Associated Press ARLINGTON, Texas – Matt Ryan and Julio Jones connected for two touchdowns, Devonta Freeman ran for 141 yards and three scores, and the Atlanta Falcons beat Dallas 39-28 Sunday in the Cowboys’ first game without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. Freeman’s third score early in the fourth quarter capped a rally from a […]


Associated Press WASHINGTON – NL MVP front-runner Bryce Harper and Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon got into a dugout fight a day after Washington was eliminated from playoff contention, tangling in the eighth inning Sunday of a 12-5 loss to last-place Philadelphia. In the ninth, Papelbon (4-3) gave up Andres Blanco’s go-ahead homer as the Phillies […]

Associated Press CINCINNATI – The New York Mets clinched the NL East title for their first postseason berth since 2006, beating Cincinnati 10-2 Saturday behind Lucas Duda’s first career grand slam and another dominant start by Matt Harvey. Harvey (13-7) was most appropriate to pitch the clincher, the Mets’ sixth division crown. He was the […]

Associated Press CHICAGO – Gerrit Cole outpitched Jon Lester as the Pittsburgh Pirates hung on for their seventh straight win, beating Chicago 3-2 to delay the Cubs’ playoff celebration until later Friday. Pittsburgh increased its lead for the NL’s top wild card to 4 1/2 games over the Cubs, who would have secured their first […]

WASHINGTON (AP) – Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon (MSU) has been suspended for three games and fined by Major League Baseball for throwing a pitch in the “head area” of Baltimore’s Manny Machado. The penalty was announced Friday. The Nationals said Papelbon will appeal, making him eligible to pitch Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, who […]

Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City clinched the AL Central for its first division title in 30 years, beating Seattle 10-4 on Thursday night. Johnny Cueto picked up his first victory in nearly six weeks, and the win, coupled with Minnesota’s loss to Cleveland, ensured the title. The Royals have dominated the division, […]

TUPELO I must be the only person on earth who has a Yogi Berra story that isn’t funny. Berra, the Hall of Fame catcher, died earlier this week at age 90. His death has brought forth a torrent of personal recollections by athletes and broadcasters and sports writers about things Yogi said, or might have […]

Associated Press DENVER – Neil Walker had a career-high six RBIs, including a three-run homer, and the Pittsburgh Pirates clinched their third straight playoff berth by beating the Colorado Rockies 13-7 on Wednesday night. The Pirates secured at least an NL wild card as they chase first-place St. Louis in the NL Central. They trail […]

Associated Press TORONTO – Greg Bird hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 Tuesday night to move closer in the AL East race. Bird connected off reliever Mark Lowe (1-3) for the rookie’s 10th home run in 34 games and third in the […]