National Sports

Martinez rockets up Hall of Fame ballot as DHs gain respect

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Edgar Martinez is rocketing up the Hall of Fame ballot, boosted 13 years after his final swing by new-age statistical analyses and campaigning. His percentage of the vote more than doubled from 2015 to last year, and he is projected to be ...

Panthers’ Turner to let Newton run, may tweak QB’s mechanics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner has no plans to restrict Cam Newton’s ability to make plays with his feet. As for the quarterback’s throwing motion, well that might need a little tweaking. The 65-year-old Turner said he returned to coaching because of an ...

NFL rejects veterans group’s ad for Super Bowl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL has denied advertising space in the Super Bowl program for a veterans group that declined to alter language about standing for the national anthem. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed Tuesday that American Veterans, or AMVETS , submitted an advertisement last ...

Big brother Granato prepared for role as US Olympic coach

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Growing up as the oldest of six children, Tony Granato always seemed to be in charge. If that meant telling brothers Don and Robby to help their younger siblings put on their shoes or find their jackets, that's what he did. A decade or so later, those same ...

Injured Nadal out of Australian Open; Cilic into semifinals

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An injured and visibly struggling Rafael Nadal retired while trailing in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarterfinal match against Marin Cilic. Top-ranked Nadal fended off five break points in the last game before Cilic broke ...

Bucks hope firing Kidd sparks club with expectations rising

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jason Kidd helped make the Bucks relevant again. Someone else will have to help them become champions. Despite mentoring a young, athletic core led by All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kidd was fired by Milwaukee general manager Jon Horst ...

Wiggins carries Timberwolves to 126-118 win over Clippers

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Playing short-handed, the Minnesota Timberwolves grew up a bit. Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 40 points and Jeff Teague added 30 to help them hang on for a 126-118 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night that snapped ...

S.Korean officials discussing N.Korea taekwondo performance

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean Olympic organizers say it's too late to include a North Korean taekwondo performance in the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Games, but it might still occur at the Olympic Stadium on Feb. 9. Song ...

Harden’s 28 help Rockets rally for 99-90 victory

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 28 points and the Houston Rockets overcame a big early deficit to beat the Miami Heat 99-90 on Monday night. Miami led by double digits before halftime, but the game stayed close throughout most of the second half. It was tied with about three minutes left ...

Milwaukee Bucks fire coach Jason Kidd

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks fired coach Jason Kidd on Monday amid a midseason slide that has left the playoff hopeful in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. It was a surprising end to Kidd’s three-plus season tenure in Milwaukee, when the Bucks made the playoffs twice. Giannis ...

Fans Behaving Badly: Pats, Eagles bring out worst in fans

By Dan Gelston AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Binge drinking for hours in stadium parking lots, a few Philly fans flexed their beer muscles with throws that were as on point as Nick Foles connecting with his Eagles receivers. Sure, the Minnesota Vikings fans who walked through ...

Shurmur in as next Giants head coach

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has been hired as the New York Giants head coach. The Giants announced the hiring late Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours after Shurmur and the Vikings were beaten by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title ...

No. 23 Green Bay women use big run to top Oakland 81-48

ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — Jessica Lindstrom scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and No. 23 Green Bay used a 28-3 run in the second half to roll to an 81-48 win over Oakland on Saturday for its sixth-straight win. Allie LeClaire added 12 points for the Phoenix (17-2, 7-1 Horizon ...

Hertl’s goal leads Sharks past Penguins 2-1

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tomas Hertl scored a tiebreaking, power-play goal early in the third period and Aaron Dell made 31 saves to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. Timo Meier also scored and Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns added two ...

Iowa State upsets No. 8 Texas Tech 70-52

AMES, Iowa (AP) — After a lofty start this season, No. 8 Texas Tech was humbled this week. The Big 12 has a way of doing that — even ones as experienced and talented as the Red Raiders. Freshman Cameron Lard scored 18 points and Iowa State cruised past Texas Tech 70-52 on Saturday, its ...

Thunder thump Cavs 148-124, keep LeBron shy of 30,000 points

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James couldn’t get to 30,000 career points and he and his Cleveland teammates couldn’t stop Paul George, Russell Westbrook or Carmelo Anthony as the Oklahoma City Thunder thumped the Cavaliers 148-124 on Saturday for their fourth straight win. Oklahoma City tied ...

Lowry big in 4th, scores 24 as Raptors beat Spurs 86-83

TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored 9 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, DeMar DeRozan added 21 and the Toronto Raptors beat San Antonio 86-83 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak against the Spurs. Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Raptors improved to ...

In her Captain America suit, Vonn is finally ready to attack

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — The Olympic downhill is little more than a month away and Lindsey Vonn is finally ready to start attacking at 100 percent again. Forget that unusual image of the 78-time World Cup winner skiing cautiously amid difficult ...

Wawrinka, Muguruza out in 2nd round, heat soars in Australia

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Stan Wawrinka left it as late as possible before deciding his knee might just be good enough to get him through the Australian Open. The 2014 champion was being way too ambitious. A 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 loss to No. 97-ranked Tennys Sandgren ...

Joint Olympic flag deal angers conservatives in South Korea

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When athletes from the rival Koreas paraded together behind a single flag for the first time at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, it was a highly emotional event that came on a wave of hope for reconciliation ...