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Penguins star Sidney Crosby out with another concussion

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The scene brought back jarring memories. Sidney Crosby woozily making his way off the ice after taking a brutal hit from a member of the Washington Capitals. His brain foggy. His immediate future uncertain. The sight of their captain slowly ...

Penguins star Crosby leaves game following hit to head

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby left Game 3 of his team's playoff series against Washington after taking a hit to the head from Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen. The NHL's leading scorer and one of the game's best players did not return and his status for ...

Celtics look like top seed; Warriors rested for surging Jazz

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — For the first time this postseason, there is a calm beginning to settle over the Boston Celtics. The top-seeded Celtics struggled to find their footing at the outset of their first-round series with Chicago after their leader Isaiah Thomas' ...

Shattenkirk nets OT winner for Caps; Crosby exits

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — A shot from the point by Washington's Kevin Shattenkirk salvaged — or at the very least, extended — his team's season. A far different kind of shot may end up determining the outcome of a playoff series growing more contentious by the ...

LEADING OFF: Miggy’s back, Texas tussle, aces up

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ MIGGY MENDED Miguel Cabrera is expected to come off the disabled list and play for the Tigers against Cleveland. The star slugger has been out since April 21 because of a groin injury, but looked good in ...

Rangers regroup after tough loss, confident for Game 3

By VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Back home and with an extra day off following their tough double-overtime loss at Ottawa, the New York Rangers are a confident group as they prepare to face the Senators in Game 3. The Rangers led 5-3 late in the third period on ...

Desperate Capitals go back to Holtby for Game 3 vs. Penguins

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Desperate times called for a players-only meeting in the Washington Capitals' locker room after they fell behind 2-0 in their second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. What was said? Matt Niskanen called it "none of your business," Alex ...

LEADING OFF: Machado, O’s in Beantown after near-beaning

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BIRDS IN BEANTOWN The Orioles face Boston at Fenway Park in their first meeting since tempers flared a week ago at Camden Yards. Manny Machado rankled the Red Sox with a late slide into second baseman Dustin ...

For 2nd time, Hall-of-Famer Bird resigns as Pacers president

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Larry Bird made it official Monday, resigning as the Indiana Pacers' president of basketball operations and saying simply that it was time to do something else. "I felt it was time to step away in a full-time capacity," Bird said in a ...

Rendon drives in 10, hits 3 HRs as Nationals rout Mets 23-5

By HARVEY VALENTINE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon said he'd never had a day like this one. Not many players have. Rendon had 10 RBIs, three home runs and six hits as Washington took advantage of Noah Syndergaard's injury and mauled the New York ...

Smith-Blixt team wins PGA Zurich Classic on 4th playoff hole

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer AVONDALE, La. (AP) — The team of Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won the Zurich Classic on the fourth playoff hole Monday, capturing a new-format tournament that had been held over a day because of darkness. Smith hit a 58-yard approach shot within 3 ½ ...

LEADING OFF: Cubs, Red Sox show off trophies at Fenway Park

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ CROWNS IN TOWN The curse-breaking World Series trophies that the Red Sox won in 2004 and the Cubs earned last year will both be on display at Fenway Park when Boston hosts Chicago in the nationally televised ...

With 53 draft picks, SEC leads nation for 11th straight year

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer It started with Texas A&M's Myles Garrett going No. 1 overall and ended with Mississippi's Chad Kelly going last as "Mr. Irrelevant." For the 11th straight year, the SEC led all conferences in number of NFL draft picks. The league had 23 players taken ...

Dodgers scored 4 in the ninth to beat Phillies 6-5

BY TOM CONNOLLY, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — With his team having homered twice to pull within a run in the ninth inning, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts sent Justin Turner to the plate to keep the rally going. Turner did just that, hitting the third consecutive homer off Hector Neris ...

Penguins chase Holtby, beat Capitals to take 2-0 series lead

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — When Sidney Crosby wasn't beating the Washington Capitals putting the puck through his legs, he was doing it belly down on the ice. No matter the unconventional plays or style of game, Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are rolling after ...

Nova tosses 3-hit shutout, Pirates win 4-0 over Marlins

By CHRISTOPHER STOCK, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is having fun watching Ivan Nova pitch. "It's a blast," Hurdle said. "I don't think you should ever take it for granted." Nova pitched a three-hitter and the Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 4-0 on ...

LEADING OFF: Bruising Nats host battered Mets, Cubs-Red Sox

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ WASHINGTON CAPITALIZES Trea Turner and the Nationals clubbed their way through Coors Field this week, scoring 11 or more runs in three straight games for the first time since they were the Montreal Expos in ...

2nd-day draft steals? Cook, Lamp could go early; Mixon, too

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The last two players to be selected with the first pick of the second round of the NFL draft were New York Giants star safety Landon Collins in 2015 and Cleveland Browns promising pass rusher Emmanuel Ogbah last year. The point being there is ...

Spurs advance: San Antonio beats Grizzlies 103-96 in Game 6

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs wanted no part of playing a seventh game against the Grizzlies, not with the Houston Rockets looming in the next round. Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, and the Spurs advanced to the Western Conference ...

Tanaka outduels Sale and Yankees beat Red Sox 3-0

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — New York Yankees starters failed to record a complete game in all of 2016 — the first time in franchise history that's happened. Masahiro Tanaka ended that slump this season before April was up. Tanaka pitched a three-hitter to outduel Chris ...