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  • Kei Nishikori overpowers Donald Young to advance to quarterfinals at Japan Open
    Oct 2, 2014 3:22 AM CDT

    TOKYO (AP) — Fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori beat Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Japan Open. Nishikori, ranked seventh in the world, used his solid baseline game to capitalize on several unforced errors by Young. With Nishikori leading 4-3 in the tiebreaker, Young double-faulted. Nishikori then ended a rally with a crosscourt forehand to set up match point and closed it out when Young hit a return into the net. Young had a set point...

  • Kei Nishikori overpowers Donald Young to advance to quarterfinals at Japan Open
    Oct 2, 2014 3:22 AM CDT

    TOKYO (AP) — Fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori beat Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Japan Open. Nishikori, ranked seventh in the world, used his solid baseline game to capitalize on several unforced errors by Young. With Nishikori leading 4-3 in the tiebreaker, Young double-faulted. Nishikori then ended a rally with a crosscourt forehand to set up match point and closed it out when Young hit a return into the net. Young had a set point...

  • Kei Nishikori overpowers Donald Young to advance to quarterfinals at Japan Open
    Oct 2, 2014 3:22 AM CDT

    TOKYO (AP) — Fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori beat Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Japan Open. Nishikori, ranked seventh in the world, used his solid baseline game to capitalize on several unforced errors by Young. With Nishikori leading 4-3 in the tiebreaker, Young double-faulted. Nishikori then ended a rally with a crosscourt forehand to set up match point and closed it out when Young hit a return into the net. Young had a set point...

  • Giants ride Bumgarner, Crawford into NLDS showdown with Nationals
    Oct 2, 2014 3:14 AM CDT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Madison Bumgarner grabbed four beers, tilted his head back and chugged like a champion. Then again, the San Francisco ace has plenty of practice. The Giants celebrating in a soaked clubhouse on the road? Must be October. Next stop: Washington. Bumgarner dominated the Pittsburgh Pirates in an 8-0 whitewash in the National League wild-card game on Wednesday night, tossing a four-hitter as the Giants advanced to best-of-five Division Series in Washington starting on Friday. "If...

  • Court of Arbitration for Sport upholds Guillermo Olaso's 5-year ban, fine for match fixing
    Oct 2, 2014 2:25 AM CDT

    LAUSANNE (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected Spanish player Guillermo Olaso's appeal against a five-year ban and fine for match fixing. The Tennis Integrity Unit last year found Olaso guilty of three corruption offenses dating back to 2010, including directly or indirectly seeking to "contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any event." The then No. 236-ranked player was also found guilty of two counts of failing to report approaches to provide inside information or influence...

  • Abby Wambach, players file lawsuit challenging artificial turf at 2015 Women's World Cup
    Oct 2, 2014 2:24 AM CDT

    Dissatisfied with the response of soccer's governing body, American soccer star Abby Wambach and a group of elite national players made good on their promise to bring legal action over plans to play the 2015 Women's World Cup on artificial turf. The players filed a lawsuit at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal in Toronto on Wednesday, claiming that playing the sport's premier tournament on fake grass amounts to gender discrimination under Canadian law. The suit names FIFA as well as the Canadian...

  • College football epicenter: 2 premier games don't 'happen every day' in state of Mississippi
    Oct 2, 2014 2:11 AM CDT

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi State quarterback Matt Wyatt and his wife sometimes find time to talk a little football over breakfast while hustling around their house in Tupelo, Mississippi, getting the family ready for another day. His wife, Annabeth, is an Ole Miss graduate, so by this point in the season one of them is usually complaining. This week, he said, it's been all smiles. There's talk of victories and huge crowds. Of national rankings and national exposure. Even crazy things...

  • Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide
    Oct 2, 2014 2:00 AM CDT

    Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide ___ GIANTS SHUT OUT PIRATES 8-0 San Francisco Giants shut out Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 in wild-card game, advance to division series vs. Washington Nationals. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/5d1da26d6a814d588b75101ede2800ea/bumgarner-giants-silence-pirates-8-0-advance ___ MADRID TEAMS WIN OVER CONTRASTING OPPONENTS IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Real Madrid leaves it late to beat unheralded Ludogorets while Atletico Madrid beats...

  • AP PHOTOS: Cavs fans welcome back LeBron James, see improved squad as team holds scrimmage
    Oct 2, 2014 1:52 AM CDT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — They waited in line to see him, and when LeBron James ran onto the new court inside Quicken Loans Arena for the first time in four years wearing the Cavaliers' wine and gold colors, Cleveland fans welcomed him back with a thunderous roar they've been waiting to unleash. James has returned to where he began his NBA career, focused on leading the Cavs to the city's first pro sports championship since 1964. Nearly 17,000 fans showed up Wednesday night to watch the Cavaliers hold...

  • Man ready to plead guilty in $7.5 million fraud case involving Miami Heat ex-players, team
    Oct 2, 2014 1:28 AM CDT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man charged with a multimillion-dollar investment scam involving three former Miami Heat players and the team itself wants to take responsibility for his actions and move on, his attorney said ahead of an expected plea deal. The government alleges that Haider Zafar defrauded players Mike Miller, James Jones and Rashard Lewis in 2013 by promising to invest $7.5 million in various business opportunities. Instead, prosecutors say, Zafar kept the money and used some of it to...

  • V. Williams withdraws from China Open with viral illness before Kvitova rematch
    Oct 2, 2014 1:09 AM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — Venus Williams withdrew from the China Open with a viral illness on Thursday shortly before her third-round match against Petra Kvitova. The match would have been a reprise of their third-round encounter at Wimbledon, which Kvitova won in three sets after being just two points from defeat in the second set. Kvitova then went on to win her second title at the All England Club. China Open organizers said Williams was suffering from a viral illness. Venus' sister, Serena, also withdrew...

  • Cavaliers fans welcome back LeBron James as team holds scrimmage before nearly 17,000
    Oct 2, 2014 12:44 AM CDT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The crowd's deafening roar was so loud LeBron James couldn't hear his name announced. Unsure of whether to walk out onto the floor, he looked around and realized he was the last one left on the bench. Seconds later, James knew he was home. Cleveland fans welcomed the NBA superstar back with open arms and ear-splitting screams on Wednesday night as nearly 17,000 fans showed up to watch the Cavaliers hold their annual scrimmage, a glorified practice that provided a preview of...

  • Cowboys special teams player C.J. Spillman investigated over reported sex assault at hotel
    Oct 2, 2014 12:36 AM CDT

    GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys special teams player C.J. Spillman is under investigation but hasn't been arrested or charged after a report of an alleged sexual assault at the team hotel last month. Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling said Wednesday night that the alleged assault took place early Sept. 20 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. The team flew to St. Louis later that Saturday, and Spillman played against the Rams the next day. He has played in all...

