National Sports

Preds rally, beat Ducks 2-1 to take 2-1 Western finals lead

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — The Nashville Predators are so confident right now that not even having two goals in eight seconds waved off for goaltender interference can shake them. Especially not on home ice. Roman Josi scored a power-play goal with ...

Pick 6: Kelly, Rodriguez, Mora in need of improvement in ’17

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Mark Helfrich went into last season with a 33-8 record in three years as Oregon coach and an appearance in the national championship game. He then went 4-8 and was fired. Point is, just about every coach outside of Nick Saban and Urban Meyer can ...

Energized Ducks even Western finals, beat Predators 5-3

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Hockey Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks were down a game in the Western Conference finals and down 2-0 in Game 2 against Pekka Rinne, the most dominant goalie in these Stanley Cup playoffs. That's when Sami Vatanen got the puck and thought he saw a sliver ...

Celtics seek top pick, Lakers aim to keep theirs in lottery

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Celtics are trying to go from No. 1 seed to No. 1 pick. The Los Angeles Lakers don't need to be first, but they sure better not be worse than third. A night that's normally for the NBA's biggest losers has huge consequences ...

Si Woo Kim keeps his cool and wins Players Championship

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Si Woo Kim walked up to the 16th green at the TPC Sawgrass and couldn't resist looking across the water at an island. For those trying to catch Kim in The Players Championship, and for thousands of fans who anticipated the ...

Yanks’ Chapman to miss at least month with shoulder injury

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Unable to pitch through pain in his shoulder that had bothered him for weeks, New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman went on the disabled list Sunday and likely will miss at least a month. Chapman had a MRI on Saturday, a day after getting ...

Tebow Watch: Former NFL QB has 1st RBIs in nearly a month

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tim Tebow drove in his first runs in nearly a month with two RBIs in the Columbia Fireflies' road-win against the Delmarva (Maryland) Shorebirds. The former NFL quarterback has 11 RBIs on the season with the New York Mets Single A affiliate, but also has struck out 31 ...

LEADING OFF: Trout has his legs back, Archer vs Carrasco

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BACK AT IT After missing over a week with a hamstring issue, Mike Trout is back in full force for the Angels. He's homered in three straight games for the third time in his career, giving him 11 for the ...

Neal’s OT goal puts Preds past Ducks 3-2 to open West final

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Hockey Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A few moments after James Neal crumpled Anaheim's Brandon Montour with a vicious check, the Nashville forward took a pass from P.K. Subban and ripped a shot past three Ducks for the winning overtime goal. Even in uncharted territory ...

LEADING OFF: More bad blood between Diamondbacks and Pirates

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ BAD BLOOD The Pirates and Diamondbacks already had a history of ill will toward each other dating to 2014 before Arizona's Chris Iannetta was hit in the face by a fastball from reliever Johnny Barbato. Bloodied, ...

Shoemaker shuts down Tigers, Trout homers in Angels’ 7-0 win

By STEVE DILBECK, Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Matt Shoemaker finally showed off his 2016 form. Shoemaker held the Detroit Tigers to three hits in six innings, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-0 victory on Friday night. "That looks like Shoemaker when he's on," Angels ...

Ducks’ reward for Game 7 win is date with Rinne and Preds

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Hockey Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks finally cleared a major psychological hurdle with their gritty Game 7 victory over Edmonton on Wednesday night. After four consecutive years of failure in winner-take-all showdowns, they stood up to an upstart ...

Penguins just now finding their groove going into East final

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury and his teammates played their best game of the playoffs so far, and it feels like just the beginning for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The defending Stanley Cup champions beat the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 with their ...

LEADING OFF: Keuchel, Bundy seek 6th wins; Trout eyes return

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ WINNER, WINNER Houston's Dallas Keuchel and Baltimore's Dylan Bundy can become the majors' first six-win pitchers this season. The pair is among a pack of hurlers tied for the league lead with five victories. ...

Bradley scores 29, Celtics power past Wizards, 123-101

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Playing in the Garden has brought out the Boston Celtics' best basketball this postseason. Wednesday night it was home to one of the best nights of Avery Bradley's career. Bradley scored a playoff career-high 29 points, and the Celtics beat ...

Players Championship has enough action for everyone

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — With apologies to Portugal, the only significant golf this week is on the site of a former swamp. The Players Championship starts Thursday on the TPC Sawgrass, which offers a $10.5 million purse — even the runner-up gets over ...

Los Angeles Olympic dreams might be delayed to 2028

By Michael R. Blood and Beth Harris Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles could lose and win its Olympics gamble, ending up with the 2028 Games it never sought and the costly prospect of retooling its multibillion-dollar plans for more than a decade into the future. In an ...

Proposed Raiders stadium would be finished by June 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A preliminary timeline for the proposed stadium that would be home to the Raiders in Las Vegas shows construction would be finished only three months before the 2020 regular season begins. The draft of the timeline made public Monday by the Las Vegas Stadium Authority shows ...

Warriors agree to 2-year lease extension in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have agreed to a two-year lease extension to remain at Oracle Arena in Oakland before a planned move to San Francisco for the 2019-20 season. The Joint Powers Authority that controls the arena said Wednesday that the deal includes options that ...

Twins-White Sox game postponed due to rain

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox catcher Geovany Soto was throwing Tuesday when he felt some sharp pain in the back of his right elbow. Again. Soto went back on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, and he said he doesn’t know what’s next after he was sidelined ...