Verlander can't close out Yanks; ALCS heads back to Houston
NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander watched and waited, hoping Aaron Hicks' drive deep down the right field line would hook foul at the last instant.
In bullpen battle, Yanks can even ALCS vs Astros in Game 6
NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole may get a chance to punch the Houston Astros' ticket to the World Series. Only if Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton and the rest of the New York Yankees' acclaimed relief corps force him to try.
Fields leads No. 4 Ohio State past Northwestern 52-3
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Justin Fields threw for four touchdowns, J.K. Dobbins rushed for 121 yards and No. 4 Ohio State pounded Northwestern 52-3 on Friday night.
Sabathia has dislocated shoulder, big league career over
NEW YORK (AP) — CC Sabathia walked into Yankee Stadium's interview room with his left arm in a sling Friday, 16 hours after shuffling off the mound in pain following the 58,692nd and final pitch of his major league career.
Guaranteed: Joe Namath voted NFL's greatest character
White shoes. Fur coat. Pantyhose. Fu Manchu mustache. And an arm that would make Superman proud. Yep, Joe Namath is the NFL's greatest character.
LeMahieu, Hicks lift Yanks over Astros, close to 3-2 in ALCS
NEW YORK (AP) — James Paxton was filled with nerves, and so were New York Yankees fans, worried the season was slipping away Tension only surged when the top of the first featured a little grounder that got away, a passed ball and a run-scoring wild pitch.
Nathan MacKinnon scores in OT, Avalanche beat Panthers 5-4
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon didn't let an injury keep him off the ice. MacKinnon scored 3:03 into overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche their sixth victory in seven games this season, 5-4 over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.
Nats eye good Series starts from Scherzer, Strasburg et al
WASHINGTON (AP) — It had the feel of spring training Friday at Nationals Park, what with the clear blue sky, the crisp breeze and temperature in the low 60s that made it feel like time for the Fall Classic or February, the start-of-camp baserunning drills and the navy "Grapefruit League" T-shirt worn by Aníbal Sánchez.
Ricky Williams' Heisman sells for auction-record $504,000
The Heisman Trophy won by Ricky Wiliams in 1998 at Texas was sold at auction for $504,000, setting a record for college football's most recognizable award.
The NBA's West race should be incredibly good this season
Stephen Curry knew roster change was inevitable. That being said, Curry and the Golden State Warriors aren't changing their expectations.
AP Source: Chiefs QB Mahomes expected to miss 4-6 weeks
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes escaped significant ligament damage when he dislocated his right kneecap and there is optimism the reigning NFL MVP could be back on the field in about a month.
Pressure off Bowyer for next season but not NASCAR playoffs
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Clint Bowyer rolled into Kansas Speedway on Friday with the comfort of knowing he'll be with Stewart-Haas Racing next season and the uncertainty of whether he'll be in the playoffs next week.
Matt Every suspended 3 months for drug of abuse
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Matt Every was suspended for 12 weeks Friday for what the PGA Tour said was a violation of its conduct policy on drugs of abuse.
AP source: Jets' Osemele cleared to play; he wants surgery
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Kelechi Osemele and the New York Jets are locked up in a surgery standoff. The left guard says he needs a season-ending operation on his shoulder and is waiting for the team to authorize the procedure.
Stanton returns to Yanks lineup as DH in Game 5 of ALCS
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton visited manager Aaron Boone's office Thursday night. Their conversation was brief.
McVay: Jalen Ramsey expected to play for Rams at Atlanta
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams expect cornerback Jalen Ramsey to play on Sunday in Atlanta. Ramsey went through a second full practice with the Rams on Friday, three days after Los Angeles acquired the former All-Pro cornerback in a trade with Jacksonville.
Kendall returns with West Virginia to face No. 5 Oklahoma
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Quarterback Austin Kendall always wanted to lead his football team onto Oklahoma's Owen Field, seeking a win over a Big 12 Conference rival before another sellout crowd.
NFL's biggest star joins growing list of sidelined QBs
DENVER (AP) — With Patrick Mahomes sidelined, fans across the NFL may be longing for the days when the backup quarterback's job was to carry a clipboard and not the hopes and dreams of an entire franchise.
King of the North? No. 12 Oregon visits No. 25 Washington
SEATTLE (AP) — A year ago, Jacob Eason sat on his couch in Seattle and watched on television as a sea of yellow and green enveloped the field at Autzen Stadium after Oregon got the better of its northern neighbors.
Big Ten clash as No. 16 Michigan visits No. 7 Penn State
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Sean Clifford looks forward to watching himself on tape more and more each week. It is one of the perks of being Penn State's starting quarterback.
Megan Rapinoe enjoys whirlwind, focuses on soccer pay fight
NEW YORK (AP) — Megan Rapinoe is enjoying the whirlwind of a two-time World Cup winner. She picked up the FIFA Player of the Year award in Milan rocking a deeper shade of lavender hair, sent off retiring U.S.
NBA says Chinese wanted Morey's firing; China denies claim
The rift between the NBA and China appeared to widen again Friday, as the fallout over Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong continued.
The Wonderwall: Minnesota United has steep backing behind it
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Minnesota United takes the field for the franchise's first match in the MLS playoffs, the Loons will have a stadium full of fired-up fans behind them.
NFL owners agree to invest in Hall of Fame project
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The NFL says team owners have given the OK to invest up to $10 million in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village in Canton.
Greinke says he didn't hear taunts, Astros quiet Yanks crowd
NEW YORK (AP) — Sounds as though Zack Greinke got an earful at Yankee Stadium while warming up in the bullpen. By the time the ninth inning rolled around, most of those fans were long gone.