National Sports

A chance to say thank you

The Associated Press SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. — Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew received a new heart and kidney from the late NFL player Konrad Reuland in what is believed to be the first such transplant involving pro athletes. Carew underwent the procedure last December and met ...

MLB ump out of hospital after getting hit

Plate umpire Dale Scott was out of the hospital early Saturday, hours after sustaining a concussion when he was hit in the mask by a foul tip from Baltimore slugger Mark Trumbo during a game in Toronto. Scott told The Associated Press by text that he was feeling OK and that the results of a ...

NCAA adopts new recruiting rules

By Michael Marot The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA endorsed a football recruiting rules overhaul on Friday that will allow high school football players to sign with colleges as early as December and put a two-year waiting period on Bowl Subdivision teams from hiring people ...

Vegas: Cavs, Warriors on collision course

By Tim Reynolds The Associated Press With the NBA playoffs starting Saturday, here’s 10 things to know before the second season begins: But first ... LeBron Good luck, Indiana. LeBron James not only never loses in a first-round series, but the man rarely loses first-round playoff ...

Montreal evens NY series at 1-1

MONTREAL (AP) — Alexander Radulov scored at 18:34 of overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night in Game 2 of the first-round series. Radulov jammed the puck in from the edge of the crease after a feed from Max Pacioretty to tie the ...

Veteran Steelers’ scout dead at age 74

The Associated Press ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Longtime NFL scouting and personnel specialist Tom Modrak, who broke into the league with his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers, has died. He was 74. Modrak died at his home near St. Augustine, Florida, on Tuesday as a result of a neurological disease ...

Cardinals hand Nats’ star a loss

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Mike Leake outpitched 2016 NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, Stephen Piscotty homered and had five RBIs, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 6-1 on Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep. Leake (1-1) gave up four hits, struck out ...

Westwood now best without a major

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Lee Westwood already had qualified as the best player to have never won a major even before Sergio Garcia won the Masters. Garcia only made it less of a debate. The focus is sure to shift between now and the U.S. Open over who fits into that category. When the label first ...

League could fine players for arm wrestling at casino

LAS VEGAS — Current NFL players who participated in the Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship at a Las Vegas casino could be fined by the league. More than 30 professional football players were scheduled to compete at the weekend event held at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, according ...

Collins leaving ’Zags

SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga has announced that freshman center Zach Collins has declared for the NBA draft. Collins said Tuesday that he is exploring his options without hiring an agent at this time, but intends to hire an agent at a later date. The first McDonald’s All-American recruited by ...

Caps favored, but it won’t be easy

Armed with playoff experience and facing a first-round opponent lacking it, the NHL-best Washington Capitals are again favored to come out of the East. Of course, it won’t be easy. Beyond the Capitals being in this position before and continually falling short, the path through the ...

Steelers’ preseason dates set

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh will host back-to-back home games at Heinz Field in Weeks 2 and 3 of the 2017 preseason. The Steelers will host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2 of the preseason at Heinz Field, with the Indianapolis Colts traveling to Pittsburgh in Week 3. Pittsburgh will open its ...

Pistons bid farewell to Palace

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Dennis Rodman walked across the court to deliver the game ball in a brief pregame ceremony, setting the tone for a night of celebration — one final chance for Detroit fans to gather at The Palace of Auburn Hills and revel in all the Pistons accomplished during nearly ...

US makes joint bid

The United States launched its bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup with Mexico and Canada on Monday after gaining the support of President Donald Trump to pursue soccer’s showpiece amid heightened regional political tensions. Trump derided Mexico as a source of rapists and criminals in his ...

Jones, Xfinity go together

The Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas — Erik Jones skipped his high school graduation ceremony three years ago to run in a NASCAR truck race at Texas, where he was presented his actual diploma before the event. Two years ago, he went to Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway for the first ...

Bowyer prepped for success

The Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas — Clint Bowyer had long prepared to enjoy this season, knowing the opportunity waiting for him to be successful again in the NASCAR Cup Series. That certainly helped Bowyer get through the worst season in his career with a now-shuttered ...

Yankees young star injured

The Associated Press BALTIMORE — The New York Yankees have put catcher Gary Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right biceps. Sanchez was hurt while at the plate in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game against the Orioles. After taking a swing, he injured his arm on the ...

Organizers cling to no cellphone format

The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — When you walk through the gates of Augusta National, it really is a throwback to a different era. Welcome to one of the few remaining places on the planet where cellphones are strictly prohibited. And, rest assured, the folks in the green jackets are ...

Denver wins Division I title

The Associated Press CHICAGO — Jarid Lukosevicius scored three goals in the second period, and Denver beat Minnesota Duluth 3-2 on Saturday night for the NCAA championship. Troy Terry had two assists and Tanner Jaillet made 38 saves as Denver moved into a tie with North Dakota for second ...

Spurs still thrive in post-Duncan era

The Associated Press Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs did everything they could to prepare for life without Tim Duncan. They studied the pitfalls that plagued other franchises that lost foundational stars, drafted and developed talented players to be ready to pick up where he left ...