National Sports

Jets open series with 4-1 win over Golden Knights

By Larry Lage AP Hockey Writer WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Dustin Byfuglien scored about a minute after the puck dropped and the Winnipeg Jets built a three-goal lead early in the first period and went on to beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 on Saturday night in Game 1 of the Western ...

Cavs, Celtics ready for Eastern Conference finals rematch

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The jerseys and venues will be the same, but so much has changed since the last time Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics met in the Eastern Conference finals. Kyrie Irving was dealt to Boston in a blockbuster offseason deal for Isaiah ...

Point grad: Cavs’ Hill receives diploma

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — George Hill has gone from point guard to point grad in the NBA playoffs. Cleveland’s starting guard missed practice Saturday and had a good excuse for his absence — he graduated from college. Hill received his diploma from IUPUI and took part in commencement ...

Simpson stretches Players lead to 7 shots

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Webb Simpson isn’t aware of the records he has tied or broken at The Players Championship. He saw that Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth each made a big charge before he teed off Saturday, and it didn’t rattle him at ...

LEADING OFF: Suzuki coaches, Price starts, Springer checked

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: CALL HIM COACH Ichiro Suzuki gets a new job, at least for a day. The 10-time All-Star is expected to be Seattle's bench coach for a doubleheader at Detroit. The Mariners announced earlier this month that the ...

Ovechkin has goal and assist, Capitals beat Lightning 4-2

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — There was no letdown for the Washington Capitals. Just more winning hockey. Putting an emotional second-round victory over playoff nemesis and two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh behind them, the Caps got a power-play goal ...

Pirates rip Giants 11-2 in McCutchen’s return to Pittsburgh

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The men Andrew McCutchen used to call his teammates wanted to make sure McCutchen would have his moment. So when the San Francisco Giants outfielder stepped out of the batter's box on Friday night to acknowledge the standing ovation at PNC ...

Pina hits tying HR in 9th, Brewers beat Rockies 11-10 in 10

By DENNIS GEORGATOS, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Manny Pina got everything he wanted out of his last-ditch swing. Pina hit a tying two-run homer with two outs in the ninth and Travis Shaw delivered a two-out RBI single in the 10th, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to an 11-10 victory over ...

Gyorko hits 1 of 5 Cardinals home runs in 9-5 win vs Padres

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jedd Gyorko likes playing at Petco Park even though it hasn't been his home ballpark for three seasons. Gyorko homered and improved his batting average to .525 in 12 games against his old team, and Paul DeJong, Marcell Ozuna, Harrison ...

Harvey debuts for Reds in 6-2 win over Dodgers

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Harvey toed the rubber against Chase Utley and fell behind 3-0 facing his first batter in his Reds debut. His next pitch was a 91-mph strike and then he got Utley to fly out to left for his first out in his first start since April ...

WORLD CUP: Moscow a vast and varied destination

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow is one of the world's largest cities with a population of at least 12 million people — more than many of the countries playing at the World Cup. Its sheer size gives visitors a vast range of things to do, whether that means bars, ...

Sweden gets OT win over Slovakia, Latvia beats Germany

HERNING, Denmark (AP) — Defending champion Sweden prevailed over Slovakia 4-3 in overtime for its fifth straight win at the ice hockey world championship on Saturday. Latvia remained in contention for a quarterfinal berth with a 3-1 victory over Olympic runner-up Germany. Mika Zibanejad ...

Caps take down Lightning in Game 1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin had a power-play goal and an assist in his Eastern Conference finals debut, leading the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night. Braden Holtby stopped 19 shots and Michal Kempny, Jay Beagle and Lars Eller also scored ...

A’s hit 4 HRs, rough up Gray, Yankees 10-5, end 3-game skid

By Scott Ortega Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Khris Davis, Matt Chapman, Jed Lowrie and Matt Joyce all homered and the Oakland Athletics beat the Yankees 10-5 Friday night, leaving New York with back-to-back losses for the first time in more than a month. The A’s had lost three in a ...

Simpson ties course record, takes 5-shot lead at Players

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Webb Simpson didn’t miss anything except the island green. On the verge of shattering the course record Friday at the TPC Sawgrass — even a 59 was in play — Simpson hit sand wedge into the water on the notorious par-3 17th and made double bogey that ...

Raptors fire coach Dwane Casey after another sweep by Cavs

By Ian Harrison Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Masai Ujiri believes Dwane Casey deserves to be recognized as the best coach in the NBA, but the Toronto president doesn’t think Casey should be leading the Raptors. So the Raptors fired Casey, praising him on his way out the door. Hours ...

Shohei Ohtani homers again, surging Angels beat Twins 7-4

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels' schedule limited Shohei Ohtani's chances to hit over the past four games. When the Angels got back home and put their two-way rookie sensation back in the lineup, Ohtani hadn't missed a beat. Neither had the ...

Adams’ RBI single in 11th gives Nationals 2-1 win at Arizona

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — The shift has become an extremely important part of defense in the major leagues. Matt Adams showed how silly it can look when it doesn't work. With the shift on against the left-handed slugger, Adams hit one the opposite way — right where the ...

LEADING OFF: Harvey debuts for Reds, Cutch back in the Burgh

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: RED ALERT Matt Harvey will make his Cincinnati debut when he starts at Dodger Stadium. Harvey says he's excited to start a new chapter with the last-place Reds, who acquired the former ace from the Mets for catcher ...

NHL makes history with new blood in conference finals

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer History is being made again in the Stanley Cup playoffs. On the heels of the first back-to-back champions in two decades, the NHL will get a new champion in the salary-cap era that began in 2005. Among the Lightning, Capitals, Jets and Golden Knights, only ...