National Sports

John Daly holds on for 1st PGA Tour Champions win

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — John Daly is happy to be back on top, no matter how bad he may have looked finishing it off. Daly closed with three straight closing bogeys Sunday to hang on for his first PGA Tour Champions title, a one-stroke victory in the Insperity Invitational. "It wasn't ...

Thomas lobbies for calls with Celtics-Wizards series tied

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas feels as though he was shut down by the Washington Wizards and the referees in Game 4. Thomas said after the Boston Celtics' 121-102 loss Sunday that the officiating needs to change as the second-round series continues after ...

Let’s play two: Yankees beat Cubs 5-4 in 18 innings

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Aaron Hicks slid across home plate, hopped up and flexed his arms in jubilation. No Monday morning blues for Hicks and the New York Yankees. Hicks scored on Starlin Castro's grounder in the 18th inning, and the rolling Yankees beat the Chicago ...

LEADING OFF: Ailing Trout, Harper expected back in lineup

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ TROUT OK? Two-time AL MVP Mike Trout says he plans to play at Oakland after missing two straight games for the Angels and three of four because of a tight left hamstring. He has a 17-game hitting streak. The ...

Fresh horses await Derby winner Always Dreaming in Preakness

By BETH HARRIS, AP Racing Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Always Dreaming is headed to the Preakness in two weeks, when the Kentucky Derby winner is likely to face several fresh horses that skipped the first leg of the Triple Crown. A majority of the 20-horse field that ran on a sloppy track ...

Arsenal beats United 2-0 as Wenger gets better of Mourinho

LONDON (AP) — Arsene Wenger got the better of managerial rival Jose Mourinho for the first time in a competitive game as Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0 in the Premier League on Sunday to keep alive its Champions League qualification hopes. Granit Xhaka, with a deflected shot, and former ...

Gaviria wins 3rd stage of Giro to move into overall lead

CAGLIARI, Sardinia (AP) — Fernando Gaviria won a bunch sprint at the end of the third stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday to claim his first Grand Tour victory and take the leader's pink jersey from Andre Greipel. Gaviria edged out Rudiger Selig after great work from his Quick-Step team ...

Mets suspend Harvey 3 days for violating team rules

By CHARLES O'BRIEN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Mets star pitcher Matt Harvey was suspended three days by the team on Sunday for an undisclosed violation of team rules, the latest hiccup for a club beset by problems on and off the field this season. General manager Sandy Alderson ...

Silfverberg scores in OT as Ducks top Oilers 4-3 in Game 4

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf was a one-man wrecking crew at a big moment for the Anaheim Ducks. Getzlaf scored twice and assisted on two goals, including Jakob Silfverberg's game-winner 45 seconds into overtime, and the Ducks topped the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in Game 4 of their ...

Old face of Yankees praises new as Jeter lauds Judge

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge seemed embarrassed. He tries to deflect attention day after day, more comfortable discussing teammates than his own feats. But when told of Derek Jeter's recent praise, Judge seemed touched. "It's incredible, especially a guy I ...

Soccer weekend: What to watch in Europe’s main leagues

By The Associated Press What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend: ___ ENGLAND It's another pivotal few days in the pursuit of the Premier League title. Tottenham travels across London to the Olympic Stadium on Friday. A victory over West Ham would trim Chelsea's ...

Vitale preparing 12th annual gala to fight pediatric cancer

By JIM O'CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer Dick Vitale has a passion that even surpasses his love of college basketball. The 77-year-old bundle of energy says he has turned his life "24-7" into raising money for pediatric cancer research. "I will do this is until my last breath," he said ...

Dustin Johnson returns to a course that feels like Augusta

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Dustin Johnson was walking the expansive, manicured fairways where the sun filtered through the towering pines. On his first day back to work, it was a reminder of what he missed. This wasn't Augusta National. It was Eagle Point, the ...

After a week off, Curry, Warriors roll past Jazz in Game 1

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry pulled off a razzle-dazzle spin move right around big Rudy Gobert at the perimeter, went in for a layup and raised his hands, begging the sellout crowd to do its thing. The Golden State Warriors sure did theirs, using ...

Tim Tebow ‘feels more comfortable’ in pro baseball

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — There are still too many strikeouts. His patience at the plate is a struggle. And the batting average remains below .250. But Tim Tebow believes he's making steady progress in his life as a pro baseball player. "It feels more ...

Properly rested, Ronaldo thriving at the right time

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — All that rest has paid off for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid forward has been pacing himself, skipping games that he would have normally played in previous years, and is peaking at just the right time. On Tuesday, he scored a hat trick ...

LEADING OFF: Will the Red Sox take another shot at Machado?

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BEAN-TOWN Manny Machado will see whether Red Sox are going to throw at him again. Still simmering from Machado's slide that injured Dustin Pedroia less than two weeks, Boston took another shot at the ...

Quintana kicks off attempt at rare Giro-Tour double

By DANIELLA MATAR, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Nairo Quintana is attempting to do what Alberto Contador couldn't. The Colombian is bidding to become the first rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year. Contador had the same aim two ...

Penguins star Sidney Crosby out with another concussion

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The scene brought back jarring memories. Sidney Crosby woozily making his way off the ice after taking a brutal hit from a member of the Washington Capitals. His brain foggy. His immediate future uncertain. The sight of their captain slowly ...

Penguins star Crosby leaves game following hit to head

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby left Game 3 of his team's playoff series against Washington after taking a hit to the head from Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen. The NHL's leading scorer and one of the game's best players did not return and his status for ...