National Sports

30-1 odds on Ruiz against Joshua say it all

By BARRY WILNER AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The odds of 30-1 say it all. Andy Ruiz barely was on anyone's heavyweight radar when he was summoned as a replacement to fight champion Anthony Joshua. On Saturday, massive underdog Ruiz promises he could be the next Buster Douglas. "I've ...

Winners and losers of the NBA’s draft withdrawal deadline

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and RJ Barrett all remained in the NBA draft through the withdrawal deadline. No surprise there, nor for several other players expected to go in the first round. Numerous other players faced difficult decisions on Wednesday, ...

Moore leads by 1 at Memorial as Woods gets off to slow start

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods got off to a slower start than he would have liked Thursday at the Memorial. That had more do with a stopwatch than a scorecard. Ryan Moore opened with five birdies in seven holes and never missed a fairway after the first ...

Blues beat Bruins in OT, Stanley Cup tied 1-1

BOSTON (AP) — Carl Gunnarsson scored on a delayed penalty 3:51 into overtime, Jordan Binnington made 21 saves and the St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Wednesday night to tie the Stanley Cup Final at a game apiece. Robert Bortuzzo and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored to help St. ...

‘Super old’ Federer to face ex-contemporary’s son at French

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer PARIS (AP) — Roger Federer, 37, joked to a stadium filled with screaming kids that he's "so super old." Stan Wawrinka, 34, pulled a crying boy out of a crush of autograph-seekers in the stands. Rafael Nadal, about to turn 33, offered this advice to ...

Stanford beats Texas to win NCAA golf title

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Stanford wanted to be among the eight teams that qualified for match play in the NCAA Championship, knowing anything could happen from there. It led to an NCAA title, and a perfect ending to the college careers of Brandon Wu and Isaiah Salinda. Wu and Salinda ...

Bills’ Murphy feels refreshed 2 years after knee injury

By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Trent Murphy acknowledges he was fooling himself for scoffing at how long doctors and friends projected it would take to recuperate from a severe left knee injury. Though the Buffalo Bills defensive end learned he doesn't possess ...

Peters wins Stage 17; Carapaz extends Giro lead

ANTERSELVA, Italy (AP) — Nans Peters of France claimed his first professional victory by winning the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday, while Ecuadorian cyclist Richard Carapaz celebrated his birthday by extending his overall lead. Peters, who rides for AG2R La Mondiale, used a ...

Muguruza, Stephens post straight-set wins at French Open

PARIS (AP) — Former champion Garbine Muguruza and last year's runner-up Sloane Stephens both posted straight-set wins Wednesday to reach the third round of the French Open. On a sunny morning in the French capital, Muguruza beat Johanna Larsson 6-4, 6-1 on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Seeded 19th ...

LEADING OFF: Smeltzer’s amazing story, Paxton vs Paddack

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: CONGRATS The inspiring story of Twins pitcher Devin Smeltzer is sure to spread following his dazzling debut in the big leagues. Diagnosed with a grapefruit-sized cancerous tumor against his bladder when he ...

Gruden challenges Antonio Brown during Raiders offseason

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Antonio Brown's credentials were well established long before he arrived in Oakland as the Raiders new No. 1 receiver. Brown posted six straight 100-catch seasons for the Steelers with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and was the ...

Strasburg strikes out 11, Nationals hold off Braves 5-4

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The Washington Nationals are in obvious need of a momentum-changing win as they approach the end of May. Much closer to last place than first in the NL East. Adam Eaton hopes overpowering performances by Stephen Strasburg and closer Sean ...

Durant travels with the Warriors to Toronto ahead of finals

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant is traveling with the Golden State Warriors to Toronto for the first two games of the NBA Finals, leaving open the chance he could be ready to return from a strained right calf in time for Game 2. Durant, the two-time ...

Del Potro finding the right combination at French Open

By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — Nursing himself back to health and winning a match at the French Open: For Juan Martin del Potro, that combination is an achievement in itself. Playing Grand Slam tennis for the first time since fracturing his right knee last year, the ...

Bruins-Blues Stanley Cup chess match just getting started

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer BOSTON (AP) — Bruce Cassidy didn't mince words or hide behind the secrecy of playoff hockey. The Boston Bruins coach telegraphed the most important matchup of the Stanley Cup Final on the morning of Game 1. As long as he had the last change and the ability ...

US, Russia Finland in same group at 2020 hockey worlds

ZURICH (AP) — The United States, Russia and defending champion Finland will join host Switzerland in an eight-team group based in Zurich at the 2020 hockey world championships. The International Ice Hockey Federation announced the groups Tuesday, two days after Finland beat Canada in this ...

LEADING OFF: A’s seek 11th straight, Plesac’s nephew debuts

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: POWER SURGE The Athletics are riding the long ball to their longest winning streak in 13 years. Oakland looks for an 11th straight victory as it continues a series against the Angels. Matt Chapman has ...

Klay Thompson adds meditation to his mental preparation

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson craved a little calm. The Golden State guard needed something more to balance out his basketball routine, so he added meditation to help him get centered before games and better deal with the pressures of NBA life. Flip ...

McCowan’s layup at buzzer lifts Fever to win over Liberty

NEW YORK (AP) — Teaira McCowan's layup at the buzzer lifted the Indiana Fever to an 81-80 win over the New York Liberty on Friday night in the season opener for both teams. Trailing by one after Tina Charles made two free throws with seven seconds left, Candice Dupree drove the lane and ...

Mets reach minor league deals with Kemp, Santana

By Mke Fitzpatrick AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Looking to replenish their depth, the banged-up New York Mets agreed to minor league contracts Friday with veteran outfielder Matt Kemp and pitcher Ervin Santana. Each move is pending a successful physical, and both players are ...