National Sports

Harbaugh seems set up for success in 5th season

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh seems set up for success at Michigan in his fifth season, leading a program that's a popular choice to win the Big Ten . "That's where I would pick us," Harbaugh said. Some are taking another step, predicting the Wolverines will earn a spot in the ...

LaFleur: Rodgers to play ‘a quarter or so’ against Ravens

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — For the first time this preseason, the world will have the opportunity to see what Aaron Rodgers looks like in Matt LaFleur's offense. The Packers' first-year coach said Tuesday that Rodgers and the rest of the first-team offense and first-team defense will play for ...

Giants’ Tate suspended 4 games for performance enhancer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate has had the appeal of his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance enhancers turned down. The decision by an independent arbiter was announced Tuesday and means the 10-year-veteran will ...

Gonzalez’s HR off Hader in 8th lifts Twins over Brewers, 7-5

MILWAUKEE (AP) — As much as any two teams, the Minnesota Twins and the Milwaukee Brewers are playing in a playoff-like atmosphere, as the AL Central and the NL Central feature the tightest races in the majors for a division title. Their interleague matchup Tuesday at Miller Park didn't ...

Michigan, Nebraska look set for breakthroughs in Big Ten

The power structure in the Big Ten could be in for a shakeup. Jim Harbaugh enters his fifth year at Michigan overdue for a breakthrough, and two-time defending conference champion Ohio State is transitioning from Urban Meyer to Ryan Day and replacing a first-round NFL draft pick at ...

Raiders receiver Brown loses helmet grievance

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown lost his grievance with the NFL on Monday over his use of an old helmet that is no longer certified as safe to use for practice or play. The arbitrator issued the ruling after holding a hearing last Friday with Brown, ...

Badgers look to prove ‘18 was a blip, claim West title

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin won eight games a season ago, its fewest since 2012 and fewest under coach Paul Chryst. "You hope it's a blip, right? And yet, that's the beauty of this season," said Chryst, who is in his fifth year at the helm of the Badgers' program. "You've got to go out ...

Bears break training camp facing several familiar problems

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — There was a shoving incident, a coach screaming at his players and the usual unresolved kicking competition. The Chicago Bears broke Bourbonnais training camp after Sunday's practice and headed back for Halas Hall without finding the answer to their greatest ...

Lions put Kearse on injured reserve

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Jermaine Kearse checked several boxes for the Detroit Lions when they brought in the wide receiver as a free agent during mini-camp in June. Kearse was familiar with new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell's scheme, had the flexibility to play outside or in the ...

Bryant, Cubs rally for win over Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Chicago Cubs were down, and the Cincinnati Reds had All-Star Luis Castillo on the mound. Just when it looked as if the Cubs were in trouble, they rallied. Kris Bryant led the way. Bryant capped Chicago's four-run seventh with a three-run homer, and the Cubs beat the ...

Harvick repeats win at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Kevin Harvick is so confident in his talent and team he doesn't get excited when he wins. "It's more of an expectation," Harvick said. He raced to the 47th NASCAR Cup victory of his career and his second in less than a month Sunday, pulling away from the pack to win ...

Cardinals executive Minegar arrested on suspicion of DUI

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals executive Ron Minegar has been arrested on suspicion of DUI. Chandler police say Minegar was stopped around 11:30 p.m. Saturday for speeding, failure to drive within one lane of traffic and driving within the bicycle lane. They say further ...

Thames’ walk-off HR in 9th lifts Brewers over Rangers

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Thames hit a game-ending homer to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night after Josh Hader blew a save opportunity for the fourth time this season. Milwaukee opened a 5-2 lead with three runs in the seventh, but Logan Forsythe ...

Keselowski wins pole at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Brad Keselowski will be joined by family and friends during the NASCAR Cup race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. And for the first time, Keselowski hopes to be able to celebrate a victory with them at the track about 70 miles away from his hometown in ...

Vikings look good on offense in 34-25 win over Saints

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kirk Cousins was flawless in his lone series in Minnesota's new offensive scheme, backup Sean Mannion delivered a scoring pass under a heavy rush, and the Vikings defeated New Orleans 34-25 in the preseason opener for both clubs on Friday night. The game marked the ...

Packers hold on for 28-26 win over Texans

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Matt LaFleur walked out of the tunnel Thursday at Lambeau Field and couldn't help but to take a minute to reflect. At just 39 years old, he was the head coach of the Green Bay Packers. "There was just a brief period of time when I looked up and you just see all the ...

Patriots smash Lions, 31-3

DETROIT (AP) — If Jakobi Meyers wanted to, he could probably use his status as an undrafted rookie as motivation. Not need for that, the New England receiver says. The Patriots gave him an opportunity, and that's who he needs to impress. "I have to keep proving to my coaches that I ...

Mercer’s walk-off HR gives Tigers 10-8 win

DETROIT (AP) — It took 864 major league games for Jordy Mercer to hit his first game-ending homer. As he rounded the bases Thursday, one thought went through his mind. "All I was really thinking was how cold the Gatorade bath was going to be," he said. "I couldn't wait to get to the ...

Yankees, White Sox to play at Field of Dreams in 2020

The Chicago White Sox will play a game against the New York Yankees next August at the site in Iowa where the movie “Field of Dreams” was filmed. Major League Baseball announced Thursday that the White Sox will play host to the Yankees in Dyersville, Iowa, on Aug. 13. A video tweeted by ...

Tigers’ minor leaguers suspended for PEDs

NEW YORK (AP) — Two players in the Detroit Tigers system and two other minor leaguers have been suspended after testing positive for banned substances. The commissioner’s office made the announcement Wednesday. Washington Nationals pitcher Steven Fuentes, with Double-A Harrisburg, was ...