National Sports

Love healthy, optimistic as Cavs fight to season’s finish

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Love relaxed on the beach under the warm Caribbean sun during the All-Star break. He hopes it finally shines on him and the Cavaliers in the second half of a depressing, gloomy season. Offering optimism about his future and ...

Team LeBron rallies to beat Team Giannis, 178-164

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LeBron James was trading lob passes with Dwyane Wade again, one last time. Catching lobs from former teammate Kyrie Irving once again, too. And after making a stepback 3-pointer late, he stared down Joel Embiid to send a message ...

Denny Hamlin cruises to 2nd Daytona 500 victory in 4 years

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin came to the Daytona 500 determined to honor his late car owner with a victory. He delivered with a storybook tribute for Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin won NASCAR's biggest race for the second time in four years ...

Pitch clock coming for spring training games

By MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball is unilaterally starting the use of pitch clocks for spring training games, while brushing off complaints from players about the slow free agent market. With the sport looking for ways to speed the ...

No. 11 Michigan State beats Ohio State 62-44, but Ward hurt

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State shut down Ohio State in the second half despite an injury to Nick Ward. Now the Spartans may be without their standout big man for a while. Ward left in the second half with a broken left hand, but No. 11 Michigan ...

Figueroa lifts St. John’s to 71-65 win over No. 13 Villanova

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A 70-foot shot just before halftime gave St. John's momentum, and LJ Figueroa and the Red Storm used a strong defensive effort in the second half to surprise No. 13 Villanova. Figueroa scored 22 points and St. John's rallied to beat the ...

At All-Star Game, Anthony Davis finds himself in spotlight

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Anthony Davis isn't completely sure if he's going to play in Sunday's All-Star game. He doesn't know how much the New Orleans Pelicans will have him play the rest of this season. Or where he'll play next season. Or where he'll play ...

New-look Daytona 500 has a certain throwback feel

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Among those trying to win the Daytona 500 this year are a Florida watermelon farmer, a short-track champion from New England, a television analyst and a 22-year-old whose career nearly was derailed by a brain tumor. The front ...

No. 7 Nevada wins 10th straight behind Porter’s 14 points

By BOB MOEN, Associated Press LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Nevada relived last season's double-overtime loss at Wyoming by watching video of fans storming the floor every day for the past week, and even just before taking the court Saturday night. There were no fans storming the floor this time, as ...

Hachimura, Gonzaga use strong 2nd half to beat USD 79-67

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — For the first 20 minutes Saturday night, Rui Hachimura and the Gonzaga Bulldogs looked pretty average. Once they got warmed up, there was no doubt they're one of the nation's best teams. Hachimura scored 16 of his 22 points in the second ...