Friday September 22, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s defense is leaving opponents little room to run. A year after allowing over 200 yards rushing and 500-plus overall in their first three games, the Wildcats’ run defense enters their SEC matchup against No. 20 Florida leading the conference in fewest rushing yards allowed, yielding just 57 per game.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s defense is struggling with injuries and allowing too many big plays. That’s the same formula that made it tough for Tennessee’s defense to stop anyone late last season. Tennessee’s defense already has lost several notable players to significant injuries and is coming off a 26-20 loss to Florida in which it allowed a tiebreaking 63-yard touchdown pass as time expired.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Things were supposed to be better this season for Missouri under second-year coach Barry Odom. After struggling to defeat an FCS opponent in the opener and then back-to-back blowout losses, it’s been more of the same for the woeful Tigers. Missouri hosts No. 15 Auburn on Saturday.


Thursday September 21, 2017

UNDATED (AP) — Week 4 of the college football season features 11 ranked teams playing unranked teams on the road. No. 16 TCU meets No. 6 Oklahoma State in a Big 12 showdown and Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald gets a chance to make a Dak Prescott-like move into the Heisman Trophy race against No. 11 Georgia.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley has enjoyed the national championship celebrations. Now, she’s ready to get back to work with the Gamecocks. Staley said the goal is to win another NCAA Tournament. She is eager to see if the pieces she has this year fit together to win additional titles.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has had his share of struggles in the Southeastern Conference since leaving Wisconsin following the 2012 season. None have frustrated Razorbacks fans quite as much as the school’s recent woes against Texas A&M.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s bruising tailback Bo Scarbrough has dropped 15 pounds, is catching a few more passes and isn’t piling up rushing yards nearly as rapidly as he did a season ago. Scarbrough ranks just 15th in the Southeastern Conference in rushing after a huge finish last season. But top-ranked Alabama isn’t panicking about his production.

Wednesday September 20, 2017

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference last season, and he entered this year as the league’s leading returner in passing efficiency. So far, the senior’s encore has yet to live up to the lofty expectations he set a year ago in his first season as the starter.

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor will get a boost for its Big 12 opener against third-ranked Oklahoma with the season debuts of 1,000-yard rusher Terence Williams and two starting defenders. Williams will be back in the lineup Saturday after missing the first three games while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Coach Matt Rhule also says senior safety Taion Sells has completed his three-game suspension and that cornerback Grayland Arnold returns after breaking his left arm during a preseason scrimmage

Tuesday September 19, 2017

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in Texas has denied the NFL’s request to suspend his injunction that blocked a six-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant was expected and came after the NFL had already moved on to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans with the same request.

Monday September 18, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The former financial adviser to Dallas Cowboy Darren McFadden is being ordered to pay McFadden’s attorneys because he failed to provide court-ordered information in a lawsuit by McFadden. McFadden, a former Arkansas Razorback, is suing Michael Vick in federal court in Little Rock for allegedly misappropriating millions of dollars of McFadden’s money. Court records show Vick was ordered last Tuesday to pay $3,382.50 for efforts by McFadden’s attorneys to get Vick to reply to provide information.

Friday September 15, 2017

UNDATED (AP) — When Texas and Southern California last met on the football field, they put on a show many still call the greatest game in college football history. Surrounded by the sizzling hype of Hollywood and contested by dozens of players who would go on to the NFL, Texas’ 41-38 upset victory in the 2006 Rose Bowl is still talked about today for its superstar performances, coaching decisions and two decisive fourth-down plays in the fourth quarter. The two teams play again Saturday night.


UNDATED (AP) — The results so far for Oklahoma, Texas and Baylor reflect the situations inherited by the Big 12’s three new head coaches. Matt Rhule never expected his job at Baylor to be easy, and the Bears have lost their first two games. The Longhorns have been up-and-down since being the league’s last national champ 12 seasons ago, and are now 1-1 under Tom Herman. Ten-time Big 12 champion Oklahoma has a No. 2 national ranking after an early signature victory for Lincoln Riley.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Deshaun Watson ran 49 yards for a touchdown in his first NFL start and led the Houston Texans’ depleted offense to a late clinching field goal in a 13-9 victory at the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday night. The Bengals managed only three field goals at home.


