By The Associated Press
A look at what’s happening all around the majors today:
CROWNS IN TOWN
The curse-breaking World Series trophies that the Red Sox won in 2004 and the Cubs earned last year will both be on display at Fenway Park when Boston hosts Chicago in the nationally televised night matchup. Fans can pose for pictures with both pieces of hardware, with a suggested donation of $20 that will go to each team’s charities. Kyle Hendricks starts for Cubs against Eduardo Rodriguez.
Boosted by Aaron Judge, the Yankees have hit nine home runs in taking two straight from Baltimore. The 6-foot-7 Judge has connected three times vs. the visiting O’s, helping New York post the best record in the majors and get in position for a sweep.
“It’s fun when everybody’s hittin’ the ball out of the yard,” said Austin Romine, who homered and drove in five runs Saturday in a 12-4 romp.
Nationals star Bryce Harper and Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber have both struck out six times in the last two days.
Harper followed his first three-strikeout game of the season Friday by going 0 for 4 and fanning three more times Saturday vs. the Mets. Coming into the series, he had struck out just 14 times in 22 games. Schwarber is hitting just .211 after two tough games in Boston.
The Royals have lost eight in a row, dropping them to 7-15. The skid was put on pause Saturday night when they were rained out at home against Minnesota. Jason Hammel (0-2) will try to end the streak when he faces Twins righty Phil Hughes (3-1).
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo says he’ll know which direction the Diamondbacks will go with their rotation after losing Shelby Miller for the season. Miller said Saturday that he’ll have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. The 26-year-old Miller was 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA after going 3-12 last year in his first season with Arizona.
Zack Godley currently has Miller’s spot, but Lovullo says the team is still deciding. “It’s time for somebody to step up, embrace that new challenge, and run with it. The candidates that we’re talking about, we feel very comfortable with,” he said.
By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer
It started with Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett going No. 1 overall and ended with Mississippi’s Chad Kelly going last as “Mr. Irrelevant.”
For the 11th straight year, the SEC led all conferences in number of NFL draft picks.
The league had 23 players taken during the final four rounds Saturday to increase its three-day total to 53, 11 more than the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The ACC closed with a flurry, with 31 of its 42 drafted players taken on the last day.
The Pac-12 edged out the Big Ten 36-35 in picks.
The Big 12 had only 14 players drafted, the fewest since the conference formed from the merger of the Southwest Conference and Big Eight in 1996. The Big 12 had 26 picks last year, and the previous low was 17 in 2014.
While Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his current team wrapped up their trip to Italy, the Wolverines set a school record with 11 players drafted. Nine came in the first four rounds, another program record.
Miami led the ACC’s charge on Saturday, when six of its eight players went. National champion Clemson finished with six draftees.
Utah, which had four offensive linemen drafted, led the Pac-12 with eight picks.
Ohio State, which led the nation with 12 players taken in 2016, had seven go this year.
The 53 SEC picks were the third-most in conference history, behind only the 63 in 2013 and 54 in 2015.
“I think about the process when it comes to getting guys from high school, developing them and then putting them into the NFL,” SEC Network analyst Marcus Spears said. “That’s something (recruiters) tell a lot of these guys when they go into their homes: ‘You come, you take care of school, do the right thing and develop as a player and you’ll have an opportunity to play on the next level.'”
Alabama led the SEC with 10 selections, including four first-round picks. Florida and LSU each had eight players taken.
“It’s not a coincidence that these teams have been revered as the top programs when you talk about winning,” Spears said. “The type of players they put on the field, it goes directly to the success.”
Blue-blood programs Nebraska, Texas and Penn State each had only one player taken.
The Cornhuskers had not had fewer than two players drafted in a year since 1963, the longest streak in the nation.
For Texas, it was the second straight year only one player was picked. Big Ten champion Penn State had its leanest draft since having no players taken in 2005.
