National Sports

Pirates Top Brewers, 3-2

By COLIN FLY, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brewers manager Craig Counsell says every day is going to be difficult during the final two weeks of the regular season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates showed why. Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana hit back-to-back home runs to begin the ninth ...

Verlander, Astros beat Diamondbacks 5-4, extend AL West lead

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander continued his strong September with another dominating outing Sunday. Verlander struck out 11 in seven solid innings and the Houston Astros extended their AL West edge, topping the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4. "Certainly, in the last couple of months this is his ...

LEADING OFF: NL West showdown, Cards-Braves, Cubs slumping

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: FINAL COUNTDOWN With the Rockies a half-game ahead of the Dodgers for the NL West lead, the teams begin their final series of the regular season. Jon Gray (11-7) pitches the opener of a three-game set at Dodger ...

Week 2 ICYMI: I quit! Bills CB calls it a career at halftime

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer How's THAT for a halftime adjustment? While the rest of the Buffalo Bills jogged into the locker room at halftime of their game against the Los Angeles Chargers, cornerback Vontae Davis jogged in, then just kept on going. He quit at halftime — a ...

Mahomes spreading the love for unbeaten Chiefs

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Patrick Mahomes is taking a democratic approach to his new job. Get open and the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback will get you the ball. The proof came on Sunday in Pittsburgh in a record-setting 42-37 victory over the Steelers. The ...

Browns feisty even as winless streak continues vs. Saints

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Browns were just a kick away. Well, maybe a few kicks, not to mention a defensive penalty that revived a New Orleans touchdown drive, as well as an interception that set up another Saints score in the waning minutes. Even with all ...

Tom Brady loses for 1st time in 9 games vs Jaguars, 31-20

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady trudged off the field with his helmet in one hand, grass stains on his jersey and a look of frustration on his face. This was a different feeling for the New England Patriots quarterback — at least against ...

Young Colts defense ready to face Wentz, Eagles

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer The Indianapolis Colts' defense looks primed and ready to face Carson Wentz and the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. Fresh off holding the Washington Redskins without a touchdown in a 21-9 victory Sunday, the Colts (1-1) turn their ...

Alvarez wins narrow decision for middleweight title

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin fought 24 rounds in the space of a year, with little to pick between them. When the scorecards were totaled Saturday night, though, the judges crowned a new middleweight champion of the world — but just ...

Puig’s 3 homers, 7 RBIs lead Dodgers over Cards 17-4

By DAVID SOLOMON, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yasiel Puig has never missed the postseason since making his major league debut in 2013, and he doesn't plan on ending that run. Puig homered three times and had a career-high seven RBIs, giving him five homers in two games, and the Los ...