National Sports

LEADING OFF: Bruising Nats host battered Mets, Cubs-Red Sox

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ WASHINGTON CAPITALIZES Trea Turner and the Nationals clubbed their way through Coors Field this week, scoring 11 or more runs in three straight games for the first time since they were the Montreal Expos in ...

2nd-day draft steals? Cook, Lamp could go early; Mixon, too

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The last two players to be selected with the first pick of the second round of the NFL draft were New York Giants star safety Landon Collins in 2015 and Cleveland Browns promising pass rusher Emmanuel Ogbah last year. The point being there is ...

Spurs advance: San Antonio beats Grizzlies 103-96 in Game 6

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs wanted no part of playing a seventh game against the Grizzlies, not with the Houston Rockets looming in the next round. Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, and the Spurs advanced to the Western Conference ...

Tanaka outduels Sale and Yankees beat Red Sox 3-0

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — New York Yankees starters failed to record a complete game in all of 2016 — the first time in franchise history that's happened. Masahiro Tanaka ended that slump this season before April was up. Tanaka pitched a three-hitter to outduel Chris ...

Top-seeded Celtics headline trio of elimination games

By KAREEM COPELAND, AP Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The top-seeded Boston Celtics are back from the brink of disaster. They have dug themselves out of an 0-2 hole against the Chicago Bulls to take the lead in the series. A victory Friday would be the first time the franchise with 17 ...

LEADING OFF: Sale vs Yanks; Thor vs Dickey; injuries pile up

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ LOFTY NUMBERS Chris Sale (1-1, 0.91 ERA) brings his impressive numbers against the Yankees to the mound when the Red Sox host New York in the finale of a series shortened by rain. The lefty is 4-1 with a 1.17 ...

Celtics beat Bulls 108-97, take 3-2 lead in series

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics and Bulls found another thing to argue about after Game 5 of their spirited first-round playoff series: Was Avery Bradley more impressive on offense, or on defense? "Everyone knows he's a good defender. Tonight, he got his ...

Predators beat Blues 4-3 in Game 1 of second-round series

By NATE LATSCH, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — One nifty little flip by Vernon Fiddler provided a big lift for the Nashville Predators on a rough night. Fiddler scored with 5:05 left and P.K. Subban had a goal and two assists, powering Nashville to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues ...

Westbrook does it all to no avail for Thunder

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook made it perfectly clear in his record-setting season that he can do pretty much anything on a basketball court. But he can't do everything. Westbrook's jaw-dropping effort this year included the NBA record for ...

Home, sweet home: Beal, Wall lead Wizards past Hawks, 103-99

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall figured the credit went to the down-the-stretch defense displayed by his Washington Wizards. Neither Dennis Schroder nor coach Mike Budenholzer found any flaws with the way their Atlanta Hawks handled things late. Either way, ...