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BY TOM CONNOLLY, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With his team having homered twice to pull within a run in the ninth inning, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts sent Justin Turner to the plate to keep the rally going.
Turner did just that, hitting the third consecutive homer off Hector Neris to open the inning and the Adrian Gonzalez’s tiebreaking RBI single capped the four-run rally to lift Los Angeles to a wild 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.
“You always want to get the tying run to the plate, so that’s why I put (pinch-hitter) Turner in and he responded,” Roberts said.
The Dodgers trailed 5-2 before Yasiel Puig and Cody Bellinger — who homered twice — hit the first two homers of the ninth, and Turner’s shot gave them three straight for the first time since Aug. 18, 2012.
With one out, Austin Barnes singled off Neris (0-1). Joely Rodriguez came in and got Andrew Toles to fly out, but Corey Seager singled and Gonzalez drilled a ball off third baseman Maikel Franco’s glove that rolled into left field scoring Barnes with the winning run from second.
“It had that topspin on the second hop and that makes it really tough for infielders,” Gonzalez said.
Grant Dayton (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the win.
The Phillies wasted a strong outing by Zach Eflin, who allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings.
“It’s crazy what happened,” Eflin said. “You just have to come back and forget about it. It’s baseball.”
Philadelphia manager Pete Mackanin was disappointed with the outcome.
“What a way to lose,” Mackanin said. “One thing about Neris is for some reason he’s getting away from his split. He wants to throw more fastballs and that’s not going to work. He’s going to have to get back to that split. Whether he’s not feeling confident with it for some reason or not we have to get him back on track because he’s better than that.
“That’s one of the reasons I don’t want to name a closer because I don’t want to put a guy in that pressure even though I use him in that situation.”
Toles’ leadoff homer in the first got the lead for Los Angeles, but Brock Stassi connected for a three-run shot in the fourth against Brandon McCarthy. It was Stassi’s second homer of the season.
McCarthy lasted five innings and was charged with four runs and eight hits.
Daniel Nava upped Philadelphia’s lead to 4-1 with a two-out RBI single in the fifth that scored Odubel Herrera.
Philadelphia shortstop Freddy Galvis extended his hitting to 11 games with a sixth-inning single.
Bellinger, one of the majors’ top prospects, hit his first career homer off Eflin in the seventh. His second homer in the ninth trimmed Philadelphia’s lead to 5-4.
“I have never been a part of anything like this before,” Bellinger said. “It was crazy and I’m glad to be a part of it. I’m kind of speechless right now. I don’t even remember what I did.”
Phillies rookie Andrew Knapp also got his first career homer, going deep against Chris Hatcher in the eighth. Knapp finished with three hits.
Turner extended his major league-leading hitting streak to 15 games with his homer in the ninth.
Both of Bellinger’s home-run balls were brought to him following the game.
GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS
McCarthy leads all major league pitchers with first pitch strikes (76.1 percent).
Phillies: MacKinnon said RHP Aaron Nola (lower back strain) would not pitch as scheduled on Monday against the Chicago Cubs. Nola threw on Friday and reported soreness and tightness. MacKinnon said Nola will be re-evaluated and is day to day.
Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) threw three innings and 48 pitches in a simulated game. Hill is scheduled to throw again Thursday. … LHP Grant Dayton (Intercostal strain) was activated. … Manager Dave Roberts said he hopes to activate both Jock Pederson (groin) and Logan Forsythe (fractured toe) in time to play Friday at San Diego.
Phillies: RHP Nick Pieta makes his major league debut Sunday in the series finale. Pieta started the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryun (0-4, 4.64 ERA) goes for Los Angeles.
By FOSTER KLUG and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump said in a television interview to be aired Sunday that he believes China’s president has been putting pressure on North Korea as it pursues its missile and nuclear weapons programs.
In an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Trump said he won’t be happy if North Korea conducts a nuclear test and that he believes Chinese President Xi Jinping won’t be happy, either.
