AP Analysis: Good and bad news in NKorea’s latest nuke offer

TOKYO (AP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has finally broken his silence on what he plans to bring to the table during his summits with the South Korean and U.S. presidents – and it doesn’t appear to have a whole lot to do with tossing out his hard-won…

Friday’s Sports In Brief

NBA INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Bojan Bogdanovic scored 30 points, leading the Indiana Pacers back from a 17-point halftime deficit for a 92-90 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 2-1 lead in their first-round series. Cleveland was 39-0 during the regular season when leading after three quarters and kept that…

Federal funding OK’d for Dona Ana County wastewater systems

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation say the federal government has agreed to provide more than $14 million to help renovate wastewater systems serving two unincorporated communities in Dona Ana County. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich on Friday announced that the U.S. Department of…

As housing inventory shrinks, people look to living in RVs

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) – Dan Bell and his wife, Sherry Bell, traveled across the country in their RV for “many, many” years, he said. When his wife died, Bell decided that’s how he wanted to spend the rest of his life – in an RV, though not travelling this time.…

Grand Junction baseball player on long road to recovery

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – Derek Shaver made a quick move with the basketball and was headed to the bucket. A steal and an open court with no one even close, the crowd, teammates and opponents knew what would happen next. It was a one-way ticket to dunk city. Then…

Moreland hits slam, Red Sox top A’s 7-3 for 8th straight win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Even with slugger J.D. Martinez getting a rare day off, the Boston Red Sox had more than enough power in their lineup to keep the best start in franchise history going. Mitch Moreland hit a grand slam, Jackie Bradley Jr. added a three-run homer and the…

Nats beat Dodgers 5-2 in uneven matchup of Scherzer, Kershaw

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Dodgers didn’t make it easy on Max Scherzer. In the end, though, he was just better than Clayton Kershaw. Scherzer allowed one run over six innings in the 13th all-time meeting of three-time Cy Young Award winners and the Washington Nationals beat Los Angeles 5-2…

McCutchen hits 3-run homer as Giants overpower Angels 8-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Jeff Samardzija had just loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth inning of his season debut when San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy went out to the mound, mainly to give his big righty a rest. “He wasn’t going anywhere, trust me,” Bochy said…

Ross loses no-hit bid with 2 outs in 8th, Padres top D-backs

PHOENIX (AP) – As Tyson Ross said, “It got close, but no cigar.” That’s the way it’s always been over the last half-century when the San Diego Padres flirt with a no-hitter. Ross lost his bid to pitch the first one in the history of the Padres when rookie center…

Baez, Schwarber homer, Cubs beat Rockies 16-5

DENVER (AP) – The Chicago Cubs swung hot bats on a cold, damp night in Denver. Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber each had a homer and four RBIs, and the Cubs rode a seven-run sixth inning to a 16-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night amid intermittent rain…

Ross loses bid for Padres’ first no-no in 8th vs. DBacks

PHOENIX (AP) – Tyson Ross lost his bid to pitch the first no-hitter in the history of the San Diego Padres when rookie center fielder Franchy Cordero appeared to misplay a ball with two outs in the eighth inning Friday night of a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Playing…

Flowood teenager sees the need, helps capture a miracle

RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) – Joseph Voynik arrived before sunup one day in November to watch two dozen cement trucks roll into Hite Wolcott Park in Ridgeland. The 16-year-old from Flowood stood as close as he could to see each truck deliver its load of gray sludge onto a youth baseball…

Segura keys 4-run 9th as Mariners rally past Rangers 6-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Jean Segura and the Seattle Mariners figured five straight games scoring two runs or less were more than enough. Segura hit a two-run double in a four-run ninth inning after Mitch Haniger’s tying homer in the eighth, lifting the Mariners over the Texas Rangers 6-2 on…

Cardinals beat Reds 4-2, spoil Riggleman’s debut as manager

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Michael Wacha has been nearly unbeatable against the Cincinnati Reds. Wacha kept up his strong pitching against Cincinnati, Yadier Molina hit two-run double in the first inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals won 4-2 Friday night to spoil Jim Riggleman’s debut as Reds interim manager. Wacha…

Cespedes has go-ahead single as Mets top Braves in 12th

ATLANTA (AP) – Robert Gsellman enjoyed a rare double dose of success for a pitcher: He earned a win on the mound while also scoring the go-ahead run in extra innings. Yoenis Cespedes, who struck out in his previous four at-bats, drove in Gsellman with a tiebreaking single with two…

