National Sports

Inexperience, rain in the forecast for Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bob Baffert is seeking a fifth victory in the Kentucky Derby and he's got the favorite, too. Justify is the early 7-2 favorite for Saturday's 144th Run for the Roses that features a full field of 20 colts. Baffert trains Justify, who has just three starts, and longshot ...

Buehler, Dodgers’ bullpen combine to no-hit Padres in Mexico

By CARLOS RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — The Dodgers have the most no-hitters in the majors — and now the most in Mexico, too. Rookie Walker Buehler and a trio of Los Angeles relievers combined for the franchise's 23rd no-hitter in a 4-0 victory over the San Diego ...

Rockets blast Jazz 113-92 to take series lead

By JOHN COON, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Houston's offense gets going, the Rockets are nearly impossible to beat. James Harden had 25 points and 12 assists to lead Houston to a 113-92 win over Utah in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinals series on Friday ...

Tuch scores 2, Golden Knights beat Sharks 5-3 in Game 5

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — After a lackluster loss two nights earlier, the Vegas Golden Knights responded with an energetic performance in Game 5 to move one victory away from their second playoff series win, and a berth in the Western Conference final in their ...

LEADING OFF: Mets part with Matt Harvey, MLB in Mexico

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: A KNIGHT'S TALE Matt Harvey will be designated for assignment by the Mets after he refused a minor league assignment. The 29-year-old right-hander, nicknamed the Dark Knight of Gotham, lost his spot in the rotation ...

Cole fans career-high 16 in 1-hitter, Astros rout D-backs

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Gerrit Cole called his gem Friday night "probably my best" of his 134 career major league starts. The best of a lot of very good ones lately. Cole struck out a career-high 16 in a one-hitter and the Houston Astros routed the Arizona Diamondbacks ...

Marte’s inside-the-park HR helps Pirates beat Brewers 6-4

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Rounding first, Starling Marte saw his hard-hit fly ball bounce off an odd part of the wall and skip past center fielder Lorenzo Cain. Marte broke into a full-fledged sprint with a chance for an inside-the-park home run finally within ...

Latvia comes back to beat Norway in worlds, US faces Denmark

By KAREL JANICEK, Associated Press HERNING, Denmark (AP) — Rudolfs Balcers scored his second goal in overtime to complete Latvia's comeback victory over Norway in their first game at the world ice hockey championship on Saturday, and Switzerland prevailed over Austria 3-2 also in ...

Dominant Davis leads Pelicans past Warriors, 119-100

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis had 33 points, 18 rebounds and four steals, and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated Golden State 119-100 on Friday night to trim the Warriors’ series lead to 2-1. Davis was particularly dominant around the basket, scoring numerous times on dunks of the ...

Called shot: LeBron’s fadeaway has Raptors endangered

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James has perfected a signature, soul-crushing shot that also seems to describe what’s happening again to the Toronto Raptors. The fadeaway. With cold-blooded precision, James worked the 24-second shot clock down to single digits ...

Capitals forward Tom Wilson suspended 3 games

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL suspended Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson three games on Wednesday for an illegal hit on Pittsburgh's Zach Aston-Reese. The league announced the suspension less than 24 hours after Wilson broke Aston-Reese's jaw with a violent collision near the Washington ...

Rookies Fultz, Tatum having different playoff experiences

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — When Markelle Fultz spent two days in Boston last June visiting the Celtics during the pre-draft process, it felt like home. He walked the streets downtown and later found himself soaking up the history that clings to the championship ...

LEADING OFF: Pujols near 3,000; Frazier frustrated with umps

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ PUJOLS' PATH Albert Pujols is two hits from No. 3,000. He got two Wednesday night for the Los Angeles Angels, and can reach the milestone at home against Baltimore. Chris Tillman is set to pitch for the O's ...

Sharks blank Knights to tie series 2-2; Lightning top Bruins

By The Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tomas Hertl scored his team-leading fifth goal of the playoffs, Martin Jones made 34 saves for his sixth career postseason shutout and the San Jose Sharks evened their second-round series against the Vegas Golden Knights with a 4-0 victory in ...

Mets’ Frazier wants meeting with Manfred over strike zone

By JAKE SEINER, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Mets third baseman Todd Frazier is asking for a meeting with baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred over his growing frustration with the way umpires are calling balls and strikes. Frazier argued with home plate umpire Lance Barrett while New York ...

Michigan State: Many Title IX recommendations underway

East Lansing, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University says many recommendations in a final Title IX report outlining opportunities to enhance sexual misconduct prevention and education now are in development. The East Lansing school adds that the final Phase 2 report by a law firm hired to ...

Ingles’ career night helps lead Jazz past Rockets 116-108

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Joe Ingles scored a career-high 27 points and the Utah Jazz squandered a huge early lead before using a big fourth quarter to regain control and beat the Houston Rockets 116-108 on Wednesday night and tie the Western Conference semifinals ...

Lightning strike quickly, beat Bruins 4-1, lead series 2-1

BOSTON (AP) — Ondrej Palat scored twice in the first 3:19 of the game, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Wednesday night to open a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots for Tampa Bay, which has won two straight ...

Ovechkin’s late goal lifts Capitals by Penguins 4-3

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have spent their entire careers chasing the Pittsburgh Penguins and shouldering their own franchise's onerous history of playoff failures. One brilliant end-to-end rush gave the two Washington Capitals ...

Whiff of offense: Strikeouts top hits in month for 1st time

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball had a whiff of offense in the air during a cold and wet April. Strikeouts exceeded hits during a full calendar month for the first time in the sport's nearly century-and-a-half history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Nearly ...