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April 19, 2015 - 2:26pm
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April 19, 2015 - 2:12pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have promoted right-hander reliever Gonzalez Germen from Triple-A Iowa and optioned outfielder Matt Szczur to Iowa on Sunday.

Germen was 2-0 in four scoreless appearances with Iowa this season. The 27-year-old right-hander was claimed off waivers from Texas in January. He will be available to pitch in Sunday's game against the Padres.

He pitched two seasons with the New York Mets. In 54 relief appearances, he was 1-2...

April 19, 2015 - 2:10pm
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The International Tennis Federation is considering playing future Davis Cup finals at a neutral venue.

ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti told The Associated Press on Sunday that the idea is among several proposed changes to the competition, along with fifth-set tiebreakers to prevent marathon matches.

Ricci Bitti characterized the ideas as "small changes within these big basic principles that you want to defend."...

April 19, 2015 - 1:55pm
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TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays infielder Devon Travis left Sunday's game against Atlanta in the first inning after being hit in the left ribs by a pitch, then aggravating the injury when he went back to first base on a pickoff attempt.

The Blue Jays said Travis suffered a left rib contusion.

The rookie second baseman, who's batted leadoff the past three games in place of injured shortstop Jose Reyes, came in batting a team-high .356.


April 19, 2015 - 1:47pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — Blackhawks forward Antoine Vermette is in the lineup for Game 3 of their first-round series against the Nashville Predators.

Chicago acquired Vermette in a trade with Arizona on Feb. 28, but he was a healthy scratch for the first two games of the playoffs in Nashville. He had no goals and three assists in 19 games with the Blackhawks during the regular season.

Coach Joel Quenneville praised Vermette for his hard work and says "he did...

April 19, 2015 - 1:36pm
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cleveland right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco is having his next start pushed back to Tuesday.

Carrasco left his previous start April 14 after being hit in the jaw by a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera. He was set to rejoin the rotation Monday in Chicago.

"It doesn't really do anything other than give him another day," manager Terry Francona said before Sunday's game in Minnesota.

Francona said that...

April 19, 2015 - 1:18pm
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Usain Bolt won a 100-meter exhibition race Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, running a slow time of 10.12 seconds.

The six-time Olympic gold medalist said he'd hoped to run under 10 seconds.

The exhibition was staged on a track set up at a horse racing venue in central Rio.

Bolt holds the world record of 9.58 and hopes to add three more Olympic golds next year at the Rio Olympics.

April 19, 2015 - 1:05pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals centerfielder Denard Span has been activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The return comes earlier than expected for Span, who had surgery to repair a core muscle in early March after a previous procedure to fix a sports hernia injury last December.

"To be honest with you, I didn't think it would be this soon," Span said. "It's been a tough road. A tough...

April 19, 2015 - 12:52pm
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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Veteran goalie Craig Anderson will start over Andrew Hammond for the Ottawa Senators in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference playoff series against Montreal on Sunday.

Coach Dave Cameron called it a "coach's decision" to put in Anderson as the series switches to Ottawa after a pair of losses with Hammond in goal in Montreal.

Cameron also expects to insert veteran forward Chris Neil into the third line in place of Alex Chiasson....

April 19, 2015 - 12:49pm
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KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Ilya Kovalchuk led SKA St. Petersburg to its first Kontinental Hockey League title on Sunday as the team clinched a 4-1 series victory over Ak Bars Kazan.

Kovalchuk scored two goals as SKA beat Ak Bars 6-1 on the road in Game 5 to secure the Gagarin Cup.

Despite consistently having one of the highest-paid KHL rosters in recent years, SKA had never reached the finals before.

The season has been tough for the...

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