National Sports

Powerful presence: Encarnacion gives Indians booming bat

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — As fans lining the chain-linked fence next to Cleveland's main practice field jockeyed for better position to snatch an autograph or selfie with the team's newest star, Edwin Encarnacion showed no emotion. With his glove balanced on ...

Going deep: Dodgers add Gutierrez to already loaded roster

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Although Franklin Gutierrez officially joined the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday afternoon, the veteran outfielder had already been working out at their spring training complex for two days. The Dodgers reached a deal with him last ...

No. 19 Florida St. bounces back with rout of Boston College

By JOE REEDY, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A short turnaround ended up being the perfect remedy for Florida State. The 19th-ranked Seminoles were playing their second game in three days, but bounced back from Saturday's loss at Pittsburgh in a big way, routing Boston College ...

Kings GM on Cousins trade: I had a better deal two days ago

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac headed into All-Star weekend convinced it was finally time to part ways with ultra-talented center DeMarcus Cousins. Befitting a franchise that appears headed to a 11th straight season without a playoff berth, the Kings ...

Ankiel says he drank vodka before starts to tame anxiety

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rick Ankiel says he drank vodka before his first two starts in 2001 to quell anxiety after throwing five wild pitches in one inning during the previous season's playoffs. Ankiel detailed his experience during an interview with 590 The Fan on Monday. Ankiel had a promising ...

After Huggins’ scary moment, No. 12 WVU beats Texas 77-62

By JOHN LOWE, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Bob Huggins fell to his knees and clutched his chest during a scary moment just before halftime. West Virginia players picked up their coach, got him to the bench and made his job easier by maintaining a comfortable lead the rest of ...

Lots of points, lots of dunks, not a lot of All-Star defense

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It was the fourth quarter of the All-Star Game, and a few fans started yelling loudly enough for DeAndre Jordan to hear them from his spot on the Western Conference bench. Their cry: "De-fense! De-fense!" Jordan's shout back: "No, ...

AP Source: Pelicans acquiring Cousins in multi-player deal

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins is on his way out of Sacramento — and right into an All-Star frontcourt pairing with Anthony Davis. The New Orleans Pelicans agreed to acquire Cousins from the Kings on Sunday, the same night the center was playing in ...

Roger Federer says Laver Cup will be a tough competition

PRAGUE (AP) — Roger Federer says the new Laver Cup team tournament is supposed to be a "tough" contest, not an exhibition. The competition will pit a team of the best six European players against the top six from the rest of the world. The inaugural edition is scheduled for September in ...

Tatar, Vanek lead Red Wings past Penguins

By DAN SCIFO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Admittedly not where they want to be in the standings, the Detroit Red Wings still have plenty of fight left. That much was evident this weekend with back-to-back wins against two of the NHL's best teams. Tomas Tatar and Thomas Vanek scored ...