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  • Battle of aces ends with Texas rallying for 2 in the 9th for 3-2 win over Mariners
    Apr 16, 2014 10:42 PM CDT

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Leonys Martin had a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning as the Texas Rangers scored two unearned runs in a two-out rally against Fernando Rodney, beating the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Wednesday night in a game that started as a battle of aces. Rodney (0-1) retired the first two in the ninth before Kevin Kouzmanoff's single that ricocheted off the glove of sliding shortstop Brad Miller and dribbled into the outfield. Mitch Moreland drew a walk before pinch-hitter Donnie...

  • On to the future: 76ers close dismal season with win over playoff-bound Heat, 100-87
    Apr 16, 2014 10:32 PM CDT

    MIAMI (AP) — For Philadelphia, the season finale was about what's coming next year. For Miami, it's about what's coming next week. And really, nothing else mattered. Thaddeus Young scored 20 points, Michael Carter-Williams had 12 in the final game of his impressive rookie campaign, and the 76ers wrapped up a dismal season by topping the Heat 100-87 on Wednesday night for their second win of the season over the two-time defending NBA champions. Brandon Davies had 11 points, while Henry Sims,...

  • Penguins rally after slow start, slip past Blue Jackets 4-3 in series opener
    Apr 16, 2014 10:29 PM CDT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Columbus coach Todd Richards insists his upstart team isn't in the playoffs "just to go to school." Maybe, but the Pittsburgh Penguins provided a pretty valuable lesson in perseverance during a 4-3 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night. Down two after 21 minutes of slow and sometimes sloppy hockey, the Metropolitan Division champions responded by scoring the final three goals, including Brandon Sutter's go-ahead wrist shot 8:18 into the...

  • Burke scores career-high 32 to help Jazz outlast Timberwolves, 136-130 in double OT finale
    Apr 16, 2014 10:17 PM CDT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trey Burke scored a career-high 32 points to go with nine assists and seven rebounds and the Jazz avoided the worst record since moving to Utah 35 years ago with a 136-130 double overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the season finale Wednesday night. Gordon Hayward had 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Derrick Favors added 21 points and 12 boards for the Jazz (25-57), who would have tied the worst record since the team relocated in 1979 with a loss....

  • Conley's free throws lift Grizzlies over Dallas 106-105 in OT to grab No. 7 seed, avoid Spurs
    Apr 16, 2014 10:17 PM CDT

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Conley hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds left in overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies grabbed the Western Conference's No. 7 seed away from Dallas by edging the Mavericks 106-105 on Wednesday night in the regular season finale. Monta Ellis missed a 17-footer before Conley drew the foul driving to the basket. Dallas had one last shot, but Ellis missed from the top of the key. Memphis became the seventh team in the West with 50 wins this season. The Grizzlies, who set...

  • Hawks wrap up regular season with 111-103 win on night when Bucks find out they'll be sold
    Apr 16, 2014 10:13 PM CDT

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mike Scott scored 17 points and the Atlanta Hawks ended the regular season with a 111-103 win Wednesday over the Bucks, hours after Milwaukee owner Herb Kohl announced he was selling his team. Mike Muscala added 15 for the Hawks, who rallied from a 12-point deficit in the first half. Atlanta is locked into the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and a first-round date with the Indiana Pacers. Scott started for forward Paul Millsap, who was rested to get ready for the...

  • Burke scores career-high 32 to help Jazz outlast Timberwolves, 136-130 in double OT finale
    Apr 16, 2014 10:12 PM CDT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trey Burke scored a career-high 32 points to go with nine assists and seven rebounds and the Jazz avoided the worst record since moving to Utah 35 years ago with a 136-130 double overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the season finale Wednesday night. Gordon Hayward had 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Derrick Favors added 21 points and 12 boards for the Jazz (25-57), who would have tied the worst record since the team relocated in 1979 with a loss....

  • Hawks wrap up regular season with 111-103 win on night when Bucks find out they'll be sold
    Apr 16, 2014 10:12 PM CDT

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mike Scott scored 17 points and the Atlanta Hawks ended the regular season with a 111-103 win Wednesday over the Bucks, hours after Milwaukee owner Herb Kohl announced he was selling his team. Mike Muscala added 15 for the Hawks, who rallied from a 12-point deficit in the first half. Atlanta is locked into the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and a first-round date with the Indiana Pacers. Scott started for forward Paul Millsap, who was rested to get ready for the...

  • Weise's goal late in overtime gives Canadiens 5-4 victory over Lightning in Game 1
    Apr 16, 2014 10:11 PM CDT

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dale Weise scored 18:08 into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening game of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series on Wednesday night. Daniel Briere passed from behind the net to Weise in the right circle, and he beat Anders Lindback for the winning score. Lindback stopped 39 of 44 shots while filling in for injured goaltender Ben Bishop. Carey Price stopped 21 shots for the Canadiens, who blew a pair...

  • Mavericks-Grizzlies, Box
    Apr 16, 2014 10:11 PM CDT

    DALLAS (105) Marion 4-8 0-0 9, Nowitzki 12-22 3-3 30, Dalembert 1-2 0-0 2, Calderon 4-8 0-0 9, Ellis 8-21 0-0 18, Blair 2-5 4-4 8, Carter 4-11 0-2 9, Harris 4-8 2-2 10, Wright 5-5 0-0 10, Crowder 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 44-92 9-11 105. MEMPHIS (106) Prince 2-7 0-0 4, Randolph 11-22 5-6 27, Gasol 9-13 1-4 19, Conley 8-16 5-7 22, Lee 3-10 3-3 11, Calathes 1-2 0-0 3, Allen 6-11 1-5 13, Davis 2-2 0-0 4, Miller 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 43-88 15-25 106. Dallas 24 29 20 20 12—105...

  • Durant has 42 points and Thunder earn No. 2 seed in West with 112-111 win over Pistons
    Apr 16, 2014 10:09 PM CDT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder secured the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference, rallying from 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 112-111 Wednesday night. Oklahoma City (59-23) had lost two straight to put itself in the must-win situation in the regular-season finale to earn the No. 2 seed. Durant rallied the Thunder while recording his 14th 40-point game of the season. He...

  • Jazz-Timberwolves, Box
    Apr 16, 2014 10:07 PM CDT

    UTAH (136) Hayward 8-23 7-8 23, Favors 8-12 5-6 21, Evans 8-13 2-2 18, Burke 10-21 10-10 32, Burks 5-13 0-0 11, Thomas 4-6 0-0 9, Jefferson 5-12 0-2 11, Garrett 1-2 0-0 3, Gobert 4-5 0-1 8, Clark 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 53-108 24-29 136. MINNESOTA (130) Brewer 4-8 3-5 11, Love 4-15 10-12 19, Dieng 1-8 2-4 4, Rubio 4-13 5-5 14, Martin 12-24 9-10 36, Turiaf 3-5 6-8 12, Mbah a Moute 0-1 0-0 0, Shved 3-6 4-6 11, Cunningham 6-12 1-2 13, Hummel 3-5 2-2 10. Totals 40-97 42-54 130. ...

