National Sports

Vikes add another quarterback

The Associated Press EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have signed quarterback Case Keenum, acquiring the experienced backup sought for starter Sam Bradford with the unlikelihood that the rehabilitating Teddy Bridgewater will be ready to play this season. Keenum started nine ...

Ewing coming home

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Patrick Ewing spent years grinding as an NBA assistant in hopes of one day leading a team of his own. Little did he know that all of that waiting would lead him back to Georgetown, the school he helped build into a national power as a player in the ...

Kentucky freshman declares for NBA

The Associated Press LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky freshman De’Aaron Fox will enter the NBA draft and hire an agent, becoming the first of several Wildcats underclassmen who could leave after reaching the Elite Eight this season. The 6-foot-3 guard is a possible NBA lottery pick and was ...

Fleetwood returns as player

The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tommy Fleetwood is making his second appearance at the Masters, the first as a player. Three years ago, Fleetwood came to the Masters as a spectator because he figured he would be in the field at Augusta National and it wouldn’t hurt to take in the ...

Johnson heading in right direction

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The knock on Dustin Johnson was that he didn’t have what it takes between the ears to close out a major. He looked as though he didn’t care, perhaps because a crushing loss didn’t appear to bother him as much as it should have. And in some corners, there was chatter that ...

UNC, Gonzaga top 2017-18 storylines

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The 2016-17 season is over, with North Carolina holding off Gonzaga to win the national championship for the program’s sixth NCAA title. The win for the Tar Heels wrapped up the season’s biggest story line: How North Carolina would bounce back from a buzzer-beating ...

Tiny Gonzaga meets Tar Heels for title

GLENDALE, Ariz. — For those who follow college basketball, the idea that Gonzaga is playing North Carolina for the national title doesn’t seem all that strange. For those who don’t — or only get involved when it’s time to fill out a bracket — it still might. Gonzaga? Really? That ...

MLB opens with Cubs defending champs

Leave it to Madison Bumgarner to get baseball off to a smashing start. Before the World Series champion Chicago Cubs took the field and after the New York Yankees lost their sixth straight opener, Bumgarner struck. The San Francisco ace, known for his dominant pitching in October, provided ...

Yanks drop to third in payroll

NEW YORK — The New York Yankees aren’t among baseball’s top two payrolls for the first time in nearly a quarter-century, making cuts along with some other traditional big spenders. The Los Angeles Dodgers topped the major leagues for the fourth straight opening day but dropped to $225 ...

D-backs trim Giants

PHOENIX — Madison Bumgarner hit two homers but the Arizona Diamondbacks scored twice with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off new San Francisco closer Mark Melancon to beat the Giants 6-5 in a wild season opener Sunday. Derailed by a dreadful bullpen last year, the Giants started ...

Keselowski pulls away and wins at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Brad Keselowski had sampled success at Martinsville Speedway, but had never put everything together to get to Victory Lane. He changed that on Sunday, passing Kyle Busch with 43 laps to go and pulling away to win for the 23rd time in his career. “It felt like we were ...

Sunday at Masters about the kids

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The 40 girls and 40 boys moved in orderly fashion from the driving range to the chipping area to the putting green in their age groups. At Augusta National, it was precision unlike any other. The latest tradition at the Masters is the Drive, Chip and Putt national finals, ...

Birdie lifts Ryu

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — So Yeon Ryu won the ANA Inspiration on Sunday in a one-hole playoff with Lexi Thompson, who was given a four-stroke penalty late in the final round for an incorrect ball placement a day earlier. Ryu birdied the 18th hole in the playoff to win her second major title, ...

Brown garners Top Fuel victory

LAS VEGAS — Antron Brown piloted his dragster to the Top Fuel victory Sunday at the 18th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Brown, who won the event in 2016, raced a 3.747-second pass at 321.04 mph to defeat Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher, ...

The new kings open tonight

The Associated Press Dexter Fowler is going to have a bunch of old friends on hand for his debut with the St. Louis Cardinals. The rivalry between the Cardinals and Chicago Cubs begins a new chapter in prime time tonight. The Cubs are the new kings of baseball, coming off their first World ...

Elliott holds off Sauter to capture trucks race

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Chase Elliott grabbed the lead when Christopher Bell wiggled with 17 laps to go and held off teammate Johnny Sauter to win the NASCAR truck race at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday. Elliott, who lost out to Sauter on the 0.526-mile oval last October, held off one ...

McMurray enjoying race life after age 40

The Associated Press MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Jamie McMurray has become the “other” driver on Chip Ganassi Racing’s two-car team. The 40-year-old veteran, in his 15th season on NASCAR’s top circuit, hasn’t won in more than four years. His teammate is 24-year-old Kyle Larson, the ...

Rain helps Larson get pole for Martinsville

The Associated Press MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Things keep going right for Kyle Larson. Hours after saying he hoped qualifying for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race would be rained out, he got his wish, giving him the pole position on a track where he has struggled. “I think ...

Stars hope to bounce back

By Howard Fendrich The Associated Press Normally, a home run by Bryce Harper in his first Grapefruit League at-bat would pass relatively unnoticed. So, too, would the more than half-dozen other balls he sent over fences during exhibition games this spring for the Washington ...

Cardinals closing in on Molina deal

The Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. — St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said he’s “hopeful” to have a new contract for Yadier Molina before opening day but said a deal was “not done” as of Friday. Molina homered in a game against St. Louis’ top minor league ...