National Sports

Belmont will end Triple Crown saga

The Associated Press NEW YORK — There’s been a buzz about thoroughbred racing since the Kentucky Derby and it just might increase when the “What if?” Triple Crown comes to an end with the Belmont Stakes. Think about it. What if Maximum Security, the first colt across the finish ...

Keuchel itching to join new team

The Associated Press MIAMI — Left-hander Dallas Keuchel says he doesn’t expect to need much time tuning up in the minors before he joins his new team, the Atlanta Braves. The team confirmed Friday night that the 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner had agreed to a one-year ...

Blues get win with chance to clinch

BOSTON — Jordan Binnington stopped 38 shots, and Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron scored for St. Louis on Thursday night to give the Blues a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins and a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. The Blues have won two straight since a 7-2 loss at home and return to St. ...

Klay set to play Game 4

OAKLAND, Calif. — Everyone knows about Klay Thompson’s ability to get dangerously hot in a hurry on offense. His stingy defense might just be the thing that matters most when he returns for the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals tonight with his team trailing Toronto ...

Warriors investor banned for shove

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors’ investor who shoved Toronto guard Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the NBA Finals won’t attend any more games in the series. The Warriors said Thursday that they and investor Mark Stevens, who is listed in the team’s media guide as a member of ...

Anisimova, 17, tops 2018 French Open champ in quarters

PARIS — Amanda Anisimova smacked one last backhand winner to complete her upset of defending champion Simona Halep in the French Open quarterfinals, flung her racket and covered her mouth with both hands. Eyes wide, Anisimova then spread her arms with palms up and said, “What?!” In a ...

Rookie Rockies pitcher beats Cubs in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Peter Lambert allowed four hits over seven innings and struck out nine to win his major league debut, helping the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Thursday. A 22-year-old right-hander selected in the second round with the 44th overall pick of the 2015 amateur ...

In control Bradley has lead

The Associated Press ANCASTER, Ontario — Keegan Bradley had a 7-under 63 for a one-shot lead after the first round of the RBC Canadian Open on Thursday. “Today I was in complete control of my ball,” Bradley said. “Then when you couple that with feeling good on the greens, that’s ...

Sports at a glance

PSU hoops to get Wake Forest UNIVERSITY PARK – The Penn State men’s basketball team will host Wake Forest on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the 21st annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The meeting in the Bryce Jordan Center will be the teams’ first as Challenge opponents and the first since a ...

Raptors take care of wounded Warriors

The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. — Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Kyle Lowry kept finding answers for every big shot by Stephen Curry and the beat-up Warriors, and the Toronto Raptors grabbed a pivotal road win in the NBA Finals by beating Golden State 123-109 on Wednesday night for a ...

Blues winning battle of attrition

BOSTON — Twice the Boston Bruins have been forced to finish a Stanley Cup Final game down a defenseman. The St. Louis Blues won each time. That’s not a coincidence. Wearing out opponents and winning the war of attrition has been an ingredient of the Blues’ playoff success. They took ...

Dunn upped game after 2015 cut

LONDON — Crystal Dunn was among the last cuts from the U.S. national team roster for the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada. That just made her all the more determined to get to France. Dunn is expected to start for the defending champions, one of 24 teams competing in this year’s ...

Weather washes out French Open schedule

PARIS — The second full-day washout at the French Open since 2000 made a mess of the schedule Wednesday and raised the possibility that the Grand Slam tournament will not finish on time. Tournament director Guy Forget said there is a chance that the women’s singles final could be delayed ...

Ex-USC coach avoids prison sentence after plea

NEW YORK — A former assistant basketball coach for the University of Southern California dropped his head in relief Wednesday when a judge announced he won’t go to prison for accepting a bribe to steer young athletes to a particular manager. Tony Bland was sentenced to 100 hours of ...

Redskins’ tackle not thrilled with trainers

The Associated Press ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams skipped the opening day of the team’s mandatory minicamp reportedly over contract concerns. The reason for his absence reportedly shifted to a medical-based issue by Wednesday’s second day of ...

Jockey is hoping to shine at Belmont

The Associated Press Tyler Gaffalione seems poised to add his name to the list of all-time great jockeys in horse racing that includes Ron Turcotte, Jerry Bailey, Gary Stevens, John Velazquez and Mike Smith. While there may not be a specific moment when people in horse racing realized those ...

Johnson skeptical of title defense

ANCASTER, Ontario — A couple of key changes have stacked the odds against Dustin Johnson as he tries to defend his RBC Canadian Open title. The No. 2 player in the world pulled away from the field after a nearly two-hour rain delay to win his first Canadian Open last year, firing 6-under 66 ...

Jays draft son of Halladay

The Associated Press NEW YORK — This one was for Doc. Toronto selected Florida high school pitcher Braden Halladay , a son of the late Roy Halladay, in the 32nd round of the Major League Baseball draft Wednesday — the round matching his father’s Blue Jays uniform number. The younger ...

Yankees’ star close to returning

The Associated Press TORONTO — Slugger Aaron Judge could return to the New York Yankees by the time the New York plays Boston in London on June 29 and 30, and reliever Dellin Betances felt good after facing hitters for the first time in almost three months. Judge, out since April 21 ...

Federer to face Nadal for finals spot

PARIS — Roger Federer knew when he returned to the French Open that, if things went exceedingly well, he eventually would find himself face-to-face with Rafael Nadal. Here we go. Just like old times. Federer put away Stan Wawrinka after a 75-minute rain delay Tuesday, converting a break ...