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Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt has clear request: ‘Stop sleeping on me’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 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. They evidently didn’t think enough of him to select him any earlier. Then again, neither did any other team. So when Hunt […]

Twins fall but still hold small cushion for 2nd wildcard spot

NEW YORK — CC Sabathia found himself in trouble as soon as he stepped on the mound Tuesday night. The veteran left-hander was able to escape an early jam, setting the tone for the rest of the game. Sabathia recovered from a shaky start to pitch six innings, Brett Gardner had a pair of tying […]

Judge: NFL concussion victims hit with ‘deceptive practices’

A federal judge overseeing the NFL’s $1 billion concussion settlement with former players said she’s concerned about “deceptive practices” by claims service providers, lawyers, lenders and other groups seeking a share of the money. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody will hold a hearing in Philadelphia on Tuesday to hear from Christopher Seeger, who represented the […]

Cubs win again, but Brewers keeping pace for division, wild card

With the playoffs right around the corner, the World Series champion Chicago Cubs are riding their longest winning streak of the season. They have a 3½-game lead in the NL Central over the Milwaukee Brewers and will go for their eighth consecutive victory when veteran lefty Jon Lester faces Tampa Bay. Lester (11-7), who lost […]

Chiefs take over top spot in NFL poll; Packers fall from No. 1

NEW YORK — Of the eight teams off to 2-0 starts this season, perhaps the most impressive has been the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs went into Foxborough and handled the New England Patriots in the NFL’s regular-season opener and followed that up with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles in their home opener. Because […]

Dallas, most valuable NFL franchise; Packers just out of Top 10

The Dallas Cowboys not only are the NFL’s most valuable franchise for the 11th straight year, they are the top-valued team in the world. According to Forbes magazine, their worth increased 14 percent in the last year, reaching $4.8 billion. That’s more than $1 billion ahead of the Patriots ($3.7 billion). Rounding out the NFL’s […]

NFL Overreactions: Are the Giants already finished?

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 time to start the rebuilding process and prepare for 2018. […]

Packers hit hard by injuries in loss to Falcons

GREEN BAY, Wis. — A slew of injuries to key players could leave the Green Bay Packers scrambling this week. And perhaps the week after that, too. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday the team’s medical staff was still “trying to get their hands around” the avalanche of injuries that occurred during the team’s 34-23 […]

Smashing: MLB home run record on track to fall Tuesday

NEW YORK — Giancarlo Stanton’s smacks, Aaron Judge’s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sport is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday — and not just […]

Will NFL contracts ever fully guarantee? Players can hope.

Adrian Peterson had an $18 million salary “scheduled” for 2017 on his last contract with Minnesota , but the franchise’s all-time leading rusher was never realistically going to get that money from the Vikings given his age and position. Russell Okung had the potential for $48 million and four more seasons on his self-negotiated deal […]

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