Playoffs

DARLINGTON, S.C. | Denny Hamlin on the pole for Southern 500

DARLINGTON, S.C.  — Denny Hamlin will look to end a yearlong drought in NASCAR’s top series when he starts on the pole for the Southern 500. Hamlin has not won since taking the checkered flag at Darlington Raceway a year ago. He showed his Darlington touch might be back when he turned the fastest lap … Continue reading DARLINGTON, S.C. | Denny Hamlin on the pole for Southern 500

Vikings take Bradford off IR for playoffs; 4th QB on roster

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn/January 13, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Minnesota Vikings have activated quarterback Sam Bradford from injured reserve, putting their original starter this season on the roster before their first playoff game. The Vikings waived tight end Kyle Carter on Saturday to make room for Bradford, who last played at Chicago on Oct. 9 and returned to … Continue reading Vikings take Bradford off IR for playoffs; 4th QB on roster

Patriots ride Gronkowski to 9th straight AFC East title

PITTSBURGH / December 18, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — The Pittsburgh Steelers still can’t figure out how to cover Rob Gronkowski. The AFC East still can’t figure out how to catch up with the New England Patriots. And now any AFC team that wants to do it in the playoffs will likely have to do it in … Continue reading Patriots ride Gronkowski to 9th straight AFC East title

Soon you can watch the NFL free on your phone on Yahoo

NEW YORK / December 11, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — Watching NFL football games on your phone used to be mainly limited to Verizon customers. Soon anyone will be able to watch football games on the go for free on Yahoo’s app, now that Verizon owns Yahoo. But people who want to watch football through online-TV services … Continue reading Soon you can watch the NFL free on your phone on Yahoo

Girardi fired as Yankees manager, leaving with ‘heavy heart’ – MLB

October 26, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) – MLB:  Joe Girardi was fired as New York Yankees manager Thursday after a decade that produced just one World Series title for a team that expects to win every year. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced the move five days after New York lost to Houston in Game 7 of … Continue reading Girardi fired as Yankees manager, leaving with ‘heavy heart’ – MLB

Kershaw, Dodgers beat Astros 3-1 in hot World Series opener – MLB

LOS ANGELES/October 24, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — MLB World Series:  No sweat, Clayton Kershaw. Changing jerseys to beat the 103-degree heat, the Dodgers ace with a checkered playoff history delivered a signature performance, pitching Los Angeles past the Houston Astros 3-1 Tuesday night in the World Series opener. Boosted by Justin Turner’s tiebreaking, two-run homer in … Continue reading Kershaw, Dodgers beat Astros 3-1 in hot World Series opener – MLB

Astros reach World Series, top Yankees 4-0 in Game 7 of ALCS – MLB

HOUSTON/October 22, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — MLB, Astros:  Jose Altuve embraced Justin Verlander as confetti rained down. An improbable thought just a few years ago, the Houston Astros are headed to the World Series. Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers Jr. combined on a three-hitter, Altuve and Evan Gattis homered and the Astros reached the World Series for only the second time … Continue reading Astros reach World Series, top Yankees 4-0 in Game 7 of ALCS – MLB

Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead in ALCS – MLB

NEW YORK/October 18, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — MLB:  Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel, beating the ace lefty 5-0 on Wednesday for a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series. Gary Sanchez hit an RBI single off Keuchel and later homered to … Continue reading Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead in ALCS – MLB

Judge, Sabathia help Yankees beat Astros 8-1, trail ALCS 2-1 – MLB

NEW YORK/October 17, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — MLB, Judge, Sabathia:  Back in the Bronx, the big guys delivered. Greeted by an array of “All Rise” signs in a ballpark that fits their style, Aaron Judge hit a three-run homer and made a pair of sparkling catches, leading CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees over the Houston Astros … Continue reading Judge, Sabathia help Yankees beat Astros 8-1, trail ALCS 2-1 – MLB

Dodgers’ dominant bullpen is baffling foes in NL playoffs

LOS ANGELES/October 16, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Just a year ago, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was attempting to get through the late innings of tight playoff games with long appearances by closer Kenley Jansen, a hodgepodge of veteran relievers and one desperate bailout from ace Clayton Kershaw. One October later, Los Angeles’ bullpen is downright dominant … Continue reading Dodgers’ dominant bullpen is baffling foes in NL playoffs

