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Pujols goes yard twice to join 500 ...

Pujols goes yard twice to join 500 HR club

Albert Pujols has hit the 500th home run of his career, becoming the 26th player in major league history to reach that milestone.
Yankees' Pineda banned 10 games by ...

Yankees' Pineda banned 10 games by MLB

New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended 10 games by Major League Baseball "for possessing a foreign substance on his person" in Wednesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox.
49ers' Smith won't face felony in a...

49ers' Smith won't face felony in airport case

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has referred Aldon Smith's airport arrest earlier this month to the Los Angeles city attorney's office for misdemeanor consideration.
Oscar Robertson: Melo should bolt K...

Oscar Robertson: Melo should bolt Knicks

If Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson were advising Carmelo Anthony, he'd tell him to leave the New York Knicks this summer.
Sosa to 'clear it up,' sad to miss ...

Sosa to 'clear it up,' sad to miss Cubs party

The Chicago Cubs feel like Sammy Sosa owes them an apology, and the former slugger told ESPNDeportes.com on Thursday that he is willing to sit down with the club to make amends.
Phelps wins 100 fly heat in comebac...

Phelps wins 100 fly heat in comeback meet

Michael Phelps has qualified fastest for the 100-meter butterfly final in his first competition since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics.

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Kane leads Blackhawks past Blues, 4...

Kane leads Blackhawks past Blues, 4-3 in OT

CHICAGO (AP) Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.

Kane carried the puck down the left side as teammates Ben Smith and Brandon Saad rushed toward the net, and beat Ryan Miller with a well-placed wrist shot for his 32nd career postseason goal.

Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell also scored for defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago, which blew a 2-0 second-period lead. Jonathan Toews had two assists and Corey Crawford made 30 saves.

Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is Friday night in St. Louis.

Stars even with Ducks after 4-2 win...

Stars even with Ducks after 4-2 win in Game 4

DALLAS (AP) The young Dallas Stars keep overcoming early 2-0 deficits. With their latest comeback in Game 4, they are now even with the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks.

Down in the series after losing the first two games in Anaheim, the Stars trailed by two goals in the first period Wednesday night before captain Jaime Benn started the comeback with an unassisted goal off a faceoff. Cody Eakin and Alex Goligoski later scored on Dallas' first two shots in the third period for a 4-2 victory.

"We've done that a lot and it's not something we like to do. Whether it's the start of games or obviously the start of the series," Eakin said. "Our captain kind of ignited us. And we started skating and playing the way we wanted to."

While the Stars overcame a two-goal deficit to win a playoff game for the first time in 10 years, Anaheim heads home for Game 5 with uncertainty about captain Ryan Getzlaf and questions about who will be in net Friday night.

Eakin skated the length of the ice, got around a sliding defender, closed his eyes and shot just before his stick got ripped out of his hands. His go-ahead goal with 13:38 left came before Goligoski scored on the Stars' next shot only 1:22 later, making it 4-2 and prompting the Ducks to pull rookie goalie Frederik Andersen.

"When you get the one goal and people start going crazy, it makes it easier to get the next one and the next one and just keep battling," said Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 21 shots. "And we were lucky to get those goals. It's not easy to score four straight against that team."

Getzlaf was a surprise late scratch for Game 4 with an unspecified upper-body injury, and coach Bruce Boudreau would only say it was "a previous injury aggravated." What the coach refused to say was if it was related to the puck Getzlaf took the face in the series opener before playing Games 2 and 3 with a half-cage to protect the stitches just below his mouth.

Even without Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne, the 43-year-old franchise playoff leader who was a healthy scratch, the Ducks led 2-0 in the first period.

Bryan Allen scored on a shot from just inside the blue line, and Patrick Maroon knocked in the puck shot by Matthieu Perreault that hit Lehtonen's glove and fell over the goalie's shoulder behind him.

But only 27 seconds into the second period, Benn scored when he gathered the puck after a faceoff and quickly shot. About 6 minutes later, Vernon Fiddler managed to get the puck in a small gap between the post and Andersen to tie it at 2.

Just like Game 3, after which the Ducks insisted that the Stars went over their line with their over-aggressive approach, there were plenty of scrums Wednesday night.