  • High school football player dies after collision during varsity game in suburban New York
    Oct 2, 2014 12:23 AM CDT

    ELWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — A high school football player has died after he collided with an opponent and collapsed during a game on Long Island. Authorities say Tom Cutinella, a player for Shoreham-Wading River High School, died at a hospital Wednesday night after suffering a head injury during a game with John Glenn High School in Elwood. A spokeswoman for the school districts tells Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1rKBqSH ) that Cutinella had been in the intensive-care unit after undergoing surgery. Suffolk...

  • Bumgarner goes distance, Crawford hits grand slam as Giants rout Pirates 8-0 in wild-card game
    Oct 2, 2014 12:13 AM CDT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brandon Crawford figured the San Francisco Giants needed one run, maybe two, the way ace Madison Bumgarner was dealing. A grand slam provided all that and more, silencing a revved-up crowd and propelling San Francisco into the meat of the playoffs. Streaking in May and slumping in September, the Giants are back to their old resilient selves in October. Hey, it's what they do this time of year. Crawford's slam off Edinson Volquez in the fourth inning led the Giants to an 8-0...

  • Jesse Joensuu scores twice in Oilers' 3-2 exhibition victory over Coyotes
    Oct 1, 2014 10:55 PM CDT

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jesse Joensuu scored his second goal early in the third period to break a tie in the Edmonton Oilers' 3-2 exhibition victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night. Joensuu beat goalie Devan Dubnyk from the slot off Steve Pinizzotto's pass from behind the net. Benoit Pouliot also scored for the Oilers (4-2-0). Mikkel Boedker and Rob Klinkhammer scored for Arizona (4-1-2). The Oilers took a 2-1 lead early in the second period when Pinizzotto slid the puck in front...

  • Coyotes-Oilers Sums
    Oct 1, 2014 10:37 PM CDT

    Phoenix 1 1 0—2 Edmonton 1 1 1—3 First Period_1, Phoenix, Boedker 1 (Murphy, Lessio), 10:07. 2, Edmonton, Pouliot 1 (Purcell, Nurse), 18:16. Penalties_Crombeen, Ari, major (fighting), 7:48; Hendricks, Edm, major (fighting), 7:48; Pouliot, Edm (slashing), 12:46; Vermette, Ari (hooking), 13:34; Hodgman, Ari (roughing), 16:29; Joensuu, Edm (roughing), 16:29. Second Period_3, Edmonton, Joensuu 1 (Pinizzotto, Marincin), 1:53. 4, Phoenix, Klinkhammer 1 (Summers), 11:49 (sh). Penalties_Smaby,...

  • Carey Price sharp again, Canadiens beat Blackhawks 3-1
    Oct 1, 2014 10:25 PM CDT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Rene Bourque and Nathan Beaulieu scored 1:54 apart early in the third period to snap scoreless tie and Carey Price made 31 saves in the Montreal Canadiens' 3-1 exhibition victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. Michael Bournival added an empty-net goal for Montreal (4-1-0) with 59 seconds left. Andrew Shaw ended Price's shutout bid with 5:53 left on a breakaway on Chicago's 29th shot. Price was sharp for a second straight complete game as he recovers from a knee...

  • Giants 8, Pirates 0
    Oct 1, 2014 10:25 PM CDT

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  • Canadiens-Blackhawks Sums
    Oct 1, 2014 10:06 PM CDT

    Montreal 0 0 3—3 Chicago 0 0 1—1 First Period_None. Penalties_Tinordi, Mon (slashing), 2:05. Second Period_None. Penalties_Dumont, Mon (hooking), 10:11; Sharp, Chi (boarding), 14:16. Third Period_1, Montreal, Bourque 1 (Thomas, Beaulieu), 4:03. 2, Montreal, Beaulieu 1 (Bowman, Dowell), 5:57. 3, Chicago, Shaw 2 (Saad), 14:07. 4, Montreal, Bournival 1, 19:01 (en). Penalties_Emelin, Mon (interference), 13:23; Versteeg, Chi (hooking), 13:49; Bournival, Mon (high-sticking), 19:12....

  • Crosby makes preseason debut, Fleury stops 25 shots as Penguins blank Red Wings 2-0
    Oct 1, 2014 9:28 PM CDT

    DETROIT (AP) — Sidney Crosby made his exhibition debut in Pittsburgh's final preseason game, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots to lead the Penguins past the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 Wednesday night. Blake Comeau and Oskar Sundqvist scored for Pittsburgh (3-3), and Nick Spaling had two assists. Crosby, the reigning NHL MVP, did not have a point. He has missed time in training camp because of a wrist injury and his grandmother's death. Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots for Detroit (3-2-1). Comeau...

  • Police: Phelps' eyes red, speech 'mush mouth' in DUI pullover in Baltimore
    Oct 1, 2014 9:23 PM CDT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps registered .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test after he was stopped on a speeding violation, according to charging documents released Wednesday. The legal limit for intoxication in Maryland is .08. Phelps, 29, was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95 in his native Baltimore, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. His trial...

  • In AP interview, Jeter talks about new website for athletes, plans for life after retirement
    Oct 1, 2014 9:14 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter is among the most media-savvy athletes on the planet, but he says it came through trial and error. "I think you learn through experience," he told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday, three days after he finished his 20th and final season with the New York Yankees. "I've made my fair share of mistakes with the media." Jeter is hoping to help other athletes avoid those mistakes — and get out their own "unfiltered" stories — with the launch of The Players...

  • Penguins-Red Wings Sums
    Oct 1, 2014 9:04 PM CDT

    Pittsburgh 0 1 1—2 Detroit 0 0 0—0 First Period_None. Penalties_Comeau, Pit (hooking), 1:00; Hornqvist, Pit (holding), 3:40. Second Period_1, Pittsburgh, Comeau 1 (Spaling, Scuderi), 7:04. Penalties_Abdelkader, Det (holding stick), 7:37; Lashoff, Det (interference), 10:09; Comeau, Pit (hooking), 19:27. Third Period_2, Pittsburgh, Sundqvist 2 (Spaling, Adams), 5:53. Penalties_Nyquist, Det (holding), 6:31; Comeau, Pit (cross-checking), 15:50. Shots on Goal_Pittsburgh 10-16-7_33....

  • Tough call: With UVa student missing, police named their suspect before charging him in case
    Oct 1, 2014 8:50 PM CDT

    McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Police have revealed next to nothing about the evidence they have against Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., and they won't have to for months to come. But his name is already familiar in Virginia, and linked by authorities to multiple crimes involving young women. Charlottesville police identified Matthew as a suspect even before his arrest last week in Texas on a warrant alleging he abducted University of Virginia student Hannah Graham with the intent to attack her sexually. That strategy...

  • Matt Calvert, Marko Dano each score twice, Blue Jackets beat Hurricanes 6-3
    Oct 1, 2014 8:49 PM CDT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Matt Calvert had two goals and an assist and rookie Marko Dano also scored twice in the third period in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 6-3 exhibition victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night. Michael Chaput and Artem Anisimov added goals for the Blue Jackets (6-1-0) and Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves. Rookie Victor Rask had two goals and an assist for Carolina (1-4-1), and Michal Jordan had a goal and an assist. Anton Khudobin stopped 26 shots. Blue Jackets second-year...

