National Sports

Happ’s slam leads Cubs over Athletics

CHICAGO (AP) — Ian Happ hit his second career grand slam, Jose Quintana tossed two-hit ball through seven innings to win his sixth straight decision and the Chicago Cubs ripped the Oakland Athletics 10-1 on Wednesday. Kyle Schwarber hit a three-run homer, Victor Caratini connected and ...

Cubs sign catcher Lucroy

CHICAGO (AP) — Manager Joe Maddon says the Chicago Cubs have signed catcher Jonathan Lucroy. The 33-year-old Lucroy was designated for assignment by the Angels last Friday, then cleared waivers and was unconditionally released by Los Angeles on Wednesday. The 10-year-veteran and two-time ...

Bears to unveil statues of Payton, Halas outside Soldier Field

CHICAGO (AP) — The Bears will unveil statues of Hall of Famers Walter Payton and George S. Halas outside of Soldier Field on Sept. 3. The 12-foot, 3,000-pound bronze statues honoring the great running back and the franchise founder and coach will be made public two days before Chicago hosts ...

Clemson flagged for 8 secondary NCAA violations

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson's national championship football program was flagged for eight secondary NCAA violations during a yearlong period from July 2018 through this past June. The school's athletic department released a summary of the infractions Wednesday. None of the violations ...

Nelson retires after memorable run with Rodgers, Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Jordy Nelson's NFL career ended in the same place where it began: Lambeau Field. Nelson signed a one-day contract with the Packers on Tuesday and announced his retirement after 11 seasons, 10 of which he spent in Green Bay. "I'll be remembered as a Packer," the ...

Tigers pound White Sox, 10-6

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers will take any kind of win they can get these days. This one required a long day at the ballpark. Miguel Cabrera had three hits and scored twice to help the Tigers to a 10-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox and a split of their doubleheader Tuesday. ...

Unproven Ohio State QB ready for hype

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Justin Fields knows all about heat. He grew up in Georgia. But the pressure cooker in which the celebrated prep quarterback now finds himself is about to get turned up. The pressure is always crushing on anyone who starts at quarterback for Ohio State. But Fields, ...

Texans’ Watt fulfills dream in Green Bay — sort of

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — J.J. Watt remembers standing outside the Packers' practice field as a kid, watching Brett Favre through the holes of the chain-link fence. He dreamed of one day being on the other side. That dream became a reality — sort of — on Monday, as the Packers welcomed ...

Yelich homers twice, Brewers beat Pirates 9-7

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Christian Yelich keeps pushing to new heights. Yelich hit two home runs and took over the major league lead with 39, powering the Milwaukee Brewers to a 9-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. "Just trying to help the team win," said Yelich, who surpassed his previous ...

Wide receiver Nelson retires as a Packer

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Veteran wide receiver Jordy Nelson is retiring as a member of the Green Bay Packers. The 34-year-old Nelson played in Green Bay from 2008-2017, winning a Super Bowl with the Packers, before spending last season with the Oakland Raiders. Packers general manager Brian ...

Cubs beat Brewers for series sweep

CHICAGO (AP) — After a frustrating start with the Chicago Cubs, Yu Darvish is starting to live up to his big free-agent contract. Darvish pitched five effective innings, Jason Heyward drove in three runs and the Cubs beat the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 7-2 on Sunday to sweep their weekend ...

Brady signs extension with Patriots

Tom Brady has never known what it’s like to play out the final season of a contract in his 20-year NFL career, and the New England Patriots superstar quarterback isn’t about to find out. Brady, who turned 42 on Saturday, is signing a two-year, $70 million extension that runs through 2021 ...

Lions’ Amendola ready for joint practices with former team

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Danny Amendola earned plenty of laughs from the assembled reporters when he was asked after practice what he can learn from his younger teammates. "How to run fast," Amendola said before wrapping up his chat with the media Sunday. The 33-year-old Amendola is ...

Broncos sign ex-Lions running back Theo Riddick

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Blindsided by the Lions , running back Theo Riddick became an unexpected free agent just as training camps were opening across the NFL. He landed in Denver and signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Broncos on Sunday, eight days after his surprising ...

Law, Reed, Mawae, Bowlen, Brandt, Robinson, Bailey in hall

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — What a defensive backfield in gold jackets: Ed Reed, Ty Law and Champ Bailey. And what a challenge they had throughout their careers, trying to cover fellow inductee Tony Gonzalez. All four entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. "Fitting to be in ...

Lions activate Slay from NFI list

DETROIT (AP) — Darius Slay was activated from the active/non-football injury list prior to the Detroit Lions’ practice Friday night at Ford Field. Slay had been on the NFI list since the start of camp, but the cornerback was on the field in uniform Friday. Slay, who was hoping for a new ...

Baez, Cubs slug past Brewers 6-2

CHICAGO (AP) — After another rough road trip, Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs came home to Wrigley Field and came out swinging. Baez homered, doubled twice and drove in three runs, and the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 on Friday. Jose Quintana pitched solidly into the seventh ...

Trubisky, Bears’ offense fight through inconsistency

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears' offense hasn't progressed to a point where it can consistently beat the defense at practice. Then again, few teams could. "I mean, I don't think a defense has existed like this," offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich said Friday after ...

Former Wisconsin football player found not guilty of rape

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A jury deliberated for just 30 minutes on Friday before it acquitted former University of Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus on charges alleging that he sexually assaulted two female students. Cephus, 21, was suspended from the football team last August and was ...

Cardinals rout Cubs 8-0, retake 1st place in NL Central

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jack Flaherty didn't panic. Instead, the St. Louis Cardinals' right-hander simply stayed the course during a lengthy stretch without a victory. That patience paid off Thursday. Flaherty struck out nine in seven strong innings and catcher Matt Wieters hit a three-run homer ...