National Sports

Rockets advance, wait to see if they’ll get shot at Warriors

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Minutes after the Houston Rockets eliminated the Utah Jazz to advance to the Western Conference semifinals for the third straight season they were already looking ahead to the possibility of getting another shot at the Golden State ...

Spurs seeking a Game 7; Nuggets look to advance

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich goes to the playoffs every season. And he usually sticks around for a while. The Spurs have never gone back-to-back years without a trip to the second round of the playoffs during the Popovich era. But the Denver Nuggets ...

Woods says he’ll play new PGA Tour event in Japan

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer Masters champion Tiger Woods is adding to his international travels at the end of this year, announcing Wednesday night that he will compete in Japan for the first time in 13 years at the new Zozo Championship. Woods said on Twitter that he was excited to play ...

Nashville gets its chance to step up for NFL draft

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Broadway in downtown Nashville is as lively a place as any in America. The Las Vegas Strip, Times Square and Bourbon Street have nothing on it. Particularly this week. For the first time, the NFL draft is in Music City, and ...

AP source: Chiefs get Clark from Seahawks for draft picks

By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs acquired pass rusher Frank Clark from the Seattle Seahawks for a package of picks Tuesday, then quickly agreed with him on a $105 million, five-year contract, as they continue to overhaul their much-maligned ...

LA Rams exercise contract option on Goff

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have exercised their fifth-year contract option on quarterback Jared Goff for the 2020 season. Rams general manager Les Snead announced the long-anticipated move Tuesday. He also affirmed the NFC champions’ plan to sign Goff to a long-term ...

Hurricanes rally past Capitals 5-2, force Game 7

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jordan Staal scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist in the third period, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Monday night to force Game 7 in their first-round playoff series. Justin Williams scored an insurance goal seconds after the ...

Antetokounmpo scores 41, leads Bucks to sweep of Detroit

By Noah Trister AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 41 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat Detroit 127-104 on Monday night, completing a four-game sweep of the Pistons and advancing to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2001. Milwaukee ...

CBS Sports signs multiyear deal with WNBA

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA is nearly doubling its national TV exposure with a multiyear deal with CBS Sports. CBS Sports Network will broadcast 40 WNBA games beginning next month when the season opens. The Minnesota Lynx vs. the Chicago Sky on May 25 ...

Defense order of the day for 1st round of NFL draft

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — We learned during the 2018 season that offense is beloved by NFL teams (and fans). We also learned that defense, as performed by the Patriots in the Super Bowl, carries away the Lombardi Trophy. This year’s draft, which ...

LEADING OFF: Yanks star Judge hurt, Pujols climbs RBI chart

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: A BENCH FOR THIS JUDGE The New York Yankees are expected to put All-Star slugger Aaron Judge on the injured list, a day after he hurt his left oblique taking a swing against Kansas City. The Yankees ...

Crawford wins by TKO when Khan doesn’t go on after low blow

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Terence Crawford knocked Amir Khan down just a few punches into their fight. The punch that finally ended it was below the belt. Crawford retained his welterweight title by technical knockout Saturday night when Khan wasn't able to continue ...

Embiid returns to help 76ers beat Nets for 3-1 series lead

By The Associated Press undefined NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Embiid had 31 points and 16 rebounds, and passed to Mike Scott for the go-ahead 3-pointer with 18 seconds left as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 112-108 on Saturday to take a 3-1 series lead. Embiid also had a flagrant ...

Bucks beat Pistons 119-103 to take 3-0 series lead

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks know they are often considered a one-man team. Saturday night, they took some major steps toward changing that perception. On a night where Giannis Antetokounmpo was limited by foul trouble, the Bucks had seven players score ...

Tucker homers in debut, Pirates top Giants 3-1 in 5 innings

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cole Tucker's day began with him frantically packing up what he could in his Indianapolis apartment in the middle of the night, grabbing a 5 a.m. flight to Pittsburgh with fellow Pirates call-up Bryan Reynolds and trying not to be overwhelmed ...

LEADING OFF: Braves need a closer, Royals-Chisox tempers

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: CLOSER NEEDED The Braves have a big hole in their bullpen now that closer Arodys Vizcaino will miss the rest of the season after having right shoulder surgery. General manager Alex Anthopoulos has heard ...

Gardner slam lifts Yanks over Red Sox 5-3 for 2-game sweep

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Brett Gardner smiled through the fog left from a gaudy celebration in the New York Yankees clubhouse, part of the new postgame routine that includes the razzle-dazzle of a smoke machine and strobe lights. "I think the idea was to play it ...

Celtics beat Pacers 99-91 to take 2-0 series lead

By The Associated Press undefined BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and the Boston Celtics rallied late in the fourth quarter to beat the Indiana Pacers 99-91 on Wednesday night for a 2-0 lead in the first-round series Coming out of a timeout with a chance for Indiana to tie it, ...

Carrasco K’s 12, Indians sweep Mariners with 1-0 win

By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — After one of the worst starts of his career, Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco spent several days tinkering to try and find solution. All it took was Carrasco picking up his tempo and believing in what he was throwing. "The last game I didn't have ...

Pirates top Tigers in 10 innings again, 3-2

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — At this point, Clint Hurdle is probably used to managing for more than nine innings. Colin Moran hit an RBI single in the top of the 10th, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Wednesday night. It was the second straight ...