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Without Curry or top seed, Warriors face different playoffs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry on the sidelines again, this time with a hurt knee. No longer the sure-thing No. 1 seed. Steve Kerr piecing together rotations based on who’s available through illness and injury. It hasn’t exactly been an easy course this season for the defending NBA champions. The Golden State Warriors are […]

NBA first-round playoff series capsules

Capsules for the first-round NBA playoff series in the Eastern and Western conferences: ___ EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 TORONTO RAPTORS (59-23) vs. No. 8 WASHINGTON WIZARDS (43-39) Season series: Split, 2-2 Story line: It was the best regular season in Toronto history and its first time going into the playoffs as a No. 1 seed, […]

Warriors, Cavs vulnerable, or headed for NBA Finals Round 4?

Maybe this is the year. Maybe the Golden State Warriors, opening the postseason without Stephen Curry or any momentum, won’t be the best of the West, where there’s a Houston team that can run and gun as well as they do. Maybe the Cleveland Cavaliers, starting from the middle of the pack in the East, […]

Ohtani eager for more as Angels balance work for 2-way star

Shohei Ohtani eagerly bounces into the cage when it’s his turn during batting practice — and then puts on an impressive show knocking balls high and deep into the outfield seats. Whether hitting or pitching for the Los Angeles Angels, the rookie two-way sensation is raring to go and already wants to play more. “He […]

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 […]

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