National Sports

Analysis: For Durant and Leonard, the move is to stay put

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard and Golden State’s Kevin Durant are both very difficult to figure out. They seem to enjoy giving cryptic answers, a minimum of clues, and clearly relish having enigmatic status. It makes free agency tough to ...

Blues sign coach Craig Berube to 3-year extension

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Blues made official Tuesday what everyone had expected the moment Craig Berube led St. Louis to a remarkable turnaround capped by the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. They stripped the interim tag from his title and signed him to three-year ...

James Wade has Sky playing well with wins in 5 of last 6

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — After a slow start, first-year coach James Wade has simplified things for the Chicago Sky, and it's paid off. The Sky have won five of their last six games, including a victory over the Connecticut Sun. "You have this vision you want ...

Column: Fassi embraces expectations and wants to be a star

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Maria Fassi only went to the golf course to watch her two older brothers. They lived near the Club de Golf in Pachuca, about an hour north of Mexico City, and their mother wanted them active in as many sports as possible. Lorena Ochoa ...

James Wade has Sky playing well with wins in 5 of last 6

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — After a slow start, first-year coach James Wade has simplified things for the Chicago Sky, and it's paid off. The Sky have won five of their last six games, including a victory over the Connecticut Sun. "You have this vision you want ...

Devils introduce Jack Hughes to New Jersey after big week

By Tom Canavan AP Sports Writer NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Devils introduced No. 1 overall pick Jack Hughes to New Jersey on Tuesday — even though he is already sharing the spotlight. The Devils have given notice they might be re-emerging as a contender with an encouraging draft and the ...

Teary-eyed Antetokounmpo wins NBA MVP honors

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks fell two games short of the NBA Finals. They won big at the NBA Awards. A tearful Giannis Antetokounmpo earned Most Valuable Player honors, Mike Budenholzer won Coach of the Year, and Jon Horst took Executive ...

LEADING OFF: Yanks try for HR record, Braves-Cubs cool off

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: HOMER HAPPY Aaron Judge, Gary Sánchez, Edwin Encarnación and the New York Yankees try to set the major league record for most consecutive games with a home run. The Yankees homered in their 27th straight ...

Michigan beats Vandy 7-4; 1st title since ’62 is 1 win away

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Michigan could sense the momentum slipping away. Jimmy Kerr got it back. Kerr homered for the third time in the College World Series, this time after Vanderbilt pulled within one in the sixth inning, and the Wolverines beat the Commodores ...

Yanks homer in record-tying 27th straight game, beat Toronto

By The Associated Press undefined NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton stretched the Yankees' home run streak to a record-tying 27 games, and New York beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-8 Monday night. Hicks and Stanton each hit three-run drives, and New York matched the mark set by ...

Wladimir Klitschko rescued at sea after yacht fire off Spain

By BARRY HATTON Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko says his boat trip off Spain with family and friends was cut short after a fire broke out on board. The 43-year-old Ukrainian said in a tweet Tuesday the group was evacuated from the ...

LEADING OFF: Mets deal with reporter dust-up, LA rooks rock

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: NEW YORK MESS The Mets open a series in Philadelphia a day after manager Mickey Callaway cursed at a reporter in the clubhouse, and pitcher Jason Vargas had to be restrained from charging him. Callaway ...

Santa Anita season ends after 30 horse deaths, trainer ban

By BETH HARRIS AP Racing Writer ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita's troubled racing season has come to a close after the deaths of 30 horses at the Southern California track rattled the industry and led to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer being banned when four of his horses were ...

Pujols concludes STL return with 2 hits, Molina jersey swap

By STEVE OVERBEY Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — In a weekend full of emotional moments, Los Angeles slugger Albert Pujols saved the best for last. Pujols capped off a stirring three-day return to St. Louis by exchanging jerseys with long-time friend and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina ...

Martin Truex Jr. holds off KyBusch to defend Sonoma title

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch have managed to keep their long-standing rivalry quite friendly during their first season as teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing. It's a bit easier for Truex to be a gracious winner — and for Busch to be ...

Green’s win at Women’s PGA makes mentor Webb proud

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — In the middle of the night before the most important round of golf in Hannah Green's life, a storm rolled through that produced a crack of thunder loud enough to shake the house she was staying at with a handful of fellow ...

Devil of a deal: New Jersey lands P.K. Subban from Nashville

By Tim Booth AP Sports Writer VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The revamp of the New Jersey Devils now includes one of the top defensemen in the NHL to go along with No. 1 overall draft pick Jack Hughes. The Devils made the biggest move of the second day of the NHL draft Saturday ...

The draft is over, and now on the clock: Free agency

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer Now on the clock: Chaos. The NBA offseason is about to kick into high gear. A draft that had good bits of intrigue — at least after New Orleans’ Zion Williamson, Memphis’ Ja Morant and New York’s R.J. Barrett were chosen first, second and third ...

Devils select US center Hughes with 1st pick in NHL draft

By John Wawrow AP Hockey Writer VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The New Jersey Devils selected American center Jack Hughes with the first pick in the NHL draft Friday night. From Orlando, Florida, Hughes is the eighth American selected No. 1, and first since 2016, when the Toronto ...

Marta sets record with 17th World Cup goal in Brazil victory

By The Associated Press Marta set a record for men and women with her 17th career World Cup goal in Brazil’s 1-0 victory over Italy on Tuesday night at Valenciennes that advanced the Selecao to the knockout rounds for the sixth straight time. The 33-year-old forward, playing in her fifth ...