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Williams gives US 2-0 lead against Ukraine

Apr 21, 2012

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Serena Williams overpowered Ukrainian teenager Elina Svitolina 6-2, 6-1 Saturday to give the United States a 2-0 lead in the Fed Cup playoff series.

In the opening match, American Christina McHale defeated Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 on clay at the Superior Golf and Spa ...

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Bahrain tense ahead of F1 after protester dies

Apr 21, 2012

By REEM KHALIFA, Associated Press

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The discovery of a protester's body near the scene of clashes on Saturday threatened to tip Bahrain deeper into unrest as a 14-month-old uprising overshadows the return of the Formula One Grand Prix to the strategic Gulf kingdom.

Bahrain's ...

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Predators advance, ousting Red Wings 4-1 in series

Apr 21, 2012

By TERESA M. WALKER, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators need measure themselves against the Detroit Red Wings no more.

David Legwand scored 13 seconds into the third period, and the Predators advanced to the Western Conference semifinals with a 2-1 victory over the ...

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NBA union leadership wants Fisher out as president

Apr 21, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Fisher has rejected a call from the NBA players' association's executive committee to resign as president, instead urging players to seek a review of the union's finances.

Hours after the NBPA said in a statement Friday that the executive committee voted 8-0 this week that it ...

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AP sources: PSU official firing connected to probe

Apr 21, 2012

By GENARO C. ARMAS, Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The firing of a Penn State athletics official was connected to the investigation into the child sexual abuse case at the university, said two persons familiar with the situation.

Mark Sherburne, an associate athletic director, was ...

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MLB, union ban personal-services deals

Apr 21, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players and owners have banned the type of personal-services contracts agreed to by Albert Pujols and Ryan Zimmerman during the offseason.

In addition, the sides said Friday they have prohibited the bonuses for milestone accomplishments contained in the deal Pujols signed ...

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NBA union leadership wants Fisher out as president

Apr 21, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Fisher has rejected a call from the NBA players' association's executive committee to resign as president, instead urging players to seek a review of the union's finances.

Hours after the NBPA said in a statement Friday that the executive committee voted 8-0 this week that it ...

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Desmond's sacrifice in the 10th lifts Nationals

Apr 20, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ian Desmond hit a home run and had the game-winning sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to lift the Washington Nationals to a 3-2 win against the Florida Marlins on Saturday.

Wilson Ramos singled to lead off the 10th inning, took third on a throwing error and scored on Desmond's fly ...

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Japan's Ai Miyazato takes LPGA Tour lead

Apr 20, 2012

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Japan's Ai Miyazato shot a 2-under 70 on Friday in difficult wind conditions to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship.

The seven-time LPGA Tour winner had a 10-under 206 total at Ko Olina.

She said the wind blew from basically the same ...

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Old-timers fete oldest of ballparks on 100th b-day

Apr 20, 2012

By JIMMY GOLEN, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — For one more afternoon, Yaz had the Fenway fans cheering, Pedro had them celebrating and Johnny Pesky brought tears to their eyes.

Scenes from Fenway Park's first 100 years played out on the major leagues' oldest ballfield again on Friday, when the ...

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Penguins beat Flyers 3-2 to force Game 6

Apr 20, 2012

By WILL GRAVES, Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Steve Sullivan, Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy scored and the Pittsburgh Penguins fended off elimination with a 3-2 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Marc-Andre ...

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Curtis beats storms, takes Texas Open lead

Apr 20, 2012

By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Ben Curtis can't pick his schedule like the old days. The former British Open champion, whose status has sunk near the lowest on the PGA Tour, now waits for the phone to ring to find out whether tournaments can squeeze him in.

But heading into ...

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Indians closer fined $750 for 'reckless' tweet

Apr 20, 2012

By JANIE McCAULEY, Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez is considering appealing a $750 fine from Major League Baseball for a "reckless" message on his Twitter account after a bench-clearing scuffle last weekend in Kansas City.

The pitcher said Friday he ...

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Blue Jays turn first triple play in 33 years

Apr 20, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have turned their first triple play in 33 years.

The Kansas City Royals had runners on first and second in the third inning Friday night when Eric Hosmer lined out to first baseman Adam Lind, who stepped on the bag to double off Yuniesky Betancourt.

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Minn. Senate panel revives Vikings stadium bill

Apr 20, 2012

By BRIAN BAKST and JON KRAWCZYNSKI, Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota Senate committee narrowly approved a public subsidy on Friday to help the Vikings build a new football stadium, reviving the team's struggling effort just hours after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell visited the ...

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No charges filed against Castro in assault claim

Apr 20, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County prosecutors said Friday that they will not file charges against Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro for criminal sexual assault.

"We're pleased for Starlin that this issue is resolved and glad that he can continue to keep his focus on baseball activities," Cubs general ...

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Former NFL safety Easterling dies at 62

Apr 20, 2012

By GREG BLUESTEIN, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling, who helped lead the team's vaunted defense in the 1970s and later filed a high-profile lawsuit against the NFL targeting the league's handling of concussion-related injuries, has died. He was 62.

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Stoudemire back in Knicks lineup

Apr 20, 2012

By TOM WITHERS, Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — The New York Knicks finally have their other All-Star forward back. Amare Stoudemire couldn't be happier.

And Carmelo Anthony won't have to do it alone.

Stoudemire, who hasn't played since March 24 because of a bulging disk in his back, was in ...

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Chavez hits 2 HRs, Yanks top Red Sox 6-2

Apr 20, 2012

By HOWARD ULMAN, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Alex Rodriguez took over fifth place with his 631st career home run, Eric Chavez added two homers and the New York Yankees spoiled the Boston Red Sox 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway Park with a 6-2 win Friday.

Rodriguez' solo shot on the ...

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Reds get 10,000th victory, 9-4 over Cubs

Apr 20, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds used a lot of little hits to achieve a very big milestone.

Cincinnati rapped out 12 hits — nine singles — and cruised to a 9-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday for the 10,000th win in franchise history.

"When you look at 30 different teams and being one of ...

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