National Sports

Kingham moves into Pirates rotation after near-perfect debut

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pirates rookie Nick Kingham's nearly perfect debut has earned him at least one more start in the majors. Kingham took a perfect game into the seventh inning of his first big league start, retiring the first 20 batters in Pittsburgh's 5-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on ...

Stephen Curry expected to return from knee injury for Game 2

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry is expected to return from a left knee injury to play in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals Tuesday night against New Orleans. Coach Steve Kerr is listing the two-time MVP as probable with the idea that he's a ...

Haye fighting to save career in rematch with Bellew

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer Former world heavyweight champion David Haye is 37, has fought just three times in six years, and has an unfortunate knack of picking up injuries in and out of the ring. Yet the British fighter thinks he should still be in the conversation for world ...

DL Dylan Thompson transfers from Ohio State to Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia says defensive lineman Dylan Thompson has transferred from Ohio State to the Cavaliers. The school announced the move Monday. It says Thompson will graduate from Ohio State this summer and enroll at Virginia. He will be eligible to play ...

LEADING OFF: Bellinger on bench? Yanks go for 10 wins in row

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: BELLINGER BENCHED? Dodgers manager Dave Roberts decides whether to start first baseman Cody Bellinger in the series opener at Arizona. The NL Rookie of the Year was yanked in the middle of the game Sunday for ...

Pirates’ Kingham takes perfect game into 7th in MLB debut

By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nick Kingham carried a perfect game into the seventh inning in his major league debut to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to their fifth straight win, 5-0 over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Kingham, a 26-year-old rookie right-hander, retired 20 ...

AP source: Triano not among finalists for Suns job

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation said interim coach Jay Triano is not among "handful" of remaining candidates for the Phoenix Suns coaching job. The person, who asked to remain anonymous because the search is ongoing, said the Suns are in ...

Predators beat Jets 5-4 in 2OT to even Western semi at 1-1

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets put on a fast-paced, thrilling playoff show that reminded everyone why they finished ahead of everybody else in the NHL's regular season. Thanks to Kevin Fiala, the Presidents' Trophy ...

Forward step: LeBron, Cavs pushed to limit but not done yet

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James walked sluggishly down a corridor inside Quicken Loans Arena following Game 7 surrounded by the usual squadron of security personnel, some business associates and his publicist. Each step seemed a challenge. His eyes were heavy. ...

80-foot wave in Portugal gives Brazilian surfer world record

SANTA MONICA, California (AP) — A monster wave off Portugal has produced a world record for a Brazilian surfer. The World Surf League says Rodrigo Koxa has ridden the biggest wave ever surfed. At the group's Big Wave Awards in Santa Monica, California, on Saturday, it said its judges ...

Celtics stare down adversity, look forward to 76ers

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — So much of the chatter before Boston's first-round matchup with Milwaukee focused on who wouldn't be on the court for the Celtics. Injuries forced Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart to join Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis as spectators by the end ...

LEADING OFF: Rays, Yanks try for 9 in a row; Ohtani ailing

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: NINE IN LINE The resurgent Rays try for their ninth straight win when Matt Andriese starts at Fenway Park. Tampa Bay has its longest success streak since taking nine in a row in July 2014. Rick Porcello (4-0, ...

Jacobs beats Sulecki, eyes another middleweight title shot

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Jacobs smiled in his corner after an action-packed third round, looking pleased to be in a tough fight. It wasn't clear he would win it until he knocked Maciej Sulecki down with the kind of punch he wants to throw at the middleweight ...

Warriors use big second quarter to pull away, rout Pelicans

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant and Draymond Green ignited a brilliant second quarter with their defense and all-out hustle plays, then Golden State got rolling in transition and Oracle Arena started rocking the way it does this time of year. The ...

Couture’s goal in 2OT lifts Sharks past Vegas in Game 2

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two days after opening the second round with their worst game of the playoffs, the San Jose Sharks responded with a gritty performance. Logan Couture's second goal of the game, on the power play at 5:13 of the second overtime, lifted the ...

Cervelli helps Pirates rally for 6-2 win over Cardinals

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Francisco Cervelli hit his fourth home run of the season as part of a two-RBI effort in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. He hit just five homers in all of 2017. It's been quite a strong start ...

Florida State’s Martin ties record for NCAA baseball wins

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin has tied Augie Garrido for the most victories in NCAA history. The Seminoles defeated Miami 10-1 on Saturday, giving Martin his 1,975th victory. Martin's first chance to claim the record to himself comes on Sunday when the ...

Ramos homers as Rays beat Red Sox 12-6 for 8th straight win

By The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Wilson Ramos went deep again and scored on Denard Span's inside-the-park homer, helping the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 12-6 on Saturday for their eighth consecutive victory. It's the longest win streak for Tampa Bay since taking nine in a ...

Celtics beat Bucks in Game 7, advance to play 76ers

BOSTON (AP) — Al Horford and Terry Rozier scored 26 points apiece, and even Giannis Antetokounmpo tipped in a basket for the Celtics on Saturday night to help Boston beat Milwaukee 112-96 in Game 7 of their first-round series and eliminate the Bucks and the Greek Freak from the ...

Jazz guard Ricky Rubio to miss Game 1 with hamstring injury

HOUSTON (AP) — Utah Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio will miss Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets because of a strained left hamstring. Rubio left Friday night’s game against the Thunder in the first quarter with the injury. The team says it does not know ...