National Sports

Hernandez acquitted in two slayings

BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, already serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, was acquitted Friday in a 2012 double slaying prosecutors said was fueled by his anger over a drink spilled at a nightclub. The former New England Patriots tight end choked back tears as the ...

Four finish atop leaderboard after second round at Augusta National

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Rickie Fowler finally got to the top of the leaderboard in a major and didn’t have much of a view. Right next to him was Charley Hoffman, playing in the final group going into the weekend at the Masters for the second time in three years. Sergio Garcia knew the score ...

US women beat Canada in OT of gold medal game

PLYMOUTH, Mich. (AP) — Hilary Knight scored at 10:17 of overtime to give the United States a 3-2 victory over Canada in the women’s hockey world championship final Friday night, capping an emotionally charged two-week stretch that included an off-ice fight and victory against USA Hockey for ...

Mason, Plum win Wooden Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Frank Mason III of Kansas and Kelsey Plum of Washington won the John R. Wooden Award as national players of the year Friday night. They received their trophies during the third annual College Basketball Awards in a nationally televised show from The Novo in downtown Los ...

Watson looks to make statement in ACC title game

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and the third-ranked Tigers won their division. Now, they’re ready for more. Clemson (11-1; No. 4 CFP) moves on face No. 19 Virginia Tech (9-3) in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday night. One more victory and ...

Will UW stop Colorado’s comeback?

DENVER (AP) — For a team picked to be at the bottom, ninth-ranked Colorado sure made a quick ascent to the top. No wonder the Buffaloes used “The Rise “ as one of their motivational mantras. Coach Mike MacIntyre and the Buffaloes (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12, No. 9 CFP) have turned into ...

Kizer remembers pain of loss to USC in 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Quarterback DeShone Kizer says Notre Dame players are remembering the pain they felt two years when they were embarrassed in a 49-14 loss to rival Southern California as the Fighting Irish prepare to finish a scuffling season on the road against the 12th-ranked ...

Branca, pitcher who gave up ‘Shot Heard Round World,’ dies

Ralph Branca’s career was defined by that one high-and-inside fastball. The Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who gave up Bobby Thomson’s famed “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” that still echoes more than six decades later as one of the most famous home runs in baseball history, died Wednesday. ...

Notre Dame must vacate wins after academic misconduct

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Brian Kelly’s worst season at Notre Dame took an embarrassing turn Tuesday as the NCAA announced that academic misconduct orchestrated by a student athletic trainer will cost the storied program all 21 victories from the 2012-13 seasons, including the 12-0 run that ...

Top four unchanged in latest CFP rankings

Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson held the top four spots in the College Football Playoff rankings for the second straight week and Washington moved up a spot to fifth this week. Wisconsin is sixth in the selection committee rankings released Tuesday night. Louisville was the team ...

Arena returns as US soccer coach

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Arena was a decade removed from the U.S. national team when he received a telephone call from U.S. Soccer Federation Secretary General Dan Flynn on Sunday asking him to meet with USSF President Sunil Gulati the following day. By midday Tuesday, the winningest coach in ...

Huff says handgun is for protection

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Josh Huff says he carries a gun because he doesn’t trust people in his hometown of Houston and he has to protect his family. The Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver is expected to play this week against the Giants despite his arrest on gun and drug charges. The team ...

Norv Turner steps down as Vikings OC

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — After spending the night at the office, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had a surprise early-morning visitor. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner, following the offseason hire of a potential replacement and feeble performances by the Vikings in losing the last ...

Big Ten to play six Friday night games a year starting in 2017

The Big Ten will play six Friday night football games a year starting in 2017 and continuing through at least 2022, the conference announced Wednesday. Not every school wants to host those games, though. The Friday night games are being added to the conference’s television agreements with ...

Last living player from 1945 Series shares memories

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The last living player from the 1945 World Series has been pulling for the Cubs. Ed Mierkowicz didn’t play for Chicago. He was on the Detroit team that beat the Cubs in Game 7 at Wrigley Field 71 years ago. Now 92, the Michigan native remains a big baseball ...

Roethlisberger hopes to return against Ravens

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said there’s still pain two weeks after undergoing surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee, but he isn’t ruling himself out of Sunday’s game at Baltimore. “You have surgery two weeks ago, there’s going to ...

CFB rankings: A&M 4th behind ‘Bama, Clemson, Michigan

Texas A&M was ranked fourth behind Alabama, Clemson and Michigan in the season’s first College Football Playoff rankings. The Aggies (7-1) surprisingly were a spot ahead of unbeaten Washington on Tuesday in the first of six selection committee rankings. The Crimson Tide (8-0), ...