FRISCO, Texas (AP) — DeMarcus Lawrence strapped on the faux boxing championship belt that goes to the weekly MVP for the Cowboys, ready for the cameras with a subtle jab at reporters that they only want to talk to him after the Dallas defensive end gets sacks. The big plays explained the crowd around Lawrence in the locker room three days after he had two sacks in a 19-3 defensive domination of the New York Giants.


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield set off a firestorm when by planting a Sooners flag at midfield following a big win at Ohio State. If recent history is a guide, Mayfield and the Sooners won’t want to see the Buckeyes anytime soon. Teams that disrespect their opponents often don’t have to wait long before getting their comeuppance.


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU quarterback Danny Etling has been willing to throw deep and has been rewarded with big catches by receivers who’ll likely face their toughest challenge yet at Mississippi State. Five different receivers already have catches of 27 yards or more in two lopsided victories to open the season. Etling says it’s ‘awesome’ to see receivers making the most of chances downfield.


CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have run their American League-record winning streak to 22 games with a 3-2 comeback win over Kansas City. Jay Bruce won it with an RBI double in the bottom of the 10th after Jose Ramirez led off the inning with a double. The Royals were one strike from a 2-1 win until Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) doubled home the tying run in the ninth.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick could be out for the season after breaking his right thumb while sliding headfirst into second base on Wednesday. The team says Marisnick will need surgery and will be out six to eight weeks. He is batting .243 with 16 homers and 35 RBIs in 106 games for the Astros.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his Saints counterpart Drew Brees will take the Superdome field just days after U2’s concert there. That’s fitting. The Irish rockers had a strong affiliation with the Saints’ return from Hurricane Katrina. And with Brady and the Patriots’ first Super Bowl win in New Orleans. U2’s latest Superdome show could be seen as a prelude to a matchup featuring two of the most accomplished QBs in NFL history.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Brad Peacock pitched six innings of three-hit ball and the Houston Astros lowered their magic number for clinching the AL West to three with a 5-2 victory over the second-place Los Angeles Angels. Yuli Gurriel had three hits and drove in a run for the Astros, who have a good chance to clinch a playoff spot and their first division title since 2001 at home this weekend against Seattle.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nelson Cruz went 4 for 4 with a home run and Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Texas Rangers 10-4. The Mariners remained 3 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card. Texas entered the game one-half game behind Seattle in the wild card race and fielded a surprise lineup looking for a spark from two injured veterans.


DENVER (AP) — Von Miller says he’s not perturbed by his career-long five-game streak without a sack. That’s because he’s still finding ways to hound opponents. Teams are double- and triple-teaming Miller to keep him away from their quarterback at the expense of limiting their offensive options. Miller counts that as a win.


FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence had two sacks in a season-opening victory over the New York Giants. He’s showing signs of a breakout year after three seasons slowed by injuries and a suspension. Lawrence was drafted in the second round just two months after the Cowboys released franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware in a cost-cutting move. Now he’s looking for his first double-digit sack season. That was a regular occurrence for the now-retired Ware in his eight seasons with Dallas.

Thursday September 14, 2017

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have set an American League record with their 21st consecutive victory, 5-3 over the Tigers in Cleveland. The Tribe broke the previous AL record set by the 2002 Athletics. The Indians spotted Detroit an early 1-0 lead before Jay Bruce launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the first.



ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mike Zunino homered twice, Jean Segura also went deep and the Seattle Mariners won 8-1 at Texas. The Mariners jumped over the Rangers in the wild-card chase and handed Martin Perez his first loss in eight starts. Zunino broke a scoreless tie with one out in the fifth with his 22nd homer, a rare shot into the second-level club deck in left field. By time he homered again in the seventh, it was 8-1.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels scored five runs in the first inning and then rode left-hander Tyler Skaggs’ finest start of the season to beat the Houston Astros 9-1.


FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The NFL is trying to accelerate the timeline in its appeal of a federal judge’s injunction that blocked Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension over a domestic violence case. The NFL quickly answered a filing from Elliott’s attorneys Wednesday, telling U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant that the league would immediately go to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans if he didn’t rule on its request for a stay of his injunction by Thursday.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos plugged a leaky defense in free agency this offseason with the signings of nose tackles Domata Peko and Zach Kerr. The Dallas Cowboys will provide a litmus test of those repairs when they bring the NFL’s best offensive line and running back Ezekiel Elliott to Denver. Elliott is free to play while his six-game suspension is on hold.


METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The Saints’ defense aims to prove its latest flop in a season-opening loss was not so much an extension of a three-year trend, but rather one lousy game with a largely revamped lineup. Either way, there’s a lot to fix before facing Tom Brady and the Patriots next. Safety Kenny Vaccaro says New Orleans’ defense has come a long way from previous down years, and is confident it can fix the breakdowns it had in a 29-19 loss at Minnesota.


UNDATED (AP) — Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended for 10 games by the NFL for violating the league’s performance enhancers policy. It’s the second time Cushing has been suspended; he missed four games in 2010 under the same policy. Cushing had won 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year, an honor which was jeopardized by the suspension. He kept the award after a revote by The Associated Press’ awards panel.



AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Every time Holton Hill touches the ball, the field seems to open up for him all the way to the end zone. Three touches, three touchdowns. Pretty good production for a defensive back. The Texas junior has emerged as a surprising scoring threat for Texas and should give USC quarterback Sam Darnold plenty to think about when Longhorns and No. 4 Trojans face off Saturday night in their first meeting since the classic 2006 Rose Bowl.



UNDATED (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield set off a firestorm when by planning a Sooners flag at midfield following a big win at Ohio State. If recent history is a guide, Mayfield and the Sooners won’t want to see the Buckeyes anytime soon. Teams that disrespect their opponents often don’t have to wait long before getting their comeuppance.



FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — All-Big 12 linebacker Travin Howard and the rest of the TCU defenders don’t worry about the different offenses they face. The 20th-ranked Horned Frogs just do what their coach tells them to do. Howard says they trust coach Gary Patterson. Next up is Saturday’s home game against SMU, which is averaging 56 points and 479 yards per game.

Wednesday September 13, 2017

UNDATED (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will play their home opener against Tennessee as originally scheduled. Team president Mark Lamping and Mayor Lenny Curry made the announcement at a Jacksonville fire station. It came just a few hours after the team returned home following an extended stay in Houston because of Hurricane Irma.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No. 23 Tennessee and 24th-ranked Florida will play as scheduled Saturday in Gainesville. The Southeastern Conference announced that the league opener for both teams will remain a 3:30 p.m. kickoff at Florida Field. The decision keeps the game intact less than a week after Hurricane Irma devastated parts of the Sunshine State. Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin says the call was made after meeting with city and campus officials. The stadium sustained only minor damage to signage.


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Baker Mayfield is one of the most visible players in college football. Oklahoma’s energetic quarterback has finished in the top four of the Heisman race the past two years. His supporting cast is relatively unknown. Many of his skill position players are new or are in new roles. Mayfield has been as good as usual. His six touchdown passes this season have gone to six different players. The second-ranked Sooners face Tulane on Saturday.


WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor quarterback Anu Solomon is in a concussion protocol because of symptoms he felt after the last game. Coach Matt Rhule says Solomon felt banged up when he came in the day after the Bears’ 17-10 loss to UTSA. Rhule had already said sophomore Zach Smith will be the starting quarterback Saturday at Duke. True freshman Charlie Brewer will be the backup.


UNDATED (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville and San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny are among the early standouts on The Associated Press preseason All-America team. Penny piled up 216 rushing yards in a win against Arizona State and Jackson leads the nation in total offense. The AP has been honoring college football’s best with an All-America team since 1925.

