National Sports

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 ...

Mets trade former ace Matt Harvey to Reds C Devin Mesoraco

By Joe Kay AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Matt Harvey is getting another chance, this time with a historically bad team in a city that will have far fewer late-night temptations than the Big Apple. The Mets are getting a catcher who can help at their most unsettled position. The Reds ...

Paul scores 41 as Rockets eliminate Jazz 112-102

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul scored a playoff career-high 41 points with eight 3-pointers and the Houston Rockets beat the Utah Jazz 112-102 in Game 5 on Tuesday night to advance to the Western Conference finals. It will be Houston’s second trip to the ...

Saints’ Ingram suspended 4 games for NFL substance violation

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The NFL says New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has been suspended for the first four regular season games of 2018 because of a violation of the league’s performance enhancing drug policy. The league has not released details about whether Ingram has tested ...

Golden Knights’ magic ride heads to conference final

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The crew of castoffs that carried the expansion Vegas Golden Knights to a division title and two rounds of playoffs wins in a reality-defying season are more than just a feel-good story. They've proven themselves to be legitimate ...