National Sports

Robertson endorses Westbrook for MVP

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oscar Robertson endorsed Russell Westbrook for the Most Valuable Player award before the Thunder's regular-season finale against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. Westbrook broke Robertson's single-season record for triple-doubles ...

Gretzky buzzing over McDavid, Matthews’ NHL playoff debuts

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer It's 2005-06 all over again for Wayne Gretzky when it comes to youngsters Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews making their NHL playoff debuts. The Great One couldn't help but share his enthusiasm in a text to The Associated Press, comparing McDavid and ...

Braves’ new park finally set for real test in home opener

By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves' new stadium is ready for its first real unveiling. The Braves' new team remains an unfinished work. A sellout crowd will be watching when the Braves finally play their first regular-season game in SunTrust Park against ...

Australia defends its world title in men’s team pursuit

By BRIDGETTE HALL, Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Australia defended its title in the men's team pursuit on Thursday at the world track cycling championships. Sam Welsford, Cameron Meyer, Alexander Porter and Nicholas Yallouris won in 3 minutes, 51.503 seconds, beating last year's ...

Wolves lose season finale

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had his 22nd triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists to help the Houston Rockets wrap up the regular season with a 123-118 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. The MVP contender ...

St. Louis sues NFL, teams over Rams relocation to LA

By Jim Salter Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — The city of St. Louis filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the National Football League over the Rams’ relocation to Los Angeles, alleging the league violated its own relocation guidelines and enriched itself at the expense of the community ...

Companies vie to remake Seattle arena to attract NHL, NBA

SEATTLE (AP) — Two arena companies have pitched multi-million plans to remake Seattle’s KeyArena into a premier entertainment venue that’s ready for an NBA or NHL team. Seattle has so far received two proposals ahead of Wednesday’s 5 p.m. PDT deadline for bids to renovate the ...

Romine’s grand slam lifts Tigers to 5-3 win vs. Twins

By Noah Trister AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — The moment he made contact, Andrew Romine could tell he had a chance at his first career grand slam. “I could feel it. I hit it on the barrel,” the Detroit utilityman said. “It was a matter of whether it was going to stay fair. Once ...

Final day of NBA season will decide some seeds, matchups

By The Associated Press There will be final-night intrigue in the NBA. The two remaining playoff berths will be decided, along with the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and the site for Game 1 of the series that starts this weekend between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers. Most ...

LEADING OFF: Healthy Scherzer up in DC, Posey to DL

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ DEALING IN D.C. NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer makes his first start at Nationals Park this season in a game against the Cardinals. The Nats ace was exceptional at home last year, going 8-3 with a ...

Notre Dame defense getting a makeover from new coordinator

By MATT FORTUNA, Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Coach Brian Kelly says visitors won't be able to decipher much about Notre Dame's defense this spring. With new coordinator Mike Elko aboard, that's kind of the point. Elko, the 39-year-old hired from Wake Forest this offseason, has ...

Romo’s honorary Mav day turns spectacle for final home game

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Tony Romo couldn't say no when Dirk Nowitzki asked the retiring Dallas Cowboys quarterback to join the Mavericks as an honorary teammate for a day. Now it's turned into a scene, with dozens of media members showing up for a morning ...

Wil Myers hits for cycle as Padres beat Rockies 5-3

By MICHAEL KELLY, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Andy Green started screaming "three!" the moment Wil Myers ripped a line drive to the left-center gap leading off the eighth inning. The San Diego slugger couldn't hear his manager because he was yelling, too. Sort of. "I was screaming three ...

Banner moment: Chicago Cubs finally raise championship flag

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Finally, a banner moment at Wrigley Field. The Chicago Cubs raised their 2016 World Series championship flag Monday night, delighting a raucous crowd that waited through a long rain delay for a moment more than a century in the ...

Jazz end Warriors’ 14-game win streak with 105-99 victory

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Outside of giving Kevin Durant some additional time on the court, Golden State coach Steve Kerr thought it was more important to rest his starters in the fourth quarter than try to extend the longest winning streak in the NBA this ...

LEADING OFF: Banner day at Wrigley Field; Verlander vs Sale

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BANNER DAY In a home opener unlike any other at Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs will raise a banner as defending World Series champions for the first time since they moved into the venerable ballpark more ...

Instead of folding up, Garcia fights back to win Masters

By JIM LITKE, AP Sports Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — No one had played more majors with less to show for it. Sergio Garcia had plenty of reasons to believe it would go on that way forever. He was already two shots behind Justin Rose with just six holes left when his hooked tee shot at No. 13 ...

Neymar will be seeking redemption in Champions League

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — One month after leading the most improbable of comebacks, Neymar earned himself the scorn of Barcelona's fans with a pair of senseless bookings. He'll get a chance to redeem himself on Tuesday when his team faces Juventus in the ...

Ace move: Kuchar gives Masters hole-in-one ball to young fan

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — To get an autographed, hole-in-one ball handed to you at the Masters sounds like a golf fan's dream. Matt Kuchar made an entire family's dream come true. Kuchar gave the ball he used to ace the par-3 16th hole on Sunday to 10-year-old Owen Lockaby of Bradenton, Florida, ...

Westbrook sets triple-double record, Thunder beat Nuggets

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — First, Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's record for most triple-doubles in a season. Then, he broke the Denver Nuggets' hearts. Westbrook's 36-foot dagger at the buzzer gave Oklahoma City a 106-105 victory, eliminating the Nuggets ...