National Sports

Harden, Rockets soar past Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS — James Harden gave Houston quite the jump-start with 22 of the team’s 50 points in the third quarter, as the Rockets cruised past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 119-100, on Monday night to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. Chris Paul scored 15 of his 25 points ...

Cavaliers do enough to hold off Pacers

The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — LeBron James scored 32 points and combined with Kyle Korver for all but two of Cleveland’s final 13 points as the Cavaliers escaped with a 104-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday to even the first-round series at two games apiece. James ...

Landry gets first PGA Tour win in Texas

The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — Andrew Landry won the Valero Texas Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory, pulling away with early birdies and holding on with par saves. The 30-year-old Texan parred the final seven holes for a 4-under 68 and a two-stroke victory over Trey ...

Sports at a glance

Grand Prix finishes today BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was postponed on Sunday because of heavy rain. IndyCar officials called the race after a second lengthy rain delay. It will be completed this morning with a restart on Lap 23. The race had been scheduled for 90 ...

Nebraska fans love having Frost back on campus

By Eric Olson The Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — As always, Nebraska fans showed up in big numbers for the spring game. The vibe was different this time. This cool, misty Saturday was all about native son Scott Frost and his first appearance coaching in Memorial Stadium, albeit in ...

AFC North draft capsules

28. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (13-4) LAST SEASON: Steelers had little trouble rolling to third AFC North title in four years but flamed out in playoffs when Jaguars stunned them for second time in four months, 45-42 in divisional round. Defense led NFL and set franchise record with 57 sacks, but ...

Kelly appreciates defense’s progress

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Defense is supposed to be one of the strengths of Notre Dame’s 2018, with 10 returning starters. So despite surrendering 913 yards on 123 plays in Saturday’s spring game, Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly showed little concern with the progress on that side of the ...

Caps take 3-2 lead

WASHINGTON — Overtime came at the perfect time for the Washington Capitals. Outshot, outskated and outplayed by the Columbus Blue Jackets in a lopsided third period of Game 5, the Capitals went into their locker room at intermission Saturday with no choice but to talk about what went wrong ...

Philly up 3-1 on Heat

MIAMI — Ben Simmons had the first playoff triple-double by a rookie in nearly 40 years, JJ Redick scored 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers outlasted the Miami Heat 106-102 on Saturday to move within a victory of the second round. The 76ers lead the Eastern Conference series 3-1 and can ...

Manaea no-hits Red Sox

OAKLAND, Calif. — A’s lefty Sean Manaea pitched the first no-hitter against Boston in 25 years, with an overturned call preserving the gem Saturday night in Oakland’s 3-0 win over the sizzling Red Sox. Manaea struck out 10, walked two and threw 108 pitches to finish off Oakland’s ...

Busch wins again

RICHMOND, Va. — Kyle Busch raced to his third straight victory, celebrated, and then got yelled at by his boss. Joe Gibbs, it seems, hadn’t seen Busch climb into the crowd to acknowledge what appeared to be friendly fan. “You did?” Gibbs said. “Oh my gosh! You should not do that. ...

Earle Bruce, Ohio State coach who followed Hayes, dies at 87

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Earle Bruce stepped into his dream job, football coach at Ohio State, under most challenging circumstances, replacing the program’s revered longtime leader after a fall from grace. Bruce embraced the task of following Woody Hayes, and went on to have his own Hall of Fame ...

Truex Jr. claims Richmond pole

RICHMOND, Va. — Martin Truex Jr. won the pole Friday for the NASCAR Cup Series race Saturday at Richmond Raceway, edging Chase Elliott. The pole is the series-best third of the season for Truex, the 18th of his career and his first at the 0.75-mile oval. It’s also a nice turnaround ...

Pacers rally past LeBron, Cavs

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers kept insisting this team was different. Anyone who doubted them coming into the playoffs understands now. On Friday, the one-year anniversary of a historic playoff collapse against Cleveland, Indiana flipped the script by rallying from a 17-point halftime ...

Reds’ Price first firing of the season

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds’ worst start since the Great Depression prompted a quick hook for Bryan Price. Cincinnati fired its fifth-year manager on Thursday because of a 3-15 start, the first managerial change in the major leagues this season. The Reds ...

LeBron’s huge game lifts Cavs

CLEVELAND — The situation was dire, requiring playoff dominance. LeBron James delivered. No surprise there. Taking matters into his own hands, James scored 46 points and added 12 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from a poor performance in the series opener by holding off ...

Lightning go up 3-1 against NJ

NEWARK, N.J. — Angry after losing a playoff game, Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning took out their ire on the New Jersey Devils. Not only did the Lightning defeat New Jersey 3-1 on Wednesday to move within a game of making the Devils’ first trip to the playoffs in six years a ...

Richmond hosts during redesign

RICHMOND, Va. — Dennis Bickmeier is days away from hosting a NASCAR weekend, and finally able to relax a bit. For months, the president of Richmond Raceway has admittedly had days where he was afraid to go inside the track, where a $30 million renovation meant the only vehicles making laps ...

Capitals prevail in double-OT

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lars Eller scored in the second overtime period and the Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in Game 3 on Tuesday night to tighten up the their first-round playoff series. The Capitals won at Nationwide Arena after Columbus won the first two games — both ...

Majors create fond memories

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press Major champions today create memories for tomorrow. Some of them, anyway. Still to be determined is whether the grit Patrick Reed showed at Augusta National — holding off Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler in that order — resonates ...