National Sports

Morton, Stassi lead Astros over Padres 4-1 for series win

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros right-hander Charlie Morton often marvels at the nameplates above the lockers in the corner of the clubhouse where his fellow starters sit. Morton, the No. 5 starter on a pitching staff that is arguably the best in baseball, continued to dominate and Max Stassi ...

Taillon tosses 1-hitter, Pirates top Reds 5-0

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clint Hurdle approached Jameson Taillon in Pittsburgh's dugout after the top of the eighth inning and asked his team's emerging ace for a bit of healthy self-assessment. "He asked me if I had pitches left," Taillon said. "I don't know if I ...

Quintana shuts down Brewers, Cubs head home after 3-0 win

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Chicago Cubs finally get to play at Wrigley Field again. They are coming home on a high note thanks to another nice outing for Jose Quintana at Miller Park. The left-hander tossed six innings of three-hit ball, Ben Zobrist homered ...

Gomes powers Indians to 3-1 win over Royals

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes beat everyone with one big swing. The wind, the record-cold temperatures and Kansas City. Gomes hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Brandon Maurer in the ninth inning, lifting the Indians to a 3-1 win over the ...

Marlins spoil Jake Arrieta’s debut, beat Phillies 6-3

By ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jake Arrieta had some tough luck in a short debut. Arrieta lasted just four innings Sunday in his first start for the Phillies, and Philadelphia lost 6-3 to the Miami Marlins on Brian Anderson's tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth ...

NHL playoff format will knock out top teams early

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Two of the top four teams in the NHL are guaranteed to be out the playoffs after the second round. Goodbye Nashville or Winnipeg. Goodbye Boston or Tampa Bay. Thanks for playing. That's the reality under the divisional playoff format that could pit the top ...

US now waits after clinching 1st Davis Cup semi since 2012

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United States is off to a perfect start in Davis Cup play this year, and the Americans now have to wait and see if they can continue this momentum when they play in the semifinals for the first time since 2012. Ryan Harrison ...

76ers rout Mavericks 109-97, win 14th in row, tie club mark

By MIKE CRANSTON, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown acknowledged that after he told his players and the media before the season began that the goal was to make the playoffs, it "wasn't well received" by many in the cautious front office. Turns out, ...

Prince scores 33, Hawks beat resting Celtics, win 112-106

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown could see the fourth quarter well enough from the Boston bench to know he wasn't worried about the Celtics' recent stumbles. "If we would have played our normal rotation, we would have won that game," he said Sunday after coach ...

Hockey bus crash victims include respected coach, captain

HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan (AP) — Junior hockey players and others were en route to a crucial playoff game on Friday when a tractor-trailer slammed into their chartered bus, killing 15 and sending shock waves through a small Canadian town. The dead include the son of a former NHL player, the ...

Reed vs McIlroy: A Ryder Cup rematch at the Masters

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — It's essentially a Ryder Cup rematch at Augusta National. Patrick Reed and his par-5 prowess versus Rory McIlroy and his penchant for clutch shots. A 27-year-old American seeking his first major championship versus a 28-year-old Irishman ...

Red Sox beat Rays 10-3 for 7th straight win

By The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts hit the first grand slam for Boston since the end of the 2016 season and drove in a career-best six runs to carry the Red Sox to a 10-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday for their seventh straight victory. J.D. Martinez and Rafael ...

Canada reels: 15 die when truck, hockey team bus collide

By JEREMY HAINSWORTH and ROB GILLIES, Associated Press HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan (AP) — A semi-trailer slammed into a bus carrying a youth hockey team in western Canada, killing 15 people and injuring 14 in a catastrophic collision that left a country and its national sport heartbroken. The ...

Move aside, Conor: Nurmagomedov takes UFC’s 155-pound crown

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Khabib Nurmagomedov wanted an unsanctioned brawl against Conor McGregor in a loading dock. He instead ended his long ride toward a UFC title with a championship belt to bring back to Russia. Nurmagomedov capped one the rockiest weeks in UFC's ...

MLB roundup: Brantley leads Indians to 3-2 home-opening win over Royals

CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley singled home two runs in his first at-bat this season and Carlos Carrasco worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 win in their chilly home opener over the Kansas City Royals on Friday. Brantley missed ...

Villanova’s Brunson, S Carolina’s Wilson win Wooden Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jalen Brunson of national champion Villanova and A'ja Wilson of South Carolina won the John R. Wooden Award as national players of the year Friday night. They received their trophies during the fourth annual College Basketball Awards in a nationally televised show from The ...

Reed takes lead as Masters takes shape without Tiger in mix

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Patrick Reed is leading a major championship for the first time, and his confidence is so high that he can only see what’s ahead of him. Maybe that’s just as well at this Masters. Reed started and finished the front nine with three ...

Resilient Spieth stays in contention at Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Given Jordan Spieth’s past experiences at Augusta National, there was no reason to panic. It was the front nine. It was the second round. It was nowhere near the worst he’s been through at the Masters. So Spieth remained calm despite losing a two-shot lead on the ...

Regardless of standings, the East road goes through LeBron

MIAMI (AP) — It only looks like parity. Consider it an April tradition: The franchise that goes into the Eastern Conference playoffs as the No. 1 seed changes annually. Toronto is on the brink of clinching the top spot in the East this season — which would make the Raptors the seventh ...

Auburn guard Jared Harper enters NBA draft

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn sophomore point guard Jared Harper is entering the NBA draft. Harper announced his decision on Friday but says he’s not planning to hire an agent. Underclassmen have until June 11 to withdraw from the draft if they don’t sign with an agent. Harper averaged ...