National Sports

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 ...

Judge axes 3 of 4 lawyers in NFL concussion case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The federal judge overseeing the $1 billion NFL concussion settlement has terminated three of four lawyers serving as class counsel. The surprise order Friday afternoon comes just weeks after a hearing to air complaints about new rules that limit the doctors who can ...

Bruins’ veteran quintet could be key in latest Stanley Cup bid

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — When the Boston Bruins take the ice against the St. Louis Blues, they will do it with a core group of veterans who know what it's like to hoist the Stanley Cup — and have it slip from their fingers. Patrice Bergeron can still remember ...

Stakes are high as Bucks, Raptors meet in Game 6

By Ian Harrison Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — There's no escaping the reality of what's at stake when the Toronto Raptors host the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night. The surging Raptors have won three straight, putting them on the brink of the ...

Schwartz, Tarasenko have Blues close to Cup Final

By JOE HARRIS Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz is on a scoring run that has the St. Louis Blues dreaming big. Schwartz's hat trick in Game 5 on Sunday helped give the Blues a 3-2 series lead against the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference final and set the ...

A break, then NBA Finals: Warriors eager for some time off

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer And now, they wait. Again. The Golden State Warriors have gotten used to going to the NBA Finals, and their win in Portland on Monday night clinched their fifth consecutive trip. They've also gotten used to waiting for those finals to begin, with long ...

Sanchez homers in 9th, helps rally Yankees past Orioles 10-7

By The Associated Press undefined BALTIMORE (AP) — Gary Sánchez hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to cap a New York rally fueled by Baltimore gaffes, and the Yankees pulled out a 10-7 victory Monday night. Gleyber Torres homered twice for the Yankees, who trailed 6-1 after four ...

Realmuto homers in 10th, Phillies beat Cubs 5-4

By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The memories came flooding back to Jake Arrieta as the fans showered him with cheers when he stepped to the plate for the first time. His 4½ seasons in Chicago included an NL Cy Young Award in 2015, a drought-busting World Series ...

Hamilton into Rangers hall, hasn’t really thought about game

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Baseball Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Hamilton hasn't really thought much about baseball since knee issues ended his career, though he does miss playing at times. The 2010 AL MVP's moments on the diamond these days are watching and sometimes coaching his ...

Binnington sparkles again, Blues top Sharks to tie series

By Joe Harris Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jordan Binnington made 29 saves to set a franchise record with his 10th playoff win this postseason and the St. Louis Blues edged the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Friday night to even the Western Conference final at two games apiece. Tyler Bozak ...