National Sports

Puck and player tracking coming to NHL next season

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer Puck and player tracking is coming to the NHL next season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the long-expected news Friday during All-Star Weekend in San Jose, California. The league is partnering with German company Jogmo World Corp. to put microchips ...

Harbaugh ready to launch ‘new era of football’ for Ravens

By David Ginsburg AP Sports Writer OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — After signing a four-year contract, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh is excited about a “new era” for a team already well on its way to sporting a different look in 2019. The metamorphosis of the Ravens began with the ...

Pagano sees opportunity of lifetime leading Bears’ defense

By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chuck Pagano is ready to embrace the “opportunity of a lifetime” as the Chicago Bears’ defensive coordinator. He inherits a group that ranked among the best in the NFL and helped Chicago win the NFC North after four ...

On Basketball: Harden’s run should end when he gets help

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer This play midway through the fourth quarter of James Harden's historic effort at Madison Square Garden was largely reminiscent of what the Houston Rockets' offense has looked like lately: He got the ball. He kept it for 16 seconds. He dribbled it 21 ...

Pacers lose All-Star Victor Oladipo to season-ending injury

By Michael Marot AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Victor Oladipo’s season is over. The Indiana Pacers intend to make sure his injury doesn’t derail theirs, too. After learning the All-Star guard faces season-ending surgery for a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee, Oladipo’s ...

Nadal breaks, beats Tsitsipas for 5th Australian Open final

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal is certainly not treating tennis' next generation well at the Australian Open. Add 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas to the list of youngsters Nadal has bullied on his way to his fifth final at Melbourne Park and ...

AP source: MLB seeks to increase DL, option time

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has proposed going back to a 15-day disabled list and increasing the time optioned players usually must spend in the minor leagues, a person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press, moves aimed at ...

Jazz dominate from perimeter, top Nuggets 114-108

By JOHN COON, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Once Utah got warmed up on the perimeter, Denver couldn't do anything to cool the Jazz. The long-distance barrage kept the Nuggets on their heels for the better part of four quarters and allowed Utah to scratch out a 114-108 win Wednesday ...

No. 7 Nevada romps to 100-60 win over Colorado State

By EMERSON MARCUS, Associated Press RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada coach Eric Musselman threatened to turn off the 3-point green light after a lackluster shooting performance Saturday by the seventh-ranked Wolf Pack against Air Force. Musselman sang a different tune following his team's 100-60 ...

Kansas, Kentucky square off in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Big 12 Conference. GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Kansas at Kentucky: The ninth-ranked Jayhawks travel to face the eighth-ranked Wildcats in the highlight of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Kentucky has hit its stride after some early ...

Harden’s career-high 61 points leads Rockets by Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) — James Harden scored a career-high 61 points, tying Kobe Bryant’s record for a visiting opponent at the current Madison Square Garden, and the Houston Rockets edged the New York Knicks 114-110 on Wednesday night. Harden made the clinching layup with 3.8 seconds remaining ...

Patriots’ defense back on track heading into Super Bowl

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — It took an entire regular season and some tough losses, but the Patriots defense finally likes where it is at heading into its Super Bowl matchup with the Los Angeles Rams. It hasn’t been perfect, but after a slow start to ...

Larry Fitzgerald returning to Cardinals for 16th season

By Bob Baum AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — That Hall of Fame slot will have to stay vacant for a while. Larry Fitzgerald isn't ready to hang up the cleats just yet. The receiver, whose career statistics rank among the best ever to play the game, has signed a one-year contract to return ...

1 point away, Serena stunned by Pliskova at Australian Open

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Four times, Serena Williams was only one point — a single point — from closing out a victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals. On the first such chance, at 5-1, 40-30 in the third set, she turned her left ankle ...

Vonn’s skis are waiting for her if she decides to race again

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer Lindsey Vonn's skis are waiting for her — whether she decides to continue racing or not. While Vonn ponders her future, her ski technician has set up shop in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where World Cup downhill and super-G races are scheduled for this ...

Next year it’s Jeter’s chance to join Rivera in the Hall

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer Mariano Rivera sailed into the Hall of Fame without a single dissenting vote. Next year, it's Derek Jeter's turn — and don't expect much opposition then, either. Jeter headlines the group of candidates who will be newly eligible for the Hall next year , ...

Column: Hall of Fame is becoming a crowded place

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist Edgar Martinez got in just as his chances were running out, meaning baseball's Hall of Fame will have yet another designated hitter. Three pitchers are in the newly elected class, too, including one whose credentials weren't good enough in the decade his ...

Williamson scores 25, No. 2 Duke shuts down Pitt 79-64

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — There are plenty of words Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski can use to describe his star-laden roster. Nervous is not one of them. "My guys are not nervous," Krzyzewski said. "I'm nervous. But they are not. They love crowds. They love to ...

Thompson hits first 10 from 3 as Warriors rout Lakers

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Klay Thompson tied an NBA record by making his first 10 attempts from 3-point range, scoring 44 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 130-111 on Monday night to match a season high with their eighth consecutive ...

Tennessee faces similar test from last No. 1 ranking

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer The last time Tennessee reached No. 1 in the AP Top 25 it lost to Vanderbilt the next day. Back at No. 1 for the first time in 11 years, the Vols face a similar situation. On Wednesday, they again play Vanderbilt right after becoming the nation's ...