National Sports

No bunkers doesn’t mean no problems on 14th at Augusta

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer Phil Mickelson was 148 yards away in the middle of the 14th fairway at Augusta National and saw a pin that was set up for birdies. The trick was getting there. He wanted to flight a low 9-iron so it would carry over the first tier and land about four paces ...

A guide to the teams, players and coaches in the Final Four

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The maddest of Marches is winding down, the college basketball season now headed into April. All those upsets, crazy finishes and stellar performances have brought us to San Antonio, where a Cinderella and its telegenic nun join three ...

Polanco’s homer lifts Pirates past Tigers in kooky opener

By The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer in the 13th inning to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 13-10 victory over Detroit on Friday — about an hour after the Tigers spilled onto the field to celebrate what they thought was a game-winning hit of their ...

Braun’s 3-run homer off Hand lifts Brewers over Padres, 8-6

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ryan Braun left absolutely no doubt when he drove a high fastball from All-Star closer Brad Hand an estimated 396 feet into the second deck at Petco Park. Braun turned his head, dropped his bat and began a trot that included a leaping ...

Price leads Red Sox to 1-0 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — David Price was solid in his return to the Red Sox rotation, allowing four singles over seven scoreless innings of Boston's 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. The five-time All-Star, slowed by injury much of 2017, struck out five and walked none ...

LeBron passes Jordan with 867th straight double-digit game

CLEVELAND (AP) — Still chasing championships, LeBron James caught — and passed — Michael Jordan on one list. James broke Jordan’s NBA record by scoring at least 10 points in his 867th straight regular-season game, a streak the Cavaliers superstar could make nearly untouchable by the ...

Gardenhire ejected in first game with Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Ron Gardenhire has been ejected from his first game as manager of the Detroit Tigers after a replay review overturned what would have been the winning run in the 10th inning. Nicholas Castellanos was initially called safe at home on a single by JaCoby Jones, and the Tigers ...

Yanks put Hicks on DL with ribcage strain

TORONTO (AP) — The New York Yankees have put Aaron Hicks on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right ribcage in the latest injury to one of their outfielders. The Yankees made the move Friday, a day after Hicks got two hits in a season-opening 6-1 win at Toronto. Hicks played the whole ...

A guide to the teams, players and coaches in the Final Four

By John Marshall AP Basketball Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The maddest of Marches is winding down, the college basketball season now headed into April. All those upsets, crazy finishes and stellar performances have brought us to San Antonio, where a Cinderella and its telegenic nun join ...

KU-Villanova matchup an argument for reseeding Final Four

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Don't mind Kansas or Villanova if the winner starts cutting down nets Saturday night. In the most lopsided Final Four bracket since the tournament was expanded in 1985, these two No. 1 seeds square off in what might as well be called the "Big Boy Semifinal." Barring an ...

Ohtani starts Sunday, Dodgers clean up, Vlad Jr walks off

Shohei Ohtani has a starting assignment, and the Los Angeles Dodgers have a mess on their hands. With the regular season set to begin Thursday, the Angels scheduled Ohtani to make his major league pitching debut Sunday in their fourth game at Oakland. The two-way sensation from Japan is ...

Tanks for nothing: Some NHL teams can’t win for losing

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jack Eichel has difficulty accepting the sorry state of the Buffalo Sabres, who haven't had a sniff at the playoffs in the three years since his celebrated arrival. "When I got drafted, if you would've said we'd be in this position, I ...

Top recruits use support systems to avoid NCAA troublemakers

By GEORGE HENRY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Cameron Reddish has known since ninth grade, when Penn State offered him a full scholarship, that he was a special basketball talent. Three years later, Reddish and some of the top prep players in the country will play in Wednesday night's ...

Who is No. 1? Top college player often not top NBA prospect

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke's Marvin Bagley III, Arizona's Deandre Ayton and Oklahoma's Trae Young are certain high NBA draft picks, one of them could easily be the top overall selection. Still, that doesn't make any of them the best player in college ...

Penn State routs Mississippi State 75-60 to reach NIT final

By MATT SUGAM, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly a month after Penn State was bounced out of the Big Ten Tournament, the Nittany Lions are back at Madison Square Garden with another chance to win a championship. Tony Carr scored 21 points, Shep Garner added 18 while breaking the ...

Laine’s shootout winner gives Jets 5-4 win over Bruins

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Brandon Tanev will have to watch video of himself celebrating his first NHL career hat trick because he can't remember what he did. The second-year fourth-line forward scored his third goal of the game early in the third period, and Patrik Laine got the deciding ...

Rockets pound Bulls 118-86, win 10th straight game

By The Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Eric Gordon scored 31 points and tied a career high with eight 3-pointers on a night James Harden sat out to rest, and the Houston Rockets got their 10th straight win with a 118-86 rout of the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. Trevor Ariza added 21 ...

Radulov’s OT goal helps Stars end skid, beat Flyers 3-2

DALLAS (AP) — Alexander Radulov sent a sigh of relief through the arena on Tuesday night. Radulov scored 40 seconds into overtime as the Dallas Stars beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 to end an eight-game winless streak. On a two-man breakaway, Tyler Seguin passed from the right side across ...

All 4 No. 1 seeds reach women’s Final Four

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The women's Final Four is set, and it's one exclusive party. UConn, Louisville, Mississippi State and Notre Dame are headed to Columbus, Ohio, marking the fourth time in tournament history that four No. 1 seeds made it to the ...

National Olympic committees get glimpse of Tokyo 2020 venues

By STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — A dozen national Olympic committees have been given a quick look at Tokyo's venue preparations for the 2020 Summer Games. Mark England of the British Olympic Association says they were impressed. "We haven't had many questions to ask the ...