National Sports

Offensive line woes costly in Giants’ 24-10 loss

By SIMMI BUTTAR, AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Not even Odell Beckham Jr. could save the New York Giants on Monday night. Not with Eli Manning working behind a porous offensive line. Beckham returned from an ankle injury, but Manning was sacked five times and the Giants ...

LEADING OFF: HR record set to fall, Maddon back in TB

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ SUMMER OF THE SLUGGER Major League Baseball is on track to break its season record for home runs with nearly two weeks left in the season. There were 5,677 home runs hit through Monday, 16 shy of the ...

Stanton hits 55th homer to help Marlins beat Mets 13-1

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Maybe it was the breather Giancarlo Stanton requested and received, or the move one spot down in the batting order that rejuvenated his home run swing. Perhaps it was Mets pitching. Stanton hit his 55th homer — and his first in nine days ...

NFL Overreactions: Are the Giants already finished?

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer The New York Giants are finished. Odell Beckham Jr. returned to the lineup but the offense was awful again in a 24-10 home loss to Detroit on Monday night. Eli Manning looks so uncomfortable under pressure that he took a sack without getting hit. It's ...

Chase for championship: Elliott a NASCAR title contender

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Kevin Harvick considered the list of young drivers often suggested as NASCAR's next big stars and replacements for departed veterans Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. He suggested that only one prospect could truly hook a ...

Luck still not cleared to practice, ruled out of Browns game

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck will miss his third consecutive game Sunday after being ruled out by Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano on Monday. And there's still no timetable for his return to practice. While Pagano didn't rule out the possibility of Luck coming back Wednesday, Pagano ...

Steelers defense talking, playing a good game

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The difference in the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, inside linebacker Ryan Shazier insists, isn't in what is happening after the snap, but before it. The kids like nose tackle Javon Hargrave, cornerback Artie Burns and safety Sean Davis ...

3-time Olympic cyclist Sarah Hammer retires from riding

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Three-time Olympian Sarah Hammer, one of the most decorated track cyclists in U.S. history, is retiring after a prolific career spanning more than two decades. The 34-year-old Hammer announced Monday that she's stepping away from competitive riding to focus on ...

Alabama LB: ‘The season’s officially here’ with SEC play

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama can now officially begin its quest for a fourth straight Southeastern Conference title. The top-ranked Crimson Tide has conquered one highly ranked team, Florida State, and produced lopsided wins over a pair of Mountain West ...

Back to work: No. 12 Florida State prepares for long grind

By JOE REEDY, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is glad to get back to a normal game-week schedule after Hurricane Irma forced the 12th-ranked Seminoles to take two weeks off. They are facing an upcoming stretch that is becoming quite ...