National Sports

Spurs extend streak to 9 straight, beat Warriors 111-105

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonia Spurs aren't concerned with making statements. They just want to pile up as many victories as they can late in the season. DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and nine rebounds, LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points and 13 rebounds ...

Capitals’ signing of Snively is evidence of Ovechkin effect

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Joe Snively cheered for the Washington Capitals growing up and played his youth hockey at their practice facility as part of the Little Caps program. Soon, he could be playing for the big Capitals. Snively on Monday signed a two-year, ...

Kang, Gonzalez win starting jobs in Pirates’ infield

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Jung Ho Kang and Erik Gonzalez have won starting jobs in the infield with the Pittsburgh Pirates. General manager Neal Huntington said Monday that Kang has beaten out Colin Moran at third base and Erik Gonzalez has won the shortstop competition over Kevin Newman. "It ...

Trio of top seeds puts ACC in the spotlight

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer The Atlantic Coast Conference comes into the NCAA Tournament with three No. 1 seeds. Putting three teams in the Final Four is a different matter. The last time one league had three teams in the national semifinals was 1985, the year the field expanded to 64 ...

Embiid, 76ers overcome Antetokounmpo’s 52 to beat Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 52 points, but Joel Embiid had 40 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the Milwaukee Bucks 130-125 on Sunday. Antetokounmpo was 15 of 26 from the field, including 3 of 8 from 3-point range, and made 19 of 21 ...

Gonzaga earns No. 1 seed in NCAA West Region

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gonzaga had its 21-game winning streak end in the West Coast Conference tournament title game. The loss to Saint Mary's was not enough to make the NCAA Tournament selection committee move the top-ranked Bulldogs off the No. 1 ...

McIlroy emerges from wild day to win Players Championship

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — His best swing was followed by his biggest drive, both setting up birdies, and from there Rory McIlroy knew how to finish. Suddenly staked to a one-shot lead, McIlroy had a 125-yard walk along the water to the 17th hole to face ...

The West will be wild, but in the end, Duke will win title

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer Think of the greatest rivalries in college sports. Michigan vs. Ohio State. Alabama vs. Auburn. Miami vs. Florida State. Everybody vs. Notre Dame. Duke vs. North Carolina is as good as any, if not better. They have met in basketball 251 times. They now ...

Biden’s verbal slip about campaign draws Democrats’ cheers

BY BRIAN SLODYSKO Associated Press DOVER, Del. (AP) — Did Joe Biden accidentally reveal his plans to run for the White House? Or was it just another slip of the tongue by the former vice president with a reputation for veering off script? In a keynote speech at a dinner for the Delaware ...

Rescues, evacuations as floodwaters breach levees in Midwest

By MARGERY A. BECK Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities were using boats and large vehicles on Saturday to rescue and evacuate residents in parts of the Midwest where a recent deluge of rainwater and snowmelt was sent pouring over frozen ground, overwhelming creeks and rivers, and ...

Gillibrand in 2020 Democratic race as full-fledged candidate

By JUANA SUMMERS Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand formally joined the 2020 White House race on Sunday and previewed the hard line she will take against President Donald Trump by announcing a rally outside one of his signature Manhattan properties. She had ...

Where eagles flirt: A DC tale of love, loss and raccoons

BY ASHRAF KHALIL Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a tale with everything you'd need for a soap opera: star-crossed lovers, a stable relationship threatened by younger suitors, pregnancy and loss, and a hungry raccoon. Washingtonians, along with a global community of eagle-watchers, ...

Some lawmakers worry about allowing sports bets on phones

By JENNIFER McDERMOTT and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — For states looking to profit off the new world of legal sports betting, there's an app for that. The question for state lawmakers: Should they allow it? As state legislatures across the U.S. decide whether to ...

BUBBLE WATCH: Nervous Sunday awaits for bubble teams

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer For the teams sliding around on the NCAA Tournament bubble, there are no more opportunities to change their resumes. The only thing left is to wait for the brackets to be announced Sunday. Some bubble teams used their respective conference tournaments to ...

Spence defends IBF welterweight title with win over Garcia

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Errol Spence Jr. had to go the distance to defend his IBF welterweight title for the third time. Still, the outcome was never in doubt for one of the world's best pound-for-pound boxers. Spence unanimously outpointed previously ...

Williamson, No. 5 Duke beat No. 12 FSU 73-63 for ACC title

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson remembers crying in his mother's arms after suffering a knee sprain that would sideline him for nearly six full games and threaten fifth-ranked Duke's title potential. Less than a month later, Williamson was standing ...

Curry’s 33 lead Warriors past Thunder 110-88 without Durant

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One of Golden State's former MVPs was out, so the other stepped forward. Stephen Curry picked up the slack for the injured Kevin Durant, scoring 33 points to help Golden State roll past the Oklahoma City Thunder, 110-88 on Saturday night ...

No. 24 Cincinnati holds off Wichita State for 66-63 victory

By CLAY BAILEY Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — As Cincinnati expected, Wichita State had one last run down the stretch — enough to pull even, but not overtake the No. 24 Bearcats. Nysier Brooks scored 13 points and Cane Broome hit the go-ahead layup with 23.5 seconds left to give ...

Zion Williamson leads No. 5 Duke to ACC title

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Zion Williamson had 21 points to cap a dominating three-game show at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, helping fifth-ranked Duke beat No. 12 Florida State 73-63 on Saturday night in the championship game. RJ Barrett added 17 points and nine rebounds and the ...

SHR, Hendrick gunning for 1st win under new rules at Fontana

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Four drivers have earned a victory in the first four weeks of what’s shaping up as a competitive NASCAR Cup Series season. Only two teams have reached Victory Lane, however. Two other giants of the sport are eager to join ...