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Poirier bloodies Holloway, wins UFC interim lightweight belt

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Dustin Poirier bloodied Max Holloway and won a unanimous decision for the UFC interim lightweight title on Saturday night, denying Holloway his chance to become only the fourth fighter to hold two belts at the same time. Holloway, the UFC ...

Nets, Magic, Spurs win road openers in NBA playoffs

By The Associated Press undefined PHILADELPHIA (AP) — D'Angelo Russell flashed some postseason magic, playing like the All-Star leader Brooklyn needed with 26 points, and Caris LeVert scored 23 to lead the Nets to an impressive 111-102 win Saturday over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of ...

Brewers hand Dodgers 6th straight loss, 4-1

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zach Davies is off to a strong start for the Milwaukee Brewers, allowing three earned runs in 17 2/3 innings so far. After being limited to 13 games because of shoulder and back injuries last season, Davies has helped the Brewers race to a ...

Martin Truex Jr. holds off Joey Logano to win at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. had about 40 laps to go and Clint Bowyer closing fast. In a race to see who could preserve their car best, Truex outlasted Bowyer and then held off a four-lap charge by Joey Logano to win the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway on Saturday ...

AP source: Luke Walton reaches agreement to be Kings coach

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer Luke Walton will become coach of the Sacramento Kings, securing another NBA head coaching job just a day after parting ways with the Los Angeles Lakers following three losing seasons. The 39-year-old Walton was dismissed by the Lakers on Friday after Los ...

Nets, Magic win road openers in NBA playoffs

By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — D'Angelo Russell flashed some postseason magic, playing like the All-Star leader Brooklyn needed with 26 points, and Caris LeVert scored 23 to lead the Nets to an impressive 111-102 win Saturday over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of their ...

Molinari builds 2-shot lead over Woods, Finau in Masters

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Record scores on the white boards at Augusta National. Ground-shaking roars for Tiger Woods along the back nine. Francesco Molinari blocked out the buzz on a delirious day of nine players sharing space atop the leaderboard Saturday. He ...

Blue Jackets stun Lightning 5-1 to take 2-0 series lead

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Matt Duchene had a goal and three assists, Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves, and the Columbus Blue Jackets stunned the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Friday night to take a 2-0 first-round series lead. Columbus also got goals from Cam Atkinson, Zach Werenski, Riley Nash and ...

Injured while kissing daughter, Jason Day gets a lot better

By Tim Dahlberg AP Sports Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Jason Day began the Masters by throwing his back out while leaning down to kiss his daughter on the practice green. He played his way onto the leaderboard a day later after receiving a scolding from his wife. “It’s the Masters, ...

NBA first-round playoff series capsules

By The Associated Press Capsules for the first-round NBA playoff series in the Eastern and Western Conferences: ——— EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 MILWAUKEE BUCKS (60-22) vs. No. 8 DETROIT PISTONS (41-41) Season series: Bucks, 4-0 Story line: After rolling to the NBA’s best record, ...

Luke Walton out as Lakers coach after 3 losing seasons

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luke Walton is out as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers after three losing seasons. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka announced Walton’s departure Friday, three days after the abrupt resignation of president of basketball operations ...

LEADING OFF: Merrifield on Royal run, Harper vs Nats again

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: THE BIG 3-0 Whit Merrifield can set a record for the longest hitting streak in Royals history. He extended his streak to 30 games Tuesday night, tying the team mark set by George Brett in 1980. Merrifield's string ...

Magic Johnson abruptly resigns as Lakers’ president

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of ...

Wade scores 30 in last game in Miami; Heat top 76ers 122-99

By The Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 30 points in the tribute-filled final home game of his career, and the Miami Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 122-99 on Tuesday night. Bam Adebayo scored 19, Justise Winslow scored 16 and Hassan Whiteside added 15 for the Heat, who ...

St John’s coach Chris Mullin resigns, cites ‘personal loss’

By MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — For a second time in the storied history of St. John's basketball, the Chris Mullin era is over. The school's greatest player resigned as coach Tuesday after four years on the job, citing a "personal loss." And while the program ...

Murray, Bosa among 23 prospects to attend NFL draft

By The Associated Press undefined Kyler Murray and Nick Bosa are among the 23 prospects who plan to attend the NFL draft this month in Nashville, Tennessee. Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma, could be selected No. 1 overall by the Arizona Cardinals. Bosa, a ...

‘Best time of year:’ NHL playoff matchups set

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer The team expected to win it all faces an opponent that loaded up for the same thing, the defending champions go up against a playoff newcomer and the wild West is wide open in the quest for the Stanley Cup. The NHL playoffs open Wednesday when the Presidents' ...

Wrestler Bret Hart tackled during WWE Hall of Fame speech

NEW YORK (AP) — Wrestler Bret "The Hitman" Hart was tackled by a spectator Saturday while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The attacker was promptly subdued by several people, including other wrestlers, who came to Hart's defense. ...

Wild Puig in middle of bench-clearing fray, Pirates top Reds

By ALAN SAUNDERS Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — A charged-up Yasiel Puig barreled into a bunch of Pirates during a bench-clearing fracas Sunday, and was among five ejections in Pittsburgh's 7-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The trouble started in the fourth inning when Chris Archer ...

Matt Mooney’s college odyssey ends with Tech in title game

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Much like his vagabond coach, Texas Tech's Matt Mooney has undergone a college basketball journey unlike almost any other, from mid-major to out-of-the-way outpost to the rough-and-tumble Big 12. Now, under the searing spotlight of the ...