National Sports

Neymar not upset at critics of his World Cup rolling

By MAURICIO SAVARESE, AP Sports Writer SAO PAULO (AP) — Neymar said he isn't upset with critics who have made fun of his apparent theatrics during the World Cup in Russia. At an auction Thursday organized by Neymar Jr. institute, the striker appeared in public for the first time since ...

LEADING OFF: Hader faces Brewers, Machado debuts for Dodgers

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors Friday: HADER RETURNS Milwaukee reliever Josh Hader rejoins the team, three days after years-old racist and homophobic tweets of his resurfaced during the All-Star Game. The Brewers open the second half at Miller Park ...

DeMarcus Cousins relishing fresh start in Golden State

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins spent his first eight seasons in the NBA chasing two things — peace and the playoffs. After signing with Golden State as a free agent, the four-time All-Star center has no doubts he'll finally find both, and that ...

Kisner takes lead, Carnoustie holds its own at British Open

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — The silver claret jug was on the first tee Thursday morning at Carnoustie, a trophy that Kevin Kisner knows all too well. Kisner flew home from the British Open last year with Jordan Spieth, a flight that was delayed while waiting ...

Rowdy Tour fans tarnish win for Thomas atop Alpe d’Huez

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer ALPE D'HUEZ, France (AP) — One of cycling's big attractions is that fans don't have to pay to watch — and they can get as close as they want to the riders. The sport paid for that unlimited access Thursday when unruly spectators interrupted the most ...

Holy homers! AL tops NL 8-6 in 10th

WASHINGTON (AP) — Houston teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer hit back-to-back homers in the 10th inning, and the American League beat the National League 8-6 in a power-crazy All-Star Game. There were 10 homers on the night at Nationals Park, shattering the previous All-Star Game ...

McLemore returns to Kings in trade

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired guard Garrett Temple from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for guard Ben McLemore, center Deyonta Davis, a future second-round pick and cash considerations. Temple, 32, scored a career-high 8.4 points per game and shot 39.2 percent ...

Warriors coach Steve Kerr receives contract extension

By Janie McCauley AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has received a contract extension following the franchise’s repeat championship and third title in four years during his tenure. Kerr and general manager Bob Myers, who are close friends ...

Delle Donne, Parker to captain 2018 WNBA All-Star Game

NEW YORK (AP) — Elena Delle Donne and Candace Parker will captain the WNBA All-Star teams in two weeks. Maya Moore was the top vote getter, but told the league she was unable to perform the captain duties, giving Parker the chance as the third-place finisher in the voting done by fans, ...

Players open to expanded DH, wild card, but MLB not keen

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball players are open to extending the designated hitter to the National League and to expanding the winner-take-all wild-card playoff to a multi-game series. Management has little interest. The American League has used the DH since ...