National Sports

Pujols concludes STL return with 2 hits, Molina jersey swap

By STEVE OVERBEY Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — In a weekend full of emotional moments, Los Angeles slugger Albert Pujols saved the best for last. Pujols capped off a stirring three-day return to St. Louis by exchanging jerseys with long-time friend and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina ...

Martin Truex Jr. holds off KyBusch to defend Sonoma title

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch have managed to keep their long-standing rivalry quite friendly during their first season as teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing. It's a bit easier for Truex to be a gracious winner — and for Busch to be ...

Green’s win at Women’s PGA makes mentor Webb proud

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — In the middle of the night before the most important round of golf in Hannah Green's life, a storm rolled through that produced a crack of thunder loud enough to shake the house she was staying at with a handful of fellow ...

Devil of a deal: New Jersey lands P.K. Subban from Nashville

By Tim Booth AP Sports Writer VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The revamp of the New Jersey Devils now includes one of the top defensemen in the NHL to go along with No. 1 overall draft pick Jack Hughes. The Devils made the biggest move of the second day of the NHL draft Saturday ...

The draft is over, and now on the clock: Free agency

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer Now on the clock: Chaos. The NBA offseason is about to kick into high gear. A draft that had good bits of intrigue — at least after New Orleans’ Zion Williamson, Memphis’ Ja Morant and New York’s R.J. Barrett were chosen first, second and third ...

Devils select US center Hughes with 1st pick in NHL draft

By John Wawrow AP Hockey Writer VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The New Jersey Devils selected American center Jack Hughes with the first pick in the NHL draft Friday night. From Orlando, Florida, Hughes is the eighth American selected No. 1, and first since 2016, when the Toronto ...

Marta sets record with 17th World Cup goal in Brazil victory

By The Associated Press Marta set a record for men and women with her 17th career World Cup goal in Brazil’s 1-0 victory over Italy on Tuesday night at Valenciennes that advanced the Selecao to the knockout rounds for the sixth straight time. The 33-year-old forward, playing in her fifth ...

White Sox planning to extend netting at Guaranteed Rate Field

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox plan to extend the protective netting to the foul poles at Guaranteed Rate Field, becoming the first major league team to take that step since a couple of high-profile injuries this summer increased the focus on fan safety ...

Leonard quiet on future as Raptors celebrate with parade

By IAN HARRISON Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Fresh off leading the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA title, Kawhi Leonard received the key to the city at Monday's championship parade. For now, however, the two-way star and two-time NBA Finals MVP still isn't saying whether he'll use it ...

LEADING OFF: Stanton returns to Yanks, Machado appeals ban

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: STANTON RETURNS Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is set to come off the injured list for a game against the Rays. Stanton has been sidelined since March 31 with biceps, shoulder and calf injuries, but ...

Sharks re-signing Karlsson sets table for busy NHL offseason

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer Erik Karlsson had no wanderlust to test the free agent market before re-signing in San Jose. "I never thought outside that box," Karlsson said. "I'm happy that it didn't get to that." A handful of other teams aren't so happy because the two-time Norris ...

Nick Hundley’s care for ailing boy leads to lasting bond

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Baseball Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Five years ago, veteran big leaguer Nick Hundley visited Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and met a boy named Zach Sprader. Hundley, then with the San Diego Padres, sought to give the young baseball fan a lift during his fight ...

Beede earns 1st big league victory, Giants edge Dodgers 3-2

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's not much Bruce Bochy hasn't seen in his 25 years as a big-league manager. One of his favorite things is watching a young player achieve a career milestone. Tyler Beede did just that against the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. He ...

Police: 4 shot, 2 arrested at Raptors rally in Toronto

By Rob Gillies and Ian Harrison Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Four people were shot and wounded at a rally Monday for the NBA champion Raptors, and two people were arrested, police said. Droves of Raptors fans ran from the shooting in a stampede from the City Hall square, which was ...

Rangers acquire Trouba from Jets for Pionk, 1st round pick

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer The New York Rangers sped up their rebuilding effort Monday by acquiring offensive-minded defenseman Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets. New York sent young defenseman Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the draft to Winnipeg for Trouba. The ...

For US men, Gold Cup finally brings chance for revival

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — The overarching goal for the fledgling U.S. men’s soccer team, as frequently stated by new coach Gregg Berhalter, has been to improve the perception of this sputtering program within the cutthroat hierarchy of global soccer. Though ...

‘I flinched’: Mickelson lets an opportunity slide at Pebble

By Eddie Pells AP National Writer PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — It was the kind of mistake that could cost a guy the U.S. Open. “I flinched,” Phil Mickelson said about a 12-inch putt that rimmed out on the third green Thursday. It was hardly the worst thing that’s happened to ...

Blues win 1st Stanley Cup with 4-1 win over Bruins

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Ryan O'Reilly scored for the fourth straight game and rookie Jordan Binnington stopped 32 shots in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins and their first NHL ...

Doc is in: Emrick not slowing down in his dream job

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues’ morning skates are over and a handful of broadcasters have taken the ice to re-enact a play from this bruising Stanley Cup Final. In the otherwise empty stands is a singular figure having a good ...

Column: Heavyweights are suddenly fun once again

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist Just when things were starting to make sense in boxing and the heavyweight division was shaping up nicely, a fat guy with blazingly quick hands wiped away most of the preconceived notions of where it would all eventually lead. Andy Ruiz Jr. didn't just ...