National Sports

Hobbled Celtics expect challenge from Giannis, Bucks

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — By now, the Boston Celtics have come to expect adversity. They were barely five minutes into the season when Gordon Hayward’s gruesome ankle injury offered the first collective gasp in what would be an 82-game schedule replete with more ...

Column: NBA playoffs are wide open — for once

By Paul Newberry AP Sports Columnist Hey, here’s something we haven’t heard before. The NBA playoffs are wide open. At perhaps no other time in the league’s history have so many teams gone into the postseason with a real shot at hoisting the trophy at the end of this two-month ...

Stand by your man: Flyers, Caps riding same goaltenders

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer By sticking with Philipp Grubauer in net for Game 2, the Washington Capitals are taking a page from the Philadelphia Flyers’ most recent goaltending decision. Of course, it was an entirely different book after the Pittsburgh Penguins chased Brian Elliott ...

Thunder look to live up to high expectations vs. Jazz

By Cliff Brunt AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The last time Carmelo Anthony was in the playoffs, he was with the New York Knicks facing rising star Paul George and the Indiana Pacers back in 2013. Now, Anthony and George are teammates with the Oklahoma City Thunder. They join ...

AP source: Reynolds, Nationals agree to minor league deal

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent Mark Reynolds and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a minor league contract and the first baseman would get a $1.5 million, one-year deal if added to the 40-man roster. The person spoke to The ...

Cowboys release Dez Bryant, look to catch salary-cap relief

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys released Dez Bryant on Friday, deciding salary-cap relief and the star receiver’s declining production outweigh the risk of him returning to All-Pro form with another team. Bryant never lived up to the $70 million, five-year contract he signed after ...

Blue Jays place 3B Josh Donaldson on DL

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have placed third baseman Josh Donaldson on the 10-day disabled with right shoulder inflammation. Donaldson, the AL’s Most Valuable player in 2015, is batting .239 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 12 games. He’s been dealing with the injury ...

Process no more: 76ers’ awaited playoff push starts vs. Heat

By Dan Gelston AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Opera Philadelphia took a break from its rehearsal for "Carmen" to record an a capella version of the Philadelphia 76ers' catchy retro anthem , "Here Come the Sixers." Philly can belt out the words . "No. 1, Philadelphia. Here they ...

5 years later, Boston Marathon survivors, responders move on

By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — One was an attacker. One was a volunteer first responder. One lost her leg. Another lost his little boy. And a police officer very nearly lost his own life. Half a decade ago, these five lives probably never would have intersected. Then ...

In your face! Giannis reaches new heights for Bucks

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo's meme-worthy scowl started with a look in the mirror. The Milwaukee Bucks All-Star was an NBA rookie then, trying to come up with a look he could flash after making a big play. Antetokounmpo thought about the glare ...