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  • 2 charged in Montrose County motorcycle death

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    MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) — Two men face charges in the death of a motorcyclist who ran into a rope and chain the men had allegedly stretched across a southwestern Colorado highway to retrieve an elk carcass, authorities said Friday. Trever Rawson, 34, of Fountain died Oct. 12 when he struck the chest-high line across Colorado 92 in Montrose County, the Colorado State Patrol said in a news release. An indictment was returned April 10. The reason for the delay in bringing charges was not clear, and authorities declined to discuss the case Friday. The charges allege Mark Valdez, 47, of Delta and Kevin Keener, 43, of Anton had attached the line to a pickup on one side of the road and to the elk on the other and were dragging

  • Mets held to 1 hit by Harang, Braves in 6-0 loss

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    NEW YORK (AP) — By the time David Wright got a pitch to hit, it was far too late for the New York Mets. Aaron Harang threw no-hit ball for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches, and reliever Luis Avilan gave up Wright's two-out single in the eighth as the Atlanta Braves beat the Mets 6-0 Friday night. "One thing about Harang, he doesn't miss on the plate. He may walk four or five, but all the pitches are off the plate," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He doesn't give in. He knows who he can and can't get out. He'll pitch around guys to get to guys that he knows he can get out. It's why he'll walk guys," he said. The Mets had their three-game winning streak stopped.

  • The Dallas Morning News Rick Gosselin column

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    Football has always been a game of blocking and tackling. But the updated NFL version features the three Ps: pass, protect and pressure. The quest of every NFL team is to find a franchise quarterback. When you find one, you must protect him because he’ll be wearing a bull’s eye. Defenses know they must pressure him. Pound him. Sack him. The more you hit a quarterback, the less of a factor he becomes. The league has crafted that formula. Check out the last seven drafts — in particular, the top five picks of every draft since 2007. Of those 35 premium selections, there have been eight quarterbacks, nine offensive tackles and nine defensive linemen. Quarterbacks have their own draft board. But you need to

  • House Finance advances gas line bill

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    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The House Finance Committee on Friday advanced a bill setting the state's participation in a major liquefied natural gas project, with members expressing a mix of both optimism and skepticism about whether the process would yield a long hoped-for gas line. Co-chair Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, said he saw a lot of will and desire to get a project done but noted the process is still in its early stages. Rep. David Guttenberg, D-Fairbanks, said he wants a project to be successful because of the positive impact that could have on state revenue. But he said he worried about another "false start." SB138, from Gov. Sean Parnell, would set at about 25 percent state participation in the project also being pursued

  • Rangers top White Sox 12-0 in Perez's 1st shutout

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    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Martin Perez turned toward first base, waiting for the call he hoped was coming. When the umpire's arm went up signaling a strikeout on Dayan Viciedo's check-swing with a full count, the young Texas Rangers left-hander pumped his fist and waited for a hug from catcher Robinson Chirinos. Perez pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Leonys Martin drove in four runs and the Rangers routed the Chicago White Sox 12-0 Friday night. "I just say, 'Give me the strike,' because I don't want the walk and then maybe they take me out," Perez said of his 109th pitch. "So give me that strike." Perez has thrown 17 straight scoreless innings after he went eight in a 1-0 win over Houston.

  • Pujols hits 497th homer, Angels beat Tigers 11-6

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    DETROIT (AP) — Albert Pujols is quietly closing in on 500 home runs. Pujols hit No. 497 on Friday night, part of an offensive onslaught by the Los Angeles Angels in their 11-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Howie Kendrick added two homers of his own, and 10 of Los Angeles' 13 hits went for extra bases. Afterward, Pujols demurred when asked about the milestone he's approaching. "I don't want to talk about that. Thank you," Pujols said. The slugging first baseman was willing to discuss another powerful performance by the Angels, who entered the day with a major league-leading 24 homers and hit three more against the Tigers. Los Angeles is without outfielder Josh Hamilton, who had surgery last week on his injured

  • AL Capsules

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    DETROIT (AP) — Albert Pujols hit his 497th home run and Howie Kendrick added two of his own to lead the Los Angeles Angels to an 11-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. The Angels chased Detroit starter Drew Smyly (1-1) after three innings and then added seven runs off reliever Luke Putkonen. Los Angeles finished with 13 hits, 10 for extra bases. Kendrick hit two-run homers in the third and fourth, and Pujols lined a three-run shot to left field in the sixth to make it 11-1. Jered Weaver (1-2) allowed a run and three hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out three. The Angels have won 10 straight against the Tigers, the longest active streak in the majors by one team over another.

