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April 9, 2014 - 7:44pm
1 week 3 days ago

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger says he believes he proved during a workout Wednesday that his recovery from reconstructive left knee surgery won't stop him from competing for an NFL job this summer.

Wearing shoulder pads and a helmet, Mettenberger threw dozens of passes out of drop backs and even rollouts during LSU's pro day. His receivers included NFL prospects Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.

Mettenberger tore...

April 9, 2014 - 7:35pm
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SEATTLE (AP) — James Paxton is the latest arm in the Seattle Mariners' rotation to find his way to the disabled list.

Paxton was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday with a strained muscle on the left side of his back. The move was made after an MRI earlier in the day confirmed the original diagnosis of a strained latissimus dorsi muscle.

Paxton joins fellow starters Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker as spectators for the surprising early leaders of...

April 9, 2014 - 7:33pm
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Miami guard Dwyane Wade will not play against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, but coach Erik Spoelstra indicated the Heat's second-leading scorer is close to returning.

Spoelstra said before the game that the team's second-leading scorer is improving from a strained left hamstring that has caused him to miss the Heat's previous seven games. Wade hasn't played since March 26 at Indiana, when he scored 15 points in almost 32 minutes of...

April 9, 2014 - 7:25pm
1 week 3 days ago

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Tapiture was made the 9-5 early favorite for this weekend's $1 million Arkansas Derby, which attracted a field of nine horses.

He drew post position three on Wednesday for the 1 1/8-mile race and will be ridden by Joel Rosario, who replaces Ricardo Santana Jr.

Trainer Steve Asmussen says he decided to go with Rosario because the jockey won last year's Kentucky Derby aboard Orb.

Asmussen and his former top...

April 9, 2014 - 7:24pm
1 week 3 days ago

TORONTO (AP) — Major League Baseball's new rule on home plate collisions is causing some confusion.

Houston Astros manager Bo Porter had a telephone conversation Wednesday with Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, currently a special assistant to baseball commissioner Bud Selig. Porter said La Russa told him the league intends to clarify its rule on blocking the plate, and how such calls are challenged and reviewed.

MLB spokesman Michael Teevan said...

April 9, 2014 - 7:20pm
1 week 3 days ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Phil Hughes picked the Minnesota Twins for the change of scenery. The new home ballpark alone won't reverse the results of last season.

Hughes gave up four runs off four hits and two walks in the first inning of Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Oakland Athletics. He needed 40 pitches to get the first out of his poor opening inning at Target Field, damage that a tying rally by the Twins in the ninth couldn't overcome.

Jared Burton (0-1)...

April 9, 2014 - 7:18pm
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Call for the Clock caught the pacesetting Indy Tune to win the $59,000 allowance feature for New York breds on Wednesday at Aqueduct.

The late kick carried the 4-year-old trained by Mark Hennig and ridden by Rajiv Maragh to his third win in 10 starts. Call for the Clock prevailed by 2½ lengths, paying $5.60, $3 and $2.60 as the 9-5 favorite.

The time was 1:37.23 for the mile on the fast track.

Indy Tune returned $...

April 9, 2014 - 7:12pm
1 week 3 days ago

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — With friends and family members in tow, Ryan Moore made memories at the Masters on Wednesday.

Moore shot a 6-under 21 to win the Par 3 tournament at Augusta National, calling it a "perfect practice day."

No one should consider it the perfect prelude to golf's first major, though.

Since the Par 3 contest began in 1960, no winner has gone on to don the green jacket later in the week. Raymond Floyd (1990) and...

April 9, 2014 - 7:10pm
1 week 3 days ago

BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz hit a three-run homer high over the Pesky Pole in the eighth inning, helping the Boston Red Sox rally for a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

Ortiz's second homer was heading down the right-field line before it curled around the pole just 302 feet from home plate. Ortiz remained in the batter's box until first-base umpire Jerry Meals signaled a home run.

Rangers manager Ron Washington came out after Ortiz...

April 9, 2014 - 7:07pm
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