  • Conley's free throws lift Grizzlies over Dallas 106-105 in OT to grab No. 7 seed, avoid Spurs
    Apr 16, 2014 10:03 PM CDT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Conley hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds left in overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies grabbed the Western Conference's No. 7 seed away from Dallas by edging the Mavericks 106-105 on Wednesday night in the regular season finale. Monta Ellis missed a 17-footer before Conley drew the foul driving to the basket. Dallas had one last shot, but Ellis missed from the top of the key. Memphis became the seventh team in the West with 50 wins this season. The Grizzlies, who...

  • White wash: Yanks sweep Cubs 3-0, 2-0 as Chicago blanked twice in day for 1st time since 1962
    Apr 16, 2014 10:03 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Pineda followed an overpowering outing by Masahiro Tanaka with one of his own, pitching six innings of four-hit ball as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0 on a bitterly cold Wednesday night to complete its first doubleheader shutout sweep since 1987. Tanaka (2-0) struck out 10 and allowed just two bunt hits — one replay aided — over eight innings in a 3-0 win in the opener of the day-night twinbill. Carlos Beltran homered for a third straight game, off Jason...

  • Sitting Stars: Brooklyn Nets rest starters for playoffs, lose finale 114-85 to Cavaliers
    Apr 16, 2014 10:02 PM CDT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd sat his starters for the playoffs and the Nets closed the regular season with a 114-85 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Although the Nets could have clinched the Eastern Conference's No. 5 spot with a win, Kidd elected to rest Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston, who spent the night on the bench as the world's highest-paid cheerleading squad. Kidd also limited the minutes of key reserves and...

  • Rangers 3, Mariners 2
    Apr 16, 2014 9:59 PM CDT

    Seattle Texas ab r h bi ab r h bi Almont cf 4 0 2 1 Choo lf 4 0 1 0 BMiller ss 4 0 0 0 Andrus ss 4 0 1 0 Cano 2b 4 0 0 0 Rios rf 4 0 1 0 Seager 3b 4 0 1 0 Fielder 1b 4 0 0 0 MSndrs rf 3 0 0 0 Kzmnff 3b 4 1 1 0 Frnkln dh 4 1 1 0 Morlnd dh 2 1 0 0 Smoak 1b 4 0 1 0 JoWilsn 2b 3 0 0 0 Ackley lf 3 1...

  • Julio Teheran pitches 3-hitter, leading Atlanta Braves over Philadelphia Phillies 1-0
    Apr 16, 2014 9:56 PM CDT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The brisk air brought out Julio Teheran's best more so than facing Cliff Lee. Teheran pitched a three-hitter, Evan Gattis homered among a career-best four hits, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 Wednesday night. Teheran (3-1) retired his first 12 batters before Ryan Howard led off the bottom of the fifth with an infield single. The 23-year-old righty struck out four and got 14 outs on flyballs in his first complete game in 38 career starts. He became...

  • Gomes' 2-run triple backs McAllister's strong pitching in Indians' 3-2 win over Tigers
    Apr 16, 2014 9:52 PM CDT

    DETROIT (AP) — Yan Gomes hit a two-run triple, Zach McAllister allowed a run and four hits in six innings and the Cleveland Indians held on for a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. McAllister (2-0) walked two and struck out four and John Axford pitched the ninth for his fifth save for Cleveland, which had lost 18 of its previous 23 against Detroit. Axford got out of a jam with a runner on third to seal the win. Alex Avila doubled and went to third on an error by center fielder...

  • Weise's goal late in overtime gives Canadiens 5-4 victory over Lightning in Game 1
    Apr 16, 2014 9:50 PM CDT

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dale Weise scored 18:08 into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening game of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series on Wednesday night. Daniel Briere fed a pass to Weise from behind the net to set up the winner against Anders Lindback, who stopped 39 of 44 shots while filling in for injured goaltender Ben Bishop. Carey Price stopped 21 shots for the Canadiens, who blew a pair of third-period leads. Brian...

  • Raptors-Knicks, Box
    Apr 16, 2014 9:48 PM CDT

    TORONTO (92) Ross 2-5 0-0 4, Johnson 1-3 0-2 2, Valanciunas 4-6 0-0 8, Lowry 8-15 3-5 22, DeRozan 2-5 5-6 9, Hansbrough 4-8 3-5 11, Vasquez 5-9 0-0 13, Patterson 3-7 0-0 7, Buycks 1-7 0-0 2, De Colo 5-12 0-0 12, Hayes 0-0 0-0 0, Novak 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 36-80 11-18 92. NEW YORK (95) Smith 13-19 2-4 30, Stoudemire 3-7 2-2 8, Aldrich 5-8 3-4 13, Prigioni 1-1 0-0 2, Shumpert 1-10 0-2 3, Hardaway Jr. 6-15 3-4 18, Tyler 2-6 2-2 6, Murry 6-12 1-1 15, Brown 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 37-81...

  • Evans has 25 points, 10 assists as Pelicans down Rockets in regular season finale, 105-100
    Apr 16, 2014 9:48 PM CDT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tyreke Evans had 25 points and 10 assists, and the New Orleans Pelicans closed out a difficult season with a crowd pleasing 105-100 victory over the playoff-bound Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. It was the second straight victory for the Pelicans, both starring Evans' relentless hustle and forceful dribble-drives. Evans was nearly held out of the low-stakes games with a bruised right knee, but insisted on playing. He gave New Orleans the lead for good with a driving layup...

  • Knicks end disappointing season by beating Raptors, who get No. 3 seed anyway
    Apr 16, 2014 9:45 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks finished their disappointing season with a 95-92 victory Wednesday night over the Toronto Raptors, who blew a 21-point lead but earned the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Toronto will host the Brooklyn Nets, who fell to the No. 6 seed, in its playoff opener Saturday. Cole Aldrich made the tiebreaking dunk with 1:23 left for the Knicks, who won their final four games to finish 37-45. J.R. Smith scored 30 points, while Aldrich finished with 13...

  • Pistons-Thunder, Box
    Apr 16, 2014 9:42 PM CDT

    DETROIT (111) Singler 6-9 6-6 20, Monroe 9-19 4-9 22, Drummond 9-16 4-8 22, Jennings 2-9 2-3 6, Caldwell-Pope 11-19 3-5 30, Datome 1-3 0-0 2, Siva 2-4 0-0 4, Mitchell 0-1 0-0 0, Jerebko 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 42-83 19-31 111. OKLAHOMA CITY (112) Durant 14-30 13-15 42, Ibaka 5-9 0-1 10, Perkins 1-3 3-4 5, Westbrook 5-15 12-15 22, Sefolosha 3-7 1-2 7, Collison 2-3 0-0 4, Adams 0-1 1-2 1, Butler 0-1 0-0 0, Jackson 6-11 0-0 15, Fisher 2-6 1-2 6. Totals 38-86 31-41 112. Detroit...

