National Sports

AP panel rates LA Rams’ offensive line as best in NFL; Steelers 3rd

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Todd Gurley is touted as an MVP contender. Jared Goff ranks among the top QBs in yardage and TD throws. Sean McVay already owns one NFL Coach of the Year award. Here are some lesser-known names that are also a big part of why the Los Angeles Rams are ...

Eyeing playoffs, Irish look to keep rolling at Northwestern

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — No need to remind No. 3 Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish remember what happened last season when they were rolling along with their sights set on the playoffs. They're out to avoid a repeat. Notre Dame looks to remain unbeaten and in ...

No. 6 Georgia, No. 11 Kentucky meet to decide SEC East

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Sixth-ranked Georgia is used to playing on the national stage. No. 11 Kentucky not so much. But the Wildcats must deal with the sudden spotlight of playing the program's most important game in a generation. The Southeastern ...

No. 1 Alabama expects toughest test yet at No. 4 LSU

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As quarterback sensation Tua Tagovailoa tries to envision what awaits him and top-ranked Alabama at LSU's Tiger Stadium, he could use recent history as a guide. Even during this decade of dominance, the Crimson Tide hasn't so much ...

Air Force travels to Army; revenge on the mind

By JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — It's been a year since Air Force lost its grasp on the Commander in Chief's Trophy, and the Falcons want it back. "The CIC always means a lot, but especially this year after what happened last year," Falcons senior offensive guard ...

No. 5 Michigan seeking revenge at home versus No. 14 Penn St

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Two down, two to go. No. 5 Michigan is on a revenge tour, according to defensive end Chase Winovich . The Wolverines have beaten two of the four Big Ten teams they lost to last season, leaving No. 14 Penn State and No. 8 Ohio State on ...

Texas finally in a November Big 12 title hunt

By JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After years of being a late-season afterthought, Texas coach Tom Herman wanted the Longhorns to be competing for a Big 12 title in November. Texas is right where he wanted, with a key matchup against West Virginia up next. The No. 12 ...

Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has died at age 80

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Willie McCovey, the sweet-swinging Hall of Famer nicknamed "Stretch" for his 6-foot-4 height and those long arms, died Wednesday. He was 80. The San Francisco Giants announced McCovey's death, saying the fearsome hitter passed ...

‘A hell of a night’: Derrick Rose savors his career-high 50

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer During the 2017-18 regular season, Derrick Rose didn't score 50 points in all of January. Or February. Or March. Or April. He was hurting, always in and out of the lineup, never in rhythm. Those problems, all his years of problems, seemed so long ago ...

‘Bama-LSU, Kentucky-Georgia matchups have title implications

By The Associated Press Here are a few things to watch during Week 10 of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 1 Alabama at No. 4 LSU: It's almost always a big game when the Crimson Tide and Tigers meet, but the stakes are even higher than usual for this matchup ...