National Sports

Woods part of logjam at top

The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods made the largest logjam in Masters history look even bigger by making Augusta National sound as loud as ever. Even on a Friday, in the rain. Golf’s best worked their way to the top of the leaderboard at a Masters pregnant with ...

LeBron-less postseason set to begin

The Associated Press There’s no LeBron James in these playoffs, so the NBA Finals will have a distinctly new look for the first time in nine years. There’s no Tony Parker, for the first time in nearly two decades. There’s no Dwyane Wade, and he’ll never play a playoff game ...

Top players in nation receive awards for 18-19

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Zion Williamson of Duke insisted he doesn’t know if he’s going to declare for the NBA draft and leave Duke early. Then his words seemingly betrayed him. After winning the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s outstanding men’s player at the ...

Hamlin feels at home in Richmond

The Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. — Denny Hamlin would love to think he has an advantage when it comes to racing at Richmond Raceway. The Joe Gibbs Racing star has won three times on the 0.75-mile, D-shaped oval and has been coming to the track for much of his life, even long before the ...

Donald makes generous donation to Pitt program

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Aaron Donald’s career at Pittsburgh provided the foundation that turned the Los Angeles Rams defensive linemen into a star. Now he’s giving back to his alma mater. The school announced Friday that Donald is making a seven-figure donation to the Pitt ...

Duo give opening day some pizazz with first-round moments

The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — Bryson DeChambeau believes science was at work late in the afternoon at Augusta National, creating a force in the atmosphere where big roars from great shots filter through the back nine. An easier description: Another exciting finish at the Masters, ...

Caps, Leafs open with wins

WASHINGTON — Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin combined to score three goals on the first eight shots, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals survived a surge from Andrei Svechnikov and the Carolina Hurricanes to win Game 1 of their first-round series 4-2 on Thursday ...

Philly gets All-Star game in 2026

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Baseball’s 2026 All-Star Game will be played in Philadelphia to mark the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, a person familiar with the planning told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because no ...

LeBron not in Warriors’ way

The Associated Press The Golden State Warriors are set to begin their quest for a third straight title, and this time it’s up to someone else to try to stop them. With LeBron James gone to the West and this year gone entirely from the postseason, the Eastern Conference headquarters for ...

Three coaches not coming back

The Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings fired coach Dave Joerger after three losing seasons. The team announced the decision Thursday, one day after finishing its 13th straight losing season — the NBA’s longest active playoff drought. General manager Vlade ...

Can Tiger Woods still win the Masters at age 43?

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods had the putting green pretty much to himself as storms approached Augusta National on Monday. As a handful of fans lingered to watch, he stroked the 5-footers that always seemed to go in during his prime. It’s been 14 years since enough went in to win on the ...

Yes Virginia …

The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Now that, Virginia, is the way to close out a season. Led by De’Andre Hunter and his NBA-ready game, the Cavaliers turned themselves into national champions Monday night, holding off tenacious, ferocious Texas Tech for an 85-77 overtime win — a ...

Orioles’ slugger sets record for futility

BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Davis went 0 for 5 to set a major league record for the longest hitless streak by a position player, extending his drought to 49 consecutive at-bats in the Baltimore Orioles’ 12-4 rout of the Oakland Athletics on Monday night. Davis hit three flyballs before ...

Gibbs needs to find a seat in the big leagues for Bell

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Joe Gibbs has too many winning drivers in his organization. It is a good problem to have, but one that has led to increased speculation about his plans to juggle all his talent. The Gibbs organization swept Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend as Christopher Bell won the ...

Playoff picture comes into focus

Finally, a lot of clarity. On Sunday, two of the remaining three spots got grabbed. Three more seeds were locked in, as was the first official matchup for when the playoffs start this weekend. Orlando, in for the first time since 2012. Brooklyn, in for the first time since ...

First-timers Tech, Virginia set to square off

The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — For Virginia and Texas Tech, doing something that had never been done before took hard work, dedication, determination — and vision. The Cavaliers and Red Raiders meet in the NCAA Tournament championship game tonight. Neither program has ever been this ...

Baylor loses star, but captures title

The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — Baylor lost a star player, then the rest of its 17-point lead. But the Lady Bears, led by the ever-poised Chloe Jackson, kept their composure. Jackson drove for a tiebreaking layup with 3.9 seconds left, and that put the game into the hands of another ...

Sports at a glance

Mustangs win consy game JOHNSTOWN – Portage broke open a close game with a six-run seventh inning to win the consolation game of the Gene Schultz Memorial Tournament, 8-1 over Westmont Hilltop at Point Stadium Sunday afternoon in high school baseball action. Connor Price led the Mustangs ...

Kyle defeats Kurt in battle of Busches

The Associated Press BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kyle Busch was in the race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, so of course, he won. Busch grabbed his third Cup win of the season, eighth overall at Bristol, and 10th this year spanning all three of NASCAR’s national series. He beat his older ...

Cavs win on crazy ending to game

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — From one-and-done to NCAA Tournament miracle men, Virginia will play in the national championship game for the first time after pulling off another last-second stunner on a disputed foul with 0.6 seconds left. Kyle Guy made three free ...