National Sports

Maple Leafs hope for new ending in Game 7 against Bruins

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — This is where the Toronto Maple Leafs try to change the ending. After beating the Bruins in back-to-back elimination games to force their first-round playoff series to the limit — just like they did in 2013 — the Maple Leafs are hoping to ...

Horford, Smart lift Celtics over Bucks 92-87 for 3-2 lead

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Al Horford had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Marcus Smart made an impact in his first game since mid-March and the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 92-87 on Tuesday night for a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series. Smart came ...

Cavs guard Hill questionable for Game 5

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cavaliers point guard George Hill is questionable for Wednesday's crucial Game 5 against Indiana because of back spasms. Hill has been dealing with back problems since the series opener when he was flattened by an illegal screen by Pacers forward Trevor ...

A tale of 2 bats, and Babe Ruth’s 60th home run in 1927

By VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As part of its collection of Babe Ruth items, the Baseball Hall of Fame says it has the bat the slugger used to hit his then-record 60th home run in 1927. A private collector also claims to own the bat, and he's selling it at auction. ...

Caps roll over Blue Jackets, look to nemesis Pittsburgh

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After dropping the first two playoff games at home in overtime, the Washington Capitals picked up momentum that only got stronger as they took down the Columbus Blue Jackets in four straight. Now they'll strive to keep the intensity ...

LEADING OFF: Ohtani faces champs; Cubs-Indians rematch

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ TOUGH TEST Shohei Ohtani (2-1, 3.60 ERA) makes his fourth major league start for the Los Angeles Angels, this one against Charlie Morton (3-0, 0.72) and the World Series champion Houston Astros. Ohtani, the ...

Mitchell scores 33, Jazz rout Thunder 113-96

By JOHN COON, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Shutting down the Utah Jazz offense is proving easier said than done for the Oklahoma City Thunder. For a second straight game, a late second-quarter surge by Utah carried over into the second half and it allowed the Jazz to pull away for ...

Bucks’ Maker, other reserves step into NBA playoff spotlight

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Thon Maker is having his biggest games at the biggest time of the year. Not bad for a bench guy and someone who, as recently as last week, was a roster afterthought. Maker had never blocked five shots in any NBA game before this ...

Rockets use 50-point 3rd quarter to blow out Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — James Harden gave Houston quite the jump-start with 22 of the team's 50 points in the third quarter, as the Rockets cruised past the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-100 on Monday night to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. Chris Paul scored 15 of his 25 points ...

Unaccustomed to 1st-round holes, LeBron needs win at Pacers

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer LeBron James is keeping his thoughts to himself. Whatever concerns — or confidence — he might harbor about his Cleveland Cavaliers facing a 2-1 first-round Eastern Conference series hole heading into Game 4 at the Indiana Pacers on Sunday were not ...