National Sports

No. 1 Kansas rallies to beat Oklahoma 73-63 on Senior Night

By AMIE JUST, Associated Press LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Frank Mason III walked toward the court with his son by his side, flanked by his father, who tried in vain to hold back to the tears before his son played his final game at Allen Fieldhouse. "I couldn't believe that this was the last ...

Guy, Perrantes help No. 23 Virginia beat No. 5 UNC 53-43

By HANK KURZ Jr., AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia coach Tony Bennett took the blame for a poor approach in No. 23 Virginia's 24-point loss at No. 5 North Carolina nine days ago. On Monday night, he gave his team the credit for making a new approach work in a 53-43 ...

Despite cold Curry, Durant and Warriors beat 76ers 119-108

By AARON BRACY, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Stephen Curry is surrounded by stars with the Golden State Warriors. He's never needed them more than Monday night. Kevin Durant had 27 points in his return to the lineup and the Warriors overcame the worst 3-point shooting performance of ...

NHL trades based on playoff success are on the rise

By The Associated Press The NHL deadline trades made since 2013 that hinge on a team's playoff success: ___ 2017 Capitals get: D Kevin Shattenkirk, G Pheonix Copley Blues get: 2017 first-round pick, F Zach Sanford, F Brad Malone, conditional 2019 pick Conditions: Blues get Capitals' 2019 ...

Chris Bosh: ‘My health is great. I’m feeling good’

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — Chris Bosh has a new job, yet does not sound like he's abandoning his old one. More than a year removed from his last NBA game, Bosh said during his debut appearance as an analyst for Turner Sports' "Players Only" programming that he's ...

Pat Riley says Magic Johnson will win with the Lakers

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — Pat Riley has never doubted Magic Johnson, and isn't about to start now. Riley believes Johnson will succeed in what looks like a daunting task of getting the Los Angeles Lakers back to prominence. After the Lakers cleaned house this past ...

Fowler joins friends in winning and extends youth movement

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Golf's youngest and biggest stars keep winning. Rickie Fowler has mostly been watching. He wasn't in Hawaii when Justin Thomas swept the Aloha State by a combined 10 shots, including a PGA Tour record for 72 holes and a 59 at ...

Jerry, Jimmy get healing time as Cowboys celebrate ’92 team

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Jimmy Johnson moved from one interview to another, smiling plenty and comfortably addressing questions about his relationship with Jerry Jones in a rare offseason appearance to celebrate the 1992 Dallas Cowboys, who won both their first Super ...

Earnhardt returns from concussion, feels fine after crash

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. climbed out of his wrecked race car, surveyed the damage, chatted with his team and hopped on a golf cart for a trip to the infield care center. Eight minutes after checking in with doctors, Earnhardt walked ...

Crosby scores 34th, Penguins top Flyers 4-2 at Heinz Field

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The pomp. The circumstance. The spectacle. Sidney Crosby's used to all of it. So the message the Pittsburgh Penguins captain and the rest of the veterans sent to their teammates making their first appearances in an NHL Stadium Series game ...

Wilder retains WBC title with 5th-round KO of Washington

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Deontay Wilder proved his surgically repaired right hand is still a devastating force — once he unleashed it. Wilder returned from right arm injuries to stop Gerald Washington in the fifth round and retain his WBC heavyweight title ...

Mika leads BYU to upset of No. 1 Gonzaga 79-71

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Top-ranked Gonzaga's quest to go undefeated this season ended under a barrage of baskets by BYU's Eric Mika on Saturday night. Mika had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and BYU upset Gonzaga 79-71. It was the Cougars' first victory ...

Splash Brothers lead way for Warriors with Durant out hurt

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors missed Kevin Durant's big presence on both ends of the court. They missed their snappy ball movement that leads to easy baskets and open 3-pointers. The NBA's best team won anyway thanks to the Splash ...

No. 5 UCLA dominates offensive boards to edge No. 4 Arizona

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An awesome offense has carried UCLA to a terrific season. The Bruins turned to rebounding and defense for what may have been their most impressive win yet. Thomas Welsh scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and No. 5 UCLA dominated ...

Cowboys celebrate ’92 title on anniversary of Jones purchase

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson reunited Saturday night to celebrate their first Super Bowl-winning team on the 28th anniversary of the day Jones bought the team, fired Tom Landry and hired his former Arkansas teammate as coach. The reunion of the 1992 team, ...

Going, going, gone: NASCAR stars starting to step away

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Gordon is working in the broadcast booth. Carl Edwards is spending time with family. Tony Stewart is hanging out at dirt tracks. Some of NASCAR's biggest stars have stepped away over the last 15 months, a thought-provoking trend ...

Messi aims to add to successful scoring run against Atletico

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi scores goals, lots of them. And no team has allowed more of them than Atletico Madrid. The Barcelona forward will get a chance to add to his impressive tally of 26 career goals against Atletico on Sunday, when a victory at the ...

Vonn criticizes ski officials after pulling out of race

By DANIELLA MATAR, Associated Press CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Lindsey Vonn wasn't about to risk another injury, and neither was Mikaela Shiffrin. Vonn and Shiffrin, along with some of their American teammates on the World Cup tour, pulled out of the Alpine combined race on Friday ...

No. 1 Gonzaga stays perfect

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — These blowouts never get old for No. 1 Gonzaga. The Bulldogs had their biggest yet on Thursday night, overwhelming San Diego 96-38 to improve to 29-0 and clinch the West Coast Conference title. Josh Perkins and Jordan Mathews scored 15 ...

Curry flurry: MVP’s huge third quarter propels Warriors

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Well-rested on fresh legs, Stephen Curry found his 3-point touch during one phenomenal flurry in one game-breaking quarter. Draymond Green got hit with a technical while walking away and let his usual fire fly at coach Steve Kerr in ...