National Sports

Ex-players must see local doctors

PHILADELPHIA — Retired NFL players seeking testing as part of a $1 billion concussion settlement must see a doctor close to home to prevent fraud and “doctor shopping,” the federal judge overseeing the case ruled. Lawyers for thousands of ex-players complain their clients agreed to the ...

Eastern Final shifts north with Bucks up

Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry have more than held their own against Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton so far in these Eastern Conference finals. Other than some pretty boxscores, the Toronto Raptors have nothing to show for those efforts. The supporting cast hasn’t supported much ...

Koepka starts out strong at Bethpage

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Brooks Koepka delivered on the biggest stage again, this time with Tiger Woods at his side. At times overlooked even after winning three majors in the last two years, Koepka gave thousands of fans a round to remember Thursday ...

Sharks win on road, go up in series

The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Erik Karlsson scored 5:23 into overtime after the officials missed a hand pass by Timo Meier, and the San Jose Sharks rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4 on Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference final. Meier used his right hand ...

Improbable is Preakness favorite

The Associated Press BALTIMORE — In a field without the top three finishers in the Kentucky Derby, the odds that Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert wouldn’t have the favorite in the Preakness are, well, Improbable. Baffert will seek a record-setting eighth Preakness victory Saturday with ...

Bucks go up 1-0 in series

The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Brook Lopez scored 13 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied in the final minutes to beat the Toronto Raptors 108-100 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night. Lopez had a ...

Spieth is hoping to buck the odds

The Associated Press FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Jordan Spieth needs to win the PGA Championship for the career Grand Slam. Masters champion Tiger Woods needs to win the next three majors to capture an unprecedented calendar Grand Slam. Based on how their seasons have gone, the question now is who ...

New Orleans wins draft lottery

CHICAGO — Zion Williamson has never been to New Orleans. That may be changing very soon. The Pelicans bucked seriously long odds Tuesday night, winning the NBA draft lottery and the right to have the first chance at selecting the former Duke star next month — and potentially pairing him ...

D-Back adjustments in practice key win

PHOENIX — After a three-game losing streak in which the Arizona Diamondbacks came up empty too often with opportunities to drive in more runs, hitting coach Darnell Coles changed things up in batting practice on Monday. The emphasis on situational hitting worked hours later. Eduardo ...

Sale fans 17 in loss

BOSTON — Red Sox ace Chris Sale struck out a career-high 17 in just seven innings against Colorado, then was pulled after 108 pitches on a chilly Tuesday night at Fenway Park. Sale became the first pitcher in major league history to fan 17 in a start of no more than seven innings. The big ...

Warriors roll in Game 1 rout

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry made nine 3-pointers and scored 36 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-94 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals while playing without injured star Kevin Durant once again. Curry shot 12 for 23 in his ...

PGA a new challenge for Tiger

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Tiger Woods, the Masters champion, going for the second leg of the Grand Slam on a long, wet course at Bethpage Black. It all sounds so familiar. For Woods, it feels entirely different. The PGA Championship now occupies the second slot in the major championship ...

Pimlico’s future remains up in air

BALTIMORE — Aptly nicknamed Old Hilltop, antiquated Pimlico Race Course has finally reached the point where its illustrious past might not be enough to assure a vibrant future. The 144th Preakness will be run Saturday at Pimlico, and will be back next year, too. After that, well, nobody can ...

A Beilein for the NBA

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — John Beilein called it a heck of a ride. That felt like a typical understatement from Michigan’s outgoing coach. Beyond all the wins, the conference titles and the NCAA Tournament runs, Beilein’s basketball team became an embodiment of the way so many Michigan fans ...

Phillies’ closer still not feeling well

PHILADELPHIA — It was not the news fans of the Philadelphia Phillies wanted to hear on Monday. That’s because Phillies reliever David Robertson was told by Dr. James Andrews not to throw for three weeks to allow the flexor strain in his right elbow time to heal. Robertson hasn’t pitched ...

Leonard’s shot at buzzer ousts 76ers

TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard bounced, bounced, bounced, bounced the Philadelphia 76ers out of the playoffs. Leonard hit a shot from the corner over Joel Embiid at the buzzer that bounced off the rim four times before falling to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-90 victory over the 76ers on Sunday ...

Boston takes 2-0 lead over Hurricanes

BOSTON — With a five-goal, third-period lead and the Bruins still not done scoring, the crowd in the new Boston Garden began a throaty chant of “We want the Cup!” The next time they see their team, the NHL’s championship trophy might be on the line for real. Matt Grzelcyk scored ...

Trail Blazers make Western Finals

DENVER — Damian Lillard’s shots kept banging off the backboard, rattling off the rim, going everywhere but through the hoop. The Portland Trail Blazers are going to the Western Conference Finals anyway because CJ McCollum had his back. McCollum scored 37 points and added a crucial ...

Bowman getting sick of 2nd

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Alex Bowman quite literally had his first NASCAR Cup Series victory in his sights, ticking off the laps in his No. 88 Chevrolet at the front of the pack at Kansas Speedway. Too bad Brad Keselowski was in his rearview mirror. The 26-year-old Bowman was passed by the ...

Woods bringing the buzz to PGA Championship

The Associated Press The PGA Championship agreed to move to May for the first time in 70 years to help the golf season end before football and to energize a century-old major that was looked upon as the last and the least of the Grand Slam events. Tiger Woods took care of the latter. He ...