National Sports

LEADING OFF: Bruising Nats host battered Mets, Cubs-Red Sox

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ WASHINGTON CAPITALIZES Trea Turner and the Nationals clubbed their way through Coors Field this week, scoring 11 or more runs in three straight games for the first time since they were the Montreal Expos in ...

2nd-day draft steals? Cook, Lamp could go early; Mixon, too

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The last two players to be selected with the first pick of the second round of the NFL draft were New York Giants star safety Landon Collins in 2015 and Cleveland Browns promising pass rusher Emmanuel Ogbah last year. The point being there is ...

Spurs advance: San Antonio beats Grizzlies 103-96 in Game 6

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs wanted no part of playing a seventh game against the Grizzlies, not with the Houston Rockets looming in the next round. Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, and the Spurs advanced to the Western Conference ...

Tanaka outduels Sale and Yankees beat Red Sox 3-0

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — New York Yankees starters failed to record a complete game in all of 2016 — the first time in franchise history that's happened. Masahiro Tanaka ended that slump this season before April was up. Tanaka pitched a three-hitter to outduel Chris ...

Top-seeded Celtics headline trio of elimination games

By KAREEM COPELAND, AP Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The top-seeded Boston Celtics are back from the brink of disaster. They have dug themselves out of an 0-2 hole against the Chicago Bulls to take the lead in the series. A victory Friday would be the first time the franchise with 17 ...

LEADING OFF: Sale vs Yanks; Thor vs Dickey; injuries pile up

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ LOFTY NUMBERS Chris Sale (1-1, 0.91 ERA) brings his impressive numbers against the Yankees to the mound when the Red Sox host New York in the finale of a series shortened by rain. The lefty is 4-1 with a 1.17 ...

Celtics beat Bulls 108-97, take 3-2 lead in series

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics and Bulls found another thing to argue about after Game 5 of their spirited first-round playoff series: Was Avery Bradley more impressive on offense, or on defense? "Everyone knows he's a good defender. Tonight, he got his ...

Predators beat Blues 4-3 in Game 1 of second-round series

By NATE LATSCH, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — One nifty little flip by Vernon Fiddler provided a big lift for the Nashville Predators on a rough night. Fiddler scored with 5:05 left and P.K. Subban had a goal and two assists, powering Nashville to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues ...

Westbrook does it all to no avail for Thunder

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook made it perfectly clear in his record-setting season that he can do pretty much anything on a basketball court. But he can't do everything. Westbrook's jaw-dropping effort this year included the NBA record for ...

Home, sweet home: Beal, Wall lead Wizards past Hawks, 103-99

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall figured the credit went to the down-the-stretch defense displayed by his Washington Wizards. Neither Dennis Schroder nor coach Mike Budenholzer found any flaws with the way their Atlanta Hawks handled things late. Either way, ...

NFL prospect: Rape report ‘completely false,’ skipping draft

CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Ohio State football star Gareon Conley says he plans to skip attending the NFL draft in person on Thursday and decried allegations that he raped a woman as "completely false." No charges have been filed as police investigate claims made by a 23-year-old woman that he ...

Rangers avoid another series sweep with 14-3 win vs. Twins

By Stephen Hawkins AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo took a couple of hits to score the tiebreaking run, Ryan Rua connected for a grand slam and the Texas Rangers avoided another series sweep with a 14-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. Rua’s first ...

Predators beat Blues 4-3 in Game 1 of 2nd-round series

By Nate Latsch Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — P.K. Subban had a goal and two assists and Vernon Fiddler scored with 5:05 left, sending the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Wednesday night. The Predators ...

ESPN laying off 100 broadcasters, writers as viewers dwindle

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN is laying off about 100 employees, including former athletes-turned-broadcasters Trent Dilfer, Len Elmore and Danny Kanell, in a purge designed to focus the sports network on a more digital future. The cuts will trim ESPN’s stable of on-air talent and writers by about ...

Raiders bring RB Marshawn Lynch out of retirement

By Josh Dubow AP Sports Writer ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Marshawn Lynch is coming out of retirement after agreeing on a two-year deal with the Raiders that paved the way for a trade to his hometown team in Oakland. Lynch passed a physical Wednesday and agreed to a restructured two-year ...

Dearth of OL in draft creates dilemma

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The deficiency on Minnesota’s offensive line made that position the obvious priority for offseason improvement on a team that stumbled to an 8-8 finish. By the second day of the NFL’s open market last month, the Vikings had ...

LEADING OFF: Pedroia set to return, Bundy emerging for O’s

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ WELCOME BACK The Red Sox had to wait another day to get Dustin Pedroia back in the lineup. Manager John Farrell said after Tuesday night's game was rained out that his injured second baseman would have been able ...

MLB: Multiple groups have submitted bids to buy Marlins

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush still haven't touched all the bases in their bid to buy the Miami Marlins. Far from it. Multiple groups have submitted bids to buy the team, and none has yet been accepted, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday. ...

AP source: Raiders agree to deal with Marshawn Lynch

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a two-year contract to bring running back Marshawn Lynch out of retirement. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that the sides have agreed on the terms pending a physical for ...

Albasini wins another Romandie stage; Felline retains lead

CHAMPERY, Switzerland (AP) — Michael Albasini won his seventh career Tour of Romandie stage on Wednesday, and Fabio Felline of Italy retained the overall lead. The 36-year-old Swiss sprinted through rain and light fog on a mountain road in Champery after a 168-kilometer (105-mile) ...