  • Matt Moulson scores twice, Sabres beat Capitals 6-1 in exhibition game
    Oct 1, 2014 8:42 PM CDT

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Matt Moulson scored twice and Sam Reinhart had his first goal of the preseason in the Buffalo Sabres' 6-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night. Reinhart, the No. 2 overall pick this summer, caught goalie Philipp Grubauer out of position with a wrist shot goal in the third period. Tyler Ennis had a goal and two assists, and Drew Stafford and Marcus Foligno also scored. Jhonas Enroth made 22 saves, and Brian Gionta and Chris Stewart each had two assists....

  • Hurricanes-Blue Jackets Sums
    Oct 1, 2014 8:35 PM CDT

    Carolina 0 2 1—3 Columbus 1 1 4—6 First Period_1, Columbus, Calvert 1 (Atkinson, Wennberg), 10:27. Penalties_Tyutin, Clm (hooking), 12:07; Sandlak, Car (hooking), 17:51; Anisimov, Clm (face-off violation), 17:51. Second Period_2, Carolina, Rask 1 (Gerbe, Liles), 10:55. 3, Carolina, Jordan 1 (Rask), 12:13. 4, Columbus, Calvert 2 (Savard, Johnson), 17:35. Penalties_McGinn, Car (hooking), 8:15. Third Period_5, Columbus, Dano 1 (Wennberg, Calvert), :41. 6, Columbus, Chaput 2 (Prout,...

  • Capitals-Sabres Sums
    Oct 1, 2014 8:34 PM CDT

    Washington 0 0 1—1 Buffalo 3 2 1—6 First Period_1, Buffalo, Moulson 1 (Ennis, Gionta), 2:54. 2, Buffalo, Stafford 2 (Hodgson, Zadorov), 6:01 (pp). 3, Buffalo, Ennis 2 (Gionta, Myers), 18:38. Penalties_Ennis, Buf (slashing), 3:13; Newbury, Was (holding), 5:27; Byers, Was, minor-major (roughing, fighting), 19:33; Stewart, Buf, major (fighting), 19:33. Second Period_4, Buffalo, Moulson 2 (Ennis), 4:00. 5, Buffalo, Foligno 1 (Strachan, Stewart), 17:28. Penalties_Myers, Buf (interference),...

  • IOC on Rio Olympics: 'A lot of progress' but 'schedule remains tight' for 2016 Games
    Oct 1, 2014 7:50 PM CDT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Preparations for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have made "a lot of progress" in the last six months but the schedule "remains tight," the head of the IOC's inspection team said Wednesday. Nawal El Moutawakel, who ended a three-day visit to Rio, was upbeat in nearly all her comments. This contrasts sharply with the situation about six months ago when one IOC member described the preparations as the "worst" in recent history. Nawal said the main concern was hotel rooms...

  • 10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos
    Oct 1, 2014 7:33 PM CDT

    Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports. This week's collection of images includes a collision between players at a preseason NHL game in New York; cyclists framed by a stone tunnel in Ponferrada, Spain; and a game-winning single by Derek Jeter at Yankee Stadium in New York. This gallery contains photos published Sept. 24-30. ___ Follow AP photographers on Twitter: http://apne.ws/XZy6ny Follow AP Images on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AP_Images...

  • Police sent to ex-Clippers owner Sterling's home by wife, find him with woman from recordings
    Oct 1, 2014 7:28 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beverly Hills police were called to the home of Donald Sterling after his wife Shelly reported a burglary, but found no crime. Instead, officers found Sterling hosting V. Stiviano — the woman whose recordings of him making racist remarks led to his removal as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers and a lifetime ban from the NBA. Lt. Lincoln Hoshino says officers were called to the home by Shelly Sterling at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday and were there for roughly 15 minutes. Hoshino says...

  • Wilt the Stamp: Push to put Wilt Chamberlain on postage stamp successful
    Oct 1, 2014 7:25 PM CDT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Wilt Chamberlain has been cut down to size. Wilt The Stilt is now Wilt The Stamp. The Hall of Famer and the only NBA player to score 100 points in a game is set to appear on a commemorative U.S postage stamp. Chamberlain died in 1999 at age 63. The U.S. Postal Service and the Philadelphia 76ers, with cooperation from the NBA, will formally dedicate the Wilt Chamberlain Forever stamps in a halftime ceremony at a Dec. 5 game against Oklahoma City. The stamps are just over 2...

  • The 1st of October: Mike Trout makes playoff debut when MLB-best Angels host upstart Royals
    Oct 1, 2014 7:19 PM CDT

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout asked Albert Pujols for advice on his playoff debut before the Los Angeles Angels stepped into the October spotlight, and the veteran slugger with two World Series rings had some simple guidance for baseball's best young player. "He told me to just be myself, and not try to hit that home run when you don't need it," Trout said. "Just keep that same swing that got you here, and go from there. (But) it's definitely a bigger game, for sure. All eyes are on you."...

  • Big weekend for Big Red: Nebraska faces crucial test with chance to contend for title again
    Oct 1, 2014 7:06 PM CDT

    In the most interesting and important Saturday of the college football season so far, no team faces a more crucial test than Nebraska. The 19th-ranked Cornhuskers visit No. 10 Michigan State on Saturday with a chance to leap into national title contention. It's one of six games involving 12 ranked teams that will help sort out the playoff race. There was a time that national title contention was a given for Nebraska. It's been a while. The Cornhuskers (5-0) haven't started 6-0 since 2001, which...

  • Trooper describes search of ex-Patriot Hernandez's home; defense claims unlawful interrogation
    Oct 1, 2014 7:04 PM CDT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Lawyers for ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez continued their effort Wednesday to have cellphone evidence thrown out, and a judge began hearing testimony on what the defense claims was an unlawful interrogation of him at his home. Judge E. Susan Garsh issued no immediate ruling after considering testimony over two days on whether the seizure of the ex-player's BlackBerry was illegal. The defense also maintains Hernandez was unlawfully questioned while state police...

  • NFL extends contract with satellite provider DirecTV to carry 'Sunday Ticket' package
    Oct 1, 2014 6:44 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has extended its contract with satellite provider DirecTV to carry the "Sunday Ticket" package, which allows viewers to watch out-of-market games. The deal expands DirecTV's rights to stream the package live on mobile devices and online. The agreement is worth $12 billion over eight years — $1.5 billion annually, according to a person familiar with the contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the figures were not made public. The previous deal was...

  • Michigan says Devin Gardner will start at quarterback vs Rutgers after Morris' injuries
    Oct 1, 2014 6:26 PM CDT

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — After leaving sophomore quarterback Shane Morris on the field following a hit to the head last weekend, Michigan coach Brady Hoke took responsibility for the program's breakdown in communication Wednesday and said Devin Gardner will start against Rutgers. Hoke did not elaborate on discrepancies between his news conference Monday and athletic director Dave Brandon's statement on Morris' injuries early Tuesday. Brandon said Morris suffered a high-ankle sprain and "probable,...

