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  • Janssen's return to Jays unclear; Reyes due soon

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The rehabilitation assignment for Toronto Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen has been halted because of lingering tightness in his lower back. Janssen has been on the disabled list since the start of the season. He pitched for Class A Dunedin Tuesday, but according to manager John Gibbons he didn't feel better afterward and was told to take a few days off from throwing. Gibbons said before Thursday's doubleheader at Minnesota he didn't believe the right-hander had a setback. But the manager said Janssen has continued to experience discomfort. Sergio Santos has handled the ninth-inning role in Janssen's absence. Shortstop Jose Reyes is expected to rejoin the Blue Jays on Saturday at Cleveland.

  • Tuning in: Friday, April 18

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    FRIDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7:30 p.m., Oklahoma City at Colorado, KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m., Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, WGN (Cox 2) 6 p.m., St. Louis at Washington, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m., Chi. White Sox at Texas, Cox 3/KTOK-AM 1000 NHL 6 p.m., Montreal at Tampa Bay, CNBC (Cox 41) 6:30 p.m., Detroit at Boston, NBCSN (Cox 251) 9 p.m., Dallas at Anaheim, FSOK (Cox 37)/NBCSN (Cox 251) AHL 7 p.m., Iowa at Oklahoma City, KXXY-FM 96.1 COLLEGE BASEBALL 6 p.m., West Virginia at Oklahoma, FCS (Cox 271)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 6 p.m., TCU at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 7 p.m., Kansas at Oklahoma State, KSPI-FM 93.7 COLLEGE

  • Jeff Brohm winding down 1st spring as WKU coach

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Western Kentucky's third straight spring with a different coach has at least included some familiarity. Rookie Hilltoppers coach Jeff Brohm hopes that knowledge of the team's personnel and his offensive expertise as the coordinator last season under Bobby Petrino helps WKU follow up an 8-4 finish with its second bowl bid in three years. Brohm replaced Petrino in January after Petrino returned to Louisville for a second stint as head coach. He retains a pass-oriented strategy as well as senior quarterback Brandon Doughty, continuity necessary for WKU's move from the Sun Belt Conference to Conference USA.

  • Bucks pack up, await future with new owners

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    ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) — One by one, the Milwaukee Bucks met with their coach one last time before packing up their belongings. With new ownership on the horizon, it is uncertain just how many of these guys will be back after a dreary 67-loss season. More change could be coming to Milwaukee. "There (are) definitely pieces here that we can build around, young talent," guard Brandon Knight said Wednesday at the team training facility just outside the city. "But like I said, the decisions that are made are out of our hands. We have little to no control over what is said in those rooms up here." Knight gestured toward the bank of windows overlooking the practice court, where coach Larry Drew and general manager John

  • Seattle 1B Choi banned 50 games for positive test

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Seattle Mariners first baseman Ji-Man Choi has been suspended for 50 games following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance. The urine sample was collected from Choi before March 28, when Major League Baseball and the players' union increased the penalty for a first testing violation for PEDs to 80 games. MLB said Thursday that Choi tested positive for methandienone, a controlled substance popular with bodybuilders. The 22-year-old Choi was hitting .394 at Triple-A Tacoma with one homer and five RBIs. Choi became the third player suspended this year under the big league program following Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and Rays pitcher Alex Colome.

  • Blazers survive adversity to surge into playoffs

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After starting off as one of the hottest teams in the NBA, the Portland Trail Blazers wilted a bit after the All-Star break. The low point came on March 25 when the Blazers fell 95-85 at Orlando. The loss capped a 4-9 stretch for Portland. But since then, the Blazers have won nine of their final 10 games and wrapped up the regular season with a five-game winning streak. It's that rebound that gives coach Terry Stotts confidence for the playoffs. "In this league, you're going to have rough patches," he said. "It's how you get through them. I was proud of the way we've fought through rough times ... I thought that it showed our mettle and you need that going into the playoffs.

