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April 18, 2014 - 6:06pm
1 min 15 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Alfredo Simon lowered his ERA to 0.86, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Friday for their 16th win in their last 17 games at Wrigley Field.

Making his third start, Simon (2-1) allowed an unearned run in six-plus innings and sent the Cubs to their fifth straight loss. Simon is in the rotation while Mat Latos recovers from elbow and knee injuries.

Jonathan Broxton pitched a hitless ninth for his second save in two tries,...

April 18, 2014 - 5:55pm
1 min 16 sec ago

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami Hurricanes forward James Kelly plans to transfer to a school closer to his home in Michigan.

Coach Jim Larranaga said Friday that Kelly was granted his release by the Hurricanes. The 6-foot-7 Kelly is from Ann Arbor, Mich.

He averaged 6.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in 27 games as a junior last season.

April 18, 2014 - 5:53pm
1 min 16 sec ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A mood of euphoric exhaustion carried over to the next day after the St. Louis Blues won the longest game in franchise history and got the upper hand against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo says his legs are stiff and it felt as if the Blues played two games to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in triple overtime in Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series. But he had a smile on his face.

The game...

April 18, 2014 - 5:43pm
11 min 14 sec ago

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Oklahoma, Georgia and LSU advanced to the Super Six of the NCAA women's gymnastics championships.

Oklahoma, last year's runner-up, led the way in the first semifinal Friday with 197.50 and posted the top team scores on the balance beam and floor exercise. Taylor Spears had the high score on the beam with a 9.925.

Ten-time champion Georgia scored 197.30 and fellow Southeastern Conference member LSU finished with 197.10....

April 18, 2014 - 5:42pm
11 min 14 sec ago

ATLANTA (AP) — ATLANTA (AP) — If the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks were in any other sport, they might have a glimmer of hope for winning a championship.

The NBA?

No way.

More than the NFL, NHL or Major League Baseball, the cream of the regular season in the NBA always seems to rise to the top of the rim come playoff time.

In the last two decades, all but three titles have been claimed by teams that had at...

April 18, 2014 - 5:40pm
11 min 14 sec ago

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough is plotting the team's future after an unexpectedly successfully season, and he's confident that future includes Eric Bledsoe.

McDonough says the backcourt of Bledsoe and Goran Dragic is as good as any in the league.

Bledsoe is a restricted free agent and McDonough has repeatedly said the Suns will match any offer another team may make. He says the Suns would prefer to work out a deal before...

April 18, 2014 - 5:40pm
11 min 14 sec ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi will be activated from the disabled list on Monday after recovering from a fractured rib.

The 43-year-old recently was at Double-A Akron for a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment. Giambi said he's ready to play, but the Indians will wait until after the weekend, when they open a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals.

Giambi took batting practice before Friday's series opener...

April 18, 2014 - 5:38pm
11 min 14 sec ago

MIAMI (AP) — Right-hander Brandon Maurer will be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to start for the injury-plagued Seattle Mariners on Sunday at Miami.

Maurer began last season in the Mariners' rotation and went 5-8 with a 6.30 ERA in 22 games. He'll replace Blake Beaven, who went on disabled list this week with a sore right shoulder. Beavan had been filling in for James Paxton, who is also on the DL.

All-Star right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, who has been...

April 18, 2014 - 5:35pm
11 min 14 sec ago

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April 18, 2014 - 5:24pm
11 min 14 sec ago

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tomas Hertl made an impressive playoff debut for the San Jose Sharks with a goal and an assist against the same Los Angeles Kings team that almost ended his season.

With 52 seconds left in the first period Thursday night, Hertl scored his first career playoff goal, giving the Sharks a 2-0 lead en route to a 6-3 victory in Game 1 of their first-round series.

Hertl hadn't scored a goal since Dec. 12 against the Minnesota Wild,...

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