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Rivers remains upbeat despite Chargers' frustrating start

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:45:54 -0500

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The odds are against the Los Angeles Chargers reaching the playoffs after starting the season 0-2, especially given the early strength demonstrated by the rest of the AFC West.


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Arizona's Johnson talks about recovering from wrist injury

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:44:44 -0500

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — David Johnson was back in the Arizona Cardinals locker room on Wednesday, all smiles as usual as he met with reporters for the first time since he dislocated his left wrist in the season opener in…



Hub Arkush: Take a breath, Chicago Bears fans

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:24:00 -0500

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Should it really be as difficult as the majority of Bears Nation is finding it to be a Bears fan right now and avoid the temptation to write off the whole 2017 season with 15 weeks…


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After slow start, Bills receivers looking for improvement

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:22:05 -0500

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Zay Jones gave himself 24 hours to get over the final moments of Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers, when a potential game-winning touchdown pass glanced off his fingertips and fell to the ground.



Chargers offensive lineman Hairston out for season

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:17:06 -0500

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have placed offensive lineman Chris Hairston on the reserve non-football illness list, ending the season for the backup offensive tackle.



Brady, Belichick donate to J.J. Watt's hurricane relief fund

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:12:16 -0500

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has donated $100,000 to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund started by Texans pass-rusher J.J. Watt, and New England coach Bill Belichick has pitched in $50,000.


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Giants ignoring the boos and naysayers after 0-2 start

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:01:53 -0500

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Halfway through their home opener, the New York Giants left the field to a cascade of boos.


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Richard Sherman says NFL injury report just for gamblers

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:41:27 -0500

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Richard Sherman again took shots at the NFL, saying the injury reports that teams are required to produce each week are simply to help gamblers.



Pats look to get healthier as they host Texans

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:40:25 -0500

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots appear to be getting healthier as they head toward Sunday's home game against the Houston Texans.


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Weekend soccer games called off after Mexico earthquake

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:42:58 -0500

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's soccer federation has canceled all first-division games this weekend as stadiums are being used as relief centers after the country's magnitude 7.1 earthquake.


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Chris Carson running into a prominent role for Seahawks

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:34:36 -0500

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — It's not often that Doug Baldwin heaps praise on a rookie who's been a teammate on the Seattle Seahawks for less than six months.


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Still in thick of wild-card race, Rockies lose third in row

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:30:00 -0500

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy is confident the Colorado Rockies will find their swagger again, and fast. Their playoff hopes depend on it.


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Madrid stunned by Betis at home, loses ground to Barcelona

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:25:15 -0500

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid's faltering start to the Spanish league season continued on Wednesday with a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Real Betis.


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Packers dealing with injuries going into game vs Bengals

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:18:51 -0500

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn't hold back on the field, even when teammates around him limp off to the sideline.


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Seferian-Jenkins hopes to help Jets' O with suspension over

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:10:06 -0500

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Austin Seferian-Jenkins spent the past two Sundays holed up alone in his home while watching his New York Jets play on TV, eager to be out there again with his teammates.


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No. 21 USF eager for another crack at Temple in AAC opener

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:06:28 -0500

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — No. 21 South Florida is still smarting from a loss to Temple that cost the Bulls a chance to play for last season's American Athletic Conference championship.



NCAA punishes Pacific men's basketball for violations

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:07:38 -0500

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — The men's basketball team at Pacific has been punished by the NCAA for academic and recruiting violations under former coach Ron Verlin.



Watt dealing with broken finger as Texans prepare for Pats

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:05:36 -0500

HOUSTON (AP) — J.J. Watt brushed off the fact that he'll be playing against the New England Patriots on Sunday with a broken left ring finger.


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Thompson is not-so-secret weapon for Redskins' offense

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:52:48 -0500

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Chris Thompson remembers in vivid detail the passes he dropped, the routes he didn't run well enough and the sacks he allowed.