  • Jaguars: Suspended receiver Justin Blackmon 'doing very well' in voluntary treatment program
    Oct 1, 2014 6:26 PM CDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Suspended Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon has voluntarily checked into a treatment facility and seems to be doing well. Coach Gus Bradley told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the former Oklahoma State star and 2012 first-round NFL draft pick "is doing very well and he's learning a lot." Bradley said he is getting updates from Blackmon's agent, who is Todd France. "He's healing and taking time for himself," Bradley said. "The great thing is he has...

  • Richard Childress Racing moves crew chief Slugger Labbe to research and development role
    Oct 1, 2014 6:05 PM CDT

    WELCOME, N.C. (AP) — Richard Childress Racing is moving crew chief Slugger Labbe into a leadership role in its research and development department. Labbe has been crew chief for Paul Menard since 2010. The team said Wednesday that race engineer Justin Alexander will replace Labbe as crew chief for Menard following next week's race at Charlotte. Menard is 20th in the Sprint Cup standings. Labbe said in a statement he is "looking forward to slowing down" his NASCAR career and spending more time...

  • NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer becomes 1st-time father with birth of son Cash
    Oct 1, 2014 5:49 PM CDT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Clint Bowyer and wife Lorra became first-time parents Wednesday. The NASCAR driver tweeted a photo of newborn son Cash Aaron. Bowyer, known for his wicked sense of humor, posted on his account that his wife had rejected his first-choice name, Cletus Bocephus. His fellow NASCAR drivers chuckled during a Wednesday appearance about the kind of father the high-energy Bowyer will be. Matt Kenseth joked their life will be like the Adam Sandler movie "Big Daddy" and that he'd...

  • Drivers worry about next round of NASCAR's Chase: Kansas-Charlotte-Talladega
    Oct 1, 2014 5:46 PM CDT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Drivers have been fretting about the second round of NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for weeks. The three-race stretch that begins Sunday at Kansas Speedway ends on Oct. 19 at Talladega Superspeedway, where four drivers will be booted from the field. "I think that bracket will break some hearts," Brad Keselowski said three days before winning the Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway last month. He hasn't changed his mind. The field has been trimmed from...

  • Jamaica, home to dominant sprinters, seeks to turn itself into sports tourism destination
    Oct 1, 2014 5:45 PM CDT

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica is launching an initiative to develop sports tourism on the island that is the world's dominant sprinting hothouse. The initiative dubbed Jamaica Sport is part of an effort to diversify the tropical nation's tourism offerings. Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeill notes Jamaica's sprinting dominance at the Olympics and other global meets and says that "now is the time to capitalize on this potential." The group is headed by telecom businessman Christopher Dehring,...

  • Tigers' trio of starting pitchers look good, but Orioles' bullpen appears superior
    Oct 1, 2014 5:40 PM CDT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Detroit Tigers' starting pitchers in the first three games of the AL Division Series have a combined 329 wins, three Cy Young Awards and 35 games of postseason experience. Baltimore's starters carry less impressive credentials, yet they don't necessarily have to outpitch their Detroit counterparts for the Orioles to advance. All they have to do is keep it close, then hand the baseball over to one of the best bullpens in major leagues. Detroit (90-72) didn't win as many games...

  • Thunder coach: Russell Westbrook is best point guard in the NBA
    Oct 1, 2014 5:20 PM CDT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder coach Scott Brooks isn't known for making bold declarations. He is not shy about Russell Westbrook. "I believe Russell's the best point guard in basketball," Brooks said. "And that's been happening over time. I've seen Russell every practice every game every film session, and he's really put a lot of time into being the best point guard in basketball." Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul could argue with Brooks, as could several others. But Westbrook's numbers...

  • Down to 2: Oslo pulls plug on bid for '22 Winter Games, leaving only 2 contenders
    Oct 1, 2014 4:49 PM CDT

    The Olympics that no one seems to want is down to just two candidates. Oslo became the latest city to drop its bid for the 2022 Winter Games after the Norwegian government rejected financial backing for the project on Wednesday amid concerns the games were too costly — a decision the IOC said was based on "half-truths and factual inaccuracies." Oslo's exit leaves Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, as the only two contenders. Oslo is the fourth city to pull out of a race that has been thrown into...

  • Column: Playoffs open with epic game, but baseball is in need of fixing
    Oct 1, 2014 4:37 PM CDT

    Opening night of the baseball playoffs provided some great theater, assuming you could stay awake long enough to watch. That the 12th-inning win by Kansas City over Oakland took nearly five hours to play highlights a problem baseball still has to address. Still, the return to small ball in a sport plagued by steroids should be celebrated just as much as the first postseason win by the Royals in 29 years. But as Bud Selig prepares to take a victory lap on behalf of the owners he represented so...

  • 'Warts and all,' Nationals' Williams, Tigers' Ausmus eye rare Series success as rookie manager
    Oct 1, 2014 4:08 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt Williams was in his 18th game as a major league manager, still learning on the job, when he went with his gut. Williams saw Bryce Harper hit a comebacker in the sixth inning, jog out of the batter's box and veer off toward the home dugout, several strides before first base. Williams yanked Harper from the Washington Nationals' lineup. That decision in April was one of many that made clear Williams would do things his way, something he was taught by a couple of his managers,...

  • Man expected to plead guilty in $7.5 million fraud case involving Miami Heat ex-players, team
    Oct 1, 2014 4:03 PM CDT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man charged with a multimillion-dollar investment scam involving three former Miami Heat players and the team itself is expected to plead guilty, according to his attorney and court documents filed Wednesday. A grand jury indictment alleged that Haider Zafar defrauded players Mike Miller, James Jones and Rashard Lewis in 2013 by promising to invest $7.5 million in various business opportunities. Instead, prosecutors say, Zafar kept the money and used some of it to buy a...

  • Nebraska opponents don't know where sack specialist Gregory is coming from until it's too late
    Oct 1, 2014 3:49 PM CDT

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's roster officially lists Randy Gregory as a defensive end. It might be better just to call him a playmaker. Every week the coach of the Cornhuskers' opponent tells the media it will be crucial to keep track of Gregory. That's been no small task against a player projected to be a first-round draft pick and whose game has been compared to that of last year's No. 1 overall choice, Jadeveon Clowney. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Gregory has been a down lineman at left and...

  • IOC: Withdrawal of Oslo '22 Winter Games bid based on 'half-truths and factual inaccuracies'
    Oct 1, 2014 3:46 PM CDT

    The International Olympic Committee says Norway's decision to withdraw Oslo's bid for the 2022 Winter Games is a "missed opportunity" for the city and country. In a strongly-worded statement, IOC executive director Christophe Dubi says senior politicians in Norway were not properly briefed on the bid process and made their decision based on "half-truths and factual inaccuracies." Dubi says Norway is missing out on $880 million in Olympic revenues that the IOC will provide the 2022 host city....

