National Sports

Family affair: Dillon brings iconic No. 3 to victory lane

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Richard Childress wasn't going to let just anyone drive the iconic black No. 3 Chevrolet following the death of the legendary Dale Earnhardt 16 years ago. It had to be someone special. "To put my grandson in that car was unbelievable," ...

Comfortable wins for Djokovic, Nadal at French Open

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Wrtiter PARIS (AP) — Back on the court where he completed his career Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic showed no sign of the crisis of confidence that has affected his game since winning the French Open last year. With new coach Andre Agassi watching from the stands, ...

LEADING OFF: Trout gets checked, Price makes season debut

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ TROUT OUT? The Angels will see how star Mike Trout is feeling, a day after he sprained his left thumb making a headfirst slide to steal a base in Miami. Trout left the game and X-rays were negative. The ...

Young drivers finish strong in star-studded Indy 500 field

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Keeping up with Ed Jones was a pretty tough task at the Indianapolis 500. With a little more experience, it could become a mighty challenge. Even before the Dubai-born driver started discussing his third-place finish, the best ever for ...

New Barcelona coach will inherit Messi — and the team’s flaws

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — When you get to manage Lionel Messi, it sounds downright silly to talk about the challenges awaiting Barcelona's coach-to-be. Yet whoever the Catalan club picks to replace Luis Enrique on Monday will not just be handed a ...

No indictment for escort, staffer in Louisville sex scandal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky grand jury declined to indict an escort and former Louisville men's basketball staffer in a sex scandal that engulfed the program. The Jefferson County grand jury decided Thursday there wasn't enough evidence for charges of prostitution and unlawful ...

Nova, Frazier lead Pirates to 9-4 win over Braves

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Ivan Nova pitched into the ninth inning, Adam Frazier hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates pounded Bartolo Colon for a 9-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. The Pirates split the four-game series at SunTrust Park after ...

Lance Armstrong announces engagement to Hansen

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cyclist Lance Armstrong has announced his engagement to longtime partner Anna Hansen. The couple has been together nearly a decade and have two children. Armstrong announced Wednesday on social media that he'd popped the question and posted a picture of the two of them ...

FA Cup: Conte can achieve the double with Chelsea

By SAM JOHNSTON, Associated Press Antonio Conte acknowledges it's been a great first season with Chelsea, the new English Premier League champion. It could have a sweeter ending on Saturday if they can take the FA Cup, too. The ability of the managers' manager of the year to get his side up ...

Van Garderen wins 18th stage, Dumoulin keeps Giro lead

ORTISEI, Italy (AP) — Tejay van Garderen claimed his first grand tour victory on the tough 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia as Tom Dumoulin kept the pink jersey on Thursday. Van Garderen, of the United States, came round the inside of the final corner to edge Mikel Landa at the uphill finish ...

UNC responds to 3rd set of NCAA charges in academic case

By JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina remains steadfast in its belief that the NCAA is overreaching in its investigation of the school's long-running academic fraud case. In a 102-page response to a third set of NCAA charges, North Carolina on Thursday once ...

NBA announces 2019 All-Star game will held in Charlotte

By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NBA All-Star game is headed back to Charlotte in 2019, a couple of years later than anticipated. The NBA announced that the All-Star weekend will be held Feb. 15-17 in Charlotte and the game will be played at the Spectrum Center, ...

Cavs remain humble with chance to close out Celtics in Game 5

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — It took 10 games and halfway through the third round of the NBA playoffs before the Cleveland Cavaliers finally encountered their first true dose of resistance this postseason. After cruising to a 2-0 Eastern Conference finals lead over ...

Berrios thrives as Twins beat Orioles 4-3 for sweep

By David Ginsburg AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — After becoming the first team this season to win a series at Camden Yards, the Minnesota Twins wanted more. Beating the Baltimore Orioles twice in a row simply wasn’t good enough for these upstart Twins, who entered Wednesday’s ...

Nashville wants more history than just 1st Stanley Cup Final

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators, the final team into the NHL playoffs, are headed to the first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history. Coach Peter Laviolette insists they won't just be happy to be there either. "Our guys know the big ...

LEADING OFF: Cano comes off DL; Harvey returns home

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ HE'S BACK All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano is expected to come off the disabled list when Seattle begins an interleague series at NL East-leading Washington. Cano has been sidelined with a strained ...

So long, Wayne?: Cup final may be Rooney’s last United game

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Wayne Rooney could finish his Manchester United career by hoisting a European trophy, surrounded by jubilant teammates and with fireworks exploding around him. Still, it wouldn't be quite the end he would have envisioned after 13 ...

Desperate Ottawa tries to avoid elimination by Penguins

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Guy Boucher has typically kept his team off the ice on off-days during the postseason. Not Monday. The Ottawa coach opted for a half-hour practice ahead of Game 6 on Tuesday night to help his team "refresh" and "reload" after a 7-0 beating by Pittsburgh, one of the ...

Curry’s 36 points leads Warriors to sweep Spurs, 129-115

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Golden State made sure the inevitable was unavoidable. Heavily favored to beat the Spurs, especially once Kawhi Leonard sustained a series-ending injury, the Warriors completed a dominant sweep in the Western Conference Finals. Stephen ...

Column: Scott Dixon grabs Indy 500 spotlight, robbery aside

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It is only fitting that it was Scott Dixon, the greatest IndyCar driver of his generation, to grab some of the spotlight away from Fernando Alonso. Sure, "The Iceman" was robbed at gunpoint in the drive thru of a Taco Bell just a ...