National Sports

Even in nice weather, spring training can be a grind

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Earlier this week, Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire left several of his top players out of the starting lineup. It was a rainy morning, but that wasn't the only reason. Gardenhire said some were dealing with aches and pains. "I talked ...

Penguins continue mastery of Blue Jackets in 3-0 win

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Sullivan isn't looking for an explanation. The Pittsburgh Penguins coach isn't sure there is one that can adequately describe why his team dominates the Columbus Blue Jackets. "All I can tell you is, every game we play them is a ...

Mets great Tom Seaver diagnosed with dementia at 74

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, the star of the Miracle Mets 1969 World Series championship team, has been diagnosed with dementia at age 74. His family made the announcement Thursday through the Hall and said Seaver has retired from public ...

LaVine scores 39, Bulls beat 76ers 108-107

CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine scored 39 points and hit the go-ahead layup in the closing seconds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 108-107 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. LaVine scored 13 in the fourth quarter as the Bulls wiped out a 10-point deficit on their way to one ...

Spring training: Astros’ Alex Bregman slowed by back tightness

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman left Wednesday’s 11-5 victory over the Miami Marlins because of back stiffness. Bregman walked in the first inning and was replaced after the second. He was playing his third spring training game following arthroscopic ...

No. 10 LSU escapes with 79-78 victory at Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tremont Waters dribbled the length of the court for the tying basket with 3 seconds remaining in regulation and then hit a 3-pointer early in overtime, helping No. 10 LSU escape with a 79-78 victory at Florida on Wednesday night. The Gators had a chance to win it ...

Hayward, Celtics run away from Warriors for a 128-95 win

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins lost his cool and the Golden State Warriors lost at home in embarrassing fashion once again. Gordon Hayward scored 30 points off the bench, Kyrie Irving had 19 points and 11 assists, and the Boston Celtics ran away ...

Barrett scores 28, No. 4 Duke outlasts Wake Forest 71-70

By The Associated Press undefined DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — RJ Barrett scored 28 points and No. 4 Duke held on to beat Wake Forest 71-70 on Tuesday night after Chaundee Brown's jumper rimmed out at the buzzer. Tre Jones added 13 points for a sluggish Duke team missing star freshman Zion ...

AP sources: MLB near deal for rosters to expand to 26 in ’20

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players' union are near an agreement to expand active rosters by one to 26 starting in 2020 as part of a deal that would include a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after opening day this year. As ...

Official: Santa Anita cancels racing after 21 horse deaths

By BETH HARRIS AP Racing Writer ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita has canceled racing indefinitely to re-examine its dirt surface after the deaths of 21 horses in the last two months. Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, told The Associated ...