National Sports

Molinari builds 2-shot lead over Woods, Finau in Masters

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Record scores on the white boards at Augusta National. Ground-shaking roars for Tiger Woods along the back nine. Francesco Molinari blocked out the buzz on a delirious day of nine players sharing space atop the leaderboard Saturday. He ...

Blue Jackets stun Lightning 5-1 to take 2-0 series lead

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Matt Duchene had a goal and three assists, Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves, and the Columbus Blue Jackets stunned the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Friday night to take a 2-0 first-round series lead. Columbus also got goals from Cam Atkinson, Zach Werenski, Riley Nash and ...

Injured while kissing daughter, Jason Day gets a lot better

By Tim Dahlberg AP Sports Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Jason Day began the Masters by throwing his back out while leaning down to kiss his daughter on the practice green. He played his way onto the leaderboard a day later after receiving a scolding from his wife. “It’s the Masters, ...

NBA first-round playoff series capsules

By The Associated Press Capsules for the first-round NBA playoff series in the Eastern and Western Conferences: ——— EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 MILWAUKEE BUCKS (60-22) vs. No. 8 DETROIT PISTONS (41-41) Season series: Bucks, 4-0 Story line: After rolling to the NBA’s best record, ...

Luke Walton out as Lakers coach after 3 losing seasons

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luke Walton is out as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers after three losing seasons. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka announced Walton’s departure Friday, three days after the abrupt resignation of president of basketball operations ...

LEADING OFF: Merrifield on Royal run, Harper vs Nats again

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: THE BIG 3-0 Whit Merrifield can set a record for the longest hitting streak in Royals history. He extended his streak to 30 games Tuesday night, tying the team mark set by George Brett in 1980. Merrifield's string ...

Magic Johnson abruptly resigns as Lakers’ president

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of ...

Wade scores 30 in last game in Miami; Heat top 76ers 122-99

By The Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 30 points in the tribute-filled final home game of his career, and the Miami Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 122-99 on Tuesday night. Bam Adebayo scored 19, Justise Winslow scored 16 and Hassan Whiteside added 15 for the Heat, who ...

St John’s coach Chris Mullin resigns, cites ‘personal loss’

By MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — For a second time in the storied history of St. John's basketball, the Chris Mullin era is over. The school's greatest player resigned as coach Tuesday after four years on the job, citing a "personal loss." And while the program ...

Murray, Bosa among 23 prospects to attend NFL draft

By The Associated Press undefined Kyler Murray and Nick Bosa are among the 23 prospects who plan to attend the NFL draft this month in Nashville, Tennessee. Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma, could be selected No. 1 overall by the Arizona Cardinals. Bosa, a ...