National Sports

LEADING OFF: Stanton sees Marlins, White Sox warm up

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors Monday: REMEMBER ME? Giancarlo Stanton faces his former teammates when the Marlins visit Yankee Stadium. The slugger led the majors with 59 home runs and was the NL MVP last year, then was traded to New York. Stanton is ...

Victor-y: Oladipo scores 32 as Pacers stun LeBron, Cavs

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James figured he had experienced everything in 12 postseasons. Turns out, there was something new. Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and Indiana outplayed Cleveland from the start while pulling off a stunning 98-80 victory Sunday in ...

Cardinals sweep 4-game series from Reds with 3-2 victory

CINCINNATI (AP) — Carlos Martinez's changeup was too much for the reeling Reds. The St. Louis right-hander struck out a season-high 11 in seven shutout innings and Harrison Bader's two-run home run helped the Cardinals complete their first four-game sweep in Cincinnati since 1949 with a 3-2 ...

Durant, defending champ Warriors get defensive, beat Spurs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant helped the defending champions get defensive in a hurry, finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Golden State Warriors returned to their old dominant selves at playoff time to beat the cold-shooting San Antonio Spurs 113-92 on ...

Michigan’s Moe Wagner enters NBA draft, skips senior season

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Moe Wagner is entering the NBA draft, and this year it sounds like that decision is final. The Michigan big man announced his plans Saturday with an essay written for The Players’ Tribune, saying he’s decided to sign with an agent and enter the draft. “I’m ...

Killorn scores twice, Lightning beat Devils 5-3 in Game 2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It’s great to play well, even better to win. That’s’ how the Tampa Bay Lightning view a 2-0 series lead over the New Jersey Devils. “As a coach, you care about everything. You’d like to say you played the perfect game, but somebody else has a vote out there,” ...

Predators take 2-0 lead over Avalanche 5-4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Hartman’s empty-net goal with 1:09 left wound up the game-winner as the Nashville Predators held off the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in their first-round Western Conference series. Hartman’s goal gave the Predators a 5-3 lead until ...

Column: NBA playoffs are wide open — for once

By Paul Newberry AP Sports Columnist Hey, here’s something we haven’t heard before. The NBA playoffs are wide open. At perhaps no other time in the league’s history have so many teams gone into the postseason with a real shot at hoisting the trophy at the end of this two-month ...

Scherzer dominates, Nats end 3-game skid, beat Rockies 6-2

WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer dominated after an early hiccup, striking out 11 and retiring his final 20 batters as the Washington Nationals ended a three-game skid by beating the Colorado Rockies 6-2 on Saturday. Scherzer (3-1) issued a one-out walk in the first inning and Charlie Blackmon ...

Cards win 6-1, Reds have worst start since Great Depression

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds sunk to their worst start since 1931, losing their seventh in a row when Greg Garcia hit two home runs for the first time in his career and led the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-1 win Saturday. The Reds fell to a major league-worst 2-12. Not since the Great ...

Hobbled Celtics expect challenge from Giannis, Bucks

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — By now, the Boston Celtics have come to expect adversity. They were barely five minutes into the season when Gordon Hayward’s gruesome ankle injury offered the first collective gasp in what would be an 82-game schedule replete with more ...

Column: NBA playoffs are wide open — for once

By Paul Newberry AP Sports Columnist Hey, here’s something we haven’t heard before. The NBA playoffs are wide open. At perhaps no other time in the league’s history have so many teams gone into the postseason with a real shot at hoisting the trophy at the end of this two-month ...

Stand by your man: Flyers, Caps riding same goaltenders

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer By sticking with Philipp Grubauer in net for Game 2, the Washington Capitals are taking a page from the Philadelphia Flyers’ most recent goaltending decision. Of course, it was an entirely different book after the Pittsburgh Penguins chased Brian Elliott ...

Thunder look to live up to high expectations vs. Jazz

By Cliff Brunt AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The last time Carmelo Anthony was in the playoffs, he was with the New York Knicks facing rising star Paul George and the Indiana Pacers back in 2013. Now, Anthony and George are teammates with the Oklahoma City Thunder. They join ...

AP source: Reynolds, Nationals agree to minor league deal

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent Mark Reynolds and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a minor league contract and the first baseman would get a $1.5 million, one-year deal if added to the 40-man roster. The person spoke to The ...

Cowboys release Dez Bryant, look to catch salary-cap relief

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys released Dez Bryant on Friday, deciding salary-cap relief and the star receiver’s declining production outweigh the risk of him returning to All-Pro form with another team. Bryant never lived up to the $70 million, five-year contract he signed after ...

Blue Jays place 3B Josh Donaldson on DL

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have placed third baseman Josh Donaldson on the 10-day disabled with right shoulder inflammation. Donaldson, the AL’s Most Valuable player in 2015, is batting .239 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 12 games. He’s been dealing with the injury ...

Process no more: 76ers’ awaited playoff push starts vs. Heat

By Dan Gelston AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Opera Philadelphia took a break from its rehearsal for "Carmen" to record an a capella version of the Philadelphia 76ers' catchy retro anthem , "Here Come the Sixers." Philly can belt out the words . "No. 1, Philadelphia. Here they ...

5 years later, Boston Marathon survivors, responders move on

By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — One was an attacker. One was a volunteer first responder. One lost her leg. Another lost his little boy. And a police officer very nearly lost his own life. Half a decade ago, these five lives probably never would have intersected. Then ...

In your face! Giannis reaches new heights for Bucks

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo's meme-worthy scowl started with a look in the mirror. The Milwaukee Bucks All-Star was an NBA rookie then, trying to come up with a look he could flash after making a big play. Antetokounmpo thought about the glare ...