  • Cavaliers enter an interesting offseason

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Kyrie Irving was already wearing his jacket and a Louis Vuitton backpack as he conducted his final postgame interview. He seemed in a rush, which was understandable. He wasn't going to the playoffs. Once Irving finished answering questions, Cleveland's All-Star point guard quickly left the locker room. His third NBA season — one filled with highs, lows and ultimately disappointment — was finally over. The postseason remained out of reach for Irving and the Cavs, who had a turbulent six months together. Their offseason could be as choppy.

  • Hannover wins 3-2 at Frankfurt in Bundesliga

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Hannover boosted its chances of avoiding Bundesliga relegation by holding on for a 3-2 win at Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday. "It's not done, but it's a huge step," Hannover general manager Dirk Dufner said. Poor defending allowed the visitors to score in the second minute, when Leon Andreasen's header from Christian Pander's cross sent the ball inside the far post. Martin Lanig equalized from close range 11 minutes later, but Lars Stindl restored Hannover's lead in the 20th, when Pander again provided the cross. Didier Ya Konan made it 3-1 nine minutes later after some good play from Andreasen. Andreasen hit the post and Szabolcs Huszti struck the crossbar early in the second half as Hannov

  • Wood's tosses CG but Braves lose 1-0 to Phillies

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After his first career complete game, Alex Wood was upset with his performance at the plate. Ben Revere's RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday afternoon. A.J. Burnett tossed three-hit ball over seven innings to outpitch Wood (2-2). Atlanta's Julio Teheran beat Cliff Lee 1-0 less than 24 hours earlier. Wood became the 10th Braves starter in the first 15 games this year to allow one run or none. The lefty gave up eight hits and fanned seven, going the distance for the first time in 15 career starts. But Wood failed to execute a sacrifice bunt with a runner on second and no outs in the eighth.

  • Bulls ready to start playoff push against Wizards

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    CHICAGO (AP) — Lose a franchise player, trade away another star. Snag home-court advantage for at least one round in the playoffs? It's not the way the Chicago Bulls mapped it out at the start of the season. But here they are, holding the fourth seed and hosting John Wall and the Washington Wizards in Game 1 of their first-round series Sunday after going 48-34. They lead the Eastern Conference with 36 wins since Jan. 1 even though they don't have a player averaging 15 points, and they came together right when they looked as though they might be ripe for a meltdown. That's not bad considering Derrick Rose's derailed comeback and the trade of Luol Deng to Cleveland. But it wasn't quite the leap that the Bulls envisioned

  • Revere's RBI single lifts Phillies over Braves 1-0

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A.J. Burnett's injury helped him improve his pitching. Burnett tossed three-hit ball over seven innings, Ben Revere hit an RBI single with two outs in the eighth and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 Thursday afternoon. In his first start since learning he'll need surgery for an inguinal hernia, Burnett struck out five to outpitch Alex Wood (2-2). Atlanta's Julio Teheran beat Cliff Lee 1-0 less than 24 hours earlier. "It's going to be a blessing in disguise," Burnett said of the injury. "It helped me stay within myself, be simple, nice and easy." Burnett received a cortisone injection on Monday and the right-hander plans to wait until the offseason to have an operati

  • Bill Hancock: Induction worthy into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Bill Hancock is in Oklahoma City on Thursday. The executive director of the new College Football Playoff will speak at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame’s quarterly leadership luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Wilkinson Events Center, 4040 N.

  • Pistons face another uncertain offseason

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — There will be more changes for the Detroit Pistons this offseason. The Pistons went 29-53 and missed the playoffs for a fifth straight year. Coach Maurice Cheeks was fired in February, and team president Joe Dumars stepped down this week. That leaves owner Tom Gores in charge of a significant overhaul, three years after he took over the team. The Pistons made one last bid to turn their fortunes around under Dumars last offseason, when they hired Cheeks as coach, signed Josh Smith and traded for Brandon Jennings. That trio of moves raised expectations, and the team did not come close to meeting them.

