National Sports

Nats get RHP Kelvin Herrera from Royals

WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting a jump on the trade deadline to add talent to the back of their bullpen, the Washington Nationals picked up right-hander Kelvin Herrera from the Kansas City Royals on Monday for three minor leaguers. The Nationals sent infielder Kelvin Gutierrez, outfielder Blake ...

Kershaw eyes return after sim game

CHICAGO (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has taken another step forward in his recovery from a strained lower back. Kershaw threw a three-inning simulated game before Los Angeles’ series opener against the Chicago Cubs on Monday night. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner ...

Late header gives England 2-1 win

By Rob Harris AP Global Soccer Writer VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Twice wrestled to the ground during the match, England captain Harry Kane finally evaded the Tunisian defense just as time was running out. Kane found an open area of space at the far post and used his head to meet Harry ...

Trotz resigns as coach of Stanley Cup-winning Capitals

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer Less than two weeks after lifting the Stanley Cup, Barry Trotz is a free agent and the Washington Capitals are looking for a new coach. Trotz stepped down as Capitals coach on Monday after a contract dispute over salary and term that leaves the newly ...

LEADING OFF: Astros go for team record-tying 12th win in row

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: HOT HOUSTON The Astros aim for their 12th straight victory, which would tie for the longest winning streak in franchise history set in 1999 and duplicated in 2004. Fresh off a 10-0 road trip to Texas, Oakland and ...

The interview remains critical in the NBA draft process

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The elevator stopped at the 16th floor of the swanky hotel, and after a few nervous steps down the hallway a soon-to-be professional athlete was ready to face perhaps the most unpredictable part of the NBA draft process. The ...

Koepka’s golf legacy secured after 2nd straight Open win

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — For a guy who has won all of three PGA Tour events, Brooks Koepka has a golf legacy that already is secure. That's how it should be for winning back-to-back U.S. Opens. Koepka became the first man to turn that impressive trick in ...

Texas Tech stuns Gators 6-3 in College World Series opener

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Texas Tech cleared the hurdle of winning a College World Series opener. It was a high one, too. Gabe Holt hit a tiebreaking single in the fifth inning and drove in an insurance run in the ninth, leading the Red Raiders to a stunning 6-3 win ...

Arkansas rides 8-run inning to 11-5 CWS win over Longhorns

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Once Arkansas' offense got rolling against Texas in the sixth inning, nothing could stop the Razorbacks. Not even the weather. Five straight batters had reached base when the teams were pulled from the field for a weather delay. When play ...

Flaherty, Carpenter help Cardinals shut down Cubs 5-0

By DAVID SOLOMON, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — John Brebbia pitched in 70 major league games before earning his first career win. When the wait was over, the individual accomplishment was an afterthought compared to the exhilaration of stopping his team's archrival from earning its ...

Allgaier wins Xfinity race at Iowa, leads 182 of 250 laps

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Justin Allgaier won all three stages and the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Sunday at Iowa Speedway for his second victory of the season. Racing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in JR Motorsports' No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro, Allgaier led 182 of 250 laps ...

Franco HR, 4 RBIs as Phillies hold off Brewers 10-9

By RICH ROVITO, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Maikel Franco didn't know he'd be in Philadelphia's starting lineup until he arrived at Miller Park. The Milwaukee Brewers likely wish he'd been on the bench. Franco homered and drove in four runs and the Phillies held off Milwaukee's ...

Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland at World Cup

By DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia. The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany ...

Parity comes to World Cup, where top nations fail to win

MOSCOW (AP) — Parity has come to the World Cup. Five of the top six nations in the FIFA rankings have played, and none has won. Only two of the top dozen teams have victories. Top-ranked Germany lost to No. 15 Mexico, second-ranked Brazil tied No. 6 Switzerland, No. 4 Portugal drew ...

Mexico’s Marquez in ‘great shape’ at fifth career World Cup

By CARLOS RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Mexico defender Rafael Marquez is feeling "in great shape" after becoming only the third man in history to play at a fifth career World Cup. The 39-year-old came on in the 74th minute of Mexico's 1-0 win over Germany on Sunday, following ...

Mexico shakes with excitement over Germany World Cup win

By AMY GUTHRIE MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thousands of exuberant Mexican soccer fans took to the streets Sunday to cheer their national team's long-shot win against Germany in Mexico's first match of the 2018 World Cup soccer tournament. The 1-0 stunner, with Hirving Lozano scoring the winning ...

Kolarov scores from free kick, Serbia beats Costa Rica 1-0

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer SAMARA, Russia (AP) — With a curling free kick that decided the outcome of the match, Aleksandar Kolarov immediately drew some comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo. The Serbia captain's left-footed strike proved to be the difference in a 1-0 victory over ...

Fear of failure to motivate France’s stars against Australia

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer KAZAN, Russia (AP) — With a group of players worth more than a billion dollars, anything other than a win against Australia will be deemed as a failure for France in its World Cup opener. The amount of individual talent within the France squad is ...

US Open begins on old course with a new look

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Open has begun on a century-old golf course with a new look. Harold Varner hit the opening tee shot on a gorgeous Thursday morning at Shinnecock Hills, using a fairway metal to hit a fairway that was some 60 yards wide in ...

Chris Sale dominates, Red Sox beat Orioles 5-1

By The Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Sale took a two-hitter into the seventh inning before being ejected, and the Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 5-1 victory Wednesday. After issuing two walks to open the seventh in a 5-0 game, Sale ...