  • Vargas shuts down Twins, leads Royals to 5-0 win

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jason Vargas began tinkering sometime between the second and third inning, after his pitch count had risen perilously high yet he'd managed to wiggle out of three straight jams. Whatever he did seemed to work. The left-hander wound up pitching seven shutdown innings, Mike Moustakas cracked a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals romped to a 5-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Vargas (2-0), who signed a $32 million, four-year deal in the offseason, allowed seven hits while striking out four in another dazzling start. The crafty left-hander lowered his ERA to 1.24 while going at least seven innings in each of his four outings this season. "I don't know, man.

  • Minnesota State players practice for Hoffner

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    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Coach Todd Hoffner is back on the field at Minnesota State, Mankato after football players ended their brief boycott of spring practice. Hoffner joined his team Friday. The Free Press of Mankato reports he watched the team work out, but didn't run the drills. Hoffner was arrested in 2012 after images of his naked children were found on his university-issued cellphone. A judge tossed the charges, saying the video merely showed his children playing after a bath. But the school fired Hoffner. He was reinstated Wednesday after being cleared by an arbitrator, though players refused to practice to show support for interim coach Aaron Keen. After meeting with coaches Thursday, players said they'd

  • Orioles cruise to 8-4 win over Red Sox

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    BOSTON (AP) — Jonathan Schoop went 4 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs, and the Baltimore Orioles pounded Red Sox starter John Lackey in an 8-4 victory over Boston on Friday night. Every Orioles starter had at least one hit except for Chris Davis. The Orioles collected 10 of those hits off Lackey (2-2), who surrendered six earned runs over 5 1-3 innings. It was the second straight start in which Lackey gave up six runs and failed to make it out of the sixth inning. The first four-hit game of Schoop's career extended his hitting streak to seven games. Orioles starter Chris Tillman (2-1) labored through five innings, throwing 122 pitches and giving up three earned runs on seven hits and four walks. He struck out five.

  • Grizzlies PG Nick Calathes suspended for 20 games

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    Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes has been suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy. The league said Friday night in a release that Calathes tested positive for tamoxifen. The suspension begins Saturday night when the Grizzlies take on Oklahoma City in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Yahoo Sports was the first to report the suspension. Calathes, a 25-year-old rookie reserve, averaged 4.9 points and 2.9 assists in 71 games this season.

  • Datsyuk's late goal lifts Detroit over Boston 1-0

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    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins worked all season to get home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. It vanished with a flick of Pavel Datsyuk's wrist. Just like that, on Datsyuk's goal with 3:01 left, the Detroit Red Wings got the upper hand with a 1-0 win in the opener of the best-of-seven playoff series Friday night. "We know we're good enough," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said, "but it's one thing to know you're good enough and another thing to show it." The Bruins won the Presidents' Trophy for the best record in the regular season — although they were 1-3 against the Red Wings — but were locked in a tight game in which neither team had many solid scoring opportunities. The eighth-seeded Red Wings made t

  • Cabrera gets 4 hits, Blue Jays edge Indians 3-2

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    CLEVELAND (AP) — Sergio Santos wasn't as wild. He was just as worrisome. Santos retired Michael Brantley on a hard grounder with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to close out Toronto's 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night. Melky Cabrera had four hits and scored Toronto's go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Edwin Encarnacion's single before the Blue Jays withstood a shaky ninth by Santos, who bounced back from an awful outing in Minnesota on Thursday. "It got a little hairy there," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "But the bottom line is he got it done.