  • 76ers-Heat, Box
    Apr 16, 2014 9:39 PM CDT

    PHILADELPHIA (100) Thomas 1-2 0-0 3, Young 9-17 2-2 20, Sims 4-7 2-2 10, Carter-Williams 3-10 3-4 12, Anderson 3-5 2-2 10, Williams 4-7 1-2 9, Varnado 3-5 2-2 8, Thompson 1-4 0-0 3, Wroten 2-6 0-0 4, Ware 4-5 0-0 10, Davies 4-6 2-2 11. Totals 38-74 14-16 100. MIAMI (87) Jones 3-8 0-0 9, Battier 3-6 0-0 9, Haslem 3-4 1-2 7, Douglas 4-14 4-4 13, Wade 6-14 4-6 16, Allen 4-9 2-4 11, Oden 0-2 2-2 2, Beasley 3-4 2-2 8, Cole 2-6 0-0 5, Hamilton 2-6 2-2 7. Totals 30-73 17-22...

  • Canadiens-Lightning Sums
    Apr 16, 2014 9:39 PM CDT

    Montreal 1 1 2 1—5 Tampa Bay 1 1 2 0—4 First Period_1, Tampa Bay, Kucherov 1 (Brown, Paquette), 10:09. 2, Montreal, Plekanec 1 (Emelin, Gallagher), 10:28. Penalties_Panik, TB (tripping), 17:53. Second Period_3, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 1 (Kostka), 13:24. 4, Montreal, Gionta 1 (Eller, Weaver), 16:39 (sh). Penalties_Briere, Mon (holding stick), 3:40; Paquette, TB (cross-checking), 3:40; Subban, Mon (slashing), 16:06; Emelin, Mon (slashing), 18:34. Third Period_5, Montreal, Eller...

  • On to the future: 76ers close dismal season with win over playoff-bound Heat, 100-87
    Apr 16, 2014 9:37 PM CDT

    MIAMI (AP) — Thaddeus Young scored 20 points, Michael Carter-Williams had 12 in the final game of his impressive rookie campaign, and the Philadelphia 76ers wrapped up a dismal season by topping the Miami Heat 100-87 on Wednesday night. It was Philadelphia's second win of the season over the two-time defending NBA champions, though Miami was that in name only Wednesday. LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen were held out to rest for the playoffs, which for the Heat begin...

  • Hill has double-double and Lakers end dismal season with 113-100 win vs playoff-bound Spurs
    Apr 16, 2014 9:35 PM CDT

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jordan Hill had 18 points and 14 rebounds and the Lakers closed their worst season since they moved to Los Angeles with a 113-100 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. Nick Young scored 16 points and Kendall Marshall added 15 points to help Los Angeles close the season with a two-game winning streak. The Lakers (27-55) are expected to look dramatically different next season after finishing with their worst record since moving to Los Angeles. Coach Mike D'Antoni...

  • Indians 3, Tigers 2
    Apr 16, 2014 9:34 PM CDT

    Cleveland Detroit ab r h bi ab r h bi Bourn cf 4 1 0 0 Kinsler 2b 4 1 2 0 Swisher 1b 3 0 0 0 TrHntr rf 4 0 0 0 Kipnis 2b 3 0 0 0 MiCarr 1b 4 0 1 2 CSantn dh 4 0 0 0 VMrtnz dh 3 0 2 0 Brantly lf 3 0 0 0 AJcksn cf 4 0 2 0 ACarer ss 3 1 1 0 Cstllns 3b 4 0 0 0 DvMrp rf 3 1 0 0 Avila c 3 0 2 0 YGoms c...

  • Hawks-Bucks, Box
    Apr 16, 2014 9:31 PM CDT

    ATLANTA (111) Carroll 6-9 0-0 13, Scott 8-13 0-0 17, Antic 2-8 3-3 8, Teague 4-8 1-2 11, Korver 3-4 1-2 7, Brand 1-2 0-0 2, Mack 4-7 2-2 11, Williams 1-6 7-7 9, Martin 5-7 2-5 14, Muscala 6-8 3-3 15, Schroder 1-4 2-2 4. Totals 41-76 21-26 111. MILWAUKEE (103) Middleton 6-17 2-2 16, Adrien 3-5 2-4 8, Pachulia 2-5 3-4 7, Knight 12-18 4-4 31, Sessions 2-6 2-2 6, Henson 8-13 3-5 19, Antetokounmpo 4-6 0-0 10, Wright 3-7 0-0 6. Totals 40-77 16-21 103. Atlanta 29 29...

  • Wizards-Celtics, Box
    Apr 16, 2014 9:27 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (118) Ariza 6-12 1-1 13, Booker 9-13 2-3 20, Gortat 6-11 3-5 15, Wall 7-15 0-0 15, Beal 10-14 4-4 27, Webster 2-6 0-0 5, Nene 5-6 2-4 12, Harrington 2-5 0-0 5, Miller 2-2 0-0 4, Porter Jr. 0-1 0-0 0, Temple 0-1 0-0 0, Seraphin 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 50-88 12-17 118. BOSTON (102) Green 6-15 6-7 20, Bass 7-9 2-3 16, Olynyk 10-16 4-5 24, Pressey 3-12 3-4 9, Bradley 7-18 1-1 18, Babb 0-4 0-0 0, Johnson 4-7 0-1 10, Anthony 2-3 1-2 5. Totals 39-84 17-23 102. Washington...

  • Wizards beat Boston 118-102 and grab East's 5th seed
    Apr 16, 2014 9:24 PM CDT

    BOSTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 27 points and Washington clinched the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 118-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. The Wizards will be facing Chicago in their first playoff appearance since 2008. Trevor Booker scored 20 points, Marcin Gortat had 15 with 10 rebounds, and John Wall 15 points for Washington, which finished the regular season 44-38. It's the most wins for the franchise since 45 in 2004-05. The Wizards jumped over Brooklyn...

  • Wizards beat Boston 118-102 and grab East's 5th seed
    Apr 16, 2014 9:23 PM CDT

    BOSTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 27 points and Washington clinched the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 118-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. The Wizards will be facing Chicago in their first playoff appearance since 2008. Trevor Booker scored 20 points, Marcin Gortat had 15 with 10 rebounds, and John Wall 15 points for Washington, which finished the regular season 44-38. It's the most wins for the franchise since 45 in 2004-05. The Wizards jumped over Brooklyn...

  • Rockets-Pelicans, Box
    Apr 16, 2014 9:23 PM CDT

    HOUSTON (100) Casspi 4-10 0-0 9, Jones 7-11 3-6 17, Howard 1-5 5-7 7, Beverley 4-6 4-5 14, Daniels 8-16 0-0 22, Hamilton 5-10 0-0 14, Canaan 1-6 0-2 2, Powell 2-6 0-0 4, Motiejunas 3-9 4-4 11, Covington 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 35-81 16-24 100. NEW ORLEANS (105) Miller 4-7 0-0 9, Withey 3-5 0-0 6, Ajinca 5-7 1-2 11, Rivers 6-11 4-5 18, Evans 11-20 2-4 25, Ely 2-3 0-0 4, Morrow 6-14 2-3 15, Roberts 0-0 3-4 3, Babbitt 3-10 1-2 8, Aminu 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 43-82 13-20 105. Houston...

  • Sitting Stars: Brooklyn Nets rest starters for playoffs, lose finale 114-85 to Cavaliers
    Apr 16, 2014 9:21 PM CDT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd sat his starters for the playoffs and the Nets closed the regular season with a 114-85 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Although the Nets could have clinched the Eastern Conference's No. 5 spot with a win, Kidd elected to rest Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston, who spent the night on the bench as the world's highest-paid cheerleading squad. Kidd also limited the minutes of key reserves and...

