National Sports

Celtics stare down adversity, look forward to 76ers

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — So much of the chatter before Boston's first-round matchup with Milwaukee focused on who wouldn't be on the court for the Celtics. Injuries forced Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart to join Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis as spectators by the end ...

LEADING OFF: Rays, Yanks try for 9 in a row; Ohtani ailing

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: NINE IN LINE The resurgent Rays try for their ninth straight win when Matt Andriese starts at Fenway Park. Tampa Bay has its longest success streak since taking nine in a row in July 2014. Rick Porcello (4-0, ...

Jacobs beats Sulecki, eyes another middleweight title shot

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Jacobs smiled in his corner after an action-packed third round, looking pleased to be in a tough fight. It wasn't clear he would win it until he knocked Maciej Sulecki down with the kind of punch he wants to throw at the middleweight ...

Warriors use big second quarter to pull away, rout Pelicans

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant and Draymond Green ignited a brilliant second quarter with their defense and all-out hustle plays, then Golden State got rolling in transition and Oracle Arena started rocking the way it does this time of year. The ...

Couture’s goal in 2OT lifts Sharks past Vegas in Game 2

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two days after opening the second round with their worst game of the playoffs, the San Jose Sharks responded with a gritty performance. Logan Couture's second goal of the game, on the power play at 5:13 of the second overtime, lifted the ...

Cervelli helps Pirates rally for 6-2 win over Cardinals

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Francisco Cervelli hit his fourth home run of the season as part of a two-RBI effort in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. He hit just five homers in all of 2017. It's been quite a strong start ...

Florida State’s Martin ties record for NCAA baseball wins

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin has tied Augie Garrido for the most victories in NCAA history. The Seminoles defeated Miami 10-1 on Saturday, giving Martin his 1,975th victory. Martin's first chance to claim the record to himself comes on Sunday when the ...

Ramos homers as Rays beat Red Sox 12-6 for 8th straight win

By The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Wilson Ramos went deep again and scored on Denard Span's inside-the-park homer, helping the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 12-6 on Saturday for their eighth consecutive victory. It's the longest win streak for Tampa Bay since taking nine in a ...

Celtics beat Bucks in Game 7, advance to play 76ers

BOSTON (AP) — Al Horford and Terry Rozier scored 26 points apiece, and even Giannis Antetokounmpo tipped in a basket for the Celtics on Saturday night to help Boston beat Milwaukee 112-96 in Game 7 of their first-round series and eliminate the Bucks and the Greek Freak from the ...

Jazz guard Ricky Rubio to miss Game 1 with hamstring injury

HOUSTON (AP) — Utah Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio will miss Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets because of a strained left hamstring. Rubio left Friday night’s game against the Thunder in the first quarter with the injury. The team says it does not know ...

Shaquem Griffin finally hears his name at NFL draft

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shaquem Griffin came back. The crowd loved it. Players in attendance not selected in the first two days of the NFL draft usually head out of town before the fourth through seventh rounds. Griffin, who sat through 100 names ...

Bruins ride the Lightning with 6-2 win in Game 1

By Fred Goodall AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Rick Nash and Boston’s high-scoring line of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand are off to a flying start in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Nash had two goals and Bergeron, Pastrnak and Marchand combined ...

Yu Darvish bounces back as Cubs take care of Brewers 3-2

CHICAGO (AP) — Yu Darvish bounced back from a pair of poor outings to allow only an unearned run in six innings, Addison Russell scored the go-ahead run on shortstop Eric Sogard’s seventh-inning error, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 on Friday. Cubs slugger Kris Bryant ...

Hellebuyck smothers Preds as Jets grab 1-0 lead with 4-1 win

By Teresa M. Walker AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Connor Hellebuyck made 47 saves and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Friday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal between the NHL’s top teams in the regular season. Not only did the teams ...

Pacers force Game 7 by blowing out Cavs

By Michael Marot AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Victor Oladipo scored 28 points and posted the first postseason triple-double of his career Friday night, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 121-87 blowout over the Cleveland Cavaliers to even the series at three. Game 7 will be played ...

ESPN: Cowboys’ Witten retiring after 15 seasons for ‘MNF’

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten plans to retire after 15 seasons and join ESPN as its lead analyst for the “Monday Night Football” telecast, the network reported Friday. Witten met with owner and general manager Jerry Jones, who said no announcement was coming ...

Turn it up to 11? Pens, Caps have a lot to live up to

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby doesn't think the Pittsburgh Penguins have some sort of mystical edge over the Washington Capitals. That all those series and all those years and all that dominance will not mean a thing when the two longtime rivals meet in the ...

Penn State’s Barkley is best talent, but QBs to lead draft

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Saquon Barkley is the best player in this year's draft. Yet he might not go in the first handful of picks Thursday night. Huh? Blame the desperation to find quarterbacks in great part for the possibility that the Penn State ...

Florida State’s Martin closes in on NCAA baseball win record

By JOE REEDY, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Martin has seen college baseball grow on and off the diamond during his 39 seasons roaming Florida State's dugout. And the Seminoles coach has won along the way — a lot. Martin, who has 1,973 wins, needs three more to pass ...

LEADING OFF: Indians’ Miller out, Cubs’ Bryant could return

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: AILING Cleveland reliever Andrew Miller could miss a few days because of a hamstring injury. The left-hander grabbed the back of his leg after throwing two pitches to the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo on Wednesday night. The ...