National Sports

What’s next? NFL sparks new questions with anthem policy

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — With its popularity threatened and critics stretching all the way to the White House, the NFL just wanted to get past the debate over taking a knee during the national anthem. Put the focus back on football. Instead, the league seemed to ...

Bucks’ Brown decries ‘police intimidation’ during arrest

By IVAN MORENO, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee police chief has apologized to Sterling Brown and says officers have been disciplined for acting "inappropriately" after the Bucks player was zapped with a stun gun during his arrest for a parking violation in January. Brown, ...

Ovechkin, Holtby shine in Game 7, Caps beat Lightning 4-0

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin lifted the Prince of Wales Trophy, spun around and set it back down on a table. The rest of the Capitals joined him for a team photo after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Eastern ...

LEADING OFF: Astros-Indians again, Mets limp to tough trip

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: YOU AGAIN Houston's Charlie Morton and Cleveland's Mike Clevinger get a rematch of their most recent outing when the Astros and Indians begin a series at Progressive Field. Morton (6-0, 1.94 ERA) pitched Houston to a ...

Rockets to honor Texas school shooting victims before Game 5

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — When the Houston Rockets suit up for Thursday night's Western Conference finals game, they'll carry onto the court a remembrance of the 10 people who lost their lives in last week's Texas school shooting in Santa Fe. Each player's uniform ...

Ovechkin, Capitals headed to Stanley Cup Final vs. Vegas

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin is thrilled, though hardly satisfied. The Washington Capitals star is headed to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his 13-year career, eager to put more distance between the Eastern Conference champions and a ...

Harrison’s triple in 12th sends Pirates over Reds 5-4

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Josh Harrison came off the disabled list just in time to give his hometown a show. Harrison tripled home the go-ahead run in the 12th inning — his fourth hit of the game — and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied after wasting a late lead for a ...

Celtics beat Cavs 96-83 in Game 5, lead East finals 3-2

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James is tired. The young Boston Celtics seem to be getting stronger. Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points — his ninth 20-point game of the postseason — and Boston beat Cleveland 96-83 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the ...

Plutko, Miller pitch Indians past Cubs 1-0

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Plutko was nervous. Not about making his second major league start, really. It was all about stepping to the plate. Once that was over, everything fell into place. Plutko carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Andrew Miller ...

Profar 3-run double trumps 4 Yankees HRs in 12-10 Texas win

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Bronx Bombers are slugging homers at a record pace, and that still wasn't enough to beat last-place Texas. Jurickson Profar had a bases-clearing double that put the Rangers ahead to stay in a wild 12-10 win Wednesday night, ...