Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jon Lester (34) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Washington, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

LEADING OFF: Lester returns to Wrigley, Phils cool off

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ WELCOME BACK Jon Lester is set to start for the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field after spending the past six seasons with the …
Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant hits a two-run home run against the Detroit Tigers in the third inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Friday, May 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Still with the Cubs, Bryant back to his slugging ways

Whatever the future holds, Kris Bryant is giving the Chicago Cubs plenty of production so far in 2021. Bryant is hitting .303 with 10 home runs in 37 games, and he is second in the National League …
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates after scoring against the New Orleans Pelicans in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, May 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Derick Hingle)

LeBron vs. Steph: A play-in game will be a superstar tussle

LeBron vs. Steph. Oh, what a way to get into NBA playoff mode. The matchups for the NBA’s new play-in tournament are set. It starts Tuesday night with the Eastern Conference: No. 10 Charlotte …
Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook throws his shoe into the stands after the team's NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Friday, May 14, 2021, in Washington.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

10 things to know, with the NBA regular season in the books

The compressed, coronavirus-threatened, NBA regular season like none other is over. All 1,080 games that were scheduled were played, and now the play-in round awaits. That begins Tuesday, runs …
In this photo provided by McLaren Racing, the Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar displays the paint scheme designed by streetwear brand Undefeated at the Arrow McLaren SP team shop in Indianapolis, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. McLaren collaborated with designer James Bond of Undefeated for the car Felix Rosenqvist will drive in the Indianapolis 500. (Chris Zona/McLaren Racing via AP)

McLaren teams with Undefeated for new Indy 500 look

McLaren cares so much about appearance that the team missed track time before its bungled 2019 Indianapolis 500 attempt because the car's paint scheme didn't precisely match its signature papaya …
Suns Basketball

Curry wins scoring title, Warriors take 8th spot in West

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry became the oldest scoring champion since Michael Jordan at age 35 in 1998, finishing with 46 points as the Golden State Warriors held off the Memphis Grizzlies …

Moore, short-handed Suns hold off Spurs 123-121

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Phoenix Suns got some needed rest for their All-Star backcourt and kept alive their chances at the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. E’Twaun Moore scored 22 points …

Spurs face the Suns on 3-game slide

Phoenix Suns (50-21, second in the Western Conference) vs. San Antonio Spurs (33-38, 10th in the Western Conference) San Antonio; Sunday, 2 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: San Antonio heads into the …
Coyotes Hockey

Coyotes expecting more changes after missing playoffs again

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona general manager Bill Armstrong opted to stand pat at the NHL trade deadline, believing the Coyotes had the right roster to make the playoffs. When they came up …

AZ--Arizona News Digest, update

Good afternoon. Here’s an updated look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Arizona. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Phoenix bureau at …

Tocchet won't return as coach of Coyotes after 4 seasons

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes and coach Rick Tocchet have mutually agreed to part ways after four seasons. The announcement Sunday comes a day after the Coyotes missed the playoffs …
NBA

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry became the oldest scoring champion since Michael Jordan at age 35 in 1998, finishing with 46 points as the Golden State Warriors held off the Memphis Grizzlies …

The NBA’s new play-in tournament begins on Tuesday night, and it took until the 146th and final day of this compressed season to determine who is going where for the playoffs. The Eastern …
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Jay Wright was in trouble three years into his tenure at Villanova, with speculation swirling that he would be fired. Chris Bosh’s playing career ended years before he …
Golf
College sports

The NCAA named Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee as host schools for softball regionals on Sunday, bringing its postseason tournament to three states that have passed laws requiring athletes to compete …

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Eric Schmid threw for three touchdowns, including a 10-yarder to Ife Adeyi with 16 seconds left, and Sam Houston wrapped the longest and most unusual college football season …
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The FCS championship game between top-seeded South Dakota State and No. 2 seed Sam Houston resumed after a delay of about 75 minutes Sunday because of lightning. After …
Jamil Roberts delayed his professional career, hoping for a chance at a national championship with his Marshall teammates. The senior winger got that opportunity: Marshall will face Indiana in the …
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 1980s University of Minnesota hockey recruit is among five men suing a former Gophers assistant coach and the school as well as other hockey organizations on allegations they …
NHL

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Elias Lindholm scored the overtime winner and the Calgary Flames bounced back after blowing a four-goal lead in the third period to beat the Vancouver Canucks 6-5 …

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kyle Palmieri scored his second goal of the game at 16:30 of overtime to give the New York Islanders a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of their first-round …
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Joel Eriksson Ek’s goal at 3:20 of overtime lifted the Minnesota Wild past the Vegas Golden Knights 1-0 in Game 1 of their first-round series on Sunday. Wild goaltender Cam …
Olympics

LONDON (AP) — The British government is still deciding whether to accept an offer from Pfizer to fast-track Olympic and Paralympic athletes for coronavirus vaccines. Jabs are only being given to …

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Danny Valencia ducked out of the scorching Arizona sun, reached into a cooler to grab an ice-cold drink and took a seat on the bench. The former Major League Baseball …