With 2:10 left, Anaheim's Corey Perry and Antoine Roussel got in some big blows before being separated and given 5-minute majors for fighting. It was Roussel who punched Getzlaf in the previous game.

There were also five 10-minute misconduct penalties in that closing stretch, and referees had to separate several groups of players when the game ended.

"That's the type of stuff that's their pushback, it's our pushback," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "I really feel like we're in a playoff series now."

Andersen was pulled in favor of Jonas Hiller, the veteran who won 29 games during the Ducks' best regular season in franchise history before a late slump that left him on the bench. Hiller faced only one shot in his 10 1/2 minutes, and Boudreau said he would discuss the goalie situation with his assistants before deciding who starts Friday night.

"I felt a little bit off. It was a shock on the first one, and the second one snuck by me. I was expecting (Fiddler) to pass," Andersen said. "They came out of nowhere in the second. We weren't ready for their push."

NOTES: The series returns Sunday to the American Airlines Center for Game 6. ... Benn and Fiddler each had a goal and an assist. Benn has three goals and two assists in the series, and has scored in every game. ... Lehtonen was 0-4 in postseason games before the Stars won 3-0 Monday, and stopped 58 of 60 shots in the two home games.

Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st h...

Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st home playoff win

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit for their first home playoff victory in the franchise's 13 seasons, sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday night tied 2-2.

Craig Adams, Chris Kunitz, James Neal scored in a span of 5:01 of the first period to stake the Penguins to a 3-0 lead. But Ryan Johansen and Dubinsky each had a goal and an assist and Boone Jenner also scored for Columbus, making only its second postseason trip.

It was the fourth time in the series that the team that scored first - and also went on to hold a 3-1 lead - lost.

With the Penguins hanging on to a 3-2 lead in the third period, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made a big save on Matt Calvert's second shot in a flurry. Calvert later got behind Brooks Orpik on a breakaway and his forehand clanged off the crossbar, setting off a loud groan in the arena.

But Fleury was the culprit when he went behind the cage to handle Jack Johnson's pass around the boards in the final minute. He whiffed trying to handle the puck and was stuck out of position, allowing Johansen to slide a centering pass through the crease where Dubinsky netted it with 22.5 seconds left.

What followed was the loudest sound heard in the Blue Jackets' mostly dismal 13 seasons.

In the overtime, the Blue Jackets had the best of it - as they had for all but the start.

Foligno carried the puck through the neutral zone and was just across the blue line when he fired a low wrister that he tucked under Fleury's glove. As the players piled on top of Foligno, the crowd went crazy.

Fleury had been brilliant throughout the third period, finishing with 42 saves. His Columbus counterpart, Sergei Bobrovsky, also was spectacular at times with 22 saves.

The Penguins rolled to a quick 3-0 lead and ended up with a dreaded 3-1 lead after a period - and once again it vanished.

Just 11 seconds after Jussi Jokinen was called for hooking, the Penguins took advantage of a James Wisniewski turnover near the blue line with Brandon Sutter carrying the puck through the neutral zone on a 2-on-1 break with Adams. Sutter flipped a backhander to Adams, whose rising shot from the right circle beat Bobrovsky high on the stick side at the 6:09 mark.

Pittsburgh quieted a loud capacity crowd with two goals in the span of 33 seconds in the middle of the opening period.

While on the power play after Derek MacKenzie went off for roughing, Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby won a faceoff in the offensive zone and Niskanen's rocket from the right point was redirected by Kunitz.

Before the details of that goal could be announced, the Penguins won another faceoff in the offensive zone and Jokinen then beat the Blue Jackets' R.J. Umberger to a loose puck. He tapped the puck with his outstretched stick toward the right hash mark where Neal unloaded a hard one-timer past Bobrovsky.

It was the first goals of the series for Adams, Kunitz and Neal, who combined for 67 goals in the regular season.

The Blue Jackets played well to close out the period. Their kill unit held off the Penguins on just over a minute of 5 on 3 and killed off two more penalties.

Then at the 16:39 mark, former Penguin Mark Letestu's shot from the high slot was tipped in by Jenner, who had his back to Fleury as he muscled the puck past him.

