Professional Sports

Winning matchups could go a long way

A position-by-position look at the matchups in the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers:CenterAndrew Bogut vs. Tristan Thompson. The Warriors turned around the finals last year once they benched Bogut and went small, so who knows how much time he gets now after ...

Prominent performers headed to free agency

Many free agents this year will be looking for a major payday this offseason. The group possibly headed to free agency in July includes some prominent names from this year's NBA playoffs and here are some factors they could consider in making their decisions.Staying putThese players could hit ...

Radwanska, Halep ousted, blame the rain

PARIS - Yes, they actually managed to complete a match on this wettest of weeks at the French Open. Two, even. And both involved surprises: Two of the top half-dozen seeded women lost within minutes of each other, No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 6 Simona Halep.After their fourth-round exits ...

Fernandez wins duel

MIAMI - Gerrit Cole nearly matched Jose Fernandez in a game between two of the top pitchers in the National League.Cole was eventually out-dueled by Fernandez in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 3-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night."He rolled his sleeves up and pitched a heck of a game for ...

Crosby back on top of his game

PITTSBURGH - Sidney Crosby does not have an off switch. If there was one, Patric Hornqvist believes he would have found it by now.Not once over the last two years while playing alongside one of the NHL's most popular players has Hornqvist seen an exasperated sigh, a roll of the eyes or so much ...

Locke stifles Marlins

MIAMI - Jeff Locke had a feeling early in the game he had a chance to do something special.Locke tossed a three-hitter and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins, 10-0, on Monday night."Surprisingly it was in the fourth inning because I can see the pitches and said, 'Well geez, if things ...

Late goal puts Penguins up 1-0 in Finals series

PITTSBURGH - Nick Bonino's main job for the Pittsburgh Penguins is to get to the front of the net and create chaos. The well-bearded forward executed perfectly in his debut in the Stanley Cup Final.Bonino took a pretty feed from the corner by Kris Letang and beat Martin Jones from in close with ...

Truex seeking bigger things after romp

CONCORD, N.C. - Martin Truex Jr. believes big things are ahead, even bigger than his record run at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Truex ruled the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night, leading 588 of 600 miles to set a Sprint Cup record. It was his fourth career victory and first in nearly a year, although ...

IndyCar hoping to carry momentum into future

INDIANAPOLIS - Even before Alexander Rossi sputtered across the finish line to win the Indianapolis 500, race organizers and IndyCar officials were looking to seize the momentum from the historic 100th running of the showcase event.They've put together a new ad campaign, kicked off a ticket ...

Rossi still very American despite European career

INDIANAPOLIS - When Alexander Rossi pulled into victory lane following his upset win in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, he had no idea what he was supposed to do during the traditional celebration.The 24-year-old American knew there was milk involved, but wasn't sure what to do with ...

Warriors earn trip back to Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. - Stephen Curry dribbled every which way and drained yet another 3-pointer in the waning moments, pulled his jersey up into his mouth and yelled to the rafters in triumph once more.A special, record-setting season saved for the defending champs, with a memorable comeback added ...

NFL version of 3-card monte: the Super Bowl scam

ATLANTA - The NFL has its own version of three-card monte.We'll call it the Super Bowl Scam.It goes something like this: Hey, if you'll dole out hundreds of millions of dollars to build a new football stadium, we'll give you a shot at hosting our biggest game and reaping an outlandish economic ...

Final turns into reunion for San Jose D Martin

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Back when the playoffs started nearly seven weeks ago, San Jose Sharks defenseman Paul Martin wondered what it would be like to play his old teammates in Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Final.There were plenty of steps needed before that could happen considering the Sharks had ...

Bettman: No real talks about Olympics

PITTSBURGH - The NHL remains open to continuing to send its players to the Olympics, just so long as it doesn't have foot the bill."Our teams are not interested in paying for the privilege" of Olympic participation, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final ...

Rain washes out matches

PARIS - Not so much the French Open as the French closed.For the first time in 16 years, unrelenting rain Monday washed out a full day of play at the only Grand Slam tennis venue without a retractable roof over its show court, clogging the schedule with unfinished and postponed matches and ...

Logano looks to continue Charlotte success

CONCORD, N.C. - Joey Logano has shown he has a pretty good feel for the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Now the question is whether he can go the distance - 600 miles, that is.Logano looks to complete a "Joey sweep" at CMS at the Coca-Cola 600 tonight after winning last October's 400-mile ...

Hamlin outduels field for Xfinity Series win

CONCORD, N.C. - It looked for a moment as if Kyle Larson would get his revenge on Joey Logano for beating him out last weekend to win the Sprint Cup All-Star race.But then Denny Hamlin - aided by a timely caution flag - powered past.Hamlin passed Larson and Logano in overtime to win the Xfinity ...

Sharks’ stars making first Cup appearance

The Associated PressSAN JOSE, Calif. - Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have been linked ever since they went one-two in the 1997 NHL draft to Boston and San Jose.They became teammates with the Sharks more than a decade ago, won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympics and each had their ...

Darvish’s return a big hit

The Associated PressARLINGTON, Texas - Yu Darvish struck out seven in five strong innings in his first start in the majors in almost 22 months, and the Texas Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Saturday night.The Japanese right-hander allowed three singles with a walk in his return from ...

Cavs eliminate Raptors, advance to title round

TORONTO - LeBron James scored 33 points, Kevin Love had 20 points and 12 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to their second straight NBA Finals by beating the Toronto Raptors 113-87 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday night.It's the third finals appearance in team ...