National Sports

Pardon of boxer Jack Johnson was long overdue

Jack Johnson’s biggest crime was being an unrepentant black man who beat up white men for a living. High-flying and flamboyant, he refused to live by the unwritten rules of American society in the early 1900s. That made him a target, and that eventually cost him his freedom after being ...

Celts may stand pat this year

WALTHAM, Mass. — Danny Ainge tore apart the team that made the Eastern Conference finals last year, and then put together a new roster that came one victory from playing for an NBA title. This summer may present him with an even bigger challenge: standing pat. With Gordon Hayward and ...

Wawrinki loses early; Djokovic moves on

PARIS — Like Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka is a past French Open champion still working his way back into form after surgery. Like Djokovic, Wawrinka is ranked lower than he has been in more than a decade. And like Djokovic, Wawrinka recently reunited with a coach who helped guide him to ...

Vegas outlasts Capitals to take 1-0 series lead

LAS VEGAS — The Vegas Golden Knights’ incredible inaugural season isn’t slowing down in the Stanley Cup Final. Tomas Nosek scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, and the expansion Golden Knights opened an improbable Final with a thrilling 6-4 victory over the ...

Aussie racing star captures first Indy 500

By Jenna Fryer The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Will Power hated racing on ovals. He wasn’t a fan of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and figured he would never win the Indianapolis 500. That kind of attitude doesn’t fly when you drive for Roger Penske. Power had to change his ...

Busch dominates Charlotte track for most of day

The Associated Press CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Busch led 377 of 400 laps in a dominating Coca-Cola 600 run at Charlotte Motor Speedway to finally break through with a points-race victory at the only NASCAR Cup track that had eluded him. Busch started on the pole, won every stage in the ...

James leads Cavaliers past Celtics for East title

The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists on Sunday night to earn an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. In ...

Dodgers’ ace set to return

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to return to the rotation on Thursday at home against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Dodgers made the announcement Sunday before a 6-1 win over the San Diego Padres. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been on ...

Warriors hope Thompson keeps hot hand

The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. — Klay Thompson flashed back to a night he left the arena still in uniform, furious about his forgettable performance against Denver. It used to be he struggled to shake off a bad night, or even a bad start to a game. Now, he just keeps shooting. ...

Fleury, defense need each other

By W.G. Ramirez The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Marc-Andre Fleury has been the foundation for the Vegas Golden Knights’ run to the Stanley Cup Final. Yet while he has a 1.68 goals-against average and .947 save percentage, he’ll be the first one in the locker room to credit the ...

Patrick crashes in final Indy 500 race

By Mark Long The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Danica Patrick trudged out of the infield care center with her head down, mirrored sunglasses covering the disappointment in her eyes. There was no hiding it in her voice. “It was definitely not the way that I wanted it to end,” she ...

Ricciardo captures Monaco Grand Prix

The Associated Press MONACO — Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo overcame a mid-race power loss to win the Monaco Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday. The Australian driver showed outstanding composure and defensive driving to fend off Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari. Vettel shaved a few ...

Patrick feeling confident

INDIANAPOLIS — Danica Patrick loves good omens. She learned of a couple of them Saturday that could bode well for her in the Indianapolis 500. The popular if polarizing Patrick, who will be racing for the final time today, spent the morning signing autographs alongside Scott Dixon and ...

Positive vibe in camp for Harvick

The Associated Press CONCORD, N.C. — Kevin Harvick is well aware he’s in the midst of something special. Harvick has won the last three Cup races, including the $1 million All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend. And while he is starting 39th for the Coca-Cola 600 after ...

Vegas, NHL a golden marriage so far

LAS VEGAS — Gerard Gallant took time out from preparing for the Stanley Cup finals to watch a Little League game this week, something that might be surprising to those who think there is little in Las Vegas besides showgirls, craps tables and nightclubs. There is a real city beyond the Las ...

Ovechkin slays demons on way to main event

The Associated Press ARLINGTON, Va. — Raw emotion came from Alex Ovechkin as he wore an “Eastern Conference champions” hat for the first time. “Oh my God,” he said. “It’s unbelievable. I can’t explain my emotions. I’m just happy for my boys, for organizations, for fans. ...

James, Cavs in dangerous territory

By Jimmy Golen The Associated Pres BOSTON — LeBron James and the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers won’t get any sympathy from the Celtics when they return to Boston for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. Already laboring to reach his eighth straight NBA Finals with a supporting crew ...

Cavs win, force a Game 7

The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. — Klay Thompson hit nine 3-pointers and scored 35 points, the Warriors held James Harden down in the second half, and Golden State rallied from an early 17-point deficit to stave off elimination with a 115-86 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday ...

Minus contract, Trotz guides Caps to finals

ARLINGTON, Va. — One of the lasting images from the Capitals’ playoff run came the morning of Game 7 in the Eastern Conference final. Usually Alex Ovechkin hustles around the rink in a hot lap prior to the morning skate. Only this time it was 55-year-old coach Barry Trotz, who answered ...

Cavs force seventh game

CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the Cleveland Cavaliers shook off losing All-Star Kevin Love with a head injury and beat the Boston Celtics 109-99 on Friday night to force a Game 7. James, playing in ...