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The NBA playoffs are finally here. And as LeBron James says, 'it's a sprint now'

Apr. 20, 2024 00:08 AM EDT

There’s a 64-win team in Boston that ran away with the league’s best record. The defending champions in Denver, a group that won 57 games. A fearless young bunch in Oklahoma City, whose No. 1 seed was no fluke. A trio of Villanova alums in New York, who turned the Knicks into a real contender....

The Heat are headed to Boston after ousting the Bulls 112-91 in East play-in finale

Apr. 19, 2024 22:30 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The chants started raining down in the fourth quarter. “We want Boston,” the Miami Heat crowd kept shouting, over and over. The fans got their wish. And a rematch of the last two Eastern Conference finals awaits in Round 1 this year. Miami — even...

Ingram, Valanciunas lift Zion-less Pelicans past Kings and into the playoffs

Apr. 20, 2024 02:11 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hustle plays and production from up and down the lineup helped the New Orleans Pelicans overcome the absence of leading-scorer Zion Williamson, keep their season alive and avoid a historically significant loss. Brandon Ingram scored 24 points, Jonas Valanciunas...

Sign of the times: NCAA approves coach-to-player helmet communication for 2024 football season

Apr. 19, 2024 14:43 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — College football is ready to put the signs away. Following a sign-stealing scandal that rocked the sport and hung over Michigan's championship run in 2023, the NCAA's football oversight committee approved Friday the use of coach-to-player helmet communications...

Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula explores selling non-controlling, minority stake in franchise

Apr. 19, 2024 16:29 PM EDT

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula are exploring the possibility of selling a non-controlling, minority interest in the franchise, the team announced on Friday. A person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press the stake in the team...

Mario Andretti offended by F1 rejection. 'If they want blood, well, I’m ready,' says 1978 champ

Apr. 19, 2024 21:38 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Mario Andretti said Friday he was deeply offended by the language Formula One Management used in denying his family and General Motors the opportunity to join the global motorsports series. The 1978 Formula 1 world champion posted on social media he was...

Nelly Korda 1 shot back through 36 holes at Chevron Championship as she chases 5th straight victory

Apr. 19, 2024 21:13 PM EDT

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Nelly Korda, seeking to tie an LPGA Tour record with her fifth straight win, shot a 3-under 69 on Friday in the second round of the Chevron Championship, leaving her one shot behind leaders Atthaya Thitikul and Jin Hee Im in the year’s first major. ...

Collin Morikawa part of 4-way tie for the lead at Hilton Head. Scottie Scheffler lurks 3 shots back

Apr. 19, 2024 18:57 PM EDT

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Collin Morikawa had another solid round Friday in the RBC Heritage with a 5-under 66 and appears to be getting back to the reliable form that made him a two-time major champion. Masters champion Scottie Scheffler's form never seems to change. Even...

Verstappen wins again. This time he takes first Formula 1 sprint race of the season

Apr. 20, 2024 00:40 AM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — Max Verstappen, continuing his dominance in Formula 1, took Saturday's first sprint race of the season — the prelude to the full-blown Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday. Verstappen passed Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes on the ninth of 19 laps and stretched out his lead to...

Braves' Travis d'Arnaud hits first 3 HRs of season, including go-ahead slam, in 8-3 win over Rangers

Apr. 19, 2024 22:50 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Travis d'Arnaud hit his first three home runs of the season, including a grand slam in the sixth that gave Atlanta the lead, and the Braves beat the Texas Rangers 8-3 on Friday night for their fifth straight win. Chris Sale (2-1) allowed three runs and five hits in...

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Jordan Montgomery wins in debut, Diamondbacks get 22 hits in 17-1 win over Giants

Apr. 20, 2024 02:32 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jordan Montgomery pitched six strong innings in his season debut, Blaze Alexander hit a grand slam and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 17-1 on Friday night. Ahead 2-1, Arizona used a three-run fifth to pull away, stringing together three...

Jordan Montgomery shines in his delayed season debut with the Diamondbacks

Apr. 20, 2024 02:29 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jordan Montgomery's debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks went better than his tune-up starts in Triple-A. The 31-year-old left-hander cruised through six innings against the San Francisco Giants, allowing one run and four hits with three strikeouts on 78 pitches...

Francisco Lindor slugs tiebreaking 2-run homer, Mets knock off the Dodgers for 5th straight win

Apr. 20, 2024 02:22 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Francisco Lindor hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the seventh inning and the New York Mets won their fifth straight game, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-4 on Friday night. Lindor sent his second homer of the season 396 feet into right field off Daniel...

Ingram, Valanciunas lift Zion-less Pelicans past Kings and into the playoffs

Apr. 20, 2024 02:11 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hustle plays and production from up and down the lineup helped the New Orleans Pelicans overcome the absence of leading-scorer Zion Williamson, keep their season alive and avoid a historically significant loss. Brandon Ingram scored 24 points, Jonas Valanciunas...

Justin Turner's homer, RBI single highlight Blue Jays' 5-1 win over the Padres

Apr. 20, 2024 01:55 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Justin Turner hit a solo homer and drove in another run with a single as the Toronto Blue Jays won for the fifth time in six games, beating the San Diego Padres 5-1 on Friday night. “The quality of at-bats have significantly spiked, one through nine,” Turner...

Verstappen wins again. This time he takes first Formula 1 sprint race of the season

Apr. 20, 2024 00:40 AM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — Max Verstappen, continuing his dominance in Formula 1, took Saturday's first sprint race of the season — the prelude to the full-blown Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday. Verstappen passed Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes on the ninth of 19 laps and stretched out his lead to...

William Contreras drives in 2 runs for Brewers in a 2-1 win over Cardinals in 10 innings

Apr. 20, 2024 00:39 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — William Contreras drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and finished with two RBIs as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Friday night. “He earned his money tonight,” Brewers manager Pat Murphy said of Contreras. “He’s going to...

New NHL team marks coming-of-age moment for Salt Lake City as a pro sports hub

Apr. 20, 2024 00:13 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — To casual sports fans and people outside northern Utah, it may look like an NHL team fell into Salt Lake City’s lap in the span of two weeks. But local organizers say the Arizona Coyotes ' relocation to Utah is the product of a yearslong effort to beckon...

Previewing the 1st round of the NBA playoffs, which start on Saturday

Apr. 20, 2024 00:11 AM EDT

Preview capsules for the first round of the NBA playoffs, which start Saturday. ___ EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 BOSTON CELTICS (64-18) vs. No. 8 MIAMI HEAT (46-36) Season series: Celtics, 3-0. Story line: Here they go again,...

Soar, slide, splash? It’s skiers’ choice as spring’s wacky pond skimming tradition returns

Apr. 20, 2024 00:10 AM EDT

GILFORD, N.H. (AP) — A costumed skier races down a slope, hits a pond and hydroplanes halfway across. He pirouettes and then plunges into the icy water before jumping up and waving to the cheering crowd. It's the wacky spring tradition of pond skimming, and it's happening this...