National Sports

Big prize still awaits Ovechkin

By Fred Goodall The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin is closer than ever to playing for the Stanley Cup, and he’s determined to make the most of the opportunity. “I’ve never been in this position before,” he said Tuesday, looking ahead to ...

Strategic move gets Vegas into Cup finals

The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — George McPhee’s endgame has always been about making the Golden Knights contenders. Strategic moves to keep winning. The veteran general manager has ridden his savvy all the way to the Stanley Cup Final, a stirring run by the first-year franchise and ...

MLB trying to attract younger fans

The Associated Press NEW YORK — MLB and USA Baseball are promoting a modified version of youth baseball with fewer innings, batters and pitches to pick up the pace. Hit and Run Baseball is part of the MLB’s Play Ball initiative announced Tuesday. Hall of Famer and special adviser Cal ...

LeBron fires in 44 points

CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and helped the Cleveland Cavaliers even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 on Monday night with a 111-102 victory over the Boston Celtics, who are looking forward to getting home. Pushed by a ...

Capitals force Game 7 in East

WASHINGTON — T.J. Oshie and Devante Smith-Pelly scored, Braden Holtby stopped all 24 shots he faced and the Washington Capitals beat up the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 Monday night to even the Eastern Conference final and force a deciding Game 7. Alex Ovechkin, Tom Wilson and Brooks Orpik led ...

US Open has new way of presenting old courses

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — If the U.S. Open was suffering from an identity crisis, then a return to Shinnecock Hills should cure that. But only to a point. Jack Nicklaus was the strongest voice of concern a year ago, and it was easy to see why. The U.S. Open went to two modern courses in three ...

Curry helps give Warriors 2-1 lead

The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry got his groove back to score 35 points with five 3-pointers, shooting over James Harden and driving past the Houston star as the Golden State Warriors made a second-half statement to beat the Rockets 126-85 on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead ...

Vegas’ historic Cup run continues

The Associated Press WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Vegas Golden Knights are going to the Stanley Cup Final — with a chip on their shoulder. “Everybody on this team has something to prove,” Ryan Reaves said. “We call ourselves ‘The Golden Misfits’ for a reason. We’re doing a good ...

Hinchcliffe most likely to skip Indy race

The Associated Press James Hinchcliffe watched the final day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying in street clothes, refusing to lobby for someone to give him their ride for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Hinchcliffe was bumped from the field of 33 in the first round of qualifying, and ...

NASCAR at least trying to fix its all-star format

The Associated Press CONCORD, N.C. — Something had to be done to NASCAR’s annual All-Star race, which had stopped being special years ago. A bunch of drivers circled around Charlotte Motor Speedway in cars too difficult to pass for the lead, so whoever had the clean air raced to an easy ...

Sports at a glance

Billy Cannon dead at 80 BATON ROUGE, La. — Billy Cannon, the gifted running back who won the Heisman Trophy for LSU in 1959 with a memorable Halloween night punt return touchdown against Mississippi, died Sunday. He was 80. LSU said Cannon, the school’s only Heisman winner, died at his ...

Belmont will test Justify

The Associated Press BALTIMORE — Justify keeps showing something new each time he races. In the Kentucky Derby, he showed he could run in the mud in a crowded, 20-horse field. In the Preakness, he showed he could withstand the challenge of a top rival pressing him early and hold off ...

Wise guy gets first Tour win

The Associated Press DALLAS — Aaron Wise cruised to his first PGA Tour victory Sunday, shattering the AT&T Byron Nelson record at 23 under on a new course in a race to finish before nightfall after a four-hour rain delay. The 21-year-old rookie shot a 6-under 65 to beat Marc Leishman ...

With no Cup, young roster is put together

The Associated Press CHICAGO — With no World Cup to prepare for, the United States announced a roster devoid of the veterans who failed to qualify for this year’s tournament and filled with youth who could take the field 4¢ years from now in Qatar. Midfielder Julian Green returns to ...

Dodgers’ pitching staff taking hits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rich Hill went back on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ disabled list, a day after a blister burst on his left middle finger, and ace Clayton Kershaw threw a bullpen session for the first time since getting hurt. Hill lasted just two pitches when he started the second game of a ...

Justify survives sloppy track, fog in down-to-the-wire finish

The Associated Press BALTIMORE — Justify rounded the final turn and hit the top of the stretch winded but with the lead. The roar from the crowd was delayed, hushed by the thick fog that enveloped the track. When Justify emerged from the haze in view of the grandstand, trainer Bob Baffert ...

Sports at a glance

Rookie shares Nelson lead DALLAS — Aaron Wise shot a 3-under 68 in much windier conditions Saturday on the new Trinity Forest course, pulling even with Marc Leishman for the third-round lead at the AT&T Byron Nelson. The 21-year-old PGA Tour rookie had consecutive birdies on Nos. 16 ...

Justify draws 7 post

BALTIMORE — Having the Preakness favorite has never bothered Bob Baffert before and it doesn’t bother him with Justify. Coming off an impressive victory in the Kentucky Derby , Justify is the 1-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s second race in a field of eight horses. Derby ...

Giants’ ace gets first work since injury

The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner threw off a mound for the first time since surgery in March to have three pins inserted into the broken pinkie on his pitching hand. Bumgarner threw 20 fastballs Monday to take another step in his comeback ...

NFL asks for help on gambling decision

The Associated Press The NFL wants Congress to enact a framework for legalized sports betting in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that clears the way for more states to allow sports gambling. Supreme Court justices voted 6-3 on Monday to strike down a 1992 law that barred most ...