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White wash: Yanks sweep Cubs 3-0, 2-0

Apr 16, 2014

By HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — There was nothing mysterious about Michael Pineda's performance this time. Masahiro Tanaka's dominant outing was pretty straight forward, too.

A day that began with snow in the outfield ended with a double whitewashing.

Pineda followed an overpowering ...

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Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111

Apr 16, 2014

By MURRAY EVANS, Associated Press

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 ...

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Penguins nip Blue Jackets 4-3 in series opener

Apr 16, 2014

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot from the left circle 8:18 into the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

Beau ...

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Atlanta lands MLS expansion team for 2017

Apr 16, 2014

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer

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.

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Jets sign former Titans RB Chris Johnson

Apr 16, 2014

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Always fast on the field, Chris Johnson found a new job pretty quickly, too.

The New York Jets signed the former Titans running back Wednesday, a little over a week after he was officially released by Tennessee on April 7.

Johnson met with the ...

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Manning holds on to heartache of Super Bowl

Apr 16, 2014

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer

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 ...

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Bucks owner Herb Kohl reaches deal to sell team

Apr 16, 2014

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer

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 ...

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Pistorius trial: Defense tries to build case

Apr 16, 2014

By GERALD IMRAY, Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius' lawyers at his murder trial Wednesday tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum, but the prosecutor sharply questioned the credentials and findings of a forensic expert for the defense.

Following the tough ...

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At Boston Marathon, a chance to finally finish

Apr 16, 2014

By PAT GRAHAM and ALEX SANZ, Associated Press

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 ...

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A good read: Bucks' Udoh draws fans for book club

Apr 16, 2014

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Epke Udoh will leave one positive lasting impression from this dreary season for the Milwaukee Bucks, and it has nothing to do with basketball.

Few, if any, NBA players can say they've started a book club over Twitter. Fewer still probably cite ...

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Sharper challenges his no-bail status in Arizona

Apr 16, 2014

By JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge in Phoenix will hold a hearing Wednesday in which lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will challenge the evidence used to keep him in jail without bail on sexual-assault charges in Arizona.

Sharper is charged with ...

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Clippers beat Nuggets 117-105 for record 57th win

Apr 16, 2014

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin won't be playing in Portland, regardless of whether his 16th technical of the season is rescinded.

Griffin will stay home to rest, along with J.J. Redick, while the rest of the Los Angeles Clippers close out the regular season ...

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White Sox slip past Red Sox 2-1 on error in 9th

Apr 16, 2014

By PATRICK ROSE, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Alexei Ramirez scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a throwing error and the Chicago White Sox edged the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on a frigid Tuesday night.

Tied at one, Red Sox reliever Burke Badenhop (0-2) allowed a one-out single ...

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Benches clear in Nationals-Marlins game

Apr 15, 2014

MIAMI (AP) — Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond and Miami Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia got into a heated, nose-to-nose conversation at home plate, prompting both benches to clear during the fourth inning.

With the Nationals trailing 6-0 Tuesday night, Desmond became annoyed when ...

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Leake's HR leads Reds over Pirates 7-5 for split

Apr 15, 2014

By JOE KAY, AP Baseball Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) — Mike Leake still thinks of himself as a hitter. He's even holding a bat on one of his 2014 baseball cards.

So far, he's playing like his picture.

Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Gerrit Cole's winning streak and leading the ...

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Marlins snap 8-game skid by beating Nationals 11-2

Apr 15, 2014

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer

MIAMI (AP) — Stephen Strasburg against the woebegone Miami Marlins figured to be no contest, and it was.

Miami won in a rout.

Giancarlo Stanton tied a career high with five RBIs, including a three-run homer off Strasburg, and the Marlins broke an eight-game losing ...

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More former players sue NHL regarding concussions

Apr 15, 2014

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Another group of former NHL players has joined the fight for compensation for head injuries they say they incurred while playing, while at the same time targeting the violence of the game that they believe brought about those injuries.

Retired ...

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Injured Anthony will sit out Knicks' last 2 games

Apr 15, 2014

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony's will miss the final two games with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, ending his first playoff-less season and potentially his New York Knicks career.

Anthony had one of his finest individual seasons, averaging 27.4 points ...

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MLB marks 67th anniversary of Robinson debut

Apr 15, 2014

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in minority opportunities over the past two decades.

Jackson traveled to ...

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