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Bears' Glennon tries to shake off rough outing, QB debate

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:48:22 -0500

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — With mounting calls for a quarterback change, Mike Glennon insisted he is only focused on one thing as the Chicago Bears prepare for the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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Tight end Delanie Walker flourishing in Tennessee

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:35:03 -0500

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Timing and location can mean everything during an NFL career. Tennessee tight end Delanie Walker knows that firsthand.


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After 0-10 start, Raiders QB Derek Carr nears .500 mark

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:33:52 -0500

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr has almost completed the climb out of the hole created by the 0-10 start to his career.


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Pat Perez is at East Lake and feels like 10 million bucks

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:22:10 -0500

ATLANTA (AP) — All 30 players who made it to the Tour Championship have a mathematical shot at the FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize.


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Goals flow for England's top clubs in League Cup

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:21:00 -0500

England's top clubs showcased their strength in depth in the League Cup on Wednesday, with Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Everton all advancing to the last 16 despite fielding virtual second-string lineups.


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Jaguars seek another big game from 'Mr. London' at Wembley

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:13:47 -0500

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Allen Hurns has an overseas highlight reel better than all of his Jacksonville Jaguars teammates. It has to be among the best in the NFL, too.


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Chip Ganassi Racing to downsize to 2 cars in IndyCar in 2018

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:11:38 -0500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chip Ganassi Racing will return to a two-car team in the IndyCar Series next season in a business decision the team owner said led to layoffs.


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Cate Camenzind • Kirkwood field hockey

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:00:00 -0500

Camenzind, a junior center midfielder, had five goals and one assist last week in a pair of victories and sits tied for fifth among area leading scorers with 10 goals and 12 assists (32 points). She had a hat trick,…


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Kaylee Hanger • Belleville West volleyball

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:55:00 -0500

A 5-foot-9 senior six-rotation player with the versatility to attack, defend and pass, Hanger was named the most valuable player of tournaments on consecutive weekends by leading the Maroons to a pair of championships. In five matches at the Quincy…


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Taylor Litteken • Francis Howell volleyball

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:50:00 -0500

A 6-foot-1 senior middle hitter, Litteken led the Vikings to the championship of the Gateway Matchup at Oakville. She had a match-high 11 kills to go along with nine digs in a three-set win over Lutheran South in the championship…


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Zack Lyeki • Hazelwood West soccer

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:45:00 -0500

During a recent three-team stretch, Lyeki, a senior forward, had five goals and one assist to help the Wildcats to a pair of victories. He scored the game-winner and had an assist against Pattonville in a 3-0 win, scored twice…


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Former champ Gilles Simon loses to Gojowczyk at Moselle Open

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:45:50 -0500

METZ, France (AP) — German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk upset two-time former champion Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the second round of the Moselle Open on Wednesday.



Indians OF Brantley's postseason in jeopardy due to injury

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:47:08 -0500

CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley's chances of playing in the postseason for the Indians may be slipping away.


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Eye on the Tigers podcast: Auburn (and Mizzou AD Jim Sterk) come to town

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:45:00 -0500

Post-Dispatch Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter and sports columnist Ben Frederickson break down the mostly-absent offense that has plagued Mizzou in back-to-back losses and preview Saturday night's showdown with Auburn. Also, Mizzou athletics director Jim Sterk swings by Post-Dispatch headquarters…


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Mann McGruder • Ritenour football

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:40:00 -0500

A 6-foot, 195-pound senior quarterback and defensive back, McGruder piled up a 523 yards of total offense to lead the Huskies to a 41-34 win over Summit. The victory kept the Huskies undefeated at 5-0 for their best start since…


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MLS in the ATL seems to be working out quite well

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:42:20 -0500

Concerns about whether soccer would draw in the Atlanta market were apparently overblown. Way overblown.


