National Sports

Struggling Red Wings beat Preds, end 3-game skid

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Goalie Jimmy Howard feels really, really comfortable playing at Bridgestone Arena. Howard made 32 saves with a handful early and a flurry late to help the struggling Detroit Red Wings beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 Tuesday night to snap a three-game skid. "I've ...

High hopes as Milwaukee begins spring training

David Stearns is a popular guy these days. At the grocery store. Pumping gas for his car. Out for lunch or dinner. Everyone wants to talk about the Milwaukee Brewers. "They are excited for the start of baseball season," said Stearns, who was promoted to president of baseball operations last ...

Streaking Blackhawks clip Wings for 7th straight win

CHICAGO (AP) — Dominik Kahun has turned into a dangerous scoring option for the Chicago Blackhawks. Playing with Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat sure helps. Kahun had two goals and an assist, Cam Ward made 43 saves and the Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Sunday for their ...

Vegas holds off Detroit, 4-3

DETROIT (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights wrapped up their trip on a positive note. Jonathan Marchessault scored twice in a three-goal second period, and the Golden Knights beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Thursday night. William Karlsson and Brayden McNabb also scored for the Golden ...

East contenders make their moves, Davis stays

Toronto, Milwaukee and Philadelphia made their moves. Anthony Davis will have to wait until the summer for his. The New Orleans Pelicans held onto Davis but dealt Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks, one of the Eastern Conference contenders who fortified their teams Thursday before the NBA trade ...

Unflappable Happ helps No. 19 Badgers keep rolling

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After hugging his Wisconsin teammates to celebrate their sixth straight victory, Ethan Happ walked by Minnesota's student section on his way off the court with a wide smile, a sarcastic wave and a couple of blown kisses . As the best player on the rival Badgers, Happ was ...

Player development still key for Tigers

DETROIT (AP) — For the Detroit Tigers, success isn't really measured in wins and losses these days. That's what happens when a franchise knows it is rebuilding and has almost no expectation of contending. "I don't think anybody likes a rebuild. I think everybody would rather have a team ...

Hall of Famer, pioneering manager Frank Robinson dies at 83

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first black manager in Major League Baseball and the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues, died Thursday. He was 83. Robinson had recently been in hospice care at his home in Bel Air. MLB confirmed his death. An MVP with ...

Illinois beats No. 9 Spartans

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois coach Brad Underwood had tears in his eyes after his Illini upset Tom Izzo's ninth-ranked Michigan State Spartans. "Michigan State is a great team, and Tom is a great coach," Underwood said. "They're everything I want to be." Ayo Dosunmu scored 24 points, ...

Kane leads Blackhawks in 6-2 win over Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks scored five goals in the third period to stay on a roll. Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist and the Blackhawks scored four goals in less than a three-minute span of the third in a 6-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. "We know ...

No. 9 Michigan State drops 3 spots after losing 2 in a row

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — No. 9 Michigan State dropped three spots in The Associated Press poll after losing two straight for the first time this season. “We’re going to try to get up off the mat,” coach Tom Izzo said Monday. The Spartans got knocked around and beaten at home by ...

Bucks beat cold Nets 113-94

NEW YORK (AP) — They already had the NBA's best record, so Giannis Antetokounmpo knew the Bucks were a good team. A powerful finish to a five-game road trip showed him they might be even better than that. "To finish our road trip with four wins in a row says a lot about this team and how ...

No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Virginia get high-profile rematch

Duke and Virginia played one of the college basketball season's most entertaining, high-level games just two weeks ago. The rematch comes Saturday. No. 2 vs. No. 3, Final Four favorites playing with the ACC lead potentially on the line. Find a TV. This one's going to be good. The Blue Devils ...

Pats win Super Bowl the old-fashioned way

ATLANTA (AP) — Graying but still gritty, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots came to the Super Bowl intending to stave off, for at least one more game, the inevitable onslaught of the NFL's future. Job well done. Pro football never looked flatter, older and more stuck in the days ...

Patriots’ defense has MVP night

Can an entire 11-man unit stand at the podium this morning with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to accept a Super Bowl MVP trophy? Evidently not, because New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman was the one accepting the MVP honors. But really, the Patriots defense collectively should be ...

MMA fighter wanted in killings captured after escaping van

CONROE, Texas (AP) — An MMA fighter suspected of killing two people, including an ex-girlfriend, was captured Sunday after escaping from a prisoner transport van in Texas, authorities said. Cedric Marks was taken into custody after a nine-hour manhunt involving multiple law enforcement ...

Gonzalez makes Hall, along with Bailey, Reed, Law

ATLANTA (AP) — For towering tight end Tony Gonzalez, this was a slam dunk. The 6-foot-5 Gonzalez, who turned the celebratory post-TD dunk over the crossbar into an art form, was voted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday. Joining him will be two more first-time nominees, Champ Bailey and Ed ...

Super Bowl: Patriots coach expected to lead Dolphins

ATLANTA — Brian Flores sounds like a head coach. After Sunday, he will most likely be one. It's no secret that Flores, the unofficial New England Patriots defensive coordinator, is the choice of the Miami Dolphins to be their next head coach. NFL rules obviously prohibit that from being ...

Super Bowl: Former Rams great Dickerson supports ‘our football team’

ATLANTA — Super Bowl, super buzz. The low flying helicopters that zoomed over the CNN Building and Mercedes-Benz Stadium could tell you Super Bowl LIII is just a day or two away. It was Friday of Super Bowl week and the joint was jumpin'. Temperatures got into the mid-50s. It was HotLanta ...

Patriots preparing for another Super Bowl

ATLANTA — News flash: Bill Belichick likes this New England Patriots football team. “It’s a lot of unselfish players,” Belichick said during opening night mayhem. “Guys that do whatever they need to do, whatever their role is. They’re willing to do whatever they need to do for the ...