National Sports

Baffert takes aim at record-tying 6th Kentucky Derby win

By BETH HARRIS AP Racing Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The pain of seeing Cavonnier get beat by a nose in his first Kentucky Derby nearly kept trainer Bob Baffert from returning to Churchill Downs. He figured he would never again have a horse good enough to win on the first Saturday in ...

Hurricanes beat Islanders 5-2, take 3-0 series lead

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, including an empty-netter with 57.1 ...

NASCAR throws the flag on trying to liven up qualifying

By Jenna Fryer AP Auto Racing Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR abandoned its years-long bid to add excitement to qualifying and announced Wednesday it will return to single-car laps after the current format became a laughingstock. All three national series will make the change at all ...

Messi hits 600 goals with brace, Barca beats Liverpool 3-0

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi hit the 600-goal mark for Barcelona after scoring twice to lead the Spanish club to a 3-0 victory over Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Wednesday. Luis Suarez opened the scoring against his former club in the 26th minute ...

Jon Court, 58, would set Derby record as oldest jockey

By Mike Farrell Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jon Court would set a record as the oldest jockey in the Kentucky Derby when he rides Long Range Toddy this weekend. Court is 58, which is a lot of candles on the birthday cake for someone still participating in an incredibly ...

Column: After beating cancer, fight isn’t too big for Jacobs

By Tim Dahlberg AP Sports Columnist LAS VEGAS (AP) — The moment won't be too big for Daniel Jacobs, of that he's certain. Not after going toe-to-toe with the fearsome Gennady Golovkin before dropping a narrow decision. Not after beating cancer that doctors were sure would end his career, ...

LEADING OFF: Sabathia goes for 3,000 Ks, Yelich hobbled

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: MISTER 3,000 CC Sabathia (1-0, 2.40 ERA) needs three strikeouts for 3,000 when the New York Yankees visit Arizona. The 38-year-old veteran, who plans to retire after this season, is trying to join Randy ...

Cardinals score 6 in 5th inning to beat Nationals 6-3

BOBBY BANCROFT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Held to one hit through four innings, the St. Louis Cardinals suddenly broke loose. Harrison Bader homered to spark a six-run fifth as the surging Cardinals rallied past Patrick Corbin and the Washington Nationals 6-3 on Monday night in the ...

Butler scores 30 as 76ers beat Raptors 94-89 to even series

By IAN HARRISON Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Jimmy Butler's big game helped Philadelphia snap a lengthy losing streak in Toronto and, more importantly, brought the 76ers level in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Butler had 30 points and 11 rebounds, James Ennis scored 13 points ...

Rockets’ Paul fined $35K for ‘reckless’ contact with ref

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Houston guard Chris Paul was fined $35,000 by the NBA on Monday for making contact with an official with 4.4 seconds left in a 104-100 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Paul was ...