National Sports

Golden Knights playing with house money in playoff sweep

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Golden Knights had modest goals in their first season. Put a credible team on the ice while attracting fans unused to a major pro league in Vegas, where gambling and big-name entertainers have ruled the desert city. Nobody said ...

Betts hits 3 HR, Red Sox oust Angels’ Ohtani early, win 10-1

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani developed a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand nine days ago during his second start for the Los Angeles Angels. The rookie right-hander thought it had healed enough for him to pitch effectively when he ...

LEADING OFF: Cole chases Johnson, Ryan for Astros’ K mark

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: GOOD COMPANY Gerrit Cole can become the first Astros pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1998 to reach double-digit strikeouts in four straight games when Houston faces Seattle. Cole would tie Nolan Ryan for the ...

Lindor homers in native Puerto Rico as Indians top Twins 6-1

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Francisco Lindor homered in his native Puerto Rico, Corey Kluber allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Tuesday night in the first regular-season game on the island commonwealth since 2010. Michael Brantley and ...

Big fish struggling to catch on: Stanton slumping in Bronx

By MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Coming up empty against his former team was hardly what Giancarlo Stanton had in mind. Same is true of the poor first impression he's made in Yankees pinstripes so far. Last year's NL MVP is off to a miserable start with New York — ...

Man City players dominate Premier League’s team of season

LONDON (AP) — Five players who helped Manchester City become English champions for the third time in seven years have been included in the Premier League's team of the season. Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi were picked in the team, which is ...

Keenum’s drive as strong as ever

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Case Keenum couldn't wait to get out of Minnesota. No, he's not bitter over the Vikings' decision to move on to Kirk Cousins. And he isn't gloating over being "the man " for the first time in his NFL career after signing a two-year, $36 million deal last month in ...

Rodgers hopeful for contract extension as Packers retool

  GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — An offseason of change for the Green Bay Packers has been met with occasional displeasure by quarterback Aaron Rodgers. At the Super Bowl, Rodgers called it "interesting" that the Packers replaced quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt "without consulting me." Also ...

On eve of MLB games, mayor says San Juan ‘open for business’

By Tim Reynolds AP Sports Writer SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Carmen Yulin Cruz has attended only a handful of Major League Baseball games in her life, and she won't be adding to that total this week. Soon, she hopes, that will change. Cruz, San Juan's mayor, isn't attending the ...

Browns’ Jackson: team still undecided on QB for No. 1 pick

CLEVELAND (AP) — As the NFL draft nears, the Cleveland Browns are still doing their homework on quarterbacks. The final exam is quickly approaching, but the No. 1 pick remains an unknown to everyone, including coach Hue Jackson. On Tuesday, Jackson dismissed reports that general manager ...

Wade turns back the clock and 76ers in Game 2 Heat victory

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dwyane Wade snuffed out one 76ers' rally by popping a 16-foot fadeaway with the shot clock ticking down. Wade made a halfhearted attempt at reaching his hand out toward a fallen defender before he scooted on his way. Wade was up, the ...

Durant, Thompson lead Warriors to a 2-0 series lead on Spurs

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry watched another lopsided win from the bench in sheer delight, wearing a sport coat and big smile. The steady hands of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson certainly have made the two-time MVP's absence far less daunting for ...

‘For all women’: Tireless mom plans her 9th Everest summit

By PAT EATON-ROBB, AP Sports Writer WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Between raising two daughters and working as a dishwasher at Whole Foods, Lhakpa Sherpa just doesn't have time for training to climb Mount Everest. Even so, she has done it a record eight times — and hopes to outdo herself yet ...

LEADING OFF: Ohtani day, baseball in San Juan, DH in Toronto

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ SHOWTIME Shohei Ohtani makes his third major league start when the Los Angeles Angels (13-3) host David Price and the Red Sox (13-2) in a marquee matchup between the top two teams in the majors. Ohtani is ...

Chargers’ Pouncey says Miami release was “fuel to the fire”

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Although Mike Pouncey is thrilled to start work with the Los Angeles Chargers, the center still has a few bittersweet thoughts about how his last job ended. Pouncey joined Philip Rivers for the start of the offseason workout ...

On Pace: Indiana opens eyes with blowout of LeBron, Cavs

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — They've spent the entire season on the fringe, virtually ignored by all but the most savvy fans and NBA insiders. They don't have any household names or any superstars on their roster, just one All-Star and a role player best known for ...

Pirates 2B Josh Harrison out 6 weeks with broken finger

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates placed second baseman Josh Harrison on the 10-day disabled list after he broke the pinky finger on his left hand for a second time in a year. The team said Tuesday that Harrison fractured the fifth metacarpal in the finger when he was hit with a pitch ...

Busch passes Larson to win rain-delayed race at Bristol

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Kyle Busch was all smiles and Kyle Larson was all scowls. Busch passed Larson with five laps remaining at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday to win his second straight Cup Series race, culminating a rain-delayed weekend when temperatures ...

Linden wins Boston Marathon, 1st US woman since ’85

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — After slogging through just a few miles of icy rain and a near-gale headwind that made her feel like she was running in place, Desiree Linden decided she'd seen enough of the Boston Marathon for another year. "My hands were freezing, and there ...

Runners try to stay dry at start of 122nd Boston Marathon

BOSTON (AP) — Runners are arriving in Hopkinton and trying to stay dry as they await the start of the Boston Marathon. It's cold, wet and windy on Monday for the 122nd running of the world's oldest and most prestigious annual marathon. Bruce Rogers, a 46-year-old runner from Rochester, New ...