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April 17, 2014 - 6:46pm
1 day 42 min ago

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Gene Fieger shot a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Thursday to take a four-stroke lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

The 53-year-old Fieger, the PGA director of golf at Hideout Golf Club in Naples, Fla., had a 10-under 206 total at PGA Golf Club in the event postponed in October in Virginia because of rain and flooding. The top 35 after the final round Friday will earn spots in the Senior PGA Championship on May 22-25 at...

April 17, 2014 - 6:44pm
22 hours 12 min ago

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — There were no major letdowns for Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage on Thursday.

Kuchar, who tied for fifth at Augusta National, shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 to share the first-round lead with Scott Langley and William McGirt.

The 20-year-old Spieth tied for second behind Bubba Watson last Sunday and continued his strong play with a 69, part of a large group tied for fifth at Harbour...

April 17, 2014 - 6:43pm
1 day 42 min ago

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Top-seeded Indiana won't have Andrew Bynum for its first-round series against Atlanta.

Coach Frank Vogel said Thursday that he believes the Pacers' oft-injured center could still work his way back for the playoffs. But he won't be available for the first round, which opens Saturday in Indianapolis.

The Pacers signed the free agent in early February with hope he would add depth behind All-Star center Roy Hibbert. Bynum looked good...

April 17, 2014 - 6:40pm
1 day 42 min ago

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Offensive lineman Joe Reitz has signed his qualifying offer with the Colts.

Reitz was a restricted free agent. The team made the announcement Thursday.

Reitz made three starts in 14 games last season. The Indianapolis area native was originally claimed by the Colts off waivers from Miami on Sept. 8, 2010. He has 20 starts in 34 career games.

April 17, 2014 - 6:34pm
1 day 42 min ago

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins won the Presidents' Trophy by leading the NHL with 117 points.

Another number shows just how much, or little, that means.

"I heard about 40 percent of the series are upsets in the first round," Boston coach Claude Julien said.

"You have teams that have high expectations. You have teams that have nothing to lose and everything to gain. So that certainly makes that first round a challenge."...

April 17, 2014 - 6:31pm
1 day 42 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Touchofstarquality and jockey Cornelio Velasquez surged to victory with a four-wide sweep in the $67,000 allowance feature on Thursday at Aqueduct.

The 4-year-old trained by Michelle Nevin improved to 2 for 3 as the 2-1 second choice. He paid $6.70, $3.70 and $3.10.

The time was 1:35.03 for the mile on the fast track.

Bemata was second, returning $3.70 and $3.10. Iron Power paid $4.90 to show.

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April 17, 2014 - 6:29pm
1 day 42 min ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers opened the season with a win against Miami and they beat the Heat again in the finale.

It was the rest of the league that gave the Sixers fits.

The Sixers entered this season in clear rebuild mode and they staggered to a 19-63 record that included a 26-game losing streak.

The Milwaukee Bucks were the only team with a worse record. But this season was all about the future. Because of a...

April 17, 2014 - 6:29pm
23 hours 2 min ago

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns are the "best team not to make the playoffs."

That's the title first-year coach Jeff Hornacek bestowed on his overachieving squad after it finished a remarkable turnaround season. But despite 48 wins, the Suns are staying home when the real fun begins.

They've tied a record of sorts.

In the NBA's 16-team playoff era, only one other 48-win team didn't make the postseason — the 2007-08 Golden State...

April 17, 2014 - 6:29pm
1 day 42 min ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have ruled out forward T.J. Oshie for their playoff opener against the Chicago Blackhawks, but Vladimir Tarasenko is set to return after missing 15 games with a broken thumb.

Coach Ken Hitchcock also says forward Patrik Berglund will not play in Game 1 on Thursday night. He had no update on Oshie, who missed practice Wednesday.

Tarasenko is returning about two weeks ahead of schedule.

"He...

April 17, 2014 - 6:23pm
1 day 42 min ago

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox are giving slumping slugger Jose Abreu a day off.

Manager Robin Ventura didn't put the Cuban rookie in the starting lineup for Thursday night's game against Boston.

Abreu is in a 1-for-25 rut. Ventura says the first baseman has "a lot going on" and that it's "the right time" to give him a break before the White Sox go on the road to Texas.

Abreu signed a six-year, $68 million contract in the...

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