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Pine tar, Vaseline, spit all part of baseball

Apr 24, 2014

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer

It's fair to suspect that Michael Pineda isn't the only pitcher trying a few tricks on the mound from time to time.

The Yankees pitcher was suspended for 10 games for having a glob of pine tar on his neck to rub on his hands to grip the ball on a chilly night.

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Michael Phelps wins 100 fly heat in comeback meet

Apr 24, 2014

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A giddy Michael Phelps qualified fastest for the 100-meter butterfly final Thursday in his first competition since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics.

The 28-year-old swimmer was second at the turn and came on down the stretch to win his heat ...

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Government to review Northwestern bid to unionize

Apr 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has granted Northwestern University's request that it review its ruling that football players at the university are essentially employees of the school with full collective bargaining rights.

It said a previously scheduled vote by Northwestern ...

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Pineda banned 10 games for pine tar, won't appeal

Apr 24, 2014

By HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games Thursday after being caught using pine tar. He said he won't appeal the penalty that will cost him two starts.

"I accept it," Pineda said before Thursday night's game at Fenway Park.

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Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals

Apr 24, 2014

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Maria Sharapova defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to set up a Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinal clash with top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska.

The sixth-seeded Sharapova needed little over an hour-and-a-half to defeat her fellow Russian,

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When Bosh steps up, Heat reap benefits

Apr 24, 2014

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer

MIAMI (AP) — In Miami, it's called the Big Three for a reason.

LeBron James was stellar for the Heat in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series against Charlotte, and Dwyane Wade helped save the game with a steal to deny the Bobcats a chance at ...

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Pineda says he'll learn from ejection for pine tar

Apr 24, 2014

By HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) — The pine tar glistened on Michael Pineda's neck, improving his grip and inviting trouble.

He got both.

The Yankees' right-hander spoke quietly after being ejected in the second inning of the Red Sox' 5-1 win over New York on Wednesday night. And less ...

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Teen Chinese golfer getting used to attention

Apr 24, 2014

By JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — One year after his stunning debut at the Masters, Chinese 15-year-old golfer Guan Tianlang is growing accustomed to being in the spotlight.

Guan looked composed and confident as he shot a 1-under 71 in the first round of the China Open on ...

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Hanyu determined to build on success of Sochi

Apr 24, 2014

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Yuzuru Hanyu has barely had time to dwell on the Olympic and world titles he won in the first quarter of 2014, yet he's already thinking about how to improve for next season.

Hanyu became the first Japanese man to claim Olympic gold in figure skating ...

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Arab-Israeli women break ground on pro soccer team

Apr 24, 2014

By JON GERBERG, Associated Press

PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) — When the Israeli women's soccer team Hapoel Petah Tikva lost a number of its players to Israel's national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers, founder Rafi Subra made a decision that sets the team apart from many of its rivals — he recruited ...

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Michael Phelps launches comeback in 100 butterfly

Apr 24, 2014

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Returning to swimming after a 20-month retirement, Michael Phelps is easing back into the sport he once dominated by racing one of his best events.

The 18-time Olympic gold medalist will swim the 100-meter butterfly at the Arena Grand Prix on ...

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Your Top Plays for Today

Apr 24, 2014

By The Associated Press

Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide

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UNSTOPPABLE ALDRIDGE DOES IT AGAIN FOR BLAZERS

Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge tops 40 points for the second-straight game as Trail Blazers take 2-0 series lead over Houston

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Aldridge's 43 lifts Blazers over Rockets 112-105

Apr 24, 2014

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge's son JJ, who turned 5 on Wednesday, texted him after the Portland Trail Blazers' playoff win and told him he looked like Spider-Man on one of his dunks.

To the Houston Rockets the Portland star probably looked like a superhero on ...

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Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1

Apr 24, 2014

By HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) — The pine tar on Michael Pineda's neck was a stain for the New York Yankees.

General manager Brian Cashman was "embarrassed."

Manager Joe Girardi called it "poor judgment."

And Pineda was "sad" and vowed not to do it again.

The Yankees' right-hander was ...

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Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st home playoff win

Apr 23, 2014

By RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In the dressing room after Brandon Dubinsky's late goal forced overtime, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno half-jokingly said he'd get the winner.

Then he did it.

Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation and Foligno's wrist ...

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Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1

Apr 23, 2014

By HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) — Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using a foreign substance less than two weeks after appearing to get away with it in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night.

The right-hander was thrown out in the ...

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Mavs roll past Spurs 113-92, even series at 1-1

Apr 23, 2014

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Monta Ellis scored 21 points and the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece.

Shawn Marion scored 20 ...

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Phelps having fun in his return to swimming

Apr 23, 2014

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Phelps is making a comeback after nearly two years out of the pool for the simplest of reasons: He missed the sport that has been his entire life.

The 22-time Olympic medalist tried golf and high-stakes poker in a quest to satisfy his ...

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10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos

Apr 23, 2014

By The Associated Press

Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.

This week's images include tears of joy and remembrance at this year's Boston Marathon and a bullfighter's pass at a bull in Spain.

This gallery contains photos ...

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Yanks pitcher Pineda ejected for substance on neck

Apr 23, 2014

By HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from a game against the Boston Red Sox in the second inning Wednesday night after umpires found a foreign substance on his neck.

Pineda's ejection occurred 13 days after the right-hander had brown ...

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