National Sports

Raptors take NBA Finals opener, beat Warriors 118-109

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer TORONTO (AP) — The first NBA Finals game outside the U.S. was a party 24 years in the making. Then Pascal Siakam and the Raptors really gave Toronto something to celebrate. Siakam scored a playoff career-high 32 points and the Raptors made a smashing ...

Michigan’s Howard becomes latest NBA player to coach college

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer Michigan had a multitude of options to replace longtime coach John Beilein. The Wolverines could have gone with a big-name hire, an up-and-coming young coach or a veteran assistant. Instead, athletic director Warde Manuel raised at least a few eyebrows ...

NBA monitoring political climate with China, without worries

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer TORONTO (AP) — The NBA is closely monitoring the ongoing trade dispute and tariff rift between the U.S. and China, though the league is not yet worried that it will interfere with any business happening with the world's most populous nation. NBA ...

Guerrero to lead Peru’s squad in Brazil’s Copa America

LIMA, Peru (AP) — After his suspension for doping, Paolo Guerrero will once again be Peru's leader in a Copa America tournament. The 35-year-old striker is the main name of the squad announced by Argentine coach Ricardo Gareca on Thursday for the tournament in Brazil. Guerrero's ban ...

Howard sheds tears of joy as takes the reins at Michigan

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Juwan Howard wiped tears of joy off his cheeks as he sat with his family. Moments later, he was formally introduced as Michigan's basketball coach. Howard then got up and hugged athletic director Warde Manuel, who triggered even more ...

Three-time All-Star Carlos Gonzalez, Cubs close in on deal

CHICAGO (AP) — Three-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and the Chicago Cubs were closing in on a minor league deal Thursday. Gonzalez's agent, Scott Boras, said a contract was being finalized. A three-time Gold Glove winner, Gonzalez was designated for assignment by Cleveland last ...

30-1 odds on Ruiz against Joshua say it all

By BARRY WILNER AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The odds of 30-1 say it all. Andy Ruiz barely was on anyone's heavyweight radar when he was summoned as a replacement to fight champion Anthony Joshua. On Saturday, massive underdog Ruiz promises he could be the next Buster Douglas. "I've ...

Winners and losers of the NBA’s draft withdrawal deadline

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and RJ Barrett all remained in the NBA draft through the withdrawal deadline. No surprise there, nor for several other players expected to go in the first round. Numerous other players faced difficult decisions on Wednesday, ...

Moore leads by 1 at Memorial as Woods gets off to slow start

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods got off to a slower start than he would have liked Thursday at the Memorial. That had more do with a stopwatch than a scorecard. Ryan Moore opened with five birdies in seven holes and never missed a fairway after the first ...

Blues beat Bruins in OT, Stanley Cup tied 1-1

BOSTON (AP) — Carl Gunnarsson scored on a delayed penalty 3:51 into overtime, Jordan Binnington made 21 saves and the St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Wednesday night to tie the Stanley Cup Final at a game apiece. Robert Bortuzzo and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored to help St. ...