National Sports

LEADING OFF: Braves need a closer, Royals-Chisox tempers

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: CLOSER NEEDED The Braves have a big hole in their bullpen now that closer Arodys Vizcaino will miss the rest of the season after having right shoulder surgery. General manager Alex Anthopoulos has heard ...

Gardner slam lifts Yanks over Red Sox 5-3 for 2-game sweep

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Brett Gardner smiled through the fog left from a gaudy celebration in the New York Yankees clubhouse, part of the new postgame routine that includes the razzle-dazzle of a smoke machine and strobe lights. "I think the idea was to play it ...

Celtics beat Pacers 99-91 to take 2-0 series lead

By The Associated Press undefined BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and the Boston Celtics rallied late in the fourth quarter to beat the Indiana Pacers 99-91 on Wednesday night for a 2-0 lead in the first-round series Coming out of a timeout with a chance for Indiana to tie it, ...

Carrasco K’s 12, Indians sweep Mariners with 1-0 win

By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — After one of the worst starts of his career, Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco spent several days tinkering to try and find solution. All it took was Carrasco picking up his tempo and believing in what he was throwing. "The last game I didn't have ...

Pirates top Tigers in 10 innings again, 3-2

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — At this point, Clint Hurdle is probably used to managing for more than nine innings. Colin Moran hit an RBI single in the top of the 10th, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Wednesday night. It was the second straight ...

Antetokounmpo leads Bucks past Pistons

By Rich Rovito Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 13 of his 26 points in Milwaukee’s big third quarter and the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 120-99 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. Eric Bledsoe led the Bucks with 27 ...

Pastrnak scores twice, Bruins beat Maple Leafs to tie series

TORONTO (AP) — David Pastrnak scored twice in quick succession, Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists and the Boston Bruins held off the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 on Wednesday night to tie the first-round series 2-2. Charlie McAvoy had a goal and an assist, Zdeno Chara and Joakim Nordstrom ...

Irving scores 37, Celtics rally past Pacers

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and the Boston Celtics rallied late in the fourth quarter to beat the Indiana Pacers 99-91 on Wednesday night and take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven, first-round series. Coming out of a timeout and with a ...

Wacha, Cardinals cool off Yelich, beat Brewers 6-3

By Joe Totoraitis Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Michael Wacha cooled off NL MVP Christian Yelich, Matt Carpenter and Marcell Ozuna each went deep, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 on Wednesday to avoid being swept. Yelich came in batting .556 with four home ...

Alliance officially out of business, files for bankruptcy

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Alliance of American Football is officially out of business. The eight-team league that folded after eight games of its initial season ceased all business operations and filed for bankruptcy Wednesday. "The AAF is committed to ensuring that our bankruptcy proceeds in ...