National Sports

Jake hopes to become 4th generation of major league Boones

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Jake Boone takes grounders on a chilly, wind-swept diamond, a month into his freshman season at Princeton University, hoping to follow Ray, Bob, Bret & Aaron and make his the first four-generation family of major leaguers. "I ...

3 of a kind: Vegas tips Kings 3-2, closes in on series sweep

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Neal has been scoring big goals in pressure-packed playoff hockey games since way before the Vegas Golden Knights were even a gleam in owner Bill Foley's eye. When this most remarkable expansion team needed a third-period goal to ...

Calvert scores in OT, Blue Jackets up 2-0 on Caps in series

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky looked as poised facing 58 shots as he did before the game when he calmly walked down the hallway in a buttoned-up beige trenchcoat. On the ice, Bobrovsky stood out even more. The goaltender with a history of playoff ...

Harden scores 44 points, Rockets beat Wolves 104-101

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Trailing by 1 in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Houston Rockets needed someone to step up. No surprise that it was James Harden who came through. Harden scored 44 points and powered a big fourth-quarter run that ...

Eagles release cornerback Daryl Worley after his arrest

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have released cornerback Daryl Worley, hours after he was arrested. NFL Network reported that Worley was arrested Sunday morning near the team's practice facility and that police used a Taser on him after he ...

Marte’s 5 hits help Pirates, Nova beat Marlins 7-3

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — When things became testy between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins, Starling Marte kept swinging. And connecting. If the Pirates sought retribution for an inside fastball that sidelined Josh Harrison, Marte provided it by going 5 for 5 , ...

Crosby scores goal, leads Penguins to 5-1 Game 3 over Flyers

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The kitschy light-up bracelets flickered in the darkened arena and another packed house roared "Crosby sucks! Crosby sucks!" Here's the thing Philly fans haven't yet accepted about Sidney Crosby over the last 13 years, he really doesn't ...

Kershaw sharp, Dodgers end 11-game skid vs Diamondbacks, 7-2

By TOM CONNOLLY, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw took care of the Los Angeles Dodgers' long drought against the Diamondbacks. Kershaw struck out 12 and pitched two-hit ball over seven innings as the Dodgers ended an 11-game losing streak to Arizona in the regular season, ...

Robinson’s daughter says black MLBers reluctant to speak out

NEW YORK (AP) — Jackie Robinson's daughter thinks black baseball players are more reluctant to speak publicly about racial issues than their NFL and NBA colleagues because they constitute a lower percentage of rosters. She spoke at Citi Field on Sunday to mark Jackie Robinson Day, the 71st ...

LEADING OFF: Stanton sees Marlins, White Sox warm up

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors Monday: REMEMBER ME? Giancarlo Stanton faces his former teammates when the Marlins visit Yankee Stadium. The slugger led the majors with 59 home runs and was the NL MVP last year, then was traded to New York. Stanton is ...

Victor-y: Oladipo scores 32 as Pacers stun LeBron, Cavs

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James figured he had experienced everything in 12 postseasons. Turns out, there was something new. Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and Indiana outplayed Cleveland from the start while pulling off a stunning 98-80 victory Sunday in ...

Cardinals sweep 4-game series from Reds with 3-2 victory

CINCINNATI (AP) — Carlos Martinez's changeup was too much for the reeling Reds. The St. Louis right-hander struck out a season-high 11 in seven shutout innings and Harrison Bader's two-run home run helped the Cardinals complete their first four-game sweep in Cincinnati since 1949 with a 3-2 ...

Durant, defending champ Warriors get defensive, beat Spurs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant helped the defending champions get defensive in a hurry, finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Golden State Warriors returned to their old dominant selves at playoff time to beat the cold-shooting San Antonio Spurs 113-92 on ...

Michigan’s Moe Wagner enters NBA draft, skips senior season

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Moe Wagner is entering the NBA draft, and this year it sounds like that decision is final. The Michigan big man announced his plans Saturday with an essay written for The Players’ Tribune, saying he’s decided to sign with an agent and enter the draft. “I’m ...

Killorn scores twice, Lightning beat Devils 5-3 in Game 2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It’s great to play well, even better to win. That’s’ how the Tampa Bay Lightning view a 2-0 series lead over the New Jersey Devils. “As a coach, you care about everything. You’d like to say you played the perfect game, but somebody else has a vote out there,” ...

Predators take 2-0 lead over Avalanche 5-4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Hartman’s empty-net goal with 1:09 left wound up the game-winner as the Nashville Predators held off the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in their first-round Western Conference series. Hartman’s goal gave the Predators a 5-3 lead until ...

Column: NBA playoffs are wide open — for once

By Paul Newberry AP Sports Columnist Hey, here’s something we haven’t heard before. The NBA playoffs are wide open. At perhaps no other time in the league’s history have so many teams gone into the postseason with a real shot at hoisting the trophy at the end of this two-month ...

Cards win 6-1, Reds have worst start since Great Depression

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds sunk to their worst start since 1931, losing their seventh in a row when Greg Garcia hit two home runs for the first time in his career and led the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-1 win Saturday. The Reds fell to a major league-worst 2-12. Not since the Great ...

Hobbled Celtics expect challenge from Giannis, Bucks

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — By now, the Boston Celtics have come to expect adversity. They were barely five minutes into the season when Gordon Hayward’s gruesome ankle injury offered the first collective gasp in what would be an 82-game schedule replete with more ...

Stand by your man: Flyers, Caps riding same goaltenders

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer By sticking with Philipp Grubauer in net for Game 2, the Washington Capitals are taking a page from the Philadelphia Flyers’ most recent goaltending decision. Of course, it was an entirely different book after the Pittsburgh Penguins chased Brian Elliott ...