National Sports

MLB: No decision on Harper

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball is reviewing Bryce Harper’s rant at an umpire, trying to determine whether the Philadelphia Phillies star should be disciplined. “Hope not. We’ll see,” Harper said after Tuesday night’s 9-0 loss to the New York Mets. There was no decision by ...

Caps set to face big Game 7 test

ARLINGTON, Va. — Justin Williams doesn’t lose in Game 7. Except that one time. The player who earned the “Mr. Game 7” moniker for going 7-0 with seven goals and seven assists in winner-take-all situations lost in a Game 7 for the first time with the Washington Capitals in 2017. Now ...

Walton accused of sexual assault

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton has been accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit by a former sports reporter. “I thought he was going to rape me,” Kelli Tennant said at a news conference Tuesday, one day after TMZ reported that she was suing Walton. Tennant ...

NFL draft becomes event

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bert Bell had been burned and sought a way to get even. His creation, the NFL draft, has become an industry unto itself and the league’s third-most popular annual event behind the Super Bowl and opening weekend. Bell owned the Philadelphia Eagles in 1933 and was hot ...

Mock draft: Murray goes No. 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — We learned during the 2018 season that offense is beloved by NFL teams (and fans). We also learned that defense, as performed by the Patriots in the Super Bowl, carries away the Lombardi Trophy. This year’s draft, which begins Thursday night, is stocked with defenders ...

Mets fans can breathe sigh of relief

The Associated Press NEW YORK — New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom remains on track to start Friday night after an MRI on his right elbow showed no damage. New York general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the NL Cy Young Award winner had a test Monday morning that came back clean. “No ...

SEC commish not sure if transfer portal works

The Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey says it’s too early to tell for sure if the transfer portal is a net positive for college athletics. He doesn’t need more data to see that the NCAA is not denying as many waiver requests for ...

Wade in line for breakout season?

By Eric Olson The Associated Press A look at football players in the Big Ten this spring who are poised to have standout seasons this fall: EAST DIVISION Penn State S Lamont Wade, junior. The Nittany Lions need to find a replacement for Nick Scott, and Wade is among the top ...

Pan rallies for first-ever PGA title

The Associated Press HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — C.T. Pan watched the Masters last week with his wife, and sometimes caddie, Yingchun Lin, thrilled by Tiger Woods’ stirring victory at Augusta National. His wife, Pan recalled, told him point blank, “Hey, I’m not patient, so you better ...

Sports at a glance

Flyers get rid of Smith statue PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers removed a statue of late singer Kate Smith outside NHL team’s arena Sunday, two days after covering it amid allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of “God Bless America.” “The NHL ...

Celtics moving on following rare four-game sweep

The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Gordon Hayward and Marcus Morris took care of some housecleaning Sunday. They dusted off their 3-point shooting touch in time to help the Boston Celtics complete a clean sweep. Hayward scored 20 points, Morris added 18 and the duo combined for five 3s ...

Capitals can eliminate Hurricanes with victory

The Associated Press Braden Holtby isn’t one for grand pronouncements, so when he was asked if a blowout of the Carolina Hurricanes sent a statement, he put the spotlight inside the Washington Capitals’ locker room. “To ourselves, I think,” Holtby said, “to show that when we play ...

Yankees add another star to IL

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Aaron Judge won’t be back with the New York Yankees anytime soon, a further blow to an injury-decimated team with a mediocre record 31/2 weeks into the season. New York’s biggest offensive threat and the heart of its clubhouse went on the injured list ...

Upon further review, classic film not good

“If you build it, he will come.” Puh-lease. Thirty years after the release of “Field of Dreams,” it’s time for a major reassessment. Sorry, all you folks who view baseball — and this movie — as some sort of timeless metaphor for connecting to your past and ...

Phillies put up 2 shortstops on IL

The Associated Press DENVER — Shortstops Jean Segura and Scott Kingery and reliever Victor Arano were placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday by the Philadelphia Phillies. Right-hander Drew Anderson, Lefty Austin Davis and infielder Mitch Walding were recalled from Triple-A Lehigh ...

Fightin’ Philly goes up 3-1

NEW YORK — Joel Embiid scored and rebounded. He blocked shots and even threw the most important pass of the game. The only thing he didn’t do is lose his cool after his hard foul triggered a scuffle. After having to sit out the last game, there was no way Embiid was going to risk an ...

Capitals take lead in series

WASHINGTON — Nicklas Backstrom needed five games to match his goal output from the entire 2018 playoffs, and he and Alex Ovechkin have the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals one victory away from the second round. Backstrom had two goals and two assists, Ovechkin had a goal and two ...

Johnson has lead over three

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Dustin Johnson, known for length off the tee, showed off his precise ball-positioning and hot putter Saturday to take the RBC Heritage lead. Johnson shot a 3-under 68 for a one-shot lead over Shane Lowry, Ian Poulter and Rory Sabbatini. The top-ranked Johnson, a ...

Seven Big Ten teams extend QB competition

By Eric Olson The Associated Press The week started with nine of the 14 Big Ten teams coming out of spring practices planning to continue quarterback auditions in August. The number was down to seven by Friday. First-year coach Ryan Day of defending conference champion Ohio State insisted ...

Transfer proposal getting no love

The Associated Press A proposal to require a graduate transfer to count against a team’s scholarship total for two years in football and basketball has been rejected by the NCAA. The Division I Council on Friday voted down a proposal that could have tapped the brakes on the de facto free ...