National Sports

Richard Simmons’ rep denies housekeeper controlling star

By The Associated Press Richard Simmons' publicist is speaking out in defense of the reclusive weight-loss guru amid the launch of a popular podcast that seeks to find out why Simmons has been missing from the public eye. "Missing Richard Simmons" is hosted by Dan Taberski, a filmmaker who ...

Crews fight fires in Colorado, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma

STERLING, Colo. (AP) — Wildfires burning in Colorado, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma have forced evacuations and destroyed several buildings. A pair of fires in the Texas Panhandle burned more than 100 square miles. One of the blazes near Amarillo threatened about 150 homes. In Colorado, a fire ...

Poll: Americans divided on admitting refugees

By LAURIE KELLMAN and EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Where immigrants are concerned, James Wright is OK with people who are here legally, as well as illegally — if they haven't committed crimes. But turn the talk specifically to the risks and benefits of admitting ...

Bogut breaks leg in debut, Cavs lose 106-98 to Heat

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James didn't need to speak with Andrew Bogut or see the X-rays on the center's leg. "I heard it break," he said. "I heard it crack." In an ugly instant, Cleveland lost much more than a game Monday night. Bogut broke his left leg ...

Fleury stands tall in relief, Penguins rally by Sabres 4-3

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — His team flat, listless and basically overwhelmed during a miserable first period against Buffalo on Sunday, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan looked down his bench searching for a jolt. He found one in Marc-Andre Fleury, who wondered ...

Dustin Johnson is No. 1 in the world and playing like it

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexico Championship put on quite a show in its debut as a World Golf Championships event. So did Dustin Johnson. In his first tournament as No. 1 in the world, Johnson gave every indication that he planned on staying at the top for a ...

Keselowski steals Atlanta win after Harvick caught speeding

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Kevin Harvick was faster than everyone at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Too fast, it turned out. Harvick ruined a dominating performance by speeding on his final pit stop, allowing Brad Keselowski to steal a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup victory ...

Curry ends slump with 31, Warriors beat Knicks 112-105

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Curry's shot still wasn't falling, and that wasn't the only strange thing. Madison Square Garden's decision to play no sound during warmups or stoppages in play in the first half Sunday created a silent setting that was more ...

UConn beats UCF in AAC semifinal for 106th straight win

By PAT EATON-ROBB, AP Sports Writer UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — UConn brushed aside a physical challenge from UCF to move back into the final of the American Athletic Conference Tournament. Gabby Williams and Napheesa Collier each scored 16 points and the top-ranked Huskies beat the Knights ...

Villanova’s Hart leads All-Big East team

NEW YORK (AP) — Villanova's Josh Hart and Jalen Brunson were among the four unanimous selections to the All-Big East first team Sunday. Marcus Foster of Creighton and Angel Delgado of Seton Hall were also unanimous choices. Trevon Bluiett of Xavier and Andrew Chrabascz of Butler also were ...

Celtics send Lakers to 6th straight loss, 115-95

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Isaiah Thomas was close to going back into the game after the Lakers got within 13 points at the start of the fourth quarter. Instead, the Celtics reserves made sure Thomas stayed on the bench by extending the lead to 22 points. Thomas ...

Vonn places 2nd in World Cup downhill at 2018 Olympic site

By JOHN DUERDEN, Associated Press JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Lindsey Vonn went first out of the gate in Saturday's World Cup downhill race and it nearly paid off. Vonn was beaten by just 0.07 seconds by Italy's Sofia Goggia in a test event ahead of the 2018 Olympics. The American, who ...

‘Bama star linebacker Foster sent home from NFL combine

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that linebacker Reuben Foster, a potential top-10 pick, has been sent home from the NFL's annual combine. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the ...

Michelle Wie leads LPGA Singapore by 2 after 3 rounds

SINGAPORE (AP) — Michelle Wie shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to lead the LPGA's Women's Champions tournament by two strokes after the third round. The American followed up her previous rounds of 66 and 69 to reach 14-under 202 and lead an LPGA event after 54 holes for the first time since she ...

Free agency 2017: A look at the crop

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Free agency is not the lifeblood of NFL teams. The draft remains the most significant means by which to build and fortify a franchise. Yet, as the salary cap increases exponentially each year under the 10-year labor agreement reached ...

Baylor’s Mulkey apologizes for remarks about assault scandal

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey made a tearful apology for her recent controversial remarks about the school's sexual assault scandal. The two-time national championship coach said Thursday at a news conference that she's "sorry for the choice of words." In ...

Nurmagomedov weight issues scrap UFC 209 bout with Ferguson

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Khabib Nurmagomedov's UFC interim lightweight title bout with Tony Ferguson was canceled Friday after Nurmagomedov was hospitalized due to problems making weight. One of the most anticipated bouts of the year was scrapped one day before ...

Boxing’s big night? Unbeatens Thurman, Garcia on network TV

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A combined record of 60-0, with 41 knockouts. A likely full Barclays Center. Network television. Boxing can always use an event that makes folks take notice. And this welterweight unification bout figures to be quite a show Saturday night ...

What to look for as free agency begins in the NFL

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer On first look, it's tempting to ask "Is that all there is?" on the NFL free agency front. A deeper investigation reveals some talent being available at most positions. As for studs, game changers and franchise players, well, there simply isn't much now ...

Jets release veteran WR Brandon Marshall

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Marshall is on the move again — and the New York Jets' roster purge of big-name players with big salaries continues. The Jets on Friday released the well-traveled wide receiver and cleared $7.5 million on the salary ...