National Sports

LEADING OFF: Mets try to continue fast start

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ NEW YORK GROOVE Riding an eight-game winning streak that has lifted them to the top record in the majors, the surprising New York Mets try to extend the best start in franchise history to 11-1 when they open ...

Forsberg scores twice in 3rd as Preds rally, beat Avs 5-2

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville forward Filip Forsberg stunned his teammates and the Colorado Avalanche with one dazzling sequence. Forsberg passed the puck to himself through his own legs and rookie defenseman Samuel Girard's legs on his way to his ...

Artemi Panarin lifts Blue Jackets past Capitals in OT

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Artemi Panarin scored 6:02 into overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Panarin made an incredible individual move to drive by fellow ...

Polanco homers twice to power Pirates past Cubs 6-1

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Gregory Polanco and the Pittsburgh Pirates wasted no time in bouncing back from a rout to make an early statement in the National League Central. Polanco homered twice to help back a third straight solid start by Trevor Williams, and ...

Knicks fire coach Jeff Hornacek after 2 seasons

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks will open their offseason with a coaching search. The team fired coach Jeff Hornacek early Thursday, making the decision shortly after beating Cleveland on Wednesday night to finish a 29-53 season. They lost more ...

Without Curry or top seed, Warriors face different playoffs

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry on the sidelines again, this time with a hurt knee. No longer the sure-thing No. 1 seed. Steve Kerr piecing together rotations based on who's available through illness and injury. It hasn't exactly been an easy course ...

Crosby has hat trick, Penguins rout Flyers 7-0

By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby had his third career postseason hat trick, Evgeni Malkin added a highlight-reel goal and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins opened the playoffs with a 7-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday ...

Beantown Brawl! Yankees fight to 10-7 win over Red Sox

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The fuse has officially been lit in the newest chapter of the ramped-up Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. Zim vs. Pedro. A-Rod vs. Varitek. Munson vs. Fisk. And now, Tyler Austin tangling with Joe Kelly. In a matchup between clubs that have long ...

Crunching the numbers for the Stanley Cup playoffs

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins right winger Josh Jooris wears No. 16. That happens to be the total wins necessary for the team to retain the Stanley Cup for a third straight season. There are lots of relevant numbers to be crunched heading into the ...

15 in a row: Sixers add new chapter to long, proud history

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have a long, proud history. They've been around since the NBA's very first season, starting out as the Syracuse Nationals. Their resume includes three championships. The list of franchise greats runs from Dolph Schayes ...

It’s the last day of the NBA season, with much to decide

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — The end has arrived. Actually, for Atlanta, Phoenix, Dallas and Charlotte, the end came in their season finales Tuesday. There are nine teams who know Wednesday is the last day of their season. Another 15 teams have already clinched playoff ...

Sherpa guide tries to reach top of the world for 22nd time

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, Associated Press KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Three men have climbed to the top of the world 21 times, all of them mountain guides who grew up in the shadow of Mount Everest. Two of these famed Sherpa guides have retired. But 48-year-old Kami Rita says he'll be summiting ...

LEADING OFF: Ohtani back at DH, Chisox try again at home

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: BACK IN THE BOX Shohei Ohtani is expected back in the starting lineup for the first time since taking a perfect game into the seventh inning against Oakland on Sunday. The two-way Japanese star has homered in his ...

Pistons owner says he’s undecided on Van Gundy’s future

By Larry Lage AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores says he’s undecided about Stan Van Gundy’s future with the franchise. Gores met with reporters during halftime of Monday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. Van Gundy will finish his fourth season ...

Luck expects to be better QB following long recovery

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck said all the right things Monday. He feels good, hopes to be full go when training camp begins and believes he will be a better overall quarterback when he returns. All he has to do now is prove it. For the first time in more than three months, Luck fielded ...

Predators, Golden Knights reflect change of NHL West’s guard

By John Wawrow AP Hockey Writer The Predators have the Presidents' Trophy, and the NHL-expansion Golden Knights carry the buzz entering the Western Conference playoffs, which have the potential of resembling nothing from the past. So step aside Chicago, which missed the playoffs for the ...

Reed wins first major title, holding off Fowler at Masters

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Patrick Reed became famous playing for his country. He won for himself Sunday and became a Masters champion. It was never easy, just the way Reed likes it. Rory McIlroy came after him early. Jordan Spieth roared to life with a ...

Sagan’s 1st Paris-Roubaix win overshadowed by rider’s death

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — World champion Peter Sagan outsprinted Silvan Dillier to the finish line to win the prestigious Paris-Roubaix race, but his first victory in the race known as the Queen of the Classics was overshadowed by the death of Belgian rider Michael ...

C.J. Miles scores 22 points, Raptors beat Magic 112-101

By IAN HARRISON, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — C.J. Miles scored 22 points, OG Anunoby had a career-high 21 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Orlando Magic 112-101 on Sunday night. Serge Ibaka scored 13 points, and Jakob Poeltl and Delon Wright each had 12. The Raptors closed out their ...

Sick Bellinger helps Dodgers beat Giants 2-1 in 10 innings

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A bad plate of sushi or room service left Cody Bellinger weakened enough that he was held out of the starting lineup. Bellinger managed to summon enough strength to spark a key rally when the slumping Los Angeles Dodgers needed him ...