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LEADING OFF: Offensive woes continue for Dodgers against Brewers

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: DODGER BLUES Austin Barnes is subbing into the Dodgers’ lineup at catcher in place of struggling Yasmani Grandal for Game 4 of the NL Championship Series. Los Angeles fans were chanting “We want Austin!” during a 4-0 Game 3 loss Monday night, and that was before […]

No. 23 Wisconsin still has hope in Big Ten despite struggles

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Their playoffs hopes are all but gone. The defense is banged up. The offense struggled in a blowout loss to Michigan. At least one big goal is still in play for No. 23 Wisconsin: the Badgers still control their destiny to win the Big Ten West and get to the conference […]

Thielen it: Vikings star on record-setting receiving pace

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Last week during team drills with the Minnesota Vikings, Adam Thielen stretched out his body and dived to try to catch an off-target pass. Thielen immediately questioned aloud the wisdom of his decision to risk pain when ultimately the completion didn’t matter. Thielen, though, couldn’t resist. There’s hardly a ball in […]

Rodgers throws for 425 yards; Crosby hits FG as time expires

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A pick, a beneficial penalty and a game-winning kick. Quite a final minute for the Green Bay Packers. Mason Crosby kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired to cap an 81-yard drive set up by Kevin King’s interception with 1:07 left, and the Packers outlasted the San Francisco 49ers […]

Chacin, Brewers’ bullpen blank Dodgers, take 2-1 NLCS lead

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A veteran starter, an intimidating bullpen and a twice-demoted shortstop who is suddenly flashing power helped the Milwaukee Brewers take a 2-1 lead in the NL Championship Series. Jhoulys Chacin combined with four relievers on a five-hitter and Orlando Arcia hit a two-run homer in a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles […]

LEADING OFF: Yelich, Brewers face Dodgers, ALCS has day off

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich is heading home for Game 3 of the NL Championship Series with the matchup against the Dodgers tied at 1-all. Yelich, the favorite for NL MVP, was born in Thousand Oaks, California, and went to Westlake High School before […]

Butler practices again with Wolves, as opener nears

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmy Butler is still suiting up for the Minnesota Timberwolves, with the opener three days away. Despite his preference to play elsewhere, signs have begun to point to him staying with the Timberwolves at least to start the season. Butler took part in practice on Sunday, the second time he has done […]

Fitzgerald falls to 0-6 in hometown as Cards lose to Vikes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Larry Fitzgerald found his friend Adam Thielen for a postgame hug at midfield following yet another loss for the Arizona Cardinals in Minnesota . The embrace shared by these summer training and golfing partners could have served as a symbolic torch-passing from one star wide receiver born and raised in Minnesota to […]

Rookie Buehler looks to eat some innings for Dodgers in NLCS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts came into the postseason willing to let his starters go deeper into games. He has yet to find someone who can stick around. Hyun-Jin Ryu lasted 4 1/3 innings in Game 2 against the Milwaukee Brewers. Ace Clayton Kershaw managed just three innings in Game 1. Now, […]

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Is anybody good? Contenders flail

Some Saturdays it just sort of feels as if no one knows anything about college football when all the teams we thought were good don’t play that way. It was one of those days when you could be excused for thinking that everybody’s terrible — except No. 1 Alabama . Four of the top eight teams lost, […]

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