National Sports

Smith-Schuster now a youthful leader of Steelers’ receivers

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Still a wide-smiling 22-year-old, JuJu Smith-Schuster vows not to change the youthful, fun-loving persona that helped make him one of the NFL's most recognizable young stars by his second season. But that doesn't mean he lacks the wisdom to recognize that he is now a ...

LA Wildcats, DC Defenders among teams in new XFL

By Joe Reedy AP Sports Writer The XFL has names for its eight teams, now it needs players. The league, which begins play in February, revealed team logos and names Wednesday. The teams are the Los Angeles Wildcats, New York Guardians, DC Defenders, Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, St. ...

For Celtics, USA World Cup camp is a preseason bonus

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer Red, white and blue. The colors of USA Basketball. Except this summer, green — Celtics green, to be precise — would work on that palette as well. The Boston Celtics will have at least three and possibly four players on the final 12-man roster that ...

Stidham rallies Patriots to 22-17 victory over Titans

By Teresa M. Walker AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jarrett Stidham threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Damoun Patterson with 4:12 left, rallying the New England Patriots to a 22-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night. Stidham picked up where he left off in ...

MLS roundup: Castellanos, Héber lead NYCFC to 4-1 win over FC Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (AP) — Héber Araujo dos Santos and Valentín Castellanos each scored twice and New York City FC beat FC Cincinnati 4-1 on Saturday night. Héber scored in first-half stoppage time to give NYCFC (11-5-8) a 2-1 lead. Maximiliano Moralez, on the left side, played a low cross that ...

QB Josh McCown joins Eagles, ends retirement

By Rob Maaddi AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Josh McCown’s retirement lasted two months. The Philadelphia Eagles signed the 40-year-old quarterback to a one-year deal on Saturday. He is coming out of retirement to join his 11th team and play his 17th season. McCown ...

NFL conditionally reinstates Patriots WR Josh Gordon

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Josh Gordon’s winding career has included several second chances following a trail of multiple drug suspensions that cast doubt whether the talented but troubled playmaker would ever get on an NFL field again. He’s getting yet another ...

Manning and Jones throw TDs to lead Giants over Bears

By Tom Canavan AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Eli Manning and heir apparent Daniel Jones threw first-half touchdown passes against Chicago backups and the New York Giants had an easy night in posting a 32-13 preseason victory over the Bears on Friday night. Free agent ...

Tanaka, Judge help Yankees rebound with 3-2 win over Indians

By Larry Fleisher Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Aaron Judge broke out of his slump with two hits and two runs, and the New York Yankees rebounded from their worst home loss of the season with a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland ...

Allen, Johnson lead Bills past Newton-less Panthers 27-14

By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Josh Allen completed 9 of 11 passes for 102 yards and led two scoring drives, Kevin Johnson returned an interception 71 yards for a touchdown and the Buffalo Bills defeated the Carolina Panthers 27-14 on Friday night. Allen, who was ...