National Sports

Nashville wants more history than just 1st Stanley Cup Final

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators, the final team into the NHL playoffs, are headed to the first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history. Coach Peter Laviolette insists they won't just be happy to be there either. "Our guys know the big ...

LEADING OFF: Cano comes off DL; Harvey returns home

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ HE'S BACK All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano is expected to come off the disabled list when Seattle begins an interleague series at NL East-leading Washington. Cano has been sidelined with a strained ...

So long, Wayne?: Cup final may be Rooney’s last United game

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Wayne Rooney could finish his Manchester United career by hoisting a European trophy, surrounded by jubilant teammates and with fireworks exploding around him. Still, it wouldn't be quite the end he would have envisioned after 13 ...

Desperate Ottawa tries to avoid elimination by Penguins

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Guy Boucher has typically kept his team off the ice on off-days during the postseason. Not Monday. The Ottawa coach opted for a half-hour practice ahead of Game 6 on Tuesday night to help his team "refresh" and "reload" after a 7-0 beating by Pittsburgh, one of the ...

Curry’s 36 points leads Warriors to sweep Spurs, 129-115

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Golden State made sure the inevitable was unavoidable. Heavily favored to beat the Spurs, especially once Kawhi Leonard sustained a series-ending injury, the Warriors completed a dominant sweep in the Western Conference Finals. Stephen ...

Column: Scott Dixon grabs Indy 500 spotlight, robbery aside

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It is only fitting that it was Scott Dixon, the greatest IndyCar driver of his generation, to grab some of the spotlight away from Fernando Alonso. Sure, "The Iceman" was robbed at gunpoint in the drive thru of a Taco Bell just a ...

Preds win from ousting Ducks to reach 1st Stanley Cup Final

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators don't have their top center, and their captain is day to day with an upper-body injury. They still have Pekka Rinne in net. And the Predators have a chance at history on their own ice, a win away from the ...

Alonso overcomes learning curve, engine change to start 5th

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — For a few brief moments Sunday, Fernando Alonso was on top of the IndyCar world. The two-time Formula One champion conquered an unexpected engine change and Indianapolis' usually tricky 2 1/2-mile oval with the fastest four-lap ...

Gardner, Sabathia lead Yanks over Rays 3-2, avoid sweep

By MARK DIDTLER, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Yankees manager Joe Girardi couldn't help but smile when talking about 5-foot-11 Brett Gardner going deep again and 6-foot-7 Aaron Judge making an unbelievable diving catch. Gardner hit his eighth home run, one more than this ...

Penguins strike early, rout Senators 7-0 to take 3-2 lead

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan calls it "getting to our game." It means he wants his team to attack opponents with speed, aggression and a dash of responsibility. Physically translated, it looks like the 60 minutes the defending ...