National Sports

WWE’s ‘Luscious’ Johnny Valiant killed crossing street

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former professional wrestling champion "Luscious" Johnny Valiant has died after being struck crossing a street in a Pittsburgh suburb. The Allegheny County medical examiner says in a statement that 71-year-old Thomas Sullivan died Wednesday morning at a hospital. He was ...

Bucks’ Jabari Parker nearing 1st playoff appearance

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Four years into his injury-plagued tenure in the NBA, Jabari Parker is finally nearing an important career first. The Milwaukee Bucks are going to the playoffs for the third time in four years. But this will be the first postseason with a healthy Parker. "I'm just grateful ...

AP source: Lue expected to return Thursday for Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Tyronn Lue is rejoining the Cavaliers’ disjointed season. Cleveland’s coach is expected to return from a medical absence and be back on the bench Thursday night against Washington, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Lue, who has ...

Blackmon agrees to 6-year deal with Rockies

DENVER (AP) — The leadoff hitter extraordinaire with the ragged beard and impressive mullet will be patrolling the Colorado Rockies outfield for quite some time. NL batting champion Charlie Blackmon made a long-term commitment Wednesday rather than test the free-agent market next offseason, ...

Stanley Cup saying goodbye to names like Richard, Hull, Howe

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — So long, Gordon Howe. Bye-bye, Robert Hull. Au revoir, M. Richard. Those Hockey Hall of Famers and the rest of the players who won an NHL championship from 1954-65 are being stripped off the Stanley Cup this spring to create room for a new ...

Robert Griffin III, Ravens, reach agreement on 1-year deal

By David Ginsburg AP Sports Writer OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Robert Griffin III is poised to resume his NFL career about 35 miles away from where he started it. The former Washington Redskins quarterback has reached agreement on a 1-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens, who love the ...

Column: Chaos at the Champions Dinner: Where to sit?

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Jordan Spieth wants to be sure he is fully prepared at the Masters this year. That starts when he takes off his golf shoes Tuesday and puts on his green jacket. In a tradition that dates to 1952 when Ben Hogan hosted a dinner for all ...

Federal probe, Villanova’s follow-up top 2018-19 story lines

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A year ago at this time, Villanova faced the question of whether it could keep rolling after two seasons of key player losses from its 2016 national championship team. The Wildcats offered an emphatic answer with Monday night's win ...

76ers set to unveil sculpture of Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are paying tribute to Hall of Famer Julius Erving. The NBA team will unveil a sculpture of Erving during a ceremony Tuesday at their practice facility in Camden, New Jersey. It will be the sixth sculpture installed on "76ers Legends Walk." It will ...

Bob Costas talks sports, and his answers might be surprising

By The Associated Press Bob Costas isn't backing down on his belief that the NFL faces a day of reckoning on the issue of brain injuries, and talks about the one event he wishes he had been able to broadcast on the "AP Sports Weekly" podcast. The NBC and MLB announcer joins co-hosts Jim Litke ...

Villanova’s 6th man breaks out in starring role vs Michigan

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Sports Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Donte DiVincenzo's biggest contribution to Villanova's 2016 national championship was made at practice, often playing the role of the opponents' best player. The Michael Jordan of Delaware, as his teammates call him, has come a ...

LEADING OFF: Cubs not hitting, snowed-out Yanks try to open

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ LOST LUMBER Cubs star Anthony Rizzo is hitting .130 this season, and the rest of his team isn't doing much better. Chicago has been shut out in its last two games, and managed only one run in a 17-inning ...

Villanova students, fans celebrate title, 2 arrests reported

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Students at Villanova University flooded the streets around campus to celebrate the Wildcats' second NCAA men's basketball championship in three years, and police reported two arrests following the partying. Villanova defeated Michigan 79-62 in Monday's title game in ...

76ers set to unveil sculpture of Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are paying tribute to Hall of Famer Julius Erving. The NBA team will unveil a sculpture of Erving during a ceremony Tuesday at their practice facility in Camden, New Jersey. It will be the sixth sculpture installed on "76ers Legends Walk." It will ...

Wagner, Michigan end Loyola’s run 69-57 in Final Four

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Sports Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Staring down a 10-point, second-half deficit against an underdog that seemed nothing short of blessed during the madness of March, Moe Wagner and Michigan clamped down on Loyola-Chicago and ended one of the most memorable NCAA ...

Penguins beat Canadiens to earn 12th straight playoff berth

By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins' quest for a three-peat is officially on. Patric Hornqvist picked up his 200th career goal and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions clinched their 12th straight playoff berth with a 5-2 victory over the Montreal ...

Warriors’ McCaw leaves on stretcher after hard fall

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Warriors guard Patrick McCaw was taken away on a stretcher after he fell hard to the floor following a foul by Sacramento's Vince Carter during a 112-96 Golden State win Saturday night. McCaw was transported to UC Davis Medical ...

Karlsson’s short-handed goal lifts Vegas to division title

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — William Karlsson put a spectacular bow on a surprising Pacific Division championship for expansion Vegas. Karlsson scored a short-handed goal in the third period, and the Golden Knights clinched the title with a 3-2 victory over the San ...

Kansas can’t find a way to slow Villanova’s 3-point barrage

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Bill Self's exasperated and almost helpless reactions said everything about why Kansas' latest Final Four trip would last only one game. The coach knew his Jayhawks had to close out on Villanova's deep well of 3-point shooters and ...

Kansas can’t find a way to slow Villanova’s 3-point barrage

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Bill Self's frustrated and almost helpless reactions said everything about why Kansas' latest Final Four trip would last only one game. The coach knew his Jayhawks had to close out on Villanova's deep well of 3-point shooters and contest all those deep shots if they were ...