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Cavs guard Hill questionable for Game 5

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cavaliers point guard George Hill is questionable for Wednesday's crucial Game 5 against Indiana because of back spasms. Hill has been dealing with back problems since the series opener when he was flattened by an illegal screen by Pacers forward Trevor ...

A tale of 2 bats, and Babe Ruth’s 60th home run in 1927

By VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As part of its collection of Babe Ruth items, the Baseball Hall of Fame says it has the bat the slugger used to hit his then-record 60th home run in 1927. A private collector also claims to own the bat, and he's selling it at auction. ...

Caps roll over Blue Jackets, look to nemesis Pittsburgh

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After dropping the first two playoff games at home in overtime, the Washington Capitals picked up momentum that only got stronger as they took down the Columbus Blue Jackets in four straight. Now they'll strive to keep the intensity ...

LEADING OFF: Ohtani faces champs; Cubs-Indians rematch

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ TOUGH TEST Shohei Ohtani (2-1, 3.60 ERA) makes his fourth major league start for the Los Angeles Angels, this one against Charlie Morton (3-0, 0.72) and the World Series champion Houston Astros. Ohtani, the ...

Mitchell scores 33, Jazz rout Thunder 113-96

By JOHN COON, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Shutting down the Utah Jazz offense is proving easier said than done for the Oklahoma City Thunder. For a second straight game, a late second-quarter surge by Utah carried over into the second half and it allowed the Jazz to pull away for ...

Bucks’ Maker, other reserves step into NBA playoff spotlight

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Thon Maker is having his biggest games at the biggest time of the year. Not bad for a bench guy and someone who, as recently as last week, was a roster afterthought. Maker had never blocked five shots in any NBA game before this ...

Rockets use 50-point 3rd quarter to blow out Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — James Harden gave Houston quite the jump-start with 22 of the team's 50 points in the third quarter, as the Rockets cruised past the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-100 on Monday night to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. Chris Paul scored 15 of his 25 points ...

Unaccustomed to 1st-round holes, LeBron needs win at Pacers

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer LeBron James is keeping his thoughts to himself. Whatever concerns — or confidence — he might harbor about his Cleveland Cavaliers facing a 2-1 first-round Eastern Conference series hole heading into Game 4 at the Indiana Pacers on Sunday were not ...

A’s lefty Manaea pitches no-hitter vs streaking Red Sox

By GIDEON RUBIN, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sean Manaea might've been the only person at the Oakland Coliseum who didn't realize he was still working on a no-hitter. After a dropped popup in the fifth inning, the Athletics lefty figured it was over. "I didn't even think about ...

LEADING OFF: Farquhar status, Yanks add top prospect Torres

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ FARQUHAR STATUS The Chicago White Sox will continue to monitor pitcher Danny Farquhar, who was hospitalized in stable but critical condition after suffering a brain hemorrhage. The reliever fell ill Friday night ...

76ers’ Simmons has triple-double vs. Heat; Pelicans advance

By The Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Ben Simmons had the first playoff triple-double by a rookie in nearly 40 years, JJ Redick scored 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers outlasted the Miami Heat 106-102 on Saturday to move within a victory of the second round. The 76ers lead the Eastern ...

Lee bloodies, beats Barboza by TKO in UFC lightweight bout

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Kevin Lee missed weight but was on the mark with injecting himself back into the UFC lightweight title picture. Lee pounded Edson Barboza until blood streamed down his face and won a 155-pound bout when the fight was stopped via ...

Could Ohtani emergence open door for 2-way college players?

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer Louisville coach Dan McDonnell is going to bat for two-way college baseball players. Here's his pitch: With the hubbub over Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani, he said, the time has come for collegians excelling as pitchers and hitters to get more ...

Kipchoge wins 3rd London Marathon; Cheruiyot gets 1st title

LONDON (AP) — Eliud Kipchoge swept to a third London Marathon victory and Vivian Cheruiyot won the event for the first time as Kenyans triumphed in sweltering conditions on Sunday. The 33-year-old Kipchoge ran the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) course in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 27 seconds to add to ...

Ex-Indians slugger Napoli to have season-ending knee surgery

CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Indians slugger Mike Napoli will have season-ending knee surgery after getting hurt in the minors. Napoli tore his right anterior cruciate ligament this week while playing for Triple-A Columbus. He will have the operation once the swelling goes down, and the Indians ...

Bogdanovic leads Pacers past Cavs in Game 3

By Michael Marot AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 30 points, leading the Indiana Pacers back from a 17-point halftime deficit for a 92-90 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night for a 2-1 lead in their first-round series. Cleveland was 39-0 during ...

OF Trayce Thompson returns to White Sox; 4th team this year

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Trayce Thompson’s fourth team in 3 1/2 weeks was a familiar one for the athletic outfielder. Thompson joined the Chicago White Sox on Friday after he was acquired in a trade with Oakland, returning to the ballclub that selected him in the ...

Confident Pacers eager to protect home court against Cavs

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers look loose and sound confident. They were laughing, smiling and joking around at practice Thursday as turned to a new task — protecting their home court this weekend against LeBron James. Sure, his sensational ...

Once long shot, expansion Vegas now best bet in NHL playoffs

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer As an expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights have defied all sorts of odds. Long shots to even make the playoffs seven months ago, they are a favorite to hoist the Stanley Cup in June. Behind the stellar play of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the Golden ...

Karolyis to NBC: ‘No way’ they knew about doctor’s behavior

NEW YORK (AP) — Former USA Gymnastics women's national team coordinator Martha Karolyi and her husband Bela tell NBC they were unaware of the abusive behavior by a former national team doctor now serving decades in prison. Martha Karolyi led the national team for 15 years before retiring ...