National Sports

James scores 36 points in Lakers’ 123-107 win over Bulls

By PATRICK ROSE Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Less than a week after passing Michael Jordan for fourth on the NBA's career scoring list, LeBron James delivered a memorable night at the arena Jordan first made famous. James had 36 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a ...

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 ...

Kyle Busch completes weekend swept in Arizona desert

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Busch made it a weekend sweep at ISM Raceway in the Arizona desert. Just like he nearly did last week at Las Vegas. Busch tracked down Ryan Blaney over a long green-flag run before passing his Team Penske rival for the lead with ...

Embiid lifts 76ers past Pacers in return from knee injury

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid mouthed "I'm back" to a roaring 76ers crowd that had missed the popular big man. The Sixers will need him to stick around to get back among the NBA's elite. Embiid had 33 points and 12 rebounds in his first game in nearly a ...

Penguins end Bruins’ 19-game point streak in 4-2 win

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — For the first time in nearly two months, the Boston Bruins ran out of time. It tends to happen when the Bruins play in Pittsburgh, no matter how hot they are. Jared McCann scored twice, Matt Murray finished with 39 saves and the Penguins ...

Suns beat Warriors for first time since 2014

By The Associated Press undefined OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Devin Booker scored 13 straight Phoenix points during a decisive fourth-quarter stretch and finished with 37, and the Suns snapped the NBA's longest active losing streak to one opponent at 18 games by beating the Golden State Warriors ...

All about LeBron: Where does the Lakers star go from here?

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer The year was 2005. No one had an iPhone. No one had tweeted. Facebook wasn't part of the mainstream. And it was the last time the NBA playoffs didn't have LeBron James. The Los Angeles Lakers aren't mathematically eliminated from postseason consideration ...

Molina plays for 1st time this spring, Ohtani plays catch

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Leaving the clubhouse after his first exhibition game this year, St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina got a fist bump from third baseman Matt Carpenter. “It’s good to have you back,” said Carpenter, one All-Star to another. Molina went 1 for 2 as a designated hitter ...

No. 3 UNC meets No. 4 Duke to close ACC regular-season slate

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND No. 4 Duke at No. 3 North Carolina. The rematch of the fierce rivalry is the final game of the league schedule, this time in Chapel Hill. The Tar ...

Like Mike: LeBron overwhelmed after passing Jordan, his hero

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the very first day LeBron James picked up a basketball, he wanted to be like Mike. James and his closest friends idolized Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron's competitive playgrounds and tough streets. As James grew ...