• Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff, top, whistles to his players during the second period of Game 6 in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs against the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, April 24, 2016. The Stars won 5-4 to advance to the second round. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    A playoff twist: Ruff coaching Stars vs. Hitchcock’s Blues

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The irony is not lost on Lindy Ruff as his Dallas Stars prepare for their second-round playoff series against Ken Hitchcock and the St. Louis Blues.

  • Top-seeded Bacsinszky reaches semifinals at Grand Prix SAR

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Top-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland advanced to the semifinals of the Grand Prix SAR, saving all four break-points she faced against Johanna Larsson of Sweden in a 6-4, 6-1 win on Thursday.

  • Safarova, defending champ Pliskova in semis of Prague Open

    PRAGUE (AP) — Top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova rallied to defeat Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 and advance to the Prague Open semifinals on Thursday

  • Allyson Felix out of Doha meet with minor ankle injury

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Organizers say Olympic 200-meter champion Allyson Felix has pulled out of the Diamond League meet in Doha next week because of a “minor” ankle injury she picked up in training.

  • Balcomb steps down as Vanderbilt women’s basketball coach

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Melanie Balcomb’s 14-year tenure as Vanderbilt women’s basketball coach is over.

  • Nets’ Ellington wins J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

    NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington has won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for outstanding service and dedication to the community.

  • Weather concerns cloud Drake Relays

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The biggest unknown for the annual Drake Relays has always been the weather.

  • FILe - In this March 4, 2016 file photo, Kentucky head coach Matthew Mitchell speaks with his players during an NCAA college basketball game against Florida in the Southeastern Conference women's tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell addresses the departure of a sixth player since October, which could leave his roster thin again for next sesaon.  (AP Photo/Gary McCullough, File)

    Kentucky’s mass exit: 6 players have left program since fall

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell looks to reverse a disturbing trend after the recent transfer of forward Batouly Camara, the sixth Wildcat to leave the program since October.

  • First lady Michelle Obama appears with US Olympians

    NEW YORK (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama received fencing lessons from Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad and took part in passing drills with members of the U.S. women’s basketball team at an event in Times Square celebrating 100 days to the Rio Games.

  • Former gymnastics instructor sentenced to prison in sex case

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former Lansing-area gymnastics instructor accused of criminal sexual conduct in connection with a relationship involving a 14-year-old female student has been sentenced to 3-15 years in prison.