Tuesday September 12, 2017

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has apologized for his postgame flag celebration following the Sooners’ victory at Ohio State. On Saturday, Mayfield planted the crimson OU flag at midfield at Ohio Stadium. Mayfield said Monday that he didn’t meant any disrespect.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long says he wants to know within three to five months whether the Razorbacks will play football at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium after 2018. The University of Arkansas is currently contracted to play one more game at the 54,120-seat stadium about 180 miles from its Fayetteville campus — a Southeastern Conference contest next season.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma defensive lineman Amani Bledsoe has filed a lawsuit against the NCAA after being suspended for failing a test for performance-enhancing drugs. The civil lawsuit was filed August 24 in Cleveland County. It asked the NCAA to lift the suspension and restore a year of eligibility. The lawsuit says Bledsoe ran out of a supplement and took some of a teammate’s supplement last year before submitting to a random NCAA drug test.

Monday September 11, 2017

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Former Oklahoma Sooner Charles Tapper got his first NFL sack, forcing the New York Giants to settle for their only field goal of the night, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants 19-3. Jason Witten scored the only touchdown while breaking the franchise record for yards receiving and the Dallas defense shackled a New York offense missing Odell Beckham Junior in the season opener for both teams Sunday night.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) —Oklahoma moved up to Number 2 in The Associated Press college football poll behind Alabama after the Sooners scored the most impressive victory of week two. Three of the top six teams from last week defeated other ranked teams on Saturday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Quarterback Baker Mayfield is on a roll and so are his Oklahoma Sooners. Mayfield beat Ohio State in Columbus on Saturday, avenging last year’s blowout by the Buckeyes in Norman. In doing so, he also powered his way into the Heisman Trophy conversation. Mayfield, a Heisman finalist last season, threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns against the Buckeyes.

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Anne-Catherine Tanguay won the Symetra Tour’s Garden City Charity Classic on Sunday at windy Buffalo Dunes to put herself in good position to earn an LPGA Tour card. The 26-year-old former University of Oklahoma player from Quebec birdied three of the last five holes for a 1-under 71 and a three-stroke victory in steady 20 mile per hour winds.

Friday September 8, 2017


Chiefs outscore Pats

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have opened their season by knocking off the defending Super Bowl champs.

Alex Smith and rookie Kareem Hunt led an offense that shredded the Patriots in a 42-27 win at New England.

Smith threw a pair of long touchdown passes and Hunt scored three times after fumbling on his first NFL carry. Smith was 28 of 35 passing for 368 yards and four TDs.

Hunt put the Chiefs in front with a 78-yarder to punctuate Kansas City’s charge after trailing 17-14 at halftime. Hunt also had a 58-yard scamper and finished with 141 yards rushing and 98 receiving.

Tyreke Hill scored on a 75-yard grab and had 133 receiving yards. Hunt triggered the Chiefs’ 21-point fourth quarter with a 78-yard scoring reception. The extra point put Kansas City ahead 28-27 following the extra point with 14:07 remaining.

Tom Brady struggled mightily in the second half and didn’t throw for a touchdown, finishing 16 for 36 for 267 yards. He became the 13th quarterback to start an NFL game at age 40.


Garrett out…Burfict gets extension

UNDATED (AP) — Browns rookie defensive end and NFL first-overall pick Myles Garrett will miss Sunday’s opener against Pittsburgh and possibly a few more games after severely spraining his right ankle during Wednesday’s practice. This is the second time Garrett already has been hurt as a pro after he was limited during his junior year at Texas A&M by a badly sprained left ankle.

— The Bengals have signed linebacker Vontaze Burfict to a three-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2020 season. The move comes despite Burfict being suspended for the first three games this season following his egregious hit on Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman in a preseason game.

— Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. missed a third straight practice this week because of a sprained left ankle, leaving his status in doubt for Sunday’s game at Dallas. Beckham has not practiced since being hurt in a preseason game against Cleveland on Aug. 21.

— Falcons All-Pro receiver Julio Jones says he’s 100 percent healthy for Sunday’s season opener at Chicago. Jones had right foot surgery in March and took just eight snaps in one preseason game, but he’s been practicing with no restraints for the last three weeks.

— The Chiefs have released running back C.J. Spiller and offensive lineman Jordan Devey in a move that allows the team to sign them following their season opener without guaranteeing their contracts. Spiller and Devey are both veterans whose contracts would have become guaranteed for the entire season had they been on the 53-man roster for the Chiefs’ first game.

