National Sports

Decision on Sharapova’s French Open wild card set for May 16

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — Maria Sharapova will find out next month if she can compete at the French Open. French tennis federation president Bernard Giudicelli said Wednesday that the announcement will be made on Facebook on May 16 at 7 p.m. local time. "The only ...

NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire at end of season

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season Tuesday, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as the series scrambles to rebuild its fan base. Colorful, candid and talented, ...

No more room for error for Madrid after loss to Barcelona

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — With its cushion at the top gone, Real Madrid needs wins. Another setback in the final rounds of the Spanish league could leave the title in the hands of Barcelona, which is carrying all the momentum after the last-minute win against Madrid at ...

LEADING OFF: Hicks a hit for Tigers, Blach set for Kershaw

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ HICKS STICKS John Hicks is off to an impressive start as a fill-in for injured Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Called up from Triple-A on Saturday morning, Hicks is 5 for 10 with a home run and six ...

The old guys are coming up big so far in these playoffs

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer George W. Bush was early in his first term as president. Seattle was years away from losing the SuperSonics. "Arrested Development" hadn't even started airing yet. That's how long ago Utah's Joe Johnson and Houston's Nene made their NBA debuts. So-called ...

Warriors move on with a sweep of the Trail Blazers

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Long after the Trail Blazers had left their court, many of Golden State's players celebrated on the floor at the Moda Center to the delight of a rather large contingent of yellow-clad fans who chanted "War-ri-ors! War-ri-ors!" The ...

Dozier’s base-clearing double pushes Twins past Rangers 3-2

By Stephen Hawkins AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Brian Dozier hit a bases-clearing double and the Minnesota Twins beat Texas 3-2 on Monday night, ending the Rangers’ AL-best four-game winning streak. Dozier’s two-out double in the fifth came after Martin Perez (1-3) walked ...

Westbrook goes on rant defending Thunder teammates

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder guard Russell Westbrook went on a rant defending his teammates after Sunday's 113-109 loss to the Houston Rockets. A recurring theme throughout the series has been Oklahoma City's tendency to lose leads when Westbrook sits in the ...

Pacquiao says Horn fight will show he’s not done yet

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Manny Pacquiao says his July 2 world title bout with Jeff Horn is his chance to tell the boxing world "I'm not done yet." The 38-year-old Pacquiao, an 11-time champion across eight weight divisions and now a member of the Philippines senate, had intended the WBO ...

Messi shows who’s in charge at ‘clasico’ against Madrid

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi took off his shirt and lifted it high in front of him, boldly displaying his name and number to the stunned crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. He stood there for a few seconds, staring at the fans, as if making sure they knew ...

Senators survive another OT to advance in NHL playoffs

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — After five extra periods in four overtime games, the Ottawa Senators will get a chance to rest before meeting the New York Rangers in the second round of the NHL playoffs. They'll need it. The Senators eliminated Boston with a 3-2 victory in ...

Absences of Marte, Bumgarner could shake up NL

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants are both in last place, and that's not even their biggest problem at the moment. They will both have to overcome some significant adversity to contend for the postseason this year after losing two of the ...

Warriors take 3-0 series lead over Blazers with 119-113 win

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Stephen Curry wasn't trying to be a hero. He just wanted the win. Curry scored 34 points — including a 3-pointer with just about a minute left that all but sealed the victory — and the Golden State Warriors overcame a slow ...

Oilers prove they are more than McDavid in playoff win

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Winning the Connor McDavid lottery two years ago was the key moment in the turnaround for an Edmonton Oilers team that had spent most of a decade at the bottom of the standings. But after McDavid put together an NHL-leading 100-point ...

Mary Keitany breaks a marathon record with 3rd London win

By ROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LONDON (AP) — Kenyan runner Mary Keitany broke Paula Radcliffe's women-only marathon world record on Sunday with a third victory in London, while Daniel Wanjiru won the men's race for the first time. The 35-year-old Keitany completed the 26.2-mile ...

Valdez digs deep to defend title in decision over Marriaga

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Although Oscar Valdez won a world championship belt last year, he still wondered whether he could go 12 full rounds with an elite fighter. Not only did the WBO featherweight champion have the physical stamina, he also had the mental ...

LEADING OFF: Twins-Tigers scrap; Scherzer on Sunday night

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BAD BLOOD The Tigers and Twins close out a three-game series a day after benches cleared and punches were thrown. Detroit's JaCoby Jones was hit in the face by a pitch, and two innings later, Minnesota ...

Raptors beat Bucks 87-76, tie series at 2-2

MILWAUKEE (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 87-76 in a defensive slugfest on Saturday to tie their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at two games apiece. Kyle Lowry had 14 of his 18 points in the second half for the Raptors, ...

Tigers edge Twins in scrappy game

By Patrick Donnelly Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Not long after Detroit outfielder JaCoby Jones got hit in the face by a pitch , the Tigers and Minnesota Twins were nose-to-nose on the field. Twins slugger Miguel Sano punched Tigers catcher James McCann in the chest protector and ...

Paajarvi’s OT goal gives Blues 4-3 win to oust Wild in 5

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota had the upper hand on St. Louis for most of this series, controlling the play for periods at a time. With goalie Jake Allen as their guide and coach Mike Yeo on their side, though, the Blues sure had the right formula for ...