National Sports

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 ...

Stanley Cup-bound Vegas turning impossible into possible

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Welcome to Impossible. Those words have been projected onto the ice in big, bold letters at T-Mobile Arena before each game during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Well, the Vegas Golden Knights are turning impossible into possible. The ...

LEADING OFF: Big Sexy vs Bronx Bombers; Harper in walk year

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: BIG SEXY AND THE BRONX BOMBERS Three days before his 45th birthday, Bartolo Colon (2-1, 2.82 ERA) pitches for last-place Texas against the hard-hitting New York Yankees, who socked nine homers and totaled 18 runs in ...

Yates favored to win Giro d’Italia heading into final week

By DANIELLA MATAR, Associated Press As the Giro d'Italia heads into the final week, it's not really surprising that a British rider leads the overall standings. The surprise is that the leader is Simon Yates and not four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome. Froome arrived at the Giro ...

Curry comes alive to score 35, Warriors rout Rockets by 41

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry shook, shimmied and screamed, letting his adoring fans and the Rockets know that Oracle Arena was his house. Once the two-time MVP got his groove back, Houston was helpless. Curry scored 35 points with five ...

Cleveland’s bullpen blues keeping AL Central in play

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer Two years ago, the Cleveland bullpen led the way when the Indians overcame significant injuries in their starting rotation and won the American League pennant. Now, the fickle nature of relief pitching is holding the AL Central favorites back. After Sunday ...

Native American lacrosse teams leagueless in South Dakota

By BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press Travis Brave Heart was planning to spend his senior season this spring and summer tuning up to play college lacrosse in the fall. Instead, the 17-year-old standout from Aberdeen, South Dakota, is faced with the prospect of not playing at all. His Lightning ...

LEADING OFF: Ohtani takes mound, Romo starts again for Rays

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: OHTANI TIME Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani pitches at home against Tampa Bay. He's 3-1 with a 3.58 ERA in six starts, and struck out 11 Twins in his last outing. The 23-year-old rookie is hitting .321 with six ...

Rays plan to have reliever Romo start 2nd straight day

By DAN GREENSPAN, Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays reliever Sergio Romo played 11 seasons before making his first major league start. Not even 24 hours later, Romo will make his second. Romo will start for the second consecutive day in the finale of a four-game series ...