National Sports

Pliskova’s performance hampered by the slow clay in Paris

By ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — So dominant this month when she won the Italian Open, Karolina Pliskova looked out of her comfort zone on the red clay of Paris on Friday. The second-seeded Czech struggled in the longer rallies of a 6-3, 6-3 loss to No. 31 Petra Martic in the ...

Raptors take NBA Finals opener, beat Warriors 118-109

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer TORONTO (AP) — The first NBA Finals game outside the U.S. was a party 24 years in the making. Then Pascal Siakam and the Raptors really gave Toronto something to celebrate. Siakam scored a playoff career-high 32 points and the Raptors made a smashing ...

Michigan’s Howard becomes latest NBA player to coach college

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer Michigan had a multitude of options to replace longtime coach John Beilein. The Wolverines could have gone with a big-name hire, an up-and-coming young coach or a veteran assistant. Instead, athletic director Warde Manuel raised at least a few eyebrows ...

NBA monitoring political climate with China, without worries

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer TORONTO (AP) — The NBA is closely monitoring the ongoing trade dispute and tariff rift between the U.S. and China, though the league is not yet worried that it will interfere with any business happening with the world's most populous nation. NBA ...

Guerrero to lead Peru’s squad in Brazil’s Copa America

LIMA, Peru (AP) — After his suspension for doping, Paolo Guerrero will once again be Peru's leader in a Copa America tournament. The 35-year-old striker is the main name of the squad announced by Argentine coach Ricardo Gareca on Thursday for the tournament in Brazil. Guerrero's ban ...

Howard sheds tears of joy as takes the reins at Michigan

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Juwan Howard wiped tears of joy off his cheeks as he sat with his family. Moments later, he was formally introduced as Michigan's basketball coach. Howard then got up and hugged athletic director Warde Manuel, who triggered even more ...

Three-time All-Star Carlos Gonzalez, Cubs close in on deal

CHICAGO (AP) — Three-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and the Chicago Cubs were closing in on a minor league deal Thursday. Gonzalez's agent, Scott Boras, said a contract was being finalized. A three-time Gold Glove winner, Gonzalez was designated for assignment by Cleveland last ...

30-1 odds on Ruiz against Joshua say it all

By BARRY WILNER AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The odds of 30-1 say it all. Andy Ruiz barely was on anyone's heavyweight radar when he was summoned as a replacement to fight champion Anthony Joshua. On Saturday, massive underdog Ruiz promises he could be the next Buster Douglas. "I've ...

Winners and losers of the NBA’s draft withdrawal deadline

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and RJ Barrett all remained in the NBA draft through the withdrawal deadline. No surprise there, nor for several other players expected to go in the first round. Numerous other players faced difficult decisions on Wednesday, ...

Moore leads by 1 at Memorial as Woods gets off to slow start

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods got off to a slower start than he would have liked Thursday at the Memorial. That had more do with a stopwatch than a scorecard. Ryan Moore opened with five birdies in seven holes and never missed a fairway after the first ...

Blues beat Bruins in OT, Stanley Cup tied 1-1

BOSTON (AP) — Carl Gunnarsson scored on a delayed penalty 3:51 into overtime, Jordan Binnington made 21 saves and the St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Wednesday night to tie the Stanley Cup Final at a game apiece. Robert Bortuzzo and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored to help St. ...

‘Super old’ Federer to face ex-contemporary’s son at French

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer PARIS (AP) — Roger Federer, 37, joked to a stadium filled with screaming kids that he's "so super old." Stan Wawrinka, 34, pulled a crying boy out of a crush of autograph-seekers in the stands. Rafael Nadal, about to turn 33, offered this advice to ...

Stanford beats Texas to win NCAA golf title

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Stanford wanted to be among the eight teams that qualified for match play in the NCAA Championship, knowing anything could happen from there. It led to an NCAA title, and a perfect ending to the college careers of Brandon Wu and Isaiah Salinda. Wu and Salinda ...

Bills’ Murphy feels refreshed 2 years after knee injury

By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Trent Murphy acknowledges he was fooling himself for scoffing at how long doctors and friends projected it would take to recuperate from a severe left knee injury. Though the Buffalo Bills defensive end learned he doesn't possess ...

Peters wins Stage 17; Carapaz extends Giro lead

ANTERSELVA, Italy (AP) — Nans Peters of France claimed his first professional victory by winning the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday, while Ecuadorian cyclist Richard Carapaz celebrated his birthday by extending his overall lead. Peters, who rides for AG2R La Mondiale, used a ...

Muguruza, Stephens post straight-set wins at French Open

PARIS (AP) — Former champion Garbine Muguruza and last year's runner-up Sloane Stephens both posted straight-set wins Wednesday to reach the third round of the French Open. On a sunny morning in the French capital, Muguruza beat Johanna Larsson 6-4, 6-1 on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Seeded 19th ...

LEADING OFF: Smeltzer’s amazing story, Paxton vs Paddack

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: CONGRATS The inspiring story of Twins pitcher Devin Smeltzer is sure to spread following his dazzling debut in the big leagues. Diagnosed with a grapefruit-sized cancerous tumor against his bladder when he ...

Gruden challenges Antonio Brown during Raiders offseason

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Antonio Brown's credentials were well established long before he arrived in Oakland as the Raiders new No. 1 receiver. Brown posted six straight 100-catch seasons for the Steelers with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and was the ...

Strasburg strikes out 11, Nationals hold off Braves 5-4

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The Washington Nationals are in obvious need of a momentum-changing win as they approach the end of May. Much closer to last place than first in the NL East. Adam Eaton hopes overpowering performances by Stephen Strasburg and closer Sean ...

Durant travels with the Warriors to Toronto ahead of finals

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant is traveling with the Golden State Warriors to Toronto for the first two games of the NBA Finals, leaving open the chance he could be ready to return from a strained right calf in time for Game 2. Durant, the two-time ...