Columbus dominated the second period, scoring the only goal and outshooting the Penguins 18-6.

A double-minor penalty on Lee Stempniak for high sticking eventually led to the Blue Jackets scoring again, this time with a two-man advantage. The Penguins killed the first 2 minutes of the 4-minute penalty, but picked up another minor penalty when Sutter was called for delay of game. From low on the right wing, Brandon Dubinsky slid a centering pass that Artem Anisimov was able to deflect toward the goal line, with Johansen jamming in the loose puck at the 14:20 mark.

On yet another power play with just 5 seconds left in the period, the Blue Jackets almost got the tying goal but the puck bounced over Cam Atkinson's stick when he had a wide open net.

From the time the Penguins built their 3-0 lead until the end of the second period, they were outshot 25-8.

Notes: The NHL announced earlier Wednesday that Game 5 will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Pittsburgh. ... Columbus was without rookie D Ryan Murray, who was wearing a boot after being hit with a puck in practice. Veteran Nick Schultz took his spot. ... Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said he was hopeful C Marcel Goc (ankle) may be able to play in the series. ... Likely NHL MVP Crosby has not scored a goal in his last nine playoff games and Evgeni Malkin hasn't found the net in his last eight.

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Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 10...

Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97

MIAMI (AP) LeBron James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points and the Miami Heat held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

Dwyane Wade scored 15 points, and had a steal in the final seconds to help seal the win for Miami. Mario Chalmers added 11 for the Heat.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 22 points for Charlotte, which got 18 points and 13 rebounds from Al Jefferson, who played through a left plantar fascia strain and shot 9 for 23 from the floor. Kemba Walker added 16 and Gerald Henderson scored 15 for the Bobcats.

Game 3 is Saturday night in Charlotte.

The Bobcats were down three with 10 seconds left, but never got a tying shot off. Wade stole the ball from Chris Douglas-Roberts with 3 seconds left, made a free throw and that was enough for the Heat - who wasted a big first-half lead, then saw another one in the fourth quarter get whittled down to nearly nothing.

It's hard to find any good news for Charlotte, between this two-game hole and the ongoing injury concerns revolving around their best player. Not only have the Bobcats lost 18 straight games to Miami, but the Heat have never dropped any of the previous 11 postseason series in which they've grabbed a 2-0 series lead.

James, between his time in Cleveland and Miami, is 11-0 in such situations. Wade has been part of nine previous 2-0 leads with the Heat, and six of those series ended in no more than five games.

Miami's lead was 91-77 midway through the fourth, and after blowing a big first-half lead it appeared as though the Heat finally had some breathing room.

A few minutes later, it looked a whole lot different.

Walker, Kidd-Gilchrist and Douglas-Roberts combined for all the damage in a 10-0 run, getting the Bobcats within 91-87. But Bosh hit a jumper to stop Miami's scoreless drought, the Heat followed that with a stop, and Bosh struck again on the ensuing possession with a drive that pushed the Heat's lead back to eight with 3:36 remaining.

With that, it was Charlotte's turn - five straight points, with Jefferson scoring with 1:42 left to make it 97-94. And Douglas-Roberts had a chance to tie it with 1:09 left, but his 3-pointer bounced off the rim.

After a free throw by James, Walker hit a 3 with 11.9 seconds left to get Charlotte within one. But James swished a pair of free throws moments later, Wade came up with the steal, and Miami escaped.

Miami led 57-47 at the half, and the Bobcats - who missed 17 of their first 22 shots - were fortunate not to be in bigger trouble.

Jefferson was obviously laboring in the early going and missed seven of his first eight shots, part of the reason why the Heat were able to run out to a 36-21 lead with 9:50 left in the half. Chalmers - whose availability was in doubt until about an hour before game time because of a bruised shin - scored 11 of those points, and the Heat seemed to be rolling.

Charlotte thought otherwise.

A 14-2 run got the Bobcats right back into it, with Jefferson getting consecutive baskets and Kidd-Gilchrist scoring seven points to help the Bobcats close the gap to 38-35. But James Jones, who came up big off the bench for Miami in Game 1, hit a 3-pointer to stop the run and the Heat's lead was quickly back to 16, before late 3's by Gary Neal and Walker got Charlotte within 10 again.

