National Sports

Aussie drivers first to win Monaco, Indianapolis on same day

By JULIAN LINDEN, Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Two drivers from Down Under — thousands of miles apart and even further from home — unexpectedly found themselves parked together atop the motor racing world after winning the two biggest races in the sport Sunday. Just hours after Daniel ...

LeBron’s 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not sit out. He would not say goodbye to Cleveland again — not yet, anyway. And he would not be denied an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals. The four-time league MVP scored 35 ...

George McPhee has fingerprints all over Stanley Cup Final

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — George McPhee will only get a ring if the Vegas Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup. Maybe he should get one if the Washington Capitals win. McPhee is responsible for acquiring 13 players on the current roster during his 17 years as ...

Gibbs: Kyle Busch is simply ‘special’ on race day

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Joe Gibbs has coached Super Bowl champions. He's learned that to reach that level, it takes a group of guys who are "special" on game day — just like Kyle Busch, the top driver in the NASCAR team owner's stable and winner of 188 races ...

Sargent set to be latest teenager to make US soccer debut

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Josh Sargent's parents will be in the stands along with a bunch of friends. Three months after his 18th birthday, the red-haired forward could be the latest teenager to debut for a transforming U.S. national team. "It's going very fast, ...

LEADING OFF: Braves await word on Acuna, Verlander vs. Yanks

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: BANGED-UP BRAVE The Braves are awaiting a diagnosis on standout rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. following a frightening injury at Fenway Park on Sunday. Acuna's left leg buckled and he fell hard on his back after running ...

Germany’s ‘golden generation’ primed for World Cup defense

By CIARAN FAHEY, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew is brimming with confidence just over three weeks before what he calls the country's "golden generation" begins its World Cup defense against Mexico. "I have a very good feeling," Loew said at the team's training ...

Gordon leads Rockets over Warriors 98-94 to take series lead

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul's grit and veteran leadership have pushed the Golden State Warriors to the brink of elimination. Now the Houston Rockets must wait to see if his injured leg is strong enough to help them take one last step to the NBA ...

WORLD CUP: Gazza’s tears help relaunch English soccer

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press Barring its sole triumph at home in 1966, England hadn't done much at the World Cup. And by 1990, the national game was in deep trouble. Hooliganism, falling attendances and ramshackle stadiums had brought English soccer to new lows. Arguably, it was the team's ...

LEADING OFF: Pedroia rejoins Red Sox, Diamondback doldrums

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: WELCOME BACK Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia is set to be activated by the Red Sox after missing Boston's first 50 games while recovering from knee surgery. Manager Alex Cora says Pedroia will come off the ...

NFL players, coaches grapple with new anthem policy

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wanted to be talking about football matters — Seattle's recommitment to the run game, the addition of two new coordinators, almost anything to do with what happens between the lines. Instead, the league's ...

Now 25 years in, Bettman is never off as NHL commissioner

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer NEW YORK (AP) — There's usually another guest at the table when Gary Bettman and his wife, Shelli, go out to dinner with other couples during the NHL playoffs. Friends come to accept the glow of the TV screen set up so Bettman can keep an eye on games, ...

Column: Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt says it’s all or nothing

By MIKE SCHMIDT, For The Associated Press Our great game is trying to resist, but it is being pulled into an era run by information overload and an all-or-nothing attitude. Baseball has survived significant changes over the years. The Dead Ball era led to a more lively ball and more hitting. ...

Nastase arrested twice in a day, accused of drunken driving

ALISON MUTLER, Associated Press BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Former tennis player Ilie Nastase was arrested twice in the space of six hours in his native Romania on Friday, first on suspicion of driving a car while drunk and refusing to take a breathalyzer test, and then for going through a red ...

Bucks player says he tried to stay calm during arrest

MILWAUKEE (AP) — NBA player Sterling Brown says he tried to remain calm when Milwaukee police used a stun gun to take him down during his arrest for a parking violation. In an interview aired on ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday, the Milwaukee Bucks player says police pinned him down and ...

What’s next? NFL sparks new questions with anthem policy

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — With its popularity threatened and critics stretching all the way to the White House, the NFL just wanted to get past the debate over taking a knee during the national anthem. Put the focus back on football. Instead, the league seemed to ...

Bucks’ Brown decries ‘police intimidation’ during arrest

By IVAN MORENO, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee police chief has apologized to Sterling Brown and says officers have been disciplined for acting "inappropriately" after the Bucks player was zapped with a stun gun during his arrest for a parking violation in January. Brown, ...

Ovechkin, Holtby shine in Game 7, Caps beat Lightning 4-0

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin lifted the Prince of Wales Trophy, spun around and set it back down on a table. The rest of the Capitals joined him for a team photo after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Eastern ...

LEADING OFF: Astros-Indians again, Mets limp to tough trip

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: YOU AGAIN Houston's Charlie Morton and Cleveland's Mike Clevinger get a rematch of their most recent outing when the Astros and Indians begin a series at Progressive Field. Morton (6-0, 1.94 ERA) pitched Houston to a ...

Rockets to honor Texas school shooting victims before Game 5

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — When the Houston Rockets suit up for Thursday night's Western Conference finals game, they'll carry onto the court a remembrance of the 10 people who lost their lives in last week's Texas school shooting in Santa Fe. Each player's uniform ...