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Sabathia pitches Yankees past Royals, 6-2

By MIKE FITZPATRICK The Associated Press NEW YORK — CC Sabathia played stopper again for the Yankees in earning his first win of the season and Brett Gardner hit a two-run homer to help New York beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on Friday night. Mike Tauchman also went deep and the ...

Red Wings name Yzerman general manager

By LARRY LAGE The Associated Press DETROIT — Steve Yzerman is getting another chance to return the Detroit Red Wings to glory. The Hockey Hall of Famer did it as one the game’s all-time great leaders, helping Detroit end a 42-year championship drought with the first of three Stanley ...

Penguins, Lightning exits show playoff hockey differences

By STEPHEN WHYNO The Associated Press Scotty Bowman had already coached six teams to the Stanley Cup championship when his high-powered Detroit Red Wings that won 12 of their first 14 playoff games couldn’t get the puck away from the New Jersey Devils and got swept in the 1995 ...

Rookie coaches enjoying playoff chess matches

By STEPHEN WHYNO The Associated Press Rod Brind’Amour does not think what he is doing is anything special. Brind’Amour not only has the Carolina Hurricanes in the playoffs in his first season as coach but has made the necessary adjustments to tie their series against the defending ...

Celtics beat Pacers to take 3-0 series lead

By MICHAEL MAROT The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and Kyrie Irving added 19 to help the Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 104-96 on Friday night for a 3-0 lead in the first-round series. The Celtics can close out the Eastern Conference series ...

Finally a playoff game at Pistons’ new arena

By NOAH TRISTER The Associated Press Little Caesars Arena in Detroit will finally host its first playoff game — in what is probably the last chance the Pistons have to make their series against Milwaukee competitive. “Let’s make it hard on them,” Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. ...

Raptors top Magic for 2-1 lead

By TIM REYNOLDS The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — The Toronto Raptors think Pascal Siakam should be selected the NBA’s Most Improved Player. He was their MVP on Friday night. And the East’s No. 2 seed has the home-court edge back again. Siakam had 30 points and 11 rebounds, ...

Maple Leafs edge Bruins in Game 5

BOSTON (AP) — Auston Matthews broke a scoreless tie in the third period, Kasperi Kapanen added another goal and the Toronto Maple Leafs hung on the beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 Friday to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series. With the goalie pulled for an extra skater, David ...

MLB Roundup: Betts, Moreland homer in 8th, Red Sox beat Rays, 6-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mookie Betts and Mitch Moreland hit back-to-back homers for the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning and the struggling Boston Red Sox beat the MLB-best Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 on Friday night. With the game tied at 4, Betts hit a leadoff shot off Diego Castillo (0-2) ...

Magic finally get a home playoff game; OKC, Indy on ropes

By TIM REYNOLDS The Associated Press Orlando returned to Florida with home-court advantage. Indiana and Oklahoma City are seeking some home-court magic. A trio of Game 3s in the NBA tonight — Toronto at Orlando, Boston at Indiana and Portland at Oklahoma City — have three very ...

Corbin takes 1-hitter into 8th, Nationals beat Giants, 4-2

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Patrick Corbin took a one-hitter into the eighth inning in his first victory with Washington, Wilmer Difo homered and the Nationals beat the punchless San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Thursday. Signed to a $140 million, six-year contract in December after ...

Hurricanes beat Capitals 2-1 in Game 4 to even series

By The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Teuvo Teravainen scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Thursday night to even their playoff series at two games apiece. Warren Foegele scored 17 seconds in, giving him ...

Warriors bounce back, rout Clippers to take series lead

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — He’s Kevin Durant, and the Los Angeles Clippers got reminded of it. Durant scored 38 points, Stephen Curry added 21 playing with five fouls, and the Golden State Warriors dominated from the opening tip to win 132-105 Thursday night and take a 2-1 ...

Congress plunges into Mueller report

By LISA MASCARO The Associated Press WASHINGTON — It’s now up to Congress to decide what to do with special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings about President Donald Trump. While the special counsel declined to prosecute Trump on obstruction of justice, he did not exonerate him, all ...

Storms batter South, kill 2 in Mississippi, 1 in Alabama

By JEFF AMY and ROGELIO SOLIS The Associated Press LEARNED, Miss. — Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama while leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and ...

Columbine focuses on healing as questions loom after manhunt

By KATHLEEN FOODY and KELLI KENNEDY The Associated Press LITTLETON, Colo. — A Colorado community changed forever by the attack that killed 13 people at Columbine High School moved ahead Thursday with ceremonies marking the anniversary of the tragedy while awaiting more details on what ...

National Enquirer being sold to mogul

By BERNARD CONDON The Associated Press NEW YORK — The National Enquirer is being sold to the former head of the airport newsstand company Hudson News following a rocky year in which the tabloid was accused of burying stories that could have hurt Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential ...

Wild bee species on the decline

By MICHAEL CASEY The Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. — More than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinating everything from blueberries to apples in New England are on the decline, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of New Hampshire wanted to understand if ...

Outmaneuvered and smeared

Newsday on the Military Enhanced Recognition Incentive and Tribute program April 17 The financial cost to New York for finally passing a law that says people brought here illegally as young children can access financial aid for state colleges is estimated at $27 million annually. It’s a ...

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Dench gets spy role far from 007’s boss LONDON (AP) — Judi Dench is back in the world of espionage, but her latest film role is a far cry from James Bond’s unflappable spy chief, M. In “Red Joan,” Dench plays an elderly British woman whose quiet suburban life is upended when ...