National Sports

Pacquiao going big, or going bust in the Battle of Brisbane

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Freddie Roach is ready to narrow down Manny Pacquiao's options following the WBO welterweight championship fight against Jeff Horn: Think about another shot at Floyd Mayweather, or think about retirement. The 11-time world champion is ...

LEADING OFF: Nationals take a look at K-Rod, Yankees ailing

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ CAN HE HELP? The NL East-leading Washington Nationals were angling to add Francisco Rodriguez to their biggest trouble spot — the bullpen. The Nats have seen a lot of late leads get away this season and ...

Giants score plenty to back Samardzija, snap five-game skid

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For a night, the San Francisco Giants delivered the key hits with runners in scoring position. They got contributions from throughout the order, made things happen on the basepaths and did all the little things. Music blared in a ...

Transfer talk makes Sanchez better, Chile hopes

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Chile thinks transfer speculation around Alexis Sanchez will drive him to play even better against Portugal in the Confederations Cup semifinals. Sanchez has been linked with a move away from Arsenal and, far from distracting him, Chile teammate Marcelo Diaz said "he ...

LEADING OFF: Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium, Barreto pop

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ WELCOME BACK Old-Timers' Day is always a popular event at Yankee Stadium, and former catcher Jorge Posada figures to draw a lot of attention when he attends for the first time. Tim Raines, set for induction ...

Sonnen tops Silva in unanimous decision at Bellator in NYC

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Chael Sonnen took out one MMA legend, called out another, then unloaded his misery about fighting at Madison Square Garden. "I hate New York," he bellowed in the cage. Sonnen won on the scorecards, if not the adulation from MSG fight fans, ...

Jordan Spieth birdies 18th to keep Travelers lead

By PAT EATON-ROBB, AP Sports Writer CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Jordan Spieth continues to play just a little better than anyone else at the Travelers Championship. The 23-year-old Texan closed with a 20-foot birdie putt for a 4-under 66 on Saturday, giving him a one-stroke lead for the third ...

William Byron wins in Iowa for first Xfinity victory

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — It took rookie William Byron just a week to get over one of the most brutal losses of his young career. The 19-year-old Byron grabbed the lead with just over 20 laps left and won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday ...

LEADING OFF: Darvish-Tanaka for first time in US; Felix back

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ DARVISH VS. TANAKA The last meeting between Yu Darvish (6-5, 3.35 ERA) and Masahiro Tanaka (5-7, 6.34) was six years ago and nearly 7,000 miles away from Yankee Stadium. The Japanese pitchers will start ...

Family affair: Lakers get Lonzo Ball and dad with No. 2 pick

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Lonzo Ball is staying home with the Los Angeles Lakers, and the point guard is one big part of Magic Johnson's grand plan to return them to championship contention. The Lakers selected Ball with the second overall pick in the NBA ...

Paris shows off in race against Los Angeles for 2024 Games

PARIS (AP) — High-divers plunged into the River Seine, trampoline athletes somersaulted inside the Petit Palais art museum and runners raced on a floating track as Paris turned some of its world-famous landmarks over to sports on Friday in hopes of wowing the International Olympic ...

America’s Cup reaches crossroads as Kiwis near win

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — The first and perhaps only America's Cup sailed in the Bermuda Triangle could be over as soon as Sunday afternoon, bringing champagne showers to the Great Sound and changes to sailing's marquee regatta. That is, unless Jimmy ...

Portugal weighs resting Ronaldo for New Zealand game

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Portugal coach Fernando Santos could deny himself the pleasure of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo play against New Zealand on Saturday. After promising to rotate his starting lineup for a third Confederations Cup game in seven days, ...

Ice Cube has big expectations for his Big3 3-on-3 league

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Ice Cube is not planning an old timer's tour. He isn't interested in All-Star Game intensity. Players coming out of retirement for his new 3-on-3 basketball league were told they would need to deliver serious competition — and some ...

FIFA takes no further action on Mexico-New Zealand clashes

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — FIFA will not intervene after reviewing two volatile clashes between New Zealand and Mexico players and coaches. FIFA says "it has been verified that there are no grounds for any disciplinary action to be taken." Tempers flared in a running brawl late in ...

McDavid wins 1st Hart Trophy as NHL MVP

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Edmonton captain Connor McDavid has won his first Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player. McDavid claimed the award Wednesday night at the NHL’s annual postseason awards show at T-Mobile Arena, the new home of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. McDavid’s ...

Indians, Twins to play in San Juan on April 17-18 next year

NEW YORK (AP) — The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins will play a two-game series at San Juan on April 17-18, Major League Baseball’s first regular-season games in Puerto Rico since 2010. The commissioner’s office announced the matchups Wednesday. The Twins will be the home ...

Berrios’ arm, Sano’s bat key Twins vs. White Sox 4-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Berrios won his fourth straight start for Minnesota and Miguel Sano homered for the second straight game as the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Wednesday night behind two of their young stars. Berrios (7-1) finished eight innings for a second consecutive turn ...

Fleury leads Vegas Golden Knights’ expansion draft choices

By Greg Beacham AP Hockey Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights finally have some players to put on the desert ice this fall. Stanley Cup-winning goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, defensemen Marc Methot and Alexei Emelin, 30-goal scorer Jonathan Marchessault and forwards David Perron ...

Vegas holds all the cards with NHL expansion draft list out

By JOHN WAWROW and STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writers Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee had difficulty containing his excitement in anticipation of the NHL's expansion draft list being released. "The most fun I've ever had in hockey," McPhee said in a video posted of him ...