National Sports

Missy Franklin to return to swimming at European meets

By The Associated Press Five-time Olympic swimming champion Missy Franklin is planning to return from double shoulder surgery at upcoming meets in France and Spain. It will mark the first time that the American competes since the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Franklin is entered in the 50-, 100- ...

Beilein staying at Michigan after interviewing with Pistons

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — John Beilein is staying at Michigan after talking with the Detroit Pistons about their coaching vacancy. Beilein announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he's excited about coaching the Wolverines next season and in the years to come. A ...

Muguruza, Halep move into French Open semifinals

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — After Angelique Kerber's final backhand bounced out of bounds on Court Suzanne Lenglen, Simona Halep turned to her box and pointed to her head. Coming from a player whose mental strength has often been questioned, the gesture spoke ...

Masters of rock: Yosemite climbers smash El Cap climb record

By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Days after two of the world's most celebrated rock climbers twice set astonishingly fast records on the biggest wall in Yosemite National Park, they did it again Wednesday, breaking a mark compared with track's four-minute mile. Alex ...

Warriors, Cavs stars say they’re not going to White House

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Stephen Curry and LeBron James spoke their minds last year. They have not changed their minds this year. No matter whose team wins the NBA championship, neither superstar will be at the White House anytime soon. On the day when the ...

Nadal takes 37-set streak into French Open quarterfinal

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal has won 37 completed sets in a row at the French Open heading into his quarterfinal against Diego Schwartzman. Top-ranked Nadal enters Wednesday's match bidding to reach his 11th semifinal at Roland Garros. The 11th-seeded Schwartzman has never made it to the final ...

Jury clears ex-wrestler CM Punk in defamation lawsuit

CHICAGO (AP) — Jurors have cleared former World Wrestling Entertainment champ CM Punk of defamation and invasion of privacy in a lawsuit brought by a wrestling doctor. Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, hugged his wife, former WWE star A.J. Lee., as the panel in Chicago delivered its ...

Cavaliers facing critical Game 3 vs. Warriors in NBA Finals

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — For LeBron James, losing is no longer an option. With Cleveland down 2-0 to Golden State in the NBA Finals, James knows better than anyone that he and the Cavaliers are facing a must-win situation in Game 3 on Wednesday night at Quicken ...

WORLD CUP: Shootout decides World Cup match for 1st time

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press For many, the 1982 semifinal match between France and West Germany is the greatest World Cup game of them all. It had everything — goals, high drama, arguably the worst foul in the tournament's history and, for the first time at the World Cup, a penalty ...

Report: Ex-swimming world champion Magnini faces doping ban

ROME (AP) — Two-time swimming world champion Filippo Magnini reportedly is facing a ban of up to eight years for doping. The Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Italy's anti-doping prosecutor requested an eight-year ban for Magnini and a four-year ban for his relay teammate Michele ...

LEADING OFF: Sho-time for Angels; Colon chases Marichal

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: SHO-TIME Shohei Ohtani makes his ninth major league start on the mound as the Angels host Kansas City. Back on his usual once-a-week pitching schedule, the two-way rookie phenom from Japan is 4-1 with a 3.18 ERA. Los ...

Capitals close to shot-blocking their way to Stanley Cup

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Stanley Cup Final is a block party for the Washington Capitals. For all of Evgeny Kuznetsov's points on offense and Braden Holtby's saves in net, the Capitals are one win away from blocking their way to the Cup. They've gotten in ...

On call: Cavs turning to seldom-used Hood against Warriors

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Rodney Hood's most significant moment in these playoffs came while sitting on the bench. Well, he's getting up and getting in the NBA Finals. Looking for an offensive weapon to negate Golden State's size and ability to switch assignments on ...

Diamondbacks edge Giants 3-2, spoil Bumgarner’s season debut

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner's mere presence back on the mound and healthy after all these months meant so much to the San Francisco Giants, even in defeat. But the big lefty is a perfectionist, and he expected more of himself in his ...

Missouri State tops Saint Louis 9-8 in NCAA elimination game

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Matt Brown's single scored Drew Millas from second base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Missouri State to a 9-8 win over Saint Louis after the Bears surrendered a two-run lead late in an NCAA regional elimination game Sunday. The winning hit off ...

Neymar makes spectacular return as Brazil beats Croatia 2-0

By MAURICIO SAVARESE, AP Sports Writer LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Only three months ago, Brazil striker Neymar was on an operating table and in danger of missing the World Cup in Russia. Those fears largely disappeared Sunday when Neymar returned to action with smart dribbling, fluent ...

Baez, Lester lead Cubs over Mets 2-0 for 4-game sweep

By SCOTT ORGERA, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The Cubs practiced a risky baserunning play during spring training, one that requires optimal conditions to execute successfully. That situation presented itself in the seventh inning Sunday, and manager Joe Maddon's club didn't hesitate to ...

Truex pulls away on final restart to win at Pocono Raceway

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. pulled away off a restart with seven laps left to win the NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday and thrust himself back into the championship picture. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick had turned the season into a ...

Djokovic’s next French Open foe was cleared of match-fixing

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer PARIS (AP) — In his record 12th French Open quarterfinal, Novak Djokovic will face a man he knows well, even if the rest of the world does not. What a tale Marco Cecchinato (it's pronounced Cheh-key-NAH'-toe) can tell, though. He is a 25-year-old from ...

Woods happy with his game despite another Sunday fade

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods made it interesting again, but slipped from contention on the last day of a tournament. Despite being done in by some poor putting at the Memorial, he believes there still was valuable progress. "I keep getting a little ...