National Sports

Ex-Chief RB signs with West rival

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Jamaal Charles, the Kansas City Chiefs’ all-time rushing leader, has signed with the AFC West rival Denver Broncos. “Excited to have Jamaal Charles join the Broncos,” general manager John Elway tweeted Tuesday afternoon upon signing Charles to a one-year, ...

Hopeful horse does it with only one eye

By Mike Farrell The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — His name is Patch, a horse with one eye, and he’ll be running in the Kentucky Derby. How he lost the eye is a mystery. “No one really knows,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. Pletcher has two other horses going in the first leg ...

Celtics’ Thomas goes off in overtime victory

BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas scored 53 points, nine in overtime, to help the Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 129-119 on Tuesday night and take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals. Fiddling with the mouth guard he began using after losing one of his front teeth ...

Long layoff not enough to put a damper on Cavs

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 35 points, Kyrie Irving added 24 and the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up where they left off following a long layoff and throttled the Toronto Raptors 116-105 on Monday night in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal. The Cavs ...

Big race could be anyone’s this year

By Beth Harris The Associated Press The Kentucky Derby is up for grabs. The starting gate will once again be full with 20 horses vying to wear the garland of red roses. Most of the 3-year-olds will be running 11/4 miles for the first time on Saturday. Besides the distance, the ...

Nats’ Rendon drives in 10

WASHINGTON — Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon said he’d never had a day like this one. Not many players have. Rendon had 10 RBIs, three home runs and six hits as Washington took advantage of Noah Syndergaard’s injury and mauled the New York Mets 23-5 on Sunday to set a franchise ...

Logano takes NASCAR race in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. — Joey Logano smiled as if he’d stolen something and got away with it, and that wasn’t far from the truth. Logano passed distracted and dominant Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski on one restart and then pulled away on another with about 20 laps to go to win the ...

Joshua hangs in long enough to out-box Klitschko

LONDON (AP) — Anthony Joshua survived the first knockdown of his young career, coming back to drop Wladimir Klitschko twice before stopping him in the 11th round Saturday night to retain his heavyweight titles and stake his claim as the boxing’s next star. Before a boisterous crowd of ...

Teams go early, often for QBs

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — With defensive studs everywhere in this draft, NFL teams turned offensive. With an emphasis on quarterbacks. Hardly stunning in a pass-happy league, except that no quarterbacks in this crop have been highly touted. Yet three went in the first dozen ...

Small-school WRs make big impacts

It would be foolish to dismiss a wide receiver prospect just because he played at a less prominent college program. Jerry Rice, after all, went to Mississippi Valley State before becoming one of the greatest players in NFL history. Still, when somebody like Western Michigan’s Corey Davis ...

Cancer survivor makes pick

PHILADELPHIA — T.J. Owuanibe is known as “the kid with the football” at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. On Thursday night, he’ll be “the kid announcing the first selection” for the Baltimore Ravens at the NFL draft. The 14-year-old eighth grader at McDonogh ...

Mets still dealing with injured stars

NEW YORK — The New York Mets are hurting. Star pitcher Noah Syndergaard was scratched from his start Thursday against the Atlanta Braves because of what manager Terry Collins said was “minor discomfort” in his bicep. Matt Harvey pitched instead. He had been scheduled to go today. ...

Knights set up to do business

General manager George McPhee says the Vegas Golden Knights are open for business to any teams seeking to protect their players in the upcoming NHL expansion draft. McPhee told The Associated Press he’s already had preliminary discussions with most teams over what trades could be made ...

Layoffs rock ‘world-wide leader’

NEW YORK — ESPN is laying off about 100 employees, including former athletes-turned-broadcasters Trent Dilfer, Len Elmore and Danny Kanell, in a purge designed to focus the sports network on a more digital future. The cuts will trim ESPN’s stable of on-air talent and writers by about 10 ...

Boston takes lead on Chicago

BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley scored 24 points apiece to help the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls, 108-97, on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series. After the road team won each of the first four games, the Celtics won at home in Game 5 to ...

Johnson grabs rare Bristol victory after Larson mishap

BRISTOL, Tenn. — It was just last month when people were wondering what was wrong with Jimmie Johnson after he got off to a slow start. How silly it was to worry. Johnson grabbed a rare victory at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday, giving him consecutive wins for the 11th time in his ...

Weather forces race to today

The Associated Press BRISTOL, Tenn. — NASCAR has postponed the Monster Energy Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway because of heavy rain that is not expected to let up on Sunday. The race was pushed until today at 1 p.m. Weather has been a problem all weekend at Bristol, where Friday ...

Westbrook gets testy with media after loss

The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — Thunder guard Russell Westbrook went on a rant defending his teammates after Sunday’s 113-109 loss to the Houston Rockets. A recurring theme throughout the series has been Oklahoma City’s tendency to lose leads when Westbrook sits in the second ...

Vegas Raiders a trademark problem now in court

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A handful of people paid up to $275 for the “Las Vegas Raiders” trademark when news of the team’s potential move from Oakland surfaced in January 2016. The filings have shed light on a trademark system that gives priority to the first people to submit applications, ...

Vegas Raiders a trademark problem now in court

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A handful of people paid up to $275 for the “Las Vegas Raiders” trademark when news of the team’s potential move from Oakland surfaced in January 2016. The filings have shed light on a trademark system that gives priority to the first people to submit applications, ...