National Sports

Senators chase Fleury, rout Penguins 5-1 in Game 3

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Mike Hoffman and his Ottawa Senators teammates heard all the chatter on social media about their style of play, which some perceived as "boring." Their response? Well, LOL. And another big W. Marc Methot, Derick Brassard and Zack Smith scored in a 2:18 span midway ...

Warriors trounce Spurs without Leonard for 2-0 series lead

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr provided a strong message, just not from his usual spot on the bench: Play with urgency from the opening tip this time. The Golden State Warriors did just that for their ailing coach watching from the locker room, and ...

LEADING OFF: Rockies-Twins in surprising 1st-place matchup

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK Two of baseball's biggest surprises square off when the Colorado Rockies visit Minnesota in an interleague matchup of first-place teams. Ervin Santana (6-1, 1.50 ERA) starts for the ...

Confident Senators return home eager for more goals vs Pens

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — They have split two games scoring a combined three goals. They have limited the Pittsburgh Penguins to two goals. They have gone 1-1 on the road against the defending Stanley Cup champions in the Eastern Conference final. Now all the Ottawa Senators want going into ...

San Diego State ends talks on sharing proposed MLS stadium

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — There's another stadium flap in San Diego, and this one is threatening the future of San Diego State's football team. The school said Tuesday it has cut off talks to share a stadium with a group that wants to attract an MLS team as the ...

Preds rally, beat Ducks 2-1 to take 2-1 Western finals lead

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — The Nashville Predators are so confident right now that not even having two goals in eight seconds waved off for goaltender interference can shake them. Especially not on home ice. Roman Josi scored a power-play goal with ...

Pick 6: Kelly, Rodriguez, Mora in need of improvement in ’17

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Mark Helfrich went into last season with a 33-8 record in three years as Oregon coach and an appearance in the national championship game. He then went 4-8 and was fired. Point is, just about every coach outside of Nick Saban and Urban Meyer can ...

Energized Ducks even Western finals, beat Predators 5-3

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Hockey Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks were down a game in the Western Conference finals and down 2-0 in Game 2 against Pekka Rinne, the most dominant goalie in these Stanley Cup playoffs. That's when Sami Vatanen got the puck and thought he saw a sliver ...

Celtics seek top pick, Lakers aim to keep theirs in lottery

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Celtics are trying to go from No. 1 seed to No. 1 pick. The Los Angeles Lakers don't need to be first, but they sure better not be worse than third. A night that's normally for the NBA's biggest losers has huge consequences ...

Si Woo Kim keeps his cool and wins Players Championship

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Si Woo Kim walked up to the 16th green at the TPC Sawgrass and couldn't resist looking across the water at an island. For those trying to catch Kim in The Players Championship, and for thousands of fans who anticipated the ...

Yanks’ Chapman to miss at least month with shoulder injury

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Unable to pitch through pain in his shoulder that had bothered him for weeks, New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman went on the disabled list Sunday and likely will miss at least a month. Chapman had a MRI on Saturday, a day after getting ...

Tebow Watch: Former NFL QB has 1st RBIs in nearly a month

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tim Tebow drove in his first runs in nearly a month with two RBIs in the Columbia Fireflies' road-win against the Delmarva (Maryland) Shorebirds. The former NFL quarterback has 11 RBIs on the season with the New York Mets Single A affiliate, but also has struck out 31 ...

LEADING OFF: Trout has his legs back, Archer vs Carrasco

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BACK AT IT After missing over a week with a hamstring issue, Mike Trout is back in full force for the Angels. He's homered in three straight games for the third time in his career, giving him 11 for the ...

Neal’s OT goal puts Preds past Ducks 3-2 to open West final

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Hockey Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A few moments after James Neal crumpled Anaheim's Brandon Montour with a vicious check, the Nashville forward took a pass from P.K. Subban and ripped a shot past three Ducks for the winning overtime goal. Even in uncharted territory ...

LEADING OFF: More bad blood between Diamondbacks and Pirates

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ BAD BLOOD The Pirates and Diamondbacks already had a history of ill will toward each other dating to 2014 before Arizona's Chris Iannetta was hit in the face by a fastball from reliever Johnny Barbato. Bloodied, ...

Shoemaker shuts down Tigers, Trout homers in Angels’ 7-0 win

By STEVE DILBECK, Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Matt Shoemaker finally showed off his 2016 form. Shoemaker held the Detroit Tigers to three hits in six innings, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-0 victory on Friday night. "That looks like Shoemaker when he's on," Angels ...

Ducks’ reward for Game 7 win is date with Rinne and Preds

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Hockey Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks finally cleared a major psychological hurdle with their gritty Game 7 victory over Edmonton on Wednesday night. After four consecutive years of failure in winner-take-all showdowns, they stood up to an upstart ...

Penguins just now finding their groove going into East final

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury and his teammates played their best game of the playoffs so far, and it feels like just the beginning for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The defending Stanley Cup champions beat the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 with their ...

LEADING OFF: Keuchel, Bundy seek 6th wins; Trout eyes return

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ WINNER, WINNER Houston's Dallas Keuchel and Baltimore's Dylan Bundy can become the majors' first six-win pitchers this season. The pair is among a pack of hurlers tied for the league lead with five victories. ...

Bradley scores 29, Celtics power past Wizards, 123-101

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Playing in the Garden has brought out the Boston Celtics' best basketball this postseason. Wednesday night it was home to one of the best nights of Avery Bradley's career. Bradley scored a playoff career-high 29 points, and the Celtics beat ...