National Sports

Old face of Yankees praises new as Jeter lauds Judge

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge seemed embarrassed. He tries to deflect attention day after day, more comfortable discussing teammates than his own feats. But when told of Derek Jeter's recent praise, Judge seemed touched. "It's incredible, especially a guy I ...

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: ___ ENGLAND It's another pivotal few days in the pursuit of the Premier League title. Tottenham travels across London to the Olympic Stadium on Friday. A victory over West Ham would trim Chelsea's ...

Vitale preparing 12th annual gala to fight pediatric cancer

By JIM O'CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer Dick Vitale has a passion that even surpasses his love of college basketball. The 77-year-old bundle of energy says he has turned his life "24-7" into raising money for pediatric cancer research. "I will do this is until my last breath," he said ...

Dustin Johnson returns to a course that feels like Augusta

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Dustin Johnson was walking the expansive, manicured fairways where the sun filtered through the towering pines. On his first day back to work, it was a reminder of what he missed. This wasn't Augusta National. It was Eagle Point, the ...

After a week off, Curry, Warriors roll past Jazz in Game 1

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry pulled off a razzle-dazzle spin move right around big Rudy Gobert at the perimeter, went in for a layup and raised his hands, begging the sellout crowd to do its thing. The Golden State Warriors sure did theirs, using ...

Tim Tebow ‘feels more comfortable’ in pro baseball

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — There are still too many strikeouts. His patience at the plate is a struggle. And the batting average remains below .250. But Tim Tebow believes he's making steady progress in his life as a pro baseball player. "It feels more ...

Properly rested, Ronaldo thriving at the right time

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — All that rest has paid off for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid forward has been pacing himself, skipping games that he would have normally played in previous years, and is peaking at just the right time. On Tuesday, he scored a hat trick ...

LEADING OFF: Will the Red Sox take another shot at Machado?

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BEAN-TOWN Manny Machado will see whether Red Sox are going to throw at him again. Still simmering from Machado's slide that injured Dustin Pedroia less than two weeks, Boston took another shot at the ...

Quintana kicks off attempt at rare Giro-Tour double

By DANIELLA MATAR, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Nairo Quintana is attempting to do what Alberto Contador couldn't. The Colombian is bidding to become the first rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year. Contador had the same aim two ...

Penguins star Sidney Crosby out with another concussion

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The scene brought back jarring memories. Sidney Crosby woozily making his way off the ice after taking a brutal hit from a member of the Washington Capitals. His brain foggy. His immediate future uncertain. The sight of their captain slowly ...

Penguins star Crosby leaves game following hit to head

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby left Game 3 of his team's playoff series against Washington after taking a hit to the head from Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen. The NHL's leading scorer and one of the game's best players did not return and his status for ...

Celtics look like top seed; Warriors rested for surging Jazz

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — For the first time this postseason, there is a calm beginning to settle over the Boston Celtics. The top-seeded Celtics struggled to find their footing at the outset of their first-round series with Chicago after their leader Isaiah Thomas' ...

Shattenkirk nets OT winner for Caps; Crosby exits

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — A shot from the point by Washington's Kevin Shattenkirk salvaged — or at the very least, extended — his team's season. A far different kind of shot may end up determining the outcome of a playoff series growing more contentious by the ...

LEADING OFF: Miggy’s back, Texas tussle, aces up

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ MIGGY MENDED Miguel Cabrera is expected to come off the disabled list and play for the Tigers against Cleveland. The star slugger has been out since April 21 because of a groin injury, but looked good in ...

Rangers regroup after tough loss, confident for Game 3

By VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Back home and with an extra day off following their tough double-overtime loss at Ottawa, the New York Rangers are a confident group as they prepare to face the Senators in Game 3. The Rangers led 5-3 late in the third period on ...

Desperate Capitals go back to Holtby for Game 3 vs. Penguins

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Desperate times called for a players-only meeting in the Washington Capitals' locker room after they fell behind 2-0 in their second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. What was said? Matt Niskanen called it "none of your business," Alex ...

LEADING OFF: Machado, O’s in Beantown after near-beaning

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BIRDS IN BEANTOWN The Orioles face Boston at Fenway Park in their first meeting since tempers flared a week ago at Camden Yards. Manny Machado rankled the Red Sox with a late slide into second baseman Dustin ...

For 2nd time, Hall-of-Famer Bird resigns as Pacers president

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Larry Bird made it official Monday, resigning as the Indiana Pacers' president of basketball operations and saying simply that it was time to do something else. "I felt it was time to step away in a full-time capacity," Bird said in a ...

Rendon drives in 10, hits 3 HRs as Nationals rout Mets 23-5

By HARVEY VALENTINE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon said he'd never had a day like this one. Not many players have. Rendon had 10 RBIs, three home runs and six hits as Washington took advantage of Noah Syndergaard's injury and mauled the New York ...

Smith-Blixt team wins PGA Zurich Classic on 4th playoff hole

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer AVONDALE, La. (AP) — The team of Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won the Zurich Classic on the fourth playoff hole Monday, capturing a new-format tournament that had been held over a day because of darkness. Smith hit a 58-yard approach shot within 3 ½ ...