  • Athletic directors say deciding whether to fire coach during season is 'not an easy process'
    Oct 1, 2014 3:46 PM CDT

    If recent history is any indication, Kansas won't be the only school to fire its football coach before the end of the regular season. Kansas made the season's first coaching change Sunday when it dumped Charlie Weis. Last year, Southern California fired Lane Kiffin, Connecticut removed Paul Pasqualoni and Miami (Ohio) ousted Don Treadwell by mid-October. For athletic directors making the call, it usually comes with a great deal of hand-wringing as they decide if an immediate change will help...

  • US snowboarder Liz Daley killed in avalanche in Argentina; follows deaths of 2 pro skiers
    Oct 1, 2014 3:43 PM CDT

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A U.S. snowboarder, climber and mountain guide has been killed in an avalanche in Argentina. Liz Daley, 29, from Tacoma, Washington, died Monday in the Fitz Roy Massif region outside El Chalten, Argentina. Her sponsor, Eddie Bauer, confirmed the death in a statement. Daley was on a ski mountaineering expedition with three other members of the company's snow sports team as well as two production crew members. The rest of the team escaped unharmed from the avalanche....

  • Wacha in bullpen to start NL Division Series for Cardinals
    Oct 1, 2014 3:43 PM CDT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Wacha, who starred in the postseason as a rookie last fall, will be in the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen for the start of the NL Division Series. It did not come as a surprise. "I was kind of expecting it," Wacha said Wednesday after a 40-minute workout at Busch Stadium. "Just never made it back to where I wanted to be as a starter," he added. "I'm just happy they're going to take a little chance on me in the bullpen." Manager Mike Matheny said he'll go with Adam Wainwright,...

  • Caddie Steve Williams plans retirement, but says he would consider Tiger Woods reunion
    Oct 1, 2014 3:26 PM CDT

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand caddie Steve Williams says he plans to retire but will consider offers of part-time work next year and would team up with former boss Tiger Woods, if asked. Two weeks ago, Williams ended a 3-1/2 year association with Adam Scott during which Scott rose to become the world's top-ranked golfer and the first Australian to win the Masters. The 50-year-old Williams told Fairfax Media on Thursday he wants to reduce his caddying to spend more time with family...

  • Pac-12, Big Ten, ACC notify NCAA of proposals for increased benefits in move toward autonomy
    Oct 1, 2014 3:24 PM CDT

    The five wealthiest college football conferences have notified the NCAA of their proposals to provide more benefits to athletes under the new governance model that allows the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference to pass legislation without the support of the other Division I leagues. The autonomy structure went into effect on Wednesday, which was also the first day for the power conferences to offer suggestions about what rules they want to implement....

  • Pennsylvania steroid ring bust nets prison guards, free agent who signed with Dallas Cowboys
    Oct 1, 2014 3:14 PM CDT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors said Wednesday they broke up a mail-order steroid ring whose participants included three prison guards, a probation officer and football player who signed with the Dallas Cowboys this year and was recently cut. The state attorney general's office announced charges against 13 people, including Brian Clarke, an undrafted free agent offensive lineman who was released by the Cowboys after suffering a groin injury. The prison guards and probation officer worked at...

  • LeBron hopes to inspire kids with his story and those of other prominent athletes in TV series
    Oct 1, 2014 1:56 PM CDT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James is hoping to motivate kids by telling his own inspiring story. The NBA superstar is co-producing a half-hour TV series called "Becoming," which will showcase the journeys of some of today's top athletes. The pilot focuses on James, his struggles growing up in a single-parent home in Akron, Ohio and his rise to become one of the world's best basketball players. The show premieres Oct. 26 on Disney XD. It's co-produced by Springhill Productions, James' company operated...

  • Obama salutes the 2013 Major League Soccer champions, Sporting Kansas City
    Oct 1, 2014 1:46 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has saluted the 2013 Major League Soccer champions Sporting Kansas City. He credits the "dedicated fans" of Kansas City for helping the sport grow in the United States. Obama paid tribute to the team Wednesday for winning the MLS trophy 10 months ago in a freezing penalty kick shootout. Obama singled out Kansas City defender Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi, who were on the U.S. Men's National Team for this summer's World Cup in Brazil. The president...

  • APNewsBreak: Iowa says it won't reinstate women's field hockey coach, investigate bias claim
    Oct 1, 2014 1:31 PM CDT

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa is refusing to reinstate fired women's field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum or to investigate what her supporters call a pattern of unfair treatment of female coaches, according to correspondence obtained by The Associated Press. Griesbaum's attorney, Tom Newkirk, asked President Sally Mason to re-examine the investigation that led to Griesbuam's abrupt termination after 14 years at the helm of one of Iowa's most successful women's athletics programs....

  • Settlement reached in lawsuit filed against New York Post over 'Bag Men' photo, headline
    Oct 1, 2014 1:26 PM CDT

    BOSTON (AP) — The New York Post has settled a defamation lawsuit over a cover three days after the Boston Marathon bombing that featured a photo of two Massachusetts residents with the headline "Bag Men." Neither side would disclose terms of the settlement. A document filed in Suffolk Superior Court late last week said only that the two sides have stipulated to dismissal of the lawsuit and that all parties were waiving their right to appeal. The Post's April 18, 2013, front page had a photo of...

  • Availability of Pagenaud made time right for Team Penske to expand to 4 IndyCar entries
    Oct 1, 2014 12:59 PM CDT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Roger Penske has always been comfortable fielding just two or three IndyCar Series entries a year. With Simon Pagenaud on the free agent market, the team owner was willing to consider expansion. Team Penske this week added the Frenchman to its IndyCar lineup, which will have four full-time cars next season for the first time in team history. Penske management had been aware of Pagenaud for several years because of his relationship with former Penske driver Gil de Ferran....

  • Gloria Steinem: National discussion of domestic violence a positive result of NFL scandal
    Oct 1, 2014 11:51 AM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Feminism pioneer Gloria Steinem says that if anything good has come from the NFL's domestic violence scandal, it's that we're actually talking about domestic violence. "When the women's movement started, there was not even a term called domestic violence," the 80-year-old activist said in an interview. "It was just called life." International human rights organization Equality Now announced Wednesday it will honor Steinem for her six decades of work for women's rights. Actress...

  • Packers secure at quarterback, while Vikings ponder Bridgewater's status
    Oct 1, 2014 11:46 AM CDT

    You might say the Minnesota Vikings are pondering a quarterbacking dilemma. Their veteran starter, Matt Cassel, is gone for the season with a broken left foot. First-round draft pick Teddy Bridgewater took over in his first pro start last Sunday and performed extremely well in a 41-28 win over Atlanta. But Bridgewater sprained his left ankle and had to leave late in that game. That could leave Christian Ponder, the former starter and a 2011 first-rounder, as the starter Thursday night when the...

