National Sports

LEADING OFF: Mets try to continue fast start

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ NEW YORK GROOVE Riding an eight-game winning streak that has lifted them to the top record in the majors, the surprising New York Mets try to extend the best start in franchise history to 11-1 when they open ...

Forsberg scores twice in 3rd as Preds rally, beat Avs 5-2

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville forward Filip Forsberg stunned his teammates and the Colorado Avalanche with one dazzling sequence. Forsberg passed the puck to himself through his own legs and rookie defenseman Samuel Girard's legs on his way to his ...

Artemi Panarin lifts Blue Jackets past Capitals in OT

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Artemi Panarin scored 6:02 into overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Panarin made an incredible individual move to drive by fellow ...

Polanco homers twice to power Pirates past Cubs 6-1

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Gregory Polanco and the Pittsburgh Pirates wasted no time in bouncing back from a rout to make an early statement in the National League Central. Polanco homered twice to help back a third straight solid start by Trevor Williams, and ...

Knicks fire coach Jeff Hornacek after 2 seasons

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks will open their offseason with a coaching search. The team fired coach Jeff Hornacek early Thursday, making the decision shortly after beating Cleveland on Wednesday night to finish a 29-53 season. They lost more ...

Without Curry or top seed, Warriors face different playoffs

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry on the sidelines again, this time with a hurt knee. No longer the sure-thing No. 1 seed. Steve Kerr piecing together rotations based on who's available through illness and injury. It hasn't exactly been an easy course ...

Crosby has hat trick, Penguins rout Flyers 7-0

By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby had his third career postseason hat trick, Evgeni Malkin added a highlight-reel goal and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins opened the playoffs with a 7-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday ...

Beantown Brawl! Yankees fight to 10-7 win over Red Sox

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The fuse has officially been lit in the newest chapter of the ramped-up Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. Zim vs. Pedro. A-Rod vs. Varitek. Munson vs. Fisk. And now, Tyler Austin tangling with Joe Kelly. In a matchup between clubs that have long ...

Crunching the numbers for the Stanley Cup playoffs

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins right winger Josh Jooris wears No. 16. That happens to be the total wins necessary for the team to retain the Stanley Cup for a third straight season. There are lots of relevant numbers to be crunched heading into the ...

15 in a row: Sixers add new chapter to long, proud history

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have a long, proud history. They've been around since the NBA's very first season, starting out as the Syracuse Nationals. Their resume includes three championships. The list of franchise greats runs from Dolph Schayes ...