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Rivers, Chargers look sharp early in 24-14 win over Seahawks

Philip Rivers, Joe Barksdale

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers looked almost ready for the regular season from their first series. Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks probably feel like they’ve got more work to do. Melvin Gordon rushed for a short touchdown to cap a strong 70-yard opening drive by the Chargers’ first-team offense, and Rivers went 6 …

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Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage Sunday in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba from first light in Mecca that Islam’s faithful face five times each day during their prayers. The five-day hajj pilgrimage represents one of the world’s biggest gathering every year, a trip required of all able-bodied Muslims once …

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Villanueva’s walk-off single gives Padres win over D’Backs

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Christian Villanueva had a hard time walking, yet still managed to get a walk-off hit. Villanueva, who fouled a ball off his foot on Friday night, had a walk-off pinch-hit single in the ninth inning, and the San Diego Padres ended a five-game skid with a 7-6 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night. “The …

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Jameis Winston throws 2 TDs as Tampa Bay beats Titans 30-14

Jameis Winston

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers certainly have had plenty of time to get used to the idea that Jameis Winston will miss the first three games of the season because of a suspension. Watching the quarterback light up a defense in just a quarter doesn’t make it any easier. Winston threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns …

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AP Top International News at 1:19 a.m. EDT

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80 Annan’s legacy of fighting for equality and rights lives on Italy’s leader demands safe roads; bridge toll rises to 43 Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage German prosecutors probe Yazidi woman’s claim about IS man Suspect in UK Parliament crash charged with attempted murder Thousands stranded as floods submerge …

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AP Top Sports News at 1:05 a.m. EDT

Kurt Busch steals spotlight from younger brother at Bristol Cahill sharp, A’s beat Astros 7-1 to tie for AL West lead Prescott solid, Dalton sluggish as Bengals top Cowboys 21-13 Josh Gordon ‘humbly’ returns to Browns after health absence Jameis Winston throws 2 TDs as Tampa Bay beats Titans 30-14 Rivers, Chargers look sharp early in 24-14 win over Seahawks …

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Prescott solid, Dalton sluggish as Bengals top Cowboys 21-13

Dak Prescott, Terrance Williams

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys had another efficient preseason showing. Andy Dalton bogged down a bit with his Cincinnati Bengals. Prescott led a pair of scoring drives in three possessions, capped by a scrambling 6-yard scoring pass to Terrance Williams, before the Bengals rallied after halftime for a 21-13 exhibition victory Saturday night. The Bengals …

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Defense DNA request denied in deaths of Colorado mom, kids

FREDERICK, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado judge has denied a request by a defense attorney for a man accused of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters to require a coroner to collect DNA from the necks of the young girls. The judge said in an order Friday he would not tell the medical examiner’s office involved in the case …

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Kurt Busch steals spotlight from younger brother at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Kurt Busch stole the spotlight from his younger brother Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway to snap a 58-race winless streak and grab an overdue short track victory. Busch won for the first time this season — first since the 2017 season-opening Daytona 500 — but it was his sixth victory on the 0.533-mile bullring he …

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Migrant spouse of pregnant woman detained on way to hospital

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California woman said Saturday that she had to drive herself to the hospital and give birth without her husband after he was detained by immigration agents. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said the man was detained because he was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant in a homicide case in Mexico. Maria del Carmen …

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