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  • Thursday's Sports In Brief

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BASEBALL MIAMI (AP) — The smugglers who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig, according to court documents. The documents are part of a federal lawsuit in Miami and describe a dangerous odyssey of shady characters, unpaid smuggling debts and threats of violence that have followed Puig since he left Cuba by boat in June 2012. The tale is based almost entirely on the account of the boxer, Yunior Despaigne, who says he is afraid he will be hurt by the smugglers or their associates if Puig hasn't paid them money he owes. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.

  • Clippers-Warriors series billed as must-see TV

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Forget the Showtime Lakers or the Sacramento Kings of past decades. There's a flashy brand of basketball being played by a new pair of rising California rivals. The alley-oops in Lob City, the deep 3-pointers by the Splash Brothers and the overall bitterness between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors should make for one of the most entertaining matchups in the first round of the NBA playoffs. "As far as a series, it's a 10," said former New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, who will have a front row seat on the ABC broadcasting team for Game 1 in Los Angeles on Saturday. Whether the high-octane style and 3-point prowess both teams possess can carry either to a championship — th

  • Wizards' fast-moving John Wall makes playoff debut

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall talks as fast as he plays. That makes him entertaining to be around, even when the ball gets thrown out of bounds, or when the sentences come out a bit funky. "It was a little different Brandon Knight without being there tonight," he rattled off after a recent game. In that same interview, he dished out a rapid-fire sentence that included something that sounded like "vengtrest" — accidentally coining a new word that merges "vengeance" and "interest" and would probably make a good CD title. "I think I'm just a fast talker," Wall said. "It's slowed down a little bit, but sometimes I still get back to those stages when I go real fast.

  • Stastny leads Avs to 5-4 OT win over Wild

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — Paul Stastny sweated out the trade deadline, wondering if his big, expiring contract and Colorado's desire to beef up its blue line might lead to his departure from Denver. Instead, he stuck around to help the Avalanche end a four-year playoff drought. That decision by executive vice president Joe Sakic to keep him in the Mile High City paid huge dividends Thursday night when Stastny sparked Colorado's 5-4 win in overtime against the Minnesota Wild in their Western Conference playoff series opener. "He's obviously a really good player," said Wild defenseman and fellow Olympian Ryan Suter. "He's a really good player. He's good in the faceoff circle, good on the power play. He's just the total package, he

  • Sharks beat Kings 6-3 in Game 1

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks spent seven games struggling to get the puck past Jonathan Quick in a playoff loss a year ago. Quick struggled to stop anything in the opener of the rematch. Tomas Hertl and Raffi Torres both scored in their first game together as teammates and the Sharks jumped on top of Quick and the rival Los Angeles Kings with a 6-3 victory in their playoff opener Thursday night. "We got fortunate with a couple of those goals," captain Joe Thornton said. "Just a weird night." Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored for the Sharks, who were stymied by Quick in losing a seven-game series to Los Angeles in the second round last year. Antti Niemi made 31 saves.

  • NHL Playoff Capsules

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night. Steen beat Corey Crawford off a pair of short passes from Steve Ott and David Backes to cap the longest overtime game in franchise history. Ryan Miller blanked the Blackhawks after Patrick Kane scored on a breakaway to put Chicago up 3-2 late in the first period and Jaden Schwartz tied it with 1:45 to go in regulation. Both teams face a short turnaround with Game 2 Saturday afternoon. The Blues' previous longest overtime game was a 4-3 loss at Detroit in 1984 that extended 3

  • Shields strikes out 12, Royals sweep Astros 5-1

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Bo Porter knows there will be some growing pains in managing the youngest team in the majors. Still, a mistake by Matt Dominguez in Houston's 5-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night really got to him. The Astros trailed 5-0 when Chris Carter drew a leadoff walk in the fifth. Carter advanced to third on a single by Dominguez, but Dominguez was out trying to stretch it into a double. Porter was clearly frustrated when asked if he wishes Dominguez would have been more cautious on the play, pausing 18 seconds before answering the question. "It's just not smart, obviously," Porter said. "And sorry for taking so long to answer the question.

  • Brewers' bullpen battered by Pirates

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers' bullpen had been nearly unhittable in the early part of the season. That sure changed Thursday night. Milwaukee relievers gave up nine runs over the seventh and eighth innings, including pinch-hitter Josh Harrison's go-ahead two-run homer as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Brewers their first road loss of the season, 11-2. Harrison's two-run drive down the left field line off Rob Wooten (0-1) was the second of his career as a pinch hitter. It stared Pittsburgh's outburst over the seventh and eighth innings that was capped by Pedro Alvarez's sixth home run of the year, which came off rookie left-hander Wei-Chung Wang.

  • Sale, White Sox outdueled in 3-1 loss to Red Sox

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale refused to hang his head after being outdueled by Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester. Lester (2-2) pitched eight sharp innings and David Ross hit a tie-breaking RBI double in Boston's two-run ninth, leading the Red Sox to a 3-1 victory over the White Sox on Thursday night. "He was spot-on tonight, he was filthy," said Sale, who gave up one run, one hit and struck out 10 over seven innings. "I don't think we got outhit, outpitched, we just got outlucked." Lester allowed one run and seven hits for his second straight win after opening the season with two losses. The left-hander struck out nine and walked none, winning a pitcher's duel with Sale. "It was good," Lester

  • AL Capsules

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Ian Kinsler homered and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers held on for a 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday. Justin Verlander (2-1) allowed three unearned runs in five innings, and the Tigers trailed 3-1 before Kinsler's three-run homer in the fifth off Danny Salazar (0-2). Detroit never gave up the lead after scoring four runs in the fifth, although Cleveland's Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 6-5. Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his second save. RANGERS 8, MARINERS 6 ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered again, doubling twice and scoring two runs as Texas won its third straight after losing the series opener. Kouzmanoff

  • BC-HKN--Wild-Avalanche,Overtime,Advisory, HKN

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    Editors: The Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche are tied 4-4 after regulation in Game 1 of their first-round NHL playoff series.