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Young girl injured by foul ball at Yankee Stadium

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:39:13 -0500

NEW YORK (AP) — A young girl at Yankee Stadium was injured by a foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier during Wednesday's game against Minnesota, leading some New York players to call for protective netting to be extended.


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Justin Mumford • Wesclin cross country

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:35:00 -0500

A freshman, Mumford won the Edwardsville Invitational for his first varsity victory, covering the 5-kilometer course at SIU Edwardsville in 16 minutes, 22 seconds. Mumford ran with a lead pack of five runners early on but began pulling ahead along…


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Brenden Smith • Warrenton football

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:30:00 -0500

A 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior quarterback, Smith carried the ball 35 times for 339 yards and three touchdowns and completed 9 of 17 passes for 85 yards in a 34-28 loss to St. Charles West. He scored on first-half runs of…


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Martini stirring Notre Dame defense on more regular basis

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:30:29 -0500

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Shedding blocks is tough enough. Along the way, Greer Martini also had to shed being typecast.


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Bengals-Packers Capsule

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:32:51 -0500

CINCINNATI (0-2) at GREEN BAY (1-1)






With 3 goals in 5 minutes, Napoli shows off its potential

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:20:47 -0500

ROME (AP) — With a three-goal burst in the space of five minutes, Napoli showed why many believe the southern club has the potential to win its first Serie A title in nearly three decades.


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Injured 76ers center Embiid not cleared for 5-on-5 drills

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:22:35 -0500

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has not been cleared for 5-on-5 drills and the team will take a cautious approach in his return from his injured left knee.



Estrada signs 1-year, $13 million contract to stay with Jays

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:16:20 -0500

TORONTO (AP) — Right-hander Marco Estrada called his decision to return to the Toronto Blue Jays "a step in the right direction."


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Ex-Penn State president's suit against ex-FBI boss dismissed

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:13:39 -0500

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier's criminal conviction means he is barred from pursuing defamation claims against former FBI director Louis Freeh, a judge ruled on Wednesday.


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Stanton hits 56th homer, Marlins beat Mets 9-2 for sweep

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:12:49 -0500

MIAMI (AP) — Home runs before small crowds in the eighth inning of lopsided games between also-rans count, too, which is fortunate for Giancarlo Stanton.


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WBC heavyweight champion Wilder to face Ortiz Nov. 4

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:08:55 -0500

NEW YORK (AP) — Undefeated heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz will fight at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Nov. 4.



Pulisic seals 3-0 Bundesliga win for Dortmund in Hamburg

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:11:55 -0500

BERLIN (AP) — Christian Pulisic sealed a 3-0 win for Borussia Dortmund at Hamburger SV on Wednesday that maintained the side's record of not conceding a goal in the Bundesliga this season.


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Carpenter back at leadoff, Diaz back in majors

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:56:00 -0500

Despite his shoulder problem, Matt Carpenter will bat leadoff and play first base for the second game of the Cardinals' three-game visit to Cincinnati.


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FANTASY PLAYS: Play matchups, manage injuries for Week 3

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:38:37 -0500

As fantasy players look to set their Week 3 lineups, some will be scrambling to find a replacement for Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and others will have to monitor injuries to Bears running back Jordan Howard and Packers wide…


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Pham doubles again as Cardinals open up an 8-2 lead

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:30:00 -0500

It's seems counter-intuitive, but Cardinals fans should be rooting for the Cubs if they're hoping their team can snag the NL's second wild-card berth.


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Experienced Oklahoma St. offensive line getting the job done

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:20:38 -0500

Oklahoma State's high-flying offense is among the nation's best, and the guys up front have been a big part of its success.


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Gordo: Steen's injury raises the stakes for Blues youngsters

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:15:00 -0500

As a sixth-round pick, Samuel Blais seemed like a NHL long shot back in 2014. But he is one of many young Blues forwards in the hunt for a roster spot after injuries knocked out Patrik Berglund, Zach Sanford and…


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Lewis to winless Bengals: Next job lost will be yours

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:16:25 -0500

CINCINNATI (AP) — Coach Marvin Lewis warned Bengals players that more changes are coming if they continue to lose, and the next job lost could be theirs.


