National Sports

Capitals forward Tom Wilson suspended 3 games

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL suspended Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson three games on Wednesday for an illegal hit on Pittsburgh's Zach Aston-Reese. The league announced the suspension less than 24 hours after Wilson broke Aston-Reese's jaw with a violent collision near the Washington ...

Rookies Fultz, Tatum having different playoff experiences

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — When Markelle Fultz spent two days in Boston last June visiting the Celtics during the pre-draft process, it felt like home. He walked the streets downtown and later found himself soaking up the history that clings to the championship ...

LEADING OFF: Pujols near 3,000; Frazier frustrated with umps

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ PUJOLS' PATH Albert Pujols is two hits from No. 3,000. He got two Wednesday night for the Los Angeles Angels, and can reach the milestone at home against Baltimore. Chris Tillman is set to pitch for the O's ...

Sharks blank Knights to tie series 2-2; Lightning top Bruins

By The Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tomas Hertl scored his team-leading fifth goal of the playoffs, Martin Jones made 34 saves for his sixth career postseason shutout and the San Jose Sharks evened their second-round series against the Vegas Golden Knights with a 4-0 victory in ...

Mets’ Frazier wants meeting with Manfred over strike zone

By JAKE SEINER, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Mets third baseman Todd Frazier is asking for a meeting with baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred over his growing frustration with the way umpires are calling balls and strikes. Frazier argued with home plate umpire Lance Barrett while New York ...

Michigan State: Many Title IX recommendations underway

East Lansing, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University says many recommendations in a final Title IX report outlining opportunities to enhance sexual misconduct prevention and education now are in development. The East Lansing school adds that the final Phase 2 report by a law firm hired to ...

Ingles’ career night helps lead Jazz past Rockets 116-108

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Joe Ingles scored a career-high 27 points and the Utah Jazz squandered a huge early lead before using a big fourth quarter to regain control and beat the Houston Rockets 116-108 on Wednesday night and tie the Western Conference semifinals ...

Lightning strike quickly, beat Bruins 4-1, lead series 2-1

BOSTON (AP) — Ondrej Palat scored twice in the first 3:19 of the game, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Wednesday night to open a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots for Tampa Bay, which has won two straight ...

Ovechkin’s late goal lifts Capitals by Penguins 4-3

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have spent their entire careers chasing the Pittsburgh Penguins and shouldering their own franchise's onerous history of playoff failures. One brilliant end-to-end rush gave the two Washington Capitals ...

Whiff of offense: Strikeouts top hits in month for 1st time

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball had a whiff of offense in the air during a cold and wet April. Strikeouts exceeded hits during a full calendar month for the first time in the sport's nearly century-and-a-half history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Nearly ...

Stephen Curry returns to score 28, Warriors beat Pelicans

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Long before tipoff, Stephen Curry swished his routine tunnel shot on the second try. Once the game began, the two-time MVP stood along the bench anxiously waiting for his turn, shaking his legs and clapping his hands with nervous ...

LEADING OFF: Kluber faces Texas, deGrom vs Braves

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ STREAKING KLUBER Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber is 4-1 going into Wednesday's game against Texas and has won four consecutive starts. His 2.18 ERA is the lowest through April for an Indians pitcher with ...

Swing away: Swatting puck out of midair not uncommon or easy

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Like he does with so many things, Sidney Crosby makes it look easy. There was the time he shot the puck off the post and swatted the rebound into the net out of midair. Or, the time he waited for the puck to drop and backhanded it in for a goal. Or, when ...

Real Madrid keeps adding to its European dominance

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — Surrounded by fans and holding a microphone in his hand, Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos joined the Santiago Bernabeu faithful in song: "Kings of Europe. We are the kings of Europe." There is still one more Champions League match to go, but ...

LEADING OFF: Kershaw faces D-backs; Verlander vs Yankees

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ GOT YOUR NUMBER Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (1-4, 2.84 ERA) tries to slow down A.J. Pollock and the first-place Diamondbacks (20-8) in Arizona. Pollock hit three home runs Monday night during an 8-5 victory ...

Women’s sports leagues band together with SheIS initiative

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Women's sports leagues are banding together for the first time with a new initiative — SheIS. Eight leagues, including the WNBA, U.S. Tennis Association, Women's Pro Fastpitch League and Canadian Women's Hockey, will try to help each ...

Home is where the ‘L’ is? Home teams struggling in playoffs

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Having home ice is supposed to be an advantage in the NHL. So far in the 2018 playoffs, the only guarantee to playing at home is a monochrome backdrop provided by fans in team-specific T-shirts. Consider the following: — The Pittsburgh ...

Golden Knights edge Sharks in OT; Lightning top Bruins

By The Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — William Karlsson scored 8:17 into overtime and the Vegas Golden Knights bounced back from a blown lead late in the third period to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Monday night to take a 2-1 series lead. After Tomas Hertl tied the game with ...

Even as spring arrives, backcountry skiing thrives

By ROBERT BUKATY, Associated Press BARTLETT, N.H. (AP) — Standing at a scenic vista, Tyler Ray looks out at 2,661-foot Bartlett Mountain and envisions a network of ski trials winding through the dense forest below. Ray, who heads the Granite Backcountry Alliance, is working with federal and ...

Raptors rested, ready for third shot at LeBron, Cavaliers

By IAN HARRISON, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors seem to have everything lined up in their favor heading into their postseason matchup against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. They're rested. The Raptors feel they are ready. They have home-court advantage. But ...