National Sports

‘Best time of year:’ NHL playoff matchups set

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer The team expected to win it all faces an opponent that loaded up for the same thing, the defending champions go up against a playoff newcomer and the wild West is wide open in the quest for the Stanley Cup. The NHL playoffs open Wednesday when the Presidents' ...

Wrestler Bret Hart tackled during WWE Hall of Fame speech

NEW YORK (AP) — Wrestler Bret "The Hitman" Hart was tackled by a spectator Saturday while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The attacker was promptly subdued by several people, including other wrestlers, who came to Hart's defense. ...

Wild Puig in middle of bench-clearing fray, Pirates top Reds

By ALAN SAUNDERS Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — A charged-up Yasiel Puig barreled into a bunch of Pirates during a bench-clearing fracas Sunday, and was among five ejections in Pittsburgh's 7-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The trouble started in the fourth inning when Chris Archer ...

Matt Mooney’s college odyssey ends with Tech in title game

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Much like his vagabond coach, Texas Tech's Matt Mooney has undergone a college basketball journey unlike almost any other, from mid-major to out-of-the-way outpost to the rough-and-tumble Big 12. Now, under the searing spotlight of the ...

Culver, Hunter bring NBA upside to Texas Tech-Virginia final

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jarrett Culver knew Texas Tech desperately needed him to make a big leap after a solid freshman year so he charged full-speed into an offseason determined to refine and expand every element of his game. De'Andre Hunter needed a little ...

Clevinger strikes out 10 as Indians top Jays 3-1 for sweep

By STEVE HERRICK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Toronto was no match for Mike Clevinger, who was stopped Sunday only by upper back tightness that forced him from the game after five scoreless innings. Clevinger struck out 10 and allowed one hit to lead the Cleveland Indians over the ...

Mooney scores, Texas Tech clamps down in 61-51 win over MSU

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For those who thought Texas Tech only plays defense, it's time to meet Matt Mooney. While the Red Raiders were locking down Michigan State on one end, the graduate transfer shooting guard was raining in 3s on the other, lifting Tech one ...

Guy sinks FTs on disputed foul, Virginia shocks Auburn 63-62

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hard to call Virginia basketball boring after the last two games. And the Cavaliers have pretty much put the choker label to rest, too. From one-and-done to NCAA Tournament miracle men, Virginia will play for the national title ...

Strome scores in OT to lift Rangers past Penguins 4-3

By DAN SCIFO Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Guentzel's 40th goal of the season had a significant impact on the Stanley Cup playoffs. Guentzel scored with 2:35 to play, sending Saturday's regular-season finale against the New York Rangers to overtime. Ryan Strome scored 2:09 into ...

LEADING OFF: Mighty Mariners, Sunday night in Denver

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday: MIGHTY, MIGHTY MARINERS Seattle has been swinging big in 2019, entering its series finale against the White Sox leading the majors with 24 homers. All that power has the Mariners off to an 8-2 start, best ...