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FBS sees huge spike in targeting penalty enforcement so far

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:12:03 -0500

College football's Bowl Subdivision has seen a 73 percent increase in the number of targeting penalties enforced through the first three weeks of the season compared with the same point in 2016.


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Jets' acting owner says team 'definitely not' tanking season

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:03:15 -0500

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Christopher Johnson has spent the past 17 years as a trusted confidant behind the scenes for his older brother's New York Jets.


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Tipsheet: While Cards falter, Brewers persist in playoff race

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:05:00 -0500

While the Cardinals remain one of the NL's more exasperating teams, the Brewers have remained in the playoff race as one of the feel-good stories.


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Falcons rookie McKinley to test power rush against Lions

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:56:52 -0500

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Takk McKinley's self-imposed, two-week break from social media ended this week with a two-word announcement on his Twitter account:


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Seahawks-Titans Capsule

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:49:41 -0500

SEATTLE (1-1) at TENNESSEE (1-1)



Judge briefly closes courtroom in ex-tennis star case

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:44:22 -0500

NEW YORK (AP) — The administrative judge hearing a misconduct case against a police officer who wrongly arrested tennis star James Blake briefly closed the courtroom to the public Wednesday to discuss the disciplinary record of a witness.






Ortiz: Cardinals are who we thought they were — not good enough

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:45:00 -0500

Nothing should be off the table if Mozeliak is committed to bridge the talent gap between the Cubs and Cardinals, while the young Brewers also start to flex their muscles.


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Jake LaMotta, boxer who inspired 'Raging Bull,' dies at 95

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:39:09 -0500

Jake LaMotta, an iron-fisted battler who brawled his way to a middleweight title and was later memorialized by Robert De Niro in the film "Raging Bull," has died. He was 95.


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Jake LaMotta, boxer who inspired 'Raging Bull,' dies at 95

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:39:09 -0500

Jake LaMotta, an iron-fisted battler who brawled his way to a middleweight title and was later memorialized by Robert De Niro in the film "Raging Bull," has died. He was 95.


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Wong hits grand slam, leads Durham over Memphis

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:36:30 -0500

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) -- Kean Wong hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, leading the Durham Bulls to a 5-3 win over the Memphis Redbirds on Tuesday.



Goold: Without Bellinger's whopping season, would DeJong be Rookie of Year?

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:35:00 -0500

A deep dive into the dynamic production of the Cardinals' rookie shortstop shows a worthy season, but another name keeps coming up: Aledmys Diaz.


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Gase leaves open possibility of Timmons rejoining Dolphins

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:26:38 -0500

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase says he'll decide later whether to let linebacker Lawrence Timmons rejoin the team.



Broncos-Bills Capsule

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:23:11 -0500

DENVER (2-0) at BUFFALO (1-1)



Lions sign DE George Johnson going into game against Falcons

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:10:27 -0500

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed defensive end George Johnson.



Ravens can expect a world of different things in London

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:04:37 -0500

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Brandon Carr knows all about playing an NFL game in London, so he's been a source of information this week for his Baltimore Ravens teammates preparing to make the trip for the first time.


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Werder Bremen to sign 17-year-old American Josh Sargent

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:06:48 -0500

Josh Sargent, a 17-year-old forward who has starred on U.S. youth teams, has agreed to sign with Werder Bremen.


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Former coaching colleagues face off when 49ers host Rams

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:53:36 -0500

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan took similar paths on their journey to becoming NFL coaches.


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Hub Arkush: Which NFL coaches are in trouble of being fired?

