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In front of family in MLB pitching debut, Brewers Peralta fans record 13 in win

DENVER — Pedro Peralta cries every time his son Freddy pitches, and watching him make his major league debut was certain to bring tears. Young Freddy made sure they were tears of joy. Peralta took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning of his first big league start and set a Milwaukee rookie record with […]

Fashion nightmare: Lindor goes to plate with wrong helmet

CLEVELAND (AP) — The wrong hat can be a fashion nightmare. Just ask Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor. Lindor walked to home plate in the first inning Sunday wearing the wrong batting helmet. A switch-hitter, Lindor had on the helmet he usually uses when he hits left-handed — with a protective flap on the right side. But […]

Raccoon in Reds bullpen captured before game

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Perhaps the only thing that could slow the Cincinnati Reds relievers in this five-game win streak was a raccoon in the bullpen on Sunday. A raccoon at Dodger Stadium was found by a member of the cleaning crew in the visitor’s bullpen. Animal Control was called and by about 2½ hours […]

242 high schools contributed to 256 players picked in NFL draft

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA Football says 242 high schools contributed to the 256 players selected in the seven rounds of last month’s NFL draft. Lakewood High School in Florida and Serra High in California each had three players selected to lead the country. Patriots first-round pick Isaiah Wynn, Packers fifth-rounder Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Seahawks fifth-rounder […]

Price may cut back video games, pitches Saturday at Toronto

NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price says video games may have contributed to his carpal tunnel syndrome, but are not the cause of the condition. Price is set to start Saturday at Toronto. He has not pitched since May 3. The 32-year-old left-hander is 2-4 with a 5.11 ERA in seven […]

Palmeiro back on diamond at 53 with hopes of MLB comeback

CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) — Rafael Palmeiro isn’t playing for a minor league team at age 53 just so he can be teammates with his son. Palmeiro said he knows there are people who think he has lost his mind, but he is serious about wanting to make a big league comeback nearly 13 years after […]

Finally: Warriors-Rockets is the series everyone wanted

The buildup for this series truly began in February, with some pointed comments from Golden State’s Draymond Green. Or in October, when Houston won at Golden State on ring night. Or in June, when the Rockets landed Chris Paul. Whenever it started, however it started, it’s clear that this is the series that the NBA-watching […]

Celtics complete improbable run back to conference finals

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics have been mining possibility out of improbable odds throughout the 2017-2018 season. A season filled with so much promise was jolted just five minutes into their season opener back in October when Gordon Hayward was lost for the year to a fractured ankle. It looked to be derailed for […]

The NBA’s Final Four: Cavs, Celtics, Warriors, Rockets

The franchise with the most titles. The best player of this generation. The reigning champions. The probable MVP. The NBA has its Final Four. It certainly does not disappoint. Boston’s win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night brought down the curtain on the postseason’s second round — one that wasn’t exactly loaded with drama, since it […]

Lions coach Matt Patricia denies 1996 assault allegation

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia maintained his innocence and his new team said it supported him after a 1996 sexual assault allegation resurfaced Wednesday night. The Detroit News reported that Patricia and a friend of his were indicted 22 years ago by a Texas grand jury, on one count each […]

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