×

National Sports

Sports at a glance

Flyers get rid of Smith statue PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers removed a statue of late singer Kate Smith outside NHL team’s arena Sunday, two days after covering it amid allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of “God Bless America.” “The NHL ...

Celtics moving on following rare four-game sweep

The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Gordon Hayward and Marcus Morris took care of some housecleaning Sunday. They dusted off their 3-point shooting touch in time to help the Boston Celtics complete a clean sweep. Hayward scored 20 points, Morris added 18 and the duo combined for five 3s ...

Capitals can eliminate Hurricanes with victory

The Associated Press Braden Holtby isn’t one for grand pronouncements, so when he was asked if a blowout of the Carolina Hurricanes sent a statement, he put the spotlight inside the Washington Capitals’ locker room. “To ourselves, I think,” Holtby said, “to show that when we play ...

Yankees add another star to IL

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Aaron Judge won’t be back with the New York Yankees anytime soon, a further blow to an injury-decimated team with a mediocre record 31/2 weeks into the season. New York’s biggest offensive threat and the heart of its clubhouse went on the injured list ...

Upon further review, classic film not good

“If you build it, he will come.” Puh-lease. Thirty years after the release of “Field of Dreams,” it’s time for a major reassessment. Sorry, all you folks who view baseball — and this movie — as some sort of timeless metaphor for connecting to your past and ...

Phillies put up 2 shortstops on IL

The Associated Press DENVER — Shortstops Jean Segura and Scott Kingery and reliever Victor Arano were placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday by the Philadelphia Phillies. Right-hander Drew Anderson, Lefty Austin Davis and infielder Mitch Walding were recalled from Triple-A Lehigh ...

Fightin’ Philly goes up 3-1

NEW YORK — Joel Embiid scored and rebounded. He blocked shots and even threw the most important pass of the game. The only thing he didn’t do is lose his cool after his hard foul triggered a scuffle. After having to sit out the last game, there was no way Embiid was going to risk an ...

Capitals take lead in series

WASHINGTON — Nicklas Backstrom needed five games to match his goal output from the entire 2018 playoffs, and he and Alex Ovechkin have the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals one victory away from the second round. Backstrom had two goals and two assists, Ovechkin had a goal and two ...

Johnson has lead over three

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Dustin Johnson, known for length off the tee, showed off his precise ball-positioning and hot putter Saturday to take the RBC Heritage lead. Johnson shot a 3-under 68 for a one-shot lead over Shane Lowry, Ian Poulter and Rory Sabbatini. The top-ranked Johnson, a ...

Seven Big Ten teams extend QB competition

By Eric Olson The Associated Press The week started with nine of the 14 Big Ten teams coming out of spring practices planning to continue quarterback auditions in August. The number was down to seven by Friday. First-year coach Ryan Day of defending conference champion Ohio State insisted ...

Transfer proposal getting no love

The Associated Press A proposal to require a graduate transfer to count against a team’s scholarship total for two years in football and basketball has been rejected by the NCAA. The Division I Council on Friday voted down a proposal that could have tapped the brakes on the de facto free ...

Raptors top Magic for 2-1 lead

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Toronto Raptors think Pascal Siakam should be selected the NBA’s Most Improved Player. He was their MVP on Friday night. And the East’s No. 2 seed has the home-court edge back again. Siakam had 30 points and 11 rebounds, hitting a floater with 1:33 left to help ...

Tar Heels’ Hatchell resigns after review

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell had built a Hall of Fame career over more than three decades with the Tar Heels, including a national championship and becoming the Atlantic Coast Conference’s all-time winningest coach. That tenure ended with her ...

Lowry holds on to lead after rain-delayed Day 2

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Shane Lowry continued his strong play at the rain-delayed RBC Heritage, moving to 9-under par with two holes left when the second round was suspended Friday because of darkness. Lowry, who opened at Harbour Town Golf Links with a 6-under 65 after a 78-73 flameout ...

Mets without ace for now

The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom is being put on the injured list and returning to New York for an MRI on his elbow after the NL Cy Young Award winner reported a sore right arm. “He came in on the off-day and played a little catch and started feeling it a ...

Early exits show playoff differences

Scotty Bowman had already coached six teams to the Stanley Cup championship when his high-powered Detroit Red Wings that won 12 of their first 14 playoff games couldn’t get the puck away from the New Jersey Devils and got swept in the 1995 final. “They just shut us right down,” Bowman ...

Simmons scores 31 as 76ers pull ahead

NEW YORK — Ben Simmons scored a career playoff-high 31 points, Tobias Harris added 29 points and 16 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers shook off the absence of Joel Embiid to beat the Brooklyn Nets 131-115 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the first-round series. Without their All-Star ...

Tracks to ban race-day use of anti-bleeding meds

ARCADIA, Calif. — All three hosts of the Triple Crown were among several major tracks that agreed Thursday to phase out the use of a common anti-bleeding medication starting next year, sparked by the deaths of 23 horses in three months at Santa Anita. Starting in 2020, 2-year-old horses ...

Are Red Sox in trouble?

On deck Tonight: San Fracisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Giants RHP Madison Baumgarner (1-2) vs. Pirates RHP Jordan Lyles (1-0) Records: Giants (8-12); Pirates (10-6) TV: AT&T Sports Network The Associated Press A look at what’s happening around ...

Yankees’ ace, medical staff at odds over timing of injury

The Associated Press NEW YORK — New York Yankees ace Luis Severino says he hurt his lat muscle warming up before his first scheduled spring training start March 5, though New York’s medical staff did not diagnose the injury until April. When Severino first got hurt, the Yankees said the ...