National Sports

Justify installed as early 3-1 favorite

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bob Baffert had no chance to fret over the Kentucky Derby draw. By the time the Hall of Fame trainer managed to get into Churchill Downs, the process was halfway done and Justify had landed in the No. 7 post on Tuesday. “We didn’t want the 1-hole, that’s for ...

James propels Cavs in Game 1 victory

TORONTO — LeBron James had 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, J.R. Smith scored 20 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors, 113-112, in overtime on Tuesday night to win Game 1 of their second-round playoff series. Kyle Korver scored 19 points, including the go-ahead ...

Late tying goals don’t always lead to OT wins

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Desperation turns to jubilation in the NHL playoffs when a trailing team manages to score the tying goal late in regulation to force overtime. That sudden change of emotions would figure to fuel a team’s momentum in overtime. But that’s not always the case, as ...

Hitters whiffing at higher rates

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Strikeouts exceeded hits during a full calendar month for the first time in the Major League Baseball history. There were 6,656 strikeouts and 6,360 hits in a cold and wet April, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Baseball has increasingly become a ...

Pirates put Kingham into rotation

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Pittsburgh Pirates rookie Nick Kingham’s nearly perfect debut has earned him at least one more start in the majors. Kingham took a perfect game into the seventh inning of his first big league start, retiring the first 20 batters in Pittsburgh’s 5-0 ...

All eyes will be on Patrick

Sebastien Bourdais was back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday. So was Helio Castroneves, who returned to his home away from home to re-acclimate to an Indy car. But the show really begins today when Danica Patrick’s farewell tour returns to her biggest stage. The world’s most ...

Sports at a glance

Rozier, Tatum power Celtics BOSTON — Terry Rozier scored 29 points, and first-year Celtics forward Jayson Tatum scored 28 to outplay redshirt rookie Ben Simmons and lead the Boston Celtics to a 117-101 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night. With much of ...

Predators outlast Jets in 2OT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kevin Fiala scored 5:37 into double overtime, and the Nashville Predators beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 on Sunday night in Game 2 to even the Western Conference semifinal series. The Presidents’ Trophy winners had the NHL’s best road record during the regular season, but ...

Logano snaps long losing streak

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Joey Logano won at Talladega Superspeedway to end a nearly year-long losing streak. Logano’s last victory was April 30 of last year at Richmond but his car failed inspection, the benefits from the victory were stripped and it cost him a shot in the playoffs. On Sunday, ...

Cavs survive, will play Raptors

CLEVELAND — LeBron James wasn’t ready to go home or to Philadelphia or Los Angeles. He’s heading to Toronto, bringing a Cavaliers team that isn’t done yet. Unwilling to sit despite battling leg cramps in the second half, James scored 45 points and got some much-needed help from his ...

Piercy, Horschel claim Zurich Classic

AVONDALE, La. — When Scott Piercy tried to deflect credit to Billy Horschel for their nerve-testing, one-shot victory in the Zurich Classic team event, Horschel grinned and went with it. “I’d like to thank myself for playing well this week,” Horschel began with a laugh. “No, it was ...

Knights, Lightning hoping to rebound

LAS VEGAS — The Tampa Bay Lightning and Vegas Golden Knights were favored to win their second-round matchups. After losses Saturday, the Lightning and Golden Knights will be happy just to reclaim home-ice advantage. Hours after Boston beat Tampa Bay 6-2 to take a 1-0 series lead Saturday, ...

Dodgers outfielder hurts himself after running into wall

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig crashed into a wall chasing a foul ball Saturday and was forced to leave the game because of soreness in his left foot and hip. Puig was hurt during the Dodgers’ 15-6 win over the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a ...

Griffin, who lost hand, drafted in fifth

ARLINGTON, Texas — Shaquem Griffin came back. The crowd loved it. Players in attendance not selected in the first two days of the NFL draft usually head out of town before the fourth through seventh rounds. Griffin, who sat through 100 names being called in the first three rounds, ...

Celtics survive Bucks, will face 76ers

BOSTON — Al Horford and Terry Rozier scored 26 points apiece, and even Giannis Antetokounmpo tipped in a basket for the Celtics on Saturday night to help Boston beat Milwaukee 112-96 in Game 7 of their first-round series and eliminate the Bucks and the Greek Freak from the playoffs. Horford ...

Barkley goes No. 2 to Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants passed on an heir apparent to two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and took a running back that many think is the best to come out of college in decade. The Giants selected Penn State’s Saquon Barkley with the second pick overall, a player many ...

Sports at a glance

SFU spring game tonight LORETTO – The Saint Francis football program will hold its annual spring game tonight at DeGol Field at 6:30 p.m. The two teams will be Team Drayer and Team Duncan. The game will feature four 11-minute quarters. The Red Flash, led by coach Chris Villarrial, went ...

Spieth hoping to continue his recent strong showing

By Brett Martel The Associated Press AVONDALE, La. — Jordan Spieth suspects he could be on the cusp of a banner year. That’s why he’s trying to strike the right balance of fun and focus when he teams up with good friend Ryan Palmer in New Orleans this weekend for the Zurich ...

Family more important to Langer

The Associated Press Bernhard Langer has compiled 36 victories and just over $25 million in earnings on the PGA Tour Champions, and he is a seven-time player of the year. It might help the others if the 60-year-old German takes a week off every now and then. “Sometimes they say, ‘Why ...