National Sports

LEADING OFF: Arroyo, Guthrie back in majors, Red Sox ailing

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BRONSON'S BACK Bronson Arroyo is set to make his first big league start since 2014 when the Reds host Philadelphia. The 40-year-old had Tommy John surgery two years ago and tore a tendon in his rotator cuff ...

Davis Cup: US wins doubles to stay alive in quarterfinal

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Late substitute Jack Sock and partner Steve Johnson kept the United States alive in its Davis Cup quarterfinal with Australia, beating Sam Groth and John Peers 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in Saturday's doubles. The win on a hard court at Brisbane's Pat Rafter Arena ...

Wild pitch gets Brewers get 2-1 win in 11th, Cubs’ Baez hurt

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Brewers mobbed Ryan Braun at home plate after he scored the winning run by beating a desperate throw home from catcher Willson Contreras. It was a satisfying end to an 11-inning game for Milwaukee against the defending World Series ...

Second Act: Spurs excelling after Tim Duncan’s departure

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs did everything they could to prepare for life without Tim Duncan. They studied the pitfalls that plagued other franchises that lost foundational stars, drafted and developed talented players to be ready to pick ...

Denver beats UMD in Frozen Four finals

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Jarid Lukosevicius scored three goals in the second period, and Denver beat Minnesota Duluth 3-2 on Saturday night for the NCAA championship. Troy Terry had two assists and Tanner Jaillet made 38 saves as Denver moved into a tie with North ...

Fowler joins 4-way tie at top in Masters

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Rickie Fowler finally got to the top of the leaderboard in a major and didn’t have much of a view. Right next to him was Charley Hoffman, playing in the final group going into the weekend at the Masters for the second time in three ...

Shockers make move: Wichita State leaving MVC for AAC

By Pat Eaton-Robb AP Sports Writer Wichita State accepted an invitation Friday to join the American Athletic Conference, ending a relationship with the Missouri Valley Conference that dated back 72 years. The presidents of the AAC’s 12 member schools voted unanimously to admit the school ...

Lonzo Ball’s father blames ‘3 white guys’ for UCLA loss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball says the Bruins lost in the NCAA Tournament because "three white guys" couldn't pick up the slack after his son injured his hamstring. LaVar Ball tells Southern California News Group (http://bit.ly/2nLy5DG ) that "realistically you can't ...

Molina: “Dumb” to ask about substance on chest protector

By STEVE OVERBEY, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and most everyone else at Busch Stadium laughed at the bizarre sight — a ball somehow stuck to his chest protector , in plain view of everybody except him. But the St. Louis star didn't think it was so ...

No Bones about it: Cormier, Johnson set for UFC rematch

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer The promotional ads for UFC's return to upstate New York for the first time in nearly 22 years feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier with the belt over his shoulder on one side and challenger Anthony Johnson on the other side. Cormier-Johnson II ...

LEADING OFF: Scherzer ready; Wheeler, Ryu returns to majors

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors Friday: ___ PITCHING IN Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer takes the mound for Washington against the Phillies in their home opener. Scherzer's spring preparation was delayed because he was still in pain ...

Red Wings, Detroit say farewell to storied Joe Louis Arena

By LARRY LAGE, AP Hockey Writer DETROIT (AP) — The unmistakable whiff of a sewer line hits you near the corner of Steve Yzerman Drive and Jefferson Avenue before you set foot on the steps that climb into Joe Louis Arena, a nearly windowless, drab grey building on the banks of the Detroit ...

Notre Dame turns to sophomore QB Brandon Wimbush

By MATT FORTUNA, Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The way Brandon Wimbush sees it, the Notre Dame quarterback has already experienced enough ups and downs to last a college career. Even if he hasn't started a game yet. Wimbush, the third-year sophomore tasked with resuscitating the ...

Curry scores 42, Warriors clinch West, NBA’s top record

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — The NBA regular season belongs to the Golden State Warriors — again. The high-speed Bay Area dynamo needed 42 points from Stephen Curry to hold off the pesky Phoenix Suns 120-111 Thursday night, a victory that ensured Golden State will have the ...

LEADING OFF: Stroman coming off WBC MVP; Harvey, Tebow debut

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ HEAD START Marcus Stroman makes his season debut for Toronto after winning MVP honors with Team USA at the World Baseball Classic last month. Stroman was 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in three starts for the United ...

Pick 6: New coordinators who could boost incumbent coaches

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Hiring a new coordinator can at times be as impactful to a college football program as making a head coaching change. Take Penn State, for example, where head coach James Franklin's hiring of Joe Moorhead last season helped get the Nittany Lions ...

Capitals beat Rangers to clinch Presidents’ Trophy again

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Winning the Presidents' Trophy is becoming old hat for the Washington Capitals, though this time it could be more important than ever. The Capitals beat the New York Rangers 2-0 on Wednesday night to wrap up their second consecutive ...

Lindor slam gives AL champ Indians opening sweep of Rangers

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Francisco Lindor's go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning off suddenly shaky Texas closer Sam Dyson triggered a litany of firsts for Cleveland's budding star shortstop. And that list of milestones was a lot more fun to talk about ...

Soccer weekend: What to watch in Europe’s main leagues

By The Associated Press What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend: ___ SPAIN Real Madrid will have the Spanish league lead on the line when it hosts Atletico Madrid in the city derby on Saturday. Madrid will be defending its two-point lead over Barcelona against an ...

2017 NCAA tourney in books, no classic title game this time

By JIM O'CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The 2017 NCAA Tournament started with its shortest player coming through in the clutch and it ended with a less-than-classic championship game. North Carolina's 71-65 victory over Gonzaga in front of more than 76,000 fans ended ...