National Sports

Canucks top slumping Wild 4-2

By Patrick Donnelly Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Brock Boeser’s college career ended in crushing fashion on Friday night. Scoring in his NHL debut the next day in front of his family and friends wasn’t a bad consolation prize. Boeser scored in his first NHL game a day ...

TIPPING OFF: Kansas, Gonzaga, Oregon, Xavier eye Final Four

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — It's finally time to award the first spots in the Final Four. And for the four teams chasing those tickets Saturday, it's another shot to break through an often frustrating roadblock in the regional finals. Kansas lost in the Elite ...

Jayhawks coach Bill Self has mellowed over the years

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self has kicked out the signage on scorer's tables, tossed sweat-stained suit jackets and screamed so loudly at players and officials that his face turned beet red. Good thing he's mellowed over the years. These ...

BASEBALL 2017: Sacrifice bunts are a dying art in baseball

By ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Get 'em on, move 'em over, drive 'em in. That old-school philosophy doesn't play in the major leagues anymore. Teams rely more on the long ball than small ball. As a result, the sacrifice bunt is a dying art. There were only 1,025 ...

Tipping Off: Reaching the Sweet 16 commonplace for UConn

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Reaching the Sweet 16 seems to be a rite of spring for Geno Auriemma the UConn Huskies. They've made the regional semifinals in 24 consecutive years. Still, the Hall of Fame coach takes nothing for granted, despite winning 109 ...

Escalator fall ended US ski racer’s career, launched another

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer His adrenaline rushing at the top, former U.S. skier Cody Marshall steeled himself to tackle the daunting course. Three deep breaths. A quick pep talk. A determined gaze. Eighteen grueling steps later, he reached the bottom of the stairs at the rehab center ...

Narrow trail is the path to glory at US Alpine Championships

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — To the casual skier, Sugarloaf's storied Narrow Gauge Trail doesn't seem so cramped or crazy. But that changes when it's prepared for competition and skiers are reaching highway speeds. Suddenly those trees seem awfully close. "The name says it all. That ...

Booker scores 70, but Celtics outlast Suns 130-120

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Devin Booker scored 70 points, becoming the sixth player in NBA history to reach that total, but the Boston Celtics got 34 points from Isaiah Thomas and outlasted the Phoenix Suns 130-120 on Friday night. Booker joined Wilt Chamberlain, ...

Women’s players decline inquiry from USA Hockey about worlds

By Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow AP Hockey Writers Two players told The Associated Press on Friday they had declined an inquiry from USA Hockey to replace members of the women’s national team at the upcoming world championships. Brittany Ott, a goaltender for the Boston Pride of the ...

Oakland makes last-ditch effort to keep Raiders from Vegas

By Andrew Dalton Associated Press With the Raiders gazing at Las Vegas and sticking one foot out the door, Oakland is making a last-minute plea to hang on to them. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on Friday shared details of investors’ plans for the first time for a stadium on the current ...

Bettman: Concessions needed for NHL to go to Winter Olympics

By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The International Olympic Committee and hockey’s governing body will have to make concessions before the NHL sends the world’s best players to the Winter Games in South Korea next year, commissioner Gary Bettman said on Friday. “As ...

South Carolina upsets Baylor

East Regional semifinal: 7 South Carolina 70, 3 Baylor 50 NEW YORK (AP) — Sindarius Thornwell scored 24 points and seventh-seeded South Carolina cruised past third-seeded Baylor 70-50 on Friday night in the East Regional semifinals. It was the Bears’ worst NCAA Tournament loss. The ...

US routs Puerto Rico 8-0 to win WBC behind dominant Stroman

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The eagle has landed on top. The United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries on Wednesday night behind six hitless innings from Marcus Stroman. The Americans planted their eagle statue mascot ...

Tipping Off: Michigan talked Super Bowl on way to Sweet 16

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer When Michigan was slumping earlier in the season, the coach started thinking Super Bowl, not Final Four. John Beilein conjured up the highlight-reel catch that Patriots receiver Julian Edelman made during New England's game-tying drive in the Super Bowl, and ...

Westbrook posts 35th triple-double; Thunder roll past 76ers

By MURRAY EVANS, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook recorded his 35th triple-double of the season with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder cruised to a 122-97 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. The Thunder have won 16 ...

Thomas scores 25; Celtics stay hot at home with 109-100 win

By KEN POWTAK, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics just needed a little reminder to focus on playing instead of worrying about where they were in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. A loss on Sunday was perfect for that. Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points, Avery Bradley had 18 ...

Beal, Wall lead Wizards to 104-100 win over Hawks

By IAN QUILLEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — First, the Washington Wizards hung around their game against the Atlanta Hawks with their defense. Then Bradley Beal said, they found their "swag" again. Beal scored 28 points and John Wall added all 22 of his in the second half to help ...

Day heads home as his mother faces lung cancer surgery

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Six holes into his opening match, Jason Day walked off the golf course. It was the fourth time in the last three years that he withdrew in the middle of a tournament. Only this was different. Physically, he never felt better. ...

West Virginia, press defense in between Gonzaga and Elite 8

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — No. 4 seed West Virginia (28-8) vs. No. 1 seed Gonzaga (34-1) Sweet 16, West region; San Jose, California; 7:39 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: The Bulldogs make their eighth Sweet 16 appearance during a run of 19 straight tournament trips. They have lost in five of the ...

Sweet 16 guide: Top NCAA matchups, players and story lines

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer The NCAA Tournament's first weekend closed with a flourish, a Sunday full of scintillating games after three days of good-not-always-great basketball. That put the madness back in March and should carry over into a regional round filled with great ...