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:55:00 -0500

CHICAGO — With just two weeks completed in the 2017 NFL season, already there are a surprising number of NFL head coaches on the bubble, including some very big names.Marvin Lewis is the second-longest tenured coach in the league, and…


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Hot seats not cooling for SEC coaches like Sumlin, Malzahn

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:43:18 -0500

The Southeastern Conference coaches who entered the season facing questions about their job security haven't done much to quiet them.


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Midwestern State player, 19, dies after injury during game

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:44:36 -0500

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) — A 19-year-old Midwestern State football player has died after suffering a neck injury while making a tackle during a home game last weekend.


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Chiefs' Kareem Hunt has clear request: 'Stop sleeping on me'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:42:12 -0500

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs thought enough of Kareem Hunt that they traded up to grab the record-setting running back from Toledo late in the third round of April's draft.


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Timbers grant wish, sign 5-year-old goalkeeper for game

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:36:25 -0500

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Timbers have signed 5-year-old goalkeeper Derrick Tellez to a one-game contract.



Titans sign receiver Zach Pascal, put LB Aaron Wallace on IR

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:35:40 -0500

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have placed linebacker Aaron Wallace on injured reserve and signed wide receiver Zach Pascal off the practice squad.



Ravens delete social media posts with Queen in face paint

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:32:41 -0500

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens posted, then quickly removed, a post on Twitter and Instagram depicting the Queen Elizabeth II wearing face paint of the team logo.



Dumoulin tops Roglic, Froome for cycling time trial title

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:25:56 -0500

BERGEN, Norway (AP) — Giro d' Italia champion Tom Dumoulin won the time trial world title on Wednesday, beating runner-up Primoz Roglic and Tour de France and Vuelta de Espana winner Chris Froome to cap a remarkable season.


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Pro Football Weekly's NFL power rankings entering Week 3

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:09:00 -0500

Pro Football Weekly’s Power Rankings are updated every Tuesday during the NFL’s regular season and are intended to rank teams based on their talent and performance to date.Rankings will change each week due to personnel changes, injuries and performance on…


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England women's team coach fired over misconduct in past job

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:47:11 -0500

LONDON (AP) — The coach of the England women's team was fired Wednesday over "inappropriate and unacceptable behavior" involving his relationship with players in his previous job.


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UEFA president wants lawmakers to help make soccer fairer

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:41:07 -0500

GENEVA (AP) — UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin challenged European lawmakers on Wednesday to help make the business of soccer fairer.


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Augsburg captain Baier fined, banned for obscene gesture

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:29:22 -0500

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Augsburg captain Daniel Baier has been fined and banned for one Bundesliga game for making an obscene gesture at Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuettl in Tuesday's league game between the sides.



Vikings QB uncertainty: Bradford says knee is 'better'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:22:49 -0500

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford says his left knee is feeling better this week, raising the possibility he'll return from injury after only a one-game absence.






Vols' Jones not counting out McDowell's possible return

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:14:56 -0500

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Butch Jones says there's now at least a possibility that linebacker Cortez McDowell could return late in the regular season or in a bowl game.


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GOP lawmaker wants court to weigh in on PawSox stadium plan

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:11:41 -0500

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan says the Rhode Island Supreme Court should weigh in on whether the state legally can help pay for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox.



Sargent commits to sign with Bundesliga club SV Werder Bremen

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:00:00 -0500

German soccer club SV Werder Bremen announced via press release Wednesday that it has secured the services of Josh Sargent, a standout forward from O'Fallon, Mo.


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Girls volleyball rankings, Week 5

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:00:00 -0500

STLhighschoolSPORTS.com rankings - 9/20/2017 Large schoolsLast Week1. Lafayette (13-2)32. St. Joseph's (9-2)13. Cor Jesu (9-4)24. Francis Howell (18-2-1)55. Timberland (13-1)66. Eureka (15-3-1)47. O'Fallon (14-2)98. Edwardsville (10-4)79. Belleville West (13-2)810. Washington (15-6-1)10On the bubble: Webster Groves (15-5-3), Liberty (Wentzville) (11-2), Northwest…