  • Ex-Marine who caught woman who jumped from Oakland Raiders' stadium among 21 Carnegie Heroes
    Oct 1, 2014 11:24 AM CDT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A retired Marine who caught a woman as she jumped from the upper deck of a stadium following an Oakland Raiders game was among 21 people honored with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. The retired Marine, Donnie Navidad, 61, of Stockton, California, is credited with saving the life of a 20-year-old woman who dropped from the Oakland Coliseum just after a game on Nov. 24. Navidad positioned himself to catch the 100-pound woman and managed...

  • Religion news in brief
    Oct 1, 2014 11:07 AM CDT

    Pope hails Benedict, other elderly at Vatican fest VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has hailed the value of the elderly, including his predecessor Benedict XVI, who joined him at a ceremony in St. Peter's Square honoring the contribution of grandparents to society. Tens of thousands of people, many of them elderly couples and their grandchildren, applauded Sunday when Francis told them that Benedict's living in papal retirement at the Vatican is "like having a wise grandparent at home." Francis...

  • Kei Nishikori beats Ivan Dodig in 2 sets in Japan Open first round
    Oct 1, 2014 10:58 AM CDT

    TOKYO (AP) — In his first match at home since playing in the U.S. Open final, Kei Nishikori gave the sell-out crowd in Ariake Colosseum their money's worth with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ivan Dodig of Croatia on Wednesday. The first Asian man to reach a Grand Slam final added to his popularity by winning his third ATP title of the year in Kuala Lumpur last week. In his first-round match in Tokyo, Nishikori faced only one break point, and progressed to a match against Donald Young of the United States....

  • Cincinnati football staffer fired after sexual-abuse arrest plans to appeal
    Oct 1, 2014 10:54 AM CDT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A staff member with the University of Cincinnati football team plans to appeal his firing after being arrested on a misdemeanor sexual abuse charge in northern Kentucky. James Noll, an attorney for Antrione Archer, said in a statement Wednesday the university acted prematurely in firing Archer, who has requested a 60-day leave to resolve the issue in court. Archer, the team's director of player welfare and development, was fired Tuesday. Court records said Archer was accused...

  • Student who ran onto field, was body-slammed by Ohio State coach at game loses scholarship
    Oct 1, 2014 9:42 AM CDT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A student who ran onto the field during an Ohio State football game and was body-slammed by a coach is losing his scholarship amid his court case. Defense attorney Mark Collins says officials on Tuesday started removing 21-year-old Anthony Wunder from the Evans Scholars program, which covers tuition and housing for former golf caddies. The fourth-year engineering student is charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing. His attorney entered a not-guilty plea in Franklin...

  • Charging documents show Olympic champion Phelps' DUI in Baltimore tied to alcohol
    Oct 1, 2014 8:56 AM CDT

    Olympic champion Michael Phelps is facing five traffic charges, including three involving drunken driving, after being pulled over by police in Baltimore. The Maryland Transportation Authority Police charged Phelps early Tuesday with DUI but weren't specific about the substance they said affected his driving. Now, online charging documents show that the charges include driving while impaired by alcohol, driving while under the influence of alcohol and driving a vehicle while under the influence...

  • Defending champion Djokovic beats Pospisil to improve record at China Open to 21-0
    Oct 1, 2014 8:51 AM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak at the China Open to 21 straight matches, beating Canada's Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 7-5 under the roof on center court on a cold, rainy Wednesday. The top-ranked Djokovic came back from a break down in the second set and fought off a set point at 4-5 to close out the match in straight sets. He has lost only three sets en route to winning four China Open titles in four years. Djokovic faces a tough road to pick up a fifth straight title, with...

  • Rory McIlroy wins PGA Tour best player award for 2nd time in 3 years
    Oct 1, 2014 8:47 AM CDT

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — One incredible month of golf was enough for Rory McIlroy to be voted PGA Tour player of the year. The award was announced on Wednesday and surprised no one. McIlroy won the award, which is a vote of PGA Tour members, for the second time in three years. He joined Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and Nick Price as the only multiple winners of the Jack Nicklaus Award since it began in 1990. "I'd like to win a lot more in my career, and I feel like I can," McIlroy said from...

  • Defending champion Djokovic beats Pospisil to improve record at China Open to 21-0
    Oct 1, 2014 7:34 AM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak at the China Open to 21 straight matches, beating Canada's Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 7-5 under the roof on center court on a cold, rainy Wednesday. The top-ranked Djokovic came back from a break down in the second set and fought off a set point at 4-5 to close out the match in straight sets. He has only lost three sets en route to winning four China Open titles in four years. Djokovic faces a tough road to pick up a fifth straight title, with...

  • Coming off high of Ryder Cup, Rory McIlroy looks to finish year strong
    Oct 1, 2014 6:48 AM CDT

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — The photo went viral on Twitter, Rory McIlroy wearing a mini-kilt and red wig and nothing else as Europe celebrated another Ryder Cup victory. Just don't ask him for details. "Honestly? Honestly ... I don't remember," McIlroy said on Wednesday. "The timeline gets a bit fuzzy about midnight." Far more vivid was his play at Gleneagles, which the British Open and PGA champion referred to his best of the year. McIlroy started 3-3-3-3-3-2 in dismantling Rickie Fowler,...

  • Rory McIlroy says Clarke the right man to lead Europe at Hazeltine
    Oct 1, 2014 4:43 AM CDT

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Rory McIlroy is backing Darren Clarke as the next Ryder Cup captain for Europe. McIlroy was among influential voices who threw support behind Paul McGinley when Europe was choosing a captain for Gleneagles. McGinley pushed all the right buttons as Europe sailed to victory over the Americans last week. Clarke and Miguel Angel Jimenez have been mentioned as possible captains for Hazeltine in 2016. McIlroy said on Wednesday that Clarke would be "the perfect man to lead...

  • Some hit, others miss: Playoff managers have mixed success when it comes to contesting a call
    Oct 1, 2014 2:34 AM CDT

    For Buck Showalter, Don Mattingly and every other manager in these playoffs, it promises to be a most challenging postseason. This is the first October in which skippers can contest an umpire's call. Nearly everything is subject to replay review, except for balls and strikes, but managers only get one challenge per game if they're wrong. Based on how they did during the regular season, some teams are better than others at spotting a play that should be reversed. "I like the job our guy did,"...

  • Long-downtrodden Royals beat A's in 9-8, 12-inning thriller to reach ALDS against Angels
    Oct 1, 2014 2:19 AM CDT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It had been 29 years since the Kansas City Royals had last been to the postseason — nearly three decades spent mostly in baseball's backwater, a small-market organization on a shoe-string budget trying in vain to compete with the big boys. On Tuesday night, they returned to the game's grand stage in dramatic fashion. Salvador Perez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning, capping two late comebacks that gave Kansas City a thrilling 9-8 victory over...

