National Sports

Ronaldo and Messi face off to decide Spanish league title

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — The two best players in the world will face off again, this time with the Spanish league title on the line. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi meet on Sunday when Real Madrid and Barcelona play their latest clasico. The outcome at Santiago ...

After lengthy layoffs, Porter and Berto get it on Saturday

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Both Shawn Porter and Andre Berto once owned welterweight titles. The winner of Saturday night's fight at Barclays Center figures to be in position for another shot at a belt. In his last try for a championship — indeed, in his most recent ...

Flower Power: Fleury thriving in familiar spot for Penguins

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury is doing his best to stay in the present. Who knows how much longer he'll play for the Pittsburgh Penguins? The winningest goaltender in franchise history certainly has no clue. Heck, 10 days ago he was the backup to Matt ...

Durant optimistic of playing in Warriors’ Game 3 at Portland

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant said he felt ready to play in Golden State's Game 2 playoff win a day earlier yet the Warriors opted to be cautious with their superstar as he nurses a strained left calf. Durant posted an update about his injury during ...

LEADING OFF: Keuchel in ace form, M’s give Ichiro bobblehead

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BIG D IS BACK After struggling to defend his 2015 AL Cy Young Award last season, Dallas Keuchel is back in ace form for Houston. Keuchel (2-0, 0.86 ERA) has allowed just eight hits in 21 innings this season ...

Klitschko admits what boxing fans always knew: he was boring

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer Wladimir Klitschko was never really embraced by the average boxing fan, despite dominating a lackluster heavyweight division for the better part of a decade. He understands why, even as he looks to change his ways in what could be his last hurrah next week ...

Lob City smash: Clippers beat Jazz 99-91, even series at 1-1

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Buoyed by a newfound sense of urgency, the Clippers took it to the Utah Jazz from the opening tip. The patch of real estate under the basket was all theirs, all game. Blake Griffin led a smash-mouth revival of Lob City with 24 points and ...

Scherzer pitches 7 scoreless innings, Nats beat Braves 3-1

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Max Scherzer turned in another dominant performance, only to be overshadowed by a bizarre ending. After Scherzer pitched two-hit ball over seven scoreless innings, the Washington Nationals had to strike out Chase d'Arnaud with the bases ...

Schwarber, Cubs rally past Brewers to snap 4-game skid

By JOHN JACKSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Despite a large early deficit against a surging offense, Kyle Schwarber had little doubt the Chicago Cubs would rally. "Crazier things have happened," he said. "I just think it shows the character of our team. We're not gonna give up just ...

Record-setting Triggs helps A’s top Rangers 4-2

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Andrew Triggs feels as though he's just starting to hit his stride, which is remarkable considering the Athletics pitcher has yet to give up an earned run this season. Given how effective the right-hander was with a slow breaking ...

Indians beat Twins 11-4

By Jon Krawczynski AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Ramirez homered and drove in two runs and Josh Tomlin gave up three runs in six innings to lead the Cleveland Indians to an 11-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Francisco Lindor broke the game open with a ...

Bulls beat top-seeded Celtics 111-97 to take 2-0 series lead

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, Rajon Rondo finished one rebound shy of a triple-double and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 111-97 on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their series against the No. 1 seed in the Eastern ...

LEADING OFF: Yanks go for 9th straight, Thames on homer run

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BRONX BOOM The Yankees aim for their ninth straight win when Luis Severino (1-0, 4.50 ERA) takes the mound against the visiting White Sox. The 23-year-old righty struck out 11 Tampa Bay hitters over seven ...

Memphis coach Fizdale blasts ‘unprofessional’ officiating

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Memphis coach David Fizdale blasted the officiating in Game 2 of the Grizzlies' first-round series against the Spurs, deeming it "unprofessional" and "unacceptable" before slamming his fist on a table and storming off. San Antonio held ...

Suzuki returns to Seattle as member of 3,000-hit club

By JIM HOEHN, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki received a rousing ovation Monday for his first at-bat in Safeco Field as a member of the 3,000-hit club. The Japanese star spent his first 11 1/2 American seasons with Seattle, getting 2,533 hits before heading to the New York ...

Tip-in by Ryan lifts Senators over Bruins 4-3 in overtime

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Ottawa Senators needed a late rally in Game 2 to tie up their Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup with the Boston Bruins. In Game 3, they had to stave off a furious charge by the Bruins to regain the series lead. Bobby Ryan scored ...

Leonard’s 37 points lead Spurs by Grizzlies 96-82

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs responded to another late-game meltdown as they have all season: relying on a little 3-point shooting and a whole lot of Kawhi Leonard. They also got an assist from the officials, according to Memphis coach David ...

Kenyans Kirui, Kiplagat win 121st Boston Marathon

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Kenya's Geoffrey Kirui won the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday, pulling away from American Galen Rupp with about two miles to go to win in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 37 seconds. Rupp, a three-time Olympian making his Boston ...

Blue Jackets’ Werenski out for playoffs with face fracture

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus defenseman Zach Werenski will miss the rest of the postseason because of a broken cheekbone. The Blue Jackets announced the decision Monday, one day after the 19-year-old rookie took a puck to the face on a shot by Pittsburgh's Phil Kessel that opened a gash on ...

Argentina soccer fan declared brain dead after stadium fall

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine soccer fan has been declared brain dead after he was chased down the terraces of a stadium and allegedly thrown from the bleachers. The Emergency Hospital in Cordoba says Emanuel Balbo remains on a ventilator. But the hospital's head of surgery ...