National Sports

Caps favored, but it won’t be easy

Armed with playoff experience and facing a first-round opponent lacking it, the NHL-best Washington Capitals are again favored to come out of the East. Of course, it won’t be easy. Beyond the Capitals being in this position before and continually falling short, the path through the ...

Steelers’ preseason dates set

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh will host back-to-back home games at Heinz Field in Weeks 2 and 3 of the 2017 preseason. The Steelers will host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2 of the preseason at Heinz Field, with the Indianapolis Colts traveling to Pittsburgh in Week 3. Pittsburgh will open its ...

Pistons bid farewell to Palace

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Dennis Rodman walked across the court to deliver the game ball in a brief pregame ceremony, setting the tone for a night of celebration — one final chance for Detroit fans to gather at The Palace of Auburn Hills and revel in all the Pistons accomplished during nearly ...

US makes joint bid

The United States launched its bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup with Mexico and Canada on Monday after gaining the support of President Donald Trump to pursue soccer’s showpiece amid heightened regional political tensions. Trump derided Mexico as a source of rapists and criminals in his ...

Jones, Xfinity go together

The Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas — Erik Jones skipped his high school graduation ceremony three years ago to run in a NASCAR truck race at Texas, where he was presented his actual diploma before the event. Two years ago, he went to Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway for the first ...

Bowyer prepped for success

The Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas — Clint Bowyer had long prepared to enjoy this season, knowing the opportunity waiting for him to be successful again in the NASCAR Cup Series. That certainly helped Bowyer get through the worst season in his career with a now-shuttered ...

Yankees young star injured

The Associated Press BALTIMORE — The New York Yankees have put catcher Gary Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right biceps. Sanchez was hurt while at the plate in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game against the Orioles. After taking a swing, he injured his arm on the ...

Organizers cling to no cellphone format

The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — When you walk through the gates of Augusta National, it really is a throwback to a different era. Welcome to one of the few remaining places on the planet where cellphones are strictly prohibited. And, rest assured, the folks in the green jackets are ...

Denver wins Division I title

The Associated Press CHICAGO — Jarid Lukosevicius scored three goals in the second period, and Denver beat Minnesota Duluth 3-2 on Saturday night for the NCAA championship. Troy Terry had two assists and Tanner Jaillet made 38 saves as Denver moved into a tie with North Dakota for second ...

Spurs still thrive in post-Duncan era

The Associated Press Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs did everything they could to prepare for life without Tim Duncan. They studied the pitfalls that plagued other franchises that lost foundational stars, drafted and developed talented players to be ready to pick up where he left ...

Defending champ exiting on day 2

The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — Defending champion Danny Willett’s morning got off to an appropriately chilly start. The Englishman made a snowman at the first hole, never quite recovered from that quadruple-bogey en route to a 78 on Friday and wound up leading a cast of dozens ...

Mickelson’s pal convicted

NEW YORK (AP) — A Las Vegas gambler linked to golfer Phil Mickelson saw the jury verdict convicting him of insider trading charges Friday as only a gambler could. “I just lost the biggest bet of my life,” William “Billy” Walters said outside Manhattan federal court minutes after the ...

MLB suspends Bucs minor leaguer 25 games

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Junior Lopez was suspended for 25 games for violating baseball’s minor league drug program. The penalty for the 25-year-old right-hander was announced by the commissioner’s office Friday. While the nature of the violation was ...

Durant cleared to start practice

By Janie McCauley OAKLAND, Calif. — Months ago when the season began, the Golden State Warriors focused all their energy on incorporating Kevin Durant. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson figured out how to share the shots with another superstar added to the mix, while Draymond Green adjusted ...

Durant cleared to start practice

By Janie McCauley OAKLAND, Calif. — Months ago when the season began, the Golden State Warriors focused all their energy on incorporating Kevin Durant. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson figured out how to share the shots with another superstar added to the mix, while Draymond Green adjusted ...

Bragg leaving Jayhawks

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Carlton Bragg Jr. arrived at Kansas a couple of years ago with high expectations, another five-star prospect who just might parlay a short stay in Lawrence into a career in the NBA. He’s leaving with plenty of baggage and an uncertain future. Bragg announced in a ...

’Hawks clinch 2nd seed in division

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Tomahawks have clinched the second seed in the North American Hockey League’s East Division and will face the New Jersey Titans in the first round of the 2017 Robertson Cup Playoffs. The Tomahawks will play the first home playoff contest on Friday, April 14, at ...

Museum getting Maz memorabilia

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Bill Mazeroski’s Pittsburgh Pirates uniform and bat from Game 7 of the 1960 World Series have been donated to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Heinz History Center. Businessman Thomas Tull and his wife, Alba, donated the items ...

Par 3 event getting in the way of showcase

The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — The popularity of the Masters Par 3 Contest wound up costing the honorary invitees a chance to play. The select group includes those who have won any of golf’s other three major championships or the U.S. or British amateurs, but not the ...

Legendary Dodger has stroke at 60

The Associated Press Former World Series MVP Pedro Guerrero had a massive stroke and is recovering in a hospital in New York, his wife said. Roxanna Jimenez said her 60-year-old husband was taken to a hospital Monday. She said doctors initially declared him brain dead but a second opinion ...