National Sports

Griner leads USA women

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 15 points to help the United States beat Australia 73-56 and win the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup on Sunday night. It was the third consecutive World Cup title for the U.S., something the country had never accomplished ...

Goff, Rams hold off Vikings in 38-31 win

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Any lingering questions about Jared Goff's ability to be the next standout quarterback in a horned helmet are withering while he destroys defenses this season. The Vikings were his latest victims Thursday night when Goff threw for 465 yards and five touchdowns of ...

Brewers beat Cards, clinch first playoff spot since 2011

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Fortunately for the Milwaukee Brewers, they didn't slip up. The Brewers clinched their first playoff spot since 2011 by ensuring at least a spot in the NL wild-card game, helped Wednesday night when a rookie St. Louis pinch-runner suddenly fell on his way to the plate in a ...

Yelich, Brewers beat Cardinals 12-4

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Milwaukee's last NL MVP thinks he is about to get some company. Led by Christian Yelich's silky smooth game, the Brewers are closing in on the playoffs. Yelich homered and drove in a career-high six runs, and surging Milwaukee hurt St. Louis' postseason chances with a ...

Brewers beat Cardinals 6-4 to open wild-card lead

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A chuckling Eric Thames said it felt so good he almost ripped third base out of the ground and hoisted it above his head. A lot of that going around for Milwaukee these days. Thames tripled and scored on reliever Bud Norris' throwing error in the eighth inning, and the ...

Packers’ Wilkerson has surgery, likely out for season

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers lost at Washington on Sunday, and Mike Daniels lost one of his "buddies" when fellow defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson sustained a season-ending ankle injury. "You never want to see anybody go down. You don't want to see your worst enemy go ...

Steelers hold off Buccaneers, 30-27

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It was not the way Ben Roethlisberger would draw it up, but the Pittsburgh Steelers will take it. In desperate need of a win, the two-time defending AFC North champions capped a tumultuous week in which star receiver Antonio Brown made headlines by shouting at an ...

Rushing barrier falls for Lions against Patriots

DETROIT (AP) — Kerryon Johnson was drafted to help Detroit's woeful running game. He's already reached one significant mark, becoming the Lions' first 100-yard rusher in almost five years. Johnson ran for 101 yards Sunday night, and Detroit beat the New England Patriots 26-10 . It was the ...

He’s Back: Tiger wins first tournament in five years

ATLANTA (AP) — Tiger Woods, in his Sunday red shirt, both arms raised in victory on the 18th green. For so many years, the scene was familiar. This time, it was surreal. "I can't believe I pulled this off," Woods said Sunday during the trophy presentation at the Tour Championship, where ...

Rodgers driven to drink as Packers fall

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — So, Aaron Rodgers was asked, what do you say to your Green Bay Packers teammates after winning just one of the season's first three games? His reply: "I would probably just tell them, 'Go home and have a Scotch.' That's what I'm going to do." Sounds about ...

Gonzalez leads Brewers over Reds

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gio Gonzalez is getting comfortable with his new team. The left-hander pitched six smooth innings on his 33rd birthday and Jesus Aguilar hit a three-run homer in the Milwaukee Brewers' 7-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night. Manny Pina also had a ...

A ‘little sore,’ Packers’ Rodgers gets ready for Redskins

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers channeled a fictional prize fighter to describe how he felt after playing the Minnesota Vikings. "If you've seen (the movie) 'Rocky III,' you know Clubber Lang has a prediction before the fight: 'Pain,'" Rodgers said with a smile on Wednesday. "That's ...

Lions sign CB Shead, brace for possible loss of CB Slay

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions signed cornerback DeShawn Shead, a possible indication they’re not certain cornerback Darius Slay will be cleared to play New England. Detroit made the move Wednesday, four days before hosting the Patriots. Slay left Sunday’s loss at San ...

Mavs owner Mark Cuban donates $10M after workplace probe

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has agreed to contribute $10 million to help further the cause of women in sports and raise awareness about domestic violence after an investigation released Wednesday substantiated numerous incidents of sexual harassment and improper workplace ...

Vikings sign ex-Cowboys kicker Bailey, cut rookie

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed kicker Dan Bailey, owner of the second-best field goal percentage in NFL history and replacement for rookie Daniel Carlson. Bailey's deal was done on Tuesday, after the Vikings waived Carlson fresh from his 0-for-3 game at Green ...

Mack Attack: Bears sack Wilson 6 times in win over Seahawks

CHICAGO (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky started fast, slowed down and picked it up down the stretch. Despite another inconsistent performance by their prized quarterback, the Bears pulled out their first win. Khalil Mack had one of six sacks against Russell Wilson, Prince Amukamara returned an ...

Happ lifts Cubs over Reds 3-2

CHICAGO (AP) — With Pedro Strop sidelined by a hamstring injury, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon gave the ball to Jorge De La Rosa for the ninth inning. And it worked. The 37-year-old De La Rosa got three outs for his first career save, helping the Cubs top the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on ...

Baez lifts Cubs past Nationals, 4-3

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Chicago Cubs got nearly everything they wanted out of their day trip to Washington to face the Nationals, and Javier Baez was in the middle of nearly all of it. Reliever Pedro Strop's hamstring injury while running the bases was a notable exception. Baez delivered ...