National Sports

Pitch framing tactics under a bit more scrutiny

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer The concept of pitch framing is not exactly new, but it certainly seems to be under a bit more scrutiny now. There was even a bench-clearing incident earlier this month when Arizona manager Torey Lovullo started arguing with the plate umpire about St. Louis ...

Jake hopes to become 4th generation of major league Boones

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Jake Boone takes grounders on a chilly, wind-swept diamond, a month into his freshman season at Princeton University, hoping to follow Ray, Bob, Bret & Aaron and make his the first four-generation family of major leaguers. "I ...

3 of a kind: Vegas tips Kings 3-2, closes in on series sweep

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Neal has been scoring big goals in pressure-packed playoff hockey games since way before the Vegas Golden Knights were even a gleam in owner Bill Foley's eye. When this most remarkable expansion team needed a third-period goal to ...

Calvert scores in OT, Blue Jackets up 2-0 on Caps in series

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky looked as poised facing 58 shots as he did before the game when he calmly walked down the hallway in a buttoned-up beige trenchcoat. On the ice, Bobrovsky stood out even more. The goaltender with a history of playoff ...

Harden scores 44 points, Rockets beat Wolves 104-101

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Trailing by 1 in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Houston Rockets needed someone to step up. No surprise that it was James Harden who came through. Harden scored 44 points and powered a big fourth-quarter run that ...

Eagles release cornerback Daryl Worley after his arrest

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have released cornerback Daryl Worley, hours after he was arrested. NFL Network reported that Worley was arrested Sunday morning near the team's practice facility and that police used a Taser on him after he ...

Marte’s 5 hits help Pirates, Nova beat Marlins 7-3

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — When things became testy between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins, Starling Marte kept swinging. And connecting. If the Pirates sought retribution for an inside fastball that sidelined Josh Harrison, Marte provided it by going 5 for 5 , ...

Crosby scores goal, leads Penguins to 5-1 Game 3 over Flyers

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The kitschy light-up bracelets flickered in the darkened arena and another packed house roared "Crosby sucks! Crosby sucks!" Here's the thing Philly fans haven't yet accepted about Sidney Crosby over the last 13 years, he really doesn't ...

Kershaw sharp, Dodgers end 11-game skid vs Diamondbacks, 7-2

By TOM CONNOLLY, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw took care of the Los Angeles Dodgers' long drought against the Diamondbacks. Kershaw struck out 12 and pitched two-hit ball over seven innings as the Dodgers ended an 11-game losing streak to Arizona in the regular season, ...

Robinson’s daughter says black MLBers reluctant to speak out

NEW YORK (AP) — Jackie Robinson's daughter thinks black baseball players are more reluctant to speak publicly about racial issues than their NFL and NBA colleagues because they constitute a lower percentage of rosters. She spoke at Citi Field on Sunday to mark Jackie Robinson Day, the 71st ...