National Sports

Masters week perfect to forget troubles

AUSTIN, Texas — The Masters can’t get here soon enough. Not because Tiger Woods is only six months removed from a victory in Georgia (East Lake) as he tries to end 11 years without a major and 14 years since he last won a green jacket. Or because Rory McIlroy won The Players Championship, ...

Yanks’ injury list keeps growing

NEW YORK — Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar joined the Yankees’ lengthy injured list, putting nearly half of New York’s starting lineup on the sidelines just three games into the season. Stanton strained his left biceps fouling off a 3-1 fastball from Baltimore’s Dylan Bundy in ...

Guards Culver, Mooney take far different paths

Hometown standout Jarrett Culver was the first recruit Chris Beard reached out to when he got to Lubbock as Texas Tech’s head coach three years ago. Then, when the Red Raiders were coming off their first NCAA Elite Eight appearance last season and had to replace a senior All-Big 12 point ...

Tillman forced to grow up fast

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Xavier Tillman has had to grow up fast on and off the basketball court. The Michigan State forward was forced to transform from being a role-playing reserve to a key starter late in the regular season when Nick Ward broke his left hand. Tillman became a father as a ...

Bears, Irish reach Final 4

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Maybe someone at the Final Four will actually give Baylor a game. Four rounds into the NCAA Tournament, and the Bears have barely faced any resistance. Baylor cruised to its first Final Four since 2012 with its latest bracket blowout, this one an 85-53 rout of Iowa on ...

Izzo, 3 first-time coaches featured

Tom Izzo drew up the perfect play at the perfect moment, sending Michigan State past mighty Duke for a spot in the Final Four. The trip is always emotional, but Izzo has done it before. This will be his eighth Final Four and a chance for a second national championship. The other three Final ...

Spartans oust Duke, Zion Williamson

WASHINGTON — Cassius Winston missed an open jump shot but was right there for the rebound. Without hesitating, he stepped back and swished a 3-pointer. “Now is not the time to doubt yourself,” Winston said. “Now’s not the time to shy away from those big moments.” The biggest ...

Hamlin overcomes adversity

FORT WORTH, Texas — Denny Hamlin had such a fast car at Texas Motor Speedway that he was able to win even after two penalties on pit road and some other issues during green flag conditions. While Hamlin was reviewing all that happened, crew chief Chris Gabehart leaned forward and said, “I ...

Plenty of feel-good stories among finalists

Tom Izzo drew up the perfect play at the perfect moment, sending Michigan State past mighty Duke for a spot in the Final Four. The trip is always emotional, but Izzo has done it before. This will be his eighth Final Four and a chance for a second national championship. The other three Final ...

Auburn survives with OT victory

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The confetti was still swirling around Auburn coach Bruce Pearl when he gazed over a team headed to the first Final Four in school history and declared, “This one was for Chuma!” “The next two,” Pearl added with a triumphant grin, “are for Auburn.” Drawing ...

Bogaerts, Boston agree to new deal

BOSTON — Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has agreed to terms on a new contract that would keep him in Boston through 2025 and guarantee him $132 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday night. Bogaerts will earn $12 million this year under the ...

Virginia survives, reaches Final 4

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — From embarrassment to exhilaration. From early exit to regional champ. From bracket busters to net cutters. Virginia, the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 seed a year ago, survived overtime and Carson Edwards’ staggering 3-point show Saturday night to make it to the ...

Woods finally meets match in Bjerregaard

AUSTIN, Texas — Tiger Woods finally met his match Saturday, and it wasn’t Rory McIlroy. Lucas Bjerregaard delivered the clutch shots so often seen from Woods to tie the match on the 16th hole and beat him on the 18th hole in a shocking conclusion when Woods missed a 4-foot putt. The ...

Johnson in need of a win

FORT WORTH, Texas — Maybe Jimmie Johnson can do something old at Texas, and get back into Victory Lane. “I think the term ‘new’ is the thing that has hurt us the most this year. We know and acknowledge that what we were trying last year didn’t work,” Johnson said. “Us trying new ...

Leclerc gets first pole at Bahrain GP

SAKHIR, Bahrain — Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc confirmed he is a driver to be reckoned with by taking his first career pole position at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday. Leclerc topped all three sections of qualifying, having already been quickest in two of the three practice ...

Utility roles more important today

LAKELAND, Fla. — In his rookie season with the Detroit Tigers, Niko Goodrum spent time at first base, second base, third base, shortstop and both corner outfield spots. The next logical step was to try him in center field, and manager Ron Gardenhire did just that during spring training this ...

Texas Tech headed to Final Four

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Texas Tech is heading to its first Final Four thanks to a kid from Italy who made the big shots and a defense that refuses to rest. Davide Moretti opened up a late lead with the two most important 3-pointers of his life, Tariq Owens came up with a big rejection and the Red ...

Notre Dame women heading to Elite Eight

The Associated Press CHICAGO — Arike Ogunbowale scored a career-high 34 points, Jessica Shepard added 24 points and 14 rebounds, and defending national champion Notre Dame beat Texas A&M in the Sweet 16 for the second straight year, 87-80 on Saturday. Ogunbowale scored 12 in the final ...

ACL tear ends Auburn star’s season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Auburn coach Bruce Pearl knew the moment sophomore forward Chuma Okeke landed on the floor, his left knee having buckled at a gruesome angle, that something serious had happened. Pearl learned the extent of the damage Saturday. An MRI exam revealed that Okeke tore his ...

Wood’s big run sends him into weekend with McIlroy

AUSTIN, Texas — Tiger Woods sent fans into a frenzy Friday with a sublime stretch of golf that left them wanting more at the Dell Technologies Match Play. And that’s what they’ll get. Woods won four straight holes with three birdies and an 83-yard lob wedge that spun back into the ...