Twins give manager Paul Molitor deal through 2020 season

MINNEAPOLIS/October 9, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — MLB:  The Minnesota Twins are bringing back Paul Molitor as manager after he led a historic turnaround. The Twins announced Monday that Molitor is getting a new three-year deal that keeps him under contract through 2020. They went 85-77 this season, becoming the first team to make the playoffs after … Continue reading Twins give manager Paul Molitor deal through 2020 season

Harper, Zimmerman HRs lift Nats past Cubs 6-3 to even NLDS

WASHINGTON/October 8, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Things were looking bleak for Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and the rest of the Washington Nationals. They had accumulated one run and four hits through the first 16 innings of their NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs. The situation was hardly ideal. Neither was the mood. “You do your … Continue reading Harper, Zimmerman HRs lift Nats past Cubs 6-3 to even NLDS

Extra special: Indians edge Yankees 9-8 in 13, take 2-0 lead

CLEVELAND/October 7, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — MLB, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees:  They’ve won this season in almost every way imaginable: comebacks, walk-offs, blowouts, nail-biters. No. 104 for the Cleveland Indians topped them all. Yan Gomes singled home Austin Jackson from second base with none out in the 13th inning as Cleveland rallied from five runs … Continue reading Extra special: Indians edge Yankees 9-8 in 13, take 2-0 lead

As calendar flips to October, the MLB postseason from A to Z

October 2, 2017 (STL.News) – MLB Postseason: All those home runs by Aaron Judge, all those wins by the Los Angeles Dodgers, nicely done. Except none of that matters now — a sinker that bounces to the backstop, a liner that hooks barely foul, the whole script flips. October has a way of doing that. … Continue reading As calendar flips to October, the MLB postseason from A to Z

LEADING OFF: Cubs-Brewers meet in NL Central showdown

September 21, 2017 (STL.News) – Cubs, Brewers, Twins, Colorado:  A look at what’s happening all around the majors today: ___ NL CENTRAL SHOWDOWN If the surprising Brewers are going to catch Chicago in the NL Central, this is probably the best chance they have left to make a big move. Trailing by 3½ games, Milwaukee … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Cubs-Brewers meet in NL Central showdown

Blackhawks deal Panarin and Hjalmarsson, get Saad back

CHICAGO/June 23, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — General manager Stan Bowman promised changes were coming after the Chicago Blackhawks were swept in the first round of the playoffs. Boy, he wasn’t kidding. Chicago re-acquired Brandon Saad and parted with Niklas Hjalmarsson and Artemi Panarin in a pair of stunning trades on Friday, giving the Blackhawks a younger … Continue reading Blackhawks deal Panarin and Hjalmarsson, get Saad back

Desperate Ottawa tries to avoid elimination by Penguins

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP)(STL.News) — Ottawa coach Guy Boucher has typically kept his team off the ice on off-days during the postseason. Not Monday. The Ottawa coach opted for a half-hour practice ahead of Game 6 on Tuesday night to help his team “refresh” and “reload” after a 7-0 beating by Pittsburgh, one of the worst … Continue reading Desperate Ottawa tries to avoid elimination by Penguins

Avery Bradley’s defense has been key ingredient for Celtics

BOSTON (AP)(STL.News) — Avery Bradley has been doing all the little things to get the Boston Celtics over the hump this postseason. Yes, he created a buzz with his playoff-career high 29 points to give Boston a 3-2 lead over the Washington Wizards while backcourt mate Isaiah Thomas was facing double- and triple-teams during Game … Continue reading Avery Bradley’s defense has been key ingredient for Celtics

Rangers need win at home for another shot in Ottawa

NEW YORK (AP)(STL.News) — The Rangers have had a tough time closing out against the Senators in Ottawa, a challenge they’re eager to take on again. First, there’s business to take care of in New York. After giving up another late lead before losing in overtime again on the road, the Rangers return home needing … Continue reading Rangers need win at home for another shot in Ottawa

Concussed Crosby skates with Penguins, no word on return

PITTSBURGH (AP)(STL.News) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is skating again, but coach Mike Sullivan provided no update on when his star will be ready to return from a concussion. Crosby sat out Pittsburgh’s 3-2 victory in Game 4 of its Eastern Conference semifinal against Washington on Wednesday night. He was diagnosed with his second … Continue reading Concussed Crosby skates with Penguins, no word on return