Asked if that means military action, Trump responded: “I don’t know. I mean, we’ll see.”
On Saturday, a North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch, the third test-fire flop this month but a clear message of defiance. North Korean ballistic missile tests are banned by the United Nations because they’re seen as part of the North’s push for a nuclear-tipped missile that can hit the U.S. mainland.
The launch comes at a point of particularly high tension in the region. Trump has sent a nuclear-powered submarine and the USS Carl Vinson aircraft supercarrier to Korean waters and North Korea last week conducted large-scale, live-fire exercises on its eastern coast. The U.S. and South Korea also started installing a missile defense system that is supposed to be partially operational within days and their two navies are staging joint military drills.
Residents in the village of Seongj, where the missile defense system is being installed, scuffled with police on Sunday. About 300 protesters faced off against 800 police and succeeded in blocking two U.S. Army oil trucks from entering the site, local media reported. A few residents were injured or fainted from the scuffle and were transported to a hospital.
The Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, remains a controversial topic in South Korea and presidential front-runner Moon Jae-in even has vowed to reconsider the deployment if he wins the May 9 election. He has said that the security benefits of THAAD would be offset by worsened relations with China, which is the country’s biggest trading partner and is opposed to its deployment.
North Korea didn’t immediately comment on its latest missile launch, though its state media on Saturday reiterated the country’s goal of being able to strike the continental U.S.
South Korea’s Foreign Ministry denounced the launch as an “obvious” violation of United Nations resolutions and the latest display of North Korea’s “belligerence and recklessness.”
“We sternly warn that the North Korean government will continue to face a variety of strong punitive measures issued by the U.N. Security Council and others if it continues to reject denuclearization and play with fire in front of the world,” the ministry said.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the missile flew for several minutes and reached a maximum height of 71 kilometers (44 miles) before it apparently failed.
It didn’t immediately provide an estimate on how far the missile flew, but a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters, said it was likely a medium-range KN-17 ballistic missile. It broke up a few minutes after the launch.
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, speaking after a meeting of Japan’s National Security Council, said the missile is believed to have traveled about 50 kilometers (30 miles) and fallen on an inland part of North Korea.
Analysts say the KN-17 is a new Scud-type missile developed by North Korea. The North fired the same type of missile April 16, just a day after a massive military parade where it showed off its expanding missile arsenal, but U.S. officials called that launch a failure.
Some analysts say a missile the North test fired April 5, which U.S. officials identified as a Scud variant, also might have been a KN-17. U.S. officials said that missile spun out of control and crashed into the sea.
Moon Seong Mook, a South Korean analyst and former military official, says that the North would gain valuable knowledge even from failed launches as it continues to improve its technologies for missiles. The South Korean and Japanese assessments about Saturday’s launch indicate that the North fired the missile from a higher-than-normal angle to prevent it from flying too far, he said.
“They could be testing a variety of things, such as the thrust of the rocket engine or the separation of stages,” Moon said. “A failure is a failure, but that doesn’t mean the launch was meaningless.”
The two earlier launches were conducted from an eastern coastal area, but Saturday’s missile was fired in the west, from an area near Pukchang, just north of the capital, Pyongyang.
Pope Francis warned that “a good part of humanity” will be destroyed if tensions with North Korea escalate, and he called for diplomacy and a revived United Nations to take the lead in negotiating a resolution.
Francis was asked as he traveled back to Rome from Egypt on Saturday local time (early Sunday morning Seoul time) about North Korean ballistic missile tests and U.S. warnings of “catastrophic” consequences if the world fails to stop them.
“Today, a wider war will destroy not a small part of humanity, but a good part of humanity and culture. Everything. Everything, no? It would be terrible. I don’t think humanity today could bear it,” he told reporters
AP writers Matthew Pennington and Lolita C. Baldor in Washington and Edith Lederer at the United Nations contributed to this story.
By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA and FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Famed Swiss climber Ueli Steck was killed Sunday in a mountaineering accident near Mount Everest in Nepal, expedition organizers said.
Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks said Steck was killed at Camp 1 of Mount Nuptse. His body has been recovered from the site and been taken to Lukla, where the only airport in the Mount Everest area is located.
Steck’s family said the exact circumstances of his death were still unclear.
“The family is infinitely sad and asks that the media refrain from speculating about his death out of respect and consideration for Ueli,” it said in a statement on Steck’s website. “As soon as reliable information about Ueli Steck’s death becomes available, the media will be informed.”
Steck was planning to climb 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) Mount Everest and nearby Mount Lhotse next month.
He was the first casualty in the spring mountaineering season in Nepal that began in March and will end in May. Hundreds of foreign climbers are on the mountains to attempt scale Himalayan peaks in May when there are a few windows of favorable weather.
The 40-year-old Steck was one of the most-renowned mountaineers of his generation. He was best known for his speed-climbing, including setting several records for ascending the north face of the Eiger, a classic mountaineering peak in the Bernese Alps that he climbed in two hours and 47 minutes without using a rope.
In 2013 he achieved the first solo climb of the Annapurna south face in Nepal after almost losing his life in a fall there in 2007. For that he received the “Piolet d’Or” — considered the Oscar of mountaineering — the following year.
In 2015, Steck decided to climb all 82 peaks in the Alps higher than 4,000 meters (13,100 feet) traveling between mountains by foot, bike and paraglider only. He completed the feat in 62 days, helping cement his reputation as the “Swiss Machine.”
Steck once said he considered himself an “outsider” in the mountaineering scene because athletic achievement was more important to him than adventure.
In a recent post on his website, Steck mused about the transience of success in mountaineering and the inevitable decline that comes with age.
“A record is broken again and again, and the world keeps on turning,” he wrote. “You are getting older and there comes a time when you have to adjust your projects to your age.”
Steck suffered a setback during his last trip to Everest, in 2013, when he became involved in a violent altercation with a group of local guides. On his return this year, he aimed to perform a quick climb of Everest and Lhotse, including an overnight stop at more than 8,000 meters, an altitude that’s known as the “death zone” because the human body’s performance is reduced to 20 percent of its normal rate.
Asked about the upcoming expedition, Steck told Swiss daily Tages-Anzeiger in an interview last month: “When I’m on Everest I can stop at any point. The risk is therefore quite small. For me it’s primarily a physical project. Either I get through, or I don’t have the strength for the whole traversal.”
“Of course I want to climb Everest and Lhotse,” Steck told the paper when asked about his measure of success. “But that’s a very high goal. Failure for me would be to die and not come home.”
Jordans reported from Berlin.
By SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press
LONDON (AP) — The parents of Madeleine McCann, the 3-year-old British girl who vanished during a family vacation to Portugal in 2007, say they are still hopeful they will one day be reunited with their daughter as they mark the 10th anniversary of her disappearance.
In an interview with the British media released Sunday, the McCanns said they felt encouraged by the “real progress” that British police have made in the case in the past five years.
Scotland Yard said last week that, a decade later, detectives are still pursuing “critical” leads to trace Madeleine, who disappeared from a vacation home in Portugal’s Algarve region on the night of May 3, 2007. Her parents had gone out to a tapas bar nearby after putting her and her twin siblings to bed.
Despite an investigation costing more than 11 million pounds ($14 million) so far, police said there was no “definitive evidence” on whether Madeleine — who would be almost 14 now — is alive or dead. The girl was abducted from the apartment, they said, but how and why it happened is still largely a mystery.
One theory that police say hasn’t been ruled out is a “burglary gone wrong.”
Gerry McCann, 48, acknowledged it was “devastating” not to have found her, but added: “No parent is going to give up on their child, unless they know for certain their child is dead. And we just don’t have any evidence.”
His wife, Kate, agreed.
