National Sports

Reed vs McIlroy: A Ryder Cup rematch at the Masters

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — It's essentially a Ryder Cup rematch at Augusta National. Patrick Reed and his par-5 prowess versus Rory McIlroy and his penchant for clutch shots. A 27-year-old American seeking his first major championship versus a 28-year-old Irishman ...

Red Sox beat Rays 10-3 for 7th straight win

By The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts hit the first grand slam for Boston since the end of the 2016 season and drove in a career-best six runs to carry the Red Sox to a 10-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday for their seventh straight victory. J.D. Martinez and Rafael ...

Canada reels: 15 die when truck, hockey team bus collide

By JEREMY HAINSWORTH and ROB GILLIES, Associated Press HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan (AP) — A semi-trailer slammed into a bus carrying a youth hockey team in western Canada, killing 15 people and injuring 14 in a catastrophic collision that left a country and its national sport heartbroken. The ...

Move aside, Conor: Nurmagomedov takes UFC’s 155-pound crown

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Khabib Nurmagomedov wanted an unsanctioned brawl against Conor McGregor in a loading dock. He instead ended his long ride toward a UFC title with a championship belt to bring back to Russia. Nurmagomedov capped one the rockiest weeks in UFC's ...

MLB roundup: Brantley leads Indians to 3-2 home-opening win over Royals

CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley singled home two runs in his first at-bat this season and Carlos Carrasco worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 win in their chilly home opener over the Kansas City Royals on Friday. Brantley missed ...

Villanova’s Brunson, S Carolina’s Wilson win Wooden Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jalen Brunson of national champion Villanova and A'ja Wilson of South Carolina won the John R. Wooden Award as national players of the year Friday night. They received their trophies during the fourth annual College Basketball Awards in a nationally televised show from The ...

Reed takes lead as Masters takes shape without Tiger in mix

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Patrick Reed is leading a major championship for the first time, and his confidence is so high that he can only see what’s ahead of him. Maybe that’s just as well at this Masters. Reed started and finished the front nine with three ...

Resilient Spieth stays in contention at Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Given Jordan Spieth’s past experiences at Augusta National, there was no reason to panic. It was the front nine. It was the second round. It was nowhere near the worst he’s been through at the Masters. So Spieth remained calm despite losing a two-shot lead on the ...

Regardless of standings, the East road goes through LeBron

MIAMI (AP) — It only looks like parity. Consider it an April tradition: The franchise that goes into the Eastern Conference playoffs as the No. 1 seed changes annually. Toronto is on the brink of clinching the top spot in the East this season — which would make the Raptors the seventh ...

Auburn guard Jared Harper enters NBA draft

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn sophomore point guard Jared Harper is entering the NBA draft. Harper announced his decision on Friday but says he’s not planning to hire an agent. Underclassmen have until June 11 to withdraw from the draft if they don’t sign with an agent. Harper averaged ...

McGregor posts $50,000 bond, released after arraignment

NEW YORK (AP) — Cocksure and uncouth, Conor McGregor was never afraid to defy authority. He dressed in fur coats and swung chairs at news conferences, reaped the riches of his dalliance with boxing, and demanded his boss cut him an ownership stake in the MMA promotion that made him one of ...

LEADING OFF: Fenway opener; Strasburg vs deGrom; Dozier hot

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ FENWAY FESTIVITIES David Price gets a new opportunity to win over Boston fans when the Red Sox play their home opener against Tampa Bay. The $217 million left-hander held the Rays scoreless for seven innings ...

Ian Poulter takes a harrowing path to Augusta National

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — No matter where Ian Poulter turns, there's someone with an outstretched hand and congratulatory words. Certainly, no one took a more harrowing path to the Masters. The 42-year-old Englishman was the last player to qualify for the first ...

East field is set, West race still has much to decide

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with seven days remaining in the regular season: ___ EAST UPDATE The field of eight is set. And now, it's all about the seeding. Toronto is on the brink of being No. 1, and Milwaukee cannot fall ...

Philadelphia to cheer NCAA champs Villanova with parade

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia is getting the chance to celebrate yet another sports championship with a parade, this time for Villanova University's Wildcats. Thursday's parade is taking the winners of the men's basketball tournament along a downtown thoroughfare before ending at City ...

Twins hand Pirates first loss with 7-3 victory

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brian Dozier's bat tends to warm up in step with the weather. Not this year. The Minnesota second baseman hit his fourth home run in four days and his hustle on the bases sparked a rally as the Twins handed the Pittsburgh Pirates their ...

WWE’s ‘Luscious’ Johnny Valiant killed crossing street

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former professional wrestling champion "Luscious" Johnny Valiant has died after being struck crossing a street in a Pittsburgh suburb. The Allegheny County medical examiner says in a statement that 71-year-old Thomas Sullivan died Wednesday morning at a hospital. He was ...

Bucks’ Jabari Parker nearing 1st playoff appearance

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Four years into his injury-plagued tenure in the NBA, Jabari Parker is finally nearing an important career first. The Milwaukee Bucks are going to the playoffs for the third time in four years. But this will be the first postseason with a healthy Parker. "I'm just grateful ...

AP source: Lue expected to return Thursday for Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Tyronn Lue is rejoining the Cavaliers’ disjointed season. Cleveland’s coach is expected to return from a medical absence and be back on the bench Thursday night against Washington, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Lue, who has ...

Blackmon agrees to 6-year deal with Rockies

DENVER (AP) — The leadoff hitter extraordinaire with the ragged beard and impressive mullet will be patrolling the Colorado Rockies outfield for quite some time. NL batting champion Charlie Blackmon made a long-term commitment Wednesday rather than test the free-agent market next offseason, ...