National Sports

US Open set to open second roofed stadium with new Armstrong

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The old No. 1 stadium at the U.S. Open is about to be replaced by a better-than-ever No. 2. Louis Armstrong Stadium hosted two decades of championship tennis, memorable matches on the court that often hid its inadequacies off it. Rain ...

Round-the-world sailing race works to protect its racetrack

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Between the kitesurfing and the paddling and the three times sailing around the world in the Volvo Ocean Race, Liz Wardley figures she spends more time on the water than on land. And she's worried about what she sees. Plastic bottles ...

Good Magic, Quip are top challengers to Justify in Preakness

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Justify is the talk of Pimlico Race Course and the horse racing industry with a very real chance to win the Triple Crown. But he's got a few notable challengers in the Preakness. It's not the 19 he beat in the Kentucky Derby, but the ...

Vasilevskiy, Lightning top Caps 4-2 to even East final 2-all

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Jon Cooper's Tampa Bay Lightning won Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final despite going the equivalent of more than a period without a shot on goal. They won despite falling behind about 4 1/2 minutes into the game. They won despite ...

Polanco, Pirates beat Padres 5-4 for 8th win in 9 games

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates weren't expected to contend in the strong NL Central this season, especially after trading stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole in January. Yet the Pirates are on top of a division in which four of the five teams ...

Gonzalez hits 2-run single in 12th, Rockies beat Giants 5-3

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez has played in San Francisco so many times over the past decade that dealing with seagulls swirling over the outfield grass is customary in the late innings. "It's part of the show, right?" he said, smiling. "I've ...

Justify tests soggy Pimlico track in workout for Preakness

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Justify has gotten acquainted with the track at Pimlico Race Course, where he will attempt to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive Saturday in the Preakness. Because the track was soaked from a heavy morning shower, ...

Column: Misfits no more, Knights 2 wins from Cup final

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist LAS VEGAS (AP) — A year ago at this time the Vegas Golden Knights had one minor league player on an otherwise empty roster and no idea what to expect when an entire team was finally assembled. Now, they are two wins away from playing for the Stanley ...

Tickle Me, Fleury: Vegas goalie tickles Jets player’s ear

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury gave Blake Wheeler quite an earful. During a scrum behind Vegas' net with 2:34 left in the second period of the Golden Knights' 4-2 victory over Winnipeg on Wednesday night, Fleury reached over with his left hand and tickled the left ear of the Jets' ...

Marchessault scores twice, Golden Knights top Jets 4-2

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jonathan Marchessault vowed after the Golden Knights' morning skate to come out swinging in Game 3 of the Western Conference final, looking to avoid a back-and-forth affair with the Winnipeg Jets. He didn't disappoint. For the second ...

Rockets rout Warriors 127-105 to tie series at 1-all

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets were the best team in the NBA in the regular season. They played like it Wednesday night, using a balanced scoring attack to rout the Golden State Warriors 127-105 and even the Western Conference finals at one game ...

Bell’s single lifts Pirates over reeling White Sox 3-2

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Bell was in the unaccustomed role of pinch hitter when he stepped to the plate, getting a rare break from the starting lineup in a day game after a night game. He adjusted quite nicely. Bell singled to break a seventh-inning tie, ...

Illini rely on student who geeks out on baseball analytics

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer Charlie Young, a student at the University of Illinois and a self-described baseball geek, was at the right place at the right time when the Illini became one of the increasing number of college teams to delve into analytics. When coaches want to know about a ...

Atletico fans celebrate Europa League title in Madrid

MADRID (AP) — Thousands of Atletico Madrid fans took to the streets of the Spanish capital to celebrate the team's third Europa League title. Fans began heading to the Fountain of Neptune — the club's traditional celebration spot — not long after the team defeated Marseille 3-0 in the ...

Justify tests soggy Pimlico track in workout for Preakness

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Justify has gotten acquainted with the track at Pimlico Race Course, where he will attempt to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive Saturday in the Preakness. Because the track was soaked from a heavy morning shower, ...

Rockets dominate Warriors, even series at 1-1

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and Eric Gordon each scored 27 points to lead a balanced attack and the Houston Rockets routed the Golden State Warriors 127-105 on Wednesday night to even the Western Conference finals at one game apiece. The Rockets didn’t trail after the first quarter and led ...

Smart has been unflappable vs. Cavs

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Celtics coach Brad Stevens has said what has carried his team through the NBA postseason is its ability to make “winning plays” with the game on the line. And more times than not, it’s been Marcus Smart making them. Since returning ...

LEADING OFF: Dodgers seek spark in Miami, Pollock hurt

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: BLAH BLAH LAND The struggling Dodgers (16-24) hope to jumpstart their season with a series against the lowly Marlins in Miami. Of course, Los Angeles was thinking the same heading into a weekend set against ...

Durant’s 37 lead Warriors over Rockets 119-106

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin Durant continues to deliver in the postseason for the Golden State Warriors. He scored 37 points on Monday night to lead the Warriors to a 119-106 win in the long-awaited showdown with the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western ...

Marchessault-led Golden Knights top Jets 3-1 in Game 2

By LARRY LAGE, AP Hockey Writer WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and said the expansion Vegas Golden Knights sent a message, bouncing back with a 3-1 series-evening win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference final. "Every time ...