  • Royals run wild in thriller, rally past A's 9-8 in 12 innings in first playoff game since '85
    Oct 1, 2014 2:03 AM CDT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rain had started to fall at Kauffman Stadium as the echoing roars finally faded into the night. Eric Hosmer popped out of the dugout one last time, looked to the sky and let it soak in. It had been 29 years since the Royals played a postseason game — nearly three decades spent mostly as a laughingstock. But on Tuesday night, already drenched in victory champagne, the young first baseman felt as if the whole world had watched their coming-out party. "This team showed a...

  • Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide
    Oct 1, 2014 1:57 AM CDT

    Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide ___ ROYALS EDGE ATHLETICS IN CLASSIC 12-INNING PLAYOFFS OPENER Kansas City wins first playoff game in 29 years, edges Oakland in 12-inning classic. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/9b9bdbaa213e4ac295821de7447fb580/royals-tied-extras-al-wild-card-game ___ PSG INFLICTS FIRST LOSS OF SEASON ON BARCELONA Paris St. Germain beats Barcelona in Champions League to inflict first loss of season on the Spanish club. ...

  • Organizers of Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race renew TV deal with Sportsman Channel
    Oct 1, 2014 1:47 AM CDT

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Organizers of Alaska's famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have renewed a deal with the Sportsman Channel, continuing a national television presence for the nearly 1,000-mile trek across rugged and sometimes unforgiving terrain. With the agreement announced Wednesday, the network maintains its status as the official network of the race from Anchorage to the old gold rush town of Nome on Alaska's wind-scoured western coast. The original partnership began weeks before this...

  • Brown's 2nd-period goal snaps tie, Kings top Sharks 4-1 in preseason action
    Oct 1, 2014 12:07 AM CDT

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Dustin Brown snapped a tie 44 seconds into the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 in an NHL preseason game on Tuesday night. Drew Doughty, in his first appearance of the preseason, scored the tying goal midway through the first period. Justin Williams and Dwight King also scored for the Kings (4-0-1). Joe Thornton scored for the Sharks, who lost in regulation at home for the first time in five preseason games. Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick...

  • Kings-Sharks Sums
    Sep 30, 2014 11:59 PM CDT

    Los Angeles 1 2 1—4 San Jose 1 0 0—1 First Period_1, San Jose, Thornton 3 (Fedun, Hertl), 1:28. 2, Los Angeles, Doughty 1 (Williams, Kopitar), 8:43 (pp). Penalties_Wingels, SJ (hooking), 8:17; Cracknell, LA (hooking), 13:21; Greene, LA (cross-checking), 15:54. Second Period_3, Los Angeles, D.Brown 1 (Kopitar, Nolan), :44. 4, Los Angeles, Williams 1 (King, Richards), 16:17. Penalties_Desjardins, SJ (slashing), 5:38. Third Period_5, Los Angeles, King 2 (Williams, Muzzin),...

  • Royals 9, Athletics 8, 12 innings,
    Sep 30, 2014 11:58 PM CDT

    Oakland Kansas City ab r h bi ab r h bi Crisp cf 6 1 2 1 AEscor ss 4 1 2 0 JGoms lf 0 0 0 0 Aoki rf 4 1 0 1 Fuld lf-cf 5 1 2 0 Nix 3b 1 0 0 0 Dnldsn 3b 5 1 2 0 L.Cain cf-rf 6 2 2 2 Moss dh 5 2 2 5 Hosmer 1b 4 2 3 1 Reddck rf 4 2 2 0 BButler dh 4 0 2 2 Lowrie ss 5 0 0 0 Gore pr-dh 0 0 0 0 Vogt 1b ...

  • Serena Williams headlines Hopman Cup field, Tsonga to defend title
    Sep 30, 2014 11:30 PM CDT

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — Top-ranked Serena Williams will combine with Wimbledon doubles champion Jack Sock in the United States team which will compete in a star-studded Hopman Cup tournament in January. Williams won the Cup with James Blake in 2003 and Mardy Fish in 2008 and will again use the tournament as preparation for the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, the Australian Open. Defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will combine with Alize Cornet in a French team playing in Group B...

  • Much at stake in all-Korean Asian Games football final, on and off the field at Incheon
    Sep 30, 2014 11:11 PM CDT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Rarely has there been so much at stake in an Asian Games football final. It's North vs. South on the divided Korean peninsula, and it's a game South Korea's players are desperate to win. Not just because it takes place on home soil against their closest neighbor but also because a gold medal would grant them exemption from mandatory military service, which is largely in place because the two countries are still technically at war. When North Korea and South Korea met...

  • Hiller makes 28 saves as Calgary Flames beat Colorado Avalanche 2-0
    Sep 30, 2014 11:08 PM CDT

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Jonas Hiller made 28 saves, and the Calgary Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-0 in a preseason game on Tuesday night. Hiller signed a $9 million, two-year deal over the summer. He is battling Karri Ramo for the starting job after spending the previous seven seasons with Anaheim. Hiller's best sequence occurred with five minutes to play in the third when he first stopped Andrew Agozzino, and then stuck out his pad to deny Michael Schumacher on the rebound. Johnny Gaudreau...

  • Cedric Paquette and Brett Connolly lead Lightning to 5-1 win over Stars
    Sep 30, 2014 10:42 PM CDT

    DALLAS (AP) — Cedric Paquette and Brett Connolly each scored a goal and assisted on another as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 5-1 on Tuesday night. The Lightning scored 37 seconds into the game, when Richard Panik put a rebound past Dallas goalie Anders Lindback. Jonathan Marchessault and Paquette assisted. Connolly assisted on Paquette's goal in the third period and then scored one himself 4 1/2 minutes later. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop made 21 saves. Lindback stopped 28 shots...

  • Avalanche-Flames Sums
    Sep 30, 2014 10:31 PM CDT

    Colorado 0 0 0—0 Calgary 0 1 1—2 First Period_None. Penalties_Bollig, Cal (tripping), 2:36; Siemens, Col (holding), 11:56; Winchester, Col (hooking), 15:44; Winchester, Col (tripping), 17:55. Second Period_1, Calgary, Gaudreau 1 (Glencross, Colborne), 9:05. Penalties_None. Third Period_2, Calgary, Bouma 1 (Giordano), 19:13 (en). Penalties_Cliche, Col (elbowing), 6:53; Monahan, Cal (high-sticking), 8:37. Shots on Goal_Colorado 7-9-12_28. Calgary 11-9-4_24. Power-play opportunities_Colorado...

  • Steen helps St. Louis Blues beat Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 in preseason game
    Sep 30, 2014 10:11 PM CDT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Backes, Joakim Lindstrom and Vladimir Tarasenko scored to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 exhibition victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night. Alexander Steen had an assist on Lindstrom's goal in the second period, which gave St. Louis a 2-1 lead. It was Steen's exhibition debut after he led the Blues with 33 goals and 62 points last season. Ryan Murphy scored for Carolina. He sent a wrist shot through traffic at the 5:59 mark of the second. Backes had the...

