National Sports

Russell retains WBC belt with unanimous decision over Diaz

By IAN QUILLEN, Associated Press OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Gary Russell Jr. and Joseph Diaz didn't dare raise their arms in victory after their 12-round title bout. It was only when the words "unanimous decision" came over the MGM National Harbor PA that Russell pounded his chest, finally ...

Vasillevskiy shines late, Lightning hold off Capitals 3-2

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning are on the brink of a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final. Coach Jon Cooper and his players say it won't be easy to close the deal against the Washington Capitals. "We haven't won anything yet," Cooper said ...

Richard pitches into the eighth, Padres top Pirates 6-2

By WES CROSBY, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clayton Richard's plan was simple. After the San Diego Padres gave him a three-run lead in the first inning, Richard decided to attack the zone early and often. It worked. Richard (3-5) allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings, Christian ...

Justify wins foggy Preakness, keeps Triple Crown bid alive

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Justify rounded the final turn and hit the top of the stretch winded but with the lead. The roar from the crowd was delayed, hushed by the thick fog that enveloped the track. When Justify emerged from the haze in view of the grandstand, ...

Cavs bully Boston in Game 3, now trail 2-1

LeBron James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked like a different team on their home floor, tightening the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-86 victory in Game 3 over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. Outplayed during two losses ...

Lightning creep by Caps 3-2

By Fred Goodall AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cedric Paquette scored in the opening minute and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots to help the Tampa Bay Lightning hold off the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Saturday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final. Ondrej Palat and Ryan ...

Cowboys WR Terrance Williams arrested on intoxication charge

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams was arrested on a charge of public intoxication early Saturday after police responded to an accident involving his car and found Williams riding an electric bicycle on a road near his home. Police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco ...

Johnny Manziel signs with CFL in journey back to football

HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) — Johnny Football is huddling up again for a long-awaited comeback — in Canada. Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel signed a two-year contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League on Saturday, looking to salvage his football career after a ...

Swiss stun Canada, Sweden crushes US in ice hockey semis

By Karel Janicek Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Switzerland stunned title favorite Canada 3-2 to reach only its third final of the world ice hockey championship on Saturday. The Swiss will play the gold medal game on Sunday against defending champion Sweden, which strode ...

Justify wins foggy Preakness, keeps Triple Crown bid alive

By Stephen Whyno AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Justify endured the most difficult race of his career and came away a step closer to becoming trainer Bob Baffert’s second Triple Crown champion in four years. The heavy 2-5 favorite jumped out to the lead, surrendered it briefly to ...

Golden Knights a win away from finals after getting past Jets 3-2

By W.G. Ramirez Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Reilly Smith scored on a breakaway late in the third period to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 4 of the Western Conference final Friday night. Vegas, a 500-to-1 long shot to win the title when ...

Recovering reliever Farquhar visits White Sox before game

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox got another visit from Danny Farquhar, and they continue to be encouraged by the reliever’s recovery from a brain hemorrhage last month. The visit prior to Friday’s game against the Texas Rangers was his second since he collapsed in the dugout during ...

Special teams lift Lightning back in East final against Caps

By Fred Goodall AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning stormed back in the Eastern Conference final against the Washington Capitals, thanks in part to a thriving power play and suddenly reliable penalty-killing unit. To regain control of the best-of-seven matchup ...

Anderson has momentum for outdoors after Supercross title

By John Marshall AP Sports Writer Motocross has been searching for its next big star since Ryan Dungey and Ryan Villopoto unexpectedly retired in a span of two years. The search goes on as the outdoor season is set to begin Saturday at the Hangtown Classic outside of Sacramento, ...

Padres release veteran third baseman Headley

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The San Diego Padres have released third baseman Chase Headley, six days after designating him for assignment. The 34-year-old cleared waivers, which was not surprising considering any team claiming him would be responsible for paying the remainder of his $13 million ...

Big rebound: Cavs confident they can bounce back vs Celtics

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — They've survived amid turmoil for months, their season morphing into the NBA's most compelling reality show — or, as some have called it, spectacle. The must-watch Cleveland Cavaliers have been hardened by the nonstop drama ...

LEADING OFF: Yanks continue odd trip, Swanson could return

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: TOUGH TRIP The New York Yankees will be back in action, they hope, during a rather strange road swing. Their game at Washington on Tuesday night was suspended in the sixth inning because of rain, and they were washed ...

Poll: Half of Americans approve of legal sports betting

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new poll finds that half of Americans approve of legal sports betting. The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll conducted shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting found that 50 ...

Hellebuyck confident in net, despite 2 straight losses

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — After the Winnipeg Jets lost Game 3 of the Western Conference final, goaltender Connor Hellebuyck didn't seem fazed and spoke like a confident veteran rather than a third-year player whose team appears to be unraveling. The Vezina ...