National Sports

Thunder look to live up to high expectations vs. Jazz

By Cliff Brunt AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The last time Carmelo Anthony was in the playoffs, he was with the New York Knicks facing rising star Paul George and the Indiana Pacers back in 2013. Now, Anthony and George are teammates with the Oklahoma City Thunder. They join ...

AP source: Reynolds, Nationals agree to minor league deal

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent Mark Reynolds and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a minor league contract and the first baseman would get a $1.5 million, one-year deal if added to the 40-man roster. The person spoke to The ...

Cowboys release Dez Bryant, look to catch salary-cap relief

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys released Dez Bryant on Friday, deciding salary-cap relief and the star receiver’s declining production outweigh the risk of him returning to All-Pro form with another team. Bryant never lived up to the $70 million, five-year contract he signed after ...

Blue Jays place 3B Josh Donaldson on DL

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have placed third baseman Josh Donaldson on the 10-day disabled with right shoulder inflammation. Donaldson, the AL’s Most Valuable player in 2015, is batting .239 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 12 games. He’s been dealing with the injury ...

5 years later, Boston Marathon survivors, responders move on

By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — One was an attacker. One was a volunteer first responder. One lost her leg. Another lost his little boy. And a police officer very nearly lost his own life. Half a decade ago, these five lives probably never would have intersected. Then ...

In your face! Giannis reaches new heights for Bucks

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo's meme-worthy scowl started with a look in the mirror. The Milwaukee Bucks All-Star was an NBA rookie then, trying to come up with a look he could flash after making a big play. Antetokounmpo thought about the glare ...

LEADING OFF: Mets try to continue fast start

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ NEW YORK GROOVE Riding an eight-game winning streak that has lifted them to the top record in the majors, the surprising New York Mets try to extend the best start in franchise history to 11-1 when they open ...

Forsberg scores twice in 3rd as Preds rally, beat Avs 5-2

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville forward Filip Forsberg stunned his teammates and the Colorado Avalanche with one dazzling sequence. Forsberg passed the puck to himself through his own legs and rookie defenseman Samuel Girard's legs on his way to his ...

Artemi Panarin lifts Blue Jackets past Capitals in OT

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Artemi Panarin scored 6:02 into overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Panarin made an incredible individual move to drive by fellow ...

Polanco homers twice to power Pirates past Cubs 6-1

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Gregory Polanco and the Pittsburgh Pirates wasted no time in bouncing back from a rout to make an early statement in the National League Central. Polanco homered twice to help back a third straight solid start by Trevor Williams, and ...

Knicks fire coach Jeff Hornacek after 2 seasons

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks will open their offseason with a coaching search. The team fired coach Jeff Hornacek early Thursday, making the decision shortly after beating Cleveland on Wednesday night to finish a 29-53 season. They lost more ...

Without Curry or top seed, Warriors face different playoffs

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry on the sidelines again, this time with a hurt knee. No longer the sure-thing No. 1 seed. Steve Kerr piecing together rotations based on who's available through illness and injury. It hasn't exactly been an easy course ...

Crosby has hat trick, Penguins rout Flyers 7-0

By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby had his third career postseason hat trick, Evgeni Malkin added a highlight-reel goal and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins opened the playoffs with a 7-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday ...

Beantown Brawl! Yankees fight to 10-7 win over Red Sox

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The fuse has officially been lit in the newest chapter of the ramped-up Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. Zim vs. Pedro. A-Rod vs. Varitek. Munson vs. Fisk. And now, Tyler Austin tangling with Joe Kelly. In a matchup between clubs that have long ...

Crunching the numbers for the Stanley Cup playoffs

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins right winger Josh Jooris wears No. 16. That happens to be the total wins necessary for the team to retain the Stanley Cup for a third straight season. There are lots of relevant numbers to be crunched heading into the ...

15 in a row: Sixers add new chapter to long, proud history

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have a long, proud history. They've been around since the NBA's very first season, starting out as the Syracuse Nationals. Their resume includes three championships. The list of franchise greats runs from Dolph Schayes ...

It’s the last day of the NBA season, with much to decide

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — The end has arrived. Actually, for Atlanta, Phoenix, Dallas and Charlotte, the end came in their season finales Tuesday. There are nine teams who know Wednesday is the last day of their season. Another 15 teams have already clinched playoff ...

Sherpa guide tries to reach top of the world for 22nd time

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, Associated Press KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Three men have climbed to the top of the world 21 times, all of them mountain guides who grew up in the shadow of Mount Everest. Two of these famed Sherpa guides have retired. But 48-year-old Kami Rita says he'll be summiting ...

LEADING OFF: Ohtani back at DH, Chisox try again at home

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: BACK IN THE BOX Shohei Ohtani is expected back in the starting lineup for the first time since taking a perfect game into the seventh inning against Oakland on Sunday. The two-way Japanese star has homered in his ...

Pistons owner says he’s undecided on Van Gundy’s future

By Larry Lage AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores says he’s undecided about Stan Van Gundy’s future with the franchise. Gores met with reporters during halftime of Monday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. Van Gundy will finish his fourth season ...