Author: Associated Press

College football planning an expansion

College Football Playoff considering expansion to 12 teams

(AP)-- There was a time not so long ago, 2012 to be exact, when the big news in college football was conference commissioners simply using the word playoff when talking about the future of the sports’ postseason format. Less than…

The NBA to return to their regular schedule

NBA plans to start ’21-22 season in October

MIAMI (AP) — The NBA told its teams Thursday that it intends to return to a normal schedule next season, with training camps opening in late September and the regular season set to begin on Oct. 19. A memo that…

Julio Jones will make a point this season

Jones says ‘stay tuned’ as he proves he’s still fast, strong

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Julio Jones turned 32 in February, missed seven games with a nagging hamstring issue in his 10th year in the NFL and now finds himself with a new team in the Tennessee Titans. The seven-time Pro…

Oklahoma wins the Women's College World Series

Juarez leads Oklahoma past Florida State for fifth title

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Giselle Juarez re-emerged as the star pitcher Oklahoma needed to complement its high-powered offense, and now the Sooners are national champions again. Juarez threw her second consecutive complete game, and Oklahoma beat Florida State 5-1 on…

Dak Prescott leaves injury behind

Cowboys’ Prescott moving past horrific injury

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott finished the offseason with his most vigorous practice since the horrific ankle injury that ended his 2020 season. Then the star Dallas quarterback tried to declare the injury issue dead. “I’ve buried the injury,”…

Rangers defeated by Rays

Rookie Walls sparks late surge as Rays beat Rangers 7-1

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rookie Taylor Walls had a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth inning among a season-high three hits, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Texas Rangers 7-1 on Sunday. The AL-leading Rays trailed 1-0 before scoring…

Mavericks knocked out of playoffs

Clippers beat Mavs 126-111 to win series

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points, Marcus Morris added 23 and the Los Angeles Clippers finally won at home, finishing off the Dallas Mavericks 126-111 on Sunday in Game 7 of the first-round playoff series. Playing in…

Astros defeat the Blue Jays

Altuve leadoff HR, Garcia wins 5th in row, Astros top Jays

BUFFALO, N.Y, (AP) — Jose Altuve led off the game with a home run, rookie Luis Garcia earned his fifth straight win and the Houston Astros beat Toronto 6-3 Sunday, finishing the Blue Jays’ first homestand of the season in…

A wild French Open

Serena Williams loses at French Open; Federer withdraws

PARIS (AP) — Serena Williams turns 40 in September. Roger Federer hits that milestone the month before. No one knows how many more French Open appearances each will make, and this year’s tournament ended for both on Sunday. Williams fell…

Julio Jones joins the Titans roster

Titans agree to deal with Falcons for Julio Jones

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans had been talking to the Atlanta Falcons about seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones for nearly three weeks. In the end, they pried Jones loose with a couple of draft picks, the…

Chauvin makes appearance on federal charges in Floyd's death

Chauvin appeared in court on charges alleging he violated Floyd's civil rights

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in last year’s death of George Floyd has made an initial appearance in federal court for allegedly violating Floyd's civil rights. Derek Chauvin was dressed in an orange prison…

Mavericks lose two at home

Stars carry Clippers at Mavs again, 106-81 rout evens series

DALLAS (AP) — A little cat-and-mouse game between the coaches over the size of the lineups didn’t amount to much, as entertaining as it was early for another boisterous crowd in Dallas. The big dogs of the Los Angeles Clippers…

Astros dominate Red Sox

Tucker, Astros down former bench coach Cora, Red Sox 11-2

HOUSTON (AP) — Back in Houston as Boston’s manager, Alex Cora and the Red Sox were handed their most lopsided loss of the season by his former team. Kyle Tucker had a season-best three hits and tied a career high…

Astros defeat the Padres

Greinke throws 8 solid innings, Astros beat Padres 7-4

HOUSTON (AP) — Zack Greinke pitched eight effective innings, Kyle Tucker homered and the Houston Astros beat Blake Snell and the San Diego Padres 7-4 on Sunday. Greinke (5-2) permitted one run and six hits. The right-hander, who retired 11…

A familiar name wins the Indy 500 once again

Helio Castroneves wins Indy 500 for 4th time

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis 500 was meant to mark the return of some sort of normalcy, at least for the marquee sporting events that Americans find so meaningful. For Helio Castroneves, Indy provided a professional rebirth that pushed him…

Astros give up lead to Padres

Tatis tying HR in 9th, Myers HR in 12th, Padres beat Astros

HOUSTON (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr. launched a monstrous, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to tie it, Wil Myers hit a three-run drive in the 12th and the San Diego Padres beat the Houston Astros 11-8…

Hendrick goes for win No. 269 in the Coca-Cola 600

Hendrick eyes all-time Cup Series win record at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Those who’ve been around Hendrick Motorsports over the past few years know all about the record. It’s impossible not to. Car owner Rick Hendrick has made no secret to his employees about how badly he wants…

Chelsea wins Champions League

Chelsea beats City 1-0, wins Champions League for 2nd time

PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Chelsea won the Champions League for the second time Saturday, beating Manchester City 1-0 thanks to Kai Havertz’s first-half goal as Pep Guardiola’s overthinking proved costly again in the all-English final. Havertz ran onto Mason Mount’s…

Milwaukee earns first sweep of the NBA playoffs

Bucks oust Heat 120-103, roll into Round 2

MIAMI (AP) — There was no raucous celebration. No histrionics, no big on-court party when the final horn sounded and Milwaukee had officially vanquished its playoff loss to Miami from last season. Put simply, the Bucks expected to win. And…

President Biden releases a statement on Texas Senate Bill 7

'It's wrong and un-American'

Statement by President Joe Biden on Texas Senate Bill 7: Today, Texas legislators put forth a bill that joins Georgia and Florida in advancing a state law that attacks the sacred right to vote. It’s part of an assault on…

Astros tie series with Dodgers

Astros slug 3 homers to end skid with 5-2 win over Dodgers

HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa denied that Houston’s win meant more because it came against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Trevor Bauer, who has been one of the loudest critics of the Astros since their sign-stealing scandal was uncovered. “A…

NFL's record breaking kicker to retire

Record-breaking kicker Adam Vinatieri plans to retire

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Adam Vinatieri used his strong leg to become the NFL’s career scoring leader. A surgically repaired left knee apparently will force him out. The 48-year-old former Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots star told former teammate and…

Dak Prescott preparing for his return

Offseason practices get Cowboys’ Prescott closer to return

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott didn’t downplay the significance of the first offseason practices for the star Dallas quarterback since his gruesome ankle injury last season, even though his coach thought he might. Prescott is doing everything except 11-on-11…

Phil Mickelson wins PGA Championship

Lefty a major champion at 50, and wanting more

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Phil Mickelson has an imagination few in golf have possessed, along with a skill set that allows him to see shots no one else can. One year at The Players Championship, he was in a…