National Sports

Cup worth the wait for Trotz

The Associated Press DULLES, Va. — Barry Trotz thought of mentors and friends Jack Button, Tommy Ebright, David Poile and Wayne Fleming when he lifted the Stanley Cup over his head. The Washington coach didn’t think about his future, the same approach he has taken all season and ...

Justify ready for run at Triple Crown history

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Bob Baffert has done everything he can with Justify. Now, it’s up to the undefeated colt and some racing luck to add his name to a revered list of Triple Crown winners. The chestnut colt with the blaze running down his face appears to have rebounded well ...

Busch wins 2nd pole of season

By Noah Trister The Associated Press BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kurt Busch’s impressive qualifying run highlighted a strong day for Ford in Michigan. Busch won his second NASCAR Cup Series pole of the season Friday at Michigan International Speedway, posting a lap of 203.361 mph in his No. 41 ...

Long wait is over for Washington

The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — After 43 seasons, the Washington Capitals are finally sitting on top of hockey. Lars Eller broke a tie with 7:37 to play, and the Capitals raised the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history after a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in ...

Smith at home on Belmont Track

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Walking into Belmont Park is like old home week for Mike Smith. The jockey knows the vast track with its sweeping turns like the back of his hand. Fans who remember him from his successful years riding the New York circuit will hoot and holler. Smith ...

Stephens in a lot better place in Paris this year

The Associated Press PARIS — When the French Open final was played a year ago, Sloane Stephens was nowhere near Roland Garros. She was in Chicago with coach Kamau Murray, working her way back from a foot injury that required surgery and sidelined her for 11 months. “Indoors on a hard ...

Nadal finds himself in the finals once again

The Associated Press PARIS — Under pressure at the outset, Rafael Nadal already had cast aside three break points in his French Open semifinal’s third game when, at 4-all, Juan Martin del Potro held another three. If Nadal’s march toward an 11th championship at Roland Garros was going ...

Woods lined up with top 2 golfers

The Associated Press Tiger Woods will play the opening two rounds of the U.S. Open with Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson, which feels like a grouping of Nos. 1-2-3 in the world ranking. Except that Woods is No. 80. The USGA released its tee times Thursday for the U.S. Open next week at ...

Warriors try to finish it

CLEVELAND — By Golden State standards, this season was downright bumpy. The Warriors won only 58 regular-season games, by far their fewest in this four-year run of excellence. They went 7-10 in their final 17 games of the regular season. Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay ...

Sports at a glance

Shepherd joining PSAC LOCK HAVEN —- The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference announced Thursday that Shepherd University has been admitted to the Conference for full-time membership, following a vote of approval by the PSAC Board of Directors on May 31. Shepherd will officially ...

Justify arrives, ready for Triple Crown bid

NEW YORK — Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify arrived in New York on Wednesday ahead of this weekend’s Belmont Stakes, in which the colt will try to sweep the Triple Crown. Justify traveled smoothly to Belmont Park via a flight from Louisville, Kentucky, and a van ride from an ...

Sports at a glance

Schoendienst dies at 95 ST. LOUIS — Red Schoendienst, the Hall of Fame second baseman who managed the St. Louis Cardinals to two pennants and a World Series championship in the 1960s, died Wednesday. He was 95. A 10-time All-Star with the Cardinals, Giants and Braves, with a career ...

Baseball bloodlines celebrated on second day

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Little Rocket led off Day 2 of the Major League Baseball draft. The Detroit Tigers took Texas second baseman Kody Clemens, the youngest son of seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens, with the opening pick of the third round — No. 79 overall — as the ...

Vegas sticking with Fleury in goal

Gerard Gallant didn’t consider pulling Marc-Andre Fleury as another game and perhaps the Vegas Golden Knights’ Stanley Cup hopes slipped away. The struggles and another pile of Washington Capitals goals are on the entire team. Gallant couldn’t pull all his players at once. “There ...

LeBron, Cavaliers facing must-win game

By Tom Withers The Associated Press CLEVELAND — LeBron James laughed as he came around the backstage partition after arriving fashionably late for his crowded, post-practice news conference. As he stepped onto the podium, back among friendly faces and in the building where he has done ...

Steelers place OL Hawkins, TE McGee on IR

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins and tight end Jake McGee on injured reserve after they were hurt during organized team activities last week. Both players are out for the 2018 season. The Steelers announced the moves on Tuesday. The team said ...

Djokovic ousted in quarterfinals

PARIS — It was difficult to discern which was less likely: that 12-time major champion Novak Djokovic would falter in his French Open quarterfinal or that Marco Cecchinato, who never won a Grand Slam match until last week and once faced a possible ban for losing on purpose, would rise to the ...

Memphis star power lacking

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Adam Scott and Russell Knox were among those who made it through 36 holes of U.S. Open qualifying. The next order of business was to call the FedEx St. Jude classic and express their regrets. Perhaps no alternate list is more volatile than the PGA Tour event the week of ...

Plenty of drama comes with site

MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin’s Russia was always going to be a controversial host, but few could have imagined the turbulent situation that greets the 2018 World Cup. The annexation of Crimea, alleged U.S. election interference, the war in Syria and a poisoned spy in Britain are just a few of ...

Auburn pitcher picked first

The Associated Press SECAUCUS, N.J. — Casey Mize went from undrafted three years ago all the way to No. 1. The Detroit Tigers selected the Auburn right-hander with the first pick in the Major League Baseball draft Monday night. The announcement at MLB Network studios marked the second ...