National Sports

LEADING OFF: Cubs, Red Sox show off trophies at Fenway Park

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ CROWNS IN TOWN The curse-breaking World Series trophies that the Red Sox won in 2004 and the Cubs earned last year will both be on display at Fenway Park when Boston hosts Chicago in the nationally televised ...

With 53 draft picks, SEC leads nation for 11th straight year

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer It started with Texas A&M's Myles Garrett going No. 1 overall and ended with Mississippi's Chad Kelly going last as "Mr. Irrelevant." For the 11th straight year, the SEC led all conferences in number of NFL draft picks. The league had 23 players taken ...

Dodgers scored 4 in the ninth to beat Phillies 6-5

BY TOM CONNOLLY, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — With his team having homered twice to pull within a run in the ninth inning, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts sent Justin Turner to the plate to keep the rally going. Turner did just that, hitting the third consecutive homer off Hector Neris ...

Penguins chase Holtby, beat Capitals to take 2-0 series lead

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — When Sidney Crosby wasn't beating the Washington Capitals putting the puck through his legs, he was doing it belly down on the ice. No matter the unconventional plays or style of game, Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are rolling after ...

Nova tosses 3-hit shutout, Pirates win 4-0 over Marlins

By CHRISTOPHER STOCK, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is having fun watching Ivan Nova pitch. "It's a blast," Hurdle said. "I don't think you should ever take it for granted." Nova pitched a three-hitter and the Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 4-0 on ...

LEADING OFF: Bruising Nats host battered Mets, Cubs-Red Sox

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ WASHINGTON CAPITALIZES Trea Turner and the Nationals clubbed their way through Coors Field this week, scoring 11 or more runs in three straight games for the first time since they were the Montreal Expos in ...

2nd-day draft steals? Cook, Lamp could go early; Mixon, too

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The last two players to be selected with the first pick of the second round of the NFL draft were New York Giants star safety Landon Collins in 2015 and Cleveland Browns promising pass rusher Emmanuel Ogbah last year. The point being there is ...

Spurs advance: San Antonio beats Grizzlies 103-96 in Game 6

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs wanted no part of playing a seventh game against the Grizzlies, not with the Houston Rockets looming in the next round. Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, and the Spurs advanced to the Western Conference ...

Tanaka outduels Sale and Yankees beat Red Sox 3-0

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — New York Yankees starters failed to record a complete game in all of 2016 — the first time in franchise history that's happened. Masahiro Tanaka ended that slump this season before April was up. Tanaka pitched a three-hitter to outduel Chris ...

Top-seeded Celtics headline trio of elimination games

By KAREEM COPELAND, AP Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The top-seeded Boston Celtics are back from the brink of disaster. They have dug themselves out of an 0-2 hole against the Chicago Bulls to take the lead in the series. A victory Friday would be the first time the franchise with 17 ...

LEADING OFF: Sale vs Yanks; Thor vs Dickey; injuries pile up

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ LOFTY NUMBERS Chris Sale (1-1, 0.91 ERA) brings his impressive numbers against the Yankees to the mound when the Red Sox host New York in the finale of a series shortened by rain. The lefty is 4-1 with a 1.17 ...

Celtics beat Bulls 108-97, take 3-2 lead in series

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics and Bulls found another thing to argue about after Game 5 of their spirited first-round playoff series: Was Avery Bradley more impressive on offense, or on defense? "Everyone knows he's a good defender. Tonight, he got his ...

Predators beat Blues 4-3 in Game 1 of second-round series

By NATE LATSCH, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — One nifty little flip by Vernon Fiddler provided a big lift for the Nashville Predators on a rough night. Fiddler scored with 5:05 left and P.K. Subban had a goal and two assists, powering Nashville to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues ...

Westbrook does it all to no avail for Thunder

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook made it perfectly clear in his record-setting season that he can do pretty much anything on a basketball court. But he can't do everything. Westbrook's jaw-dropping effort this year included the NBA record for ...

Home, sweet home: Beal, Wall lead Wizards past Hawks, 103-99

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall figured the credit went to the down-the-stretch defense displayed by his Washington Wizards. Neither Dennis Schroder nor coach Mike Budenholzer found any flaws with the way their Atlanta Hawks handled things late. Either way, ...

NFL prospect: Rape report ‘completely false,’ skipping draft

CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Ohio State football star Gareon Conley says he plans to skip attending the NFL draft in person on Thursday and decried allegations that he raped a woman as "completely false." No charges have been filed as police investigate claims made by a 23-year-old woman that he ...

LEADING OFF: Pedroia set to return, Bundy emerging for O’s

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ WELCOME BACK The Red Sox had to wait another day to get Dustin Pedroia back in the lineup. Manager John Farrell said after Tuesday night's game was rained out that his injured second baseman would have been able ...

MLB: Multiple groups have submitted bids to buy Marlins

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush still haven't touched all the bases in their bid to buy the Miami Marlins. Far from it. Multiple groups have submitted bids to buy the team, and none has yet been accepted, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday. ...

AP source: Raiders agree to deal with Marshawn Lynch

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a two-year contract to bring running back Marshawn Lynch out of retirement. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that the sides have agreed on the terms pending a physical for ...

Albasini wins another Romandie stage; Felline retains lead

CHAMPERY, Switzerland (AP) — Michael Albasini won his seventh career Tour of Romandie stage on Wednesday, and Fabio Felline of Italy retained the overall lead. The 36-year-old Swiss sprinted through rain and light fog on a mountain road in Champery after a 168-kilometer (105-mile) ...