National Sports

Djokovic beats Tsitsipas to win his 3rd Madrid Open title

By TALES AZZONI AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — Novak Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to win his third Madrid Open title on Sunday, tying Rafael Nadal for most Masters 1000 trophies with 33. It was the second title of the season for the top-ranked Djokovic, adding to his ...

Man City retains Premier League title on final day of season

By ROB HARRIS AP Global Soccer Writer BRIGHTON, England (AP) — All the strain Pep Guardiola feels during the pursuit of titles becomes worthwhile when a winners' medal is placed around his neck. It happens a lot. Manchester City won its second straight Premier League trophy on Sunday, ...

Following arrests, Walton gets another chance with Dolphins

MIAMI (AP) — Running back Mark Walton, arrested three times this offseason by police in Miami, has signed with his hometown Dolphins. Walton tried out this week, when coach Brian Flores said he was aware of the legal issues. "I think people deserve a second chance," Flores said Saturday. "I ...

Triple-A batters smashing it since MLB ball is put into play

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer Balls are flying out of Triple-A ballparks like never before, coinciding with a switch in baseballs to the major league model. The El Paso Chihuahuas have hit 89 home runs in their first 37 games — the most in professional baseball and more than half the 142 ...

AP source: Lakers hire Frank Vogel as coach

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person familiar with the search says the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Frank Vogel as coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the hiring has not been announced. Vogel flew to Los Angeles on Thursday. The 45-year old ...

Cardinals’ Murray makes impression in first NFL practice

By JOSE M. ROMERO Associated Press TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals' rookies took the practice field for the first time on Friday, and all eyes were on quarterback Kyler Murray. Murray, the top overall pick last month in the NFL draft, sported a white tie-on headband as he threw ...

Harvick leads Stewart-Haas dominance in Kansas qualifying

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kevin Harvick joked that the intra-team competition at Stewart-Haas Racing is marked by a whole lot of trash talk, and that Clint Bowyer usually says so much it's tough to get a dig in. Harvick had the final word Friday night. He ...

Sung Kang matches course with 61 to take Byron Nelson lead

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Sung Kang and his caddie did some calculations on the driving range before the second round of the Byron Nelson on an unseasonably cool day with some breezy conditions. "The biggest thing was we needed to figure how shorter the ball is going ...

González pitches Brewers past Cubs 7-0 for 7th straight win

By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Gio González is quite comfortable with the Milwaukee Brewers. After a strange start to the season, that's a big deal for the veteran left-hander. González pitched two-hit ball into the sixth inning and Ryan Braun homered, helping the Brewers ...

Frazier, Williams lead Pirates to 2-1 win over Cardinals

By JOE HARRIS Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Frazier opened the game with a homer, Starling Marte drove in the game-winner and Trevor Williams allowed one run in seven solid innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Friday night. Marte's RBI single off of ...

Kalamazoo schools leader chosen as state superintendent

LANSING— Michigan’s Board of Education on Tuesday chose Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Michael Rice to lead the Department of Education, citing his track record of closing the “achievement gap” for minority students and his experience as an educator both in and outside the ...

LEADING OFF: Ohtani nears Angels return, biding Bumgarner

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: OHTANI ON DECK AL Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani will join the Angels in Detroit this week and could be set to make his season debut. The two-way star has been recovering from Tommy John surgery and isn't ...

Life remains normal for Kentucky Derby winner Country House

By GARY B. GRAVES AP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Country House isn't a racing rock star just yet. If not for the garland of roses draped across the white saw horse outside Bill Mott's stable at Churchill Downs or the sign beside his stall that reads 2019 ...

Blues, Stars meet again in Game 7 for spot in West finals

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer The Blues and Stars are set for Game 7 in a second-round series again, three years after St. Louis dominated a winner-take-all matchup in Dallas for a spot in the Western Conference finals. Deja vu or ancient history? Maybe a little of both for Alex ...

Analysis: Which new college football coaches might succeed?

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Success for a college football coach is best determined over an extended period of time. Impatient Florida State fans might not want to hear that these days. Willie Taggart will enter Season 2 as Seminoles coach trying to rebound from maybe the ...

Cubs bullpen goes wild, Marlins rally in 9th to win 6-5

By MATT CARLSON Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs closer Pedro Strop lost his control, and then Kyle Ryan had a brain cramp on a comebacker. The Miami Marlins, with the worst record in the majors, found a wild way to win against previously red-hot Chicago. Strop walked three batters in ...

After 15 years, Green Grand Prix still thriving at The Glen

By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — It's a cold day in early April, rain and sleet are pelting the garages at Watkins Glen International and snow is on the way. Bob Gillespie is undeterred as he puts the finishing touches on the Green Grand Prix. Rain or shine, the ...

LEADING OFF: Kluber’s broken forearm checked, Ohtani eager

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: KLUBER HURT Indians ace Corey Kluber will be re-evaluated in Cleveland, a day after a line drive in Miami broke his right forearm. There was no early word on how long the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner ...

Knocked down and bloodied, Craig keeps going in Game 2 loss

By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — Nose bloodied, Torrey Craig returned wearing a clear mask. Knocked down later, his Denver Nuggets teammates rushed to his defense. There's no masking the appreciation the Nuggets have for their defensive specialist. Bloodied and bruised, Craig ...