National Sports

US Open golfers are fan-friendly

What if the Super Bowl was played on a 150-yard field with hills and valleys or the NBA Finals was held on an outside court with 30-mph winds? The U.S. Open, one of golf’s four majors, is considered the national championship of golf, but the course conditions are so unlike the course on ...

Oregon St advances to finals

OMAHA, Neb. — Kevin Abel and Jake Mulholland combined on a four-hitter, Tyler Malone hit his third home run of the College World Series, and Oregon State survived some ninth-inning drama to beat Mississippi State 5-2 on Saturday night to reach the best-of-three finals against Arkansas. As ...

Germans rally late to beat Sweden

SOCHI, Russia — The desperate world champions from Germany were seconds from losing control of their World Cup fate when Toni Kroos whispered to Marco Reus just outside Sweden’s penalty area. With the score tied in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Kroos seemed to remind Reus of a tricky ...

Mexico wins again

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia — The criticism of Mexico’s national team heading into the World Cup was loud and scathing. The answer has been emphatic. The Mexicans won their second straight match at the tournament, beating South Korea 2-1 Saturday to move ever closer to a spot in the round of ...

Is baseball’s style of play killing its attendance?

USA Today posted a story this week projecting that we will see more strikeouts than base hits in the 2018 Major League Baseball season. That’s never happened over the course of a full MLB campaign before. I asked Pirates manager Clint Hurdle if he ever thought he’d see this ...

Kings sign Kovalchuk

After five years back home in Russia, Ilya Kovalchuk is ready to resume his Stanley Cup chase with the Los Angeles Kings. The high-scoring forward agreed to a three-year, $18.75 million deal with the Kings on Saturday, choosing Los Angeles over several interested teams for his return to the ...

Teams vie for US fans

MOSCOW — American soccer fans: Iceland’s prime minister wants your support. The United States is absent from the World Cup for the first time since 1986, which means up to 325 million Americans are temporarily free agents. Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir says her island nation about ...

Kershaw struggles in return

NEW YORK — Clayton Kershaw was shaky in an abbreviated return to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night. Kershaw came off the disabled list and allowed two runs in three innings against the New York Mets. He threw 55 pitches, starting out strong before laboring through his final ...

Casey builds sizeable lead

CROMWELL, Conn. — Paul Casey has come close each of the three previous times he has played in Connecticut. He has a great chance to break through Sunday in the Travelers Championship. Casey shot an 8-under 62 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead into the final round. Casey, whose win at ...

’Canes trade for Hamilton

DALLAS — Dougie Hamilton got home from a workout, turned on the TV to watch the NHL draft and saw his name on the screen as part of a trade to the Carolina Hurricanes. “That’s where I found out,” Hamilton said. He might want to stay tuned because the Hurricanes are just getting ...

Supporting Mexico, Toledo leads tourney

MADISON, Wis. — Wearing a green shirt in a nod to Mexico’s soccer team, Esteban Toledo birdied four of the last six holes Saturday for a 6-under 66 and the lead in the American Family Insurance Championship. Five strokes behind tournament host Steve Stricker after an opening 69 in rain ...

Sabres pick defenseman No. 1

DALLAS — Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin went first overall to the Buffalo Sabres and Russian winger Andrei Svechnikov second to the Carolina Hurricanes in the two most predictable developments of an NHL draft that also featured some curveballs. The Sabres taking Dahlin was automatic since ...

Arkansas ousts defending champ

OMAHA, Neb. — Isaiah Campbell limited Florida to two hits over 5• innings, Arkansas scored four times in five innings against first-round draft pick Brady Singer, and the Razorbacks earned a spot in the College World Series finals with a 5-2 win over the defending champion Gators on Friday ...

Bylsma gets assistant job with Detroit

DETROIT — Dan Bylsma is returning to the state where he was born — and where he won the Stanley Cup as a visiting coach. The Detroit Red Wings hired Bylsma as an assistant coach Friday. The 47-year-old Bylsma, a Grand Haven native, worked as an assistant alongside Red Wings coach Jeff ...

Numbers show more Ks than hits

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH—There’s a whole lot of swing and miss in baseball these days. Too much, as a matter of fact. Things are trending in the wrong direction this year, where projections say there will be more strikeouts than hits this season. Part of the reason ...

Sports at a glance

Phillies fan hurt by hot dog PHILADELPHIA — It was a flying frankfurter and not a foul ball that left a baseball fan with a black eye in Philadelphia. Kathy McVay says she was at Monday night’s Phillies game when the team’s mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, rolled out his hot dog ...

Alonso unsure of future plans

By Joseph Wilson The Associated Press LE CASTELLET, France — Still glowing from his win at the 24 Hours Le Mans classic endurance race, Fernando Alonso says he is not sure when he will try to complete motorsport’s unofficial Triple Crown with a victory at the Indianapolis 500. “I am ...

Spieth leading Travelers again

CROMWELL, Conn. — Jordan Spieth has no idea what it is like to play from behind at the Travelers Championship. The defending champion led after every round last year in his first visit to TPC River Highlands, and a shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday to match Zach Johnson for the first-round ...

M’s suggest Ichiro for home run derby

NEW YORK — He might not be an active player anymore, but that didn’t stop rumors from swirling about the possibility of Mariners legend Ichiro Suzuki taking part in next month’s All-Star Home Run Derby in the nation’s capital. What started as a light-hearted conversation among ...