National Sports

Late sub Diaz has 1st homer, 6 RBIs as Pirates top Mets 12-7

By JAKE SEINER, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — With catcher Francisco Cervelli feeling ill and ace Gerrit Cole struggling again, Pittsburgh needed a boost at the plate. Elias Diaz had just the thing for the ailing Pirates. "Big shot in the arm," manager Clint Hurdle said. Diaz hit his ...

Mesoraco homers in 10th, Reds rally for 3-2 win over Braves

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Devin Mesoraco brought an 0-for-15 slump with him to the plate in the 10th inning. He busted out with his first game-ending homer. Eugenio Suarez scored the tying run in the ninth on Jim Johnson's wild pitch, and Mesoraco led off the 10th with ...

Champions League Final: Buffon looks to become oldest winner

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Gianluigi Buffon has collected every major prize in club soccer, except the Champions League. Time is ticking for the Juventus goalkeeper to complete the set. If the 39-year-old Buffon finally lifts the European Cup on Saturday ...

Column: For Tiger Woods, a picture says it all

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist The arrest itself may be little more than a historical footnote as years go by, even if it was the event that finally buried any remaining mythology surrounding Tiger Woods. The picture will live on a lot longer. There was Woods as we've never seen him, ...

LEADING OFF: Night moves for Tanaka; Blue Jays go batty

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors Wednesday: ___ NIGHT AND DAY Masahiro Tanaka appears to do his best work at night. The New York Yankees right-hander makes his 11th start of the season in Baltimore, looking to extend an unusual run of success under ...

Serena’s back at a Slam! OK, sort of; she watched Venus win

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer PARIS (AP) — Serena Williams was back on the Grand Slam scene Wednesday, only she was snacking on a piece of fruit while sitting in a shaded part of the stands at the French Open, watching her older sister win in straight sets instead of playing a match ...

6 track athletes handed doping bans after Olympic retests

MONACO (AP) — Six Russian and Ukrainian track athletes were handed doping bans Wednesday after retests found they had doped at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. The IAAF said Russian sprinter Yulia Chermoshanskaya, who won 4x100-meter relay gold in 2008, was banned for two years. Two Ukrainians, ...

Headgear rules: Lee Corso, 81, signs extension with ESPN

By The Associated Press ESPN has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with Lee Corso, the 81-year-old star of "College GameDay." Corso joined ESPN in 1987 and has been part of the popular college football Saturday pregame show ever since. His head-gear game predictions, off-the-cuff ...

Family affair: Dillon brings iconic No. 3 to victory lane

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Richard Childress wasn't going to let just anyone drive the iconic black No. 3 Chevrolet following the death of the legendary Dale Earnhardt 16 years ago. It had to be someone special. "To put my grandson in that car was unbelievable," ...

Comfortable wins for Djokovic, Nadal at French Open

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Wrtiter PARIS (AP) — Back on the court where he completed his career Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic showed no sign of the crisis of confidence that has affected his game since winning the French Open last year. With new coach Andre Agassi watching from the stands, ...

LEADING OFF: Trout gets checked, Price makes season debut

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ TROUT OUT? The Angels will see how star Mike Trout is feeling, a day after he sprained his left thumb making a headfirst slide to steal a base in Miami. Trout left the game and X-rays were negative. The ...

Young drivers finish strong in star-studded Indy 500 field

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Keeping up with Ed Jones was a pretty tough task at the Indianapolis 500. With a little more experience, it could become a mighty challenge. Even before the Dubai-born driver started discussing his third-place finish, the best ever for ...

New Barcelona coach will inherit Messi — and the team’s flaws

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — When you get to manage Lionel Messi, it sounds downright silly to talk about the challenges awaiting Barcelona's coach-to-be. Yet whoever the Catalan club picks to replace Luis Enrique on Monday will not just be handed a ...

No indictment for escort, staffer in Louisville sex scandal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky grand jury declined to indict an escort and former Louisville men's basketball staffer in a sex scandal that engulfed the program. The Jefferson County grand jury decided Thursday there wasn't enough evidence for charges of prostitution and unlawful ...

Nova, Frazier lead Pirates to 9-4 win over Braves

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Ivan Nova pitched into the ninth inning, Adam Frazier hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates pounded Bartolo Colon for a 9-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. The Pirates split the four-game series at SunTrust Park after ...

Lance Armstrong announces engagement to Hansen

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cyclist Lance Armstrong has announced his engagement to longtime partner Anna Hansen. The couple has been together nearly a decade and have two children. Armstrong announced Wednesday on social media that he'd popped the question and posted a picture of the two of them ...

FA Cup: Conte can achieve the double with Chelsea

By SAM JOHNSTON, Associated Press Antonio Conte acknowledges it's been a great first season with Chelsea, the new English Premier League champion. It could have a sweeter ending on Saturday if they can take the FA Cup, too. The ability of the managers' manager of the year to get his side up ...

Van Garderen wins 18th stage, Dumoulin keeps Giro lead

ORTISEI, Italy (AP) — Tejay van Garderen claimed his first grand tour victory on the tough 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia as Tom Dumoulin kept the pink jersey on Thursday. Van Garderen, of the United States, came round the inside of the final corner to edge Mikel Landa at the uphill finish ...

UNC responds to 3rd set of NCAA charges in academic case

By JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina remains steadfast in its belief that the NCAA is overreaching in its investigation of the school's long-running academic fraud case. In a 102-page response to a third set of NCAA charges, North Carolina on Thursday once ...

NBA announces 2019 All-Star game will held in Charlotte

By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NBA All-Star game is headed back to Charlotte in 2019, a couple of years later than anticipated. The NBA announced that the All-Star weekend will be held Feb. 15-17 in Charlotte and the game will be played at the Spectrum Center, ...