National Sports

Bruins win, reach Stanley Cup Final

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Boston's top line kept finding ways to score, especially on the power play. With a chance to clinch another series, Tuukka Rask was perfect — again. Rask posted his seventh career playoff shutout, and the Bruins swept the Carolina Hurricanes out of the Eastern ...

Bucks beat Raptors in Game 1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell sneaked peeks at the television in his office for a Bucks score as he praised another solid outing from Gio Gonzalez. Once the clubhouse doors opened, Brewers huddled around all the TVs and "Let's go Bucks!" was shouted when ...

New date for PGA on a big Bethpage Black golf course

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Tiger Woods goes after his next major on a familiar golf course for a PGA Championship held on an unfamiliar spot on the calendar. The 101st PGA Championship began this morning on Bethpage Black, the first time it has been held in May since 1949. The public course ...

Michigan’s Beilein leaving to coach Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) — John Beilein has spent a coaching lifetime taking ordinary programs and turning them into consistent winning ones. All in college. He's getting his NBA shot. The Cavaliers ended a monthlong search Monday by hiring Beilein, a 66-year-old offensive mastermind who made ...

Falling Flat: Angels rout Tigers 13-0; Pujols reaches 2,000 RBIs

DETROIT (AP) — Albert Pujols turned on a fastball over the middle of the plate, sent the no-doubt shot deep into the left-field seats, flipped his bat toward celebrating teammates in the dugout and trotted around the bases. By the time he stepped on home plate, the three-time MVP was in an ...

Bucks beat Celtics, advance to East final

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks found another gear after their first loss of the playoffs. Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics just couldn't keep up. Antetokounmpo had 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and the Bucks routed the Celtics 116-91 on ...

Rodriguez, Boyd lead Tigers over Angels

DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Boyd watched his third pitch get sent into the left-field seats. The Los Angeles Angels didn't get much accomplished against Detroit's left-hander after the game-opening blast and failed to prevent a second-year player from having his best performance at the ...

Dixon, Tigers beat Royals 5-2

DETROIT (AP) — After being humiliated by the Kansas City Royals a day earlier, the Detroit Tigers were focused on redemption Sunday. It came via one of the lesser-known members of the roster. Journeyman Brandon Dixon, only in the majors due to a series of injuries, hit a three-run homer ...

Bucks-Celtics, Warriors-Rockets ready for Game 4s

The scenario is simple right now for Milwaukee and Golden State: Win a road game on Monday, go home toting a 3-1 series lead and be one win away from a spot in the NBA's version of the Final Four. The scenario is equally simple for Boston and Houston: Win a home game on Monday, or ...

Kentucky Derby shocker: Country House wins via DQ

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Maximum Security led the Kentucky Derby every step of the way except for the last one — into the winner's circle. The colt became the first winner disqualified for interference in the Derby's 145-year history, leading to an agonizing wait and an eventual stunning ...

Bucks beat Celtics in Game 3

BOSTON (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 13 rebounds, George Hill finished with 21 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics 123-116 on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series. Khris Middleton added 20 points. Antetokounmpo had ...

Franco, Hoskins lead Phillies over Tigers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maikel Franco keeps producing like a cleanup hitter from the bottom of the lineup. Franco hit a bases-clearing double in the seventh, Rhys Hoskins homered and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Wednesday night. Aaron Nola pitched 5 2/3 innings of ...

Stars switch lines, beat Blues 4-2

DALLAS (AP) — The first-year coach for the Dallas Stars switched up his top two lines, a move that put rookie Roope Hintz skating with captain Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov. Tyler Seguin, the top-line center who had Benn and Radulov on his side, instead started with Jason Dickinson and ...

McCollum leads Blazers past cold Nuggets, 97-90

DENVER (AP) — After giving up 39 points to Damian Lillard in the opener, the Denver Nuggets were determined to make sure Portland's role players would have to bear the burden of evening up the series. His teammates were up to the task on a night that Lillard, who came in averaging 34.8 ...

Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach scratched

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Suddenly, the Kentucky Derby is wide open. Favorite Omaha Beach was scratched because of a breathing problem Wednesday night, leaving a pair of Hall of Famers on the sideline — trainer Richard Mandella and jockey Mike Smith. Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike ...

Aguilar, Brewers beat Rockies 5-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) — After finally rediscovering his home run stroke, Jes˙s Aguilar is going to treat himself to some well-deserved rest. The struggling slugger hit his first two homers of the season and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 5-1 Monday night with NL MVP Christian ...

Celtics rout Bucks to open 2nd round

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Al Horford stood his ground as Giannis Antetokounmpo charged his way. Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks' MVP candidate, desperately wanted to provide a spark and cut into a second-half lead against Horford's Boston Celtics in the opener of a second-round playoff series on ...

Memphis promotes Tayshaun Prince

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have promoted Tayshaun Prince to vice president of basketball affairs in the franchise's basketball operations department. He played 14 years in the NBA and won a championship with Detroit in 2004. Prince also helped the Grizzlies reach their lone ...

NFL Draft – Packers improve versatility on ‘D’

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst insisted he went into the NFL draft prepared to go for the best available player with each of Green Bay’s eight picks. He thinks that plan worked out well for its biggest need: Defense. “I feel really good right now” ...

NFL Draft – Top choices highlight Lions’ haul

ALLEN PARK (AP) — Detroit general manager Bob Quinn was asked if it gives him pause when the Lions seem to be valuing a player more than various analysts. The answer was no surprise. “No,” Quinn said Saturday after the conclusion of the NFL draft. “If I worry about what other people ...