  • Nets-Cavaliers, Box
    Apr 16, 2014 9:20 PM CDT

    BROOKLYN (85) Thornton 6-19 4-5 20, Blatche 8-18 3-3 20, Collins 3-8 2-2 8, Teague 2-9 2-2 7, Gutierrez 5-11 1-2 13, Kirilenko 2-7 5-7 9, Plumlee 4-7 0-2 8. Totals 30-79 17-23 85. CLEVELAND (114) Gee 5-9 2-2 12, Thompson 5-9 1-1 11, Hawes 4-7 0-0 10, Irving 6-12 3-3 15, Waiters 7-12 3-4 19, Zeller 9-11 4-5 22, Jack 2-10 0-0 5, Dellavedova 1-5 0-0 3, Bennett 3-6 1-2 7, Felix 4-6 0-0 10. Totals 46-87 14-17 114. Brooklyn 21 28 15 21— 85 Cleveland 33 18 30...

  • Yankees 2, Cubs 0
    Apr 16, 2014 9:20 PM CDT

    Chicago New York ab r h bi ab r h bi Bonifac cf 4 0 0 0 Gardnr cf-lf 5 0 1 1 Sweeny lf 3 0 0 0 Jeter ss 5 0 1 0 Lake ph-lf 1 0 0 0 Beltran dh 4 0 2 0 Rizzo 1b 3 0 1 0 ASorin lf 4 1 2 0 Schrhlt dh 4 0 1 0 Anna 2b 0 0 0 0 SCastro ss 4 0 2 0 Solarte 2b-3b 3 0 1 0 Valuen 3b 2 0 1 0 ISuzuki rf 4 0 2 0 Castillo c ...

  • Blue Jackets-Penguins Sums
    Apr 16, 2014 9:18 PM CDT

    Columbus 2 1 0—3 Pittsburgh 1 2 1—4 First Period_1, Columbus, Johnson 1 (Dubinsky), 6:20. 2, Pittsburgh, Jokinen 1 (Malkin, Maatta), 17:13. 3, Columbus, Letestu 1 (Johnson, Jenner), 17:58 (pp). Penalties_Scuderi, Pit (interference), 17:45; Comeau, Clm (cross-checking), 19:44. Second Period_4, Columbus, MacKenzie 1, :43 (sh). 5, Pittsburgh, Bennett 1 (Niskanen, Martin), 1:34 (pp). 6, Pittsburgh, Niskanen 1 (Malkin, Crosby), 2:19 (pp). Penalties_Johnson, Clm (interference),...

  • Lakers-Spurs, Box
    Apr 16, 2014 9:16 PM CDT

    L.A. LAKERS (113) Johnson 5-17 0-0 11, Kelly 6-11 0-0 12, Hill 7-13 4-6 18, Marshall 5-7 1-2 15, Meeks 5-6 2-2 14, Young 6-12 2-3 16, Sacre 4-10 2-2 10, Farmar 4-11 0-0 10, Brooks 3-4 1-2 7. Totals 45-91 12-17 113. SAN ANTONIO (100) Leonard 6-10 0-0 14, Baynes 1-3 0-0 2, Splitter 6-13 0-0 12, Parker 5-10 2-2 12, Green 3-13 0-0 8, Ginobili 4-9 0-0 10, Diaw 0-4 0-0 0, Ayres 1-4 0-0 2, Mills 4-9 0-0 9, Joseph 5-11 2-2 12, Bonner 2-5 0-0 6, Daye 4-6 4-6 13, James 0-2 0-0 0....

  • Kemba Walker's 22 points carry Bobcats to 91-86 OT win over Bulls in regular-season finale
    Apr 16, 2014 9:04 PM CDT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored eight of his 22 points in overtime to help the Charlotte Bobcats defeat the Chicago Bulls 91-86 Wednesday night and finish the season with eight wins in their final nine games. Both teams awaited the outcome of later games to learn their first-round playoff opponent. Al Jefferson added 10 points and 18 rebounds for Charlotte, and Chris Douglas-Roberts finished with 13 points after being held scoreless for the first three quarters. Josh McRoberts made...

  • Jayson Werth's HR off Jose Fernandez helps Nationals rally past Marlins 6-3
    Apr 16, 2014 9:02 PM CDT

    MIAMI (AP) — Jayson Werth's homer scored three unearned runs against Jose Fernandez, and the Washington Nationals rallied to beat the Miami Marlins 6-3 Wednesday. Two errors in the sixth inning by Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia helped the Nationals overcome a 3-0 deficit. Pinch-hitter Zach Walters broke a tie in the eighth inning with his second career homer — and his second in as many nights. The Nationals took the rubber game of the three-game series despite being without four starters,...

  • Nationals 6, Marlins 3
    Apr 16, 2014 8:54 PM CDT

    Washington Miami ab r h bi ab r h bi McLoth cf 4 1 0 0 Yelich lf 3 0 1 0 Rendon 3b 4 1 1 0 Ozuna cf 4 0 2 0 Werth rf 4 1 1 3 Stanton rf 4 0 0 0 LaRoch 1b 3 0 1 0 GJones 1b 4 1 1 0 Dsmnd ss 4 0 1 2 McGeh 3b 4 1 1 0 Espinos 2b 4 0 1 0 Sltlmch c 3 0 1 0 TMoore lf 4 0 0 0 Dietrch 2b 4 1 1 3 Loaton...

  • Braves 1, Phillies 0
    Apr 16, 2014 8:41 PM CDT

    Atlanta Philadelphia ab r h bi ab r h bi Heywrd rf 5 0 0 0 Revere cf 4 0 0 0 BUpton cf 4 0 1 0 Rollins ss 4 0 1 0 Fremn 1b 4 0 1 0 Utley 2b 4 0 0 0 J.Upton lf 4 0 0 0 Howard 1b 3 0 1 0 Gattis c 4 1 4 1 Byrd rf 3 0 0 0 Uggla 2b 4 0 1 0 DBrwn lf 3 0 0 0 CJhnsn 3b 4 0 3 0 Ruiz c 3 0 1 0 JSchafr pr 0...

  • Bulls-Bobcats, Box
    Apr 16, 2014 8:40 PM CDT

    CHICAGO (86) Dunleavy 4-12 2-4 12, Boozer 7-12 0-0 14, Noah 7-16 0-0 14, Hinrich 4-8 0-0 11, Butler 3-8 6-8 12, Augustin 6-16 2-3 17, Gibson 2-10 0-0 4, Mohammed 1-3 0-0 2, Snell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-86 10-15 86. CHARLOTTE (91) Kidd-Gilchrist 3-4 2-2 8, McRoberts 3-8 0-0 7, Jefferson 4-14 2-4 10, Walker 6-16 10-11 22, Henderson 5-13 1-3 11, Zeller 4-6 0-0 8, Neal 2-8 0-0 5, Ridnour 1-3 0-0 3, Douglas-Roberts 4-10 3-4 13, Biyombo 2-3 0-2 4. Totals 34-85 18-26 91. Chicago...

