National Sports

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, ...

Harbaugh takes Wolverines to Italy

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jim Harbaugh presented players on the University of Michigan football team with an opportunity, putting them a compelling essay away from being close enough to possibly shake the hand of Pope Francis at the Vatican. Salim Makki and Grant Newsome were the chosen ...

New York gets good, bad news on same day

The Associated Press NEW YORK — The New York Mets have shifted third baseman David Wright to the 60-day disabled list, further delaying his return following neck surgery. The Mets made a series of roster moves before playing Philadelphia on Thursday night. The 34-year-old Wright played ...

Familiar face back with Irish

The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Tommy Rees keeps a low profile in his second stint at Notre Dame. Early to bed, early to rise and mostly work in between. It is not the life of a typical 24-year-old, but the former Fighting Irish quarterback has already lived in the spotlight in ...

Jeter thinking MLB ownership

MIAMI — Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush have formed a team in their attempt to buy a team. The former New York Yankees star and former Florida governor have joined forces in their pursuit of the Miami Marlins, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday. The person confirmed the ...

Wiz, Rockets both up 2-0

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In a rough-and-tumble, foul-filled game, Bradley Beal took over in the fourth quarter with 16 of his 31 points, including a key late 3-pointer, helping the Washington Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks 109-101 on Wednesday night for a 2-0 lead in their Eastern ...

No. 1 seed in danger at Chicago

The Associated Press CHICAGO — For a team that bickered and barely made the playoffs, the Chicago Bulls are the early surprise of this postseason. They hold a stunning 2-0 lead over the top-seeded Celtics as the series shifts to Chicago for Game 3 on Friday night. “The credit through ...

Good day for Kenyans, Americans

The Associate Press BOSTON — The Kenyans are back in Boston after a relative lull that saw them shut out in the world’s most prestigious marathon twice in the past three years. More surprisingly, so are the Americans. Geoffrey Kirui won the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday, pulling ...