playoff hopes

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — In the days leading up to their pivotal game against the Detroit Lions, Ravens safety Eric Weddle predicted there would come a time when Baltimore would have to rely on its offense to win. Sure enough, that's what happened Sunday. Though ...

Win over Giants has Raiders back in tie for first place

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The four-game losing streak, change in defensive coordinators and all those early-season struggles are in the past now for the Oakland Raiders. They head into the stretch run of the season exactly where they hoped to be, even if ...

Rams special teams shine in win over Cardinals

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Much has been made of the offensive eruption of second-year quarterback Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams under first-year coach Sean McVay. And people already knew the Rams' defense was good. Add special teams to Los Angeles' ...

Hey 8-4: Titans stay atop AFC South by beating Texans 24-13

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee left tackle Taylor Lewan remembers only too well how the Titans always seemed to find a way to lose through his first two seasons in the NFL. Now they're finding ways to win, and that's all that matters. The ...

Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma, Wisconsin are playoff top 4

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma and Wisconsin will enter championship weekend positioned to earn a playoff spot with just one more victory. But a potential Alabama-Ohio State controversy looms. Clemson moved up to No. 1 in the final College Football ...

TCU coach doesn’t believe Oklahoma pregame throw an accident

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU coach Gary Patterson doesn't believe it was an errant or accidental pass that hit safety Niko Small while going on the field for pregame warmups the last time the No. 10 Horned Frogs played No. 2 Oklahoma. Patterson also ...

Manning benching low point of a year the Giants went south

By TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The benching of Eli Manning for the first time in 13 seasons is probably the low point of a season in which the New York Giants did almost nothing right. Let's start with the decision by coach Ben McAdoo and management to sit ...

Sumo wrestler Harumafuji retires over assault allegations

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — Mongolian grand champion Harumafuji has decided to retire from sumo after allegations that he assaulted a lower-ranked wrestler and tarnished the image of Japan's national sport. "I have caused much trouble to society," Harumafuji said at a ...

Grizzlies fire coach David Fizdale day after benching Gasol

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach David Fizdale on Monday, with the team at 7-12 and a day after he benched center Marc Gasol for the fourth quarter of an eighth straight loss. General manager Chris Wallace announced the move. Associate head coach J.B. ...

TOP 25 THIS WEEK: No. 16 Baylor tries to maintain momentum

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A year ago, Baylor carried momentum from winning a November tournament all the way to its first No. 1 national ranking. The 16th-ranked Bears have a chance to see how far another title carries them. Baylor won last week's Hall of ...

NFL putting permanent Experience in Times Square

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is taking its game to Times Square. Literally. NFL Experience will open to the public in the mecca of Manhattan on Friday, one day after a grand opening that Commissioner Roger Goodell and assorted football celebrities and Hall ...

Flacco protects ball, Ravens use takeaways to beat Texans

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Flacco doesn't mind putting up mediocre numbers and looking rather ordinary, as long as he can keep doing it right into the NFL playoffs. The Baltimore Ravens offense turned in another mundane performance Monday night, yet it was good ...

NFL Overreactions: Mahomes can save Kansas City’s season

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer It's time for Patrick Mahomes to save Kansas City's season. Alex Smith was an MVP candidate after leading the Chiefs to a 5-0 start with impressive wins at New England (9-2) and over Philadelphia (10-1) in the first two weeks. Smith had 18 touchdown ...

Griffin hurt; Clippers hang on to beat Lakers 120-115

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers' third win in a row for the first time since opening the season 4-0 came at a price. Blake Griffin fell down under the basket and clutched his left knee with 3:53 left in a 120-115 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday ...

AP Top Heat Check: After shakeup, greatest Saturday ever

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer No need to wait until New Year's Day. The playoffs start in college football this weekend. For just the second time in the 81-year history of the AP college football poll, four games in one weekend will match teams ranked in the top 10. That's ...

Notre Dame, Villanova shine in early season hoops tourneys

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Notre Dame, Villanova and Wichita State have serious potential for deep March runs. Duke's freshmen are fast learners. And Arizona is in an early funk. Three Thanksgiving-week tournaments — the Maui Invitational, the ...