National Sports

Holtby, Caps blank Lightning, move on to finals

By Fred Goodall AP Sports Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored early and Andre Burakovsky added two second-period goals to help the Washington Capitals put a decade of playoff frustration behind them with a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the ...

Gordon, Roush, Penske headline NASCAR Hall of Fame class

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon has been selected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. A four-time Cup Series champion who helped take stock car racing from a regional sport to the mainstream in the 1990s, Gordon received 96 percent of the votes from the Hall of Fame committee. He's third in Cup ...

No pressure not a good thing for Matthews and the Packers

By Genaro C. Armas AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Clay Matthews is learning new playbook terminology this spring under a new defensive coordinator, though his overall goals haven’t changed. It’s more important than ever for the Green Bay Packers’ long-haired linebacker to ...

Clippers, coach Doc Rivers agree to contract extension

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers and coach Doc Rivers have agreed to a contract extension that will keep him around to oversee the post-Lob City era. The team announced the extension Wednesday while not disclosing terms of the deal. Rivers was set to enter the final year of his five-year ...

FRENCH OPEN ’18: Nadal hitting fewer aces than 98 of top 100

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer PARIS (AP) — Men to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday: ___ RAFAEL NADAL Ranked: 1 Age: 31 (turns 32 on June 3) Country: Spain 2018 Match Record: 23-2 2018 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 78 Major Titles: 16 — French ...

FRENCH OPEN ’18: From Serena and Rafa to rain, what to know

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer PARIS (AP) — As usual, all eyes are on Serena Williams, no matter what — whether she's attending the most talked-about wedding of the year or practicing at Roland Garros. That she recently engaged in those two activities on consecutive days, in ...

LEADING OFF: Price faces old pal Archer; Verlander vs Giants

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: OLD CONNECTIONS Red Sox lefty David Price (4-4), coming off a complete-game victory over Baltimore, pitches against his original team and buddy Chris Archer (3-3) when Boston visits Tampa Bay. "There will be a little ...

Gambling expert calls for WADA-style monitoring of athletes

By DENNIS PASSA, AP Sports Writer BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A leading Australian gambling researcher says he hopes the U.S. entry into live sports betting might help his push for an international anti-corruption unit to monitor athletes, similar to the World Anti-Doping Agency for illegal ...

Curses! Andretti weary of talking Indy 500 disappointment

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Marco Andretti had already wagered a few bucks with teammate Alexander Rossi on the Super Bowl and then decided to up the ante. Andretti tweeted that if the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots, he'd meet fans at his ...

Everest female record-setter wants to be an inspiration

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, Associated Press KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The most successful female climber of Mount Everest who just returned from her ninth ascent of the highest peak said she wants to be an inspiration to all women so they too can achieve their dreams. Lhakpa Sherpa was guiding ...