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Cleveland’s bullpen blues keeping AL Central in play

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer Two years ago, the Cleveland bullpen led the way when the Indians overcame significant injuries in their starting rotation and won the American League pennant. Now, the fickle nature of relief pitching is holding the AL Central favorites back. After Sunday ...

Native American lacrosse teams leagueless in South Dakota

By BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press Travis Brave Heart was planning to spend his senior season this spring and summer tuning up to play college lacrosse in the fall. Instead, the 17-year-old standout from Aberdeen, South Dakota, is faced with the prospect of not playing at all. His Lightning ...

LEADING OFF: Ohtani takes mound, Romo starts again for Rays

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: OHTANI TIME Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani pitches at home against Tampa Bay. He's 3-1 with a 3.58 ERA in six starts, and struck out 11 Twins in his last outing. The 23-year-old rookie is hitting .321 with six ...

Rays plan to have reliever Romo start 2nd straight day

By DAN GREENSPAN, Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays reliever Sergio Romo played 11 seasons before making his first major league start. Not even 24 hours later, Romo will make his second. Romo will start for the second consecutive day in the finale of a four-game series ...

Stevenson retains title with majority draw against Jack

TORONTO (AP) — Adonis Stevenson retained his WBC light-heavyweight title Saturday night after a majority draw with Badou Jack. Two judges scored it 114-114 and the third gave Jack a 115-113 edge. It was a grueling, riveting fight, with both men enjoying stretches of success. Jack was the ...

Kemp helps Dodgers rally past Nats, sweep doubleheader

By BEN NUCKOLS, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Not much has gone right for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, and it appeared the most last year's NL champions could hope for on Saturday was a split of a day-night doubleheader with the Washington Nationals after they ran into yet ...

On time, on target: LeBron, Cavs pound Celtics in Game 3

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Before taking the floor, LeBron James stood in the hallway with his teammates outside Cleveland's locker room and pounded his chest with both hands. The Celtics got thumped next. James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 ...

Nationals’ Kendrick tears Achilles, will miss rest of season

By BEN NUCKOLS, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran Washington Nationals infielder-outfielder Howie Kendrick tore his right Achilles tendon in the opener of Saturday's doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers and will miss the rest of the season. Kendrick confirmed the injury ...

Russell retains WBC belt with unanimous decision over Diaz

By IAN QUILLEN, Associated Press OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Gary Russell Jr. and Joseph Diaz didn't dare raise their arms in victory after their 12-round title bout. It was only when the words "unanimous decision" came over the MGM National Harbor PA that Russell pounded his chest, finally ...

Vasillevskiy shines late, Lightning hold off Capitals 3-2

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning are on the brink of a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final. Coach Jon Cooper and his players say it won't be easy to close the deal against the Washington Capitals. "We haven't won anything yet," Cooper said ...

Richard pitches into the eighth, Padres top Pirates 6-2

By WES CROSBY, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clayton Richard's plan was simple. After the San Diego Padres gave him a three-run lead in the first inning, Richard decided to attack the zone early and often. It worked. Richard (3-5) allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings, Christian ...

Justify wins foggy Preakness, keeps Triple Crown bid alive

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Justify rounded the final turn and hit the top of the stretch winded but with the lead. The roar from the crowd was delayed, hushed by the thick fog that enveloped the track. When Justify emerged from the haze in view of the grandstand, ...

Cavs bully Boston in Game 3, now trail 2-1

LeBron James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked like a different team on their home floor, tightening the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-86 victory in Game 3 over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. Outplayed during two losses ...

Lightning creep by Caps 3-2

By Fred Goodall AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cedric Paquette scored in the opening minute and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots to help the Tampa Bay Lightning hold off the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Saturday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final. Ondrej Palat and Ryan ...

Cowboys WR Terrance Williams arrested on intoxication charge

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams was arrested on a charge of public intoxication early Saturday after police responded to an accident involving his car and found Williams riding an electric bicycle on a road near his home. Police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco ...

Johnny Manziel signs with CFL in journey back to football

HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) — Johnny Football is huddling up again for a long-awaited comeback — in Canada. Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel signed a two-year contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League on Saturday, looking to salvage his football career after a ...

Swiss stun Canada, Sweden crushes US in ice hockey semis

By Karel Janicek Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Switzerland stunned title favorite Canada 3-2 to reach only its third final of the world ice hockey championship on Saturday. The Swiss will play the gold medal game on Sunday against defending champion Sweden, which strode ...

Justify wins foggy Preakness, keeps Triple Crown bid alive

By Stephen Whyno AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Justify endured the most difficult race of his career and came away a step closer to becoming trainer Bob Baffert’s second Triple Crown champion in four years. The heavy 2-5 favorite jumped out to the lead, surrendered it briefly to ...

Golden Knights a win away from finals after getting past Jets 3-2

By W.G. Ramirez Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Reilly Smith scored on a breakaway late in the third period to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 4 of the Western Conference final Friday night. Vegas, a 500-to-1 long shot to win the title when ...

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