  • Pacers rest 3 starters, get big efforts from reserves to power past Magic 101-86
    Apr 16, 2014 8:33 PM CDT

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland each scored 19 points as the Indiana Pacers rested their key players and cruised to a 101-86 victory over the Orlando Magic in the regular-season finale for both teams. The Eastern Conference's top seed ended the season winning three of four to shake off a nasty late-season slump. The Pacers will open the playoffs against eighth-seed Atlanta. Indiana held out Paul George, Lance Stephenson and David West against the Magic. Also getting the...

  • Pacers rest 3 starters, get big efforts from reserves to power past Magic 101-86
    Apr 16, 2014 8:30 PM CDT

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland each scored 19 points as the Indiana Pacers rested their key players and cruised to a 101-86 victory over the Orlando Magic in the regular-season finale for both teams. The Eastern Conference's top seed ended the season winning three of four to shake off a nasty late-season slump. The Pacers will open the playoffs against eighth-seed Atlanta. Indiana held out Paul George, Lance Stephenson and David West against the Magic. Also getting the...

  • CJ2K in NYC: Jets sign former Titans running back Chris Johnson
    Apr 16, 2014 8:29 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Always fast on the field, Chris Johnson is looking to quickly prove his critics wrong. The New York Jets signed the former Titans running back Wednesday, a little over a week after he was officially released by Tennessee. Johnson met with the Jets all day Tuesday — the first team he visited — and stayed in town to watch the Knicks-Nets game in Brooklyn before signing Wednesday. The Jets announced the move, but didn't release terms. In a text message to The Associated Press, Johnson...

  • Pacers-Magic, Box
    Apr 16, 2014 8:23 PM CDT

    INDIANA (101) Butler 8-13 1-4 19, Scola 4-10 2-2 10, Hibbert 1-7 2-2 4, G.Hill 2-5 0-0 5, Turner 5-6 3-3 14, S.Hill 2-6 0-0 5, Copeland 7-16 0-0 19, Sloan 6-13 0-0 13, Allen 6-12 0-0 12. Totals 41-88 8-11 101. ORLANDO (86) Harkless 5-9 4-7 14, O'Quinn 1-6 4-6 6, Dedmon 4-10 0-0 8, Oladipo 2-8 0-0 4, Afflalo 2-2 2-2 7, Lamb 4-12 0-0 11, Nicholson 4-8 2-2 10, Maxiell 0-2 2-4 2, Moore 5-12 3-3 13, Price 2-4 0-0 5, Harris 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 32-79 17-24 86. Indiana ...

  • Historic Negro Leagues stadium gets another chance at bat; Hopes high to restore Hinchliffe
    Apr 16, 2014 7:54 PM CDT

    PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — The light touch of a paint roller is enough to dislodge a chunk of plaster from the crumbling walls of Hinchliffe Stadium. Though silent for decades, the former home of several Negro Leagues teams is getting another chance at bat as baseball's first National Historic Landmark. Historians, volunteers, activists and a former Negro Leagues player who has pushed for decades to save the stadium say the place is more than worthy of the designation, formally recognized with a plaque...

  • Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, former NBA star, takes helm of national mayors association
    Apr 16, 2014 7:52 PM CDT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was sworn in Wednesday as the new leader of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a platform that raises the national political profile of the NBA All-Star. Johnson rises to fill a vacancy left by Scott Smith of Mesa, Ariz., who resigned to run for governor of that state. In a Sacramento luncheon honoring his appointment, Johnson praised city leaders as the ones who find solutions and blasted politics in the nation's capital. "We don't want to...

  • MLS growing again, announces Atlanta expansion team for 2017 owned by Falcons' Arthur Blank
    Apr 16, 2014 7:38 PM CDT

    ATLANTA (AP) — Arthur Blank donned traditional soccer garb to mark his newest venture — an MLS team for Atlanta. "I love this one," Blank said, looking down at the red, black and gold scarf draped over his dark suit. "I haven't taken it off since it was given to me. I may not sleep in it tonight, but I may. I haven't decided yet." Major League Soccer announced its latest team Wednesday, an expansion team for Atlanta that will begin play in 2017 at the city's new retractable roof stadium. The...

  • Esposito, Cooke lead Senior PGA Professional National Championship
    Apr 16, 2014 7:15 PM CDT

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Frank Esposito Jr. shot a 3-under 69 on Wednesday for a share of the second-round lead with Stan Cooke in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship. Esposito, the 50-year-old PGA head professional at Brooklake in Florham Park, N.J., made a 25-foot eagle putt on the par-5 16th in cool, windy conditions on PGA Golf Club's Wanamaker Course — the site of the final two rounds. "The greens are a little different than they were when we played here in the winter,"...

  • Belgium coach Marc Wilmots extends contact by 4 years through 2018 World Cup
    Apr 16, 2014 6:47 PM CDT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's soccer federation has extended the contract of coach Marc Wilmots through the 2018 World Cup after he led the Red Devils to soccer's top tournament for the first time in a dozen years. Under Wilmots, Belgium has risen as high as fifth in the FIFA rankings. His agreement was announced Wednesday.

  • Ryu birdies 3 of first 5 holes, takes early lead in LPGA LOTTE Championship in Hawaii
    Apr 16, 2014 6:44 PM CDT

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — So Yeon Ryu shot a 4-under 68 on Wednesday to take the lead halfway through a windy first round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship. Japan's Ayako Uehara was one stroke back. Ryu, the 2012 LPGA Rookie of the Year, had five birdies and one bogey. She birdied three of the first five holes, teeing off from the front nine into the wind. Ryu said she was able to clear her mind with a week off after a bad result at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she tied for 46th. "I really...

  • Gee, Mets beat Diamondbacks 5-2 in Arizona's 6th loss in a row
    Apr 16, 2014 6:41 PM CDT

    PHOENIX (AP) — Nothing like a trip to Chase Field to turn things around for the New York Mets. Dillon Gee allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings, and the Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep. Arizona finished an 0-6 homestand in which it led at the end of just one inning and dropped to 1-11 in home games, including a pair of losses in Australia that started the season. At 4-14, the Diamondbacks are off to their worst 18-game start. "I don't know...

  • Real Madrid wins 19th Copa del Rey title; Manchester City stumbles in Premier League
    Apr 16, 2014 6:37 PM CDT

    VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Gareth Bale raced down the field, avoided a defender and rolled the ball under goalkeeper Jose Pinto in the 90th minute, giving Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Barcelona on Wednesday night and its 19th Copa del Rey title. Angel Di Maria put Real Madrid ahead from a counterattack in the 11th minute, but defender Mark Bartra scored on a header off a corner kick in the 67th, the first time Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas allowed a goal in this season's tournament. Neymar hit a post...

  • Minnesota State football players refuse to practice for reinstated coach, want interim back
    Apr 16, 2014 6:11 PM CDT

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Football players at Minnesota State, Mankato, refused to practice for their former head coach on Wednesday, greeting his reinstatement by an arbitrator by demanding that the interim coach keep the top job. Todd Hoffner returned to campus for the first time since the arbitrator ruled he was fired unfairly last year in the wake of a child porn investigation that ultimately cleared him. Mavericks players came out for spring practice Wednesday afternoon but were not in uniform,...

