Karine leads in California

April 25th, 2014
Karine Icher posted a bogey-free 66 to grab the early lead at the Swinging Skirts Classic in Daly City, California.

Phelps tries sprinting in 2nd event of comeback

April 25th, 2014

Michael Phelps competes in the 100-meter butterfly final during the Arena Grand Prix, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz. Ryan Lochte won, and Phelps finished in second place. He was competing for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics. (AP Photo/Matt York)MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Phelps is going short, really short, in the second event of his comeback.


Pineda handed 10-game ban

April 25th, 2014
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been banned for 10 games over his illegal use of pine tar.

Martin’s course record gives him Zurich lead

April 25th, 2014

Ben Martin chips onto the green for the birdie on the 17th hole during the opening round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Thursday, April 24, 2014. Martin treated a tiny gallery to a course-record round, shooting a 10-under 62 on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Ben Martin made his way through most of the TPC Louisiana course with the type of sparse gallery one would expect for a player who had missed seven cuts in his previous nine starts on the PGA Tour.


Pacers on the ropes after another loss to Hawks

April 25th, 2014

Indiana Pacers forward Luis Scola, left, argues with an official in the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA (AP) — The Indiana Pacers are questioning their toughness and dealing with speculation about a lineup change.


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April 25th, 2014

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) dribbles between Los Angeles Clippers' Matt Barnes (22) and Blake Griffin (32) during the second half in Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Los Angeles won 98-96. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


Giggs set to face the media

April 25th, 2014
Ryan Giggs will meet the media on Friday morning for the first time since taking over as interim Manchester United manager.

Lochte edges out Phelps

April 25th, 2014
Swimming great Michael Phelps finished an impressive second in his comeback event in Arizona on Thursday.

Grizzlies beat Thunder to take 2-1 series lead

April 25th, 2014

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives past Tony Allen (R) of the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in Tennessee on April 24, 2014Mike Conley tallied 20 points, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen had 16 points apiece and the Memphis Grizzlies held on to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-95 in overtime to take a 2-1 lead in their playoff series. Randolph also added 10 rebounds and a half dozen assists for the Grizzlies, who never trailed in the second half of the first-round playoff contest. Some shots I wish we could have back," said Thunder forward Kevin Durant. In the other Western Conference opening-round contest Thursday, the Los Angeles Clippers took a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors behind a superb 32-point performance from Blake Griffin.


Clippers beat Warriors 98-96 for 2-1 series lead

April 25th, 2014

Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (32) celebrates with teammate DeAndre Jordan (6) after Griffin drew a fragrant foul during the second half in Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Los Angeles won 98-96. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chris Paul pounded his chest and shouted toward the Golden State Warriors' bench. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan high-fived, and the Los Angeles Clippers soaked in the silence of the once-roaring, gold-shirt wearing crowd as they walked off the court together.


Liverpool surprise Suarez

April 25th, 2014
Luis Suarez says he is surprised at Liverpool's success this season and admits he did not think they would be in position to compete for the title.

Martin enjoys a record day

April 25th, 2014
Ben Martin fired a course-record 62 to seize a two-shot lead in the opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

LA Kings avoid elimination in 6-3 win over Sharks

April 25th, 2014

Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams, right, celebrates his goal past San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi during the second period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dustin Brown figured his Los Angeles Kings had climbed too many postseason obstacles over the past two seasons to end their current playoff run without even a single victory.


Wild even series at 2 with 2-1 win vs. Avalanche

April 25th, 2014

Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20), center Mikko Koivu (9), of Finland, center Charlie Coyle, center, right wing Jason Pominville (29) and left wing Zach Parise (11) celebrate Coyle's goal off Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov during the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday, April 24, 2014. The Wild won 2-1. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Semyon Varlamov emptied the net with 2:39 left, and a penalty on Minnesota 25 seconds later gave Colorado a two-man advantage.


France’s Icher leads suspended Swinging Skirts golf

April 25th, 2014

Lydia Ko during the first round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco on April 24, 2014Karine Icher fired a bogey-free six-under 66 to seize the early first-round lead at the inaugural LPGA Tour's Swinging Skirts Classic which was suspended because of darkness. The 35-year-old from France rolled in six birdies to take a two-shot lead over a group of five golfers at the Lake Merced Golf Club. The $1.8 million event debuts at 6,507-yard, par-72 Lake Merced course with 18 of the world's 20 top players in the field of 144 seeking a $255,000 top prize. New Zealand's Lydia Ko, Dewi Claire Schreefel, Lee Il-Hee, Jenny Shin and Maria McBride shot matching four-under 68s to share second place.


Grizzlies blow big lead, beat Thunder 98-95 in OT

April 25th, 2014

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol celebrates after scoring against the Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime of Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. The Grizzlies won 98-95. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Grizzlies know they have to stop blowing fourth-quarter leads. Consecutive overtime wins makes the needed corrections much easier for Memphis.


Bruins beat Red Wings 3-2 in OT, up 3-1 in series

April 25th, 2014

Boston Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla, center, is mobbed by teammates as they celebrate their 3-2 overtime win in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Iginla was credited with the winning goal. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — The Boston Bruins took a couple punches, then hit back hard and put the Detroit Red Wings on the brink of elimination.


Michael Phelps loses to Lochte in comeback meet

April 25th, 2014

Michael Phelps competes in the 100-meter butterfly final during the Arena Grand Prix swim meet, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz. Ryan Lochte won, and Phelps finished in second place. He was competing for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics. (AP Photo/Matt York)MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Phelps is 0 for 1 in his comeback to the pool.


Teague leads Atlanta Hawks past Indiana Pacers

April 25th, 2014

Jeff Teague of the Atlanta Hawks celebrates after a dunk against the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Philips Arena on April 24, 2014Jeff Teague tallied 22 points as the Atlanta Hawks beat top seeded Indiana Pacers 98-85 to grab a 2-1 lead in their opening round playoff series. Kyle Korver finished with 20 points, DeMarre Carroll netted 18 and Paul Millsap recorded a 14-point, 14-rebound double-double in the National Basketball League victory on Thursday. Teague, who also torched the Pacers for 28 points in game one of the best-of-seven series, had a playoff career high 10 assists on Thursday.


Teague, Korver lead Hawks past Pacers 98-85

April 25th, 2014

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) trips as he breaks for the goal against Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) in the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Atlanta. The Hawks won 98-85. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA (AP) — As the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Atlanta Hawks celebrated and their fans serenaded the Indiana Pacers with chants of "Overrated!"