National Sports

Denmark advances at World Cup in drab 0-0 draw with France

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — A game no team needed to win became the game no fan would want to watch. France and Denmark produced the World Cup's first 0-0 draw at the 37th attempt amid boos and whistles from fans on Tuesday. The slow-paced game was out of step with a ...

Australia eliminated, Peru leaves World Cup on high note

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Back at the World Cup for the first time since 1982, Peru isn't leaving Russia empty handed. The Peruvians failed to score a goal in their opening two matches, but the team finally gave its fans a reason to celebrate when it ended ...

South Florida hires CFP exec Kelly as athletic director

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer South Florida on Monday hired Michael Kelly, the chief operating officer of the College Football Playoff, to be its athletic director. Kelly, 47, worked at Tampa, Florida-based USF as an associate athletic director from 2001 to 2002. He was also ...

Joshua ordered by WBA to fight Povetkin and ditch Wilder

LONDON (AP) — Anthony Joshua was ordered to sign a deal to fight Alexander Povetkin "within 24 hours" or face being stripped of the WBA portion of his world heavyweight boxing titles. The WBA lost patience with the talks between Joshua and WBC champion Deontay Wilder for a unification bout, ...

Germany’s message after stunning winner: “We’re still alive”

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SOCHI, Russia (AP) — In the aftermath to one of the most memorable victories in Germany's long history of success, Toni Kroos and Marco Reus had a message for the critics back home waiting to see them fail. "We got a lot of criticism and some of it was ...

Messi is running out of time to save Argentina’s World Cup

By JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — For Lionel Messi, the time is now. Time to score at the World Cup. Time to save Argentina from another crushing disappointment. Time to live up to his reputation as one of the world's best players. Time to end questions about ...

Flames come away as biggest winner at NHL draft

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer DALLAS (AP) — Having no picks in the first three rounds made it look as though it would be a quiet, boring and ineffective weekend for the Calgary Flames. Instead, they became one of the biggest winners at the NHL draft by acquiring 23-year-old forward ...

LEADING OFF: Rangers-Twins get testy, Reds on grand run

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: CAREFUL Texas has won seven in a row, and things got a little testy Saturday during a 9-6 victory at Target Field. Jurickson Profar tied a Rangers record when he was hit by pitches three times. Profar stole second ...

Ciman, Diomande help LAFC to 2-0 win over Crew

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laurent Ciman returned from a two-game absence and scored in the opening minutes to help Los Angeles FC beat the Columbus Crew 2-0 on Saturday night. Ciman, the last player cut from the Belgian national team as it prepared for the World Cup, sent a free kick from 40 yards ...

Oregon St. beats Miss. St. 5-2, plays Arkansas in CWS finals

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Kevin Abel and Jake Mulholland made it look easy for Oregon State. Until it wasn't. Abel turned in the Beavers' best start of the College World Series and the usually reliable Mulholland came on in the eighth inning with a four-run lead ...

Font, Rays shut down Yanks; DeSclafani slams Reds past Cubs

By The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wilmer Font worked into the sixth inning to get his first major league win, Willy Adames homered and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-0 on Saturday. Font (1-3) allowed three hits, one walk and struck out four over 5 2/3 ...

Bauer strikes out 11 as Indians defeat Tigers 4-1

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer is piling up the strikeouts. And, the Cleveland Indians are piling up the wins. Bauer (7-5) struck out 11 over 6 1/3 innings to beat Detroit for the fourth time this season, leading Cleveland past the Tigers 4-1 on Saturday ...

NHRA: Clay Millican breaks Top Fuel track record in Norwalk

NORWALK, Ohio (AP) — Clay Millican broke the Top Fuel track speed record Saturday in rain-shortened qualifying at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Millican had a 3.750-second run at 332.67 mph in the lone qualifying session of the day. He has six No. 1 qualifiers this season. "Our ...

AP Source: Thunder F Anthony to opt in

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony plans to opt in and take the $28 million he is due next season. The New York Times first reported Anthony’s decision to bypass the chance to become a free agent. A person with knowledge of details confirmed Anthony’s ...

Stars re-sign Stephen Johns to 3-year deal

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars have signed defenseman Stephen Johns to a $7 million, three-year contract extension. The 26-year-old Johns had a career-best 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 75 games last season, his third in Dallas. He was the prospect acquired in a deal that brought ...

Dahlin to Sabres, Svechnikov to Canes to start NHL draft

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer DALLAS (AP) — Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin went first overall to the Buffalo Sabres and Russian winger Andrei Svechnikov second to the Carolina Hurricanes in the two most predictable developments of an NHL draft that also featured some ...

Dirk to Doncic: Mavs tap brakes on inevitable comparisons

By Schuyler Dixon AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic didn’t get compared to Larry Bird when he was introduced a day after the Dallas Mavericks traded up to get the third overall pick in the NBA draft. For president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, that’s progress based ...

Brazil blanks Costa Rica

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — After more than 90 minutes of aggravation and exasperation, Neymar and Brazil finally broke through Costa Rica's smothering defense. Philippe Coutinho scored in the first minute of stoppage time, and Neymar followed six minutes later to give Brazil a 2-0 victory ...

Devils’ Taylor Hall edges MacKinnon, wins NHL MVP

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — New Jersey’s Taylor Hall and the hometown Vegas Golden Knights went home with major honors from the NHL Awards. Hall won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player Wednesday night in the hockey world’s annual postseason ...

AP source: Hornets agree to send Howard to Nets

By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to trade eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov and two second-round draft picks, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on ...