National Sports

Turn it up to 11? Pens, Caps have a lot to live up to

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby doesn't think the Pittsburgh Penguins have some sort of mystical edge over the Washington Capitals. That all those series and all those years and all that dominance will not mean a thing when the two longtime rivals meet in the ...

Penn State’s Barkley is best talent, but QBs to lead draft

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Saquon Barkley is the best player in this year's draft. Yet he might not go in the first handful of picks Thursday night. Huh? Blame the desperation to find quarterbacks in great part for the possibility that the Penn State ...

Florida State’s Martin closes in on NCAA baseball win record

By JOE REEDY, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Martin has seen college baseball grow on and off the diamond during his 39 seasons roaming Florida State's dugout. And the Seminoles coach has won along the way — a lot. Martin, who has 1,973 wins, needs three more to pass ...

LEADING OFF: Indians’ Miller out, Cubs’ Bryant could return

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: AILING Cleveland reliever Andrew Miller could miss a few days because of a hamstring injury. The left-hander grabbed the back of his leg after throwing two pitches to the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo on Wednesday night. The ...

Bruins advance with 7-4 win over Maple Leafs in Game 7

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins didn't need overtime this time, and they didn't even need all four third-period goals to send the Toronto Maple Leafs home for the summer again. Five years after an unprecedented rally from a three-goal, third-period deficit ...

Three of a grind: Playoff rematches crank up the hatred

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer When the Washington Capitals faced the New York Islanders in the playoffs five years in a row in the 1980s, players knew everything. They knew where Mike Bossy loved to shoot from, that Bob Nystrom was going to run them over and that they'd better watch out ...

Westbrook scores 45; Thunder beat Jazz to avoid elimination

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook unleashed the same fury he had in Game 4, just a little more efficiently this time. Westbrook was controlled, and he was too much for Utah. Silent and serious, the reigning league MVP scored 33 of his 45 points in the ...

Rockets advance to 2nd round with eyes on bigger goals

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets spent almost no time celebrating their first-round playoff series win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. For the top-seeded Rockets, it simply moved them a little closer toward their goal of bringing the ...

UEFA charges Bayern for 2 fan incidents at Real Madrid game

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has charged Bayern Munich for two fan incidents during the team's Champions League loss to Real Madrid. UEFA says its disciplinary panel will study an "illicit" anti-UEFA banner displayed at Wednesday's game in Munich, and a "field invasion" by fans after ...

Ricky Rubio’s play points to winning ways in NBA postseason

By Cliff Brunt AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A poised and productive Ricky Rubio has been smiling and laughing, masterfully running Utah’s offense in his matchup with Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook. Meanwhile, the reigning league MVP has been scowling, shoving, fouling, ...