  • Brewers' Lohse beats Pirates again, 5-3

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    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Though it wasn't a clean effort, it was a win for the Milwaukee Brewers, and they'll take it. Kyle Lohse pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Carlos Gomez homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Friday night. Lohse (3-1) improved to 11-2 in his career against the Pirates, allowing one earned run in a win against them for the second time in six days. "It wasn't pretty, but they all count the same," said Lohse, who was charged with three runs — two unearned — and four hits with three walks with five strikeouts. "Sometimes, you get a win that's ugly, sometimes you've got to catch some breaks and sometimes you've got to grind it out in key situations and find a way t

  • Mets trade 1B Ike Davis to Pirates

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets traded slumping first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night, parting ways with a power hitter who proved to be too inconsistent at the plate. Pittsburgh sent minor league right-hander Zack Thornton and a player to be named to New York for the 27-year-old Davis. The Mets announced the deal just minutes before a 6-0 loss to Atlanta. Davis was on the field during batting practice earlier in the day. The Pirates had searched all winter for a first baseman, without success in the trade and free-agent markets. "Ultimately, we found the right fit," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "Hopefully this is a move that solves our first base needs for ye

  • Harang pulled with no-hitter, Braves beat Mets 6-0

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Harang knew the score, he'd done this before: No hits, too many tosses. Harang didn't allow a hit for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches, and reliever Luis Avilan gave up David Wright's two-out single in the eighth as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 6-0 Friday night. "It wasn't that tough of a decision, really," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. As Harang's pitch count increased on a chilly evening, it seemed doubtful he would go the distance. Harang walked six, including two in the sixth inning and another pair in the seventh. "I know how it works," he said. Sure does.

  • Mixed feelings for Garcia Marquez in hometown

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    ARACATACA, Colombia (AP) — Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in the Nobel laureate's twisting and impassioned novels. Colombia inspired and dismayed Garcia Marquez in equal measure, and the feeling was often mutual. Nowhere is that ambiguity more evident than in this sweltering hamlet that was the inspiration for the fictitious Macondo in "One Hundred Years of Solitude." Since the author died Thursday at the age of 87, residents and holidaymakers have been flocking to the zinc-roofed home where he was born and raised by his maternal grandparents until the age of 8, paying their final, tear-filled respects to a man who was a symbol of pride for a country long torn by violen

  • Canadiens top Lightning again for 2-0 series lead

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    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens are gaining confidence with every playoff victory. "We are playing as a unit right now. Everyone is supporting each other and buying in to what the coaching staff is teaching us," goaltender Carey Price said Friday night after a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning gave the Canadiens a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. "We are living in the moment." Rene Bourque scored twice, and David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher had the other goals for Montreal. Price stopped 26 shots, redeeming himself following a less than stellar performance during a 5-4 overtime win in Game 1. Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Sunday in Montreal.

  • AP Photos: Latam Catholics pay tribute to Christ

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    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Roman Catholics throughout Latin America and the Caribbean are paying tribute to Jesus Christ in Holy Week traditions that go back centuries and range from religious processions to self-flagellation. From Brazil to Haiti, the faithful staged processions that recreate the final days of Christ on Earth and held other religious events. Residents of Antigua, Guatemala turned their town into a biblical Jerusalem complete with Roman soldiers on horseback and trumpets marking the coming of Christ. Residents prepared for months for their Holy Week celebrations, which include dozens of processions.

  • Molina's error helps Nationals beat Cardinals 3-1

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington's Ian Desmond took a substantial lead off third base in the seventh inning of a tie game, wondering whether St. Louis pitcher Michael Wacha might leave a changeup in the dirt. "I was just kind of anticipating," Desmond explained later. Sure enough, Wacha threw a wild pitch that bounced away from catcher Yadier Molina, who compounded the problem with a throwing error as Desmond charged home, leading to a second unearned run on the play. That was enough to propel Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals to a 3-1 victory Friday night, ending their eight-game losing streak against the Cardinals. "I saw it bounce off a little bit. I said, 'We've got to take a chance here,'" Desmond said. "And fortunately