National Sports

LEADING OFF: Stanton sees Marlins, White Sox warm up

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors Monday: REMEMBER ME? Giancarlo Stanton faces his former teammates when the Marlins visit Yankee Stadium. The slugger led the majors with 59 home runs and was the NL MVP last year, then was traded to New York. Stanton is ...

Victor-y: Oladipo scores 32 as Pacers stun LeBron, Cavs

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James figured he had experienced everything in 12 postseasons. Turns out, there was something new. Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and Indiana outplayed Cleveland from the start while pulling off a stunning 98-80 victory Sunday in ...

Cardinals sweep 4-game series from Reds with 3-2 victory

CINCINNATI (AP) — Carlos Martinez's changeup was too much for the reeling Reds. The St. Louis right-hander struck out a season-high 11 in seven shutout innings and Harrison Bader's two-run home run helped the Cardinals complete their first four-game sweep in Cincinnati since 1949 with a 3-2 ...

Durant, defending champ Warriors get defensive, beat Spurs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant helped the defending champions get defensive in a hurry, finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Golden State Warriors returned to their old dominant selves at playoff time to beat the cold-shooting San Antonio Spurs 113-92 on ...

Michigan’s Moe Wagner enters NBA draft, skips senior season

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Moe Wagner is entering the NBA draft, and this year it sounds like that decision is final. The Michigan big man announced his plans Saturday with an essay written for The Players’ Tribune, saying he’s decided to sign with an agent and enter the draft. “I’m ...

Killorn scores twice, Lightning beat Devils 5-3 in Game 2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It’s great to play well, even better to win. That’s’ how the Tampa Bay Lightning view a 2-0 series lead over the New Jersey Devils. “As a coach, you care about everything. You’d like to say you played the perfect game, but somebody else has a vote out there,” ...

Predators take 2-0 lead over Avalanche 5-4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Hartman’s empty-net goal with 1:09 left wound up the game-winner as the Nashville Predators held off the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in their first-round Western Conference series. Hartman’s goal gave the Predators a 5-3 lead until ...

Column: NBA playoffs are wide open — for once

By Paul Newberry AP Sports Columnist Hey, here’s something we haven’t heard before. The NBA playoffs are wide open. At perhaps no other time in the league’s history have so many teams gone into the postseason with a real shot at hoisting the trophy at the end of this two-month ...

Scherzer dominates, Nats end 3-game skid, beat Rockies 6-2

WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer dominated after an early hiccup, striking out 11 and retiring his final 20 batters as the Washington Nationals ended a three-game skid by beating the Colorado Rockies 6-2 on Saturday. Scherzer (3-1) issued a one-out walk in the first inning and Charlie Blackmon ...

Cards win 6-1, Reds have worst start since Great Depression

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds sunk to their worst start since 1931, losing their seventh in a row when Greg Garcia hit two home runs for the first time in his career and led the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-1 win Saturday. The Reds fell to a major league-worst 2-12. Not since the Great ...