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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Friday, April 18, 2014

Updated at 5 p.m. EDT. (2100 UTC)

This budget is now available on MCT Direct at http://www.mctdirect.com, with direct links to stories and art. See details at the end of the budget.

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 18, 2014 at 3:58 pm •  Published: April 18, 2014
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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Friday, April 18, 2014

Updated at 5 p.m. EDT. (2100 UTC)

This budget is now available on MCT Direct at http://www.mctdirect.com, with direct links to stories and art. See details at the end of the budget.

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^TOP STORIES<

^Big sale for the Bucks, so what's next<

^BKN-BUCKS-SPORTSPLUS:MW_

The ownership change creates plenty of uncertainty for the Bucks' management team led by general manager John Hammond and the players and coaching staff. Hammond and coach Larry Drew both have two years remaining on their contracts, and the Bucks are coming off the worst season in franchise history _ a 15-67 effort that has earned the team the best chance in next month's NBA draft lottery of landing the No. 1 pick.

"It's life; it's a business," Kohl said. "They understand. Whether we have new management, I would have the same choices to make (if he had remained team owner)."

1100 by Charles F. Gardner in Milwaukee. MOVED

PHOTOS

^Mac Engel: Texas runners have unfinished business in Boston Marathon<

ATH-ENGEL-COLUMN:FT _ The letter arrived a few months ago from the Boston Athletic Association. The certification was Jennifer McAllister's projected finish time in the 2013 Boston Marathon. It read: 4:09:36. The first bomb exploded at 4:09.43.

A veteran of 13 marathons, McAllister figures what kept her from crossing the finish line at the same time the first bomb went off was taking a photo with the Hoyts _ the famous father/son combination who are regulars at endurance events.

"I replayed that scene over and over and over in my head _ what if we hadn't stopped?" said McAllister, who lives in Fort Worth with her husband.

McAllister never did cross the finish line of her first Boston Marathon. She officially completed 26.1 miles.

700 by Mac Engel in Fort Worth, Texas. MOVED

ILLUSTRATION

^NHL<

^Friday's games<

MCT expects coverage of the following hockey playoff games:

Detroit at Boston, 7:30 p.m. EDT

Dallas at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

^NBA<

^Friday's games<

MCT expects coverage of the following basketball games:

No games scheduled; NBA playoffs begin on Saturday

^BASEBALL<

^Friday's games<

MCT expects coverage of the following baseball games:

Toronto at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. EDT.

L.A. Angels at Detroit, 7:08 p.m.

Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Seattle at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m.

Houston at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

St. Louis at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Seattle at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

San Francisco at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

^T.J. Simers: Dodgers get testy about Yasiel Puig's Cuban past<

BBN-SIMERS-COLUMN:OC _ My sources in the Mexican drug cartel have seemed to dry up, and while I saw Cuba from a cruise ship a few years back, I couldn't get it to stop.

I never got the chance to meet the helmsman from the boat that got Yasiel Puig out of Cuba before he was murdered, or the guy that is sitting in a Cuban jail because Puig allegedly turned snitch on him for trying to arrange Puig's defection.

So it's tough to really say what Puig has endured, or whether he's a good guy or doomed to trouble.

I'm hoping the Clippers meet the Heat in the NBA Finals so I can spend time in Miami looking for the small-time Miami crook who is now owed 20 percent of Puig's lifetime earnings for helping get him smuggled out of Cuba.

But in the meantime I don't speak Spanish, and so what if I did?

1050 by T.J. Simers in San Francisco. MOVED

PHOTOS

^COLLEGE BASKETBALL<

^Mike Strange: After Martin's surprise exit, Tennessee basketball faces crucial hire<

BKC-STRANGE-COLUMN:KX _Cuonzo Martin was not Bruce Pearl.

Now the joke is on Tennessee.

Ridiculous petition.

Good for Cuonzo.

I'm sure you've run across all of the above if you've been reading the national reaction to Cuonzo Martin's Tuesday flight to California.

Yep, both Tennessee and its fan base are taking a flogging in the media again. This time the forum is basketball, not football.

I'm not saying the flogging is undeserved. It mostly is and it stings.

But the sting doesn't have to last. This divorce can still be a win-win for both parties.

600 by Mike Strange in Knoxville, Tenn. MOVED

^LITTLE LEAGUE<

^Little League coach drops suit against player, pays court costs<

BBO-LITTLELEAGUE-LAWSUIT:SA _ The former Granite Bay Little League coach who sued one of his 14-year-old players has dropped the suit, court records filed this week show.

Alan Beck, who claimed he was injured by a batting helmet flung by the celebrating player, also has agreed to reimburse the boy's family $1,528 in court costs, said Jim Donahue, an attorney who resented the player and his family.

200 by Ed Fletcher in Sacramento, Calif. (Moved as a national story) MOVED

^NFL<

^Donovan McNabb spends night in jail for DUI arrest<

^FBN-MCNABB-ARREST:PD_

McNabb was released from one of the county's detention facilities Thursday after serving a one-day sentence for a misdemeanor DUI arrest last December.

"I have had other high profile athletes who have been incarcerated with no problems," Arpaio said in a statement. "And this latest athlete follows that same pattern."

300 by Tom Mahon. MOVED

PHOTO

^SPORTS AND MEDIA<

^Baseball's new instant replay challenged from multiple sides<

^TV-MEDIA-SPORTS:OC_

I get all that. But everyone needs to stop focusing on the little picture displaying the replay and think about the big one. Because no matter how shaky things seem right now no matter how many kinks need to be worked out having replay in MLB is a positive development for the sport.

Yes, I know, the system seems kind of broken right now. How could the Yankees' Francisco Cervelli have been ruled safe on a bang-bang play at first base Sunday while the Angels' Howie Kendrick was called out the next night?

1250 by Michael Lev. MOVED

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^Sampling of columns of note from the past week<

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