Sports: Professional

Sep. 28, 2014 @ 04:57 AM

Kurt Busch has Chase hopes on line in 500th start

Kurt Busch looked around and saw NASCAR's biggest stars crowding his car. Dale Earnhardt, Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett all zooming past Busch and giving the rookie driver a reality check — his racing heroes from TV were now his toughest competitors on the track.

Sep. 27, 2014 @ 04:16 PM

Europe leads 10-6 after 2 days of Ryder Cup

It's 10-6 going into the final day of the Ryder Cup — again.

This time, Europe's in the lead and it's the United States needing a stunning Sunday comeback.

Sep. 26, 2014 @ 12:28 PM

Scripted: Jeter wins it for Yanks in home farewell

The end of an era.

The perfect script.

Sep. 26, 2014 @ 12:23 PM

Donnell catches on as Giants rout Redskins 45-14

He wasn't drafted, people mispronounce his name, and he had no idea where he was going when he was ushered into the room for his first big NFL postgame news conference.

Sep. 26, 2014 @ 12:20 PM

Jeter drives in winning run in his Yankee Stadium finale

NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter capped his Yankee Stadium farewell with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning, the latest storybook moment in a charmed and illustrious career, to give New York a 6-5 victory Thursday night over Baltimore.

Sep. 26, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

IN THE DRAFT: Logano joins his teammate into the next Chase round

Last week, I stated that one race into the Chase and the cream had risen to the top. Well, it only took one more race for more of the cream to rise and it came from an unlikely driver.

Sep. 25, 2014 @ 12:33 PM

Kershaw, Puig lead Dodgers to division-clinching win

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw tied a career high with his 21st victory, Yasiel Puig homered to highlight a four-run sixth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers won the NL West title with a 9-1 victory over the second-place San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.

Sep. 25, 2014 @ 04:57 AM

U.S. team looking more toward future than past

Tom Watson has been preaching about redemption for the Americans at the Ryder Cup — at least to the press.

Sep. 24, 2014 @ 11:42 AM

Pirates clinch at least a wild card spot

ATLANTA (AP) — Gerrit Cole retired the final 17 hitters he faced, and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 3-2 win over the free-falling Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

Sep. 24, 2014 @ 04:57 AM

When losing hurts worse than winning feels good

Jim Furyk is the only player in the last 25 years to experience both ends of emotion in that moment the Ryder Cup is over. He knows how empty it feels to lose the decisive game. And he has been soaked in a celebration of champagne.

Sep. 23, 2014 @ 01:50 PM

Bears get early breaks, hold on to beat Jets 27-19

Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears needed to claw back from a big deficit last week.

Sep. 23, 2014 @ 01:48 PM

Royals blank Cleveland for key win

CLEVELAND (AP) — Danny Duffy pitched six shutout innings for his first win in more than a month as the Kansas City Royals moved closer to the top of the AL Central and kept some distance over Cleveland in the wild-card race, beating the Indians 2-0 on Monday night.

Sep. 22, 2014 @ 12:49 PM

Steelers top Panthers 37-19

The Carolina Panthers didn't do much of anything right Sunday night.

Sep. 22, 2014 @ 12:46 PM

Seattle wins Super Bowl rematch in OT

SEATTLE (AP) — Marshawn Lynch scored on a 6-yard run on the first possession of overtime and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 26-20 on Sunday in a Super Bowl rematch that lived up to expectations.

Sep. 22, 2014 @ 12:39 PM

Logano wins at New Hampshire in 2nd Chase race

Make it 2 for 2 for Team Penske in the Chase.

Sep. 22, 2014 @ 12:37 PM

Bucs widen wild card gap with 1-0 win

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Vance Worley pitched eight sparkling innings, Russell Martin hit a late RBI single and the Pittsburgh Pirates trapped a runner in the ninth to edge Milwaukee 1-0 Sunday, extending their wild-card lead over the Brewers.

Sep. 22, 2014 @ 12:33 PM

Pro golf capsules

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Mi Jung Hur held off top-ranked Stacy Lewis on Sunday to win the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, finishing with a 6-under 66 for a tournament-record 21-under 267 total.

Sep. 21, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Banged-up QB Cam Newton ready to take on Steelers

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has spent so much time in the training room he's started handing out nicknames to the staff.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 11:58 AM

Keselowski aims for another win at New Hampshire

Denny Hamlin once called his shot at New Hampshire, guaranteeing a win with a tweet, then following through with a mighty swing of an invisible baseball bat moments after taking the checkered flag.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 11:55 AM

Kershaw gets 20th win, Dodgers clinch postseason spot

CHICAGO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw became the majors' first 20-game winner and A.J. Ellis hit a pair of two-run homers, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 14-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

A pro and a rookie: Hard at work

Until proven otherwise James Lee Brown Jr. is the reigning Mr. Sanford.

Sep. 19, 2014 @ 04:17 PM

Hurricanes begin Peters' 1st training camp

It didn't take long during Carolina's first practice of training camp for the Hurricanes to figure out what new coach Bill Peters wants.

Sep. 19, 2014 @ 04:09 PM

Falcons romp to 56-14 win over hapless Buccaneers

Devin Hester high-stepped into the NFL record book. Matt Ryan had as many touchdown passes as incompletions. Julio Jones made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch tumbling into the end zone.

Sep. 19, 2014 @ 11:54 AM

Rangers finish sweep vs. falling A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sonny Gray and the Oakland Athletics fell out of the top AL wild-card spot with a 7-2 loss to Texas on Thursday that gave the Rangers a three-game sweep.

Sep. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Keselowski wins great playoff opener

One race into the 2014 Sprint Cup title chase and the cream did rise to the top. As predicted by yours truly, the favorites battled for the win while the pretenders were falling by the wayside.