National Sports

5 players to watch at the Women’s World Cup

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer The Women's World Cup kicks off Friday in Paris. Twenty-four teams will traverse France for the next month in pursuit of soccer's most prestigious trophy. Here are five players to watch during the tournament: ALEX MORGAN, United States: Morgan was named ...

Blues top Bruins 4-2, knot Stanley Cup Final at 2-2

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ryan O’Reilly scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period for his second of the night, and the St. Louis Blues thrived in a chaotic Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night to beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 and tie the ...

Bell caps historic month in style, Pirates top Brewers 9-4

By Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Bell finished off his historic May with two more hits, Starling Marte added three hits and scored three times and the Pittsburgh Pirates pounced on struggling Milwaukee starter Jhoulys Chacin in a 9-4 victory Friday night. Bell went ...

Blues must balance emotion, discipline at home in Cup Final

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tyler Bozak witnessed the first NHL playoff game in Toronto after a seven-year drought. David Perron experienced the first Stanley Cup Final game in Las Vegas. They ain't seen nothin' yet. When the St. Louis Blues host the Boston Bruins ...

Pliskova’s performance hampered by the slow clay in Paris

By ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — So dominant this month when she won the Italian Open, Karolina Pliskova looked out of her comfort zone on the red clay of Paris on Friday. The second-seeded Czech struggled in the longer rallies of a 6-3, 6-3 loss to No. 31 Petra Martic in the ...

Raptors take NBA Finals opener, beat Warriors 118-109

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer TORONTO (AP) — The first NBA Finals game outside the U.S. was a party 24 years in the making. Then Pascal Siakam and the Raptors really gave Toronto something to celebrate. Siakam scored a playoff career-high 32 points and the Raptors made a smashing ...

Michigan’s Howard becomes latest NBA player to coach college

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer Michigan had a multitude of options to replace longtime coach John Beilein. The Wolverines could have gone with a big-name hire, an up-and-coming young coach or a veteran assistant. Instead, athletic director Warde Manuel raised at least a few eyebrows ...

NBA monitoring political climate with China, without worries

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer TORONTO (AP) — The NBA is closely monitoring the ongoing trade dispute and tariff rift between the U.S. and China, though the league is not yet worried that it will interfere with any business happening with the world's most populous nation. NBA ...

Guerrero to lead Peru’s squad in Brazil’s Copa America

LIMA, Peru (AP) — After his suspension for doping, Paolo Guerrero will once again be Peru's leader in a Copa America tournament. The 35-year-old striker is the main name of the squad announced by Argentine coach Ricardo Gareca on Thursday for the tournament in Brazil. Guerrero's ban ...

Howard sheds tears of joy as takes the reins at Michigan

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Juwan Howard wiped tears of joy off his cheeks as he sat with his family. Moments later, he was formally introduced as Michigan's basketball coach. Howard then got up and hugged athletic director Warde Manuel, who triggered even more ...