National Sports

Like Mike: LeBron overwhelmed after passing Jordan, his hero

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the very first day LeBron James picked up a basketball, he wanted to be like Mike. James and his closest friends idolized Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron's competitive playgrounds and tough streets. As James grew ...

Even in nice weather, spring training can be a grind

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Earlier this week, Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire left several of his top players out of the starting lineup. It was a rainy morning, but that wasn't the only reason. Gardenhire said some were dealing with aches and pains. "I talked ...

Penguins continue mastery of Blue Jackets in 3-0 win

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Sullivan isn't looking for an explanation. The Pittsburgh Penguins coach isn't sure there is one that can adequately describe why his team dominates the Columbus Blue Jackets. "All I can tell you is, every game we play them is a ...

Mets great Tom Seaver diagnosed with dementia at 74

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, the star of the Miracle Mets 1969 World Series championship team, has been diagnosed with dementia at age 74. His family made the announcement Thursday through the Hall and said Seaver has retired from public ...

LaVine scores 39, Bulls beat 76ers 108-107

CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine scored 39 points and hit the go-ahead layup in the closing seconds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 108-107 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. LaVine scored 13 in the fourth quarter as the Bulls wiped out a 10-point deficit on their way to one ...

Spring training: Astros’ Alex Bregman slowed by back tightness

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman left Wednesday’s 11-5 victory over the Miami Marlins because of back stiffness. Bregman walked in the first inning and was replaced after the second. He was playing his third spring training game following arthroscopic ...

No. 10 LSU escapes with 79-78 victory at Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tremont Waters dribbled the length of the court for the tying basket with 3 seconds remaining in regulation and then hit a 3-pointer early in overtime, helping No. 10 LSU escape with a 79-78 victory at Florida on Wednesday night. The Gators had a chance to win it ...

Hayward, Celtics run away from Warriors for a 128-95 win

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins lost his cool and the Golden State Warriors lost at home in embarrassing fashion once again. Gordon Hayward scored 30 points off the bench, Kyrie Irving had 19 points and 11 assists, and the Boston Celtics ran away ...

Barrett scores 28, No. 4 Duke outlasts Wake Forest 71-70

By The Associated Press undefined DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — RJ Barrett scored 28 points and No. 4 Duke held on to beat Wake Forest 71-70 on Tuesday night after Chaundee Brown's jumper rimmed out at the buzzer. Tre Jones added 13 points for a sluggish Duke team missing star freshman Zion ...

AP sources: MLB near deal for rosters to expand to 26 in ’20

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players' union are near an agreement to expand active rosters by one to 26 starting in 2020 as part of a deal that would include a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after opening day this year. As ...

Official: Santa Anita cancels racing after 21 horse deaths

By BETH HARRIS AP Racing Writer ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita has canceled racing indefinitely to re-examine its dirt surface after the deaths of 21 horses in the last two months. Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, told The Associated ...

Oklahoma tops Kansas to end Jayhawks’ run of Big 12 titles

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — It took more than half an hour for Kansas coach Bill Self to address the media after the Jayhawks' loss to Oklahoma. He had plenty to address with his team first. Kristian Doolittle had 24 points and 11 rebounds to help the Sooners roll ...

Gallinari gets 23, Clips hold off slumping Lakers 113-105

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers are rolling toward a playoff berth, even after a thorough upheaval over the past two years. LeBron James and the injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers weren't much of an obstacle when two teams going in opposite ...

Another Austrian cyclist admits blood doping as case widens

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian cyclist Georg Preidler has admitted to blood doping linked to a case in which five skiers were arrested, his professional team Groupama-FDJ said Monday. Preidler offered "his immediate and spontaneous resignation, justified by his inexcusable involvement" in the doping ...

Dodgers say Kershaw may be unavailable to start season

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers could be without Clayton Kershaw for the start of the season as the staff ace begins to rebuild from shoulder soreness that caused him to shut down his spring training. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said "that's ...

No. 2 Virginia hits 18 3-pointers, beats Syracuse 79-53

By The Associated Press undefined SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome and De'Andre Hunter led a long-range assault, combining for 18 3-pointers as No.2 Virginia broke open a tight game in the second half and cruised to a 79-53 victory over Syracuse on Monday night. The Cavaliers ...

No. 1 Baylor women beat WVU to cap perfect Big 12 season

By JOHN RABY AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Lauren Cox and Chloe Jackson wouldn't let Baylor's chances of a second straight perfect Big 12 season slip away. Cox had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and she and Jackson answered West Virginia's late scoring run and top-ranked Baylor beat ...

No. 18 Kansas St still in Big 12 lead after 64-52 win at TCU

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — No one has played more games for Kansas State than Barry Brown. The Wildcats have a chance to become Big 12 champs in his next one. Brown scored 16 points to lead four players scoring in double figures for the 18th-ranked Wildcats ...

No. 8 Texas Tech routs Texas 70-51, stays even with K-State

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Jarrett Culver finally heard something from Texas Tech coach Chris Beard about the eighth-ranked Red Raiders having a two-game chase for the Big 12 regular-season title. The homegrown talent and his teammates are halfway there. Culver scored 16 points, Matt Mooney ...

Wade scores 14 in 4th to help Heat stave off Hawks, 114-113

MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Miami Heat won their season-high third straight home game by topping the Atlanta Hawks 114-113 on Monday night. It was the highest-scoring quarter of the season for Wade, and it helped Miami beat Atlanta for ...