National Sports

Kalamazoo schools leader chosen as state superintendent

LANSING— Michigan’s Board of Education on Tuesday chose Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Michael Rice to lead the Department of Education, citing his track record of closing the “achievement gap” for minority students and his experience as an educator both in and outside the ...

LEADING OFF: Ohtani nears Angels return, biding Bumgarner

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: OHTANI ON DECK AL Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani will join the Angels in Detroit this week and could be set to make his season debut. The two-way star has been recovering from Tommy John surgery and isn't ...

Life remains normal for Kentucky Derby winner Country House

By GARY B. GRAVES AP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Country House isn't a racing rock star just yet. If not for the garland of roses draped across the white saw horse outside Bill Mott's stable at Churchill Downs or the sign beside his stall that reads 2019 ...

Blues, Stars meet again in Game 7 for spot in West finals

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer The Blues and Stars are set for Game 7 in a second-round series again, three years after St. Louis dominated a winner-take-all matchup in Dallas for a spot in the Western Conference finals. Deja vu or ancient history? Maybe a little of both for Alex ...

Analysis: Which new college football coaches might succeed?

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Success for a college football coach is best determined over an extended period of time. Impatient Florida State fans might not want to hear that these days. Willie Taggart will enter Season 2 as Seminoles coach trying to rebound from maybe the ...

Cubs bullpen goes wild, Marlins rally in 9th to win 6-5

By MATT CARLSON Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs closer Pedro Strop lost his control, and then Kyle Ryan had a brain cramp on a comebacker. The Miami Marlins, with the worst record in the majors, found a wild way to win against previously red-hot Chicago. Strop walked three batters in ...

After 15 years, Green Grand Prix still thriving at The Glen

By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — It's a cold day in early April, rain and sleet are pelting the garages at Watkins Glen International and snow is on the way. Bob Gillespie is undeterred as he puts the finishing touches on the Green Grand Prix. Rain or shine, the ...

LEADING OFF: Kluber’s broken forearm checked, Ohtani eager

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: KLUBER HURT Indians ace Corey Kluber will be re-evaluated in Cleveland, a day after a line drive in Miami broke his right forearm. There was no early word on how long the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner ...

Knocked down and bloodied, Craig keeps going in Game 2 loss

By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — Nose bloodied, Torrey Craig returned wearing a clear mask. Knocked down later, his Denver Nuggets teammates rushed to his defense. There's no masking the appreciation the Nuggets have for their defensive specialist. Bloodied and bruised, Craig ...

Hurricanes top Islanders 5-2; Stars beat Blues 4-2

By The Associated Press undefined RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sebastian Aho set up Justin Williams' go-ahead goal with 9:45 remaining, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Wednesday night to take a 3-0 lead in their second-round series. Teuvo Teravainen had two goals, ...

Baffert takes aim at record-tying 6th Kentucky Derby win

By BETH HARRIS AP Racing Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The pain of seeing Cavonnier get beat by a nose in his first Kentucky Derby nearly kept trainer Bob Baffert from returning to Churchill Downs. He figured he would never again have a horse good enough to win on the first Saturday in ...

Hurricanes beat Islanders 5-2, take 3-0 series lead

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sebastian Aho set up Justin Williams’ go-ahead goal with 9:45 remaining, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Wednesday night to take a 3-0 lead in their second-round series. Teuvo Teravainen had two goals, including an empty-netter with 57.1 ...

NASCAR throws the flag on trying to liven up qualifying

By Jenna Fryer AP Auto Racing Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR abandoned its years-long bid to add excitement to qualifying and announced Wednesday it will return to single-car laps after the current format became a laughingstock. All three national series will make the change at all ...

Messi hits 600 goals with brace, Barca beats Liverpool 3-0

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi hit the 600-goal mark for Barcelona after scoring twice to lead the Spanish club to a 3-0 victory over Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Wednesday. Luis Suarez opened the scoring against his former club in the 26th minute ...

Jon Court, 58, would set Derby record as oldest jockey

By Mike Farrell Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jon Court would set a record as the oldest jockey in the Kentucky Derby when he rides Long Range Toddy this weekend. Court is 58, which is a lot of candles on the birthday cake for someone still participating in an incredibly ...

Column: After beating cancer, fight isn’t too big for Jacobs

By Tim Dahlberg AP Sports Columnist LAS VEGAS (AP) — The moment won't be too big for Daniel Jacobs, of that he's certain. Not after going toe-to-toe with the fearsome Gennady Golovkin before dropping a narrow decision. Not after beating cancer that doctors were sure would end his career, ...

LEADING OFF: Sabathia goes for 3,000 Ks, Yelich hobbled

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: MISTER 3,000 CC Sabathia (1-0, 2.40 ERA) needs three strikeouts for 3,000 when the New York Yankees visit Arizona. The 38-year-old veteran, who plans to retire after this season, is trying to join Randy ...

Cardinals score 6 in 5th inning to beat Nationals 6-3

BOBBY BANCROFT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Held to one hit through four innings, the St. Louis Cardinals suddenly broke loose. Harrison Bader homered to spark a six-run fifth as the surging Cardinals rallied past Patrick Corbin and the Washington Nationals 6-3 on Monday night in the ...

Butler scores 30 as 76ers beat Raptors 94-89 to even series

By IAN HARRISON Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Jimmy Butler's big game helped Philadelphia snap a lengthy losing streak in Toronto and, more importantly, brought the 76ers level in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Butler had 30 points and 11 rebounds, James Ennis scored 13 points ...

Rockets’ Paul fined $35K for ‘reckless’ contact with ref

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Houston guard Chris Paul was fined $35,000 by the NBA on Monday for making contact with an official with 4.4 seconds left in a 104-100 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Paul was ...