National Sports

Keselowski holds off pack

The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Brad Keselowski raced to his third NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season, holding off a charging pack in overtime to take the checkered flag at Kansas Speedway Saturday night. Keselowski took the lead from Alex Bowman with seven laps to go, ...

Sharks go up 1-0 in series

The Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. — Timo Meier scored twice and set up one of Logan Couture’s two goals with a hard hit, sending the San Jose Sharks to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference final Saturday night. Meier’s hit on Alex Pietrangelo ...

Rain doesn’t keep Every from the lead

DALLAS — Matt Every only needed half a round to go from a four-stroke deficit to a one-shot lead at the Byron Nelson. He will have 27 holes to play today before he can win the tournament. Every opened the rain-delayed third round with a chip-in eagle, then had four birdies in a span of five ...

Sports at a glance

AP: Vogel will coach Lakers LOS ANGELES — A person familiar with the search says the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Frank Vogel as coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the hiring has not been announced. Vogel flew to Los Angeles on ...

Harvick picks up third pole

By Dave Skretta The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kevin Harvick joked that the intra-team competition at Stewart-Haas Racing is marked by a whole lot of trash talk, and that Clint Bowyer usually says so much it’s tough to get a dig in. Harvick had the final word Friday ...

XFL hopes prep time is a benefit

LOS ANGELES — Oliver Luck has noted that there is a graveyard full of tombstones for spring professional football leagues going back more than 40 years. That graveyard filled a plot two months ago when the Alliance of American Football folded eight weeks into its inaugural season, but the ...

Catastrophe avoided at Derby amid turmoil

Horse racing was one step away from disaster. Amid all the turmoil the beleaguered sport is facing during Triple Crown season, it might’ve caught a break at the Kentucky Derby. When Maximum Security drifted to his right in the final turn, his back legs almost became entangled with those ...

Warriors oust Rockets

HOUSTON — Stephen Curry scored all 33 of his points in the second half and the Golden State Warriors overcame Kevin Durant’s absence to finish off Houston in six games, beating the Rockets 118-113 on Friday night to advance to the Western Conference finals. Klay Thompson added 27 points ...

Daly, cart have no place at Bethpage

Next week, there will be a legitimate major championship at Bethpage Black. We’ll also get a ridiculous sideshow, at least for the first couple of days. John Daly will rip it up in the PGA Championship — while gripping the wheel of a golf cart. Yep, the guardians of the game are ...

Controversy surrounds Red Sox’s trip to WH

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump honored the World Series champion Boston Red Sox — well, some of them — at the White House on Thursday, but made no mention of the controversy that shadowed the visit. The team’s manager, Alex Cora, did not attend the ceremony after citing his ...

PSU riding high heading to lacrosse postseason

Penn State lacrosse coach Jeff Tambroni has his Nittany Lions in rarefied air on the eve of the NCAA Tournament but in uncharted waters for a rising program. The Nittany Lions (14-1) are the unanimous No. 1 ranked team and the top seed, yet they’ve never won a tournament game (0-4) and ...

Durant out for rest of series

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant will miss the remainder of the Golden State Warriors’ Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets with a strained right calf. An MRI exam Thursday confirmed the Warriors’ initial diagnosis announced during Wednesday’s 104-99 win at Oracle ...

Is Kyrie finished in Boston?

It begins. When the buzzer sounded in Milwaukee on Wednesday night, the question immediately became this: Has Kyrie Irving played his last game for the Boston Celtics? It’s very possible. Welcome to free agency, Kyrie. He’s now in the place that other big names like Kevin Durant, ...

Fiers and father share special call

OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland right-hander Mike Fiers replied to countless congratulatory texts and phone calls following his second career no-hitter, and then crawled into bed around 5 a.m. He saved one special call for later. No one talks to Bruce Fiers until after he has watched his ...

Country House out of Preakness due to illness

After being declared the winner of the Kentucky Derby by disqualification, Country House will not run in the Preakness because of illness, ending any chance of a Triple Crown this year. Trainer Bill Mott said Tuesday the long shot winner of horse racing’s biggest event was no longer being ...

Concussion fund pays out $485M

PHILADELPHIA — The NFL concussion fund has paid out nearly $500 million in its first two years, but some players’ lawyers say there aren’t enough doctors in the approved network to evaluate dementia claims. They went to court Tuesday to oppose a rule to require retired players to be ...

Raptors run away from 76ers

TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard had 21 points and 13 rebounds, Pascal Siakam scored 25 points and the Toronto Raptors used a huge second quarter to rout the Philadelphia 76ers 125-89 Tuesday night and take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Toronto can advance to the Eastern ...

Sharks hopeful for goalies’ return

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Captain Joe Pavelski was getting staples put into his bloody head when the San Jose Sharks staged an epic comeback in Game 7 of the opening round against Vegas. Now that the Sharks have been forced into another ultimate game after missing a chance to eliminate Colorado in ...

Truex wins second Monday race

DOVER, Del. — Martin Truex Jr. stood next to the 60-pound metallic gold Monster trophy on the victory lane stage and was uncertain about how many fingers he should flash for his celebratory photo. “Two for the season or three for Dover?” Truex asked. How about one of each? Truex ...

Bucks take command

BOSTON — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 39 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Bucks to a 113-101 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of their second-round playoff series on Monday night and move Milwaukee within one win from its first trip to the Eastern Conference finals since ...