National Sports

Sampaoli: Messi ‘shouldn’t shoulder all the responsibility’

By Stephen Wade AP Sports Writer NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Lionel Messi, it seems, can do only so much. Ahead of Thursday’s critical World Cup match against Croatia on the banks of the Volga River, Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli tried to temper the expectations weighing on his ...

Diego Costa scores again, Spain beats Iran 1-0 at World Cup

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Diego Costa scored on a deflection to lead Spain to a 1-0 win over Iran on Wednesday at the World Cup. Costa broke the deadlock in the 54th minute after being set up by Andres Iniesta. The powerful striker turned in the area and took a shot but the ball deflected off ...

Senegal beats Poland 2-1, 1st African win at World Cup

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Senegal midfielder Mbaye Niang saw the signal from the referee to re-enter following treatment for an injury and jogged along the center line. Then Niang noticed Poland's Grzegorz Krychowiak loft a backpass to Jan Bednarek, who hadn't realized ...

Serbia won’t ease off against Switzerland at World Cup

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Aleksandar Kolarov knows that after victory in its opening World Cup match his Serbia lineup cannot ease off the intensity against Switzerland. Two draws in its remaining matches could be enough to secure a spot in the round of 16 ...

Ronaldo and Portugal look to knock Morocco out of World Cup

By JENNA FRYER, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was exceptional in Portugal's opening World Cup game and now has a chance to help his team knock Morocco out of the tournament. Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the opening Group B match against Spain, a 3-3 draw that so far ...

Five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson dies aged 88

By DENNIS PASSA, AP Sports Writer Hailed as a hero to some and as golf royalty to others, Peter Thomson, a five-time winner of the British Open and the only player in the 20th century to win the tournament for three straight years, died Wednesday. He was 88. Thomson had been suffering from ...

Trout stays hot, Angels hold on for 5-4 win over Arizona

By DAN GREENSPAN, Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — There is never a June gloom for Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout. Trout drove in two runs, Kole Calhoun and Ian Kinsler added solo homers and the Angels held on for a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday ...

Cowboys stress numbers over No. 1 at receiver without Bryant

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Cole Beasley doesn't need a lot of prodding to bring up how much he thinks outsiders will overlook Dallas receivers now that the Cowboys have moved on from Dez Bryant. The new dean of the group sees opportunity rather than ...

The all-time NBA draft — the best pick from every slot

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer There's a definitive answer every year to the question of who is No. 1 in the NBA draft. But who is the No. 1 pick of all No. 1 draft picks ever? Or No. 1 among the list of No. 2 draft picks? Those are questions that have no definitive answer, except ...

LEADING OFF: Giants need hand in bullpen, Felix in the Bronx

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: NEED A HAND The Giants are looking for answers at the back of the bullpen after closer Hunter Strickland broke his hand Monday night punching a door in frustration. Strickland blew a save in a 5-4 loss to Miami, then ...