National Sports

Blackhawks deal Kero to Canucks for center

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks have acquired center Tanner Kero from the Chicago Blackhawks for center Michael Chaput. The 25-year-old Kero split last season between the Blackhawks and the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs. He had a goal and two assists ...

Packer cornerback eyes second season

GREEN BAY - Kevin King didn’t get everything out of his rookie season he wanted. A shoulder injury was the culprit. It forced the young cornerback to play at less than full strength for a number of games, and it landed the second-round pick on injured reserve when it was determined surgery ...

Kane hat trick leads England

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — With the country’s most one-sided World Cup victory, England advanced to the last 16. Harry Kane scored a hat trick in Sunday’s 6-1 rout of Panama, giving England its biggest victory margin at the World Cup in its highest-scoring game since ...

Sprint car driver dies

BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) — Sprint car driver Jason Johnson died following a crash at Beaver Dam Raceway in Wisconsin, race officials said Sunday. He was 41. Johnson was injured during a World of Outlaws race Saturday night at the 1/3-mile-long dirt oval, the series said. It said the driver ...

US program ‘absolute debacle’

MOSCOW — Costa Rica and Panama were overwhelmed at the World Cup, both going two and out. What does that say about the United States, which didn’t even make it to soccer’s showcase? “It’s an extra twist of the knife,” said former U.S. forward Taylor Twellman, now ESPN’s lead ...

Tigers flat in loss to Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Shane Bieber struck out nine in a career-high seven innings, Yonder Alonso hit a grand slam and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 10-0 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory. Edwin Encarnacion also connected for Cleveland, which leads ...

Red Wings hire Bylsma as assistant coach

DETROIT (AP) — Dan Bylsma is returning to the state where he was born — and where he won the Stanley Cup as a visiting coach. The Detroit Red Wings hired Bylsma as an assistant coach Friday. The 47-year-old Bylsma, a Grand Haven native, worked as an assistant alongside Red Wings coach ...

Walkoff ale: Aguilar’s homer lifts Brewers over Cardinals in 9th

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jesus Aguilar homered to break up rookie Jack Flaherty’s no-hit bid in the seventh inning, then homered again in the ninth to lift the Milwaukee Brewers over the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Friday night. Both teams got just three hits. The benches and bullpens briefly ...

Sabres select Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin first overall

DALLAS (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have selected defenseman Rasmus Dahlin with the first overall pick in the NHL draft, giving them a dynamic player who should spark their rebuilding process. Dahlin is the second Swedish player to be taken No. 1 and the first since Mats Sundin in 1989. The ...

Michigan State keeps president, to issue $500 million bond

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University's embattled interim president survived an attempted ouster from the school's governing board Friday as trustees met to approve using a bond to finance a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who said they were sexually ...

Suter, Brewers rout error-prone Cardinals

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brent Suter turned a quick mistake into a big win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The left-hander pitched seven strong innings, Manny Pina homered and the Milwaukee Brewers capitalized on a season-high four errors by St. Louis in an 11-3 victory Thursday night. Suter (8-4) ...

Florida eliminates Texas Tech

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Florida carried a five-run lead into the bottom of the seventh inning against Texas Tech. Gators coach Kevin O'Sullivan never let himself get comfortable. "We knew they weren't going away," O'Sullivan said. "They hung in there with us, and we knew it would be a ...

Pistons draft Miami’s Brown, trade for Creighton’s Thomas

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — With their first-round pick gone after the trade for Blake Griffin, the Detroit Pistons tried to make the best of a tough situation on draft night. The Pistons selected Bruce Brown of Miami in the second round Thursday and traded for the rights to second-round ...

No. 1 Sun: Phoenix takes Ayton; Trae Young, Doncic swapped

NEW YORK (AP) — The Phoenix Suns stayed close to home for their first No. 1 pick. The Dallas Mavericks looked all the way to Slovenia for the player they hope can be their next European superstar. Shortly after the Suns took Deandre Ayton to start the NBA draft Thursday night, the Mavericks ...

Gennett, Suarez HRs rally Reds over Tigers

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Tigers knew exactly what hit them — the daunting combination of a homer-friendly park and a free-swinging Reds offense starting to come around. Scooter Gennett hit a tying two-run homer , and Eugenio Suarez also connected on the next pitch — a hit originally ruled ...

Tigers, Royals to play in Omaha before 2019 CWS

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals will play a regular-season game in Omaha the week the 2019 College World Series opens, The Associated Press has learned. Major League Baseball and the NCAA have been working to arrange a game as a kickoff event to the CWS, two ...

Casey says Pistons have plenty of talent in place

DETROIT (AP) — Dwane Casey looks at the roster of the Detroit Pistons and sees a core of players capable of a lot more than the team accomplished last season. "Our time is now," Casey said. The Pistons introduced Casey as their new coach Wednesday, over a week after hiring him to replace ...

Beavers’ late rally keys 11-6 win, ousts Tar Heels

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Oregon State was down three runs when a steady mist moved in at TD Ameritrade Park in the eighth inning Wednesday night. Perfect conditions for a team from the Pacific Northwest. "Every time we're playing and it starts to rain, everyone looks around and says, 'OK, we're ...

Eyes on Sacramento at No. 2 in draft

NEW YORK (AP) — Marvin Bagley III and Michael Porter Jr. believe they are the best players in this NBA draft, though the best they can hope for is probably the No. 2 pick. The Sacramento Kings own it, and that's where the intrigue appears to begin Thursday. Arizona center Deandre Ayton is ...

Votto’s slam lifts Reds over Tigers

CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto hit a grand slam and celebrated with a flap, honoring the bird that prolonged his at-bat. Votto ended a long homer drought with his third career grand slam Tuesday night, powering the Cincinnati Reds to a 9-5 victory that ended the Detroit Tigers' longest ...