SAN FRANCISCO - With another opportunity to take a step toward securing a playoff berth, the San Francisco Giants sent their Opening Day starter Johnny Cueto to the mound against a Colorado Rockies team that's fallen out of contention. At a point in the season when the Giants needed Cueto to pitch like the ace, he turned in one of the worst starts of his five-year tenure in San Francisco. ...

The Raiders went to Vegas Monday night and won big. Spotting the New Orleans Saints an early 10-point lead, the Raiders played keepaway on offense and made enough key plays on defense for a 34-24 win in the first game in the history of Allegiant Stadium. Quarterback Derek Carr completed 28 of 38 passes for 282 yards and touchdowns of 3 yards to Alec Ingold, 15 yards to Zay Jones and 1 yard to ...

SEATTLE - A hat trick seemed like an inevitability for Evan White as he flailed helplessly at a 2-0 breaking ball about 6 inches off the outside of the plate that he was certain was going to be a fastball from Lance McCullers Jr. In hockey, a hat trick – scoring three goals in one game - is an achievement to be cherished and celebrated. In baseball, it's one of the worst failures for a hitter ...

KANSAS CITY - The Cardinals elected to pitch around Kansas City cleanup hitter Jorge Soler with runners at first and third, two outs and a tie game in the sixth inning Monday night at Kauffman Stadium. Adam Wainwright walked Soler on four pitches to load the bases but Maikel Franco bounced a single to the left of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and the two runners who scored gave the Royals a ...

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Having already secured a playoff spot, the last thing the Yankees want to do is wobble through the regular season's final week. They've already come through one major confidence crisis, restoring their status as World Series contenders with a 10-game winning streak that ended Sunday. On Monday night, they made it back-to-back blowout losses, this time 11-5 against the Blue Jays ...

NEW YORK - Entering this final week of the season, you figured the Mets needed to win all seven of their remaining games to reach the postseason. They don't have any room for error, and they need help from other teams. The home stretch began with a 2-1 loss to the Rays (36-19), who have the best record in the American League. At this point, the Mets' season is on life support. Barring a ...

Late in the third quarter Sunday, the Jaguars appeared to be on the verge of suffering yet another blowout loss in the Music City. Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill was dicing up the Jaguars in a virtually clean pocket that led to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter. With time to spot receivers, Tannehill completed his fourth touchdown pass of the day, an 18-yard spiral in the middle of the ...

On a Friday night last month, Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine sent a short email to the newsroom, announcing sports columnist Arash Markazi had resigned. The columnist had copied information contained in seven stories from other sources, an internal investigation found. Pearlstine said "for the record" clarifications were added to each of the articles. But there was more ...

Nick Bosa's senior year in high school was just five years ago, and it got ruined by an anterior cruciate ligament tear. Same goes for his second year with the 49ers. Medical tests confirmed that Bosa tore the ACL in his left knee during Sunday's 31-13 win at the New York Jets, the 49ers announced Monday afternoon. His was the worst of four knee injuries sustained on MetLife Stadium's suspect, ...

Confirming what were the worst fears the moment it happened, Seahawks defensive back Marqiuse Blair will be sidelined for the season after tearing his ACL in Sunday night's 35-30 win over the New England Patriots, coach Pete Carroll confirmed Monday. Carroll made the announcement while also confirming that linebacker/rush end Bruce Irvin will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL ...

The Los Angeles Angels scored seven runs in the fourth inning, including four on Jared Walsh's grand slam, to beat the Texas Rangers 8-5 Monday at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Rangers starting pitcher Kyle Gibson was chased after allowing eight runs (seven earned) on five hits, four walks and and a hit batter in four innings. He surrendered the grand slam, which is the eighth allowed by Rangers ...

The struggling Vikings defense will have to right the ship this season without linebacker Anthony Barr, who was placed on injured reserve Monday because of a season-ending torn pectoral muscle, coach Mike Zimmer said. Barr, the 28-year-old Pro Bowl player and team captain, suffered the injury near the end of the first quarter of Sunday's 28-11 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He came up ...

Chicago Cubs manager David Ross announced before Monday's game in Pittsburgh that Jose Quintana will return from the injured list Tuesday to start that night's game against the Pirates. Quintana, who has missed the last three weeks with a strained lat, originally was slated for bullpen duty. But he's stretched out enough after rehabbing in South Bend, Ind., and ready to rejoin the rotation. ...

Reggie Ragland knows a thing or two about winning. You could argue, it's all he knows. Outside of his first NFL season in Buffalo, where he was sidelined the entire year with an injury, the Detroit Lions linebacker has won, and won big, at every level. How many guys can say they've won a state championship in high school, a national championship in college and a Super Bowl? Probably not too ...

TAMPA, Fla. - Leonard Fournette ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Carolina Panthers, marking just the fourth time since the start of 2017 that a Bucs running back eclipsed the 100-yard mark. But head coach Bruce Arians said he's not planning to give Fournette, who signed with the team two weeks ago, the starting running-back job over Ronald Jones because he ...

Dolphins coach Brian Flores defended his decision to go for the touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the 1 on Sunday this way: "You've got to be aggressive to beat a good team." He's right, even if the result - a dropped touchdown by Preston Williams in a game the Dolphins lost by a field goal - was ugly. More proof: The analytics website EDJ Sports says Flores' choice was the fourth-best ...