National Sports

Companies vie to remake Seattle arena to attract NHL, NBA

SEATTLE (AP) — Two arena companies have pitched multi-million plans to remake Seattle’s KeyArena into a premier entertainment venue that’s ready for an NBA or NHL team. Seattle has so far received two proposals ahead of Wednesday’s 5 p.m. PDT deadline for bids to renovate the ...

Romine’s grand slam lifts Tigers to 5-3 win vs. Twins

By Noah Trister AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — The moment he made contact, Andrew Romine could tell he had a chance at his first career grand slam. “I could feel it. I hit it on the barrel,” the Detroit utilityman said. “It was a matter of whether it was going to stay fair. Once ...

Final day of NBA season will decide some seeds, matchups

By The Associated Press There will be final-night intrigue in the NBA. The two remaining playoff berths will be decided, along with the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and the site for Game 1 of the series that starts this weekend between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers. Most ...

LEADING OFF: Healthy Scherzer up in DC, Posey to DL

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ DEALING IN D.C. NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer makes his first start at Nationals Park this season in a game against the Cardinals. The Nats ace was exceptional at home last year, going 8-3 with a ...

Notre Dame defense getting a makeover from new coordinator

By MATT FORTUNA, Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Coach Brian Kelly says visitors won't be able to decipher much about Notre Dame's defense this spring. With new coordinator Mike Elko aboard, that's kind of the point. Elko, the 39-year-old hired from Wake Forest this offseason, has ...

Romo’s honorary Mav day turns spectacle for final home game

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Tony Romo couldn't say no when Dirk Nowitzki asked the retiring Dallas Cowboys quarterback to join the Mavericks as an honorary teammate for a day. Now it's turned into a scene, with dozens of media members showing up for a morning ...

Wil Myers hits for cycle as Padres beat Rockies 5-3

By MICHAEL KELLY, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Andy Green started screaming "three!" the moment Wil Myers ripped a line drive to the left-center gap leading off the eighth inning. The San Diego slugger couldn't hear his manager because he was yelling, too. Sort of. "I was screaming three ...

Banner moment: Chicago Cubs finally raise championship flag

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Finally, a banner moment at Wrigley Field. The Chicago Cubs raised their 2016 World Series championship flag Monday night, delighting a raucous crowd that waited through a long rain delay for a moment more than a century in the ...

Jazz end Warriors’ 14-game win streak with 105-99 victory

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Outside of giving Kevin Durant some additional time on the court, Golden State coach Steve Kerr thought it was more important to rest his starters in the fourth quarter than try to extend the longest winning streak in the NBA this ...

LEADING OFF: Banner day at Wrigley Field; Verlander vs Sale

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BANNER DAY In a home opener unlike any other at Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs will raise a banner as defending World Series champions for the first time since they moved into the venerable ballpark more ...

Instead of folding up, Garcia fights back to win Masters

By JIM LITKE, AP Sports Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — No one had played more majors with less to show for it. Sergio Garcia had plenty of reasons to believe it would go on that way forever. He was already two shots behind Justin Rose with just six holes left when his hooked tee shot at No. 13 ...

Neymar will be seeking redemption in Champions League

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — One month after leading the most improbable of comebacks, Neymar earned himself the scorn of Barcelona's fans with a pair of senseless bookings. He'll get a chance to redeem himself on Tuesday when his team faces Juventus in the ...

Ace move: Kuchar gives Masters hole-in-one ball to young fan

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — To get an autographed, hole-in-one ball handed to you at the Masters sounds like a golf fan's dream. Matt Kuchar made an entire family's dream come true. Kuchar gave the ball he used to ace the par-3 16th hole on Sunday to 10-year-old Owen Lockaby of Bradenton, Florida, ...

Westbrook sets triple-double record, Thunder beat Nuggets

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — First, Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's record for most triple-doubles in a season. Then, he broke the Denver Nuggets' hearts. Westbrook's 36-foot dagger at the buzzer gave Oklahoma City a 106-105 victory, eliminating the Nuggets ...

NHL playoffs open Wednesday with five series starting

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer A look at the NHL playoffs that begin Wednesday: ___ WHO'S PLAYING EAST: The NHL-leading Washington Capitals face the Toronto Maple Leafs and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins have home-ice advantage against the rival Columbus Blue ...

US, Mexico, Canada to make joint bid for 2026 World Cup

By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The United States, Mexico and Canada are going to announce a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup on Monday, a person familiar with the decision said. The Confederation of North and Central America and Caribbean Association Football is moving ...

Maple Leafs wrap up final playoff spot

TORONTO (AP) — Connor Brown broke a tie with 2:48 left and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Saturday night to wrap up their first playoff spot since 2013. James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak, Kasperi Kapanen and Auston Matthews also scored for Toronto, and Curtis ...

Rose, Garcia tied for lead at Masters in prelude to finale

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Justin Rose had a back-nine charge so common at Augusta National. Sergio Garcia finally caught a good break in a major. Jordan Spieth got his name high on those famous white leaderboards, the only spot he has ever occupied on the weekend ...

White Sox hand Twins 1st loss with 6-2 win

By Jack Cassidy Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Avisail Garcia and White Sox manager Rick Renteria are already excited about the returns from the 25-year-old’s offensive adjustment. The idea is simple: Just make contact, and big hits will follow. Garcia homered and had three RBIs, ...

Masters traffic jam: Contenders galore at Augusta National

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Fans of dominant, wire-to-wire performances and runaway winners, this Masters is not for them. Forget a Tiger Woods' style blowout. Unlike that performance 20 years ago, Augusta National has a traffic jam atop the leaderboard that will ...