National Sports

Now 25 years in, Bettman is never off as NHL commissioner

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer NEW YORK (AP) — There's usually another guest at the table when Gary Bettman and his wife, Shelli, go out to dinner with other couples during the NHL playoffs. Friends come to accept the glow of the TV screen set up so Bettman can keep an eye on games, ...

Column: Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt says it’s all or nothing

By MIKE SCHMIDT, For The Associated Press Our great game is trying to resist, but it is being pulled into an era run by information overload and an all-or-nothing attitude. Baseball has survived significant changes over the years. The Dead Ball era led to a more lively ball and more hitting. ...

Nastase arrested twice in a day, accused of drunken driving

ALISON MUTLER, Associated Press BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Former tennis player Ilie Nastase was arrested twice in the space of six hours in his native Romania on Friday, first on suspicion of driving a car while drunk and refusing to take a breathalyzer test, and then for going through a red ...

Bucks player says he tried to stay calm during arrest

MILWAUKEE (AP) — NBA player Sterling Brown says he tried to remain calm when Milwaukee police used a stun gun to take him down during his arrest for a parking violation. In an interview aired on ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday, the Milwaukee Bucks player says police pinned him down and ...

What’s next? NFL sparks new questions with anthem policy

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — With its popularity threatened and critics stretching all the way to the White House, the NFL just wanted to get past the debate over taking a knee during the national anthem. Put the focus back on football. Instead, the league seemed to ...

Bucks’ Brown decries ‘police intimidation’ during arrest

By IVAN MORENO, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee police chief has apologized to Sterling Brown and says officers have been disciplined for acting "inappropriately" after the Bucks player was zapped with a stun gun during his arrest for a parking violation in January. Brown, ...

Ovechkin, Holtby shine in Game 7, Caps beat Lightning 4-0

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin lifted the Prince of Wales Trophy, spun around and set it back down on a table. The rest of the Capitals joined him for a team photo after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Eastern ...

LEADING OFF: Astros-Indians again, Mets limp to tough trip

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: YOU AGAIN Houston's Charlie Morton and Cleveland's Mike Clevinger get a rematch of their most recent outing when the Astros and Indians begin a series at Progressive Field. Morton (6-0, 1.94 ERA) pitched Houston to a ...

Rockets to honor Texas school shooting victims before Game 5

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — When the Houston Rockets suit up for Thursday night's Western Conference finals game, they'll carry onto the court a remembrance of the 10 people who lost their lives in last week's Texas school shooting in Santa Fe. Each player's uniform ...

Ovechkin, Capitals headed to Stanley Cup Final vs. Vegas

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin is thrilled, though hardly satisfied. The Washington Capitals star is headed to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his 13-year career, eager to put more distance between the Eastern Conference champions and a ...

Harrison’s triple in 12th sends Pirates over Reds 5-4

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Josh Harrison came off the disabled list just in time to give his hometown a show. Harrison tripled home the go-ahead run in the 12th inning — his fourth hit of the game — and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied after wasting a late lead for a ...

Celtics beat Cavs 96-83 in Game 5, lead East finals 3-2

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James is tired. The young Boston Celtics seem to be getting stronger. Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points — his ninth 20-point game of the postseason — and Boston beat Cleveland 96-83 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the ...

Plutko, Miller pitch Indians past Cubs 1-0

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Plutko was nervous. Not about making his second major league start, really. It was all about stepping to the plate. Once that was over, everything fell into place. Plutko carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Andrew Miller ...

Profar 3-run double trumps 4 Yankees HRs in 12-10 Texas win

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Bronx Bombers are slugging homers at a record pace, and that still wasn't enough to beat last-place Texas. Jurickson Profar had a bases-clearing double that put the Rangers ahead to stay in a wild 12-10 win Wednesday night, ...

Tatum leads Celtics past Cavs in Game 5

BOSTON (AP) — Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics remained perfect in Boston this ...

Holtby, Caps blank Lightning, move on to finals

By Fred Goodall AP Sports Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored early and Andre Burakovsky added two second-period goals to help the Washington Capitals put a decade of playoff frustration behind them with a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the ...

Gordon, Roush, Penske headline NASCAR Hall of Fame class

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon has been selected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. A four-time Cup Series champion who helped take stock car racing from a regional sport to the mainstream in the 1990s, Gordon received 96 percent of the votes from the Hall of Fame committee. He's third in Cup ...

No pressure not a good thing for Matthews and the Packers

By Genaro C. Armas AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Clay Matthews is learning new playbook terminology this spring under a new defensive coordinator, though his overall goals haven’t changed. It’s more important than ever for the Green Bay Packers’ long-haired linebacker to ...

Clippers, coach Doc Rivers agree to contract extension

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers and coach Doc Rivers have agreed to a contract extension that will keep him around to oversee the post-Lob City era. The team announced the extension Wednesday while not disclosing terms of the deal. Rivers was set to enter the final year of his five-year ...

FRENCH OPEN ’18: Nadal hitting fewer aces than 98 of top 100

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer PARIS (AP) — Men to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday: ___ RAFAEL NADAL Ranked: 1 Age: 31 (turns 32 on June 3) Country: Spain 2018 Match Record: 23-2 2018 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 78 Major Titles: 16 — French ...