National Sports

LEADING OFF: Yelich back at it on HR streak, 3 home openers

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: M-V-P! M-V-P! Christian Yelich has picked up right where he left off last season. The 2018 NL MVP hit his fourth homer Sunday and then a two-run double in the ninth inning that gave Milwaukee a dramatic 5-4 ...

Zion, No. 1 Duke miss out on Final Four in loss to Spartans

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty minutes after his first and, in all likelihood, last season at Duke ended with an Elite Eight exit, Zion Williamson trudged through an arena hallway, his head down. Following closely behind was teammate RJ Barrett, another ...

AP source: Red Sox, Bogaerts agree at $132M through 2025

By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has agreed to terms on a new contract that would keep him in Boston through 2025 and guarantee him $132 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday night. Bogaerts will ...

Penguins inch closer to playoff spot, top Hurricanes 3-1

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Cullen is well-versed in the electricity that creeps into a locker room when the games dwindle down to a precious few and the playoffs loom. It's one of the main reasons the veteran Pittsburgh Penguins center — at 42 the NHL's oldest ...

Williams leads Pirates past Reds 5-0

CINCINNATI (AP) — Trevor Williams looked like himself on the mound. He looked like somebody else at the plate. Williams pitched six effective innings and drove in two runs, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the sloppy Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Sunday. "He was just efficient," Pirates ...

Woods advances at Match Play after McIlroy meltdown

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tiger Woods moved into the quarterfinals Saturday at the Dell Technologies Match Play by beating Rory McIlroy in a match that turned on one bad shot. Their first match against each other ended on the 17th hole, when Woods holed a 12-foot ...

TIPPING OFF: First 2 Final 4 spots on the line

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer The first two spots in the Final Four will be decided on Saturday. Both games will be strength against strength. In the West Region, Gonzaga and the best offense in Division I will face Texas Tech and the nation's best defense. The South Region will have ...

TIPPING OFF: Defense key to victories in women’s Sweet 16

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Defense was the key to teams advancing Friday night to the Elite Eight of the women's NCAA Tournament. It might also be the difference Saturday when eight more teams try to reach the regional finals, including top seeds Notre Dame ...

Rinne makes 42 saves, Predators top Penguins 3-1

By The Associated Press undefined PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pekka Rinne stopped 42 shots to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night. Rinne was 63 seconds from his fifth shutout of the season when Nick Bjugstad scored for Pittsburgh. Viktor ...

Cards’ Goldschmidt hits 3 HRs, walked intentionally in 9th

By JOE TOTORAITIS Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt was hoping to swing for baseball history when Brewers manager Craig Counsell took the bat out of his hands. Though he felt for the boo-bird Cardinal fans behind the visiting dugout, the move wasn't much of a surprise to ...