  • Bucks owner Herb Kohl reaches deal to sell team to investment firm executives for $550 million
    Apr 16, 2014 6:06 PM CDT

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bucks owner Herb Kohl was well past retirement age and realized it was time to secure the future of the franchise. He had one big caveat for any potential investors: Keep the team in his hometown of Milwaukee. And he found a buyer. The former U.S. senator is banking on New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens to follow through after agreeing to sell them the Bucks for about $550 million. The deal is subject to approval by the NBA and its board of governors....

  • American Ryder Cup captain Watson scoping out prospective team members at RBC Heritage
    Apr 16, 2014 5:50 PM CDT

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Tom Watson wants to take a closer look at American prospects for the Ryder Cup, so the U.S. captain is playing in the RBC Heritage this week. Watson won at Harbour Town Golf Links in 1979 and 1982 at the height of his run as one of the game's best. But these days the 64-year-old Watson is walking locker rooms and watching scoreboards as he seeks the type of gritty U.S. players necessary to compete at Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland this September. "I am doing what...

  • IndyCar drivers at Texas test looking forward after tempers flared at Long Beach
    Apr 16, 2014 5:35 PM CDT

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Tony Kanaan got a text of apology from Ryan Hunter-Reay. Will Power tried to apologize in person to Simon Pagenaud. Only three days after a wild race in Long Beach, where tempers flared and so many drivers were mad at each other, 18 cars were back on the track Wednesday for an open Firestone tire test at Texas Motor Speedway. Power, the Team Penske driver who is the series points leader, said he hadn't spoken again to Pagenaud since Sunday's race, when there was contact...

  • Wallace aiming for win in 2nd straight season in NASCAR's Truck Series
    Apr 16, 2014 5:23 PM CDT

    Darrell Wallace Jr. was the first black driver to win a NASCAR race since the 1960s when he took the checkered flag in a Truck Series race at Martinsville last year. The 20-year-old Wallace, who goes by Bubba, has openly talked of becoming the Tiger Woods of NASCAR — the great black star who can transcend the sport and prove people of all colors can race. He rebounded from a crash in the season-opening Truck race at Daytona to finish second at Martinsville last month. "We're trying to carry...

  • Peralta helps Brewers beat Cardinals 5-1 and stop 2-game skid after 9-game winning streak
    Apr 16, 2014 5:09 PM CDT

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke realizes one victory doesn't necessarily end the St. Louis Cardinals' recent dominance over the Brewers. But it's a start. Wily Peralta allowed one run in 6 1-3 innings, and the Brewers beat the Cardinals 5-1 Wednesday to avoid a series sweep. Milwaukee, which entered the series with a nine-game winning streak, had one run and six hits in losing the first two games to St. Louis. The Cardinals won last year's season series 14-5. "What's really...

  • Spring snowstorm postpones Twins-Blue Jays game; day-night doubleheader set
    Apr 16, 2014 4:47 PM CDT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays and the Minnesota Twins were given an unexpected day off because of the weather. They sure needed the extra time to warm back up from the night before. The Blue Jays-Twins game Wednesday was postponed more than seven hours before it was scheduled to begin, due to the unseasonable cold causing a spring storm to produce blowing snow all afternoon with some accumulation predicted at night. Since this week is Toronto's only trip to Minnesota, the teams will...

  • Arizona detective says Sharper's DNA found on 1 of 2 women who accused him of sexual assault
    Apr 16, 2014 4:18 PM CDT

    PHOENIX (AP) — Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper's DNA was found in an examination of one of two women who accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them at a Tempe apartment, a detective said Wednesday. Tempe police Detective Kevin Mace said at a bail hearing in Phoenix that Sharper's DNA was recovered from one of the women's clothing, but none of his DNA was found during an exam of the other woman. The detective's testimony came at a hearing in which Sharper's lawyers are challenging...

  • Peyton Manning still scarred by Super Bowl debacle, hopes to turn it into fuel for 2014
    Apr 16, 2014 4:14 PM CDT

    DENVER (AP) — Broncos fans may want to move on from Denver's Super Bowl debacle. Not Peyton Manning. He's holding on to the heartache to stoke his competitive fire. In his first public comments since the highest-scoring team in NFL history was destroyed by Seattle from the opening snap two months ago, Manning said the Broncos' 43-8 loss will serve as motivation in 2014. "I don't really have a word for it. Obviously it was disappointing and we'll use that to fuel us this offseason and hopefully...

  • Bucks owner Herb Kohl reaches deal to sell team to investment firm executives for $550 million
    Apr 16, 2014 4:14 PM CDT

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bucks owner Herb Kohl has reached a deal to sell the franchise to New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for about $550 million. Kohl announced the deal Wednesday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center hours before the team was to play its final game of a dismal season. The deal is subject to approval by the NBA and its Board of Governors. Kohl is a former U.S. senator who has owned the team since 1985. Efforts to find new investors ramped up this year, and...

  • Race director says Boston Marathon will be 'safest place on the planet'
    Apr 16, 2014 3:42 PM CDT

    BOSTON (AP) — The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week. The actions of the man, whose mother said he had a mental disorder, rattled nerves as Boston prepared for the annual race, but authorities said they did not consider it a security breach. Officials also expressed confidence in heightened security measures for Monday's event...

  • Federal judge takes up another batch of NFL concussion cases, again rejects $765 million deal
    Apr 16, 2014 3:40 PM CDT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge in Philadelphia has declined to approve deals for another batch of retired players suing the NFL over concussion-linked claims. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody's preliminary ruling Wednesday follows a similar ruling in January on the proposed $765 million umbrella settlement. She is skeptical that the fund is large enough to cover up to 20,000 players for 65 years, as intended. Brody's latest ruling involves a group of plaintiffs led by Kevin Turner, a former...

  • New chief, but few changes, at the helm of Brazilian football federation
    Apr 16, 2014 3:24 PM CDT

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian football federation elected a new president on Wednesday, although little is changing at the helm of the organization. Jose Maria Marin will be replaced in 2015 by vice president and sole candidate Marco Polo Del Nero, the head of the Sao Paulo federation and one of his closest supporters. "There won't be many changes," Del Nero said after the election. The 81-year-old Marin will remain as one of the vice presidents and will keep his post ahead of the local World...

  • Spieth not looking back after tying for 2nd at Masters behind Bubba Watson
    Apr 16, 2014 3:06 PM CDT

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Get ready, Augusta National. Jordan Spieth can't wait for another chance at that green jacket. The 20-year-old Spieth is in the field at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links that starts Thursday. He gave no thought to withdrawing after the grind of the Masters, instead feeling energized by his runner-up finish to Bubba Watson. "It definitely left me hungry and ready to play golf again," he said. "And ready to eventually get back there again, which is, I...

