National Sports

Star-studded, NBA-best Warriors continue to build chemistry

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Zaza Pachulia holds his own during competitive games of poker on the airplane alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — they call it the "Good Guys Table." Andre Iguodala and JaVale McGee, one-time teammates with Denver reunited ...

UNC: fan ejected after exchange with Louisville’s Pitino

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Roy Williams apologized to Louisville's Rick Pitino after the Cardinals coach had a heated verbal exchange with a fan as he came off the court for halftime during Wednesday night's game. ESPN video of the ...

Jayhawks eyeing outright Big 12 title at Texas

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer A look at the things to watch this weekend in the Big 12. GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Ninth-ranked Baylor visits Iowa State on Saturday in a crucial game for both teams. The Bears (23-5, 10-5) were in the running for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament before ...

Gillon’s 3 at buzzer lifts Syracuse past No. 10 Duke 78-75

By JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — John Gillon had done it before, just not quite on such a grand stage. With Syracuse desperate for a signature victory in what has been a so-so season, Gillon hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer, and Syracuse upset No. ...

Truex forced to relive closest 2nd in Daytona 500 history

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. saw his Daytona 500 victory vanish in just a blink of an eye. Eyes open. Eyes shut. One-hundredth of a second, the time it takes lightning to strike the ground. Truex might want to keep his eyes closed for a bit ...

D-League getting respect as legit NBA minor league system

By KAREEM COPELAND, AP Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Joel Bolomboy has been back and forth between the NBA Development League's Salt Lake City Stars and the Utah Jazz 15 times since November. In the old system, the second-round draft pick would have been racking up frequent flyer ...

Powerful presence: Encarnacion gives Indians booming bat

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — As fans lining the chain-linked fence next to Cleveland's main practice field jockeyed for better position to snatch an autograph or selfie with the team's newest star, Edwin Encarnacion showed no emotion. With his glove balanced on ...

Going deep: Dodgers add Gutierrez to already loaded roster

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Although Franklin Gutierrez officially joined the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday afternoon, the veteran outfielder had already been working out at their spring training complex for two days. The Dodgers reached a deal with him last ...

No. 19 Florida St. bounces back with rout of Boston College

By JOE REEDY, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A short turnaround ended up being the perfect remedy for Florida State. The 19th-ranked Seminoles were playing their second game in three days, but bounced back from Saturday's loss at Pittsburgh in a big way, routing Boston College ...

Kings GM on Cousins trade: I had a better deal two days ago

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac headed into All-Star weekend convinced it was finally time to part ways with ultra-talented center DeMarcus Cousins. Befitting a franchise that appears headed to a 11th straight season without a playoff berth, the Kings ...