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Lightning strike quickly, beat Bruins 4-1, lead series 2-1

BOSTON (AP) — Ondrej Palat scored twice in the first 3:19 of the game, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Wednesday night to open a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots for Tampa Bay, which has won two straight ...

Ovechkin’s late goal lifts Capitals by Penguins 4-3

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have spent their entire careers chasing the Pittsburgh Penguins and shouldering their own franchise's onerous history of playoff failures. One brilliant end-to-end rush gave the two Washington Capitals ...

Whiff of offense: Strikeouts top hits in month for 1st time

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball had a whiff of offense in the air during a cold and wet April. Strikeouts exceeded hits during a full calendar month for the first time in the sport's nearly century-and-a-half history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Nearly ...

Stephen Curry returns to score 28, Warriors beat Pelicans

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Long before tipoff, Stephen Curry swished his routine tunnel shot on the second try. Once the game began, the two-time MVP stood along the bench anxiously waiting for his turn, shaking his legs and clapping his hands with nervous ...

LEADING OFF: Kluber faces Texas, deGrom vs Braves

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ STREAKING KLUBER Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber is 4-1 going into Wednesday's game against Texas and has won four consecutive starts. His 2.18 ERA is the lowest through April for an Indians pitcher with ...

Swing away: Swatting puck out of midair not uncommon or easy

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Like he does with so many things, Sidney Crosby makes it look easy. There was the time he shot the puck off the post and swatted the rebound into the net out of midair. Or, the time he waited for the puck to drop and backhanded it in for a goal. Or, when ...

Real Madrid keeps adding to its European dominance

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — Surrounded by fans and holding a microphone in his hand, Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos joined the Santiago Bernabeu faithful in song: "Kings of Europe. We are the kings of Europe." There is still one more Champions League match to go, but ...

LEADING OFF: Kershaw faces D-backs; Verlander vs Yankees

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ GOT YOUR NUMBER Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (1-4, 2.84 ERA) tries to slow down A.J. Pollock and the first-place Diamondbacks (20-8) in Arizona. Pollock hit three home runs Monday night during an 8-5 victory ...

Women’s sports leagues band together with SheIS initiative

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Women's sports leagues are banding together for the first time with a new initiative — SheIS. Eight leagues, including the WNBA, U.S. Tennis Association, Women's Pro Fastpitch League and Canadian Women's Hockey, will try to help each ...

Home is where the ‘L’ is? Home teams struggling in playoffs

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Having home ice is supposed to be an advantage in the NHL. So far in the 2018 playoffs, the only guarantee to playing at home is a monochrome backdrop provided by fans in team-specific T-shirts. Consider the following: — The Pittsburgh ...

Golden Knights edge Sharks in OT; Lightning top Bruins

By The Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — William Karlsson scored 8:17 into overtime and the Vegas Golden Knights bounced back from a blown lead late in the third period to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Monday night to take a 2-1 series lead. After Tomas Hertl tied the game with ...

Even as spring arrives, backcountry skiing thrives

By ROBERT BUKATY, Associated Press BARTLETT, N.H. (AP) — Standing at a scenic vista, Tyler Ray looks out at 2,661-foot Bartlett Mountain and envisions a network of ski trials winding through the dense forest below. Ray, who heads the Granite Backcountry Alliance, is working with federal and ...

Raptors rested, ready for third shot at LeBron, Cavaliers

By IAN HARRISON, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors seem to have everything lined up in their favor heading into their postseason matchup against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. They're rested. The Raptors feel they are ready. They have home-court advantage. But ...

Kingham moves into Pirates rotation after near-perfect debut

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pirates rookie Nick Kingham's nearly perfect debut has earned him at least one more start in the majors. Kingham took a perfect game into the seventh inning of his first big league start, retiring the first 20 batters in Pittsburgh's 5-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on ...

Stephen Curry expected to return from knee injury for Game 2

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry is expected to return from a left knee injury to play in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals Tuesday night against New Orleans. Coach Steve Kerr is listing the two-time MVP as probable with the idea that he's a ...

Haye fighting to save career in rematch with Bellew

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer Former world heavyweight champion David Haye is 37, has fought just three times in six years, and has an unfortunate knack of picking up injuries in and out of the ring. Yet the British fighter thinks he should still be in the conversation for world ...

DL Dylan Thompson transfers from Ohio State to Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia says defensive lineman Dylan Thompson has transferred from Ohio State to the Cavaliers. The school announced the move Monday. It says Thompson will graduate from Ohio State this summer and enroll at Virginia. He will be eligible to play ...

LEADING OFF: Bellinger on bench? Yanks go for 10 wins in row

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: BELLINGER BENCHED? Dodgers manager Dave Roberts decides whether to start first baseman Cody Bellinger in the series opener at Arizona. The NL Rookie of the Year was yanked in the middle of the game Sunday for ...

Pirates’ Kingham takes perfect game into 7th in MLB debut

By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nick Kingham carried a perfect game into the seventh inning in his major league debut to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to their fifth straight win, 5-0 over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Kingham, a 26-year-old rookie right-hander, retired 20 ...

AP source: Triano not among finalists for Suns job

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation said interim coach Jay Triano is not among "handful" of remaining candidates for the Phoenix Suns coaching job. The person, who asked to remain anonymous because the search is ongoing, said the Suns are in ...