National Sports

Biden’s verbal slip about campaign draws Democrats’ cheers

BY BRIAN SLODYSKO Associated Press DOVER, Del. (AP) — Did Joe Biden accidentally reveal his plans to run for the White House? Or was it just another slip of the tongue by the former vice president with a reputation for veering off script? In a keynote speech at a dinner for the Delaware ...

Rescues, evacuations as floodwaters breach levees in Midwest

By MARGERY A. BECK Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities were using boats and large vehicles on Saturday to rescue and evacuate residents in parts of the Midwest where a recent deluge of rainwater and snowmelt was sent pouring over frozen ground, overwhelming creeks and rivers, and ...

Gillibrand in 2020 Democratic race as full-fledged candidate

By JUANA SUMMERS Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand formally joined the 2020 White House race on Sunday and previewed the hard line she will take against President Donald Trump by announcing a rally outside one of his signature Manhattan properties. She had ...

Where eagles flirt: A DC tale of love, loss and raccoons

BY ASHRAF KHALIL Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a tale with everything you'd need for a soap opera: star-crossed lovers, a stable relationship threatened by younger suitors, pregnancy and loss, and a hungry raccoon. Washingtonians, along with a global community of eagle-watchers, ...

Some lawmakers worry about allowing sports bets on phones

By JENNIFER McDERMOTT and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — For states looking to profit off the new world of legal sports betting, there's an app for that. The question for state lawmakers: Should they allow it? As state legislatures across the U.S. decide whether to ...

BUBBLE WATCH: Nervous Sunday awaits for bubble teams

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer For the teams sliding around on the NCAA Tournament bubble, there are no more opportunities to change their resumes. The only thing left is to wait for the brackets to be announced Sunday. Some bubble teams used their respective conference tournaments to ...

Spence defends IBF welterweight title with win over Garcia

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Errol Spence Jr. had to go the distance to defend his IBF welterweight title for the third time. Still, the outcome was never in doubt for one of the world's best pound-for-pound boxers. Spence unanimously outpointed previously ...

Williamson, No. 5 Duke beat No. 12 FSU 73-63 for ACC title

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson remembers crying in his mother's arms after suffering a knee sprain that would sideline him for nearly six full games and threaten fifth-ranked Duke's title potential. Less than a month later, Williamson was standing ...

Curry’s 33 lead Warriors past Thunder 110-88 without Durant

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One of Golden State's former MVPs was out, so the other stepped forward. Stephen Curry picked up the slack for the injured Kevin Durant, scoring 33 points to help Golden State roll past the Oklahoma City Thunder, 110-88 on Saturday night ...

No. 24 Cincinnati holds off Wichita State for 66-63 victory

By CLAY BAILEY Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — As Cincinnati expected, Wichita State had one last run down the stretch — enough to pull even, but not overtake the No. 24 Bearcats. Nysier Brooks scored 13 points and Cane Broome hit the go-ahead layup with 23.5 seconds left to give ...

Zion Williamson leads No. 5 Duke to ACC title

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Zion Williamson had 21 points to cap a dominating three-game show at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, helping fifth-ranked Duke beat No. 12 Florida State 73-63 on Saturday night in the championship game. RJ Barrett added 17 points and nine rebounds and the ...

SHR, Hendrick gunning for 1st win under new rules at Fontana

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Four drivers have earned a victory in the first four weeks of what’s shaping up as a competitive NASCAR Cup Series season. Only two teams have reached Victory Lane, however. Two other giants of the sport are eager to join ...

Woods lands birdie, laughs at famed 17 after quadruple-bogey

By Mark Long AP Sports Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods had a much more enjoyable experience at the 17th hole of The Players Championship on Saturday. A day after carding a quadruple-bogey 7 at the famed island green, Woods made a birdie and had a lengthy laugh with ...

Miami QB Ryan Tannehill traded to Titans for draft picks

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been traded to the Tennessee Titans in a deal that also involves draft picks. The Dolphins sent their sixth-round pick this year to the Titans for a fourth-round choice in 2020 and a seventh-round pick this year. Tannehill’s ...

Free Agency: Disenchantment works, trench warriors coveted

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer It’s probably fair to compare the opening of the NFL’s business season with the wildness often seen on the stock market floor. A frenzy of bidding and trading and changes of mind — all involving millions of dollars. Several trends already have ...

Woods cards highest score ever at 17, makes cut at Players

By Mark Long AP Sports Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods paused on the ninth green and stared at a nearby leaderboard. His name would have been on it if not for one hole. Woods hit two balls in the water at the par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass — the first time he's done that ...

No. 2 Virginia rallies to beat NC State in ACC quarterfinals

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Guy scored 29 points, including seven 3-pointers, and No. 2 Virginia rallied to beat North Carolina State 76-56 on Thursday in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament quarterfinals. Big man Jack Salt provided an unexpected offensive boost with a career-high 18 ...

Slow down: Browns GM tempers expectations after Beckham deal

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Fans are scrambling to get their hands on tickets, jerseys and make their first Odell Beckham Jr. sighting. It’s only mid-March and Cleveland’s in a full-blown football frenzy. Expectations for the upcoming season, which were already ...

Giants trade Beckham to Browns, Jets get Bell

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer While the free agency spending frenzy runs wild, the Giants and Browns found a way to overshadow it Tuesday night: a trade of Odell Beckham Jr. Not to be outdone, however, the Jets got the guy at the top of their free agency list, agreeing with former ...

Malkin at 1,000; a star hiding in plain sight

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The cameras crowd around Sidney Crosby's stall, parting only to let the Pittsburgh Penguins captain slip through and tug on a baseball cap before the lights flip on, the microphones close in and the questions come. Fifteen feet away, Evgeni ...