National Sports

Rockets advance, wait to see if they’ll get shot at Warriors

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Minutes after the Houston Rockets eliminated the Utah Jazz to advance to the Western Conference semifinals for the third straight season they were already looking ahead to the possibility of getting another shot at the Golden State ...

Spurs seeking a Game 7; Nuggets look to advance

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich goes to the playoffs every season. And he usually sticks around for a while. The Spurs have never gone back-to-back years without a trip to the second round of the playoffs during the Popovich era. But the Denver Nuggets ...

Woods says he’ll play new PGA Tour event in Japan

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer Masters champion Tiger Woods is adding to his international travels at the end of this year, announcing Wednesday night that he will compete in Japan for the first time in 13 years at the new Zozo Championship. Woods said on Twitter that he was excited to play ...

Nashville gets its chance to step up for NFL draft

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Broadway in downtown Nashville is as lively a place as any in America. The Las Vegas Strip, Times Square and Bourbon Street have nothing on it. Particularly this week. For the first time, the NFL draft is in Music City, and ...

AP source: Chiefs get Clark from Seahawks for draft picks

By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs acquired pass rusher Frank Clark from the Seattle Seahawks for a package of picks Tuesday, then quickly agreed with him on a $105 million, five-year contract, as they continue to overhaul their much-maligned ...

LA Rams exercise contract option on Goff

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have exercised their fifth-year contract option on quarterback Jared Goff for the 2020 season. Rams general manager Les Snead announced the long-anticipated move Tuesday. He also affirmed the NFC champions’ plan to sign Goff to a long-term ...

Hurricanes rally past Capitals 5-2, force Game 7

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jordan Staal scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist in the third period, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Monday night to force Game 7 in their first-round playoff series. Justin Williams scored an insurance goal seconds after the ...

Antetokounmpo scores 41, leads Bucks to sweep of Detroit

By Noah Trister AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 41 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat Detroit 127-104 on Monday night, completing a four-game sweep of the Pistons and advancing to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2001. Milwaukee ...

CBS Sports signs multiyear deal with WNBA

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA is nearly doubling its national TV exposure with a multiyear deal with CBS Sports. CBS Sports Network will broadcast 40 WNBA games beginning next month when the season opens. The Minnesota Lynx vs. the Chicago Sky on May 25 ...

Defense order of the day for 1st round of NFL draft

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — We learned during the 2018 season that offense is beloved by NFL teams (and fans). We also learned that defense, as performed by the Patriots in the Super Bowl, carries away the Lombardi Trophy. This year’s draft, which ...