National Sports

76ers head into weekend on top

PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid refused to get tripped up back home in the postseason, scoring 33 points and playing to the “MVP!” chants to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 116-95 victory over Toronto Raptors on Thursday night. Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference ...

Game Winner now the favorite

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The new favorite enters the Kentucky Derby seeking his first win of 2019 and tops several contenders on modest winning streaks that could factor large in the sport’s marquee race. Game Winner is now the favorite to win Saturday after Omaha Beach was scratched. He has ...

Bruins knot series at 2-2

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Tuukka Rask stopped 39 shots and the Boston Bruins got some much-needed production from their top-liners in a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night that evened their Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games apiece. Patrice Bergeron had two goals, ...

McIlroy scores well and shares lead at Quail Hollow

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rory McIlroy looked every bit like a player who has won twice at the Wells Fargo Championship. He just didn’t feel like one. Twice when he was out of position off the tee, he managed to make birdies. He missed a 4-foot birdie putt after his most amazing recovery of ...

Sports betting hits legal snag in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Republican activist is suing over sports betting in Rhode Island, saying the state should have sought voter approval before legalizing and launching it. Daniel Harrop said Thursday sports betting should stop pending a statewide referendum. Former Rhode Island Republican ...

Mets pitcher makes history in victory

On deck Tonight: Oakland Athletics at Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: A’s LHP Brett Anderson (3-2) vs. Pirates RHP Joe Musgrove (1-2) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press NEW YORK — Noah Syndergaard became the first pitcher in 36 years to homer and throw a ...

Lawyer for Chiefs star disputes abuse claim

The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The attorney for Tyreek Hill sent a letter to the NFL on Thursday disputing child-abuse claims made by the wide receiver’s fiancee, offering a point-by-point response to a secret recording of the couple that was made public last week. In the ...

Derby favorite scratched from race

By Beth Harris The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Suddenly, the Kentucky Derby is wide open. Favorite Omaha Beach was scratched because of a breathing problem Wednesday night, leaving a pair of Hall of Famers on the sideline — trainer Richard Mandella and jockey Mike ...

Defendant denies bribing coaches

NEW YORK — A former aspiring business manager for NBA players took the witness stand at a college basketball bribery trial Wednesday to deny charges that he paid off coaches at major programs to get their help in landing clients with potential for lucrative pro contracts. “I never paid a ...

Judge orders Pats owner to appear in court

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Attorneys for Robert Kraft wound down a three-day hearing Wednesday by arguing surveillance video capturing the New England Patriots owner inside a Florida massage spa should be suppressed in his prostitution case because a warrant allowing it should never have been ...

Hurricanes take 3-0 lead

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sebastian Aho set up Justin Williams’ go-ahead goal with 9:45 remaining, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Wednesday night to take a 3-0 lead in their second-round series. Teuvo Teravainen had two goals, including an empty-netter with 57.1 ...

Blazers tie series at 1-1

DENVER — CJ McCollum scored 20 points, picking up the slack with backcourt mate Damian Lillard struggling, and the Portland Trail Blazers turned back the Denver Nuggets 97-90 Wednesday night to even their playoff series at 1-1. The Trail Blazers led by 15 at halftime, 17 in the third ...

Giants’ double-A prospect suspended

The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Giants pitching prospect Logan Webb has been suspended 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The commissioner’s office on Wednesday announced the punishment without pay for the Double-A pitcher. The ...

Favorite starting at No. 12

Omaha Beach odds are 4-1 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Knowing their favored horses won’t start the Kentucky Derby on the rail left Richard Mandella and Bob Baffert more relieved than happy. What matters for the Hall of Fame trainers is turning workable starting spots into victory — and a ...

A month leaves little time to prepare

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Masters in his rearview mirror, Justin Rose is excited about what he calls the next stage of the golf year. Except in this case, objects might be closer than they appear. Because while the next major is in two weeks, the first one ended only two weeks ago. Still fresh ...

Bucks blow past Celtics in Game 2

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokoumpo had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Khris Middleton made seven of Milwaukee’s 20 3-pointers, and the Bucks beat the Boston Celtics 123-102 on Tuesday night to even their second-round playoff series at a game apiece. Antetokoumpo bounced back from a sub-par ...

Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets impressive

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sergei Bobrovsky kept up his impressive postseason play, making 36 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Boone Jenner and Matt Duchene scored for the Blue Jackets, who ...

Steelers officially put Shazier on IL

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Injured Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier will miss a second straight season while recovering from spinal surgery. The team placed Shazier on the physically unable to perform list on Monday, allowing him more time to continue his rehabilitation ...

Experts try to look past Santa Anita

The Associated Press Linda Gaudet can’t watch the replays. Even after 47 years in horse racing, she turns away from any video showing one of the 23 fatalities over three months at Santa Anita Park. “It was just devastating,” Gaudet said. “I still can’t stomach it.” Neither ...

Police: NFL draft pick in wrong place at the wrong time

The Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two Washburn University football players who were shot outside of an off-campus house party hours after one of them was drafted by the New York Giants were “in the wrong place at the wrong time,” authorities said Monday. The shooting early ...