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Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) celebrates after teammate Roman Josi scored a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period in Game 4 of a first-round NHL playoff series Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Nashville sweeps Chicago in first round of playoffs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne stopped almost every shot he faced. Nashville's top line was outstanding, and Roman Josi and P.K. Subban keyed a solid defensive performance. The Predators were relentless, all the way to the very end. Way too much for the slumping Chicago ...

Patriots host Chiefs to open NFL season

One of the spoils of being champion: The New England Patriots will kick off the NFL season on Sept. 7 by hosting the Kansas City Chiefs. New England earned that honor with its record comeback to beat Atlanta in the Super Bowl. Its opening opponent in a Thursday night game won the AFC West ...

Toronto's DeMarre Carroll and Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo go after a loose ball during the second half of game 3 of their NBA first-round playoff series basketball game Thursday in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 106-77. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Bucks overwhelm Raptors to take 2-1 series lead

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Bradley Center was throbbing, filled with raucous basketball fans eager to watch one of the NBA's up-and-coming teams. The Milwaukee Bucks fed off the energy that pulsed through the stands, overwhelming the cold-shooting Toronto Raptors from the opening tip. Khris ...

Detroit Tigers third baseman Nicholas Castellanos (9) leaves his feet as he throws out Tampa Bay Rays' Tim Beckham during the fifth inning Thursday in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Rays sweep Tigers with win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Steven Souza Jr.'s simple approach at the plate is working. Souza came within a single of hitting for the cycle, Erasmo Ramirez and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Detroit 8-1 Thursday for a three-game sweep of the ...

Massachusetts prison officials said Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital early Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, Pool, File)

Ex-NFL star Hernandez dead after hanging self in cell

BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself in his prison cell early Wednesday, Massachusetts prisons officials said. Hernandez, 27, was found by guards ...

Chicago right wing Marian Hossa (81), of Slovakia, skates to the bench as Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (56), of Switzerland, celebrates with Mike Fisher (12) and James Neal, right, after Fiala scored the winning goal during overtime in Game 3 of a first-round playoff series Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won 3-2 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Preds beat Chicago in OT, push Hawks to the brink

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators are at a point they've never been before in franchise history, and now they have a chance to keep their first-round series from going back to Chicago. They can thank a 20-year-old playing the fourth postseason game of his career for putting ...

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives past Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during a first-round NBA playoff game in Toronto on Saturday. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Bucks beat Raptors in Game 1

TORONTO (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks left the Toronto Raptors behind — again. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points, rookie Malcolm Brogdon had 16 and the Bucks beat the Raptors 97-83 on Saturday night in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series. "Our second half was just abysmal," ...

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save on Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) during the third period in Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Chicago. The Predators won 5-0. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Down 0-2, Blackhawks remain confident

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks know one thing with an absolute certainty: They must play better. Scoring their first goal against Pekka Rinne this postseason would be a good start. Instead, the Western Conference's top seed trails the Nashville Predators 0-2 and looks ...

Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila, left, gets congratulations from Tyler Collins after hitting a two run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco during the second inning of a game Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

With pressure on in ‘17, Tigers off to a solid start

The Detroit Tigers have had their ups and downs in three-plus seasons under Brad Ausmus, but the first couple weeks of April have never been much of a problem. The Tigers improved to 8-4 with a win at Cleveland on Sunday and took two of three in that series with the Indians. It's Detroit's ...

Dan Rooney watches warm ups before a 2012 NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles in Pittsburgh. The Steelers announced Mr. Rooney died Thursday. He was 84. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney dies at 84

Dan Rooney, the powerful and popular Pittsburgh Steelers chairman whose name is attached to the NFL's landmark initiative in minority hiring, died Thursday. He was 84. The team announced his death but details were not immediately available. Rooney took over operation of the team in the ...

Milwaukee Bucks forward Michael Beasley, right, battles for a loose ball with Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson (90) during the second half in Boston on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Celtics beat Bucks

BOSTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas was able to watch from the bench while the Celtics finished off the Milwaukee Bucks in the regular-season finale. The Boston star got a little bit of rest — and the No. 1 seed he wanted, too. "It's very special. For me it is," Thomas said after scoring 13 ...

Detroit Tigers' James McCann connects for a two-run home run during the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins Tuesday in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Boyd tosses gem, allows 1 hit as Tigers beat Twins

DETROIT (AP) — After two starts this season, Matthew Boyd already has both extremes covered. Boyd allowed one hit in six outstanding innings, and James McCann homered in the fifth to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. It was quite a turnaround for ...

Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill will remain in his role in Detroit after the team missed the playoffs for the first time since 1990. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

Red Wings quiet as other teams change coaching, front office roles

DETROIT (AP) — After missing the playoffs for the first time in 26 seasons, the Detroit Red Wings aren't embarking on a total shakeup. General manager Ken Holland says Jeff Blashill will remain Detroit's coach. Blashill, who was hired in 2015 after Mike Babcock's departure, made the ...

Red Wings’ Blashill named coach of US men’s team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Jeff Blashill of the Detroit Red Wings has been named coach of the U.S. men's hockey team that will compete in the world championships next month in key tuneup ahead of next year's Winter Olympics. The tournament runs May 5-21 in Germany and ...

Packers open preseason hosting Philadelphia

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers preseason schedule features an opener at Lambeau Field and three games against NFC teams. The preliminary schedule was released by the National Football League this week. Specific dates and times were not included. For only the second time since ...

Head coach Thomas Tuchel, right, and players of Borussia Dortmund stand outside their team bus after it was damaged in an explosion before the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco in Dortmund, western Germany on Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Germany eyes Islamic extremist motive in Dortmund, arrests 1

DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — A note left at the scene suggests a possible Islamic extremist motive for the attack on Borussia Dortmund's team bus, and one suspect has been detained, German prosecutors said Wednesday. Frauke Koehler, a spokeswoman for federal prosecutors, said investigators are ...

Iron Mountain High School junior Miranda Julian, left, poses with Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Andre Reed during a recognition ceremony Monday in Iron Mountain. Julian was named one of 25 national finalists for the US Army Pro Football Hall of Fame?Award for Excellence. She will attend Enshrinement Weekend at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio in August, where the winner will be announced. (Adam Niemi/The Daily News)

Reed honors Julian at award ceremony

IRON MOUNTAIN — Miranda Julian was honored at a ceremony Monday celebrating her as one of 25 national finalists for the US Army Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence. Julian, an Iron Mountain High School junior, was accompanied by three US Army personnel and Pro Football Hall of ...

Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, center, celebrates with his teammates after hitting a game winning RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning early Tuesday morning in Chicago. The Cubs won 3-2. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Cubs raise banner, get walkoff win

CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo sliced the ball into left field, and it was time to party — again. Quite a night for the All-Star slugger. Rizzo hit a game-winning single off closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Monday after ...

Red Wings need more than a new arena to return to playoffs again

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings will move into a new arena next season. They'll need more than that to be winners again. Detroit didn't make the playoffs for the first time since 1990, in its last season at Joe Louis Arena, because they didn't have enough talent around captain ...

Detroit Pistons center Boban Marjanovic (51) and Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi (28) reach for the rebound on Monday in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Pistons lose final game at The Palace

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Bradley Beal didn't want Monday night to turn into a celebration at the Palace of Auburn Hills. With the Detroit Pistons playing their final game in the building that saw them win three NBA championships, Beal scored 33 points in 33 minutes to lead the Washington ...