National Sports

AP Source: Thunder F Anthony to opt in

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony plans to opt in and take the $28 million he is due next season. The New York Times first reported Anthony’s decision to bypass the chance to become a free agent. A person with knowledge of details confirmed Anthony’s ...

Stars re-sign Stephen Johns to 3-year deal

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars have signed defenseman Stephen Johns to a $7 million, three-year contract extension. The 26-year-old Johns had a career-best 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 75 games last season, his third in Dallas. He was the prospect acquired in a deal that brought ...

Dahlin to Sabres, Svechnikov to Canes to start NHL draft

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer DALLAS (AP) — Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin went first overall to the Buffalo Sabres and Russian winger Andrei Svechnikov second to the Carolina Hurricanes in the two most predictable developments of an NHL draft that also featured some ...

Dirk to Doncic: Mavs tap brakes on inevitable comparisons

By Schuyler Dixon AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic didn’t get compared to Larry Bird when he was introduced a day after the Dallas Mavericks traded up to get the third overall pick in the NBA draft. For president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, that’s progress based ...

Brazil blanks Costa Rica

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — After more than 90 minutes of aggravation and exasperation, Neymar and Brazil finally broke through Costa Rica's smothering defense. Philippe Coutinho scored in the first minute of stoppage time, and Neymar followed six minutes later to give Brazil a 2-0 victory ...

Devils’ Taylor Hall edges MacKinnon, wins NHL MVP

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — New Jersey’s Taylor Hall and the hometown Vegas Golden Knights went home with major honors from the NHL Awards. Hall won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player Wednesday night in the hockey world’s annual postseason ...

AP source: Hornets agree to send Howard to Nets

By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to trade eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov and two second-round draft picks, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on ...

Goatee & goals turn this into Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo walked out for warmups at sun-splashed Luzhniki Stadium with diamonds affixed to each earlobe and a new goatee sprouting from his chin — like a goat, get it? Greatest of All Time. He sparkled, even before the opening whistle ...

Diego Costa scores again, Spain beats Iran 1-0 at World Cup

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Patience is a virtue, and Spain showed plenty of it to overcome a tough challenge from Iran at the World Cup. During a frustrating evening at the Kazan Arena when the 2010 champions struggled to break through the stubborn Iranian ...

After only 2 matches, Egypt eliminated from World Cup

By HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Egypt arrived in Russia with Mohamed Salah and some high expectations. The team, playing at the World Cup for the first time since 1990, was sure it had the ability to grind out results, even with Salah still recovering from a ...

Suarez sends Uruguay, and Russia, to last 16 at World Cup

By DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — With a single goal, Luis Suarez settled the fate of four teams in the group stage of the World Cup. The controversial striker, who was making his 100th appearance in his national team's light blue, scored Wednesday to give ...

Ronaldo scores in Portugal’s 1-0 win, Morocco eliminated

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Off the top of his head, Cristiano Ronaldo scored yet another goal, set a European record and eliminated Morocco from the World Cup. The Portugal forward headed in a fourth-minute cross from the right to give Portugal a 1-0 victory on ...

Germany look deep into internal issues after opening loss

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Thomas Mueller heard all the speculation about potential problems within defending champion Germany after its uninspired loss to Mexico to open the World Cup. Asked Wednesday if there were factions building within the squad, Mueller ...

Already a pro, Doncic set to join college stars in NBA draft

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Luka Doncic is about to become an NBA player, though he’s unlike the other top prospects who will be drafted. He’s already a pro. He’s already a champion. And he might just be the most accomplished and intriguing player in this ...

Mickelson apologizes 4 days after hitting moving ball

NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Mickelson has apologized four days after intentionally violating golf rules by hitting a moving ball on the green at the U.S. Open, saying his frustration got the best of him. The apology came Wednesday in a statement released by his representatives. “I know this ...

Sampaoli: Messi ‘shouldn’t shoulder all the responsibility’

By Stephen Wade AP Sports Writer NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Lionel Messi, it seems, can do only so much. Ahead of Thursday’s critical World Cup match against Croatia on the banks of the Volga River, Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli tried to temper the expectations weighing on his ...

Diego Costa scores again, Spain beats Iran 1-0 at World Cup

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Diego Costa scored on a deflection to lead Spain to a 1-0 win over Iran on Wednesday at the World Cup. Costa broke the deadlock in the 54th minute after being set up by Andres Iniesta. The powerful striker turned in the area and took a shot but the ball deflected off ...

Senegal beats Poland 2-1, 1st African win at World Cup

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Senegal midfielder Mbaye Niang saw the signal from the referee to re-enter following treatment for an injury and jogged along the center line. Then Niang noticed Poland's Grzegorz Krychowiak loft a backpass to Jan Bednarek, who hadn't realized ...

Serbia won’t ease off against Switzerland at World Cup

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Aleksandar Kolarov knows that after victory in its opening World Cup match his Serbia lineup cannot ease off the intensity against Switzerland. Two draws in its remaining matches could be enough to secure a spot in the round of 16 ...

Ronaldo and Portugal look to knock Morocco out of World Cup

By JENNA FRYER, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was exceptional in Portugal's opening World Cup game and now has a chance to help his team knock Morocco out of the tournament. Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the opening Group B match against Spain, a 3-3 draw that so far ...