Things tightened more in the third. The Heat led by as much as 11 during the period, before Charlotte got within four twice. Miami led 79-72 entering the fourth.

NOTES: James has signed a deal with William Morris, which will represent him in entertainment-related projects. "It's been in the works," said James, who added that his management team was handling the deal so he could focus on the playoffs. ... Game 3 will be Charlotte's first playoff home game since April 26, 2010, against Orlando. No current Bobcats appeared in that game - but Heat F Rashard Lewis did, playing for Orlando.

Aldridge's 43 lifts Blazers over Ro...

Aldridge's 43 lifts Blazers over Rockets 112-105

HOUSTON (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge scored 43 points and Damian Lillard made six free throws down the stretch to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 112-105 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night and a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

James Harden knocked down a 3-pointer with about 30 seconds left to get the Rockets within three. Lillard made two free throws before Harden fouled out about 10 seconds later. Mo Williams and Lillard both made a pair of free throws after that to secure the win.

Aldridge became the first player with consecutive 40-point games in the playoffs since LeBron James did it in May of 2009 after scoring a career-high and franchise playoff-record 46 in an overtime win in Game 1.

Dwight Howard was unstoppable early and scored 25 points in the first half, but managed just seven in the second half.

Mavs roll past Spurs 113-92, even s...

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

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 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16, Devin Harris had 18 and Jose Calderon 12 for Dallas, which never trailed after the opening minutes of the second quarter.

Manu Ginobili had 27 points, Tony Parker added 12 and Tim Duncan 11 for the Spurs.

Dallas didn't relent in Game 2 after blowing a 10-point lead in the final eight minutes of the series opener. San Antonio's ineptness had as much to do with tying the series, however. The Spurs averaged 14.4 turnovers during the regular season, but had 15 with 3 minutes left in the first half. They finished with 22 turnovers, which resulted in 33 points for the Mavericks.

Dallas was extremely physical in the first half whenever Parker and Ginobili drove the lane, much to San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich's dismay when no fouls were called - not that it mattered when they were. San Antonio finished 18 for 29 on free throws.

The Mavericks attacked the basket with the same intensity, finishing with 44 points. San Antonio pulled within 61-56 with 8:38 remaining in the third quarter when Kawhi Leonard made two of three free throws, but it was the closest it would get in the second half.

Nowitzki finished 7 for 19 after missing his first six attempts.

NOTES: Popovich received a standing ovation before the game after being recognized as the NBA Coach of the Year. Spurs owner Peter Holt presented Popovich with the Red Auerbach trophy, which he has won three times. ... After assigning Spurs nemesis Joey Crawford to officiate Game 1, the league had Danny Crawford on hand for Game 2 to the chagrin of the Mavericks' fans. But just as in the opener, both officials reserved most calls and non-calls for the opposition. Crawford's lack of calls led Popovich to scream at Crawford throughout the first half. ... Academy Award-winning actor Tommy Lee Jones sat courtside beside Holt. ... Nowitzki was assessed a technical foul with 1:38 remaining in the first half after Ginobili was fouled by Marion on a 3-point attempt. Marion touched Ginobili's hip as he released the ball, but the Argentian appeared to exaggerate the contact when he fell to the floor. ... After scrambling to capture a loose ball under the basket, Tiago Splitter flung an overhead, two-handed no-look pass to an open Ginobili for a 3-pointer with 4:44 remaining in the third quarter.

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Pineda banned 10 games for pine tar...

Pineda banned 10 games for pine tar, won't appeal (Yahoo Sports)

In this April 23, 2014 photo taken from video and provided by ESPN, home plate umpire Gerry Davis touches the neck of New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda in the second inning of the Yankees' baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston. Pineda was ejected after umpires found a foreign substance on his neck. (AP Photo/ESPN)

Michael Pineda says he was just trying to get a better grip on the ball. A day after being caught using pine tar on the mound, the New York Yankees pitcher was suspended for 10 games by the commissioner's office on Thursday. Pineda said he won't appeal, costing him two starts before he can return May 5 at the Los Angeles Angels. ''I accept it,'' Pineda said before Thursday night's game at Fenway Park.


