National Sports

Child kickboxing debated in Thailand after 13-year-old dies

By KAWEEWIT KAEWJINDA and TASSANEE VEJPONGSA, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — The death of a 13-year-old boy who was knocked out during a kickboxing match in Thailand has sparked debate over whether to ban matches involving children. The death of Anucha Tasako came after a Muay Thai — ...

Thornton’s 400th goal lifts Sharks past Predators 5-4

By GIDEON RUBIN, Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — On a night when he reached an impressive personal milestone, Joe Thornton wasn't taking stock of his career accomplishments. The veteran San Jose Sharks center even bristled when asked about it. "I'm just trying to improve my game, ...

Once Texas’ breakout QB, Heard quietly ending career as WR

By JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Once upon a time, Jerrod Heard had the "juice." He was the quarterback of the future for the Texas Longhorns and he'd just smashed Vince Young's single-game school record with 527 total yards against California. He could throw. He could ...

RB Dexter Williams finds footing with No. 3 Irish

By TODD BURLAGE, Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Senior Dexter Williams has been through countless ups and downs during his four years at Notre Dame. Injury, suspension, an arrest, the emotions of helping his ailing mother — all of it has weighed down Williams at times. He has ...

Kevin Durant leads undermanned Warriors past Hawks 110-103

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant never found his typical offensive flow and found it a little strange playing without fiery Draymond Green, even if they have yet to make up from all that went down a night earlier in Los Angeles. Durant isn't sharing ...

Defense carries No. 5 Tennessee past Georgia Tech 66-53

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No. 5 Tennessee celebrated its first top-five ranking in more than a decade by showcasing the stingy defense that helped these Volunteers earn their rare status. Grant Williams scored 22 points as Tennessee beat cold-shooting ...

Taylor Hall has 2 goals, 2 assists as Devils beat Penguins

By TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Taylor Hall gave the New Jersey Devils just what they needed after a dismal seven-game trip — an MVP-type performance. Hall scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway at 8:07 of the third period added an empty-net tally to cap a ...

Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan hold steady in CFP

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The College Football Playoff rankings held steady at the top, with Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan an unchanged first four from last week. The third rankings of the season were drama-free Tuesday night after every top-10 team won last ...

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell refuses to sign tag, out for 2018

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Le'Veon Bell's patience on the football field sets him apart. In a game built on chaos, the star running back rarely hurries or makes hasty decisions. His ability to put his hand on the back of an offensive lineman while waiting for the ...

MLB All-Stars visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda were among the members of Major League Baseball's All-Star tour of Japan who visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Monday. Mattingly laid a ...