Thomas’ 33, Celtics’ 3s too much for Wizards in 123-111 win

BOSTON (AP)(STL.News) — Isaiah Thomas had 33 points and nine assists, and the Boston Celtics made 19 3-pointers to beat the Washington Wizards 123-111 Sunday and take a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup. Thomas played just a day after attending the funeral for his sister, who died in a car accident earlier … Continue reading Thomas’ 33, Celtics’ 3s too much for Wizards in 123-111 win

Predators rested, ready to face Blues in surprising semi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)(STL.News) — The Nashville Predators finally get a new opponent in the postseason after their surprising sweep of the Western Conference’s No. 1 seed. Their reward? The St. Louis Blues, fresh off downing the West’s second-best team with a 4-1 series victory over the Minnesota Wild that was as stunning as Nashville’s sweep. … Continue reading Predators rested, ready to face Blues in surprising semi

Blown leads, 11 OTs and surprises abound in NHL first round

(STL.News) The first week of the NHL postseason has been about as unpredictable as anyone could imagine, even in a sport where upsets are the norm, home-ice advantage is often meaningless and a hot goaltender can overshadow everything else that’s happening. Perennial Stanley Cup favorite Chicago is down 0-3 to Nashville and the NHL-leading Washington … Continue reading Blown leads, 11 OTs and surprises abound in NHL first round

Schwartz’s late goal gives Blues 2-1 win, 2-0 lead on Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)(STL.News) — With Jake Allen as steady as ever in the net and those big defensemen crowding the ice in front of him, the St. Louis Blues again stymied Minnesota’s attack. All those misfires in the zone for the Wild added up to a wasted home-ice advantage. Jaden Schwartz scored with 2:27 … Continue reading Schwartz’s late goal gives Blues 2-1 win, 2-0 lead on Wild

Gretzky buzzing over McDavid, Matthews’ NHL playoff debuts

(STL.News) It’s 2005-06 all over again for Wayne Gretzky when it comes to youngsters Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews making their NHL playoff debuts. The Great One couldn’t help but share his enthusiasm in a text to The Associated Press, comparing McDavid and Matthews’ arrival on the postseason stage with the same buzz generated during … Continue reading Gretzky buzzing over McDavid, Matthews’ NHL playoff debuts

Kickers for final 4 NFL playoff teams each have leg up

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP)(STL.News) — Touchdowns are always nice, but clutch kickers are welcome security blankets for NFL offenses, especially in the playoffs. Three of the four teams left in the postseason have seasoned veterans. And the fourth team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, has a kicker who booted a league playoff-record six field goals last week … Continue reading Kickers for final 4 NFL playoff teams each have leg up

NFL teams seeking playoff berth, let Giants’ loss be lesson

The New York Giants have given teams chasing playoff berths a fresh reminder to take nobody for granted, especially division rivals. As a result, the Dallas Cowboys’ only challenge now as the NFC East champs and the NFC’s top seed is handling the final two regular-season games before a first-round bye. The Giants only had … Continue reading NFL teams seeking playoff berth, let Giants’ loss be lesson

Manning’s 2 TDs, Beckham one-hander lead Giants past Lions

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)(STL.News) — Odell Beckham Jr. made another one-hand touchdown catch to delight replay fanatics, the defense turned in another stifling performance and the New York Giants inched closer to their first playoff berth since 2011 with a 17-6 win over Detroit on Sunday that snapped a five-game winning for the NFC North-leading … Continue reading Manning’s 2 TDs, Beckham one-hander lead Giants past Lions

Committee picks Alabama, Washington, Ohio State and Clemson

(STL.News) — Alabama will play Washington and Ohio State is set to face Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals. The selection committee stayed with the same top four as it had going into championship weekend, leaving out Penn State even though the Nittany Lions won the Big Ten title game and beat Ohio State … Continue reading Committee picks Alabama, Washington, Ohio State and Clemson

Giants heading toward first playoff berth since 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — That four-year playoff drought could soon be nearing an end for the New York Giants. Riding the play of their big-bucks defense and the gutsy play-calling of rookie coach Ben McAdoo , the Giants (6-3) posted their first four-game winning streak since 2013 by beating the Cincinnati Bengals 21-20 on … Continue reading Giants heading toward first playoff berth since 2011