  • Lightning-Stars Sums
    Sep 30, 2014 10:09 PM CDT

    Tampa Bay 1 2 2—5 Dallas 0 1 0—1 First Period_1, Tampa Bay, Panik 1 (Marchessault, Paquette), :37. Penalties_Brewer, TB (holding), 17:30; Oleksiak, Dal (elbowing), 19:47. Second Period_2, Tampa Bay, Brown 1, 7:39 (sh). 3, Tampa Bay, Kucherov 3 (Namestnikov, Filppula), 14:05 (pp). 4, Dallas, Ja.Benn 1 (Nichushkin, Gonchar), 14:50. Penalties_Sustr, TB (hooking), 7:08; Witkowski, TB (tripping), 10:31; Daley, Dal (hooking), 13:24; Spezza, Dal (tripping), 15:38. Third Period_5,...

  • Hurricanes-Blues Sums
    Sep 30, 2014 9:59 PM CDT

    Carolina 0 1 0—1 St. Louis 0 2 1—3 First Period_None. Penalties_Steen, StL (interference), 3:34; Sekera, Car (hooking), 15:22; Semin, Car (slashing), 19:37; Malone, Car (holding), 19:55. Second Period_1, St. Louis, Backes 2 (Shattenkirk, Stastny), :33 (pp). 2, Carolina, Murphy 2 (Nash), 5:59. 3, St. Louis, Lindstrom 2 (Steen), 18:38. Penalties_Pietrangelo, StL (tripping), 15:21. Third Period_4, St. Louis, Tarasenko 4 (Pietrangelo, Lehtera), 17:45. Penalties_Mueller, StL (hooking),...

  • Ondrej Pavelec leads Winnipeg Jets to 2-1 win over Ottawa Senators
    Sep 30, 2014 9:54 PM CDT

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Ondrej Pavelec had 25 saves, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in a preseason game on Tuesday night. Jim Slater and Nikolaj Ehlers scored for Winnipeg, which lost 3-1 at Edmonton on Monday night. Buddy Robinson had Ottawa's only goal at 14:42 of the second. Robin Lehner made 12 saves, and Craig Anderson stopped 10 shots. Ehlers, a native of Denmark who was the ninth overall pick in this year's NHL draft, scored his first preseason goal at 6:22 of the...

  • Senators-Jets Sums
    Sep 30, 2014 9:39 PM CDT

    Ottawa 0 1 0—1 Winnipeg 1 1 0—2 First Period_1, Winnipeg, Slater 1 (Peluso, Pardy), 9:17. Penalties_Cowen, Ott (high-sticking), 6:44; Bogosian, Wpg (kneeing), 13:37. Second Period_2, Winnipeg, Ehlers 1 (Halischuk, Petan), 6:22. 3, Ottawa, Robinson 1 (Johnson), 14:42. Penalties_Enstrom, Wpg (freezing the puck), 15:15; Neil, Ott (charging), 19:44. Third Period_None. Penalties_Neil, Ott, major (fighting), 3:42; Peluso, Wpg, major (fighting), 3:42; Smith, Ott (high-sticking),...

  • Cal Clutterbuck scores go-ahead goal with 3:19 left to lead Islanders over Bruins 5-3
    Sep 30, 2014 9:11 PM CDT

    BOSTON (AP) — Cal Clutterbuck scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:19 left in the third period, sending the New York Islanders to a 5-3 preseason win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. Kyle Okposo, Cory Conacher and defenseman T.J. Brennan also scored for the Islanders. Scott Mayfield added an empty-net goal. Clutterbuck and Okposo each had an assist. Kevin Poulin made 26 saves for New York. Starting goalie Niklas Svedberg stopped seven of eight shots for the Bruins. Jeremy Smith replaced...

  • Olympic champion Michael Phelps apologizes for DUI arrest, says he takes 'full responsibility'
    Sep 30, 2014 8:57 PM CDT

    Michael Phelps' comeback has been sidetracked by more trouble away from the pool. The Olympic champion was arrested for the second time on DUI charges early Tuesday in his hometown of Baltimore, another embarrassment for a swimmer who came out of retirement this year with his sights set on competing at the Rio Games. Phelps issued an apology that sounded very familiar to the ones he made after a drunken-driving arrest a decade ago, as well as when a British tabloid published a photograph in 2009...

  • Islanders-Bruins Sums
    Sep 30, 2014 8:54 PM CDT

    N.Y. Islanders 0 3 2—5 Boston 1 0 2—3 First Period_1, Boston, Bergeron 1 (Marchand), 6:45. Penalties_Donovan, NYI (interference), 6:52. Second Period_2, N.Y. Islanders, Brennan 1 (Nielsen, Okposo), 8:20 (pp). 3, N.Y. Islanders, Okposo 1 (Hickey, Strome), 17:20. 4, N.Y. Islanders, Conacher 1 (Tavares, Clutterbuck), 18:24. Penalties_Bergeron, Bos (tripping), 7:32; Cunningham, Bos (interference), 9:08; Donovan, NYI (interference), 11:14; Clutterbuck, NYI (roughing), 15:04;...

  • Wayne Simmonds scores as Philadelphia Flyers top New York Rangers 4-2 in preseason
    Sep 30, 2014 8:49 PM CDT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Wayne Simmonds scored in the second period, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Rangers 4-2 in a preseason game Tuesday night. Flyers captain Claude Giroux logged more than 16 1/2 minutes in his first exhibition game this season. Giroux suffered a lower-body injury early in the first practice of training camp. Sean Couturier scored in the first for Philadelphia, which lost 6-3 to the Rangers on Monday night. Ray Emery, who also had missed time with a lower-body injury,...

  • Rangers-Flyers Sums
    Sep 30, 2014 8:38 PM CDT

    N.Y. Rangers 1 0 1—2 Philadelphia 1 2 1—4 First Period_1, N.Y. Rangers, Hagelin 2 (D.Moore, Bodie), 4:47 (sh). 2, Philadelphia, Couturier 1 (Simmonds, Read), 13:46. Penalties_Duclair, NYR (holding), 3:26; Akeson, Phi (slashing), 16:46; D.Moore, NYR (hooking), 19:14. Second Period_3, Philadelphia, Grossmann 1 (Akeson, Streit), 7:46. 4, Philadelphia, Simmonds 1 (Read, Streit), 13:25. Penalties_Bellemare, Phi (holding stick), 14:06. Third Period_5, N.Y. Rangers, Duclair 3 (D.Moore),...

  • Gravely injured Giants fan Bryan Stow sues Dodgers over insurance claims after stadium beating
    Sep 30, 2014 8:01 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney for Bryan Stow, the gravely injured Giants fan who won a multimillion-dollar damage suit against the Dodgers, has sued the team again, claiming it is trying to recoup $3.4 million in insurance payments from Stow for his medical care after a beating. Attorney Tom Girardi said in the lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles that the Dodgers and its insurer want the money returned from the $18 million awarded to Stow this summer by a jury. Stow suffered a traumatic brain...

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