National Sports

Doc is in: Emrick not slowing down in his dream job

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues’ morning skates are over and a handful of broadcasters have taken the ice to re-enact a play from this bruising Stanley Cup Final. In the otherwise empty stands is a singular figure having a good ...

Column: Heavyweights are suddenly fun once again

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist Just when things were starting to make sense in boxing and the heavyweight division was shaping up nicely, a fat guy with blazingly quick hands wiped away most of the preconceived notions of where it would all eventually lead. Andy Ruiz Jr. didn't just ...

With Chara hurt, Bruins need help on D in Stanley Cup Game 5

By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy says Zdeno Chara will be checked out in Boston to see whether he will be able to play in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Chara took a deflected puck off his face in the second period of Game 4 on Monday ...

Kevin Durant out for Game 3 of NBA Finals

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant still isn't ready to return for the Golden State Warriors as he works back from a strained right calf he suffered during the Western Conference semifinals. Durant didn't practice with the Warriors on Tuesday leading into ...

Konta sweeps Stephens off the court to reach French semis

By ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — Sloane Stephens never stood a chance. Johanna Konta produced a remarkably dominant performance against last year's runner-up, winning 6-1, 6-4 Tuesday to become the first British woman to reach the French Open semifinals since Jo Durie in ...

5 players to watch at the Women’s World Cup

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer The Women's World Cup kicks off Friday in Paris. Twenty-four teams will traverse France for the next month in pursuit of soccer's most prestigious trophy. Here are five players to watch during the tournament: ALEX MORGAN, United States: Morgan was named ...

Blues top Bruins 4-2, knot Stanley Cup Final at 2-2

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ryan O’Reilly scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period for his second of the night, and the St. Louis Blues thrived in a chaotic Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night to beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 and tie the ...

Bell caps historic month in style, Pirates top Brewers 9-4

By Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Bell finished off his historic May with two more hits, Starling Marte added three hits and scored three times and the Pittsburgh Pirates pounced on struggling Milwaukee starter Jhoulys Chacin in a 9-4 victory Friday night. Bell went ...

Blues must balance emotion, discipline at home in Cup Final

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tyler Bozak witnessed the first NHL playoff game in Toronto after a seven-year drought. David Perron experienced the first Stanley Cup Final game in Las Vegas. They ain't seen nothin' yet. When the St. Louis Blues host the Boston Bruins ...

Pliskova’s performance hampered by the slow clay in Paris

By ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — So dominant this month when she won the Italian Open, Karolina Pliskova looked out of her comfort zone on the red clay of Paris on Friday. The second-seeded Czech struggled in the longer rallies of a 6-3, 6-3 loss to No. 31 Petra Martic in the ...