NFL plans to look at bigger playoff...

NFL plans to look at bigger playoffs, longer PATs (Yahoo Sports)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a news conference at the NFL football annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The NFL will discuss expanded playoffs at the owners' meetings next month in Atlanta. Commissioner Roger Goodell told a gathering of Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday that a vote is uncertain on the proposal to add two teams to the postseason. ''We want to make sure we do it in the right way.'' The NFL also will experiment with snapping the ball from the 15-yard line on extra points in the first two weeks of the preseason to make them more challenging. Blandino added that veteran referees Scott Green and Ron Winter have retired, and will be replaced by Craig Wrolstad and Ronald Torbert.


Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg in lin...

Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg in lineup for Game 4 (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2014 file photo, Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards, left, dives for the puck as Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg, of Sweden, takes it during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles. Zetterberg may play for the Red Wings in a critical Game 4 against the Boston Bruins. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told reporters that doctors would ultimately decide if Zetterberg can play Thursday night, April 24, 2014, for the first time since having back surgery Feb. 21. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Henrik Zetterberg is in the lineup for the Detroit Red Wings in Game 4 against the Boston Bruins. Jonas Gustavsson is, too. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told reporters that doctors would ultimately decide if Zetterberg could play Thursday night for the first time since having back surgery Feb. 21. Zetterberg has been skating this week with his teammates.


NCAA board endorses more power for ...

NCAA board endorses more power for big schools (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this April 4, 2013 file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert speaks at a news conference in Atlanta. It's been a tough few months for Emmert. He's presided over an embarrassing enforcement scandal, was involved in a contentious news conference at the Final Four and has seen some of the reforms he's championed put on hold. On Thursday, May 2, 2013, when the NCAA's board of directors meets, the embattled president hopes to get his agenda back on track. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

The NCAA's board of directors took the first step toward shifting power to the five largest football conferences on Thursday, endorsing a 57-page plan that calls for giving 65 of the nation's biggest schools more autonomy in how to fund scholarships, handle health care and decide other increasingly hot-button issues involving their athletes. If approved later this year, schools in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC could implement some rules on their own and would get more voting power over legislation that would affect every NCAA member school. ''We (the big schools) have some issues we've got to deal with, but you've got to get a way to get the issues into the process,'' Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke said. NCAA President Mark Emmert this week suggested the changes within the NCAA will address some of the issues raised by those backing the unionization effort.


Nova to undergo season-ending elbow...

Nova to undergo season-ending elbow surgery (Yahoo Sports)

New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova has decided to have season-ending Tommy John surgery for a partially torn elbow ligament. The operation is scheduled for next Tuesday by Dr. James Andrews. ''I think it's the right decision,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Thursday night's game against the Boston Red Sox. And it seems what it does is (it) just delays the inevitable that's going to happen and instead of maybe missing a year and a little bit of time, you miss a couple of years.'' Nova left last Saturday's 16-1 loss at Tampa Bay in the fifth inning after allowing eight runs and eight hits, including four homers.


Bobcats' McRoberts fined $20,000 fo...

Bobcats' McRoberts fined $20,000 for LeBron foul (Yahoo Sports)

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 23: Josh McRoberts #11 of the Charlotte Bobcats during a game against the Miami Heat in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2014 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida on April 23, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Thursday for making unnecessary and excessive contact with Miami Heat forward LeBron James.


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Nightengale: Red Sox furious with P...

Nightengale: Red Sox furious with Pineda's actions

Pineda was suspended 10 games for using pine tar.
Woman files lawsuit saying she was ...

Woman files lawsuit saying she was raped by Reds P Alfredo Simon

Alleged sexual assault took place in Washington D.C. in April 2013
Colleges under fire for handling of...

Colleges under fire for handling of sexual assault cases

Are athletes protected when it comes to sexual assault cases?
Josh McRoberts fined for hard hit t...

Josh McRoberts fined for hard hit to LeBron James' neck

Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts' hard hit on the Heat MVP was upgraded to a flagrant foul.
Jason Collins featured on the cover...