  • Yankees 3, Cubs 0
    Apr 16, 2014 2:56 PM CDT

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  • Orioles blank struggling Rays 3-0 for sweep of abbreviated 2-game series
    Apr 16, 2014 2:39 PM CDT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Miguel Gonzalez and two relievers combined on a six-hitter, and the Baltimore Orioles capitalized on two infield singles by Adam Jones in a 3-0 victory over the punchless Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Nick Markakis also had two hits for the Orioles, who outscored the Rays 10-1 in the rain-abbreviated, two-game series. Baltimore has won five of seven to reach .500 (7-7) for the first time since the second game of the season. Playing at designated hitter instead of center field...

  • IndyCar fines driver Sebastian Saavedra $10K, places him on probation for rule violation
    Apr 16, 2014 2:37 PM CDT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar has fined driver Sebastian Saavedra $10,000 and placed him on probation through the Indianapolis 500 for a rules violation at Long Beach. Saavedra failed to yield to a safety vehicle and personnel during Sunday's race. His probation ends after the May 25 Indy 500.

  • Orioles 3, Rays 0
    Apr 16, 2014 2:33 PM CDT

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  • Cueto throws third career shutout, Votto homers as Reds beat Pirates 4-0 for first series win
    Apr 16, 2014 2:12 PM CDT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched his third career shutout against the team that beat him in the playoffs, and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer that led the Cincinnati Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 Wednesday for their first winning series this season. Cueto (1-2) had his way with the lineup that beat him 6-2 in the NL wild card playoff at PNC Park last year. He limited the Pirates to three hits and struck out a career-high 12 during his first shutout since 2011. Several Pirates questioned...

  • Under prosecutor's aggressive challenge, Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case
    Apr 16, 2014 1:29 PM CDT

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius' lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete's shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned. With Pistorius now back watching the proceedings from a wooden bench, the double-amputee Olympian's defense team was attempting to bolster his account that he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake through a toilet door...

  • Roger Federer and 8-time former champ Rafael Nadal reach Monte Carlo Masters 3rd round
    Apr 16, 2014 12:12 PM CDT

    MONACO (AP) — Roger Federer was happier than eight-time champion Rafael Nadal after their straight-sets wins to reach the Monte Carlo Masters third round on Wednesday. Federer took just 52 minutes to beat veteran Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-2, while Nadal overcame a rusty start to put away Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-1. The top-seeded Nadal, who lost the title to Novak Djokovic last year, dropped his opening service game and trailed 3-1 in the first set. But from 4-4, the Spaniard reeled off six straight...

  • Premier League soccer coming to Bravo, Syfy, Oxygen, CNBC, E! for 'Championship Sunday'
    Apr 16, 2014 12:05 PM CDT

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Soccer is coming to some U.S. television networks better known for reality shows, dramas or financial news. NBCUniversal said Wednesday that it will simultaneously broadcast all 10 matches from the Premier League's May 11 season finale on its different channels. Along with NBC and NBCSN, the games from England will air on Bravo, Syfy, Oxygen, USA, CNBC, MSNBC, Esquire Network and E! The "Championship Sunday" telecasts will all start at 10 a.m. EDT. NBC is in the first...

  • Ky. Highway Safety to sponsor 300-mile June NASCAR Nationwide race at Kentucky Speedway
    Apr 16, 2014 11:47 AM CDT

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Office of Highway Safety will be the title sponsor for Kentucky Speedway's June 27 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300 is the middle event of a tripleheader weekend at the 1.5-mile track including the 225-mile Camping World Truck Series race on June 26 and the Sprint Cup Series' 400-mile headliner on June 28. Wednesday's announcement continues a partnership between the speedway and the department's HERO program intended to promote...

  • Blues guitarist B.B. King apologizes for St. Louis concert, cites long travel, diabetes
    Apr 16, 2014 11:09 AM CDT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Blues guitarist B.B. King wants his St. Louis fans to give him another chance after an erratic performance led to a stream of audience catcalls and early departures. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer issued a public apology on Tuesday for what his publicists called "a bad night for one of America's living blues legends." The written statement says King, 88, and his band had returned from a four-week break before the April 4 show at the Peabody Opera House. The band drove straight...

  • Wayne Shorter, Maria Schneider each win 3 Jazz Awards; lifetime nod to Herbie Hancock
    Apr 16, 2014 11:04 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Saxophonist Wayne Shorter and composer-arranger Maria Schneider are each triple winners in the 2014 Jazz Awards presented by the Jazz Journalists Association. Pianist Herbie Hancock is being honored for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz. As a UNESCO goodwill ambassador, Hancock is organizing International Jazz Day celebrations April 30 in Osaka, Japan. Shorter has won for musician of the year, best album ("Without A Net") and top midsize ensemble. Schneider tops the balloting in the...

  • Roger Federer prepared to skip tournaments to be with his wife when they have their 3rd child
    Apr 16, 2014 11:02 AM CDT

    MONACO (AP) — Roger Federer is prepared to skip tournaments — including possibly the French Open — to be with his wife when she gives birth again. Federer, who has twin daughters with wife Mirka, announced on Dec. 24 they are expecting their third child, although they have not said when. The 32-year-old Federer still does not know the exact date. "So we're just waiting. It's a priority for me trying to be there, trying to support my wife," Federer said Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters. "I've...

  • Roger Federer prepared to skip tournaments to be with his wife when they have their 3rd child
    Apr 16, 2014 10:42 AM CDT

    MONACO (AP) — Roger Federer is prepared to skip tournaments — including possibly the French Open — to be with his wife when she gives birth again. Federer, who has twin daughters with wife Mirka, announced on Dec. 24 they are expecting their third child, although they have not said when. The 32-year-old Federer says on Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters that he still does not know the exact date. But asked if he would be prepared to miss the French Open, which runs from May 25-June 8, the...

  • Roger Federer prepared to skip tournaments to be with his wife when they have their 3rd child
    Apr 16, 2014 10:42 AM CDT

    MONACO (AP) — Roger Federer is prepared to skip tournaments — including possibly the French Open — to be with his wife when she gives birth again. Federer, who has twin daughters with wife Mirka, announced on Dec. 24 they are expecting their third child, although they have not said when. The 32-year-old Federer says on Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters that he still does not know the exact date. But asked if he would be prepared to miss the French Open, which runs from May 25-June 8, the...

  • More than 50 detained in anti-World Cup protest in Brazil's largest city
    Apr 16, 2014 10:33 AM CDT

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Police say that 54 people protesting against the World Cup have been arrested in Brazil's largest city. The police department says on its Twitter page that they were taken into custody during Tuesday night's demonstration in Sao Paulo, which will host of the first game of the World Cup on June 12. Police said Wednesday that at least 1,500 people participated in the protest, which saw the windows of three banks smashed and one subway station damaged. Anti-government protests...

  • An updated look at the NBA playoff picture, with 1 day left in the regular season
    Apr 16, 2014 10:27 AM CDT

    A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with one day remaining in the regular season: ___ EAST UPDATE How is New York not in the playoffs? Even without Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks beat Brooklyn on Tuesday night — their third double-digit win over the Nets this season. And that means five seedings will be decided on the season's final night. Indiana is No. 1, Miami is No. 2 and Atlanta is No. 8. Brooklyn could have wrapped up No. 5 on Tuesday. Toronto controls its destiny...

