National Sports

High-scoring Cavs stave off elimination

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers stopped Golden State from celebrating and maybe started another comeback. Just like last year, the NBA Finals are at 3-1 after four games. LeBron James recorded a triple-double, Kyrie Irving scored 40 points and Cleveland outperformed the NBA’s most ...

Wawrinka to face nine-time champ

PARIS — Stan Wawrinka battered the ball as if each swing would determine the outcome of his French Open semifinal against No. 1 Andy Murray. For much of their 4¢ hours of compelling, lengthy and draining points, Murray was up to the task, relentlessly defending and making Wawrinka hit shot ...

Johnson OK after cancer scare

LONG POND — Jimmie Johnson put the beer on ice and held a muted victory celebration. The morning after he hoisted another NASCAR trophy in victory lane, Johnson was in New York to have a form of skin cancer cut out of his right shoulder. Johnson surprised the auto racing community Monday ...

Three tied for lead at St. Jude’s

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Chez Reavie shot a 5-under 65 on Friday to move to 9-under 131 and share the lead with Charl Schwartzel and Sebastian Munoz after two rounds at the St. Jude Classic. Schwartzel had a 66 while Munoz finished the round with a 67. Stewart Cink — who shared the first-round ...

Accusations made towards Chicago SS

The Associated Press CHICAGO — Major League Baseball is looking into a domestic violence accusation against Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell. His wife, Melisa, posted a photo Wednesday on Instagram with a caption suggesting he was unfaithful to her. In another post, a user named ...

Concussion still hampers Yankees’ star

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Two weeks after sustaining a concussion, New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury isn’t sure when he will return. Ellsbury was hurt when he crashed into the wall catching a drive by Kansas City’s Alcides Escobar on the first pitch of a game on ...

Djokovic in new situation

PARIS — His French Open title defense nearing an end, Novak Djokovic stumbled and tumbled to his knees on the red clay, his racket flying from his right hand as his opponent’s backhand zipped past. Even Djokovic found it hard to fathom how far he’s fallen, only a year removed from ...

4 homer night for Gennett

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Scooter Gennett hit four home runs, matching the major league record, and finished with 10 RBIs as the Cincinnati Reds routed the slumping St. Louis Cardinals 13-1 on Tuesday night. Gennett, a utility player for the Reds, became the 17th player to homer ...

MLB emphasizing fashion

On deck Tonight: Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Ivan Nova (5-4) vs. Orioles RHP Kevin Gausman (3-4) TV: ROOT Sports The Associated Press NEW YORK — When it comes to their socks, Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets have scrapped their ...

Wallace to be part of history

The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Darrell Wallace Jr. will become the first black driver to race at NASCAR’s top level since 2006 when he replaces injured Aric Almirola this weekend at Pocono Raceway. Richard Petty Motorsports said Wallace, more commonly referred to by his nickname ...

Familiar faces winning in Paris

The Associated Press PARIS — For all of the tumult in the French Open women’s draw and the unfamiliar names filling the quarterfinal slots, the men’s tournament has been much more about the usual suspects: Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and, of course, Rafael Nadal. The ...

OSU, Matta part ways after 13 seasons

The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — Thad Matta is out as Ohio State’s basketball coach, with the Buckeyes having missed the last two NCAA Tournaments amid an exodus of players. Matta, who has coached the team for 13 seasons, also cited his health at a news conference Monday. He has ...

LeBron, Cavs need to figure things out

he Associated Pres OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are headed home in a familiar spot after the first two games of the NBA Finals. Rather than reach back to last year’s championship comeback for a confidence boost, James’ focus is on figuring out what ...

Adams homers in Braves’ win

CINCINNATI — One day after a rough performance at the plate, Ender Inciarte got back on track — in a big way. Inciarte tied his career high with five hits and drove in a career-high five runs, helping the Atlanta Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 13-8 on Sunday. Matt Adams also homered ...

Ex-major leaguer Piersall dies

BOSTON — Former major leaguer Jim Piersall, who bared his soul about his struggles with mental illness in his book “Fear Strikes Out,” has died. He was 87. Piersall died Saturday at a care facility in Wheaton, Illinois, after a monthslong illness, according to the Boston Red Sox, for ...

Johnson extends track record

DOVER, Del. — Hooked on NASCAR as a kid, there was something about Cale Yarborough that made a fan out of Jimmie Johnson. Johnson was glued to the set as he sat on a dirty old couch at home in El Cajon, California. He loved Yarborough’s fearlessness and the way the Hall of Fame driver kind ...

Rahal sweeps in Detroit

DETROIT — Graham Rahal completed a doubleheader sweep in the Detroit Grand Prix on Sunday to become IndyCar’s first two-time winner this season. Rahal’s Honda-power car finished 1.17 seconds ahead of Josef Newgarden’s Chevrolet, a day after getting to the checkered flag six-plus ...

French Open will have 1st-time Slam champ

PARIS — Garbine Muguruza did not take kindly to the way spectators pulled for her opponent — her French opponent, mind you — at the French Open. So after her title defense ended with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 loss to 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic at a packed and rowdy Court Suzanne Lenglen on a ...

Dufner’s strong finish takes Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio — Jason Dufner never lost sight of the big picture even after losing a big lead. It paid off for him Sunday when he rallied from a four-shot deficit and holed a 30-foot par putt on the 18th to close out a victory in the Memorial. Dufner lost a five-shot lead in the third round. ...

Bucs send Ngoepe back down to AAA

The Associated Press NEW YORK — The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned infielder Gift Ngoepe to the minor leagues about a month after he debuted as the first African-born player in the majors. The slick-fielding South African singled in his first plate appearance last month, but batted .222 ...