Jason Collins featured on the cover of Time's Most Influential People issue

The openly gay NBA player was one of the magazine's most influential people.
Patrick Kane has perfect response t...

Patrick Kane has perfect response to baffling question

"Was this your first overtime game winner?" Clearly it wasn't.

Fox Sports

Report: Autographs net Manziel $7,5...

Report: Autographs net Manziel $7,500

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel allegedly accepted $7,500 as payment for signing approximately 300 mini- and full-sized football helmets, according to an autograph broker who spoke with ESPN.
Manziel gets advice from Newton

Manziel gets advice from Newton

Cam Newton can relate to what Johnny Manziel is going through. The Panthers QB said he's spoken to Manziel a few times this offseason.
Yankees fall to White Sox

Yankees fall to White Sox

Chris Sale allowed one run while outpitching Hiroki Kuroda in to the eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Rodriguez at DH rather than 3B

Rodriguez at DH rather than 3B

As Alex Rodriguez's suspension saga unfolds, the New York Yankees insist it's business as usual for them.
'Butt fumble' guard headed to Dalla...

'Butt fumble' guard headed to Dallas

A source told FOX Sports on Tuesday night that former New York Jets guard Brandon Moore, whose butt caused Mark Sanchez's infamous 'butt fumble' last season, has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Cowboys.
Tiger has one last shot at a major

Tiger has one last shot at a major

Is Tiger Woods changing his tune about the importance of winning majors?

Reuters

The day Senna grabbed F1's attentio...

The day Senna grabbed F1's attention

LONDON (Reuters) - While Formula One remembers Ayrton Senna on the 20th anniversary of his death at Imola, happier memories of another race 10 years earlier highlight just why the great Brazilian is still so sorely missed.






Imola remembers Senna 20 years afte...

Imola remembers Senna 20 years after fatal crash

IMOLA, Italy (Reuters) - Twenty years after Ayrton Senna died at Imola's race track, the town is gearing up to honor a Formula One driver it remembers as much for his charity and charisma as his three world championship wins.
Pinehurst U.S. Open attracts record...

Pinehurst U.S. Open attracts record entry total

(Reuters) - This year's U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in Pinehurst, Northern Carolina has attracted a record total of 10,127 entries, the United States Golf Association (USGA) said on Thursday.






New statue of Penn State's Paterno ...

New statue of Penn State's Paterno set for 2015 unveiling: alumni

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Fundraising for a new statue depicting Joe Paterno "as the man he was and not Joe the football coach" is set to begin two years after his image was removed from Penn State University because of a child sex abuse scandal involving a long-time assistant coach.
Phelps wins first race in comeback

Phelps wins first race in comeback

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Michael Phelps made an ominous start in his comeback to competitive swimming on Thursday, setting the fastest time in the 100 meters butterfly heats at a USA Swimming Grand Prix meet in suburban Phoenix.






Yankees' Pineda banned 10 games for...

Yankees' Pineda banned 10 games for using pine tar

(Reuters) - New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended 10 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday for having a foreign substance on his body during Wednesday's game against the Boston Red Sox.

SI.com

Lima blast gives Benfica EL semi ed...

Lima blast gives Benfica EL semi edge over Juve

LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Substitute Lima scored six minutes from the end to give Benfica a 2-1 win over Juventus in the Europa League first-leg semifinals on Thursday.
Sevilla blanks Valencia 2-0 in Euro...

Sevilla blanks Valencia 2-0 in Europa semifinal

SEVILLE, Spain (AP) - Stephane Mbia and Carlos Bacca scored within four minutes of each other as Sevilla beat Valencia 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal on Thursday.
Scolari confirms Neymar, 8 others f...

Scolari confirms Neymar, 8 others for WC roster

SAO PAULO (AP) - Coach Luis Felipe Scolari has confirmed nine players who will make Brazil's squad for the World Cup at home.
Chelsea MF Ramires hit with 4-game ...

Chelsea MF Ramires hit with 4-game EPL ban

LONDON (AP) - Ramires will miss Chelsea's remaining matches in the English Premier League after being banned for four games for violent conduct.
Hong Kong protestors rally against ...

