National Sports

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 ...

James scores 36, Lakers end 5-game skid by beating Bulls

By The Associated Press undefined CHICAGO (AP) — LeBron James had 36 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 123-107 on Tuesday night and end a five-game losing streak. James played 33 minutes and showed no signs of letting up ...

Saint Mary’s knocks off No. 1 Gonzaga 60-47 for WCC title

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Saint Mary's heard for weeks about the NCAA Tournament bubble. First four in, first four out, fortunate to be in the discussion to be included in the field of 68. Tired of all the chatter, the Gaels put an emphatic end to it, popping ...

Malkin picks up 1,000th point, Pens rally by Caps 5-3

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeni Malkin isn't one for nerves. And yet they came anyway as the weeks crept by and the Pittsburgh Penguins star inched closer to 1,000 career points. A pep talk from coach Mike Sullivan helped. So did the return to form of one of the ...

McIlroy waiting for consistent golf to pay off in victories

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy is playing his most consistent golf since the end of 2011 and the start of 2012, when he finished no worse than third in nine out of 12 tournaments worldwide with two victories, the latter in the Honda Classic that ...

Top-seeded VCU seeking respect in A-10 Tournament

By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — VCU coach Mike Rhoades has never had to look far this season for a way to motivate the Rams. He routinely reminds his players that they were picked to finish in the middle of the Atlantic 10 standings. The Rams (25-6, 16-2 A-10) not only ...

Simmons, Sixers survive scare from short-handed Cavaliers

By DAVE ZEITLIN Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Asked to assess his overall performance, Joel Embiid said he was "trash." When the Philadelphia 76ers needed him the most, however, their All-Star center came to play. Ben Simmons scored 26 points, Embiid had 19 rebounds and made some big ...