— The Browns have released safety Calvin Pryor after he was involved in a fight with wide receiver Ricardo Louis. Coach Hue Jackson did not provide any details of the skirmish, which took place before practice.


Indians set club win streak mark, Dodgers lose again

UNDATED (AP) — Before last night, the last major league team to win at least 15 straight games had a movie made about the season. The Cleveland Indians are hoping their current run leads to their first championship in 63 years.

The Indians set a team record with their 15th consecutive victory by belting five home runs and getting another strong performance from Corey Kluber in an 11-2 pounding of the White Sox in Chicago. It’s the longest winning streak since the 2002 Oakland Athletics won 20 in a row on their way to the AL West title.

Kluber was outstanding in holding the White Sox to a pair of runs and three hits while striking out 13. He improved to 15-4 with a 2.56 ERA despite allowing solo homers by Yolmer Sanchez and Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) in the first inning.

Edwin Encarnacion’s (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHNZ’) three run blast put the Tribe ahead 4-0 in the first inning. Erik Gonzalez added a pair of homers for the Indians, who also got round-trippers from Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) and Greg Allen.

Cleveland’s magic number to win the AL Central is down to 12.

Going in the opposite direction are the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have dropped seven straight and 12 of 13 with last night’s 9-1 loss to the Rockies.

Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) put Colorado in front with a three-run blast off Clayton Kershaw three batters into the game. Arenado finished with four RBIs and Carlos Gonzalez added a solo shot as the Rockies moved three games ahead of St. Louis and Milwaukee for the second NL wild-card berth.

Kershaw gave up four runs and lasted just 3 2/3 innings in his second start since returning from a back injury.

The Dodgers’ lead in the NL West is a healthy 10 games over Arizona, but it was 21 games on Aug. 25.

Checking out the rest of the major league finals:

— Sonny Gray pitched into the sixth inning and the Yankees belted four home runs in a 9-1 pounding of the Orioles. Aaron Judge and Chase Headley hit two-run shots to back Gray, who allowed an unearned run and six hits over 5 2/3 innings. Starlin Castro and Todd Frazier also went deep the Yanks climbed within 3 ½ games of the AL East-leading Red Sox.

— The Twins have a one-game lead over the Angels for the second AL wild-card berth after Minnesota put together a three-run ninth to beat the Royals, 4-2. Kelvin Herrera came in to preserve a 2-1 win before allowing a sacrifice fly and Jorge Polanco’s go-ahead, two-run single. Robbie Grossman homered for the Twins.

— Jon Lester worked six innings and the Cubs collected eight extra-base hits in an 8-2 win over the Pirates. Albert Almora Jr. smacked a two-run homer and Anthony Rizzo drove in a pair as Chicago moved five games ahead of the second-place Cardinals and Brewers in the NL Central. Ian Happ was 3-for-5 with two runs scored for the Cubs, who scored in each of the first five innings to chase Jameson Taillon (TAY’-ahn).

— St. Louis was a 3-0 loser at San Diego as Clayton Richard pitched five-hit ball over six innings. Wil Myers clubbed his 25th homer of the season, a two-run shot in the seventh to cap the scoring. Closer Brad Hand struck out Dexter Fowler with the bases loaded to end the game as the Redbirds’ four-game winning streak.

— The Nationals’ magic number to clinch the NL East is down to four after Washington scored three times in the sixth inning to beat the Phillies, 4-3. The Nats trailed 3-1 until Matt Wieters (WEE’-turz) hit an RBI double and scored on Trea (tray) Turner’s two-run single. Tanner Roark worked sixth innings of the Nationals’ fourth straight win.

— Washington also got some help from the Braves, who scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to beat the second-place Marlins, 6-5. Ozzie Albies tied it with an RBI double before Kurt Suzuki’s walk-off single sent Miami to its fifth straight loss. Albies and Jace Peterson drove in two runs apiece for the Braves.

— Matt Harvey earned his first win since May 28 by spotting the Reds an early 2-0 lead before lasting five innings in the Mets’ 7-2 victory. Brandon Nimmo homered twice and had three RBIs to back Harvey, who was making his second start since suffering a shoulder injury.