Hong Kong protestors rally against FIFA's Blatter

HONG KONG (AP) - A handful of protesters holding banners and placards demonstrated peacefully Thursday at an event with FIFA president Sepp Blatter to highlight the plight of migrant workers building stadiums in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.
Platini says no CL ban for breaking...

Platini says no CL ban for breaking FFP rules

PARIS (AP) - Clubs won't be excluded from next season's Champions League for breaking ''Financial Fair Play'' rules, according to UEFA President Michel Platini

Sky Sports

Kane hoping to emulate Teddy

Kane hoping to emulate Teddy

Harry Kane hopes he can follow in the footsteps of boyhood hero Teddy Sheringham and cement his place as a regular starter up front for Tottenham Hotspur.
Martin salutes loan stars

Martin salutes loan stars

Chris Martin believes Derby County have benefited greatly from loan deals this season, with George Thorne a 'quality' addition.
Dutch pair into play-offs

Dutch pair into play-offs

Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld secured places in the Premier League play-offs with wins in Manchester.
Rangers legend Jardine dies

Rangers legend Jardine dies

Former Scotland and Rangers defender Sandy Jardine has died at the age of 65.
Benfica snatch the advantage

Benfica snatch the advantage

Benfica substitute Lima struck late to give the newly-crowned Portuguese champions a 2-1 win over Juventus in the Europa League semi-final first-leg.
Sevilla secure first leg lead

Sevilla secure first leg lead

Sevilla will take a solid lead to the Mestalla next week after toppling La Liga rivals Valencia 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.

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Pineda's folly could sink the seaso...

Pineda's folly could sink the season

BOSTON -- Just in case Michael Pineda never makes it as a New York Yankee, he decided to prep himself for a second career as a stand-up comic. How else can anyone explain a "Saturday Night Live" skit disguised as a Fenway Park start against the defending World Series champs? Funny? This was Kevin Hart times Steve Carell funny. The same pitcher who used pine tar on his throwing hand in his last start against the Boston Red Sox, only to get away with it, decided to apply the same PED (performance-enhancing dirt) to the right side of his neck Wednesday night, in full view of millions of viewers and, ultimately, the umpire who tossed him from the game. Gerry Davis marched to the mound in the middle of Grady Sizemore's second-inning at-bat, on John Farrell's request. Nobody on the visiting side of this hostile rivalry blamed Farrell in the least. In fact, the Yankees all but nominated him for Manager of the Year. "I would want my...
Nowitzki sets tone for Game 2 win

Nowitzki sets tone for Game 2 win

SAN ANTONIO -- Sometimes, for a superstar such as Dirk Nowitzki, it's not about the points you score. Or the rebounds you grab. Or the passes you make. Sometimes, it's just about the will to win, which is as intense as it has ever been. That's why 35-year-old Dirk, playing in his 130th playoff game during his 16th NBA season dived for a loose ball during the third quarter Wednesday night at AT&T Center. He corralled the ball near midcourt and fired a pass Monta Ellis for a driving layup against the Spurs. It's that type of competitive spirit the Mavs displayed all night against San Antonio as they won their first playoff game since beating Miami for the title in June 2011. It's why they kicked the Spurs' butt in Game 2 of this Western Conference quarterfinal. Dallas 113, San Antonio 92. "Sometimes, we get in trouble when we don't get those loose balls, those 50-50 balls," Dirk said. "Sometimes, if you want to win on...
SB rematch among 2014's top games

SB rematch among 2014's top games

The NFL released its 2014 schedule Wednesday, so let the fun begin. It starts in the West. The Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl but play in a division that could have four teams with winning records. That makes things tougher for the AFC West, which had three playoff teams last year but faces the NFC West this year. Last year, Denver, Kansas City and San Diego piled on for 11 wins in 12 games against the NFC East. From Peyton Manning playing against Andrew Luck to Lovie Smith coaching against Chicago, there are plenty of fascinating matchups. Here are the five games I'm looking forward to most: 1. San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 14: Could this NFC West rivalry get any better? Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman went on a long rant aimed at 49ers WR  Michael Crabtree after tipping a pass that was intercepted by linebacker Malcolm Smith to seal Seattle's...
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