National Sports

Players Championship has enough action for everyone

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — With apologies to Portugal, the only significant golf this week is on the site of a former swamp. The Players Championship starts Thursday on the TPC Sawgrass, which offers a $10.5 million purse — even the runner-up gets over ...

Los Angeles Olympic dreams might be delayed to 2028

By Michael R. Blood and Beth Harris Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles could lose and win its Olympics gamble, ending up with the 2028 Games it never sought and the costly prospect of retooling its multibillion-dollar plans for more than a decade into the future. In an ...

Proposed Raiders stadium would be finished by June 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A preliminary timeline for the proposed stadium that would be home to the Raiders in Las Vegas shows construction would be finished only three months before the 2020 regular season begins. The draft of the timeline made public Monday by the Las Vegas Stadium Authority shows ...

Warriors agree to 2-year lease extension in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have agreed to a two-year lease extension to remain at Oracle Arena in Oakland before a planned move to San Francisco for the 2019-20 season. The Joint Powers Authority that controls the arena said Wednesday that the deal includes options that ...

Twins-White Sox game postponed due to rain

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox catcher Geovany Soto was throwing Tuesday when he felt some sharp pain in the back of his right elbow. Again. Soto went back on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, and he said he doesn’t know what’s next after he was sidelined ...

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

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Avery Bradley scored a playoff career-high 29 points, and the Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 123-101 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Al Horford added 19 points, seven assists, and six ...

Penguins shut out Capitals in Game 7, advance to East final

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury turned back the clock with a brilliant 29-save shutout, Bryan Rust and Patric Hornqvist scored and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 on Wednesday night to advance to the Eastern ...

Curry’s 30 lead Warriors to sweep after 121-95 win over Jazz

By KAREEM COPELAND, AP Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Splash Brothers provided the fast start, and the Golden State Warriors made it a quick finish to the second round. They're four wins from another NBA Finals appearance, and so far nobody can slow them down. Stephen Curry scored ...

LEADING OFF: Harvey back, Trout still out, Sabathia steps up

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BACK TO WORK Matt Harvey rejoins the Mets after serving a three-day suspension imposed by the team for not showing up at Citi Field for Saturday's game. New York manager Terry Collins said Harvey will have ...

Tour de France champion Froome struck by car in training

MONACO (AP) — Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome says his bike was wrecked by a car when the driver intentionally struck him. The incident Tuesday morning comes less than three weeks after Michele Scarponi, the 2011 Giro d'Italia winner, died in a collision with a van during a ...

Capitals overwhelm Penguins 5-2 to force Game 7

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Washington Capitals are well aware of their franchise's inglorious past, one filled with unmet expectations and gut-wrenching collapses. And they don't care. It's not 1992. It's not 1996, 2009 or 2016 for that matter. The Capitals have ...

John Daly holds on for 1st PGA Tour Champions win

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — John Daly is happy to be back on top, no matter how bad he may have looked finishing it off. Daly closed with three straight closing bogeys Sunday to hang on for his first PGA Tour Champions title, a one-stroke victory in the Insperity Invitational. "It wasn't ...

Thomas lobbies for calls with Celtics-Wizards series tied

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas feels as though he was shut down by the Washington Wizards and the referees in Game 4. Thomas said after the Boston Celtics' 121-102 loss Sunday that the officiating needs to change as the second-round series continues after ...

Let’s play two: Yankees beat Cubs 5-4 in 18 innings

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Aaron Hicks slid across home plate, hopped up and flexed his arms in jubilation. No Monday morning blues for Hicks and the New York Yankees. Hicks scored on Starlin Castro's grounder in the 18th inning, and the rolling Yankees beat the Chicago ...

LEADING OFF: Ailing Trout, Harper expected back in lineup

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ TROUT OK? Two-time AL MVP Mike Trout says he plans to play at Oakland after missing two straight games for the Angels and three of four because of a tight left hamstring. He has a 17-game hitting streak. The ...

Fresh horses await Derby winner Always Dreaming in Preakness

By BETH HARRIS, AP Racing Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Always Dreaming is headed to the Preakness in two weeks, when the Kentucky Derby winner is likely to face several fresh horses that skipped the first leg of the Triple Crown. A majority of the 20-horse field that ran on a sloppy track ...

Arsenal beats United 2-0 as Wenger gets better of Mourinho

LONDON (AP) — Arsene Wenger got the better of managerial rival Jose Mourinho for the first time in a competitive game as Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0 in the Premier League on Sunday to keep alive its Champions League qualification hopes. Granit Xhaka, with a deflected shot, and former ...

Gaviria wins 3rd stage of Giro to move into overall lead

CAGLIARI, Sardinia (AP) — Fernando Gaviria won a bunch sprint at the end of the third stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday to claim his first Grand Tour victory and take the leader's pink jersey from Andre Greipel. Gaviria edged out Rudiger Selig after great work from his Quick-Step team ...

Mets suspend Harvey 3 days for violating team rules

By CHARLES O'BRIEN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Mets star pitcher Matt Harvey was suspended three days by the team on Sunday for an undisclosed violation of team rules, the latest hiccup for a club beset by problems on and off the field this season. General manager Sandy Alderson ...

Silfverberg scores in OT as Ducks top Oilers 4-3 in Game 4

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf was a one-man wrecking crew at a big moment for the Anaheim Ducks. Getzlaf scored twice and assisted on two goals, including Jakob Silfverberg's game-winner 45 seconds into overtime, and the Ducks topped the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in Game 4 of their ...