National Sports

NBA announces 2019 All-Star game will held in Charlotte

By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NBA All-Star game is headed back to Charlotte in 2019, a couple of years later than anticipated. The NBA announced that the All-Star weekend will be held Feb. 15-17 in Charlotte and the game will be played at the Spectrum Center, ...

Cavs remain humble with chance to close out Celtics in Game 5

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — It took 10 games and halfway through the third round of the NBA playoffs before the Cleveland Cavaliers finally encountered their first true dose of resistance this postseason. After cruising to a 2-0 Eastern Conference finals lead over ...

Berrios thrives as Twins beat Orioles 4-3 for sweep

By David Ginsburg AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — After becoming the first team this season to win a series at Camden Yards, the Minnesota Twins wanted more. Beating the Baltimore Orioles twice in a row simply wasn’t good enough for these upstart Twins, who entered Wednesday’s ...

Nashville wants more history than just 1st Stanley Cup Final

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators, the final team into the NHL playoffs, are headed to the first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history. Coach Peter Laviolette insists they won't just be happy to be there either. "Our guys know the big ...

LEADING OFF: Cano comes off DL; Harvey returns home

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ HE'S BACK All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano is expected to come off the disabled list when Seattle begins an interleague series at NL East-leading Washington. Cano has been sidelined with a strained ...

So long, Wayne?: Cup final may be Rooney’s last United game

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Wayne Rooney could finish his Manchester United career by hoisting a European trophy, surrounded by jubilant teammates and with fireworks exploding around him. Still, it wouldn't be quite the end he would have envisioned after 13 ...

Desperate Ottawa tries to avoid elimination by Penguins

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Guy Boucher has typically kept his team off the ice on off-days during the postseason. Not Monday. The Ottawa coach opted for a half-hour practice ahead of Game 6 on Tuesday night to help his team "refresh" and "reload" after a 7-0 beating by Pittsburgh, one of the ...

Curry’s 36 points leads Warriors to sweep Spurs, 129-115

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Golden State made sure the inevitable was unavoidable. Heavily favored to beat the Spurs, especially once Kawhi Leonard sustained a series-ending injury, the Warriors completed a dominant sweep in the Western Conference Finals. Stephen ...

Column: Scott Dixon grabs Indy 500 spotlight, robbery aside

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It is only fitting that it was Scott Dixon, the greatest IndyCar driver of his generation, to grab some of the spotlight away from Fernando Alonso. Sure, "The Iceman" was robbed at gunpoint in the drive thru of a Taco Bell just a ...

Preds win from ousting Ducks to reach 1st Stanley Cup Final

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators don't have their top center, and their captain is day to day with an upper-body injury. They still have Pekka Rinne in net. And the Predators have a chance at history on their own ice, a win away from the ...

Alonso overcomes learning curve, engine change to start 5th

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — For a few brief moments Sunday, Fernando Alonso was on top of the IndyCar world. The two-time Formula One champion conquered an unexpected engine change and Indianapolis' usually tricky 2 1/2-mile oval with the fastest four-lap ...

Gardner, Sabathia lead Yanks over Rays 3-2, avoid sweep

By MARK DIDTLER, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Yankees manager Joe Girardi couldn't help but smile when talking about 5-foot-11 Brett Gardner going deep again and 6-foot-7 Aaron Judge making an unbelievable diving catch. Gardner hit his eighth home run, one more than this ...

Penguins strike early, rout Senators 7-0 to take 3-2 lead

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan calls it "getting to our game." It means he wants his team to attack opponents with speed, aggression and a dash of responsibility. Physically translated, it looks like the 60 minutes the defending ...

Predators edge past Ducks to take 3-2 lead

By Greg Beacham AP Hockey Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Pontus Aberg scored his first career playoff goal with 8:59 to play, and the Nashville Predators moved to the brink of their first Stanley Cup Final with a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals ...

NBA’s Kanter heading to US after being detained in Romania

By Cliff Brunt AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter is returning to the United States after being detained in a Romanian airport. Romanian Border Police spokesman Fabian Badila confirmed to The Associated Press that the player left Romania for ...

Boston creamed: Cavs return home after demolishing Celtics

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James wrapped up his postgame news conference, popped a toothpick in his mouth and pushed back from the podium as if he had just completed a satisfying meal. He and the Cavaliers feasted on the Celtics. Breaking records and Boston ...

Royals-Twins washed out, doubleheader set for Sunday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have postponed their game against the Kansas City Royals because of rain, prompting a doubleheader to finish the series. The team made the announcement about an hour before the scheduled first pitch on Saturday afternoon, with the forecast predicting ...

13-1 shot Cloud Computing springs upset in Preakness

By Beth Harris AP Racing Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Sometimes it pays to have a fresh horse. Cloud Computing skipped the Kentucky Derby, while eventual winner Always Dreaming and Classic Empire mixed it up in the mud at Churchill Downs. Two weeks later, Cloud Computing pounced on those two ...

Sidney Crosby, Penguins beat Senators 3-2 to tie series

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Matt Murray was back — and so was Sidney Crosby. Crosby had a goal and an assist, Murray made 22 saves in his first start of the playoffs and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Friday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2. Crosby ...

Kyle Busch wins Truck race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch raced to his second straight NASCAR Truck Series victory Friday night, leading 90 of 134 laps in a dominating run at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch has 48 career Truck victories — three short of Ron Hornaday Jr.'s series ...