National Sports

Jittery Halep makes labored start at French Open

PARIS (AP) — Top-ranked Simona Halep overcame some opening-match nerves to advance to the second round of the French Open on Wednesday, beating 83rd-ranked Alison Riske of the United States 2-6, 6-1, 6-1. Halep took a bathroom break after Riske jumped out to a 5-0 lead and won the opening ...

WORLD CUP: Portugal tries to repeat its European success

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer After finally breaking through with its first major title at the European Championship two years ago, Portugal will use the same formula at the World Cup. The European champions will travel to Russia with many of the players from the squad that won Euro 2016, ...

Gardner, Torres rally Yankees to 6-5 win over Astros in 10

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Brett Gardner tied it with his second homer of the game, a one-out, two-run drive in the ninth inning, Gleyber Torres hit a winning single in the 10th and the New York Yankees rallied to beat the Houston Astros 6-5 Tuesday night. The Yankees won ...

Warriors await word on top defender Iguodala as LeBron looms

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson sat on the floor in the middle of his teammates and pointed to his "2018 NBA FINALS" hat during a locker-room photo. An important face was missing from the moment: Andre Iguodala. In a postseason defined by ...

Giants lose 2 pitchers to injury in 11-4 loss to Rockies

By DENNIS GEORGATOS, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Kyle Freeland got the Rockies going with his arm and his bat. Freeland pitched effectively into the sixth inning and doubled during Colorado's three-run fourth Tuesday night, leading the Rockies to an 11-4 win over the San Francisco ...

LEADING OFF: Reyes returns to Cards, Scherzer seeks No. 9

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around baseball today: FIXED WING Alex Reyes is set to return to Cardinals for the first time since his brief-but-stellar rookie season in 2016. The hyped right-handed prospect missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery and he'll ...

76ers president denies blasting Embiid, others via Twitter

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers team president Bryan Colangelo is denying a report connecting the executive to Twitter accounts that criticized Sixers players Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz, among other NBA figures. The accounts also took aim at former Sixers general manager Sam ...

Cavs’ Love satisfied as strained season leads to NBA Finals

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love's arms are lined with finger-nail scratches, discolored bruises and abrasions, hard-earned mementos from months battling under the basket against other NBA big men. Some of the surface wounds are healing, some are fresh. Other ...

Descalso, Godley send Diamondbacks over Reds 5-2

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks bashed the ball around the yard in their series opener against Cincinnati. The hits were much harder to come by Tuesday night, but the ones they had were impactful — none more so than Daniel Descalso's first-inning ...

WORLD CUP: France defender Blanc scores 1st ‘golden goal’

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press Sudden death is used in an array of sports to determine the outcome of a match when the score is tied. Soccer decided to embrace the concept in the mid-1990s, and FIFA sanctioned its use in the World Cup for the first time in France in 1998. The hope was that ...

Another NBA Finals brings another huge challenge for LeBron

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James will get a couple days to catch his breath, then make his annual June journey to Golden State or down to Houston to face a team far better than his. His eighth straight NBA Finals sets up as one of his most difficult, flanked ...

‘King of Clay’ Nadal starts bid for 11th French Open title

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal headlines the second day at the French Open, beginning his bid for an 11th title at Roland Garros. The "King of Clay" is 79-2 in Paris and is the title favorite again. He has lost only one match on his favorite surface this season, claiming titles in Monte Carlo, ...

Aussie drivers first to win Monaco, Indianapolis on same day

By JULIAN LINDEN, Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Two drivers from Down Under — thousands of miles apart and even further from home — unexpectedly found themselves parked together atop the motor racing world after winning the two biggest races in the sport Sunday. Just hours after Daniel ...

LeBron’s 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not sit out. He would not say goodbye to Cleveland again — not yet, anyway. And he would not be denied an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals. The four-time league MVP scored 35 ...

George McPhee has fingerprints all over Stanley Cup Final

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — George McPhee will only get a ring if the Vegas Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup. Maybe he should get one if the Washington Capitals win. McPhee is responsible for acquiring 13 players on the current roster during his 17 years as ...

Gibbs: Kyle Busch is simply ‘special’ on race day

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Joe Gibbs has coached Super Bowl champions. He's learned that to reach that level, it takes a group of guys who are "special" on game day — just like Kyle Busch, the top driver in the NASCAR team owner's stable and winner of 188 races ...

Sargent set to be latest teenager to make US soccer debut

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Josh Sargent's parents will be in the stands along with a bunch of friends. Three months after his 18th birthday, the red-haired forward could be the latest teenager to debut for a transforming U.S. national team. "It's going very fast, ...

LEADING OFF: Braves await word on Acuna, Verlander vs. Yanks

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: BANGED-UP BRAVE The Braves are awaiting a diagnosis on standout rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. following a frightening injury at Fenway Park on Sunday. Acuna's left leg buckled and he fell hard on his back after running ...

Germany’s ‘golden generation’ primed for World Cup defense

By CIARAN FAHEY, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew is brimming with confidence just over three weeks before what he calls the country's "golden generation" begins its World Cup defense against Mexico. "I have a very good feeling," Loew said at the team's training ...

Gordon leads Rockets over Warriors 98-94 to take series lead

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul's grit and veteran leadership have pushed the Golden State Warriors to the brink of elimination. Now the Houston Rockets must wait to see if his injured leg is strong enough to help them take one last step to the NBA ...