“My hope for Madeleine being out there is no less than it was almost 10 years ago,” she said. “I never thought we’d still be in this situation, so far along the line. It’s a huge amount of time … it’s a hard marker of time.”
The case has sparked global interest partly because of the McCanns’ campaign to publicize their case in an attempt to find Madeleine. The couple also said they planned to challenge a court ruling that cleared a former Portuguese detective of breaching libel laws after he published a book alleging they were involved in Madeleine’s disappearance.
Asked how the family was coping, the McCanns said that, like other families who have suffered tragedies, they are trying to move on and focus on their 12-year-old twins.
“You adapt and you have a new normality,” Gerry McCann said. “At some point you’ve got to realize that time is not frozen.”
His wife said that she still buys Madeleine birthday and Christmas presents every year.
“I obviously have to think about what age she is and something that, whenever we find her, will still be appropriate. So there’s a lot of thought that goes into it,” she said. “But I couldn’t not, you know. She’s still our daughter, she’ll always be our daughter.”
By RAMON ESPINOSA, Associated Press
CARAMBOLA, Cuba (AP) — A Cuban military plane crashed into a hillside Saturday in the western province of Artemisa, killing eight troops on board, the government said.
Cuba’s military said in a statement that the Soviet-made AN-26 took off from the Playa Baracoa airport outside Havana at 6:38 a.m. and crashed outside the town of Candelaria about 40 miles (65 kilometers) away.
The weather was clear and sunny. The military said a special commission would investigate the cause of the crash. Officials did not immediately release any further information.
“At about 7 a.m. I was sitting in front of the cafe and I saw an airplane, which I watched because it looked slow, almost touching the palm trees,” said Regla Maria Gallardo in Carambola, a community in Artemisa surrounded by mountains. “After a bit I heard what had happened.”
Carambola residents watched as ambulances arrived and police and soldiers blocked the road leading to the accident site.
In November 2010, an AeroCaribbean flight from Santiago to Havana went down in bad weather as it flew over central Cuba, killing all 68 people aboard, including 28 foreigners, in the country’s deadliest air disaster in more than two decades. In 1989, a chartered Cubana de Aviacion plane flying from Havana to Milan, Italy, went down shortly after takeoff, killing all 126 people on board, as well as at least two dozen on the ground.
CANTON, Texas (AP) — Fatalities have been reported and dozens of people were taken to hospitals after a tornado hit a small city in East Texas, authorities said.
Canton Fire Department Capt. Brian Horton said during a news conference late Saturday that “a number of fatalities” were reported, but that it wasn’t yet clear how many, after powerful storms swept through the community earlier in the evening.
The storms left behind a trail of overturned vehicles, mangled trees and damaged homes in and around Canton, which is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Dallas.
ETMC Regional Heathcare Systems hospitals in the region received at least 54 patients following the storm, including one person in critical condition, spokeswoman Rebecca Berkley said. She said the other patients suffered injuries that weren’t life-threatening.
Horton asked that people who didn’t need to be in the area to stay out, “so that our teams can do what they need to do to take care of these people who are in need.” He noted that a triage center was set up at the local high school.
The extent of the damage in the area wasn’t immediately clear. But video from local television stations showed uprooted trees and overturned cars along rural, wet roadways, along with at least two flattened homes. The tornado flipped pickup trucks at a Dodge dealership in Canton and tore through the business.
At least one tornado has been confirmed so far as having touched down in Canton, though several tornadoes were reported in the area, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Fox.
Local resident Ernestine Cook told WFAA-TV that she rushed to a storm center just in time.
“It hit so hard, so fast. It just kept moving,” she said. “I’ve never seen anything like it after 22 years of living here.”
A dispatcher at the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office said officers were chasing numerous injury reports and declined further comment.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Flooding from heavy rains sweeping across the Midwest has killed at least one person in Missouri, prompted numerous rescues and blocked roadways.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 72-year-old woman drowned despite her husband’s efforts to save her as their vehicle was swept away by rushing waters Saturday near Clever in southwest Missouri. The patrol says her body was found after waters receded.
