National Sports

Villanova’s 6th man breaks out in starring role vs Michigan

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Sports Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Donte DiVincenzo's biggest contribution to Villanova's 2016 national championship was made at practice, often playing the role of the opponents' best player. The Michael Jordan of Delaware, as his teammates call him, has come a ...

LEADING OFF: Cubs not hitting, snowed-out Yanks try to open

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ LOST LUMBER Cubs star Anthony Rizzo is hitting .130 this season, and the rest of his team isn't doing much better. Chicago has been shut out in its last two games, and managed only one run in a 17-inning ...

Villanova students, fans celebrate title, 2 arrests reported

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Students at Villanova University flooded the streets around campus to celebrate the Wildcats' second NCAA men's basketball championship in three years, and police reported two arrests following the partying. Villanova defeated Michigan 79-62 in Monday's title game in ...

76ers set to unveil sculpture of Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are paying tribute to Hall of Famer Julius Erving. The NBA team will unveil a sculpture of Erving during a ceremony Tuesday at their practice facility in Camden, New Jersey. It will be the sixth sculpture installed on "76ers Legends Walk." It will ...

Wagner, Michigan end Loyola’s run 69-57 in Final Four

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Sports Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Staring down a 10-point, second-half deficit against an underdog that seemed nothing short of blessed during the madness of March, Moe Wagner and Michigan clamped down on Loyola-Chicago and ended one of the most memorable NCAA ...

Penguins beat Canadiens to earn 12th straight playoff berth

By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins' quest for a three-peat is officially on. Patric Hornqvist picked up his 200th career goal and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions clinched their 12th straight playoff berth with a 5-2 victory over the Montreal ...

Warriors’ McCaw leaves on stretcher after hard fall

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Warriors guard Patrick McCaw was taken away on a stretcher after he fell hard to the floor following a foul by Sacramento's Vince Carter during a 112-96 Golden State win Saturday night. McCaw was transported to UC Davis Medical ...

Karlsson’s short-handed goal lifts Vegas to division title

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — William Karlsson put a spectacular bow on a surprising Pacific Division championship for expansion Vegas. Karlsson scored a short-handed goal in the third period, and the Golden Knights clinched the title with a 3-2 victory over the San ...

Kansas can’t find a way to slow Villanova’s 3-point barrage

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Bill Self's exasperated and almost helpless reactions said everything about why Kansas' latest Final Four trip would last only one game. The coach knew his Jayhawks had to close out on Villanova's deep well of 3-point shooters and ...

Kansas can’t find a way to slow Villanova’s 3-point barrage

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Bill Self's frustrated and almost helpless reactions said everything about why Kansas' latest Final Four trip would last only one game. The coach knew his Jayhawks had to close out on Villanova's deep well of 3-point shooters and contest all those deep shots if they were ...

MLS roundup: Own goal lifts Atlanta United over Loons 1-0

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Defender Francisco Calvo scored an own goal in the third minute, giving ten-man Atlanta United FC a 1-0 win over Minnesota United FC in a battle of last season's expansion teams on Saturday night. Minnesota (2-3-0) goalkeeper Matthew Lampson attempted to punch away a ...

Wagner, Michigan end Loyola’s run 69-57 in Final Four

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Staring down a 10-point deficit against an underdog that seemed nothing short of blessed during the madness of March, Moe Wagner and Michigan clamped down on Loyola-Chicago and ended one of the most memorable NCAA Tournament runs ever. Wagner, Charles Matthews and the ...

All-star John Wall returns as Wizards take down Hornets 107-93

WASHINGTON (AP) — All-star John Wall had 15 points and 14 assists in his first game in two months, Otto Porter Jr. had 26 points and 11 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat the Charlotte Hornets 107-93 on Saturday to clinch their fourth playoff berth in five seasons. Wall, who last ...

Overtime survivors: Bulldogs, Irish meet for women’s title

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Vic Schaefer and his Mississippi State Bulldogs carry a constant reminder of how far they went in the women’s NCAA Tournament last year, and what must still be done. It’s right there, engraved on the side of their runner-up ...

Nash, Kidd, Hill in 13-member Basketball Hall of Fame class

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Steve Nash was an unsung Canadian kid who got one significant U.S. basketball scholarship offer. Jason Kidd was an Oakland hoops prodigy ticketed for superstardom from childhood. After parallel careers that first crossed during college ...

Ovechkin, a durable ‘Russian machine,’ reaches 1,000 games

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin is built like a linebacker with the motor of a steam engine and the mentality of a wrecking ball. He can score like no other player of this generation and few in history and has the physicality to match. That was evident from his first NHL shift when he ...

Handy man: Calderon doing whatever Cavaliers need

CLEVELAND (AP) — It’s two hours before tip-off, and Jose Calderon is working up a healthy sweat on the floor at Quicken Loans Arena. Then he retreats to the locker room to study. Sitting at his cubicle, just feet from where LeBron James dresses, Calderon watches video of that night’s ...

Column: Time for the one-and-done to simply be done

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist ATLANTA (AP) — Darius Bazley wants to be a pioneer. Sure, three others have taken a straight line from high school to the NBA development league. But Bazley is one of the nation's best high school players, so everyone perked up when he announced his ...

Stunned UConn falls again on last-second shot in OT

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — UConn coach Geno Auriemma and the Huskies have dropped two of their last 149 games. Last-second overtime shots ended their season each time. At the Final Four. A year after their 111-game winning streak was stopped by a historic ...

LEADING OFF: Darvish debut with Cubs, bullpen bunch for Rays

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ DARVISH DEBUT Yu Darvish makes his first start for the Chicago Cubs when he pitches at Miami. The last time threw in a game that counted, it didn't go well — he got tagged by Houston in a Game 7 loss in ...