National Sports

Michigan State’s Winston has chance to join Magic, Mateen

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston is already in elite company. The crafty point guard is among a handful of Michigan State players to win Big Ten player of the year honors and earn a spot on The Associated Press All-America team. And if he can help the Spartans win two more games, ...

Bucks win, lock up No. 1 East seed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo helped Milwaukee lock up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and the NBA playoffs with another MVP-worthy performance. Antetokounmpo outdueled fellow MVP candidate Joel Embiid, finishing with 45 points and 13 rebounds and leading Milwaukee to a ...

Turnbull solid, Tigers beat Royals 5-4

DETROIT (AP) — With only four previous starts in the major leagues, Spencer Turnbull was easily the least experienced member of Detroit's starting rotation. That made him an interesting choice to start the home opener — but the 26-year-old right-hander was up to the challenge. "It was a ...

McCarthy: Firing ‘couldn’t have been handled any worse’

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says he was surprised and stunned at the timing of his firing last December and believes his dismissal was handled poorly. McCarthy told ESPN in a story posted Wednesday he knew it might be in trouble if the Packers missed ...

Boyd carves up Yankees, Tigers win

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees swung over slider after slider from Matthew Boyd, setting a franchise swing-and-miss record. Even when New York connected, the damage mostly blew back in the wrong direction. Boyd junk-balled through afternoon shadows for a career-high 13 strikeouts, Gordon ...

St. Norbert joining NACC in 2020-21

DE PERE, Wis. — St. Norbert College's intercollegiate athletics program will join the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference in 2020-21. "Extensive study of our athletic department and the quality of academic experience for our student-athletes led us to explore Northern Athletics ...

Wife of Lions quarterback Stafford has brain tumor

DETROIT (AP) — Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, plans to have surgery to remove a brain tumor. Stafford shared the details Wednesday on her Instagram account. She says an MRI showed the tumor on cranial nerves after she had vertigo spells within the ...

AAF ends 1st season prematurely

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Alliance of American Football has ended its first season prematurely and told most employees that they will be terminated as of Wednesday. Employees were notified of the decision in a letter from the AAF board on Tuesday afternoon. The board essentially is majority ...

Marquette Bantam AA preps for USA Hockey nationals

MARQUETTE — Coming off of its 6-0 state tournament victory over Chelsea three weeks ago, the Marquette Junior Wildcats Bantam AA hockey team, including Kingsford’s Henry McRoberts, will venture out today for South Bend, Indiana. It’s there where the American Legion Post 44-sponsored team ...

Arcia HR leads Brewers past Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) — Six games into the season, Orlando Arcia was still waiting for that first hit. The Brewers shortstop finally got it, connecting for the biggest one in Milwaukee's latest win. Arcia ended his season-opening slump with a three-run homer in the sixth inning, and Milwaukee ...

Coaches gearing up for demands of the Final Four

Dick Bennett's fingerprints will be all over this year's NCAA Tournament. The former longtime coach has ties to three of the four coaches in Minneapolis this week, one by blood. Bennett's son, Tony, coaches Virginia. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl used to coach against Bennett while at ...

Judge, Yankees hold off Tigers

NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar had already joined the Yankees' long injured list when Aaron Judge sprinted into right-center field and made a spectacular, sprawling grab on Niko Goodrum's hard-hit liner to preserve a two-run lead in the eighth inning. Judge snapped the ...

Hayes, Jets beat Blackhawks in OT

CHICAGO (AP) — Kevin Hayes and the Winnipeg Jets eventually got the two points they desperately needed. Hayes scored at 3:38 of overtime as Winnipeg defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Monday night to snap a three-game slide and move into sole possession of first place in the Central ...

Michigan State knocks off Duke, 68-67

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cassius Winston missed an open jump shot but was right there for the rebound. Without hesitating, he stepped back and swished a 3-pointer. "Now is not the time to doubt yourself," Winston said. "Now's not the time to shy away from those big moments." The biggest moment ...

Michigan State coach Izzo joins Final Four first timers

Tom Izzo drew up the perfect play at the perfect moment, sending Michigan State past mighty Duke for a spot in the Final Four. The trip is always emotional, but Izzo has done it before. This will be his eighth Final Four and a chance for a second national championship. The other three Final ...

Yelich powers Brewers past Cards

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich led the way for the Milwaukee Brewers, from his first swing to the very last one for the game. So it was a pretty typical day for the reigning NL MVP. Yelich hit his fourth homer in the first inning and a two-run double in the ninth, lifting the Brewers ...

Mantha, Red Wings beat Bruins

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings are playing their best hockey of the season while perhaps hurting their chances of winning the NHL draft lottery. Anthony Mantha scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick, lifting Detroit to a 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Sunday night. Jimmy ...

Almost Perfect: Zimmermann shines for Tigers with Opening Day gem

TORONTO (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann was in peak form on opening day. The right-hander took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Christin Stewart hit a two-run homer in the 10th and the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 Thursday. "One of those days where everything was working ...

Far From Perfect: Dismal shooting dooms Michigan in blowout loss

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — More than 24 minutes into the game, the nation's best defense had yet to allow its 20th point. Yes, Texas Tech makes it tough on people. One more clamp-down job like this and the Red Raiders will be D-ing up in the Final Four. Jarett Culver's 22 points were a mere ...

No Cain Do: Brewers’ OF saves HR to preserve Opening Day win

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Lorenzo Cain fired the ball high into the air and jumped up and down in the outfield, yelling and shaking his head from side to side. "I let them know. Not today," a grinning Cain said. Not today, indeed. Cain soared above the wall to rob Jose Martinez of a tying home ...