  • Lester leads Red Sox past White Sox 3-1

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — David Ross said a 5-year-old could have caught Jon Lester on Thursday night. That big hit in the ninth? Well, that was a nice swing by the veteran catcher. Lester pitched eight sharp innings and Ross had a tiebreaking RBI double, leading the Red Sox to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night. Lester (2-2) allowed one run and seven hits for his second straight win after opening the season with two losses. The left-hander struck out nine and walked none, winning an impressive pitchers' duel with White Sox ace Chris Sale. Lester retired his first 16 batters before Tyler Flowers singled in the sixth. Xander Bogaerts homered with two out in the sixth for Boston's only hit off Sale. "

  • BC-HKN--Blackhawks-Blues,Overtime,Advisory, HKN

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    Editors: The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues are tied 3-3 after the second overtime in Game 1 of their first-round NHL playoff series.

  • OKC RedHawks: Colorado Springs beats RedHawks in 11 innings

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Oklahoma City and Colorado Springs wrap up the four-game set with a 7:35 p.m. game Friday. Bobby Doran (0-0, 6.75) and David Martinez (2-1, 3.46) are the piggyback starters for the RedHawks. Pedro Hernandez (1-0, 10.00) is the schedule starter for Colorado Springs.

  • Analysts see Chiefs drafting wide receiver with first pick

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    It seems more and more draft analysts these days are predicting the Chiefs will take a receiver in the first round of the NFL Draft, and really, that makes a lot of sense to’s Daniel Jeremiah. Jeremiah — who spent several years as an NFL scout (including a stint under Chiefs coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia) before he got into the draft prediction game — said the combination of need (for the Chiefs) and the wealth of talent at the position makes the Chiefs-take-a-receiver prediction a fairly easy one for draftniks. “I’ve been around Andy Reid for a couple years in Philadelphia,” Jeremiah said on a conference call Thursday.

  • Alonso sets the pace in Chinese GP practice

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Ferrari's Fernando Alonso set the pace in the first practice session at the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday, indicating the struggling team could emerge as a challenger to dominant Mercedes in Sunday's race. Alonso set a best time of 1 minute, 39.783 seconds around the Shanghai International Circuit, nearly 0.4 seconds faster than Mercedes' Nico Rosberg in second. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was third, nearly a full second behind Alonso. Mercedes has won all three races to start the season, with Lewis Hamilton taking two and Rosberg one. Only a engine problem on Hamilton's car in the opening race in Australia has prevented three successive one-two finishes. Alonso, meanwhile, has managed no better than a

  • Twins use wild rally past Blue Jays for sweep

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With the Minnesota Twins well into a truly wild rally, Jason Kubel and Chris Colabello shared a joke as they waited for their turn to bat. "Man, we've been doing it all wrong for a while. We've been trying to hit the ball to score runs. We don't need to do that," Colabello said. Not on Thursday night they didn't. The Twins scored three straight runs on wild pitches by Toronto's Sergio Santos in the eighth inning, when they walked eight times off three Blue Jays relievers to finish a 9-5 victory and a sweep of the day-night doubleheader. Kyle Gibson threw eight scoreless innings as Minnesota won the opener 7-0. The Twins trailed 5-1 in the fifth inning of the second game after another lackluste

  • Wainwright throws 2-hitter, Cards beat Nats 8-0

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam Wainwright was as close to unhittable as he's ever been. "I had pretty much everything working. My sinker was sinking, my four-seamer was four-seaming, my curveball was curving," Wainwright said. "My cutter was back. That was a big pitch for me tonight, something that when I'm throwing that quality, good, hard cutter (and) not a sloppy slurvy slider thing, it keeps those lefties honest." The right-hander threw a two-hitter Thursday night for his seventh career shutout, chipped in at the plate with a double and single, and St. Louis benefited from four errors by Washington in an 8-0 victory. Wainwright (3-1) allowed Ian Desmond's infield single in the second inning and Adam LaRoche's single to ri

  • College softball: OSU beats Baylor, OU whips Texas

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Simone Freeman of Oklahoma State, Kelsey Stevens of Oklahoma have a good game in the circle.

  • Price outpitched by Sabathia in Rays' loss to NY

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — David Price was no match for CC Sabathia or the New York Yankees this time. Sabathia pitched seven innings for a rare win at Tropicana Field, leading the Yankees past Price and the Rays 10-2 Thursday night in a matchup of former AL Cy Young Award winners. Price (2-1) entered 6-1 in nine starts against Sabathia, but gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings in the opening game of a four-game series. Sean Rodriguez hit into a triple play in the second inning and had a solo homer for the Rays, who have lost four straight. The 4-0 deficit the Rays faced in the second inning was a big problem for a team that had scored only 14 runs in 10 games, but Price dismissed that as a factor in hi