National Sports

TIPPING OFF: First 2 Final 4 spots on the line

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer The first two spots in the Final Four will be decided on Saturday. Both games will be strength against strength. In the West Region, Gonzaga and the best offense in Division I will face Texas Tech and the nation's best defense. The South Region will have ...

TIPPING OFF: Defense key to victories in women’s Sweet 16

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Defense was the key to teams advancing Friday night to the Elite Eight of the women's NCAA Tournament. It might also be the difference Saturday when eight more teams try to reach the regional finals, including top seeds Notre Dame ...

Rinne makes 42 saves, Predators top Penguins 3-1

By The Associated Press undefined PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pekka Rinne stopped 42 shots to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night. Rinne was 63 seconds from his fifth shutout of the season when Nick Bjugstad scored for Pittsburgh. Viktor ...

Cards’ Goldschmidt hits 3 HRs, walked intentionally in 9th

By JOE TOTORAITIS Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt was hoping to swing for baseball history when Brewers manager Craig Counsell took the bat out of his hands. Though he felt for the boo-bird Cardinal fans behind the visiting dugout, the move wasn't much of a surprise to ...

Shoemaker, Blue Jays blank Tigers 6-0, Montoyo gets 1st win

By Ian Harrison Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Matt Shoemaker pitched seven sharp innings to win his Toronto debut and the Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 6-0 Friday night, giving Charlie Montoyo his first victory as a major league manager. Justin Smoak and Freddy Galvis each drove in ...

Auburn upsets No. 1 North Carolina 97-80

By Dave Skretta AP Basketball Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Auburn insisted all along that it wouldn’t change its style against up-tempo North Carolina. Turns out the SEC Tournament champs can run a bit, too. Auburn earned its second trip to the Elite Eight by coasting to a to a ...

LEADING OFF: Harper, champ Red Sox open, all 30 teams play

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: FOR OPENERS Bryce Harper, Mookie Betts, Mike Trout and everyone else is set to play, at last. All 30 teams are in action, with opening day on deck at Yankee Stadium, Dodger Stadium and ballparks in between. ...

Emotional night for Ingles as Jazz blow out depleted Lakers

By MATTHEW COLES Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Before the game even started, Joe Ingles was exhausted. Shooting videos with son Jacob, emotional meetings with other families affected by autism and generally doing all he could to promote Autism Awareness Night was almost too ...

Warriors beat Grizzlies to break tie with Nuggets in West

By The Associated Press undefined MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant each scored 28 points, with Durant going 12 of 13 from the field, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 118-103 on Wednesday night to take sole possession of the Western Conference ...

Osetkowski scores 15 to lift Texas by Colorado 68-55 in NIT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Dylan Osetkowski registered 15 points as Texas got past Colorado 68-55 in the NIT quarterfinals on Wednesday night. Texas advanced to play No. 1 seed TCU on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. Lipscomb and Wichita State will play in the other semifinal game. Kerwin Roach ...

20-cent 7-Eleven tacos fueled deGrom’s $137M deal with Mets

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — All it took were some beef-and-cheese taquitos and 10-for-$2 mini-tacos from 7-Eleven to seal NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom's $137.5 million deal with the New York Mets. OK, well, not quite. "I only had a couple bites," ...

20-cent 7-Eleven tacos fueled deGrom’s $137M deal with Mets

By Howard Fendrich AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — All it took were some beef-and-cheese taquitos and 10-for-$2 mini-tacos from 7-Eleven to seal NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom’s $137.5 million deal with the New York Mets. OK, well, not quite. “I only had a couple ...

Manfred: Journeymen must realize analytics sank value

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Good but unexceptional veterans must realize teams find them less valuable in the age of analytics, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred maintained ahead of season openers. Players have expressed anger following the second straight slow ...

MLB moves into new era: No players left from 20th century

By Ben Walker AP Baseball Writer Four-man outfields. High-tech anti-spying rules. A starting pitcher facing just one batter in a playoff game. But beyond all the shifts, analytics and social media outreach, here's the best way to tell Major League Baseball has zoomed into a new era: ...

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announces retirement

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The New England Patriots' gentle giant has decided to hang up his cleats. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said Sunday that he is retiring from the NFL after nine seasons. Gronkowski announced his decision via a post on Instagram , saying ...

Williamson, Duke hold off UCF 77-76 to reach Sweet 16

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson took on 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall at the end and won, and top-seeded Duke survived when two last-ditch shots by UCF rolled off the rim. Aubrey Dawkins finished with 32 points, but his tip-in try just missed Sunday, and Duke ...

Tennessee blows 25-point lead, beats Iowa 83-77 in OT

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Admiral Schofield ran around the court in sheer joy, waving a March Madness towel after Tennessee made it back to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2016. The rest of the Volunteers? Just trying to breathe normally again. Tennessee ...

Georgia Tech announces death of DT Brandon Adams

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Brandon Adams, a rising senior who was expected to be a key member of Georgia Tech's defensive line under new coach Geoff Collins, died at the age of 21, the school announced Sunday. Adams had been going through offseason workouts and was ...

Where’s Cinderella? Favorites dominating in NCAA 2nd round

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer Fletcher Magee shot Wofford out of the NCAA Tournament. Murray State's Ja Morant scored 28 points but his team couldn't slow down Florida State. Their exits leave the Sweet 16 searching for a Cinderella. The lowest-seeded team to reach a regional semifinal ...

TIPPING OFF: Dawkins faces his alma mater as UCF meets Duke

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer The point guard for Mike Krzyzewski's first Final Four team now is trying to lead Central Florida to its first Sweet 16 berth. Standing in Johnny Dawkins' way is his former coach and boss. Dawkins, a former Naismith player of the year and assistant coach at ...