  • Wizards' fast-moving John Wall makes playoff debut

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    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.

  • Miguel Angel Jimenez set for Champions Tour debut

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    DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Miguel Angel Jimenez's starring role in the best Masters ever for players 50 and over was the perfect lead-in for his Champions Tour debut. Jimenez finished fourth in the Masters and Bernhard Langer tied for eighth Sunday. STATS LLC confirmed it marked the first time two players 50 or over finished in the top eight. Jimenez had the best Masters finish for a player 50 or over since Sam Snead, also 50, was third in 1963. Fred Couples, 54, finished tied for 20th after being in contention early in the final round. Couples said "I honestly don't think it's shocking" to see the older golfers thrive in Augusta.

  • Brewers put Overbay on paternity leave list

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    PITTSBURGH (AP) — First baseman Lyle Overbay has been placed on the paternity leave list by the Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee recalled infielder-outfielder Elian Herrera from Triple-A Nashville before Thursday's game against Pittsburgh. Overbay can spent up to three consecutive days on the list under major league rules. He is hitting .100 with three RBIs in 10 games. Herrera hit .250 with two RBIs and two stolen bases in 12 games for Nashville. The Brewers claimed him off waivers Nov. 4 from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • Magic officials enter offseason with confidence

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    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Magic trudged through another tough season that in many ways mirrored their first under general manager Rob Hennigan and coach Jacque Vaughn. But Hennigan says that despite the team's 23-59 record, he saw overall improvement for a team that could be heading into the most pivotal offseason of its current rebuilding process. Orlando enters the summer with a pair of lottery picks in June's draft, and lots of flexibility to add some roster pieces around rookie guard Victor Oladipo and big man Nik Vucevic if it wants to use it. There are some questions, though. The biggest might be what they will do with veteran point guard Jameer Nelson. A 10-year veteran, Nelson is the team's longest-tenure

  • 3 more file to play in US Senior open in Edmond

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    EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Three top golfers have filed to join the field for the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship to be played at Oak Tree National in Edmond. The U.S. Golf Association said Thursday that Fred Couples, Vijay Singh and Bernhard Langer have filed to play in the tournament scheduled for July 7-13. Others who have filed to play include previous U.S. Open Champions Scott Simpson and Hale Irwin and past U.S. Senior Open champions Irwin; Kenny Perry; Roger Chapman; Fred Funk; Peter Jacobsen; Brad Bryant; and Graham Marsh. Others who have committed to the tournament include Colin Montgomerie, Rocco Mediate, Loren Roberts, Jeff Sluman and Tom Lehman.

  • 3-point threat Miller also Grizzlies' iron man

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies hoped Mike Miller would be healthy once they got to the postseason. Well, he's healthy all right. Memphis' oldest player also turned out to be the Grizzlies' lone iron man. After the veteran signed as a free agent last summer when the Miami Heat let him go, Miller was the only player on the roster to appear in all 82 games as he helped the Grizzlies reach a franchise-record fourth straight postseason. Miller said if it's possible to take any positive from being injured a lot in recent years, it's that he put very little mileage on his body. "I basically played spot minutes in the regular season and played just heavy minutes in the playoffs," Miller said.

  • Preview capsules of the NBA 1st-round series

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    A look at the eight first-round series in the NBA playoffs: ___ EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 INDIANA PACERS (56-26) vs. No. 8 ATLANTA HAWKS (38-44) Season series: Tied, 2-2. Indiana posted a pair of victories two weeks apart in February, but the Hawks won the first and last meetings. The final one was perhaps the low point of the Pacers' season, when they were held to a franchise-low 23 points in the first half of a 107-88 home loss on April 6. Story line: The Pacers got the No. 1 seed they coveted and now must take advantage of it. The Hawks played just well enough to hold off New York for the No. 8 seed and will try to knock off a team that looked vulnerable late in the season. Key matchup I: Roy Hibbert