National Sports

Pirates rally for 4 runs in 9th to beat beleaguered Mets 5-3

NEW YORK (AP) — After bringing in Felipe Vazquez with his team trailing by two in the eighth inning, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was asked by bench coach Tom Prince whether the closer would stay in the game if his turn to bat came up in the ninth. "At the time, I counted off and said this ...

Encarnacion, Chisenhall HR; Bieber sharp as Tribe top Cards

By JOE HARRIS, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — After a rough debut, Cleveland Indians rookie Shane Bieber has found his routine. Edwin Encarnacion and Lonnie Chisenhall hit back-to-back homers, Bieber pitched six strong innings and the Indians beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Wednesday ...

Messi, Argentina get going, beat Nigeria 2-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Lionel Messi and Argentina finally came alive at the World Cup. Messi scored an exquisite 14th-minute goal to give the two-time champions the lead Tuesday, but it wasn’t until Marcos Rojo’s 86th-minute strike that Argentina was assured of a place in the ...

Rays’ Eovaldi limits Nationals to 1 hit in odd 1-0 victory

By MARK DIDTLER, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before an unusual combination of relievers in the ninth completed a three-hitter as the Tampa Bay Rays beat Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals 1-0 Tuesday. Eovaldi ...

A guide to the World Cup when you know nothing about soccer

By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — So, there's this thing called the World Cup ... The group stage of the most widely watched sporting event in the world is about to conclude, and you want to be part of the action going forward. The problem is, you know nothing about soccer ...

Draws that help both teams may become more common

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Fans hated the battle of backpasses that the Denmark-France World Cup match devolved into , and they likely will watch more teams collude when soccer's showcase expands to 48 teams. The sellout crowd at Luzhniki Stadium started booing early in ...

Bettman, Brodeur, O’Ree top Hockey Hall of Fame class

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, pioneering black player Willie O'Ree and Martin Brodeur, the league's all-time winningest goaltender, top the latest class for the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Bettman has been commissioner since 1993, during which time the ...

Brazil and Germany try to salvage World Cup and advance

By JENNA FRYER, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Two of the best teams in international soccer go into their final group matches in danger of being bounced from the World Cup. Germany and Brazil, both early favorites for the title, struggled through their opening two matches. The teams have a ...

Kvitova, Konta ease into 3rd round at Eastbourne

EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Petra Kvitova continued to impress with a straight-sets victory over Kateryna Bondarenko in the second round at the Eastbourne International on Tuesday. The third-seeded Kvitova, who won her fifth title of the season on Sunday in Birmingham, triumphed 7-5, 6-3 and ...

Denmark advances at World Cup in drab 0-0 draw with France

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — A game no team needed to win became the game no fan would want to watch. France and Denmark produced the World Cup's first 0-0 draw at the 37th attempt amid boos and whistles from fans on Tuesday. The slow-paced game was out of step with a ...

Australia eliminated, Peru leaves World Cup on high note

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Back at the World Cup for the first time since 1982, Peru isn't leaving Russia empty handed. The Peruvians failed to score a goal in their opening two matches, but the team finally gave its fans a reason to celebrate when it ended ...

South Florida hires CFP exec Kelly as athletic director

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer South Florida on Monday hired Michael Kelly, the chief operating officer of the College Football Playoff, to be its athletic director. Kelly, 47, worked at Tampa, Florida-based USF as an associate athletic director from 2001 to 2002. He was also ...

Joshua ordered by WBA to fight Povetkin and ditch Wilder

LONDON (AP) — Anthony Joshua was ordered to sign a deal to fight Alexander Povetkin "within 24 hours" or face being stripped of the WBA portion of his world heavyweight boxing titles. The WBA lost patience with the talks between Joshua and WBC champion Deontay Wilder for a unification bout, ...

Germany’s message after stunning winner: “We’re still alive”

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SOCHI, Russia (AP) — In the aftermath to one of the most memorable victories in Germany's long history of success, Toni Kroos and Marco Reus had a message for the critics back home waiting to see them fail. "We got a lot of criticism and some of it was ...

Messi is running out of time to save Argentina’s World Cup

By JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — For Lionel Messi, the time is now. Time to score at the World Cup. Time to save Argentina from another crushing disappointment. Time to live up to his reputation as one of the world's best players. Time to end questions about ...

Flames come away as biggest winner at NHL draft

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer DALLAS (AP) — Having no picks in the first three rounds made it look as though it would be a quiet, boring and ineffective weekend for the Calgary Flames. Instead, they became one of the biggest winners at the NHL draft by acquiring 23-year-old forward ...

LEADING OFF: Rangers-Twins get testy, Reds on grand run

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: CAREFUL Texas has won seven in a row, and things got a little testy Saturday during a 9-6 victory at Target Field. Jurickson Profar tied a Rangers record when he was hit by pitches three times. Profar stole second ...

Ciman, Diomande help LAFC to 2-0 win over Crew

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laurent Ciman returned from a two-game absence and scored in the opening minutes to help Los Angeles FC beat the Columbus Crew 2-0 on Saturday night. Ciman, the last player cut from the Belgian national team as it prepared for the World Cup, sent a free kick from 40 yards ...

Oregon St. beats Miss. St. 5-2, plays Arkansas in CWS finals

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Kevin Abel and Jake Mulholland made it look easy for Oregon State. Until it wasn't. Abel turned in the Beavers' best start of the College World Series and the usually reliable Mulholland came on in the eighth inning with a four-run lead ...

Font, Rays shut down Yanks; DeSclafani slams Reds past Cubs

By The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wilmer Font worked into the sixth inning to get his first major league win, Willy Adames homered and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-0 on Saturday. Font (1-3) allowed three hits, one walk and struck out four over 5 2/3 ...