NBA says Chinese wanted Morey's firing; China denies claim
The rift between the NBA and China appeared to widen again Friday, as the fallout over Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong continued.
NFL owners agree to invest in Hall of Fame project
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The NFL says team owners have given the OK to invest up to $10 million in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village in Canton.
Greinke says he didn't hear taunts, Astros quiet Yanks crowd
NEW YORK (AP) — Sounds as though Zack Greinke got an earful at Yankee Stadium while warming up in the bullpen. By the time the ninth inning rolled around, most of those fans were long gone.
The Wonderwall: Minnesota United has steep backing behind it
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Minnesota United takes the pitch for the franchise's first match in the MLS playoffs, the Loons will have a stadium full of fired-up fans behind them.
Rooting for the long-lost Senators: Many memories, few wins
WASHINGTON (AP) — We couldn't even win the egg tossing contest. Growing up in the Washington suburbs during the 1960s, cheering for the local baseball team was a lost cause.
No. 16 Wolverines' visit to No. 7 Penn State tops schedule
Michigan came into the season a trendy pick to win the Big Ten East. It's not even November and the No. 16 Wolverines must beat No.
Megan Rapinoe enjoys whirlwind, focuses on soccer pay fight
NEW YORK (AP) — Megan Rapinoe is enjoying the whirlwind of a two-time World Cup winner. She picked up the FIFA Player of the Year award in Milan rocking a deeper shade of lavender hair, sent off retiring U.S.
Hinch blows whistle, calls sign stealing suspicions 'a joke'
NEW YORK (AP) — Astros manager AJ Hinch blew his own whistle Thursday on sign stealing and pitch tipping: He's had enough of allegations about Houston hitters going out of bounds to decipher what's coming at the plate.
Sabathia, Yanks come apart as Astros push them to brink
NEW YORK (AP) — CC Sabathia threw a cutter to George Springer and grimaced from the pain in his left shoulder, then covered his face with his glove as he walked to the dugout after what was likely the final pitch of his career.
Astros power past Yanks for 3-1 ALCS lead, Verlander up next
NEW YORK (AP) — They have the pitching, and they don't need the pitches. Certainly, the Houston Astros have confidence for good reason on the brink of another World Series.
Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes injures right knee against Broncos
DENVER (AP) — Now the wait begins to see how long it takes Patrick Mahomes to return from a gruesome right knee injury. Waiting in the wings, just in case: 35-year-old backup Matt Moore.
Patrick Mahomes hurts knee in Chiefs' win over Broncos
DENVER (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs rediscovered their mojo but lost their maestro. The Chiefs rallied around their fallen superstar and snapped a two-game skid with a 30-6 thrashing of the Denver Broncos on Thursday night after reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes dislocated his right knee in a pileup near the goal line in the first half.
Women impacting NBA in various roles, 11 assistant coaches
Practice is over and Boston Celtics assistant coach Kara Lawson is still working. She stands under the basket rebounding, giving feedback to rookie guard Carsen Edwards as he shoots from different spots on the court.
Ramsey hopes to play Sunday in LA Rams' revamped secondary
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Thanks to two injures and a couple of major trades, the Los Angeles Rams will be without three regular starters in their secondary this weekend in Atlanta.
Thomas return to Seattle highlights Ravens-Seahawks showdown
Earl Thomas is going back to the place where it all started for him. The playmaking safety was a star in Seattle for nine seasons, helping the Seahawks win a Super Bowl while establishing himself as one of the best at his position.
Silver: China asked for Rockets GM Daryl Morey to be fired
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Chinese officials wanted Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to be fired for his tweet supporting anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, and the league emphatically dismissed the request.
Mahomes, banged-up Chiefs face Denver on short rest
DENVER (AP) — Patrick Mahomes was without two of his linemen and one of his receiving threats for the banged-up Kansas City Chiefs' game against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night.
Stanton still out, Hicks moved up to 3rd in Yanks' order
NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton remained out of the New York Yankees lineup for the third straight game and Aaron Hicks was moved up to third in the batting order for Game 4 of the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros on Thursday night.
No. 9 Florida begins decisive SEC stretch at South Carolina
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida handled its last loss to a top-10 team poorly. The Gators followed a 19-point setback to then-No.
Wizards sign Beal to 2-year, $72 million extension
Bradley Beal signed a two-year extension worth nearly $72 million with Washington on Thursday, a major victory for the Wizards and a move that will keep the All-Star guard out of free agency for at least the next three summers.
Bumpy road for Nationals manager leads to 'beautiful place'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals manager Dave Martinez is an optimistic sort, a live-in-the-moment guy who loves his mantras and his mottos, whether it's telling players to "go 1-0 today" or to "stay in the fight."
Married NBA refs working to make the right calls at home
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Lauren Holtkamp and Jonathan Sterling first met a few years ago at a meeting of college basketball referees in Virginia, and when the group when out for some socializing that night she asked him to dance.
Soccer star Rapinoe, boxer Shields win sportswomen of year
Soccer star Megan Rapinoe and boxer Claressa Shields have been honored as Sportswomen of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation.
Atlanta businessman spared prison in college hoops scandal
NEW YORK (AP) — An Atlanta businessman and former NBA referee was spared prison time Thursday after pleading guilty in a college basketball scandal that paid bribes to steer top athletes to certain schools and money managers.
APNewsBreak: Liberty to play at Barclays starting in 2020
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Liberty will have a new home next year — Barclays Center. Team executives told The Associated Press on Thursday the Liberty will play all their home games at the Brooklyn arena that houses the Nets.