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Luck expects to be better QB following long recovery

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck said all the right things Monday. He feels good, hopes to be full go when training camp begins and believes he will be a better overall quarterback when he returns. All he has to do now is prove it. For the first time in more than three months, Luck fielded ...

Predators, Golden Knights reflect change of NHL West’s guard

By John Wawrow AP Hockey Writer The Predators have the Presidents' Trophy, and the NHL-expansion Golden Knights carry the buzz entering the Western Conference playoffs, which have the potential of resembling nothing from the past. So step aside Chicago, which missed the playoffs for the ...

Reed wins first major title, holding off Fowler at Masters

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Patrick Reed became famous playing for his country. He won for himself Sunday and became a Masters champion. It was never easy, just the way Reed likes it. Rory McIlroy came after him early. Jordan Spieth roared to life with a ...

Sagan’s 1st Paris-Roubaix win overshadowed by rider’s death

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — World champion Peter Sagan outsprinted Silvan Dillier to the finish line to win the prestigious Paris-Roubaix race, but his first victory in the race known as the Queen of the Classics was overshadowed by the death of Belgian rider Michael ...

C.J. Miles scores 22 points, Raptors beat Magic 112-101

By IAN HARRISON, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — C.J. Miles scored 22 points, OG Anunoby had a career-high 21 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Orlando Magic 112-101 on Sunday night. Serge Ibaka scored 13 points, and Jakob Poeltl and Delon Wright each had 12. The Raptors closed out their ...

Sick Bellinger helps Dodgers beat Giants 2-1 in 10 innings

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A bad plate of sushi or room service left Cody Bellinger weakened enough that he was held out of the starting lineup. Bellinger managed to summon enough strength to spark a key rally when the slumping Los Angeles Dodgers needed him ...

Kyle Busch wins at Texas for Joe Gibbs’ 1st victory of year

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kyle Busch's return to Victory Lane only 10 races after his last win just seemed to take much longer. There were all those runner-up finishes in between, one in particular. A runner-up finish in the 2017 season finale kept Busch ...

Orioles overcome 5-run deficit, stop Yanks 8-7 in 12 innings

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Things were getting beyond dicey for Brad Brach and the Baltimore Orioles. Bases loaded, no outs. Clinging to a one-run lead in the 12th. Big boppers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton coming up. But boosted by an alert play from catcher ...

Framed: Diamondbacks beat Cards 4-1 after benches clear

BY STEVE OVERBEY, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Torey Lovullo claimed his Arizona Diamondbacks were being framed. The manager set off a benches-clearing incident in his team's 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday by maintaining eight-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina was ...

US wins wrestling World Cup for 1st time in 15 years

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The United State won wrestling's World Cup for the first time in 15 years Sunday, beating Azerbaijan in the final. The victory marked the second consecutive major international tournament won by the Americans, who won the team crown at last year's world ...

Morton, Stassi lead Astros over Padres 4-1 for series win

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros right-hander Charlie Morton often marvels at the nameplates above the lockers in the corner of the clubhouse where his fellow starters sit. Morton, the No. 5 starter on a pitching staff that is arguably the best in baseball, continued to dominate and Max Stassi ...

Taillon tosses 1-hitter, Pirates top Reds 5-0

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clint Hurdle approached Jameson Taillon in Pittsburgh's dugout after the top of the eighth inning and asked his team's emerging ace for a bit of healthy self-assessment. "He asked me if I had pitches left," Taillon said. "I don't know if I ...

Quintana shuts down Brewers, Cubs head home after 3-0 win

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Chicago Cubs finally get to play at Wrigley Field again. They are coming home on a high note thanks to another nice outing for Jose Quintana at Miller Park. The left-hander tossed six innings of three-hit ball, Ben Zobrist homered ...

Gomes powers Indians to 3-1 win over Royals

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes beat everyone with one big swing. The wind, the record-cold temperatures and Kansas City. Gomes hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Brandon Maurer in the ninth inning, lifting the Indians to a 3-1 win over the ...

Marlins spoil Jake Arrieta’s debut, beat Phillies 6-3

By ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jake Arrieta had some tough luck in a short debut. Arrieta lasted just four innings Sunday in his first start for the Phillies, and Philadelphia lost 6-3 to the Miami Marlins on Brian Anderson's tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth ...

NHL playoff format will knock out top teams early

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Two of the top four teams in the NHL are guaranteed to be out the playoffs after the second round. Goodbye Nashville or Winnipeg. Goodbye Boston or Tampa Bay. Thanks for playing. That's the reality under the divisional playoff format that could pit the top ...

US now waits after clinching 1st Davis Cup semi since 2012

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United States is off to a perfect start in Davis Cup play this year, and the Americans now have to wait and see if they can continue this momentum when they play in the semifinals for the first time since 2012. Ryan Harrison ...

76ers rout Mavericks 109-97, win 14th in row, tie club mark

By MIKE CRANSTON, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown acknowledged that after he told his players and the media before the season began that the goal was to make the playoffs, it "wasn't well received" by many in the cautious front office. Turns out, ...

Prince scores 33, Hawks beat resting Celtics, win 112-106

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown could see the fourth quarter well enough from the Boston bench to know he wasn't worried about the Celtics' recent stumbles. "If we would have played our normal rotation, we would have won that game," he said Sunday after coach ...

Hockey bus crash victims include respected coach, captain

HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan (AP) — Junior hockey players and others were en route to a crucial playoff game on Friday when a tractor-trailer slammed into their chartered bus, killing 15 and sending shock waves through a small Canadian town. The dead include the son of a former NHL player, the ...