  • Golfer Jason Day out 3 weeks with thumb injury; wearing cast on left hand
    Apr 16, 2014 9:50 AM CDT

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Jason Day has a cast on his left hand to immobilize his injured thumb and isn't expected to return to competition until The Players Championship in three weeks. Day's agent, Bud Martin, says the cast was put on Wednesday as a precaution. Day injured his thumb while winning the Match Play Championship in late February. He took six weeks off before playing at the Masters, where he barely made the cut. Martin says the inflammation is deep and easily irritated by...

  • Diyas reaches 1st WTA quarterfinals since 2012, top seed Cibulkova opens with win in Malaysia
    Apr 16, 2014 9:49 AM CDT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan reached her first WTA quarterfinals in two years by defeating Italian qualifier Giulia Gatto-Monticone 6-1, 6-4 in the second round of the Malaysian Open on Wednesday. No. 6-seeded Diyas broke the Italian's serve five times and saved four breakpoints to qualify for her first quarterfinals since 2012 in Taiwan. Also through to the last eight were No. 4 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria, and Magda Linette of Poland. Top-seeded Dominika...

  • Players to become only non-major to have an aggregate playoff format
    Apr 16, 2014 7:51 AM CDT

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Players Championship is changing this year to a three-hole aggregate playoff involving the closing stretch at the TPC Sawgrass. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced the new format Wednesday. The Players Championship previously was a sudden-death playoff that began on the par-3 17th hole, famous for having an island green. Starting this year, a playoff would take place on the par-5 16th hole, the 17th, and the par-4 18th. If players are still tied, it...

  • Fight Schedule
    Apr 16, 2014 7:22 AM CDT

    April 18 At Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, N.Y. (ESPN2), "Boxcino" middleweight tournament semifinals: Vitalii Kopylenko vs. Willie Monroe Jr.; Brandon Adams vs. Raymond Gatica (8 rounds). At Monroeville (Pa.) Convention Center (SHO), Alexei Collado vs. Rod Salka, 10, lightweights. At Illusions Theater, San Antonio (FS1), Alan Sanchez vs. Jorge Silva, 10, welterweights; Raul Martinez vs. Sergio Perales, 10, lightweights. April 19 At Manchester, England, Scott Quigg vs....

  • This Date In Baseball
    Apr 16, 2014 7:20 AM CDT

    April 17 1892 — In the first Sunday game in National League history, Cincinnati defeated St. Louis 5-1. 1932 — New York first baseman Bill Terry tied an NL record with 21 putouts as the Giants beat Boston 5-0 behind Hal Schumacher's two-hitter. 1951 — In his first major league game, Mickey Mantle went 1-for-4 as the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-0. 1953 — Mickey Mantle cleared the bleachers at Griffith Stadium with a 565-foot home run off Chuck Stobbs. The shot came in...

  • TV SportsWatch
    Apr 16, 2014 7:19 AM CDT

    All Times EDT Thursday, April 17 AUTO RACING 2 a.m. NBCSN — Formula One, practice for Chinese Grand Prix, at Shanghai COLLEGE BASEBALL 7:30 p.m. ESPNU — LSU at Mississippi COLLEGE SOFTBALL 9 p.m. ESPN2 — Texas at Oklahoma GOLF 9 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Malaysian Open, first round, at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (same-day tape) 3 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, The Heritage, first round, at Hilton Head Island, S.C. 6:30 p.m. TGC — LPGA, LOTTE Championship,...

  • AP Sportlight
    Apr 16, 2014 7:19 AM CDT

    April 17 1939 — Joe Louis knocks out Jack Roper at 2:20 of the first round in Los Angeles to retain the world heavyweight title. 1976 — Mike Schmidt hits four consecutive home runs and drives in eight runs as the Philadelphia Phillies overcome a 13-2 deficit to beat the Cubs 18-16 in 10 innings at Chicago's Wrigley Field. 1982 — The Denver Nuggets' Alex English, Dan Issel and Kiki Vandeweghe each average 20 points a game, the first front court to do so since Bob Pettit, Cliff Hagan and Clyde...

  • NFL Calendar
    Apr 16, 2014 7:19 AM CDT

    May 2 — Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets. May 7 — Deadline for club to exercise right of first refusal for its restricted free agents. May 8-10 —2014 NFL draft, New York. May 19-21 — Spring league meeting, Atlanta. June 22-28 — Rookie symposium, Aurora, Ohio.

  • NBA Calendar
    Apr 16, 2014 7:18 AM CDT

    April 19 — Playoffs begin. May 20 — Draft lottery. June 5 — NBA Finals begin. June 16 — Draft early entry withdrawal deadline. June 26 — NBA draft.

  • NHL Calendar
    Apr 16, 2014 7:18 AM CDT

    May 25-31 — NHL combine, Toronto. June 18 — Last possible day for Stanley Cup finals. June 25 — NHL awards, Las Vegas. June 27-28 — NHL draft, Philadelphia. July 1 — Free agency begins. July 5 — Deadline for player-elected salary arbitration notification. July 6 — Deadline for club-elected salary arbitration notification. July 20-Aug. 6 — Salary arbitration hearings held. Aug. 8 — Deadline for salary arbitration decisions.

  • AP PHOTOS: Adventurous climbers take to New Hampshire's White Mountains to keep winter going
    Apr 16, 2014 5:55 AM CDT

    MOUNT ADAMS, N.H. (AP) — Joe Murdzek was leading a group of friends when he encountered a short, steep snowfield about a mile and a half below the summit of Mount Adams, the Northeast's second-loftiest peak. It was a clear day with unusually light winds, mild enough to go gloveless. It took two attempts, but he finally made it across the snow by scrambling on all fours, digging his fingers into the snow for better traction. After a winter marked by the polar vortex and relentless snowstorms,...

  • Belgium coach Marc Wilmots extends contact by 4 years to include 2018 World Cup
    Apr 16, 2014 3:21 AM CDT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian federation has extended the contract of coach Marc Wilmots to the 2018 World Cup after he led the Red Devils to their first finals in a dozen years. Under Wilmots, Belgium has become a contender to advance into the final stages of the World Cup in Brazil, and with a slew of talent from the English Premier League and La Liga, he has molded them into an exciting team which stood as high as fifth in the FIFA rankings late last year. It is generally acknowledged that a...

  • Hector Sanchez singles home winning run in 12th inning, Giants outlast Dodgers 3-2
    Apr 16, 2014 3:09 AM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hector Sanchez had his wife and young daughter waiting in the parking lot. He had to do something to end the game. Sanchez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Tuesday night after Brandon Belt's tying double in the ninth. "They've been waiting for 3 hours," Sanchez said. "My daughter has school tomorrow." Hunter Pence had three hits for the Giants, who have won three of four. Tim Lincecum...

  • Amputee runner among the many returning to Boston to finish what they started a year ago
    Apr 16, 2014 2:22 AM CDT

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Just one tiny misstep at mile 15 of the Boston Marathon last spring ruined any chance of amputee runner Jeff Glasbrenner breaking four hours. He stumbled over a pothole, opening a cut where his running blade attached below his right knee. Glasbrenner cursed his luck as he stopped every mile to clean the wound. That bump in the road just may have kept the 41-year-old from being in the midst of the chaos. He was three blocks from the finish when the marathon was halted...

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