National Sports

Kalamazoo schools leader chosen as state superintendent

LANSING— Michigan’s Board of Education on Tuesday chose Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Michael Rice to lead the Department of Education, citing his track record of closing the “achievement gap” for minority students and his experience as an educator both in and outside the ...

LEADING OFF: Ohtani nears Angels return, biding Bumgarner

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: OHTANI ON DECK AL Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani will join the Angels in Detroit this week and could be set to make his season debut. The two-way star has been recovering from Tommy John surgery and isn't ...

Life remains normal for Kentucky Derby winner Country House

By GARY B. GRAVES AP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Country House isn't a racing rock star just yet. If not for the garland of roses draped across the white saw horse outside Bill Mott's stable at Churchill Downs or the sign beside his stall that reads 2019 ...

Blues, Stars meet again in Game 7 for spot in West finals

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer The Blues and Stars are set for Game 7 in a second-round series again, three years after St. Louis dominated a winner-take-all matchup in Dallas for a spot in the Western Conference finals. Deja vu or ancient history? Maybe a little of both for Alex ...

Analysis: Which new college football coaches might succeed?

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Success for a college football coach is best determined over an extended period of time. Impatient Florida State fans might not want to hear that these days. Willie Taggart will enter Season 2 as Seminoles coach trying to rebound from maybe the ...

Cubs bullpen goes wild, Marlins rally in 9th to win 6-5

By MATT CARLSON Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs closer Pedro Strop lost his control, and then Kyle Ryan had a brain cramp on a comebacker. The Miami Marlins, with the worst record in the majors, found a wild way to win against previously red-hot Chicago. Strop walked three batters in ...

After 15 years, Green Grand Prix still thriving at The Glen

By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — It's a cold day in early April, rain and sleet are pelting the garages at Watkins Glen International and snow is on the way. Bob Gillespie is undeterred as he puts the finishing touches on the Green Grand Prix. Rain or shine, the ...

LEADING OFF: Kluber’s broken forearm checked, Ohtani eager

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: KLUBER HURT Indians ace Corey Kluber will be re-evaluated in Cleveland, a day after a line drive in Miami broke his right forearm. There was no early word on how long the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner ...

Knocked down and bloodied, Craig keeps going in Game 2 loss

By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — Nose bloodied, Torrey Craig returned wearing a clear mask. Knocked down later, his Denver Nuggets teammates rushed to his defense. There's no masking the appreciation the Nuggets have for their defensive specialist. Bloodied and bruised, Craig ...

Hurricanes top Islanders 5-2; Stars beat Blues 4-2

By The Associated Press undefined RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sebastian Aho set up Justin Williams' go-ahead goal with 9:45 remaining, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Wednesday night to take a 3-0 lead in their second-round series. Teuvo Teravainen had two goals, ...