National Sports

In her Captain America suit, Vonn is finally ready to attack

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — The Olympic downhill is little more than a month away and Lindsey Vonn is finally ready to start attacking at 100 percent again. Forget that unusual image of the 78-time World Cup winner skiing cautiously amid difficult ...

Wawrinka, Muguruza out in 2nd round, heat soars in Australia

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Stan Wawrinka left it as late as possible before deciding his knee might just be good enough to get him through the Australian Open. The 2014 champion was being way too ambitious. A 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 loss to No. 97-ranked Tennys Sandgren ...

Joint Olympic flag deal angers conservatives in South Korea

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When athletes from the rival Koreas paraded together behind a single flag for the first time at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, it was a highly emotional event that came on a wave of hope for reconciliation ...

GoDaddy to sponsor Patrick in ‘Danica Double’

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Danica Patrick is going back to green. GoDaddy Green, to be exact — a fitting color for her farewell tour. The company will sponsor Patrick in the upcoming "Danica Double" that will close out her racing career, The Associated Press has learned. Patrick has no ...

Veterans Nagy, Surovy to lead Slovakia at Olympics

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Veteran forwards Ladislav Nagy and Tomas Surovy are the most experienced players on the Slovakia team for next month's Olympics in South Korea. The 38-year-old Nagy played 435 NHL games with St. Louis, Phoenix, Dallas and Los Angeles, scoring 115 goals and adding ...

Home underdogs again, Eagles embrace their role

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The dog masks aren't going anywhere. The Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) are home underdogs again. Case Keenum and the Minnesota Vikings (14-3) opened the week as 3½-point favorites in the NFC championship game on Sunday. That's just ...

Joel Embiid, 76ers hold on, edge Raptors 117-111

By MIKE CRANSTON, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 34 points and 11 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers narrowly avoided blowing another big lead in a 117-111 victory over the cold-shooting Toronto Raptors on Monday. T.J. McConnell added a career-high 18 points and JJ ...

Golden Knights hope to sustain momentum in second half

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — A day after the NHL's biggest surprise team lost a rare home game in front of the biggest crowd of the season, more than 10,000 fans flooded downtown Las Vegas for a Golden Knights fan fest. That's the kind of impact their record-shattering ...

Penn State is growing into ‘Hockey Valley’

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — In the shadow of Beaver Stadium stands a sparkling rink with two sheets of ice that Terry Pegula hopes will be the incubator for the growth of hockey in Pennsylvania and across the United States. Eight years ago, Pegula and his ...

Kevin Durant becomes 44th player to join 20,000 point club

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant became the 44th player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points Wednesday night. Durant reached the milestone on a pull-up jumper from the left wing at the 1:41 mark of second quarter. The Warriors announced his accomplishment on the main scoreboard ...