National Sports

Sherpa guides scale Everest to pave way for others climbers

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A group of eight Nepalese Sherpa guides reached the summit of Mount Everest on Sunday, fixing ropes and clearing paths for other climbers to begin their ascent to the peak, a government official said. The guides were among the first climbers to reach the 8,850-meter ...

LEADING OFF: Nats seek sweep; Zobrist told to change spikes

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: SWEPT AWAY? The Diamondbacks hadn't lost a series all season before the surging Nationals arrived in Arizona. Now the D'Backs are seeking to avoid a four-game sweep after scoring just one run in each of their first ...

Pirates top Giants 6-5 for 5th straight win

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates are learning to win without Andrew McCutchen. A sudden power surge and a more mature approach on the bases is certainly helping. Gregory Polanco and Francisco Cervelli homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates took advantage ...

Brazil’s Nunes beats Pennington and retains UFC title

Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Amanda Nunes of Brazil beat American Raquel Pennington early Sunday to defend her UFC bantamweight title for the third time. The heavily favored Brazilian won by technical knockout in the fifth round in front of her home fans in Rio de Janeiro. Nunes ...

Hosmer’s 13th-inning double lifts Padres to 2-1 win vs Cards

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — After more than four hours and another double-digit strikeout performance by the San Diego Padres, Eric Hosmer was ready to call it a night. Hosmer hit an RBI double down the right-field line on the first pitch from Mike Mayers with no ...

Morton strikes out 14 as Astros beat Rangers 6-1

x By The Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Charlie Morton struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings and Evan Gattis, Brian McCann and Carlos Correa homered, leading the Houston Astros to a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night. Morton (5-0) yielded four hits and a run while ...

Schebler’s HR helps Reds beat Dodgers for 5th straight win

BY JILL PAINTER LOPEZ, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scott Schebler began his career with the Dodgers and loved his time with the franchise. Now in his third season with Cincinnati, he admitted his big homer back in Los Angeles had some extra special meaning. Schebler hit a three-run ...

Jets open series with 4-1 win over Golden Knights

By Larry Lage AP Hockey Writer WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Dustin Byfuglien scored about a minute after the puck dropped and the Winnipeg Jets built a three-goal lead early in the first period and went on to beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 on Saturday night in Game 1 of the Western ...

Cavs, Celtics ready for Eastern Conference finals rematch

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The jerseys and venues will be the same, but so much has changed since the last time Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics met in the Eastern Conference finals. Kyrie Irving was dealt to Boston in a blockbuster offseason deal for Isaiah ...

Point grad: Cavs’ Hill receives diploma

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — George Hill has gone from point guard to point grad in the NBA playoffs. Cleveland’s starting guard missed practice Saturday and had a good excuse for his absence — he graduated from college. Hill received his diploma from IUPUI and took part in commencement ...

Simpson stretches Players lead to 7 shots

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Webb Simpson isn’t aware of the records he has tied or broken at The Players Championship. He saw that Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth each made a big charge before he teed off Saturday, and it didn’t rattle him at ...

LEADING OFF: Suzuki coaches, Price starts, Springer checked

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: CALL HIM COACH Ichiro Suzuki gets a new job, at least for a day. The 10-time All-Star is expected to be Seattle's bench coach for a doubleheader at Detroit. The Mariners announced earlier this month that the ...

Ovechkin has goal and assist, Capitals beat Lightning 4-2

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — There was no letdown for the Washington Capitals. Just more winning hockey. Putting an emotional second-round victory over playoff nemesis and two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh behind them, the Caps got a power-play goal ...

Pirates rip Giants 11-2 in McCutchen’s return to Pittsburgh

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The men Andrew McCutchen used to call his teammates wanted to make sure McCutchen would have his moment. So when the San Francisco Giants outfielder stepped out of the batter's box on Friday night to acknowledge the standing ovation at PNC ...

Pina hits tying HR in 9th, Brewers beat Rockies 11-10 in 10

By DENNIS GEORGATOS, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Manny Pina got everything he wanted out of his last-ditch swing. Pina hit a tying two-run homer with two outs in the ninth and Travis Shaw delivered a two-out RBI single in the 10th, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to an 11-10 victory over ...

Gyorko hits 1 of 5 Cardinals home runs in 9-5 win vs Padres

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jedd Gyorko likes playing at Petco Park even though it hasn't been his home ballpark for three seasons. Gyorko homered and improved his batting average to .525 in 12 games against his old team, and Paul DeJong, Marcell Ozuna, Harrison ...

Harvey debuts for Reds in 6-2 win over Dodgers

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Harvey toed the rubber against Chase Utley and fell behind 3-0 facing his first batter in his Reds debut. His next pitch was a 91-mph strike and then he got Utley to fly out to left for his first out in his first start since April ...

WORLD CUP: Moscow a vast and varied destination

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow is one of the world's largest cities with a population of at least 12 million people — more than many of the countries playing at the World Cup. Its sheer size gives visitors a vast range of things to do, whether that means bars, ...

Sweden gets OT win over Slovakia, Latvia beats Germany

HERNING, Denmark (AP) — Defending champion Sweden prevailed over Slovakia 4-3 in overtime for its fifth straight win at the ice hockey world championship on Saturday. Latvia remained in contention for a quarterfinal berth with a 3-1 victory over Olympic runner-up Germany. Mika Zibanejad ...

Caps take down Lightning in Game 1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin had a power-play goal and an assist in his Eastern Conference finals debut, leading the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night. Braden Holtby stopped 19 shots and Michal Kempny, Jay Beagle and Lars Eller also scored ...