National Sports

Rockets dominate Warriors, even series at 1-1

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and Eric Gordon each scored 27 points to lead a balanced attack and the Houston Rockets routed the Golden State Warriors 127-105 on Wednesday night to even the Western Conference finals at one game apiece. The Rockets didn’t trail after the first quarter and led ...

Smart has been unflappable vs. Cavs

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Celtics coach Brad Stevens has said what has carried his team through the NBA postseason is its ability to make “winning plays” with the game on the line. And more times than not, it’s been Marcus Smart making them. Since returning ...

LEADING OFF: Dodgers seek spark in Miami, Pollock hurt

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: BLAH BLAH LAND The struggling Dodgers (16-24) hope to jumpstart their season with a series against the lowly Marlins in Miami. Of course, Los Angeles was thinking the same heading into a weekend set against ...

Durant’s 37 lead Warriors over Rockets 119-106

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin Durant continues to deliver in the postseason for the Golden State Warriors. He scored 37 points on Monday night to lead the Warriors to a 119-106 win in the long-awaited showdown with the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western ...

Marchessault-led Golden Knights top Jets 3-1 in Game 2

By LARRY LAGE, AP Hockey Writer WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and said the expansion Vegas Golden Knights sent a message, bouncing back with a 3-1 series-evening win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference final. "Every time ...

Color war: Zobrist defies MLB again with black spikes

By MIKE HELFGOT, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Ben Zobrist was joined by Chicago Cubs teammates Kyle Schwarber and Steve Cishek in wearing black spikes on Monday despite a warning from Major League Baseball that he was in violation of the sport's uniform regulations. Zobrist posted a ...

McCutchen gets 1,500th hit in Giants’ 10-7 win over Reds

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Andrew McCutchen saw no reason to dwell on his 1,500th hit because he hopes to add many more. McCutchen doubled in his first two at-bats to reach the career milestone and the San Francisco Giants snapped the Cincinnati Reds' six-game ...

Welcome, rookies: Kokoskov, Pierce getting their 1st shots

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer Brad Stevens' first opportunity to become an NBA head coach was presented to him by Boston. Same goes for Tyronn Lue, with Cleveland. Same goes for Steve Kerr, with Golden State. Hiring rookies worked out just fine for those clubs. Phoenix and Atlanta ...

Sanctuary cities could get boost from sports betting ruling

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In President Donald Trump's former life as a casino owner, he might have cheered Monday's ruling from the Supreme Court that struck down a federal law that barred every state but Nevada from allowing betting on most sporting events. But ...

A look at 5 key players from Atletico in Europa League final

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A world-class goalkeeper, a flashy forward and a mean striker make Atletico Madrid a tough team to beat in the Europa League final against Marseille on Wednesday. Here are five Atletico players to keep an eye on in the final in ...