National Sports

‘Super old’ Federer to face ex-contemporary’s son at French

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer PARIS (AP) — Roger Federer, 37, joked to a stadium filled with screaming kids that he's "so super old." Stan Wawrinka, 34, pulled a crying boy out of a crush of autograph-seekers in the stands. Rafael Nadal, about to turn 33, offered this advice to ...

Stanford beats Texas to win NCAA golf title

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Stanford wanted to be among the eight teams that qualified for match play in the NCAA Championship, knowing anything could happen from there. It led to an NCAA title, and a perfect ending to the college careers of Brandon Wu and Isaiah Salinda. Wu and Salinda ...

Bills’ Murphy feels refreshed 2 years after knee injury

By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Trent Murphy acknowledges he was fooling himself for scoffing at how long doctors and friends projected it would take to recuperate from a severe left knee injury. Though the Buffalo Bills defensive end learned he doesn't possess ...

Peters wins Stage 17; Carapaz extends Giro lead

ANTERSELVA, Italy (AP) — Nans Peters of France claimed his first professional victory by winning the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday, while Ecuadorian cyclist Richard Carapaz celebrated his birthday by extending his overall lead. Peters, who rides for AG2R La Mondiale, used a ...

Muguruza, Stephens post straight-set wins at French Open

PARIS (AP) — Former champion Garbine Muguruza and last year's runner-up Sloane Stephens both posted straight-set wins Wednesday to reach the third round of the French Open. On a sunny morning in the French capital, Muguruza beat Johanna Larsson 6-4, 6-1 on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Seeded 19th ...

LEADING OFF: Smeltzer’s amazing story, Paxton vs Paddack

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: CONGRATS The inspiring story of Twins pitcher Devin Smeltzer is sure to spread following his dazzling debut in the big leagues. Diagnosed with a grapefruit-sized cancerous tumor against his bladder when he ...

Gruden challenges Antonio Brown during Raiders offseason

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Antonio Brown's credentials were well established long before he arrived in Oakland as the Raiders new No. 1 receiver. Brown posted six straight 100-catch seasons for the Steelers with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and was the ...

Strasburg strikes out 11, Nationals hold off Braves 5-4

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The Washington Nationals are in obvious need of a momentum-changing win as they approach the end of May. Much closer to last place than first in the NL East. Adam Eaton hopes overpowering performances by Stephen Strasburg and closer Sean ...

Durant travels with the Warriors to Toronto ahead of finals

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant is traveling with the Golden State Warriors to Toronto for the first two games of the NBA Finals, leaving open the chance he could be ready to return from a strained right calf in time for Game 2. Durant, the two-time ...

Del Potro finding the right combination at French Open

By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — Nursing himself back to health and winning a match at the French Open: For Juan Martin del Potro, that combination is an achievement in itself. Playing Grand Slam tennis for the first time since fracturing his right knee last year, the ...

Bruins-Blues Stanley Cup chess match just getting started

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer BOSTON (AP) — Bruce Cassidy didn't mince words or hide behind the secrecy of playoff hockey. The Boston Bruins coach telegraphed the most important matchup of the Stanley Cup Final on the morning of Game 1. As long as he had the last change and the ability ...

US, Russia Finland in same group at 2020 hockey worlds

ZURICH (AP) — The United States, Russia and defending champion Finland will join host Switzerland in an eight-team group based in Zurich at the 2020 hockey world championships. The International Ice Hockey Federation announced the groups Tuesday, two days after Finland beat Canada in this ...

LEADING OFF: A’s seek 11th straight, Plesac’s nephew debuts

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: POWER SURGE The Athletics are riding the long ball to their longest winning streak in 13 years. Oakland looks for an 11th straight victory as it continues a series against the Angels. Matt Chapman has ...

Klay Thompson adds meditation to his mental preparation

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson craved a little calm. The Golden State guard needed something more to balance out his basketball routine, so he added meditation to help him get centered before games and better deal with the pressures of NBA life. Flip ...

McCowan’s layup at buzzer lifts Fever to win over Liberty

NEW YORK (AP) — Teaira McCowan's layup at the buzzer lifted the Indiana Fever to an 81-80 win over the New York Liberty on Friday night in the season opener for both teams. Trailing by one after Tina Charles made two free throws with seven seconds left, Candice Dupree drove the lane and ...

Mets reach minor league deals with Kemp, Santana

By Mke Fitzpatrick AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Looking to replenish their depth, the banged-up New York Mets agreed to minor league contracts Friday with veteran outfielder Matt Kemp and pitcher Ervin Santana. Each move is pending a successful physical, and both players are ...

Judge axes 3 of 4 lawyers in NFL concussion case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The federal judge overseeing the $1 billion NFL concussion settlement has terminated three of four lawyers serving as class counsel. The surprise order Friday afternoon comes just weeks after a hearing to air complaints about new rules that limit the doctors who can ...

Bruins’ veteran quintet could be key in latest Stanley Cup bid

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — When the Boston Bruins take the ice against the St. Louis Blues, they will do it with a core group of veterans who know what it's like to hoist the Stanley Cup — and have it slip from their fingers. Patrice Bergeron can still remember ...

Stakes are high as Bucks, Raptors meet in Game 6

By Ian Harrison Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — There's no escaping the reality of what's at stake when the Toronto Raptors host the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night. The surging Raptors have won three straight, putting them on the brink of the ...

Schwartz, Tarasenko have Blues close to Cup Final

By JOE HARRIS Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz is on a scoring run that has the St. Louis Blues dreaming big. Schwartz's hat trick in Game 5 on Sunday helped give the Blues a 3-2 series lead against the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference final and set the ...