National Sports

Richardson, Heat edge Pistons

DETROIT (AP) — Minus their big man, the Miami Heat were looking for someone to come up big. Josh Richardson answered the call. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard scored 27 points to lead the short-handed Heat past the Detroit Pistons 120-115 in overtime Monday night. Richardson hit four free ...

Blackhawks fire 3-time Stanley Cup winning coach Quenneville

CHICAGO (AP) — The Blackhawks have fired three-time Stanley Cup winning coach Joel Quenneville. General manager Stan Bowman announced the startling dismissal of Quenneville and assistants Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson on Tuesday and appointed Jeremy Colliton the new coach. Chicago was off ...

Defense key to Michigan’s success

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — By the time last season ended, Michigan had long shed its reputation as a finesse team. The Wolverines reached the Final Four by playing hard-nosed defense and outlasting opponents even when shots weren't falling. The team was comfortable winning ugly — and ...

Packers struggling at halfway mark

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Every year, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy nips any playoff talk in the bud by saying it's not a topic of conversation until the team wins 10 games. The Packers hit the season's midpoint with a 3-4-1 record, meaning there is little margin for error after ...

Abdelkader, Red Wings beat Devils

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings earned and got some breaks while extending their season-high winning streak to three games. Justin Abdelkader scored a short-handed goal midway through the third period and Trevor Daley put the puck in an empty net for another short-handed score in the ...

Mullens shines in 49ers debut win over Raiders

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Nick Mullens got several hundred congratulatory text messages, a phone call from Brett Favre and his Twitter account verified. Delivering the most productive game by a quarterback in his NFL debut since the merger leads to many accolades. Mullens threw for 262 ...

Red Wings edge Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Red Wings took an early 3-0 lead but ended up having to scrap for a victory. Tyler Bertuzzi scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period and Jimmy Howard had 34 saves as Detroit got its second straight win, 5-3 over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday ...

Bye Ty: Packers trade RB to Ravens for draft pick

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have traded running back and kick returner Ty Montgomery to the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore was sending a seventh-round draft pick to Green Bay in what was a busy trade deadline day for Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst. Green Bay also traded ...

Lions trade Tate to Eagles for pick

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Golden Tate is bringing his show to Philadelphia. The Eagles acquired the 30-year-old wide receiver nicknamed "Showtime" from the Detroit Lions for a 2019 third-round draft pick on Tuesday. Tate has 44 catches for 517 yards and three touchdowns this season. He joins ...

Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame top 1st CFP rankings

If you don't like the first College Football Playoff selection committee rankings, don't worry. Saturday's slate of huge games guarantees major changes are coming next week. Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame were the top four teams in the initial CFP rankings Tuesday night. After meeting ...

Another letdown leaves Lions alone in last place

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — After a listless home loss this past weekend, Detroit defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois called out his team. "I just want everybody to lock back in. Lock in for these next 10 weeks, just lock in," Jean Francois said after Sunday's 28-14 loss to Seattle. "Leave ...

Packers, Montgomery look to get past fumble

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Ty Montgomery left Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Sunday after his crucial fumble during a kickoff return without talking to reporters. He had plenty to say on Monday. The Green Bay Packers running back and kick returner talked more about his uncertain role and ...

Red Sox beat Dodgers, win 4th World Series title in 15 seasons

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Sale's final pitch for this Boston juggernaut triggered a celebration on the Dodger Stadium infield, among thousands of fans who made their way to California — and even outside Fenway Park back home. The quest is complete. Yes, these 2018 Red Sox really are that ...

Rams reach 8-0 with victory over Packers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ramik Wilson was not the most likely candidate on the Los Angeles Rams' superstar-laden roster to make the decisive play late in the fourth quarter of a tight game with Green Bay. Yet there went the backup linebacker, flying downfield on kickoff coverage and clobbering Ty ...

Pistons still unbeaten after win over Cleveland

DETROIT (AP) — Dwane Casey has coached Detroit to its best start in a decade. He's also well aware the Pistons have a long way to go. "It's good for our team, good for our morale, but we know that there's bigger mountains to climb down the road," said Casey, who was hired to coach the ...

Texans beat Dolphins, 42-23

HOUSTON (AP) — Lamar Miller's second big game in a row helped the Houston Texans to their fifth straight win. This one, a 42-23 victory Thursday night over the Dolphins, meant a little more to the running back because of his ties to South Florida. Miller was born and grew up in Miami before ...

Price, Red Sox win to take 2-0 World Series lead

BOSTON (AP) — From playoff flop to October ace in two legacy-shifting starts, David Price earned his second postseason victory in a row and moved the Boston Red Sox halfway to yet another World Series title. The Red Sox left-hander pitched six innings of three-hit ball, and major league RBI ...

Antetokounmpo’s triple-double leads Bucks past 76ers, 123-108

MILWAUKEE (AP) — After a cold start, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks offense again roared to life, including a near-record output in the second quarter. Before celebrating the scoring outburst, coach Mike Budenholzer wanted to talk about his team's second-half defense after a ...

Red Sox beat Dodgers 8-4 in Game 1

BOSTON (AP) — The Fenway Funhouse proved too tricky, too cold and just too much for the beach boys. Andrew Benintendi, J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox came out swinging in the World Series opener, seizing every advantage in their quirky ballpark to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on a ...

Bucks hold off Knicks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Khris Middleton is finding plenty of freedom and fun in the Milwaukee Bucks' wide-open offense. Middleton sank 7 of 8 3-pointers and finished with 30 points — including two critical 3s down the stretch — as the Bucks held off the New York Knicks 124-113 on Monday ...