NEW YORK — 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.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Clint Bowyer has reached an agreement with Stewart-Haas Racing to return to the No. 14 Ford next season.
TUKWILA, Wash. — The chase is on again.
LAS VEGAS — Vegas Golden Knights forward Valentin Zykov was suspended Thursday for 20 games without pay for a violation of the NHL’s performance-enhancing substances program, the league said.
NEW YORK — 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.
DENVER — Paul Millsap and Will Barton had 13 points apiece in Denver’s 110-104 win over Portland, where 15 Nuggets and 13 Trail Blazers logged at least 12 minutes in the preseason finale for both teams.
DENVER (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs rediscovered their mojo but lost their maestro.
NEW YORK — The New York Liberty are not renewing the contract of head coach Katie Smith the team announced Wednesday.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Joe Maddon agreed to become the Los Angeles Angels’ manager.
RENTON, Wash. — The lasting image — or, at least, the last image — of Earl Thomas in a Seahawks uniform was his middle-finger gesture toward Pete Carroll.
SEATTLE — Fourteen teams are vying for this year’s MLS Cup, and the postseason features a single-elimination bracket, a first in the league’s 24-year history. The Sounders earned the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference and will host seventh-seeded FC Dallas on Saturday at CenturyLink Field.…
NEW YORK — A rainy day in the Bronx has left a most daunting October test for the New York Yankees vaunted bullpen: four games, four days and already a deficit to overcome against the Houston Astros in their AL Championship Series.
SEATTLE — The Seattle Dragons might have created a loyal fan base in Auburn, Ala., during the second day of the XFL draft Wednesday that began with the defensive-back phase.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump honored the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, using the occasion to touch on the situation in Turkey and an agriculture deal with China.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The NFL says the number of concussions in exhibition games this year rose to 49 from 34 in 2018, an increase of 44 percent and a setback in efforts to reduce brain trauma.
BEREA, Ohio — The Browns traded disappointing offensive lineman Austin Corbett to the Los Angeles Rams for an undisclosed 2021 draft pick.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A person familiar with the decision says the Tennessee Titans will start Ryan Tannehill at quarterback instead of Marcus Mariota on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Rams acquired Jalen Ramsey from the Jaguars on Tuesday night, ending the star cornerback’s tumultuous tenure in Jacksonville with a trade to the defending NFC champions.
SEATTLE — The outcome seemed certain after a seven-run first inning and then became a little less so midway through the game, but it became official late Tuesday evening when closer Daniel Hudson secured the final out of the Washington Nationals’ 7-4 victory over the Cardinals at Nationals Park.
RENTON, Wash. — The Seahawks on Tuesday signed two former members of their 53-man roster in recent seasons — tight end Tyrone Swoopes and safety Adrian Colbert — to their practice squad.
TORONTO — The U.S. men’s soccer team lost to Canada for the first time in 34 years, allowing second-half goals to Alphonso Davis and Lucas Cavallini in a 2-0 defeat Tuesday night in the CONCACAF Nations League.
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea held South Korea to a 0-0 draw Tuesday in a World Cup qualifying soccer match played in an empty stadium in Pyongyang.
WASHINGTON — As the Washington Nationals moved a party 86 years in the making from their ballpark’s infield to a booze-filled clubhouse, manager Dave Martinez paused near the dugout and thrust the silver NL Championship Series trophy overhead, to the delight of loud, delirious fans still in …
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 pitches in, Stephen Strasburg was adamant he wasn’t quite ready to leave the latest superb start by a Nationals pitcher against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Championship Series — a win that put Washington on the verge of the city’s first World Series in 8…
HUMBLE, Texas — Lanto Griffin took the lead with a 35-foot birdie putt and won the Houston Open on Sunday with a 6-foot par that gave him a 3-under 69 and a one-shot victory that sends him to the Masters next year.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels say they don’t know whether a longtime public relations official had been providing drugs to late pitcher Tyler Skaggs, as detailed in a report on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.”
CARY, N.C. — Jerry Kelly closed with a 7-under 65 and won the SAS Championship on Sunday, allowing him to close the gap in the Charles Schwab Cup as the PGA Tour Champions heads into its postseason.
TALLADEGA, Ala. — When rain stopped NASCAR’s playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway, a gaggle of Chevrolet drivers headed into a private room for a meeting about alliances.
DALLAS — Welterweight boxing champion Errol Spence crashed a speeding Ferrari in Dallas early Thursday and was badly injured but is expected to survive, police said.
PORTLAND — The Trail Blazers kicked off their 50th anniversary season with a preseason game where it all started, Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.
STUTTGART, Germany — Simone Biles won her fifth all-around title at the gymnastics world championships Thursday, underlining her status as the clear favorite for next year’s Olympic gold medal.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — A colt was fatally injured at Keeneland in a crash that also left his jockey Adam Breschizza with an injured left clavicle.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Former Sharks longtime captain Patrick Marleau is returning to San Jose where he is the franchise leader in five major categories, signing a one-year contract Wednesday.
JACKSONVILLLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey practiced for the first time in three weeks Wednesday, rejoining teammates two days after seeing a back specialist.
Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s appeal to overturn his suspension for the rest of the season for a helmet-to-helmet hit was denied Wednesday.
RENTON — Before Wednesday’s Seahawks practice, coach Pete Carroll launched a defense of first-round pick L.J. Collier, who has been inactive for games despite being healthy two of the past three weeks.