National Sports

WORLD CUP: Gazza’s tears help relaunch English soccer

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press Barring its sole triumph at home in 1966, England hadn't done much at the World Cup. And by 1990, the national game was in deep trouble. Hooliganism, falling attendances and ramshackle stadiums had brought English soccer to new lows. Arguably, it was the team's ...

LEADING OFF: Pedroia rejoins Red Sox, Diamondback doldrums

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: WELCOME BACK Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia is set to be activated by the Red Sox after missing Boston's first 50 games while recovering from knee surgery. Manager Alex Cora says Pedroia will come off the ...

NFL players, coaches grapple with new anthem policy

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wanted to be talking about football matters — Seattle's recommitment to the run game, the addition of two new coordinators, almost anything to do with what happens between the lines. Instead, the league's ...

Now 25 years in, Bettman is never off as NHL commissioner

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer NEW YORK (AP) — There's usually another guest at the table when Gary Bettman and his wife, Shelli, go out to dinner with other couples during the NHL playoffs. Friends come to accept the glow of the TV screen set up so Bettman can keep an eye on games, ...

Column: Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt says it’s all or nothing

By MIKE SCHMIDT, For The Associated Press Our great game is trying to resist, but it is being pulled into an era run by information overload and an all-or-nothing attitude. Baseball has survived significant changes over the years. The Dead Ball era led to a more lively ball and more hitting. ...

Nastase arrested twice in a day, accused of drunken driving

ALISON MUTLER, Associated Press BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Former tennis player Ilie Nastase was arrested twice in the space of six hours in his native Romania on Friday, first on suspicion of driving a car while drunk and refusing to take a breathalyzer test, and then for going through a red ...

Bucks player says he tried to stay calm during arrest

MILWAUKEE (AP) — NBA player Sterling Brown says he tried to remain calm when Milwaukee police used a stun gun to take him down during his arrest for a parking violation. In an interview aired on ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday, the Milwaukee Bucks player says police pinned him down and ...

What’s next? NFL sparks new questions with anthem policy

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — With its popularity threatened and critics stretching all the way to the White House, the NFL just wanted to get past the debate over taking a knee during the national anthem. Put the focus back on football. Instead, the league seemed to ...

Bucks’ Brown decries ‘police intimidation’ during arrest

By IVAN MORENO, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee police chief has apologized to Sterling Brown and says officers have been disciplined for acting "inappropriately" after the Bucks player was zapped with a stun gun during his arrest for a parking violation in January. Brown, ...

Ovechkin, Holtby shine in Game 7, Caps beat Lightning 4-0

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin lifted the Prince of Wales Trophy, spun around and set it back down on a table. The rest of the Capitals joined him for a team photo after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Eastern ...