National Sports

Michigan State’s Langford out for the season

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State guard Joshua Langford will miss the rest of the season because of his injured ankle. Spartans coach Tom Izzo said in a statement Wednesday that the junior will likely need surgery. Langford has missed the last eight games. In the 13 games he did ...

NFL security chief: No threats to Super Bowl have surfaced

ATLANTA (AP) — The National Football League is not aware of any security threats against the Super Bowl, now four days away, the league's top security officer said Wednesday. "We have no credible or specific threats that have been brought to our attention," NFL Chief Security Officer Cathy ...

Second life: Mejia returns from lifetime ban, signs with Sox

BOSTON (AP) — Relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia, allowed back into baseball after a lifetime ban caused by three positive drug tests, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox. If added to the 40-man roster, the 29-year-old Dominican right-hander would receive a one-year ...

Simpson’s triple-double lifts No. 5 Michigan over Ohio State

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Kaleb Wesson was alone behind the defense, with a chance for an easy dunk or layup. Zavier Simpson — 9 inches shorter — never gave up on the play. "He just competes," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "He's relentless in his desire to win." Simpson hustled back ...

Nurmagomedov, McGregor suspended, fined for brawl

LAS VEGAS (AP) — UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was fined $500,000 and suspended for nine months for a brawl inside and outside the octagon after his fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 229. McGregor was fined $50,000 and suspended for six months. Nurmagomedov's suspension can be ...

Two baseball scouts have intriguing ties to Super Bowl QBs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Montreal Expos would be thrilled with this Super Bowl. And those who used to be part of the defunct baseball franchise's evaluation process certainly are, even all these years later. Gone from the game for nearly 15 years, the former club has ties to both ...

Lions’ Bates arrested

NEW YORK (AP) — Detroit Lions linebacker Trevor Bates is undergoing a psychological evaluation at a New York City hospital after his weekend arrest on charges accusing him of punching a police officer after failing to pay a taxi fare, his agent said Monday. The evaluation is delaying Bates' ...

Purdue fends off late charge, tops No. 6 Michigan State 73-63

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — First, Purdue took a page from Michigan State's playbook. Then Nojel Eastern rewrote the script. Ryan Cline scored 17 points and Eastern overcame his season-long free throw troubles by making six straight down the stretch to help the Boilermakers fend off a ...

Prosecutor: Lions linebacker Bates punched officer

NEW YORK (AP) — Trevor Bates, a linebacker for the Detroit Lions, was arrested Saturday in New York on charges that he failed to pay a taxi fare and then punched a police officer, who suffered a concussion. Bates faces charges including assault, resisting arrest, theft of services and ...

No. 5 Michigan routs Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — No. 5 Michigan started fast Friday night and never let up. It was everything coach John Beilein hoped to see at Indiana. The Wolverines' defense was virtually impenetrable, the offense was balanced and they delivered the knockout punch right from the start. Ignas ...

No. 6 Spartans blow past Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa had the crowd rocking and plenty of momentum on its side. But sixth-ranked Michigan State had the necessary toughness, blowing past the upstart Hawkeyes in a vintage Tom Izzo performance on the road. Cassius Winston scored 23 points, Nick Ward had 21 points ...

Hendrickson hired as Packers’ football ops director

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers hired Ravens front office veteran Milt Hendrickson as director of football operations on Thursday. Hendrickson has spent the past 14 seasons in the personnel department with Baltimore, a span that includes four division titles and a Super Bowl ...

Union: Dead time in free agent market ‘threat to our game’

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the baseball players' association expressed concern over a second straight offseason that has seen many Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and many other free agents remain without deals less than a month before spring training. "All the dead time in the last two ...

Cabrera, Fulmer optimistic about health

DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera and Michael Fulmer expect to be ready for the start of spring training. The two Detroit standouts sound pleased with their progress after injuries interrupted the 2018 season. Cabrera played only 38 games before season-ending biceps surgery. Fulmer has dealt ...

Reuvers’ 22 leads Wisconsin past Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — With All-American Ethan Happ on the bench with foul trouble, Nate Reuvers stepped up, scoring a game-high 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead Wisconsin past Illinois 72-60 on Wednesday night. It was the sophomore’s first career double-double, and it ...

Griffin scores 37, Pistons hold off Pelicans 98-94

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Blake Griffin got Detroit off to a hot start, but the Pistons still had to scratch out a victory in the final seconds over the Anthony Davis-less Pelicans. It didn't sit well with the All-Star forward. "The way we finished the game was the reason we've lost so many ...

MLB seeks to increase DL, option time

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has proposed going back to a 15-day disabled list and increasing the time optioned players usually must spend in the minor leagues, a person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press, moves aimed at reducing the use of relief pitchers and ...

Rivera 1st unanimous pick; Doc, Edgar, Mussina also picked to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK (AP) — This honor was saved for the one and only Mariano Rivera. Not Babe Ruth. Not Hank Aaron. Not Cy Young. Not until "The Sandman" could everyone agree. Rivera became baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, elected Tuesday along with Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina ...

No. 6 Michigan State beats No. 13 Maryland, 69-55

EAST LANSING (AP) — Aaron Henry made the most of his opportunity to play in place of injured starter Joshua Langford. The freshman forward had a season-high 12 points, helping No. 6 Michigan State beat No. 13 Maryland 69-55 on Monday night with balanced offense and stifling defense. "The ...

Rams, Pats work OT to reach Super Bowl

NEW ORLEANS — A big comeback. A blown call. And, finally, a booming kick that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl. After rallying from an early 13-0 deficit, the Rams stunned the New Orleans Saints with Greg Zuerlein’s 57-yard field goal in overtime for a 26-23 victory in the NFC ...