National Sports

A win for Woods in his return to match play

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Six years later, the Dell Technologies Match Play was all too familiar for Tiger Woods. He was on the cusp of losing his fourth straight hole Wednesday when Woods poured in a 10-foot par putt, and Aaron Wise three-putted from 30 feet. Just like that, momentum swung in ...

Reports: Former Packers WR Nelson to retire

Former Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jordy Nelson is retiring, according to multiple reports. The news first broke Wednesday morning on Twitter. Nelson did not address the news before press time. Nelson played 10 season including nine in Green Bay. He signed with the ...

Bledsoe scores 23 to lead Bucks past Rockets, 108-94

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Bledsoe stole the show in a marquee matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. With top-billing going to MVP front-runners Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden, the feisty Bucks' guard turned in one his best all-around performances of ...

NFL: Pass interference now reviewable by officials

PHOENIX (AP) — Roger Goodell laid down the law, and the owners readily changed NFL rules on reviewing pass interference, whether flagged or not. As the league concluded its spring meeting one day early, the owners passed by a shockingly overwhelming 31-1 margin that interference can be ...

Coyotes hold off Blackhawks, 1-0

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Darcy Kuemper and Nick Cousins, along with some gritty play from their teammates, gave the Arizona Coyotes a critical victory in their pursuit of a Western Conference wild card. Next up, the franchise's most meaningful regular-season game in years. Cousins scored a ...

Packers-Bears to open 2019 NFL season

PHOENIX (AP) — As part of the celebration of its 100th season, the NFL will break from tradition and feature the Packers vs. the Bears in its season opener Sept. 5. Usually, the Super Bowl champion is the home team for the prime-time opener, but the league wants to salute historic rivalries ...

Top-seeded Notre Dame thumps Michigan State

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Coach Muffet McGraw, top-seed Notre Dame and the home fans held their collective breaths when Jackie Young lost hers during Monday's 91-63 victory over No. 9 Michigan State in a second-round NCAA Chicago Regional game. "I'm fine, just a hard foul, nothing to worry ...

No. 1 seeds dominate spots for tournament’s Sweet 16

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The path to the Final Four will not be easy for Zion Williamson, Luke Maye, De’Andre Hunter and the other top-seeded stars in the NCAA Tournament. For the first time in a decade, the remaining tournament field entering the Sweet 16 looks a lot like the one set on ...

Packers vs. Bears to open 2019 schedule

PHOENIX (AP) — As part of the celebration of its 100th season, the NFL will have the Packers play at the Bears in the Thursday night kickoff game Sept. 5. Traditionally, the Super Bowl champion is the home team for the prime-time opener, but the league wants to salute historic rivalries in ...

NCAA favorites reach Sweet 16

Chalk one up for the seeded favorite in the NCAA Tournament. The biggest upset this March isn't a wild heave at the horn for a winner from a No. 15 seed or a First Four team somehow weaving into the second weekend — it's the lack of genuine stunners to shake up the bracket. The top seeds ...

MSU routs Gophers, on to Sweet 16

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Michigan State doesn't just hope to get to the Sweet 16 each year. It expects it. The Spartans played with that attitude, and then some, rolling past Minnesota 70-50 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night to advance to the regional semifinals ...

Michigan returning to Sweet 16 after toppling Florida, 64-49

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Michigan's biggest concern against Florida was facing the Gators' lockdown defense. The solution? Beat Florida at its own game. Michigan is back in the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive year after pulling away for a 64-49 win in the second round of the NCAA ...

Patriots’ TE Gronkowski retires

BOSTON (AP) — The party's over for Rob Gronkowski. Then again, it might just be getting started. The New England Patriots' fun-loving, touchdown-spiking tight end announced Sunday that he is retiring from the NFL after nine mostly dominant, Super Bowl-filled seasons. The four-time All-Pro ...

Michigan State holds off Bradley

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For about 35 minutes, it felt like Bradley might pull off the first bracket-busting stunner of this year's NCAA Tournament. Michigan State survived by leaning on the brilliance of Cassius Winston and a remarkably efficient performance at the free throw ...

Michigan beats Montana

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Charles Matthews had 22 points and 10 rebounds in his best performance since coming back from injury, and No. 2 seed Michigan put away Montana early in a 74-55 victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night. Ignas Brazdeikis added 14 points and ...

Blues spill Red Wings, 5-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ivan Barbashev's parents and younger brother traveled from Russia to watch him play for the Blues on Thursday night. The 23-year-old center made the long trip worth it — and in a big way. Barbashev recorded his first career NHL hat trick to lead St. Louis to a 5-2 win ...

Spartans seek to survive opening weekend

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It seems as though coach Tom Izzo has Michigan State poised to make a Final Four run nearly every year. The Spartans need to focus on surviving the first weekend this time around. It has been four years since Michigan State (28-6) made it to the Sweet Sixteen, the ...

Still rebuilding, Tigers hoping for growth in ‘19

DETROIT (AP) — Al Avila is known for his candor, and the Detroit general manager has remained pretty straightforward about what the future holds for the Tigers. Yes, they're still rebuilding. "The only reason I'm being honest is because: How do you hide this?" Avila joked earlier this ...

Gonzaga itching to play again after WCC title game loss

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gonzaga enters the NCAA Tournament following a loss for one of the rare times under coach Mark Few. The dominant team in the West Coast Conference for two decades, the Zags lost to Saint Mary's in the conference title game last week in Las Vegas. The players have put ...

Lake City rallies past Westwood, 50-46

GAYLORD — A nine-point lead in the second half. A heavy dose of momentum. The Westwood girls basketball team seemingly had Lake City right where it wanted in their MHSAA Division 3 quarterfinal game in Gaylord on Tuesday night. But the Trojans closed the third quarter on a 13-4 run and ...