National Sports

Plenty of dramatics as Nadal tops Kyrgios at Wimbledon

By Howard Fendrich AP Tennis Writer WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Rafael Nadal was up near the Centre Court net when Nick Kyrgios smacked a booming forehand directly at the guy's midsection — right at him, on purpose — and earned a lengthy staredown in return. Kyrgios didn't apologize, ...

Williamson already likes spacing of NBA game

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer Zion Williamson knows he has a lot to learn starting when he makes his NBA Summer League debut. That said, he’s already picked up a few things. The No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft by the New Orleans Pelicans is in Las Vegas, where his first ...

Morgan scores and Naeher saves in 2-1 win over England

By Anne M. Peterson AP Sports Writer LYON, France (AP) — Alex Morgan celebrated her go-ahead goal with a cheeky tea-sipping motion and Alyssa Naeher stopped a late penalty kick to send the United States into the final at the Women's World Cup with a 2-1 victory over England on Tuesday ...

Kevin Durant to sign with Brooklyn Nets

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant is headed to the Brooklyn Nets, leaving the Golden State Warriors after three seasons. His decision was announced Sunday at the start of the NBA free agency period on the Instagram page for The Boardroom, an online series ...

Yankees rule Britannia, complete London sweep of Red Sox

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer LONDON (AP) — Britain treasures tradition, and the New York Yankees wrapped up Major League Baseball's first trip to Europe with one of their sport's classic customs: a late-inning pinstriped comeback. Gary Sánchez hit a go-ahead, two-run single in a ...

All-Star Matt Chapman racks up 6 RBIs, A’s rout Angels 12-3

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Matt Chapman hit a three-run homer, a triple and a three-run double on the day he was named to his first All-Star team, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 12-3 Sunday to take three of four from their AL West ...

Lashley leads wire-to-wire in Detroit for 1st PGA Tour win

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Nate Lashley walked toward the 18th green at Detroit Golf Club on the verge of winning his first PGA Tour title, thinking about the plane crash that killed his parents and girlfriend. "It was surreal," Lashley said Sunday after completing an ...

Blue Jays’ Guerrero to be youngest HR Derby participant ever

TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is set to become the youngest participant in Home Run Derby history when he swings for the $1 million prize in Cleveland on July 8. Major League Baseball confirmed Sunday that Guerrero will participate, joining a group that includes ...

Goalie Roberto Luongo retires after 19 NHL seasons

By Tim Reynolds AP Sports Writer SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Roberto Luongo wanted to keep playing and keep chasing the elusive Stanley Cup, largely because he believes the Florida Panthers are finally in position to be a playoff contender. His body wanted otherwise. And Luongo ultimately ...

Analysis: For Durant and Leonard, the move is to stay put

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard and Golden State’s Kevin Durant are both very difficult to figure out. They seem to enjoy giving cryptic answers, a minimum of clues, and clearly relish having enigmatic status. It makes free agency tough to ...

Blues sign coach Craig Berube to 3-year extension

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Blues made official Tuesday what everyone had expected the moment Craig Berube led St. Louis to a remarkable turnaround capped by the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. They stripped the interim tag from his title and signed him to three-year ...

James Wade has Sky playing well with wins in 5 of last 6

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — After a slow start, first-year coach James Wade has simplified things for the Chicago Sky, and it's paid off. The Sky have won five of their last six games, including a victory over the Connecticut Sun. "You have this vision you want ...

Column: Fassi embraces expectations and wants to be a star

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Maria Fassi only went to the golf course to watch her two older brothers. They lived near the Club de Golf in Pachuca, about an hour north of Mexico City, and their mother wanted them active in as many sports as possible. Lorena Ochoa ...

James Wade has Sky playing well with wins in 5 of last 6

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — After a slow start, first-year coach James Wade has simplified things for the Chicago Sky, and it's paid off. The Sky have won five of their last six games, including a victory over the Connecticut Sun. "You have this vision you want ...

Devils introduce Jack Hughes to New Jersey after big week

By Tom Canavan AP Sports Writer NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Devils introduced No. 1 overall pick Jack Hughes to New Jersey on Tuesday — even though he is already sharing the spotlight. The Devils have given notice they might be re-emerging as a contender with an encouraging draft and the ...

Teary-eyed Antetokounmpo wins NBA MVP honors

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks fell two games short of the NBA Finals. They won big at the NBA Awards. A tearful Giannis Antetokounmpo earned Most Valuable Player honors, Mike Budenholzer won Coach of the Year, and Jon Horst took Executive ...

LEADING OFF: Yanks try for HR record, Braves-Cubs cool off

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: HOMER HAPPY Aaron Judge, Gary Sánchez, Edwin Encarnación and the New York Yankees try to set the major league record for most consecutive games with a home run. The Yankees homered in their 27th straight ...

Michigan beats Vandy 7-4; 1st title since ’62 is 1 win away

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Michigan could sense the momentum slipping away. Jimmy Kerr got it back. Kerr homered for the third time in the College World Series, this time after Vanderbilt pulled within one in the sixth inning, and the Wolverines beat the Commodores ...

Yanks homer in record-tying 27th straight game, beat Toronto

By The Associated Press undefined NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton stretched the Yankees' home run streak to a record-tying 27 games, and New York beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-8 Monday night. Hicks and Stanton each hit three-run drives, and New York matched the mark set by ...

Wladimir Klitschko rescued at sea after yacht fire off Spain

By BARRY HATTON Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko says his boat trip off Spain with family and friends was cut short after a fire broke out on board. The 43-year-old Ukrainian said in a tweet Tuesday the group was evacuated from the ...