Shaw, Braun homer in Brewers’ 8-0 win over Marlins

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers needed only three pitches to pull away from the Miami Marlins. Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw hit back-to-back homers, helping the Brewers to an 8-0 victory on Friday night. It was the fourth consecutive win for Milwaukee, which has outscored Miami 20-3 in the…

Padres’ Ross loses no-hit bid with 2 outs in 8th vs D-backs

PHOENIX (AP) – Tyson Ross of the San Diego Padres has lost his no-hit try with two outs in the eighth inning at Arizona. Christian Walker of the Diamondbacks doubled on a ball that Padres center fielder Franchy Cordero appeared to misplay. Cordero got a late break and the ball…

Verlander, Correa, Astros romp; Chisox pitcher passes out

CHICAGO (AP) – Justin Verlander was so good, he had no need for what he felt was a gift from Tim Anderson. The ace right-hander offered a quick thank you, and Anderson let him know what he thought of the gesture. The two exchanged words in the fifth inning, a…

White Sox reliever Farquhar passes out in dugout

CHICAGO (AP) – For a moment, the Chicago White Sox didn’t care very much about losing to the Houston Astros. They were more concerned about an ailing teammate. Reliever Danny Farquhar was taken to a hospital after he passed out in the dugout in the sixth inning of Chicago’s 10-0…

Rays beat Twins 8-7 on Zach Duke’s error in 10th

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – The Tampa Bay Rays stood near their dugout for an agonizing couple of minutes before their victory became official. Pinch-runner Johnny Field scored the winning run from second base in the 10th inning as reliever Zach Duke missed first base after taking a flip from…

Gurriel Jr. has 3 RBIs in MLB debut, Blue Jays top Yanks 8-5

NEW YORK (AP) – Growing up in Cuba, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. didn’t foresee coming through in the clutch the way he did in his first major league game. The prized Toronto Blue Jays prospect delivered – in consecutive at-bats, too. Gurriel made an impressive debut with two hits and three…

Herrera’s triple in 8th lifts Phillies over Pirates 2-1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – On yet another chilly April night in their ballpark, the Phillies stayed hot at home. Odubel Herrera hit a go-ahead triple in the eighth inning to lift Philadelphia to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. Herrera, Cesar Hernandez, Carlos Santana and Maikel Franco…

Bundy sharp as Orioles beat Indians 3-1 to end 6-game skid

BALTIMORE (AP) – Dylan Bundy pitched six innings of five-hit ball and struck out nine to secure his elusive first win of the season, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1 Friday night to end a six-game losing streak. Manny Machado homered and Trey Mancini doubled in two…

Giants put Pence on DL with thumb injury, recall Williamson

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – The San Francisco Giants have placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right thumb and recalled outfielder Mac Williamson from Triple-A Sacramento. Williamson started in left field and batted seventh Friday night against the Anaheim Angels. Manager Bruce Bochy says Pence’s…

LEADING OFF: Darvish, Keuchel, Colon all go for 1st win

A look at what’s happening around the majors Saturday: ___ STILL WAITING The Chicago Cubs are hoping Yu Darvish can begin to show his All-Star form sometime soon. Signed to a $126 million, six-year deal as a free agent, he is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts. Darvish…

White Sox LHP Rodon feeling healthy after shoulder surgery

CHICAGO (AP) – Carlos Rodon is relieved. He feels good and thinks he could return to the Chicago White Sox in late May. So it’s a much different situation than last year. The 25-year-old Rodon is back in Chicago for a couple days for a checkup with a team doctor…

Palestinians want independent probe of Israeli Gaza killings

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The Palestinians said Friday they want the U.N. Human Rights Council to establish a commission to carry out an independent investigation of the Israeli military’s killing and wounding of Palestinians during protests in Gaza. Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian U.N. ambassador, said his counterpart in Geneva will…

A.J. Cole designated for assignment by Nationals

The Nationals drafted right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole out of high school in 2010, eventually traded him to Oakland and then got him back from the A’s in another deal. But the Nationals’ infatuation with the Florida native appears to be over, as he was designated for assignment prior to Friday’s…

OF Trayce Thompson returns to White Sox; 4th team this year

CHICAGO (AP) – Trayce Thompson’s fourth team in 3 1/2 weeks was a familiar one for the athletic outfielder. Thompson joined the Chicago White Sox on Friday after he was acquired in a trade with Oakland, returning to the ballclub that selected him in the second round of the 2009…

3 candidates for Cochran’s US Senate seat officially qualify

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Three top candidates have filed official qualifying papers to pursue Mississippi’s U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by Thad Cochran. The Secretary of State’s office says former state Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith filed papers Friday. Hyde-Smith is a Republican appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to take…