National Sports

Senators take lead in series

The Associated Press OTTAWA, Ontario — Kyle Turris scored 6:28 into overtime to lift the Ottawa Senators to 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday for a 3-2 series lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Derick Brassard tied the score with 1:26 left in the third ...

Rain could factor in Derby outcome

By Beth Harris The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Two trainers saddling three horses each. A horse trying to win for the first time. The early favorite whose training was interrupted. Another attempting to overcome irascible behavior. The 20-horse field for today’s Kentucky Derby ...

Caps trying to stay alive

ARLINGTON, Va. — Alex Ovechkin is Washington’s third-line left winger as they face elimination against the Pittsburgh Penguins. At least, that is what coach Barry Trotz did in practice Friday as the desperate Capitals, down 3-1 in their second-round series, prepared for Game 5 tonight in ...

Cavs in control at 3-0

The Associated Press TORONTO — LeBron James scored 35 points, Kevin Love had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Toronto Raptors 115-94 on Friday night and take a 3-0 lead in their second-round playoff series. DeMar DeRozan ...

Blues remain alive with victory

The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Dmitrij Jaskin scored in his first playoff game this season, Jaden Schwartz got the game-winner and the St. Louis Blues topped the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Friday night to stay alive in their second-round series. Schwartz scored 25 seconds into the third ...

Sharp, Napravnik coupling up in Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rosie Napravnik steers Girvin off the track at Churchill Downs under the watchful eyes of trainer Joe Sharp. They head back to the barn together, with Napravnik in the saddle and Sharp walking alongside the horse. Napravnik was once one of the top jockeys in North ...

Wizards dominate Boston

WASHINGTON — John Wall scored 24 points, Isaiah Thomas was held to 13 and the Washington Wizards jumped out to a hot start and rode it to a 116-89 victory over the Boston Celtics in a technical foul-filled Game 3 on Thursday night to cut their series deficit to 2-1. The Wizards used a 22-0 ...

MLB looking at stadium protocol

The Associated Press BOSTON — Major League Baseball is reviewing its security protocols in all 30 stadiums after Orioles outfielder Adam Jones complained of fans shouting racial slurs in Boston this week and other black players reacted by saying it’s a common reality when playing in ...

Classic Empire early favorite

By Beth Harris The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After he endured hoof and back injuries and a reluctance to train, things are looking up for Classic Empire. The bay colt was made the early 4-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby on Wednesday, with just four of the 20 horses listed at ...

Cavaliers go up 2-0 on Raptors

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 39 points, hopped Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the career playoff scoring list and pushed the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 125-103 blowout over the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Wednesday night. Just ...

Ex-Chief RB signs with West rival

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Jamaal Charles, the Kansas City Chiefs’ all-time rushing leader, has signed with the AFC West rival Denver Broncos. “Excited to have Jamaal Charles join the Broncos,” general manager John Elway tweeted Tuesday afternoon upon signing Charles to a one-year, ...

Hopeful horse does it with only one eye

By Mike Farrell The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — His name is Patch, a horse with one eye, and he’ll be running in the Kentucky Derby. How he lost the eye is a mystery. “No one really knows,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. Pletcher has two other horses going in the first leg ...

Celtics’ Thomas goes off in overtime victory

BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas scored 53 points, nine in overtime, to help the Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 129-119 on Tuesday night and take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals. Fiddling with the mouth guard he began using after losing one of his front teeth ...

Long layoff not enough to put a damper on Cavs

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 35 points, Kyrie Irving added 24 and the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up where they left off following a long layoff and throttled the Toronto Raptors 116-105 on Monday night in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal. The Cavs ...

Big race could be anyone’s this year

By Beth Harris The Associated Press The Kentucky Derby is up for grabs. The starting gate will once again be full with 20 horses vying to wear the garland of red roses. Most of the 3-year-olds will be running 11/4 miles for the first time on Saturday. Besides the distance, the ...

Nats’ Rendon drives in 10

WASHINGTON — Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon said he’d never had a day like this one. Not many players have. Rendon had 10 RBIs, three home runs and six hits as Washington took advantage of Noah Syndergaard’s injury and mauled the New York Mets 23-5 on Sunday to set a franchise ...

Logano takes NASCAR race in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. — Joey Logano smiled as if he’d stolen something and got away with it, and that wasn’t far from the truth. Logano passed distracted and dominant Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski on one restart and then pulled away on another with about 20 laps to go to win the ...

Joshua hangs in long enough to out-box Klitschko

LONDON (AP) — Anthony Joshua survived the first knockdown of his young career, coming back to drop Wladimir Klitschko twice before stopping him in the 11th round Saturday night to retain his heavyweight titles and stake his claim as the boxing’s next star. Before a boisterous crowd of ...

Teams go early, often for QBs

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — With defensive studs everywhere in this draft, NFL teams turned offensive. With an emphasis on quarterbacks. Hardly stunning in a pass-happy league, except that no quarterbacks in this crop have been highly touted. Yet three went in the first dozen ...

Small-school WRs make big impacts

It would be foolish to dismiss a wide receiver prospect just because he played at a less prominent college program. Jerry Rice, after all, went to Mississippi Valley State before becoming one of the greatest players in NFL history. Still, when somebody like Western Michigan’s Corey Davis ...