National Sports

Tigers beat White Sox 3-1 for 5th straight win

CHICAGO (AP) — Blaine Hardy was supposed to be a short-term starter while injured Tigers pitchers recovered. A string of solid outings by the veteran left-hander, though, has Detroit management reconsidering that plan. Nicholas Castellanos homered and Hardy pitched one-run ball into the ...

Koepka repeats as US Open champ

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — One was about power. The other was about patience. Brooks Koepka has a game for the U.S. Open no matter the course, no matter the test, no matter the circumstances. He never lost hope when he began his title defense with a 75 and was 7-over par midway through the ...

Johnson takes 4-shot lead at US Open

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Shinnecock Hills is no longer the only challenge at this U.S. Open. On a course that can cause problems in any weather, where triple bogeys or worse have been recorded on all but six holes, perhaps the most daunting prospect going into the weekend is Dustin Johnson ...

Jones homers in 7th to lead Tigers over Twins

DETROIT (AP) — When Detroit outfielder JaCoby Jones came to the plate in the seventh inning of a tie game Thursday afternoon, he was well aware he was struggling at the plate after striking out in his first two at-bats against the Twins. He chose to focus on something else — the walk-off ...

Johnson shares lead in a US Open that plays like one

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Open lived up to its reputation in the return to Shinnecock Hills. So did Dustin Johnson. Fresh off a six-shot victory last week, Johnson managed all aspects of his game Thursday on a classic U.S. Open course that required nothing less. He wasn't perfect, ...

Brewers blank Cubs

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Cubs manager Joe Maddon tried almost every move in the book, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a second consecutive shutout loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Lorenzo Cain homered and Jhoulys Chacin combined with three relievers on a six-hitter to pace the Brewers past Chicago, ...

North American trio beats Morocco to host in 2026

MOSCOW (AP) — North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted Wednesday for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament. The soccer showpiece will return to the U.S. for ...

Strikeouts on upswing entering World Series

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — If the College World Series is like the rest of the season, there will be lots of strikeouts when the final eight teams play for the national championship at TD Ameritrade Park. Strikeout numbers are the highest on record in college baseball, and pitching staffs averaging ...

With no holdouts, Vikings take good vibes into summer break

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Several prominent players across the NFL have skipped mandatory minicamps this week, subjecting themselves to team fines out of concern for their contract status in a league where so little is guaranteed. Everyone is accounted for in Minnesota, where good vibes from the ...

Cabrera out for season, Tigers fall to Twins

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers lost much more than a game on Tuesday night. Miguel Cabrera ruptured his left biceps tendon in the third inning of a 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins and will have season-ending surgery later this week. "This is obviously a very sad day for Miggy and for ...

Pistons land ex-Raptors coach Casey with 5-year deal

DETROIT (AP) — Dwane Casey lost his job in Toronto because the Raptors wanted to advance further in the playoffs. In Detroit, it would be an accomplishment if Casey can simply get the Pistons into the playoffs. The Pistons hired the NBA coach of the year finalist Monday, hoping he can ...

Cubs beat Brewers 7-2 in 11 innings

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Anthony Rizzo turned on the power with a long homer down the right-field line in the 11th inning. Jason Heyward delivered a tying single in the eighth against one of the toughest relievers in baseball. The Chicago Cubs dented the Milwaukee Brewers' normally lights-out ...

Patricia adjusts to scrutiny leading the Lions

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Matt Patricia worked in relative obscurity in New England. The burly man with a bushy beard, baseball cap on backward, with a pencil above his right ear was noticed only occasionally while coordinating the Patriots' defense. As a first-year NFL head coach with the ...

New Jersey governer signs sports betting bill

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Gamblers in New Jersey will be able to start betting on sports by Thursday under legislation the governor signed Monday legalizing a pastime that has long lived in the shadows of organized crime and shady offshore operators. Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, signed ...

Florida, Texas, Red Raiders, Hogs make World Series

Defending national champion Florida, Texas, Texas Tech and Arkansas won their winner-take-all games in the NCAA Tournament best-of-three super regionals on Monday and are headed to the College World Series. The No. 1 national seed Gators beat Auburn 3-2 in 11 innings in Gainesville, Florida, ...

Kluber, Indians rout Tigers

DETROIT (AP) — Eventually, a team from the AL Central will figure out a way to beat Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber. Kluber continued his dominance of the division on Sunday, allowing two runs in eight innings as the Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 9-2. The win improved Kluber (10-2) ...

Nadal beats Thiem for French Open title

PARIS (AP) — In full control of the French Open final, a rather familiar position for him, Rafael Nadal suddenly was worried. He led by two sets plus a break early in the third, when the middle finger on his racket-wielding left hand was cramping so badly he couldn't straighten it. After ...

Justify ready for run at Triple Crown history

NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Baffert has done everything he can with Justify. Now, it’s up to the undefeated colt and some racing luck to add his name to a revered list of Triple Crown winners. The chestnut colt with the blaze running down his face appears to have rebounded well after victories in ...

NBA Finals: Warriors broom Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Golden State. Golden still. Stephen Curry scored 37 points, NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant added 20 and a triple-double and the Warriors stamped themselves a dynasty after winning their second straight title and third in four years Friday night, 108-85 over the Cleveland ...

Washington wins Stanley Cup, beats Vegas 4-3

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alex Ovechkin put both hands to his head and screamed while he left the bench and skated into the thick of the Washington Capitals' joyous celebration. And right before Ovechkin hoisted the Stanley Cup, the Washington captain put both hands on his head again in a gesture of ...