National Sports

Arrieta, Harper, Machado, Britton get big-money deals

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Washington star Bryce Harper and Baltimore standouts Manny Machado and Zach Britton got big-money deals Friday as more than 100 major leaguers reached agreements for 2017 and left just 27 players on track for ...

Thomas sets records and moves closer to winning

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer HONOLULU (AP) — Justin Thomas put his name in the PGA Tour record book two days in a row. The idea now is to get his name on the trophy. And with each record, that becomes a little easier at the Sony Open. Thomas set the course record Thursday at Waialae ...

Tennis stars look forward to start of Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two days before the Australian Open begins, a stream of top players fronted news conferences Saturday to talk about their chances in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. Here are excerpts of what they said: ___ — Novak Djokovic handed out dairy free, ...

Lindsey Vonn’s WCup comeback race delayed due to snowfall

By ERIC WILLEMSEN, Associated Press ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria (AP) — Lindsey Vonn's return to World Cup skiing has been delayed for at least a day after snowfall forced the cancellation of downhill training and the race itself on Saturday. Organizers moved the program to Sunday, with ...

Klinsmann believes US Soccer made progress before his firing

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurgen Klinsmann is proud of his half-decade in charge of the U.S. national team, and the coach believes he left successor Bruce Arena in a position to make the Americans even better. Klinsmann made his first public remarks since his ...

Arrieta skipping White House trip, cites family reasons

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — When the World Series champion Chicago Cubs visit President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday, star pitcher Jake Arrieta won't be with them. Arrieta said he needs to be home — his mother-in-law is recovering from brain surgery, son ...

No. 8 Creighton beats No. 12 Butler to match its best start

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Maurice Watson Jr. says he and his Creighton teammates followed the script perfectly against Butler, putting the Bulldogs away early by playing a blistering first half. "We start every game saying we want to come out and cook every team," ...

Match-fixing back in spotlight on eve of first Grand Slam

By JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press For Rafael Nadal and the other stars of tennis, there's a familiar ring to the questions being raised as the first ball is about to be struck at the Australian Open. Recent match-fixing sanctions and a new case are bringing fresh scrutiny to the integrity ...

Column: Mayweather in search of attention, not a fight

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants attention more than he wants a fight. And, really, let's be truthful here. It wouldn't be much of a fight if Mayweather and Conor McGregor met in a boxing ring. Put them in a UFC cage and it might be different. Mayweather has ...

Momentum with Man United as Liverpool heads to Old Trafford

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer MANCHESTER, England (AP) — With Manchester United on its longest winning run in eight years, it's tempting to conclude that a giant of English soccer is starting to resemble the force of old. Some perspective is needed, however, when assessing United's ...

Ovechkin scores twice, passes 1,000 points as Caps beat Pens

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Nothing about Alex Ovechkin the showman surprises the Washington Capitals anymore. That Ovechkin carried them on his back with two goals as they beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 Wednesday night for their seventh consecutive victory was ...

Canceled downhill training postpones Vonn comeback for a day

ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria (AP) — Lindsey Vonn's return to World Cup skiing has been postponed for a day after downhill training was canceled Thursday because of bad weather. The International Ski Federation says the Kaelberloch course could not be prepared "due to excessive snowfall" in ...

No. 9 FSU beats No. 7 Duke for record 12th straight win

By JOE REEDY, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State celebrated its return to the top 10 with another impressive performance, wearing down Duke with its size and depth. Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half, helping the ninth-ranked Seminoles ...

NHL All-Star Game rules force tough omissions on rosters

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Hockey Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NHL All-Star Game's 3-on-3, four-team tournament format put an intriguing spin on a staid exercise when it was introduced last season. The format also essentially guaranteed a few glaring snubs when the All-Star teams are chosen. All ...

Hayward helps Jazz hold off LeBron, beat Cavs 100-92

By KAREEM COPELAND, AP Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Even if Gordon Hayward isn't concerned with his All-Star candidacy, he put a signature performance on his resume in a huge win for the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night. Hayward went blow for blow with LeBron James in the second half to ...

Mason scores 28 as No. 2 Kansas beats Oklahoma 81-70

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Ready or not, Kansas is poised to jump to No. 1. Frank Mason scored 19 of his 28 points in the second half, and the second-ranked Jayhawks rallied to beat Oklahoma 81-70 on Tuesday. With No. 1 Baylor losing at West Virginia earlier in ...

Curry, Durant lead Warriors past Heat 107-95

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Without Klay Thompson and all he does to keep a defense honest, the Golden State Warriors struggled to produce the zippy passing that regularly leads to open perimeter looks and easy baskets in the paint. It all came together in the ...

Manny Pacquiao set to return to ring on April 23

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Manny Pacquiao will add another fight to his long career resume when he takes on Australian welterweight Jeff Horn on April 23 at a venue to be decided. Promoter Duco Events said Wednesday the location for the fight involving the 38-year-old Pacquiao could be in ...

Down goes Baylor: Top-ranked Bears lose to No. 10 WVU 89-68

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Baylor's euphoria over its ascent to the No. 1 ranking lasted just one day. Nathan Adrian broke out of a shooting slump with a career-high 22 points, and No. 10 West Virginia beat the sloppy Bears 89-68 on Tuesday night in the ...

Swinney: Penalty on final TD should’ve been called on ‘Bama

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says there should have been a foul called on the Tigers' game-winning touchdown against Alabama, and it should have been called on the Crimson Tide. Swinney said Tuesday that there was defensive pass ...