National Sports

Rockets to honor Texas school shooting victims before Game 5

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — When the Houston Rockets suit up for Thursday night's Western Conference finals game, they'll carry onto the court a remembrance of the 10 people who lost their lives in last week's Texas school shooting in Santa Fe. Each player's uniform ...

Ovechkin, Capitals headed to Stanley Cup Final vs. Vegas

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin is thrilled, though hardly satisfied. The Washington Capitals star is headed to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his 13-year career, eager to put more distance between the Eastern Conference champions and a ...

Harrison’s triple in 12th sends Pirates over Reds 5-4

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Josh Harrison came off the disabled list just in time to give his hometown a show. Harrison tripled home the go-ahead run in the 12th inning — his fourth hit of the game — and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied after wasting a late lead for a ...

Celtics beat Cavs 96-83 in Game 5, lead East finals 3-2

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James is tired. The young Boston Celtics seem to be getting stronger. Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points — his ninth 20-point game of the postseason — and Boston beat Cleveland 96-83 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the ...

Plutko, Miller pitch Indians past Cubs 1-0

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Plutko was nervous. Not about making his second major league start, really. It was all about stepping to the plate. Once that was over, everything fell into place. Plutko carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Andrew Miller ...

Profar 3-run double trumps 4 Yankees HRs in 12-10 Texas win

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Bronx Bombers are slugging homers at a record pace, and that still wasn't enough to beat last-place Texas. Jurickson Profar had a bases-clearing double that put the Rangers ahead to stay in a wild 12-10 win Wednesday night, ...

Tatum leads Celtics past Cavs in Game 5

BOSTON (AP) — Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics remained perfect in Boston this ...

Holtby, Caps blank Lightning, move on to finals

By Fred Goodall AP Sports Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored early and Andre Burakovsky added two second-period goals to help the Washington Capitals put a decade of playoff frustration behind them with a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the ...

Gordon, Roush, Penske headline NASCAR Hall of Fame class

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon has been selected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. A four-time Cup Series champion who helped take stock car racing from a regional sport to the mainstream in the 1990s, Gordon received 96 percent of the votes from the Hall of Fame committee. He's third in Cup ...

No pressure not a good thing for Matthews and the Packers

By Genaro C. Armas AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Clay Matthews is learning new playbook terminology this spring under a new defensive coordinator, though his overall goals haven’t changed. It’s more important than ever for the Green Bay Packers’ long-haired linebacker to ...

Clippers, coach Doc Rivers agree to contract extension

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers and coach Doc Rivers have agreed to a contract extension that will keep him around to oversee the post-Lob City era. The team announced the extension Wednesday while not disclosing terms of the deal. Rivers was set to enter the final year of his five-year ...

FRENCH OPEN ’18: Nadal hitting fewer aces than 98 of top 100

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer PARIS (AP) — Men to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday: ___ RAFAEL NADAL Ranked: 1 Age: 31 (turns 32 on June 3) Country: Spain 2018 Match Record: 23-2 2018 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 78 Major Titles: 16 — French ...

FRENCH OPEN ’18: From Serena and Rafa to rain, what to know

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer PARIS (AP) — As usual, all eyes are on Serena Williams, no matter what — whether she's attending the most talked-about wedding of the year or practicing at Roland Garros. That she recently engaged in those two activities on consecutive days, in ...

LEADING OFF: Price faces old pal Archer; Verlander vs Giants

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: OLD CONNECTIONS Red Sox lefty David Price (4-4), coming off a complete-game victory over Baltimore, pitches against his original team and buddy Chris Archer (3-3) when Boston visits Tampa Bay. "There will be a little ...

Gambling expert calls for WADA-style monitoring of athletes

By DENNIS PASSA, AP Sports Writer BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A leading Australian gambling researcher says he hopes the U.S. entry into live sports betting might help his push for an international anti-corruption unit to monitor athletes, similar to the World Anti-Doping Agency for illegal ...

Curses! Andretti weary of talking Indy 500 disappointment

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Marco Andretti had already wagered a few bucks with teammate Alexander Rossi on the Super Bowl and then decided to up the ante. Andretti tweeted that if the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots, he'd meet fans at his ...

Everest female record-setter wants to be an inspiration

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, Associated Press KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The most successful female climber of Mount Everest who just returned from her ninth ascent of the highest peak said she wants to be an inspiration to all women so they too can achieve their dreams. Lhakpa Sherpa was guiding ...

As retirement approaches, is Danica Patrick a Hall of Famer?

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — As Danica Patrick prepares for her farewell at this weekend's Indianapolis 500, another big event on the auto racing calendar looms earlier in the week: The vote for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Jeff Gordon is the big name among the nominees for ...

Harden scores 30, Rockets even series at 2 games apiece

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chris Paul pounded the ball down demonstratively on Stephen Curry's home court in sheer delight. And maybe he sent a little message: These Rockets are for real and very much remain in the championship chase. Houston handled the ...

Australian Open semifinalist Chung pulls out of French Open

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Surprise Australian Open semifinalist Chung Hyeon won't have a chance to repeat his Grand Slam heroics at the French Open: the 22-year-old Korean withdrew from the year's second major on Wednesday with a persistent ankle injury. Chung, who had to retire in his ...