Indians without Ramirez

UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Indians were without slugger Thursday Jose Ramirez as they set a team record with their 15th consecutive victory. Ramirez is sidelined after aggravating a wrist injury on a check swing earlier in the series. Manager Terry Francona says he doesn’t expect Ramirez to miss an extended period.

Ramirez has been one of the Tribe’s top hitters lately, batting .400 with seven homers and 10 RBIs in his last 13 games. He has a .305 batting average, 25 homers and 69 RBIs on the season.

In other major league news:

— The Nationals have promoted top prospect Victor Robles from Double-A Harrisburg. The 20-year-old outfielder hit .300 with 10 homers, 47 RBIs and 27 steals in 114 games over two minor league stops this season.

— The Braves are offering free tickets to fans from Florida, Georgia and South Carolina displaced by Hurricane Irma. The offer is good for anyone showing a valid Florida ID and is open to residents of Georgia and South Carolina counties under mandatory evacuation orders. The gesture is good for the team’s four-game series with the Marlins, which began Thursday.

— Longtime Yankees player, manager and executive Gene Michael has died at 79.Michael spent seven of his 10 big league seasons with the Bombers and also played for the Pirates, Dodgers and Tigers. He had two stints as Yankees manager and two more as the team’s GM before serving as the team’s top scout and a special adviser to general manager Brian Cashman. He oversaw the drafting and development of Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Bernie Williams and Mariano Rivera. The Yankees say Michael had a heart attack and died Thursday.


Stephens, Keys advance

NEW YORK (AP) — It will be Sloane Stephens versus Madison Keys in Saturday’s U.S. Open women’s final.

The unseeded Stephens earned a spot in her first Grand Slam final by outlasting No. 9 Venus Williams, 1-6, 6-0, 7-5. Stephens quickly went up a service break in the third set, but she eventually trailed 5-4 and was two points from defeat before taking the last three games. The rally ended Williams’ quest to reach the final for the first time in 15 years.

Stephens is just the fourth unseeded player to reach the U.S. Open women’s final in the 49 years of the Open era, and the first since Roberta Vinci in 2015.

The 15th-seeded Keys rolled to a 6-1, 6-2 win over No. 20 Coco Vandeweghe (VAN’-duh-way) to reach her first Grand Slam final.

Keys won 19 of the first 22 points and raced to a 5-0 lead in an opening set that lasted just 23 minutes. She continued to dominate despite an upper right leg injury that caused her to call the trainer to be taped midway through the second set.

The men’s semifinals are Friday.


No. 22 Florida cancels home opener, South Florida-UConn postponed

UNDATED (AP) — Tenth-ranked Florida State and No. 22 Florida have canceled their respective home openers because of impending Hurricane Irma.

The Seminoles were supposed to play Louisiana-Monroe, while the Gators faced Northern Colorado.

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin says it “become obvious that playing a football game is not the right thing to do.”

Neither game will be made up.

Also, South Florida and UConn called off their scheduled football game Saturday because of Irma. No makeup date was immediately announced.


Nashville’s Ryan Ellis out 4-6 months after knee surgery

UNDATED (AP) — Nashville Predators general manager David Poile (poyl) says the team doesn’t expect defenseman Ryan Ellis to play for them until possibly 2018.

Ellis suffered a major knee injury during the Stanley Cup final and needs a full six months to recover from surgery. He scored 38 points during the regular season and was a major spark in the Predators’ charge to their first finals appearance.

In other NHL news:

— Former enforcer George Parros has been hired to run the league’s department of player safety. Parros had 159 NHL fights and logged over 1,100 penalty minutes without ever being fined or suspended. He replaces Stephane Quintal (kehn-TAL’), who is stepping down to pursue other opportunities within hockey but is staying on this season to help with the transition.


Thompson leads

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lexi Thompson is the leader after the opening round of the LPGA Tour’s inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship at Indianapolis.

She fired a 9-under 63 that included 11 birdies and two bogeys, leaving her one shot ahead of Sandra Gal and Kris Tamulis. Thompson fell one stroke short of the Brickyard Crossing record set by Mike McCullough in the PGA Tour Champions’ 1999 Comfort Classic.


