National Sports

‘Saucer-eyed’: Caps, others count on rookies in NHL playoffs

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals have never used more rookies during a single postseason than the half-dozen who helped Alex Ovechkin and Co. reach the Eastern Conference final. They're contributing in various ways, including with secondary ...

Martinez homers, Red Sox rebound to cool off Yankees, 5-4

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — J.D. Martinez hit a tiebreaking home run against Dellin Betances (1-2) leading off the eighth inning, just beyond Aaron Judge's reach at the right-field wall, and the Boston Red Sox rebounded after wasting a four-run lead to beat New York 5-4 Thursday ...

Sapporo seems to have second thoughts about 2026 Olympic bid

By STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese city of Sapporo seems to be having second thoughts about bidding for the 2026 Winter Olympics and could focus instead on the 2030 Games. Sapporo held the 1972 Winter Olympics and is one of seven cities showing interest in 2026. The ...

Chacin contains his former team, Brewers beat Rockies 5-2

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — There's nothing like a homer on the first pitch of a game to perk up a dugout. Or pump up a pitcher. Lorenzo Cain homered to start things off, Jhoulys Chacin kept his former team in check into the sixth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the ...

Vegas next in Western final after Jets stun Preds in Game 7

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Winnipeg Jets are headed to the first Western Conference final in their short history after knocking off the NHL’s best team in the regular season. Tyler Myers and Paul Stastny scored 2:06 apart in the first period, and the Jets stunned the Nashville Predators ...

Velasquez, Santana lead Phillies past whiffing Giants 6-3

By MIKE CRANSTON, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Vince Velasquez bent over, his hands on his knees, as another home run sailed over his head. But somehow, what looked like a lost afternoon for the Philadelphia Phillies turned into another win. The San Francisco Giants took a 3-0 lead ...

Lions’ Patricia says he was ‘falsely accused’ of assault

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia said Thursday he was "falsely accused" in a 1996 sexual assault allegation that resurfaced this week, and he indicated that the matter has not been an issue as he has climbed from job to job in the ...

Nadal breaks McEnroe’s mark of straight sets won on surface

MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal broke John McEnroe's record of 49 straight sets won on the same surface by beating Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4 in the third round of the Madrid Open on Thursday. Nadal extended his winning streak to 50 consecutive sets on clay, eclipsing the mark McEnroe established ...

Reds promote Nick Krall to general manager

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer The Cincinnati Reds promoted Nick Krall to general manager on Thursday, giving him more responsibilities as the team tries to emerge from a major rebuild. Krall has been an assistant to Dick Williams, who will remain president of baseball operations and oversee ...

Ex-NFL player: Police fabricated evidence for gun charge

By DAVID PORTER, Associated Press ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A former NFL linebacker's career was cut short after authorities in New Jersey fabricated evidence linking him to a gun used in a shooting, the player alleged in a lawsuit filed this week. The Elizabeth police department and Union ...

Palmeiro back on diamond at 53 with hopes of MLB comeback

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) — Rafael Palmeiro isn't playing for a minor league team at age 53 just so he can be teammates with his son. Palmeiro said he knows there are people who think he has lost his mind, but he is serious about wanting to make a big league ...

US edges Latvia in OT, Slovakia tops France at hockey worlds

HERNING, Denmark (AP) — Cam Atkinson scored in overtime to give the United States a 3-2 win over Latvia on Thursday, its fourth straight victory at the ice hockey world championship. In another tight game, Slovakia kept its hopes alive for a quarterfinal spot by topping France 3-1, with ...

The NBA’s Final Four: Cavs, Celtics, Warriors, Rockets

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer The franchise with the most titles. The best player of this generation. The reigning champions. The probable MVP. The NBA has its Final Four. It certainly does not disappoint. Boston's win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night brought down the curtain on ...

LEADING OFF: Yanks go for sweep; Price to rejoin Red Sox

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ HOME COOKING CC Sabathia (2-0, 1.39 ERA) and the rolling New York Yankees go for their 18th victory in 19 games and a three-game sweep of rival Boston. New York (26-10) has won eight straight overall and 11 in a ...

Celtics beat 76ers 114-112 in Game 5, advance to face Cavs

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — With 2.4 seconds left and the Boston Celtics leading by one, Marcus Smart had a chance to all but clinch Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals and eliminate Philadelphia by making a pair of free throws. He missed the first. He could have ...

Lions coach Matt Patricia denies 1996 assault allegation

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia maintained his innocence and his new team said it supported him after a 1996 sexual assault allegation resurfaced Wednesday night. The Detroit News reported that Patricia and a friend of his were indicted 22 years ago by a Texas ...

Gardner, Judge rally Yankees past Red Sox for 17-1 surge

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Brett Gardner capped a slump-busting performance with a go-ahead, two-run triple off Craig Kimbrel in the eighth inning, Aaron Judge followed with a homer and the New York Yankees rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 9-6 Wednesday night for their 17th ...

Djokovic tries to remain optimistic despite another setback

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — Novak Djokovic is trying his best to stay optimistic despite a disappointing start to his season. Former No. 1-ranked Djokovic has struggled since returning from a layoff for a right elbow injury and is yet to reach the quarterfinals in the ...

Pirates win 6-5 with 4-run 9th

BY MIKE HELFGOT, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates are making a habit out of winning from behind. The Chicago White Sox are losing every which way. Colin Moran hit a two-run homer that capped a four-run rally against Nate Jones in the ninth inning, leading the Pirates ...

WORLD CUP: Lopetegui surpasses expectations with Spain

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — Julen Lopetegui stepped into a tricky situation when he took over as coach of the Spanish national team two years ago. Largely untested in a major coaching role, he was handed the difficult task of replacing Vicente Del Bosque and revamping ...