National Sports

Indians beat Twins 9-3 in DH opener

By Andres Ybarra Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Even after outscoring Minnesota 17-4 in the first two games of their weekend series, Cleveland manager Terry Francona thinks his team still needs to “really get after it.” Especially now that the Indians are tied for first ...

Thomas shoots 63, trails Harman by 1 at US Open

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer ERIN, Wis. (AP) — Justin Thomas managed to stand out in a U.S. Open where par is going out of style. All it took was a 9-under 63, the lowest round to par in a major long known as the toughest test in golf. Thomas capped off his record day on the 667-yard ...

McGregor backers: Mayweather fight no sideshow

SINGAPORE (AP) — Conor McGregor’s fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26 has been described by critics as a novelty and a sideshow, among other things. McGregor’s camp doesn’t care what it’s called, promising only that it’ll be a contest. “Keep doubting us. We love it,” ...

Michael Phelps’ latest challenge: ‘Shark Week’

“Shark Week” has a new star attraction: Michael Phelps. Discovery Channel’s list of “Shark Week” programming next month includes a July 23 show titled “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White.” Discovery Channel billed it as “an event so monumental that no one has ever ...

McDonald’s ends Olympic sponsorship deal

By Eddie Pells AP National Writer The Olympics and McDonald’s used to go together like a hamburger and fries. They are no longer a combo. In a surprise move, the International Olympic Committee announced Friday it was ending its Olympic sponsorship deal with the fast-food giant three ...

Still going strong at 41, Johnson agrees to 3-year extension

By Noah Trister AP Sports Writer BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Fresh off another championship — and with three more victories already this season — Jimmie Johnson is showing no signs of slowing down. Now, he’s ready for at least three more years of racing. Beyond that, Johnson is leaving ...

Encarnacion homers, Indians beat Twins 8-1

By Patrick Donnelly Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Carlos Carrasco pitched one-hit ball into the sixth inning, Jose Ramirez had three hits and Edwin Encarnacion homered as the Cleveland Indians beat the pitching-thin Minnesota Twins 8-1 Friday night. Carrasco (7-2) gave up four hits ...

Top 3 miss US Open cut, leaving 4-way tie for lead

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer ERIN, Wis. (AP) — An 11-year-old golf course shaped from Wisconsin pastureland was sure to bring something different to the U.S. Open. This might have been more than anyone was expecting. The four players tied for the lead — Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka, ...

Game 5 wraps up highly-watched NBA Finals

NEW YORK (AP) — Golden State’s championship-clinching victory in Game 5 of the NBA Finals was watched by more than 25 million viewers on ABC, wrapping up the most-viewed series since Michael Jordan’s last title in 1998. The Warriors’ victory on Monday night peaked with 29.5 million ...

Man shouts at Lions players, removed from team facility

By Larry Lage AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — A man had to be escorted from the Detroit Lions’ minicamp after approaching a field and shouting as players and coaches were practicing. The man went past an unlocked gate Tuesday and approached the field, at one point yelling ...

Clemens’ son among familiar names on Day 2 of MLB draft

By Dennis Waszak Jr. AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Another Rocket is headed to Toronto. The Blue Jays selected University of Texas first baseman Kacy Clemens — son of Roger — in the eighth round of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday. The younger Clemens hit .305 for the ...

Twins set franchise record with 28 hits in 20-7 rout of M’s

By Jon Krawczynski AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eddie Rosario hit three home runs and drove in five runs and the Minnesota Twins set a franchise record with 28 hits while batting around in two different innings of a 20-7 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. Max ...

Judge hits 22nd homer, propels Yankees past Angels 5-3

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Judge realized he hadn't done much to impress his parents, who were in the Big A stands for his first game of the season in his home state. He struck out twice early, and he airmailed a throw to the plate that allowed a run to ...

LEADING OFF: Cespedes still limping, Zimmerman eyes return

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ YO DOWN Just days after ending a six-week DL stint, Mets star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is hobbling yet again, although the slugger isn't so concerned about his latest injury. Cespedes returned Saturday ...

Tough rough: US Open conditions can rob drama from a major

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer ERIN, Wis. (AP) — Remember last year, when Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson played a round for the ages, trading birdies and spectacular shots until Stenson finally came away with the British Open title? The U.S. Open won't be like that. First off, ...

Spanish state prosecutor charges Ronaldo with tax fraud

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish state prosecutor accused Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo of defrauding Spain's tax office of 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million) in unpaid taxes on Tuesday. In a statement, Madrid's regional state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four accounts of tax fraud from ...

Crosby, Pens cap amazing year with 2nd straight Stanley Cup

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Even Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to be challenged trying to top this. Crosby was awarded his second consecutive Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and goalie Matt Murray made 27 ...

Bradley’s stunning early goal helps US to 1-1 tie at Mexico

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer MEXICO CITY (AP) — Michael Bradley watched Hector Moreno's pass to Javier Hernandez in the center circle and thought back to the videos he had seen of the star pushing the ball back. So even before Chicharito tapped the ball toward Hector Herrera, Bradley ...

Nadal up to No. 2; Djokovic slides to No. 4, worst since ’09

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer PARIS (AP) — French Open champion Rafael Nadal moved up two spots to No. 2 in the ATP rankings on Monday, his highest placing since October 2014. Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, slid from No. 2 to No. 4 in the new rankings, his lowest status in 7½ years. He ...

Nova stars as Pirates beat Locke, Marlins 3-1

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Elias Diaz is filling in quite nicely for injured catchers Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart. Diaz drove in two runs, Ivan Nova pitched six shutout innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Jeff Locke and the Miami Marlins 3-1 on ...