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Lakers’ big summer looms after 5 straight losing seasons

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — And now the real season begins for the Los Angeles Lakers. At least that’s what the fans of the 16-time NBA champions repeatedly have been told while Los Angeles missed the playoffs and finished with a losing record for the fifth consecutive year. Ever since they took over the Lakers’ basketball […]

WATCH: Who cares about the complete-game two-hitter, former La Crosse Logger Max Scherzer swipes first bag since high school

WASHINGTON — Max Scherzer’s fifth big leeague shutout was all well and good, of course. His 10 strikeouts and zero walks in a complete game Monday were terrific, too. The most memorable part of the night for the two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner and former La Crosse Logger as he led the Nationals […]

Lawsuit accuses 3 ex-Michigan St. basketball players of rape

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A woman who attends Michigan State University filed a federal lawsuit against the school Monday alleging that three former men’s basketball players sexually assaulted her at an off-campus apartment in 2015 and that she was discouraged from reporting what happened. The woman and players are not named in the suit, […]

Packers’ Trevor Davis accused of making false bomb threat

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say Green Bay Packers wide receiver Trevor Davis was arrested after falsely claiming to have explosives while checking in for a flight at Los Angeles International Airport. Airport police spokesman Rob Pedregon said Monday that Davis was booked on a charge of making a false bomb threat at an airport […]

LEADING OFF: Yankees-Red Sox ramp up, Ohtani could return

A look at what’s happening all around the majors today: BEST OF 19 Giancarlo Stanton and J.D. Martinez get their first swings in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry when aces Luis Severino and Chris Sale start at Fenway Park in the opener of 19 games between the AL East powers. Boston has won eight in a […]

WEDNESDAY: Timberwolves-Nuggets for the eighth and final spot in West

A look at the NBA playoff picture, with two days remaining in the regular season and now only one berth left to be decided: WEST UPDATE The playoffs start Wednesday. Officially, that’s not true. But the Denver at Minnesota game on Wednesday night may as well be considered a play-in game: Winner moves on, loser […]

Brewers welcome new St. Louis closer by walking in winning run in 10th

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Greg Holland’s debut for the St. Louis Cardinals was a dud. Holland walked four batters in the 10th inning and forced home the go-ahead run Monday night that gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-4 win over the Cardinals. “It’s hard to walk four guys and consider it a success,” Holland said. […]

ShoTime!: Ohtani hurls 7 superb innings, Angels beat A’s 6-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani seemed to be the only person in Angel Stadium who wasn’t incredibly impressed while he mowed down the Oakland Athletics’ first 19 batters in order. But when Ohtani finally yielded a hit and then struck out Matt Olson with two runners on to end the seventh inning, he gave […]

Harden, Paul and D’Antoni poised to capture trio’s 1st title

HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul has a long history of playoff heartbreak. So does James Harden. And Mike D’Antoni has more than either of them combined. Separately, they’ve never gotten it done at playoff time. Together, their fortunes might change. They’ve led the Houston Rockets to the NBA’s best record going into these playoffs, and […]

Fowler, Spieth make Reed earn his 1st major championship

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — After the final putt disappeared into the cup, Rickie Fowler waited outside the scoring room at Augusta National. Once again, he was congratulating someone else on winning their first major championship . For Fowler, the wait goes on. “I was ready to go win,” he said. “Unfortunately, I was one shot short.” This […]

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