National Sports

Karlsson’s short-handed goal lifts Vegas to division title

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — William Karlsson put a spectacular bow on a surprising Pacific Division championship for expansion Vegas. Karlsson scored a short-handed goal in the third period, and the Golden Knights clinched the title with a 3-2 victory over the San ...

Kansas can’t find a way to slow Villanova’s 3-point barrage

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Bill Self's exasperated and almost helpless reactions said everything about why Kansas' latest Final Four trip would last only one game. The coach knew his Jayhawks had to close out on Villanova's deep well of 3-point shooters and ...

Kansas can’t find a way to slow Villanova’s 3-point barrage

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Bill Self's frustrated and almost helpless reactions said everything about why Kansas' latest Final Four trip would last only one game. The coach knew his Jayhawks had to close out on Villanova's deep well of 3-point shooters and contest all those deep shots if they were ...

MLS roundup: Own goal lifts Atlanta United over Loons 1-0

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Defender Francisco Calvo scored an own goal in the third minute, giving ten-man Atlanta United FC a 1-0 win over Minnesota United FC in a battle of last season's expansion teams on Saturday night. Minnesota (2-3-0) goalkeeper Matthew Lampson attempted to punch away a ...

Wagner, Michigan end Loyola’s run 69-57 in Final Four

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Staring down a 10-point deficit against an underdog that seemed nothing short of blessed during the madness of March, Moe Wagner and Michigan clamped down on Loyola-Chicago and ended one of the most memorable NCAA Tournament runs ever. Wagner, Charles Matthews and the ...

All-star John Wall returns as Wizards take down Hornets 107-93

WASHINGTON (AP) — All-star John Wall had 15 points and 14 assists in his first game in two months, Otto Porter Jr. had 26 points and 11 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat the Charlotte Hornets 107-93 on Saturday to clinch their fourth playoff berth in five seasons. Wall, who last ...

Overtime survivors: Bulldogs, Irish meet for women’s title

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Vic Schaefer and his Mississippi State Bulldogs carry a constant reminder of how far they went in the women’s NCAA Tournament last year, and what must still be done. It’s right there, engraved on the side of their runner-up ...

Nash, Kidd, Hill in 13-member Basketball Hall of Fame class

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Steve Nash was an unsung Canadian kid who got one significant U.S. basketball scholarship offer. Jason Kidd was an Oakland hoops prodigy ticketed for superstardom from childhood. After parallel careers that first crossed during college ...

Ovechkin, a durable ‘Russian machine,’ reaches 1,000 games

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin is built like a linebacker with the motor of a steam engine and the mentality of a wrecking ball. He can score like no other player of this generation and few in history and has the physicality to match. That was evident from his first NHL shift when he ...

Handy man: Calderon doing whatever Cavaliers need

CLEVELAND (AP) — It’s two hours before tip-off, and Jose Calderon is working up a healthy sweat on the floor at Quicken Loans Arena. Then he retreats to the locker room to study. Sitting at his cubicle, just feet from where LeBron James dresses, Calderon watches video of that night’s ...

Column: Time for the one-and-done to simply be done

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist ATLANTA (AP) — Darius Bazley wants to be a pioneer. Sure, three others have taken a straight line from high school to the NBA development league. But Bazley is one of the nation's best high school players, so everyone perked up when he announced his ...

Stunned UConn falls again on last-second shot in OT

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — UConn coach Geno Auriemma and the Huskies have dropped two of their last 149 games. Last-second overtime shots ended their season each time. At the Final Four. A year after their 111-game winning streak was stopped by a historic ...

LEADING OFF: Darvish debut with Cubs, bullpen bunch for Rays

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ DARVISH DEBUT Yu Darvish makes his first start for the Chicago Cubs when he pitches at Miami. The last time threw in a game that counted, it didn't go well — he got tagged by Houston in a Game 7 loss in ...

No bunkers doesn’t mean no problems on 14th at Augusta

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer Phil Mickelson was 148 yards away in the middle of the 14th fairway at Augusta National and saw a pin that was set up for birdies. The trick was getting there. He wanted to flight a low 9-iron so it would carry over the first tier and land about four paces ...

A guide to the teams, players and coaches in the Final Four

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The maddest of Marches is winding down, the college basketball season now headed into April. All those upsets, crazy finishes and stellar performances have brought us to San Antonio, where a Cinderella and its telegenic nun join three ...

Polanco’s homer lifts Pirates past Tigers in kooky opener

By The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer in the 13th inning to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 13-10 victory over Detroit on Friday — about an hour after the Tigers spilled onto the field to celebrate what they thought was a game-winning hit of their ...

Braun’s 3-run homer off Hand lifts Brewers over Padres, 8-6

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ryan Braun left absolutely no doubt when he drove a high fastball from All-Star closer Brad Hand an estimated 396 feet into the second deck at Petco Park. Braun turned his head, dropped his bat and began a trot that included a leaping ...

Price leads Red Sox to 1-0 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — David Price was solid in his return to the Red Sox rotation, allowing four singles over seven scoreless innings of Boston's 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. The five-time All-Star, slowed by injury much of 2017, struck out five and walked none ...

LeBron passes Jordan with 867th straight double-digit game

CLEVELAND (AP) — Still chasing championships, LeBron James caught — and passed — Michael Jordan on one list. James broke Jordan’s NBA record by scoring at least 10 points in his 867th straight regular-season game, a streak the Cavaliers superstar could make nearly untouchable by the ...

Gardenhire ejected in first game with Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Ron Gardenhire has been ejected from his first game as manager of the Detroit Tigers after a replay review overturned what would have been the winning run in the 10th inning. Nicholas Castellanos was initially called safe at home on a single by JaCoby Jones, and the Tigers ...

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