National Sports

Another NBA Finals brings another huge challenge for LeBron

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James will get a couple days to catch his breath, then make his annual June journey to Golden State or down to Houston to face a team far better than his. His eighth straight NBA Finals sets up as one of his most difficult, flanked ...

‘King of Clay’ Nadal starts bid for 11th French Open title

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal headlines the second day at the French Open, beginning his bid for an 11th title at Roland Garros. The "King of Clay" is 79-2 in Paris and is the title favorite again. He has lost only one match on his favorite surface this season, claiming titles in Monte Carlo, ...

Aussie drivers first to win Monaco, Indianapolis on same day

By JULIAN LINDEN, Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Two drivers from Down Under — thousands of miles apart and even further from home — unexpectedly found themselves parked together atop the motor racing world after winning the two biggest races in the sport Sunday. Just hours after Daniel ...

LeBron’s 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not sit out. He would not say goodbye to Cleveland again — not yet, anyway. And he would not be denied an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals. The four-time league MVP scored 35 ...

George McPhee has fingerprints all over Stanley Cup Final

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — George McPhee will only get a ring if the Vegas Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup. Maybe he should get one if the Washington Capitals win. McPhee is responsible for acquiring 13 players on the current roster during his 17 years as ...

Gibbs: Kyle Busch is simply ‘special’ on race day

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Joe Gibbs has coached Super Bowl champions. He's learned that to reach that level, it takes a group of guys who are "special" on game day — just like Kyle Busch, the top driver in the NASCAR team owner's stable and winner of 188 races ...

Sargent set to be latest teenager to make US soccer debut

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Josh Sargent's parents will be in the stands along with a bunch of friends. Three months after his 18th birthday, the red-haired forward could be the latest teenager to debut for a transforming U.S. national team. "It's going very fast, ...

LEADING OFF: Braves await word on Acuna, Verlander vs. Yanks

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: BANGED-UP BRAVE The Braves are awaiting a diagnosis on standout rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. following a frightening injury at Fenway Park on Sunday. Acuna's left leg buckled and he fell hard on his back after running ...

Germany’s ‘golden generation’ primed for World Cup defense

By CIARAN FAHEY, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew is brimming with confidence just over three weeks before what he calls the country's "golden generation" begins its World Cup defense against Mexico. "I have a very good feeling," Loew said at the team's training ...

Gordon leads Rockets over Warriors 98-94 to take series lead

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul's grit and veteran leadership have pushed the Golden State Warriors to the brink of elimination. Now the Houston Rockets must wait to see if his injured leg is strong enough to help them take one last step to the NBA ...