National Sports

The interview remains critical in the NBA draft process

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The elevator stopped at the 16th floor of the swanky hotel, and after a few nervous steps down the hallway a soon-to-be professional athlete was ready to face perhaps the most unpredictable part of the NBA draft process. The ...

Koepka’s golf legacy secured after 2nd straight Open win

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — For a guy who has won all of three PGA Tour events, Brooks Koepka has a golf legacy that already is secure. That's how it should be for winning back-to-back U.S. Opens. Koepka became the first man to turn that impressive trick in ...

Texas Tech stuns Gators 6-3 in College World Series opener

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Texas Tech cleared the hurdle of winning a College World Series opener. It was a high one, too. Gabe Holt hit a tiebreaking single in the fifth inning and drove in an insurance run in the ninth, leading the Red Raiders to a stunning 6-3 win ...

Arkansas rides 8-run inning to 11-5 CWS win over Longhorns

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Once Arkansas' offense got rolling against Texas in the sixth inning, nothing could stop the Razorbacks. Not even the weather. Five straight batters had reached base when the teams were pulled from the field for a weather delay. When play ...

Flaherty, Carpenter help Cardinals shut down Cubs 5-0

By DAVID SOLOMON, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — John Brebbia pitched in 70 major league games before earning his first career win. When the wait was over, the individual accomplishment was an afterthought compared to the exhilaration of stopping his team's archrival from earning its ...

Allgaier wins Xfinity race at Iowa, leads 182 of 250 laps

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Justin Allgaier won all three stages and the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Sunday at Iowa Speedway for his second victory of the season. Racing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in JR Motorsports' No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro, Allgaier led 182 of 250 laps ...

Franco HR, 4 RBIs as Phillies hold off Brewers 10-9

By RICH ROVITO, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Maikel Franco didn't know he'd be in Philadelphia's starting lineup until he arrived at Miller Park. The Milwaukee Brewers likely wish he'd been on the bench. Franco homered and drove in four runs and the Phillies held off Milwaukee's ...

Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland at World Cup

By DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia. The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany ...

Parity comes to World Cup, where top nations fail to win

MOSCOW (AP) — Parity has come to the World Cup. Five of the top six nations in the FIFA rankings have played, and none has won. Only two of the top dozen teams have victories. Top-ranked Germany lost to No. 15 Mexico, second-ranked Brazil tied No. 6 Switzerland, No. 4 Portugal drew ...

Mexico’s Marquez in ‘great shape’ at fifth career World Cup

By CARLOS RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Mexico defender Rafael Marquez is feeling "in great shape" after becoming only the third man in history to play at a fifth career World Cup. The 39-year-old came on in the 74th minute of Mexico's 1-0 win over Germany on Sunday, following ...