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Antetokounmpo, Bucks pound Pistons 121-86 in opener

By The Associated Press undefined MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds in just 24 minutes, and the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks showed they were serious about making a playoff run with a 121-86 rout of the Detroit Pistons in Game 1 on Sunday night. The MVP ...

Blue Jackets move to the brink of sweeping Lightning

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky has the Columbus Blue Jackets on the brink of sweeping a playoff series that hardly anyone thought they could win. The Russian goalie shut the door when the Tampa Bay Lightning made a desperate late surge on Sunday ...

Tiger Woods wins Masters for 1st major title in 11 years

By The Associated Press undefined AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Fallen hero, crippled star, and now a Masters champion again. Tiger Woods rallied to win the Masters for the fifth time Sunday, a comeback that goes well beyond the two-shot deficit he erased before a delirious audience that watched ...

Martin hits RBI double in 9th, Pirates top Nationals 4-3

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with the based loaded, two outs and one of baseball's hottest hitters at the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, there was nowhere Felipe Vázquez wanted to be more than on the mound at Nationals Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates relief ace then coaxed a flyball from ...

Poirier bloodies Holloway, wins UFC interim lightweight belt

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Dustin Poirier bloodied Max Holloway and won a unanimous decision for the UFC interim lightweight title on Saturday night, denying Holloway his chance to become only the fourth fighter to hold two belts at the same time. Holloway, the UFC ...

Nets, Magic, Spurs win road openers in NBA playoffs

By The Associated Press undefined PHILADELPHIA (AP) — D'Angelo Russell flashed some postseason magic, playing like the All-Star leader Brooklyn needed with 26 points, and Caris LeVert scored 23 to lead the Nets to an impressive 111-102 win Saturday over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of ...

Brewers hand Dodgers 6th straight loss, 4-1

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zach Davies is off to a strong start for the Milwaukee Brewers, allowing three earned runs in 17 2/3 innings so far. After being limited to 13 games because of shoulder and back injuries last season, Davies has helped the Brewers race to a ...

Martin Truex Jr. holds off Joey Logano to win at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. had about 40 laps to go and Clint Bowyer closing fast. In a race to see who could preserve their car best, Truex outlasted Bowyer and then held off a four-lap charge by Joey Logano to win the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway on Saturday ...

AP source: Luke Walton reaches agreement to be Kings coach

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer Luke Walton will become coach of the Sacramento Kings, securing another NBA head coaching job just a day after parting ways with the Los Angeles Lakers following three losing seasons. The 39-year-old Walton was dismissed by the Lakers on Friday after Los ...

Nets, Magic win road openers in NBA playoffs

By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — D'Angelo Russell flashed some postseason magic, playing like the All-Star leader Brooklyn needed with 26 points, and Caris LeVert scored 23 to lead the Nets to an impressive 111-102 win Saturday over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of their ...

Molinari builds 2-shot lead over Woods, Finau in Masters

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Record scores on the white boards at Augusta National. Ground-shaking roars for Tiger Woods along the back nine. Francesco Molinari blocked out the buzz on a delirious day of nine players sharing space atop the leaderboard Saturday. He ...

Blue Jackets stun Lightning 5-1 to take 2-0 series lead

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Matt Duchene had a goal and three assists, Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves, and the Columbus Blue Jackets stunned the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Friday night to take a 2-0 first-round series lead. Columbus also got goals from Cam Atkinson, Zach Werenski, Riley Nash and ...

Injured while kissing daughter, Jason Day gets a lot better

By Tim Dahlberg AP Sports Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Jason Day began the Masters by throwing his back out while leaning down to kiss his daughter on the practice green. He played his way onto the leaderboard a day later after receiving a scolding from his wife. “It’s the Masters, ...

NBA first-round playoff series capsules

By The Associated Press Capsules for the first-round NBA playoff series in the Eastern and Western Conferences: ——— EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 MILWAUKEE BUCKS (60-22) vs. No. 8 DETROIT PISTONS (41-41) Season series: Bucks, 4-0 Story line: After rolling to the NBA’s best record, ...

Luke Walton out as Lakers coach after 3 losing seasons

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luke Walton is out as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers after three losing seasons. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka announced Walton’s departure Friday, three days after the abrupt resignation of president of basketball operations ...

LEADING OFF: Merrifield on Royal run, Harper vs Nats again

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: THE BIG 3-0 Whit Merrifield can set a record for the longest hitting streak in Royals history. He extended his streak to 30 games Tuesday night, tying the team mark set by George Brett in 1980. Merrifield's string ...

Magic Johnson abruptly resigns as Lakers’ president

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of ...

Wade scores 30 in last game in Miami; Heat top 76ers 122-99

By The Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 30 points in the tribute-filled final home game of his career, and the Miami Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 122-99 on Tuesday night. Bam Adebayo scored 19, Justise Winslow scored 16 and Hassan Whiteside added 15 for the Heat, who ...

St John’s coach Chris Mullin resigns, cites ‘personal loss’

By MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — For a second time in the storied history of St. John's basketball, the Chris Mullin era is over. The school's greatest player resigned as coach Tuesday after four years on the job, citing a "personal loss." And while the program ...

Murray, Bosa among 23 prospects to attend NFL draft

By The Associated Press undefined Kyler Murray and Nick Bosa are among the 23 prospects who plan to attend the NFL draft this month in Nashville, Tennessee. Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma, could be selected No. 1 overall by the Arizona Cardinals. Bosa, a ...