National Sports

Alonso overcomes learning curve, engine change to start 5th

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — For a few brief moments Sunday, Fernando Alonso was on top of the IndyCar world. The two-time Formula One champion conquered an unexpected engine change and Indianapolis' usually tricky 2 1/2-mile oval with the fastest four-lap ...

Gardner, Sabathia lead Yanks over Rays 3-2, avoid sweep

By MARK DIDTLER, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Yankees manager Joe Girardi couldn't help but smile when talking about 5-foot-11 Brett Gardner going deep again and 6-foot-7 Aaron Judge making an unbelievable diving catch. Gardner hit his eighth home run, one more than this ...

Penguins strike early, rout Senators 7-0 to take 3-2 lead

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan calls it "getting to our game." It means he wants his team to attack opponents with speed, aggression and a dash of responsibility. Physically translated, it looks like the 60 minutes the defending ...

Predators edge past Ducks to take 3-2 lead

By Greg Beacham AP Hockey Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Pontus Aberg scored his first career playoff goal with 8:59 to play, and the Nashville Predators moved to the brink of their first Stanley Cup Final with a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals ...

NBA’s Kanter heading to US after being detained in Romania

By Cliff Brunt AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter is returning to the United States after being detained in a Romanian airport. Romanian Border Police spokesman Fabian Badila confirmed to The Associated Press that the player left Romania for ...

Boston creamed: Cavs return home after demolishing Celtics

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James wrapped up his postgame news conference, popped a toothpick in his mouth and pushed back from the podium as if he had just completed a satisfying meal. He and the Cavaliers feasted on the Celtics. Breaking records and Boston ...

Royals-Twins washed out, doubleheader set for Sunday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have postponed their game against the Kansas City Royals because of rain, prompting a doubleheader to finish the series. The team made the announcement about an hour before the scheduled first pitch on Saturday afternoon, with the forecast predicting ...

13-1 shot Cloud Computing springs upset in Preakness

By Beth Harris AP Racing Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Sometimes it pays to have a fresh horse. Cloud Computing skipped the Kentucky Derby, while eventual winner Always Dreaming and Classic Empire mixed it up in the mud at Churchill Downs. Two weeks later, Cloud Computing pounced on those two ...

Sidney Crosby, Penguins beat Senators 3-2 to tie series

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Matt Murray was back — and so was Sidney Crosby. Crosby had a goal and an assist, Murray made 22 saves in his first start of the playoffs and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Friday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2. Crosby ...

Kyle Busch wins Truck race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch raced to his second straight NASCAR Truck Series victory Friday night, leading 90 of 134 laps in a dominating run at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch has 48 career Truck victories — three short of Ron Hornaday Jr.'s series ...

Canha’s 10th-inning homer leads A’s past Red Sox 3-2

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mark Canha was sure Ryon Healy had ended the game in the ninth only to be robbed by Jackie Bradley Jr. Canha left no doubt about it one inning later. Canha hit a leadoff homer in the 10th, one inning after Bradley's spectacular catch, ...

Wood extends scoreless run in Dodgers’ 7-2 win over Marlins

LOS ANGELES (AP) — This one had a little bit of everything: Alex Wood extending his scoreless streak, balls leaving the yard and players clearing the benches. When it was all over, the Los Angeles Dodgers had navigated a 7-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night, though three were ...

Top dollar: Browns sign Myles Garrett, 1st overall pick

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett’s first sack as a pro is filled with money. The No. 1 overall pick in last month’s NFL draft, Garrett signed his four-year rookie contract with the Cleveland Browns, who gave the speedy defensive end an estimated $30.4 ...

Vargas hits tying HR in 9th, Twins beat Royals in 10

By Brian Hall Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pinch hitter Kennys Vargas launched a tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning and Jorge Polanco hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th, lifting the Minnesota Twins over the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Friday night. Polanco lofted a soft liner to ...

Cavs destroy Celtics 130-86

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James scored 30 points, Kevin Love had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers steamrolled the Boston Celtics 130-86 on Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals and tie an NBA record with their ...

Crosby, Penguins beat Senators to tie series

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist and the resurgent Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Friday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2. Crosby had only one point as the defending champion Penguins dropped two of the first three, leading ...

Cole shuts down Nationals as Pirates roll to 6-1 win

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gerrit Cole spent the last six weeks stringing together dominant performance after dominant performance with little to show for it, thanks to a Pittsburgh Pirates offense that always seemed to sputter whenever their ace's turn in the ...

LEADING OFF: Braves await Freeman results, Rox-Twins play 2

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ FINGERS CROSSED FOR FREDDIE The Braves will be nervously awaiting the results of tests on the left wrist of Freddie Freeman. The slugging first baseman was struck by a pitch in Wednesday night's victory over ...

Celtics follow euphoria of winning lottery with dud on court

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Suddenly, the Boston Celtics' future looks a lot better than their present. A day after winning the NBA draft lottery and earning the right to the No. 1 overall pick, the Celtics were reminded of the gap between them and the defending NBA ...

Senators chase Fleury, rout Penguins 5-1 in Game 3

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Mike Hoffman and his Ottawa Senators teammates heard all the chatter on social media about their style of play, which some perceived as "boring." Their response? Well, LOL. And another big W. Marc Methot, Derick Brassard and Zack Smith scored in a 2:18 span midway ...