Sugar Ramos, champion shadowed by 2 ring deaths, dies at 75

UNDATED (AP) —Former Cuban featherweight champion Sugar Ramos has died in Mexico City at 75.

Ramos was best known for his 1963 fight at Dodger Stadium with Davey Moore, who lost consciousness after the bout and went into a coma before dying two days later. Five years earlier in Cuba, Ramos stopped a fighter named Jose Blanco, who also died.

The World Boxing Council said he died Sunday of cancer.

Thursday September 7, 2017

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — No. 16 Miami’s game at Arkansas State on Saturday has been canceled over concerns about Hurricane Irma. While getting to Arkansas would not pose a problem for Miami, getting back to Florida would be a potential issue. The game will not be made up in 2017.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon has denied a report that the team might sue the Los Angeles Lakers for tampering with Paul George. The NBA fined the Lakers $500,000 last week for violating league rules. Simon said Wednesday that the team simply wants to move on. Indiana traded George to the Oklahoma City Thunder in July.

Wednesday September 6, 2017

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — No. 16 Miami’s game at Arkansas State on Saturday has been cancelled over concerns about Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 5 storm that forecasters believe will affect Florida this weekend.

Getting to Arkansas for the game would not be the problem for Miami. Getting back to Miami would be the potential issue, and the uncertainty over what will happen with the storm led to the decision to err on the side of caution.

The game will not be made up in 2017.

Some members of the Hurricanes’ women’s basketball team were evacuating on Wednesday to Georgia, to get out of Irma’s expected path. Miami has canceled classes until at least Monday.

Tuesday September 5, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) — No. 25 Tennessee rallied from a pair of 14-point deficits in the second half and stopped a two-point conversion in the second overtime, stunning Georgia Tech 42-41 despite giving up five rushing touchdowns to TaQuon Marshall and getting thoroughly dominated statistically. Bolstering the outlook for embattled coach Butch Jones, the Volunteers pulled off a remarkable season-opening victory at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in a game they seemed to have no business winning.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois will have surgery Tuesday on his torn patellar tendon in his left knee. Coach Jimbo Fisher says the sophomore will be out for the rest of the season and faces four to seven months of rehabilitation. Fisher says James Blackman will replace Francois. This is only the second time in school history a quarterback has started as a true freshman. The third-ranked Seminoles host Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson’s win against overmatched Kent State served the purpose of getting the fifth-ranked Tigers off to a strong start. Clemson knows things will get tougher from here, starting with 12th-ranked Auburn coming to Death Valley on Saturday night. Linebacker Kendall Joseph said while winning the opener was nice, it was not Clemson’s truest test.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State safety Freddie Phillips Jr. will miss the rest of the season with a torn Achilles tendon. Coach Dave Doeren says he will redshirt the season. Phillips was the backup to Shawn Boone at the nickelback position in the Wolfpack’s secondary. He was hurt during N.C. State’s loss to South Carolina on Saturday in Charlotte.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s quarterback uncertainty has extended into the season. Coach Larry Fedora wouldn’t commit to whether LSU graduate transfer Brandon Harris or redshirt freshman Chazz Surratt would start this weekend against No. 16 Louisville. Harris won a preseason battle to earn the starting job for the season-opening loss to California, but Surratt got most of the work after halftime as the Tar Heels hunt for a permanent successor to No. 2 overall NFL draft pick Mitch Trubisky.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall says starting cornerback Tim Harris will miss the rest of the season after sustaining a wrist injury in the Cavaliers’ season opener. It’s the second consecutive season the senior will miss most of the season. Mendenhall says he believes the NCAA would grant Harris another season of eligibility if he decides to pursue one.

ATLANTA (AP) — No. 25 Tennessee rallied from a pair of 14-point deficits in the second half and stopped a two-point conversion in the second overtime, stunning Georgia Tech 42-41 despite giving up five rushing touchdowns to TaQuon Marshall and getting thoroughly dominated statistically. Bolstering the outlook for embattled coach Butch Jones, the Volunteers pulled off a remarkable season-opening victory at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in a game they seemed to have no business winning.