National Sports

Chacin contains his former team, Brewers beat Rockies 5-2

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — There's nothing like a homer on the first pitch of a game to perk up a dugout. Or pump up a pitcher. Lorenzo Cain homered to start things off, Jhoulys Chacin kept his former team in check into the sixth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the ...

Vegas next in Western final after Jets stun Preds in Game 7

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Winnipeg Jets are headed to the first Western Conference final in their short history after knocking off the NHL’s best team in the regular season. Tyler Myers and Paul Stastny scored 2:06 apart in the first period, and the Jets stunned the Nashville Predators ...

Velasquez, Santana lead Phillies past whiffing Giants 6-3

By MIKE CRANSTON, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Vince Velasquez bent over, his hands on his knees, as another home run sailed over his head. But somehow, what looked like a lost afternoon for the Philadelphia Phillies turned into another win. The San Francisco Giants took a 3-0 lead ...

Lions’ Patricia says he was ‘falsely accused’ of assault

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia said Thursday he was "falsely accused" in a 1996 sexual assault allegation that resurfaced this week, and he indicated that the matter has not been an issue as he has climbed from job to job in the ...

Nadal breaks McEnroe’s mark of straight sets won on surface

MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal broke John McEnroe's record of 49 straight sets won on the same surface by beating Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4 in the third round of the Madrid Open on Thursday. Nadal extended his winning streak to 50 consecutive sets on clay, eclipsing the mark McEnroe established ...

Reds promote Nick Krall to general manager

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer The Cincinnati Reds promoted Nick Krall to general manager on Thursday, giving him more responsibilities as the team tries to emerge from a major rebuild. Krall has been an assistant to Dick Williams, who will remain president of baseball operations and oversee ...

Ex-NFL player: Police fabricated evidence for gun charge

By DAVID PORTER, Associated Press ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A former NFL linebacker's career was cut short after authorities in New Jersey fabricated evidence linking him to a gun used in a shooting, the player alleged in a lawsuit filed this week. The Elizabeth police department and Union ...

Palmeiro back on diamond at 53 with hopes of MLB comeback

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) — Rafael Palmeiro isn't playing for a minor league team at age 53 just so he can be teammates with his son. Palmeiro said he knows there are people who think he has lost his mind, but he is serious about wanting to make a big league ...

US edges Latvia in OT, Slovakia tops France at hockey worlds

HERNING, Denmark (AP) — Cam Atkinson scored in overtime to give the United States a 3-2 win over Latvia on Thursday, its fourth straight victory at the ice hockey world championship. In another tight game, Slovakia kept its hopes alive for a quarterfinal spot by topping France 3-1, with ...

The NBA’s Final Four: Cavs, Celtics, Warriors, Rockets

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer The franchise with the most titles. The best player of this generation. The reigning champions. The probable MVP. The NBA has its Final Four. It certainly does not disappoint. Boston's win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night brought down the curtain on ...