MILWAUKEE — Hank Aaron wants no part of Barry Bonds. With Bonds closing in on the career home run record, Aaron attended a news conference Thursday at the spot where his 755th and final home run landed in 1976. “I don’t have any thoughts about Barry. I don’t even know how to spell his name,” Aaron said briskly, then added a laugh.
David Price is bringing his blazing fastball and sizable shoe collection to Tampa Bay. The hard-throwing left-hander out of Vanderbilt was selected by the Devil Rays with the No. 1 pick in the baseball draft Thursday.
NEW YORK — It will be tough to tell who’s more comfortable at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, trainer Bill Kaplan or his horse, Imawildandcrazyguy. Kaplan will be surrounded by family and friends on his first trip home in years, while his gray gelding has given every indication he will enjoy running 1 1/2 miles at Belmont Park.
SAN ANTONIO — One of the most anticipated debuts in NBA finals history was way, way off the mark. A LeBrick, if you will. LeBron James couldn’t solve San Antonio’s stifling defense and the pick-and-rolling Spurs, as fundamental and selfless as ever, outclassed Cleveland in an 85-76 win over the Cavaliers in Game 1 on Thursday night.
Quin Snyder is a head coach again. Snyder, 40, will work for the Austin Toros, one of the 15 franchises in the NBA Developmental League. He replaces the late Dennis Johnson, a former NBA star who coached the Toros until he died from a heart attack on Feb. 22 after a team practice.
SAN ANTONIO — In their simple convent, where rows of chairs are arranged in front of a television and a crucifix, the 23 nuns of the Salesian Sisters of Mary Immaculate Province briefly put aside their pleas for the sick and the poor to pray for the San Antonio Spurs.
Newly promoted Joey Gathright gave Kansas City an immediate boost, helping Brian Bannister win his second straight start with the Royals’ 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.
ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols’ two-run homer snapped a seventh-inning tie, helping the surging St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 on Wednesday night.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Anaheim Ducks aren’t called mighty anymore. Now they can simply answer to Stanley Cup champions. For the first time, the Stanley Cup resides in California and at the expense of Canada, which hasn’t boasted a winner since Montreal in 1993. Calgary, Edmonton and now Ottawa each had a chance the past three seasons only to be done in by a U.S. club from the sun belt.
CLEVELAND — The only walking C.C. Sabathia did was to the dugout after each scoreless inning.
Cleveland’s ace left-hander pitched his fifth career shutout and the Indians kept rolling at home, defeating the Kansas City Royals 1-0 Tuesday night.
ST. LOUIS — Pinch hitter So Taguchi singled over a drawn-in outfield in the ninth inning for his second straight game-winning hit, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
MIAMI — Trent Green could be on the field with the Dolphins by this weekend after Miami finally agreed to terms with Kansas City on a trade for the quarterback.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Now that the Anaheim Ducks have that elusive road win, they are ready to do what they do best: close things out at home.
CLEVELAND — When the older kids in his Houston neighborhood would pick on him or beat him up, little Daniel Gibson would run home crying to his mother. She gave him a nickname for not fighting back.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — No one in Tampa Bay’s clubhouse is ready to declare James Shields the ace of the Devil Rays’ young pitching staff. But he just might be the most consistent starter.
OTTAWA — Andy McDonald bailed out Chris Pronger and set up Southern California for a playoff party like never before. The Anaheim Ducks are within a win of their first Stanley Cup championship.
For Bill France Jr., it was never about fame or fortune. Everything he did — helping build Daytona International Speedway, moving the annual awards banquet to New York City and negotiating the first billion-dollar TV contract — he did with NASCAR’s best interests at heart.
In the 30 hours Creighton went without a men’s basketball coach, fans on Internet message boards buzzed that athletic director Bruce Rasmussen was taking too long to make a hire.
J.P. Howell was one of Tampa Bay’s final cuts at the end of spring training. Now, he’s determined to make the most of his latest chance in the major leagues.
The Anaheim Ducks will have to play without Chris Pronger again.