National Sports

Ex-NFL player: Police fabricated evidence for gun charge

By DAVID PORTER, Associated Press ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A former NFL linebacker's career was cut short after authorities in New Jersey fabricated evidence linking him to a gun used in a shooting, the player alleged in a lawsuit filed this week. The Elizabeth police department and Union ...

Palmeiro back on diamond at 53 with hopes of MLB comeback

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) — Rafael Palmeiro isn't playing for a minor league team at age 53 just so he can be teammates with his son. Palmeiro said he knows there are people who think he has lost his mind, but he is serious about wanting to make a big league ...

US edges Latvia in OT, Slovakia tops France at hockey worlds

HERNING, Denmark (AP) — Cam Atkinson scored in overtime to give the United States a 3-2 win over Latvia on Thursday, its fourth straight victory at the ice hockey world championship. In another tight game, Slovakia kept its hopes alive for a quarterfinal spot by topping France 3-1, with ...

The NBA’s Final Four: Cavs, Celtics, Warriors, Rockets

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer The franchise with the most titles. The best player of this generation. The reigning champions. The probable MVP. The NBA has its Final Four. It certainly does not disappoint. Boston's win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night brought down the curtain on ...

LEADING OFF: Yanks go for sweep; Price to rejoin Red Sox

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ HOME COOKING CC Sabathia (2-0, 1.39 ERA) and the rolling New York Yankees go for their 18th victory in 19 games and a three-game sweep of rival Boston. New York (26-10) has won eight straight overall and 11 in a ...

Celtics beat 76ers 114-112 in Game 5, advance to face Cavs

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — With 2.4 seconds left and the Boston Celtics leading by one, Marcus Smart had a chance to all but clinch Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals and eliminate Philadelphia by making a pair of free throws. He missed the first. He could have ...

Lions coach Matt Patricia denies 1996 assault allegation

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia maintained his innocence and his new team said it supported him after a 1996 sexual assault allegation resurfaced Wednesday night. The Detroit News reported that Patricia and a friend of his were indicted 22 years ago by a Texas ...

Gardner, Judge rally Yankees past Red Sox for 17-1 surge

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Brett Gardner capped a slump-busting performance with a go-ahead, two-run triple off Craig Kimbrel in the eighth inning, Aaron Judge followed with a homer and the New York Yankees rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 9-6 Wednesday night for their 17th ...

Djokovic tries to remain optimistic despite another setback

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — Novak Djokovic is trying his best to stay optimistic despite a disappointing start to his season. Former No. 1-ranked Djokovic has struggled since returning from a layoff for a right elbow injury and is yet to reach the quarterfinals in the ...

Pirates win 6-5 with 4-run 9th

BY MIKE HELFGOT, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates are making a habit out of winning from behind. The Chicago White Sox are losing every which way. Colin Moran hit a two-run homer that capped a four-run rally against Nate Jones in the ninth inning, leading the Pirates ...

WORLD CUP: Lopetegui surpasses expectations with Spain

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — Julen Lopetegui stepped into a tricky situation when he took over as coach of the Spanish national team two years ago. Largely untested in a major coaching role, he was handed the difficult task of replacing Vicente Del Bosque and revamping ...

Celtics move on to Cavs with win over 76ers

BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum caught a pass underneath the basket, shook off a hit and went up for the go-ahead layup with 23 seconds left and the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 114-112 on Wednesday night to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. Tatum scored 25 points, Jaylen ...

Price diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome

NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price was diagnosed Wednesday with carpal tunnel syndrome after twice experiencing numbness in his pitching hand this season. Red Sox manager Alex Cora confirmed the diagnosis prior to a game at Yankee Stadium, which Price was supposed to ...

Mets bat out of turn, Reds rally for 2-1 win in 10th

CINCINNATI (AP) — The New York Mets wasted a first-inning rally by batting out of turn, and Adam Duvall led off the 10th inning with a homer that sent the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-1 victory Wednesday and concluded a series that will be remembered for an unexpected trade between the ...

No-Canada! Mariners’ Paxton pitches no-hitter in Toronto

By IAN HARRISON, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — James Paxton looked up at the 20,000 Canadian fans cheering for him and pointed to the giant maple leaf tattoo on his right forearm. The Big Maple picked the perfect place for the game of his life. Paxton became the first Canadian to throw a ...

NHL teams thinking outside the box to find coaches

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Jim Nill could have picked anyone from an extensive list of experienced out-of-work NHL coaches to fill the Dallas Stars' vacancy. Darryl Sutter has won the Stanley Cup twice, Dan Bylsma once, Alain Vigneault has made the Final twice and Dave Tippett is ...

Jets’ Darnold using high-tech training that could help QBs

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Darnold zipped pass after pass down the field, knowing each one of them counted. Literally. The New York Jets rookie quarterback was at his old stomping grounds of San Clemente High School in California last month, just a few weeks ...

LEADING OFF: Yanks face Boston, try for 17th win in 18 games

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ROLLING Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees go for the 17th win in 18 games when they host the rival Red Sox in a matchup of teams with 25-10 records, tied for the best in baseball. Giancarlo Stanton homered ...

Warriors reach fourth straight Western Conference finals

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After a Game 3 flop in New Orleans, similar to that lone first-round loss against San Antonio last month, coach Steve Kerr provided a quick reminder to the Golden State Warriors: It's not supposed to be easy at this stage — ...

Moran gets key hit as Pirates rally past White Sox 10-6

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — When it comes to interleague play, the Pittsburgh Pirates sail along like no other team in the National League. Colin Moran hit a key two-run double, Jordy Mercer also drove in two runs and the Pirates beat the lowly Chicago White Sox 10-6 on ...