The state reported nearly 100 evacuations and nearly three dozen rescues by late afternoon.
Thunderstorms also topped trees and power lines in eastern Oklahoma, while more than 4 inches of snow fell elsewhere in the state.
The governors of Missouri and Oklahoma have declared states of emergency.
Flooding and heavy rains also hit parts of Arkansas, while blizzard warnings were in effect in western Nebraska.
By JACK GILLUM, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prominent Washington journalists, if not Hollywood stars, celebrated the First Amendment during the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an event that lacked the glitter of past years because of the absence of the president of the United States.
With President Donald Trump sending his regrets, the attention was no longer focused on an in-person roasting of the commander in chief and his humorous remarks about politics and the press. The red carpet that once featured Oscar winners, TV stars and a few major-league athletes barely turned heads.
Instead, speakers at the dinner promoted press freedom and responsibility and challenged Trump’s accusations of dishonest reporting.
The stars of the night were Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who recounted what they learned about journalism from their reporting for The Washington Post that helped lead to President Richard Nixon’s resignation more than 40 years ago.
“Like politicians and presidents sometimes, perhaps too frequently, we make mistakes and go too far,” Woodward said. “When that happens we should own up to it. But the effort today to get this best obtainable version of the truth is largely made in good faith. Mr. President, the media is not ‘fake news.'”
The evening was not without humor aimed at the press and Trump.
“We’ve got to address the elephant that’s not in the room,” cracked the entertainment headliner, Hasan Minhaj of “The Daily Show” on TV’s Comedy Central. “The leader of our country is not here. And that’s because he lives in Moscow. It’s a very long flight. As for the other guy, I think he’s in Pennsylvania because he can’t take a joke.”
Trump was indeed in Pennsylvania, having scheduled a rally in Harrisburg to mark his 100th day in office. He began his remarks with a lengthy if familiar attack on the news media while dismissing the dinner and its participants.
“A large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media are consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation’s capital right now,” Trump said. He added: “And I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away from Washington’s swamp, spending my evening with all of you and with a much, much larger crowd and much better people, right?”
Trump became the first president since Ronald Reagan in 1981 to skip the event — and Reagan was recovering from an assassination attempt.
The official WHCA dinner began in 1921. In recent decades, the event offered Washington’s press corps an opportunity to wear black tie and stunning gowns while mixing with celebrity guests. Most people trace that development to 1987, when Baltimore Sun reporter Michael Kelly brought Fawn Hall, the secretary at the center of the Iran-Contra affair.
Jeff Mason, the WHCA president, said before the event that this year’s dinner would have been different even if Trump had attended, “based on the tension that has existed in the relationship and some of the things he has said about the press. We were preparing for a different dinner, either way.”
The correspondents’ dinner was briefly upstaged Saturday afternoon when late-night TV star Samantha Bee of “Full Frontal” pulled in celebrities for the first “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” among them Alysia Reiner of “Orange Is the New Black,” Retta of “Parks and Recreation” and Matt Walsh of “Veep.”
Bee’s taped show, a tongue-in-cheek tribute to American news organizations, featured actor Will Ferrell and other guests roasting Trump and his allies. It singled out the Committee to Protect Journalists, the nonprofit group that will receive proceeds from the broadcast.
The WHCA awards and this year’s recipients:
—Aldo Beckman Memorial Award winner: Greg Jaffe of The Washington Post for stories on President Barack Obama’s speeches and policies that contrasted the realities of 2016 with the hopes of 2008.
—Merriman Smith Award winner for outstanding White House coverage under deadline: Edward-Isaac Dovere of Politico for his coverage of the historic meeting between Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro.
—Edgar A. Poe Award winner: David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post for stories on Donald Trump’s philanthropic claims.
Associated Press writer Jocelyn Noveck contributed to this report. Follow Jack Gillum on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jackgillum .