National Sports

Kinsler leads Angels over Tigers

DETROIT (AP) — Ian Kinsler has been working tirelessly in the batting cage, trying to turn around what has been his worst season offensively. For one game at least, it paid off. Kinsler hit a three-run homer in the second inning as part of a 3-for-3 performance to help the Los Angeles ...

76ers investigate critical tweets linked to Colangelo

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have started an investigation into tweets linked in a report to team president Bryan Colangelo that criticized Sixers players Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz, among other NBA figures. The burner accounts also took aim at former Sixers general ...

Golden Knights outlast Caps in Final opener

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a single nine-minute stretch of the third period, the Washington Capitals dramatically took the lead before the Vegas Golden Knights replied with two goals of their own. Washington's Tom Wilson also flattened Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault with a blindside hit that ...

McCann’s grand slam lifts Tigers over Angels

DETROIT (AP) — James McCann hit a drive to left field and paused ever so slightly — not enough to cause any sort of incident, but enough to make it clear he realized how well he'd connected. "That was a good feeling, and a big spot in the game to open it up like that," the Detroit catcher ...

Warriors edge Houston, reach 4th straight NBA Finals

HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Curry and Golden State turned all those Houston bricks into a road back to the NBA Finals. Needing not only all their firepower but also 27 straight misses by the Rockets during an epic cold streak from 3-point range, the Warriors rallied to keep alive their hopes for ...

College baseball: Gators top seed in NCAA tourney

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Losses in six of its last seven games didn't diminish defending national champion Florida's overall body of work when it came to seeding the NCAA baseball tournament. The Gators (42-17) are No. 1, and there never was much doubt, NCAA Division I Baseball Committee chairman ...

Stand or stay out of sight: NFL takes on anthem protesters

ATLANTA (AP) — Stand or stay out of sight. Looking to quell a national debate that was sparked by Colin Kaepernick, stoked by President Trump and some say chipped away at the very popularity of America's game, NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday that allows players to protest during ...

What’s next? NFL sparks new questions with anthem policy

ATLANTA (AP) — With its popularity threatened and critics stretching all the way to the White House, the NFL just wanted to get past the debate over taking a knee during the national anthem. Put the focus back on football. Instead, the league seemed to muddle the divisive issue even more ...

Twins blank Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lance Lynn walked off the mound in frustration Tuesday, despite his most efficient outing for the Minnesota Twins. After pitching well for a season-high 6 2/3 innings, hitting a batter and walking another to end his night left a sour taste in the right-hander's ...

Mariners rally late, beat Tigers in 11

SEATTLE (AP) — Once Francisco Liriano was finished, the Seattle Mariners finally got started. Mitch Haniger kept Seattle alive with a tying two-run homer in the ninth inning and Jean Segura's RBI single in the 11th gave the Mariners a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. The ...

Vegas advances to Stanley Cup finals, turning impossible into possible

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Welcome to Impossible. Those words have been projected onto the ice in big, bold letters at T-Mobile Arena before each game during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Well, the Vegas Golden Knights are turning impossible into possible. The stunningly successful expansion squad is ...

Belmont distance, fatigue test Justify in Triple Crown bid

BALTIMORE (AP) — Justify keeps showing something new each time he races. In the Kentucky Derby, he showed he could run in the mud in a crowded, 20-horse field. In the Preakness, he showed he could withstand the challenge of a top rival pressing him early and hold off others before the ...

Tigers rally late, beat Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) — Less than a week ago, Matthew Boyd was trying to figure out how to slow a Seattle lineup that included Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz in the middle of the batting order. It was a bit easier for the Detroit left-hander on Thursday night with Cano now suspended and Cruz nursing ...

Power Brew: Milwaukee smashes 4 HRs, beat D-Backs

PHOENIX (AP) — First Milwaukee took three of four in Colorado. Now the Brewers have won two of three in Arizona. A trip to what usual NL West trouble spots turned out nicely indeed for Milwaukee. Travis Shaw, Domingo Santana, Christian Yelich and Tyler Saladino homered in the first four ...

$500M settlement reached in Nassar case

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University agreed to pay $500 million to settle claims from more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history, officials said. The deal announced Wednesday surpasses the ...

Legal sports betting coming soon to several US states

WASHINGTON (AP) — A decision by the Supreme Court means American sports fans will soon have many more places to place legal bets on the results of football, baseball, basketball, hockey and other games. Five states have the edge in the race to legalize sports betting because they already ...

Contreras, Cubs clobber ChiSox

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs passed out bobbleheads of Willson Conteras, and then watched him perform like an action figure. Contreras hit two homers and drove in a career-high seven runs, and the Cubs pounded the crosstown White Sox 11-2 on Friday. Kris Bryant stayed hot, too, hitting ...

Mazara, Rangers win in 10 over Detroit

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nomar Mazara was looking for something up in the zone in each of his last two at-bats. The young slugger got it, and went deep both times to give the Texas Rangers their first winning home series this season. After hitting a tying, solo homer in the seventh inning, ...

Lions coach Patricia denies 1996 assault allegation

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia maintained his innocence and his new team said it supported him after a 1996 sexual assault allegation resurfaced Wednesday night. The Detroit News reported that Patricia and a friend of his were indicted 22 years ago by a Texas ...

Celtics beat 76ers in Game 5, advance to face Cavaliers

BOSTON (AP) — With 2.4 seconds left and the Boston Celtics leading by one, Marcus Smart had a chance to all but clinch Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals and eliminate Philadelphia by making a pair of free throws. He missed the first. He could have made things more difficult for ...