National Sports

Nash, Kidd, Hill in 13-member Basketball Hall of Fame class

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Steve Nash was an unsung Canadian kid who got one significant U.S. basketball scholarship offer. Jason Kidd was an Oakland hoops prodigy ticketed for superstardom from childhood. After parallel careers that first crossed during college ...

Ovechkin, a durable ‘Russian machine,’ reaches 1,000 games

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin is built like a linebacker with the motor of a steam engine and the mentality of a wrecking ball. He can score like no other player of this generation and few in history and has the physicality to match. That was evident from his first NHL shift when he ...

Handy man: Calderon doing whatever Cavaliers need

CLEVELAND (AP) — It’s two hours before tip-off, and Jose Calderon is working up a healthy sweat on the floor at Quicken Loans Arena. Then he retreats to the locker room to study. Sitting at his cubicle, just feet from where LeBron James dresses, Calderon watches video of that night’s ...

Column: Time for the one-and-done to simply be done

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist ATLANTA (AP) — Darius Bazley wants to be a pioneer. Sure, three others have taken a straight line from high school to the NBA development league. But Bazley is one of the nation's best high school players, so everyone perked up when he announced his ...

Stunned UConn falls again on last-second shot in OT

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — UConn coach Geno Auriemma and the Huskies have dropped two of their last 149 games. Last-second overtime shots ended their season each time. At the Final Four. A year after their 111-game winning streak was stopped by a historic ...

LEADING OFF: Darvish debut with Cubs, bullpen bunch for Rays

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ DARVISH DEBUT Yu Darvish makes his first start for the Chicago Cubs when he pitches at Miami. The last time threw in a game that counted, it didn't go well — he got tagged by Houston in a Game 7 loss in ...

No bunkers doesn’t mean no problems on 14th at Augusta

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer Phil Mickelson was 148 yards away in the middle of the 14th fairway at Augusta National and saw a pin that was set up for birdies. The trick was getting there. He wanted to flight a low 9-iron so it would carry over the first tier and land about four paces ...

A guide to the teams, players and coaches in the Final Four

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The maddest of Marches is winding down, the college basketball season now headed into April. All those upsets, crazy finishes and stellar performances have brought us to San Antonio, where a Cinderella and its telegenic nun join three ...

Polanco’s homer lifts Pirates past Tigers in kooky opener

By The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer in the 13th inning to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 13-10 victory over Detroit on Friday — about an hour after the Tigers spilled onto the field to celebrate what they thought was a game-winning hit of their ...

Braun’s 3-run homer off Hand lifts Brewers over Padres, 8-6

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ryan Braun left absolutely no doubt when he drove a high fastball from All-Star closer Brad Hand an estimated 396 feet into the second deck at Petco Park. Braun turned his head, dropped his bat and began a trot that included a leaping ...

Price leads Red Sox to 1-0 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — David Price was solid in his return to the Red Sox rotation, allowing four singles over seven scoreless innings of Boston's 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. The five-time All-Star, slowed by injury much of 2017, struck out five and walked none ...

LeBron passes Jordan with 867th straight double-digit game

CLEVELAND (AP) — Still chasing championships, LeBron James caught — and passed — Michael Jordan on one list. James broke Jordan’s NBA record by scoring at least 10 points in his 867th straight regular-season game, a streak the Cavaliers superstar could make nearly untouchable by the ...

Gardenhire ejected in first game with Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Ron Gardenhire has been ejected from his first game as manager of the Detroit Tigers after a replay review overturned what would have been the winning run in the 10th inning. Nicholas Castellanos was initially called safe at home on a single by JaCoby Jones, and the Tigers ...

Yanks put Hicks on DL with ribcage strain

TORONTO (AP) — The New York Yankees have put Aaron Hicks on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right ribcage in the latest injury to one of their outfielders. The Yankees made the move Friday, a day after Hicks got two hits in a season-opening 6-1 win at Toronto. Hicks played the whole ...

A guide to the teams, players and coaches in the Final Four

By John Marshall AP Basketball Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The maddest of Marches is winding down, the college basketball season now headed into April. All those upsets, crazy finishes and stellar performances have brought us to San Antonio, where a Cinderella and its telegenic nun join ...

KU-Villanova matchup an argument for reseeding Final Four

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Don't mind Kansas or Villanova if the winner starts cutting down nets Saturday night. In the most lopsided Final Four bracket since the tournament was expanded in 1985, these two No. 1 seeds square off in what might as well be called the "Big Boy Semifinal." Barring an ...

Ohtani starts Sunday, Dodgers clean up, Vlad Jr walks off

Shohei Ohtani has a starting assignment, and the Los Angeles Dodgers have a mess on their hands. With the regular season set to begin Thursday, the Angels scheduled Ohtani to make his major league pitching debut Sunday in their fourth game at Oakland. The two-way sensation from Japan is ...

Tanks for nothing: Some NHL teams can’t win for losing

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jack Eichel has difficulty accepting the sorry state of the Buffalo Sabres, who haven't had a sniff at the playoffs in the three years since his celebrated arrival. "When I got drafted, if you would've said we'd be in this position, I ...

Top recruits use support systems to avoid NCAA troublemakers

By GEORGE HENRY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Cameron Reddish has known since ninth grade, when Penn State offered him a full scholarship, that he was a special basketball talent. Three years later, Reddish and some of the top prep players in the country will play in Wednesday night's ...

Who is No. 1? Top college player often not top NBA prospect

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke's Marvin Bagley III, Arizona's Deandre Ayton and Oklahoma's Trae Young are certain high NBA draft picks, one of them could easily be the top overall selection. Still, that doesn't make any of them the best player in college ...