National Sports

Ankiel says he drank vodka before starts to tame anxiety

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rick Ankiel says he drank vodka before his first two starts in 2001 to quell anxiety after throwing five wild pitches in one inning during the previous season's playoffs. Ankiel detailed his experience during an interview with 590 The Fan on Monday. Ankiel had a promising ...

After Huggins’ scary moment, No. 12 WVU beats Texas 77-62

By JOHN LOWE, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Bob Huggins fell to his knees and clutched his chest during a scary moment just before halftime. West Virginia players picked up their coach, got him to the bench and made his job easier by maintaining a comfortable lead the rest of ...

Lots of points, lots of dunks, not a lot of All-Star defense

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It was the fourth quarter of the All-Star Game, and a few fans started yelling loudly enough for DeAndre Jordan to hear them from his spot on the Western Conference bench. Their cry: "De-fense! De-fense!" Jordan's shout back: "No, ...

AP Source: Pelicans acquiring Cousins in multi-player deal

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins is on his way out of Sacramento — and right into an All-Star frontcourt pairing with Anthony Davis. The New Orleans Pelicans agreed to acquire Cousins from the Kings on Sunday, the same night the center was playing in ...

Roger Federer says Laver Cup will be a tough competition

PRAGUE (AP) — Roger Federer says the new Laver Cup team tournament is supposed to be a "tough" contest, not an exhibition. The competition will pit a team of the best six European players against the top six from the rest of the world. The inaugural edition is scheduled for September in ...

Tatar, Vanek lead Red Wings past Penguins

By DAN SCIFO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Admittedly not where they want to be in the standings, the Detroit Red Wings still have plenty of fight left. That much was evident this weekend with back-to-back wins against two of the NHL's best teams. Tomas Tatar and Thomas Vanek scored ...

Great expectations: Indians eye Series title after ’16 run

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Above the small cactuses and flowering plants dotting the concrete-blocked plaza outside the doorway to Cleveland's training complex is a new sign that serves as both a reminder and motivator. "American League Champions 2016," it ...

Dustin Johnson wins at Riviera, goes to No. 1 in the world

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The only question about Dustin Johnson going to No. 1 in the world is: What took so long? The talent was never an issue. Jordan Spieth once referred to Johnson as "a freak athlete," a term rarely heard in golf. Pat Perez was partly in awe ...

Robinson III, Gordon, Porzingis win NBA All-Star events

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Glenn Robinson III is the NBA's new dunk king, with an assist to Indiana teammate Paul George, the Pacers' mascot and a Pacers cheerleader. Robinson leaped over all three, snagging the ball from George along the way before finishing with ...

Jackson, No. 10 Tar Heels roll past No. 14 Cavaliers 65-41

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina managed to speed up the tempo on Virginia's methodical offense and kept the pressure on a defense that came in surrendering the fewest points in the nation. The result was the 10th-ranked Tar Heels maintaining ...

Dahlmeier edges Dunklee to win record 5th biathlon gold

HOCHFILZEN, Austria (AP) — Laura Dahlmeier won the world title in the women's 12.5-kilometer mass start on Sunday, becoming the first athlete to win five gold medals at a single biathlon world championship. The overall World Cup leader from Germany overtook Susan Dunklee, who led most of the ...

Austin Theriault wins accident-ended ARCA race at Daytona

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Austin Theriault would have welcomed another restart in the ARCA season opener. After all, he figured he had the field covered. "I feel strongly we still would have been in good shape," he said. Theriault never got a chance to find ...

Blue Jackets beat weary Penguins in overtime 2-1

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets provided a sellout crowd at Nationwide Arena with a captivating look at what the first round of the playoffs might look like. The high-energy Friday night game between the Metropolitan ...

Jets’ Revis charged after fight in Pittsburgh last weekend

PITTSBURGH (AP) — New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was charged with four first-degree felonies and one misdemeanor after allegedly being involved in a fight with two men last weekend. According to a docket sheet filed Thursday night, the 31-year-old Revis is facing two counts of ...

Big 12 with 5 teams on NCAA Tournament bubble, WVU a Lock

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer The Atlantic Coast Conference had more teams in the NCAA Tournament selection committee's top 16 with four. The Big 12 had more teams near the top and could be right behind the ACC when the actual selections are made. Through Thursday's games, the Big 12 ...

By the numbers, here’s a look at NBA All-Star weekend

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — You know the names. Now know the numbers. With the NBA's All-Star weekend events getting underway in earnest Friday, here's a look at some of the numbers of note going into the festivities in New Orleans. ___ .895 The career field ...

In movie, Justin Gatlin reflects on rise, fall, rise again

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer The heaving, uncontrollable sobs have occurred twice for Justin Gatlin. Once, for a failed drug test in his prime that led to a stay in track's version of purgatory. The other, over a .01-second slipup that he'll never get over. Say this much for the ...

Saunders feels a connection to Palmer everywhere he goes

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sam Saunders tried to put his thoughts down on paper, except that it wasn't working. Instead, he stood behind the podium at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, without notes, just powerful memories. He looked out at nearly 1,000 ...

Georgia gets another chance to knock off No. 13 Kentucky

By The Associated Press Here are a few things to watch in Southeastern Conference basketball this week: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 13 Kentucky at Georgia: After producing one of its best all-around performances in an 83-58 blowout of Tennessee, Kentucky goes on the road Saturday to face a Georgia ...

Crosby gets point No. 999, Penguins top Canucks 4-0

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The quality Mike Sullivan appreciates the most in Evgeni Malkin is the one that separates the Pittsburgh Penguins star from just about everyone else who happens to do what Malkin does for a living. "He's such a threat when he's on the ice," ...