National Sports

LEADING OFF: Strasburg back in SD, Betts rests for Bronx

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: HOMEGROWN Washington ace Stephen Strasburg was born and raised in the San Diego area and was the overall No. 1 draft pick out of San Diego State in 2009. He returns home to start at Petco Park — Strasburg is 6-2 ...

Red Sox, Yanks bring 2 best records into fight for 1st place

By MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball's most bitter rivals, ready to tangle once again. And this time, the Red Sox and Yankees bring the two best records in the big leagues into a fight for first place in the AL East. Following their throwback brawl at Fenway ...

Big Buff has Winnipeg Jets on verge of 1st West final

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dustin Byfuglien busted out his dance moves for a little celebration of his latest big goal, which may have caught many people by surprise. Not his teammates. "He's so loose before games," Winnipeg center Bryan Little said. ...

In the NBA playoffs, teams quick to tinker with lineups

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer The "Death Lineup" breathed new life into the Golden State Warriors. It was yet another reminder: In the NBA playoffs, where even a brief downward slide can be enough to end a season, even the best teams won't hesitate when they feel a need to shake up ...

Lightning back in East final for third time in 4 years

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning know the grind. Back in the Eastern Conference final for the third time in four years, the Atlantic Division winners led the NHL in scoring this season but have been even more impressive defensively through the ...

Fowler’s 2-run HR in 14th rallies Cardinals past Cubs, 4-3

By KURT VOIGT, AP Sports Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dexter Fowler had a flair for the dramatics during his two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, from game-winning home runs early in his first year at Colorado to the leadoff blast in Game 7 of the World Series in 2016. The St. Louis Cardinals ...

Kuhl, Rodriguez pitch 2-hitter as Pirates pummel Brewers 9-0

By JIM HOEHN, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers bring out the best in Chad Kuhl. Kuhl and Richard Rodriguez combined on a two-hitter, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Brewers 9-0 on Sunday. Kuhl is 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA in six starts against the Brewers, and the ...

Georgia Southern honors NFL player killed by drunken driver

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Southern University has honored Indiana Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, an alumnus killed by a drunken driver in February. News outlets report Jackson's parents, Wesley and Mary Jackson, were presented with his honorary bachelor of science degree during ...

Called shot: LeBron’s fadeaway has Raptors endangered

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James has perfected a signature, soul-crushing shot that also seems to describe what's happening again to the Toronto Raptors. The fadeaway. With cold-blooded precision, James worked the 24-second shot clock down to single digits ...

Albert Pujols becomes 32nd player in 3,000-hit club

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols got his 3,000th hit, reaching the mark with a broken-bat single Friday night against Seattle and becoming the 32nd player in major league history to join the exclusive club. Pujols dumped the single into ...

Inexperience, rain in the forecast for Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bob Baffert is seeking a fifth victory in the Kentucky Derby and he's got the favorite, too. Justify is the early 7-2 favorite for Saturday's 144th Run for the Roses that features a full field of 20 colts. Baffert trains Justify, who has just three starts, and longshot ...

Buehler, Dodgers’ bullpen combine to no-hit Padres in Mexico

By CARLOS RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — The Dodgers have the most no-hitters in the majors — and now the most in Mexico, too. Rookie Walker Buehler and a trio of Los Angeles relievers combined for the franchise's 23rd no-hitter in a 4-0 victory over the San Diego ...

Rockets blast Jazz 113-92 to take series lead

By JOHN COON, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Houston's offense gets going, the Rockets are nearly impossible to beat. James Harden had 25 points and 12 assists to lead Houston to a 113-92 win over Utah in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinals series on Friday ...

Tuch scores 2, Golden Knights beat Sharks 5-3 in Game 5

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — After a lackluster loss two nights earlier, the Vegas Golden Knights responded with an energetic performance in Game 5 to move one victory away from their second playoff series win, and a berth in the Western Conference final in their ...

LEADING OFF: Mets part with Matt Harvey, MLB in Mexico

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: A KNIGHT'S TALE Matt Harvey will be designated for assignment by the Mets after he refused a minor league assignment. The 29-year-old right-hander, nicknamed the Dark Knight of Gotham, lost his spot in the rotation ...

Cole fans career-high 16 in 1-hitter, Astros rout D-backs

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Gerrit Cole called his gem Friday night "probably my best" of his 134 career major league starts. The best of a lot of very good ones lately. Cole struck out a career-high 16 in a one-hitter and the Houston Astros routed the Arizona Diamondbacks ...

Marte’s inside-the-park HR helps Pirates beat Brewers 6-4

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Rounding first, Starling Marte saw his hard-hit fly ball bounce off an odd part of the wall and skip past center fielder Lorenzo Cain. Marte broke into a full-fledged sprint with a chance for an inside-the-park home run finally within ...

Latvia comes back to beat Norway in worlds, US faces Denmark

By KAREL JANICEK, Associated Press HERNING, Denmark (AP) — Rudolfs Balcers scored his second goal in overtime to complete Latvia's comeback victory over Norway in their first game at the world ice hockey championship on Saturday, and Switzerland prevailed over Austria 3-2 also in ...

Dominant Davis leads Pelicans past Warriors, 119-100

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis had 33 points, 18 rebounds and four steals, and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated Golden State 119-100 on Friday night to trim the Warriors’ series lead to 2-1. Davis was particularly dominant around the basket, scoring numerous times on dunks of the ...

Called shot: LeBron’s fadeaway has Raptors endangered

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James has perfected a signature, soul-crushing shot that also seems to describe what’s happening again to the Toronto Raptors. The fadeaway. With cold-blooded precision, James worked the 24-second shot clock down to single digits ...