National Sports

Chase, Chevy win

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Chase Elliott felt right at home, embraced by fans at a track a few hours from home and one where his father celebrated victory a couple of decades before. This time it was Chase's turn. Elliott won the Cup Series race Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, giving ...

Back problems bench Crew’s Yelich in loss

NEW YORK (AP) — Christian Yelich’s superb start to the season hit a snag. The reigning NL MVP is day to day with a sore lower back after being pulled in the fifth inning of the New York Mets’ 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. Mets star Robinson Cano was also injured in ...

Sox, Lopez whiff Tigers

CHICAGO (AP) — Like many young pitchers, Reynaldo Lopez sometimes struggles with confidence. Sunday was not one of those days for the 25-year-old right-hander. Lopez struck out a career-high 14 and allowed two hits in six innings to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 4-1 victory over the ...

Hurricanes stun defending champion Capitals in 2OT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justin Williams returned to the building that was the scene of his only Game 7 loss and left the ice relieved and redeemed after knocking off his old friends and defending Stanley Cup champions. The man who earned the "Mr. Game 7" moniker shook Alex Ovechkin's hand after ...

Antetokounmpo scores 41, leads Bucks to sweep Pistons

DETROIT (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo drove to the basket and drew yet another foul, this one a hard hack on the arm by Blake Griffin. Griffin fouled out and headed to the bench, and the home crowd gave him a standing ovation. Then many fans headed toward the exits. Antetokounmpo and the ...

Bucks win, take 3-0 series lead over Pistons

DETROIT (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks know they are often considered a one-man team. Saturday night, they took some major steps toward changing that perception. On a night where Giannis Antetokounmpo was limited by foul trouble, the Bucks had seven players score in double figures and beat ...

Norris gets 1st win since 2017, Tigers beat White Sox, 4-3

DETROIT (AP) — With closer Shane Greene making saves routine for the Detroit Tigers this year, pitcher Daniel Norris will try to do the same with wins. He got the first one out of the way. The left-handed former top prospect earned his first victory in two years, striking out six batters ...

Sharks beat Vegas in OT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — After winning Game 5 at home to avoid elimination, Tomas Hertl vowed the San Jose Sharks would return to SAP Center for a seventh and decisive game in their opening round series with the Vegas Golden Knights. One day later, he clarified it wasn't necessarily a guarantee, ...

Yzerman introduced as Red Wings’ next GM

DETROIT (AP) — Steve Yzerman is getting another chance to return the Detroit Red Wings to glory. The Hockey Hall of Famer did it as one the game's great leaders, helping Detroit end a 42-year championship drought with the first of three Stanley Cup celebrations of his playing tenure in ...

Thunder beat Trail Blazers to cut series deficit to 2-1

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 33 points and 11 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-108 on Friday night to cut their series deficit to 2-1. Paul George added 22 points, Jerami Grant had 18 and Dennis Schroder 17 for the Thunder. They will ...

Red Wings to name Yzerman GM

DETROIT (AP) — Two people familiar with the decision say Steve Yzerman will be named general manager of the Detroit Red Wings. Ken Holland will become the team’s senior vice president after being its general manager for two-plus decades, the two people told The Associated Press Friday on ...

Antetokounpo leads Bucks past Pistons

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Saddled with early foul trouble and faced with an aggressive defensive scheme that kept him in check for the first two quarters, Giannis Antetokounmpo set the tone immediately in the second half. Antetokounmpo scored 13 of his 26 points in Milwaukee's big third quarter and ...

Champion Patriots open against Steelers; 5 international games

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL's 100th season will begin with its most classic rivalry and feature the Super Bowl champion Patriots hosting Pittsburgh in the first Sunday night game. As previously announced, NFL 100 will kick off with Green Bay at Chicago for the 199th meeting of a series that ...

Pirates top Tigers in 10th

DETROIT (AP) — At this point, Clint Hurdle is probably used to managing for more than nine innings. Colin Moran hit an RBI single in the top of the 10th, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Wednesday night. It was the second straight night Hurdle's Pirates beat Detroit ...

Bruins hold off Maple Leafs 6-4 to tie series

TORONTO (AP) — David Pastrnak scored twice in quick succession, Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists and the Boston Bruins held off the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 on Wednesday night to tie the first-round series 2-2. Charlie McAvoy had a goal and an assist, Zdeno Chara and Joakim Nordstrom ...

Celtics beat Pacers 99-91 to take 2-0 series lead

BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and the Boston Celtics rallied late in the fourth quarter to beat the Indiana Pacers 99-91 on Wednesday night for a 2-0 lead in the first-round series Coming out of a timeout with a chance for Indiana to tie it, the Pacers' Wesley Matthews threw ...

Leonard, Raptors rout Magic

TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 37 points, Kyle Lowry bounced back from a scoreless playoff opener with 22 and the Toronto Raptors routed the Orlando Magic 111-82 on Tuesday night, evening their Eastern Conference first-round series at one win apiece. Pascal Siakam had 19 points and 10 ...

Lightning swept by Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning ended up on the wrong side of NHL history, getting swept in the first round of the playoffs after one of the best regular seasons ever. The Columbus Blue Jackets capped a stunning sweep of the Presidents Trophy winners with a 7-3 victory Tuesday ...

Yelich’s 3 homers lift Brewers over Cardinals

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich got a big reward for a little extra early work. Yelich hit three homers, including a pair of three-run shots, and drove in a career-high seven runs to power the Milwaukee Brewers past the St. Louis Cardinals 10-7 on Monday night. "He put in some work ...

Tiger a major champion again, and race to Nicklaus back on

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — No comeback by Tiger Woods was ever going to be complete without a major. Now the question becomes how many more he can win. So much appeal of that red shirt beneath a green jacket involved looking back at all Woods had to overcome to reach that moment — a Masters ...