National Sports

Sparks, Lynx set for 1st meeting this season

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer Cheryl Reeve insists that Thursday’s game with the Los Angeles Sparks isn’t a WNBA Finals rematch. It’s just a matchup of the top two teams in the league again. A good measuring stick for both teams. “It’s not the finals. It’s a ...

Bridwell excels as Angels beat Twins 2-1

By Mark Remme Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Parker Bridwell pitched six scoreless innings, Kole Calhoun hit his 12th home run of the season and the Los Angeles Angels avoided a road sweep with a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. Bridwell (3-1) was strong ...

Oilers sign McDavid to 8-year, $100 million deal

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers paid a huge price to lock up superstar captain Connor McDavid. But it could have been even higher. The Oilers said Wednesday that the team and McDavid have agreed to an eight-year, $100 million extension. That makes the 20-year-old league MVP ...

Judge dents metal casement above door at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge dented a metal casement above a door behind the left-center field wall at Yankee Stadium with his major league-leading 28th home run of the season. The New York rookie drove a pitch from Toronto’s J.A. Happ in the fourth inning for a solo homer Tuesday. The ball ...

Rubio leaves Minnesota: ‘Maybe it wasn’t meant to be’

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer The rumors finally became reality for Ricky Rubio. Now the Spanish point guard has gone from wondering where he fits in with the Minnesota Timberwolves to being a central figure in the Utah Jazz’s efforts to retain Gordon Hayward. “It makes me ...

Gordon Hayward choses Celtics over Jazz, Heat

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer Gordon Hayward has chosen to sign with the Boston Celtics and reunite with coach Brad Stevens. Hayward told Utah officials that he is moving on after seven seasons with the Jazz and that he picked Boston, making the announcement Tuesday evening on The ...

Bosh, Miami Heat formally part ways

Chris Bosh’s time with the Miami Heat is officially over. Weeks after the sides came to a final agreement on how to part ways and more than a year since his last NBA appearance because of blood-clot issues, Bosh was waived by the Heat on Tuesday. The move was a formality. It gives Miami ...

Gibson pitches into 7th as Twins beat Angels

By Andres Ybarra Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Gibson is still below .500 as a starter this season, and Byron Buxton is still barely batting a hair above .200. The baby steps they’re making, though, are positive signs for a Minnesota Twins team that needs more consistency ...

Cavendish involved in nasty crash after elbow from Sagan

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer VITTEL, France (AP) — A nasty crash involving Mark Cavendish marred Tuesday's fourth stage of the Tour de France, which was won by France's Arnaud Demare in a chaotic sprint finish. Replays appeared to show world champion Peter Sagan elbowing Cavendish, who ...

With bad knee, 3-time major champ Wawrinka out at Wimbledon

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — So much for the idea that Stan Wawrinka might be able to complete a career Grand Slam at Wimbledon this year. Didn't even make it out of the first round. An owner of one championship from each of the other three major tournaments, and the ...

Jordan Spieth wants reputation as being a good closer

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer The club throw. The body bump. Those are the indelible images from Jordan Spieth's victory in the Traveler's Championship, where he holed a 60-foot bunker shot in a playoff to defeat Daniel Berger and capture his 10th title on the PGA Tour a month before his ...

LEADING OFF: Sabathia returns for Yankees

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ THE BIG MAN IS BACK CC Sabathia (7-2, 3.46 ERA) comes off the disabled list for the banged-up Yankees to start against J.A. Happ (2-5, 3.71) and the Blue Jays. Sabathia has been sidelined since June 14 with ...

Umpire Hernandez sues MLB, claiming race discrimination

CINCINNATI (AP) — Angel Hernandez, a big league umpire for nearly a quarter-century, sued Major League Baseball on Monday alleging race discrimination. In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, the 55-year-old Hernandez, who was born in Cuba and lives in Florida, alleges MLB ...

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins crash-filled race at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Junior went to victory lane at a restrictor-plate race again. Just like last time, it was Ricky Stenhouse Jr. celebrating after the checkered flag. Stenhouse raced to his second victory of the season — second consecutive on a restrictor-plate track — Saturday ...

Day 1: Curry gets huge deal, Hayward hears Heat sales pitch

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer J.J. Redick is trusting the process. Gordon Hayward got his sales pitch from Miami. And David West, finally a champion, is coming back for one last season. The first day of NBA free agency Saturday saw things starting to take shape, though there’s ...

Sano’s 3-run homer lifts Twins to 10-5 victory, split

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Miguel Sano belted a three-run homer, Felix Jorge pitched five-plus solid innings to win his major league debut and the Minnesota Twins held off the Kansas City Royals 10-5 on Saturday night for a split of a doubleheader. Brandon Moss, Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon, ...

Earnhardt wrecks in what could be final Cup start at Daytona

By Mark Long AP Sports Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s phone was “going crazy” all afternoon Saturday, with friends, family members and followers wanting to wish him well before what could be his final Cup Series start at Daytona International Speedway. “It ...

Home runs set record in June, topping even Steroids-Era high

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer Justin Smoak’s opposite-field drive dropped over the left-field wall in Toronto, and an eye-popping record had been set: Batters reached a home run mark for a month, shattering the syringe-fueled high of the Steroids Era. Hitters went deep 1,101 times in ...

Wild announce 6 free-agent signings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have three new defensemen, three new forwards and a new goalie, too. Forwards Landon Ferraro and Cal O’Reilly signed two-year contracts Saturday and will be paid $700,000 if they’re playing in the NHL and $375,000 if playing in the AHL. Forward ...

Captain returns: Sabres land Pominville in trade with Wild

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — As pleased as Jason Pominville was upon hearing he was returning to the Buffalo Sabres, it was nothing compared to the excitement of his son, Jayden. “My little guy already has his (Sabres) jersey on right now,” Pominville said Friday, shortly after the former Sabres ...