National Sports

Gibbs needs to find a seat in the big leagues for Bell

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Joe Gibbs has too many winning drivers in his organization. It is a good problem to have, but one that has led to increased speculation about his plans to juggle all his talent. The Gibbs organization swept Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend as Christopher Bell won the ...

Playoff picture comes into focus

Finally, a lot of clarity. On Sunday, two of the remaining three spots got grabbed. Three more seeds were locked in, as was the first official matchup for when the playoffs start this weekend. Orlando, in for the first time since 2012. Brooklyn, in for the first time since ...

First-timers Tech, Virginia set to square off

The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — For Virginia and Texas Tech, doing something that had never been done before took hard work, dedication, determination — and vision. The Cavaliers and Red Raiders meet in the NCAA Tournament championship game tonight. Neither program has ever been this ...

Baylor loses star, but captures title

The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — Baylor lost a star player, then the rest of its 17-point lead. But the Lady Bears, led by the ever-poised Chloe Jackson, kept their composure. Jackson drove for a tiebreaking layup with 3.9 seconds left, and that put the game into the hands of another ...

Sports at a glance

Mustangs win consy game JOHNSTOWN – Portage broke open a close game with a six-run seventh inning to win the consolation game of the Gene Schultz Memorial Tournament, 8-1 over Westmont Hilltop at Point Stadium Sunday afternoon in high school baseball action. Connor Price led the Mustangs ...

Kyle defeats Kurt in battle of Busches

The Associated Press BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kyle Busch was in the race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, so of course, he won. Busch grabbed his third Cup win of the season, eighth overall at Bristol, and 10th this year spanning all three of NASCAR’s national series. He beat his older ...

Cavs win on crazy ending to game

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — From one-and-done to NCAA Tournament miracle men, Virginia will play in the national championship game for the first time after pulling off another last-second stunner on a disputed foul with 0.6 seconds left. Kyle Guy made three free ...

Pedroia could return soon for BoSox

The Associated Press PHOENIX — Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia could be activated for Tuesday’s home opener against Toronto. Pedroia, the 2008 AL MVP, has been slowed since a slide into his surgically repaired left knee at second base by Baltimore’s Manny Machado on April 21, ...

Notre Dame players have some big decisions to make

The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — Notre Dame junior guard Jackie Young said Saturday that she hasn’t made a decision yet about entering the WNBA draft but time is quickly running out. She has 24 hours after the final buzzer tonight to decide whether she wants to turn pro foregoing her ...

Mooney puts Tech in title tilt

The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — For those who thought Texas Tech only plays defense, it’s time to meet Matt Mooney. While the Red Raiders were locking down Michigan State on one end, the graduate transfer shooting guard was raining in 3s on the other, lifting Tech one win away from ...

One year later, Cavaliers keep their poise

MINNEAPOLIS — Virginia lost its poise in a monumental first-round loss a year ago and appeared to be in trouble again Saturday night. A 10-point lead against Auburn, gone in a flash of Bryce Brown 3-pointers. A trip to the national title game, less than two seconds away from being snatched ...

Magic get hot at the right time

The Associated Press Here is a look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with five days remaining in the regular season. The Orlando Magic won 20 of their first 51 games. They’ve won 20 of their 29 games since. They’re not in — yet — but the Magic are on the brink ...

New rules on display at Bristol track

The Associated Press BRISTOL, Tenn. — NASCAR’s second stop at a short track this season is yet another race that’s impossible to predict. There’s a new rules package, a traction strip around Bristol Motor Speedway and the general crankiness that short-track racing tends to ...

Hendrick counts on Elliott

The Associated Press BRISTOL, Tenn. — Chase Elliott positioned himself to give Hendrick Motorsports a shot at its first victory of the season with a pole-winning run at Bristol Motor Speedway. Elliott earned his first pole on a short track with a fast lap at 131.7132 mph Friday around the ...

Michigan State, Texas Tech set to play grinder of a game

MINNEAPOLIS — Hunker down, hoops fans. This one might be ugly. The Final Four’s second semifinal tonight features Texas Tech, the team with the best defense in a generation, against Michigan State, the nose-in-the-dirt team whose coach used to put helmets and shoulder pads on his players ...

Good behavior a Masters must

The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — Francesco Molinari learned on the eve of his first appearance at the Masters this major was different from the others. He was at Augusta National in 2006, not to play but as the caddie for older brother Edoardo, the U.S. Amateur champion. Their father ...

Virginia-Auburn an intriguing clash

MINNEAPOLIS — Virginia and Auburn meet at the Final Four in the latest installment of a long-running competition in basketball: Slow and steady vs. fast and furious. The top-seeded Cavaliers are rarely in a hurry, playing a style as deliberate and methodical as the Supreme Court. The Tigers ...

Zion named tops in nation

MINNEAPOLIS — Just about everything Zion Williamson did at Duke created a highlight or headline in a spectacle of a season. The soaring dunks. The open-court moves more nimble than his 6-foot-7, 285-pound frame should allow. Even the freak occurrence of one of his feet tearing through ...

Notre Dame knocks off UConn in Final Four

TAMPA, Fla. — Arike Ogunbowale scored 23 points and led Notre Dame’s rally from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter as the defending champion Irish beat UConn 81-76 Friday night to return to the title game. The Irish will face Baylor for the crown Sunday night, trying to become the ...

Final Four berths don’t erase past issues of some coaches

MINNEAPOLIS — One team’s coach got kicked out of the sport for three years, and two of his assistants have been named in bribery scandals. Another team’s coach is the most high-profile name in an athletic department scarred by its handling of a massive sex-abuse scandal. Few would argue ...