National Sports

Matt Mooney’s college odyssey ends with Tech in title game

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Much like his vagabond coach, Texas Tech's Matt Mooney has undergone a college basketball journey unlike almost any other, from mid-major to out-of-the-way outpost to the rough-and-tumble Big 12. Now, under the searing spotlight of the ...

Culver, Hunter bring NBA upside to Texas Tech-Virginia final

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jarrett Culver knew Texas Tech desperately needed him to make a big leap after a solid freshman year so he charged full-speed into an offseason determined to refine and expand every element of his game. De'Andre Hunter needed a little ...

Clevinger strikes out 10 as Indians top Jays 3-1 for sweep

By STEVE HERRICK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Toronto was no match for Mike Clevinger, who was stopped Sunday only by upper back tightness that forced him from the game after five scoreless innings. Clevinger struck out 10 and allowed one hit to lead the Cleveland Indians over the ...

Mooney scores, Texas Tech clamps down in 61-51 win over MSU

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For those who thought Texas Tech only plays defense, it's time to meet Matt Mooney. While the Red Raiders were locking down Michigan State on one end, the graduate transfer shooting guard was raining in 3s on the other, lifting Tech one ...

Guy sinks FTs on disputed foul, Virginia shocks Auburn 63-62

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hard to call Virginia basketball boring after the last two games. And the Cavaliers have pretty much put the choker label to rest, too. From one-and-done to NCAA Tournament miracle men, Virginia will play for the national title ...

Strome scores in OT to lift Rangers past Penguins 4-3

By DAN SCIFO Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Guentzel's 40th goal of the season had a significant impact on the Stanley Cup playoffs. Guentzel scored with 2:35 to play, sending Saturday's regular-season finale against the New York Rangers to overtime. Ryan Strome scored 2:09 into ...

LEADING OFF: Mighty Mariners, Sunday night in Denver

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday: MIGHTY, MIGHTY MARINERS Seattle has been swinging big in 2019, entering its series finale against the White Sox leading the majors with 24 homers. All that power has the Mariners off to an 8-2 start, best ...

Newman doubles in 10th, Pirates beat Reds 6-5

By ALAN SAUNDERS Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kevin Newman put the ball in the left-center gap — the most spacious place in PNC Park — and Francisco Cervelli turned on the jets. Newman lined a double in the 10th inning and Cervelli scored from first base, diving home with the ...

Guy hits FTs on disputed foul, Virginia shocks Auburn

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — From one-and-done to NCAA Tournament miracle men, Virginia will play in the national championship game for the first time after pulling off another last-second stunner on a disputed foul with 0.6 seconds left. Kyle Guy made ...

Things to know for the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Following an epic Elite Eight and a week of buildup, the Final Four is finally here. Michigan State is the regular, making its eighth appearance in the national semifinals of the NCAA Tournament under Tom Izzo. The Spartans will face ...

Auburn’s Bruce Pearl has sheen of sweat, slime and success

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — There is a sheen that always seems to glisten on Auburn coach Bruce Pearl. You see, he sweats. A lot. He mostly keeps his suit jacket on during games, but Pearl peeled it off in the second half a regional final victory over Kentucky ...

Notre Dame and Baylor to meet in Sunday’s title game

By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw is excited that Sunday's night championship game will have two women coaches. The Fighting Irish will be looking to join UConn, Tennessee and Southern Cal in winning consecutive titles during the NCAA era ...

Brewers hit 5 home runs, send Cubs to 6th loss in row, 13-10

By RICH ROVITO Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers used a power surge to maintain their strong start and keep the Chicago Cubs reeling. Facing off for the first time this season on Friday night, the Brewers outslugged the Cubs 13-10 in an early season showdown of teams ...

Musgrove outduels Gray, Pirates hand Reds 3rd shutout in row

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Whatever chance the Pittsburgh Pirates have of elbowing their way into the conversation in the NL Central hinges largely on their starting rotation living up to the hype. A week in, all that talk looks legit. Playing the struggling ...

Yankees’ Stanton on 10-day injured list with strained biceps

NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton joined the New York Yankees' lengthy injured list after straining his left biceps, an injury that could cause him to miss much of April. Stanton got hurt fouling off a 3-1 fastball from Baltimore's Dylan Bundy in the third inning of Sunday's 7-5 loss. ...

Big catch: Browns welcome Odell Beckham after ‘surreal’ trade

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. looked at quarterback Baker Mayfield seated to his left, Jarvis Landry to his right and Myles Garrett at the end of the dais. “This can’t be real,” Beckham said, a tuft of bleached blond hair poking out from under his orange cap. This was no April ...

LEADING OFF: Yelich back at it on HR streak, 3 home openers

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: M-V-P! M-V-P! Christian Yelich has picked up right where he left off last season. The 2018 NL MVP hit his fourth homer Sunday and then a two-run double in the ninth inning that gave Milwaukee a dramatic 5-4 ...

Zion, No. 1 Duke miss out on Final Four in loss to Spartans

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty minutes after his first and, in all likelihood, last season at Duke ended with an Elite Eight exit, Zion Williamson trudged through an arena hallway, his head down. Following closely behind was teammate RJ Barrett, another ...

AP source: Red Sox, Bogaerts agree at $132M through 2025

By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has agreed to terms on a new contract that would keep him in Boston through 2025 and guarantee him $132 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday night. Bogaerts will ...

Penguins inch closer to playoff spot, top Hurricanes 3-1

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Cullen is well-versed in the electricity that creeps into a locker room when the games dwindle down to a precious few and the playoffs loom. It's one of the main reasons the veteran Pittsburgh Penguins center — at 42 the NHL's oldest ...