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Pujols goes yard twice to join 500 ...

Pujols goes yard twice to join 500 HR club

Albert Pujols has hit the 500th home run of his career, becoming the 26th player in major league history to reach that milestone.
Oscar Robertson: Melo should bolt K...

Oscar Robertson: Melo should bolt Knicks

If Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson were advising Carmelo Anthony, he'd tell him to leave the New York Knicks this summer.
Pineda ejected for foreign substanc...

Pineda ejected for foreign substance on neck

Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda admitted to using pine tar on the baseball during the second inning of Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, but said he did it not to cheat, rather to ensure he did not hit anyone with an errant pitch.
Tommy John stunned by surgery 'epid...

Tommy John stunned by surgery 'epidemic'

Former major league pitcher Tommy John says it's "unreal" that so many pitchers need elbow surgery 40 years after he was the first to undergo the procedure that now bears his name.
Sherman: 'Dollars' best way to show...

Sherman: 'Dollars' best way to show respect

Richard Sherman feels the best way the Seattle Seahawks could show him their appreciation is by showing him the money.
Pacers GM maintains 'Vogel's job is...

Pacers GM maintains 'Vogel's job is safe'

Frank Vogel's job as coach of the Indiana Pacers is "safe," according to general manager Kevin Pritchard.

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Kane leads Blackhawks past Blues, 4...

Kane leads Blackhawks past Blues, 4-3 in OT

CHICAGO (AP) Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.

Kane carried the puck down the left side as teammates Ben Smith and Brandon Saad rushed toward the net, and beat Ryan Miller with a well-placed wrist shot for his 32nd career postseason goal.

Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell also scored for defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago, which blew a 2-0 second-period lead. Jonathan Toews had two assists and Corey Crawford made 30 saves.

Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is Friday night in St. Louis.

Stars even with Ducks after 4-2 win...

Stars even with Ducks after 4-2 win in Game 4

DALLAS (AP) The young Dallas Stars keep overcoming early 2-0 deficits. With their latest comeback in Game 4, they are now even with the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks.

Down in the series after losing the first two games in Anaheim, the Stars trailed by two goals in the first period Wednesday night before captain Jaime Benn started the comeback with an unassisted goal off a faceoff. Cody Eakin and Alex Goligoski later scored on Dallas' first two shots in the third period for a 4-2 victory.

"We've done that a lot and it's not something we like to do. Whether it's the start of games or obviously the start of the series," Eakin said. "Our captain kind of ignited us. And we started skating and playing the way we wanted to."

While the Stars overcame a two-goal deficit to win a playoff game for the first time in 10 years, Anaheim heads home for Game 5 with uncertainty about captain Ryan Getzlaf and questions about who will be in net Friday night.

Eakin skated the length of the ice, got around a sliding defender, closed his eyes and shot just before his stick got ripped out of his hands. His go-ahead goal with 13:38 left came before Goligoski scored on the Stars' next shot only 1:22 later, making it 4-2 and prompting the Ducks to pull rookie goalie Frederik Andersen.

"When you get the one goal and people start going crazy, it makes it easier to get the next one and the next one and just keep battling," said Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 21 shots. "And we were lucky to get those goals. It's not easy to score four straight against that team."

Getzlaf was a surprise late scratch for Game 4 with an unspecified upper-body injury, and coach Bruce Boudreau would only say it was "a previous injury aggravated." What the coach refused to say was if it was related to the puck Getzlaf took the face in the series opener before playing Games 2 and 3 with a half-cage to protect the stitches just below his mouth.

Even without Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne, the 43-year-old franchise playoff leader who was a healthy scratch, the Ducks led 2-0 in the first period.

Bryan Allen scored on a shot from just inside the blue line, and Patrick Maroon knocked in the puck shot by Matthieu Perreault that hit Lehtonen's glove and fell over the goalie's shoulder behind him.

But only 27 seconds into the second period, Benn scored when he gathered the puck after a faceoff and quickly shot. About 6 minutes later, Vernon Fiddler managed to get the puck in a small gap between the post and Andersen to tie it at 2.

Just like Game 3, after which the Ducks insisted that the Stars went over their line with their over-aggressive approach, there were plenty of scrums Wednesday night.

With 2:10 left, Anaheim's Corey Perry and Antoine Roussel got in some big blows before being separated and given 5-minute majors for fighting. It was Roussel who punched Getzlaf in the previous game.

There were also five 10-minute misconduct penalties in that closing stretch, and referees had to separate several groups of players when the game ended.

"That's the type of stuff that's their pushback, it's our pushback," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "I really feel like we're in a playoff series now."

Andersen was pulled in favor of Jonas Hiller, the veteran who won 29 games during the Ducks' best regular season in franchise history before a late slump that left him on the bench. Hiller faced only one shot in his 10 1/2 minutes, and Boudreau said he would discuss the goalie situation with his assistants before deciding who starts Friday night.

"I felt a little bit off. It was a shock on the first one, and the second one snuck by me. I was expecting (Fiddler) to pass," Andersen said. "They came out of nowhere in the second. We weren't ready for their push."

NOTES: The series returns Sunday to the American Airlines Center for Game 6. ... Benn and Fiddler each had a goal and an assist. Benn has three goals and two assists in the series, and has scored in every game. ... Lehtonen was 0-4 in postseason games before the Stars won 3-0 Monday, and stopped 58 of 60 shots in the two home games.

Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st h...

Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st home playoff win

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit for their first home playoff victory in the franchise's 13 seasons, sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday night tied 2-2.

Craig Adams, Chris Kunitz, James Neal scored in a span of 5:01 of the first period to stake the Penguins to a 3-0 lead. But Ryan Johansen and Dubinsky each had a goal and an assist and Boone Jenner also scored for Columbus, making only its second postseason trip.

It was the fourth time in the series that the team that scored first - and also went on to hold a 3-1 lead - lost.

With the Penguins hanging on to a 3-2 lead in the third period, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made a big save on Matt Calvert's second shot in a flurry. Calvert later got behind Brooks Orpik on a breakaway and his forehand clanged off the crossbar, setting off a loud groan in the arena.

But Fleury was the culprit when he went behind the cage to handle Jack Johnson's pass around the boards in the final minute. He whiffed trying to handle the puck and was stuck out of position, allowing Johansen to slide a centering pass through the crease where Dubinsky netted it with 22.5 seconds left.

What followed was the loudest sound heard in the Blue Jackets' mostly dismal 13 seasons.

In the overtime, the Blue Jackets had the best of it - as they had for all but the start.

Foligno carried the puck through the neutral zone and was just across the blue line when he fired a low wrister that he tucked under Fleury's glove. As the players piled on top of Foligno, the crowd went crazy.

Fleury had been brilliant throughout the third period, finishing with 42 saves. His Columbus counterpart, Sergei Bobrovsky, also was spectacular at times with 22 saves.

The Penguins rolled to a quick 3-0 lead and ended up with a dreaded 3-1 lead after a period - and once again it vanished.

Just 11 seconds after Jussi Jokinen was called for hooking, the Penguins took advantage of a James Wisniewski turnover near the blue line with Brandon Sutter carrying the puck through the neutral zone on a 2-on-1 break with Adams. Sutter flipped a backhander to Adams, whose rising shot from the right circle beat Bobrovsky high on the stick side at the 6:09 mark.

Pittsburgh quieted a loud capacity crowd with two goals in the span of 33 seconds in the middle of the opening period.

While on the power play after Derek MacKenzie went off for roughing, Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby won a faceoff in the offensive zone and Niskanen's rocket from the right point was redirected by Kunitz.

Before the details of that goal could be announced, the Penguins won another faceoff in the offensive zone and Jokinen then beat the Blue Jackets' R.J. Umberger to a loose puck. He tapped the puck with his outstretched stick toward the right hash mark where Neal unloaded a hard one-timer past Bobrovsky.

It was the first goals of the series for Adams, Kunitz and Neal, who combined for 67 goals in the regular season.

The Blue Jackets played well to close out the period. Their kill unit held off the Penguins on just over a minute of 5 on 3 and killed off two more penalties.

Then at the 16:39 mark, former Penguin Mark Letestu's shot from the high slot was tipped in by Jenner, who had his back to Fleury as he muscled the puck past him.

Columbus dominated the second period, scoring the only goal and outshooting the Penguins 18-6.

A double-minor penalty on Lee Stempniak for high sticking eventually led to the Blue Jackets scoring again, this time with a two-man advantage. The Penguins killed the first 2 minutes of the 4-minute penalty, but picked up another minor penalty when Sutter was called for delay of game. From low on the right wing, Brandon Dubinsky slid a centering pass that Artem Anisimov was able to deflect toward the goal line, with Johansen jamming in the loose puck at the 14:20 mark.

On yet another power play with just 5 seconds left in the period, the Blue Jackets almost got the tying goal but the puck bounced over Cam Atkinson's stick when he had a wide open net.

From the time the Penguins built their 3-0 lead until the end of the second period, they were outshot 25-8.

Notes: The NHL announced earlier Wednesday that Game 5 will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Pittsburgh. ... Columbus was without rookie D Ryan Murray, who was wearing a boot after being hit with a puck in practice. Veteran Nick Schultz took his spot. ... Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said he was hopeful C Marcel Goc (ankle) may be able to play in the series. ... Likely NHL MVP Crosby has not scored a goal in his last nine playoff games and Evgeni Malkin hasn't found the net in his last eight.

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Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 10...

Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97

MIAMI (AP) LeBron James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points and the Miami Heat held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

Dwyane Wade scored 15 points, and had a steal in the final seconds to help seal the win for Miami. Mario Chalmers added 11 for the Heat.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 22 points for Charlotte, which got 18 points and 13 rebounds from Al Jefferson, who played through a left plantar fascia strain and shot 9 for 23 from the floor. Kemba Walker added 16 and Gerald Henderson scored 15 for the Bobcats.

Game 3 is Saturday night in Charlotte.

The Bobcats were down three with 10 seconds left, but never got a tying shot off. Wade stole the ball from Chris Douglas-Roberts with 3 seconds left, made a free throw and that was enough for the Heat - who wasted a big first-half lead, then saw another one in the fourth quarter get whittled down to nearly nothing.

It's hard to find any good news for Charlotte, between this two-game hole and the ongoing injury concerns revolving around their best player. Not only have the Bobcats lost 18 straight games to Miami, but the Heat have never dropped any of the previous 11 postseason series in which they've grabbed a 2-0 series lead.

James, between his time in Cleveland and Miami, is 11-0 in such situations. Wade has been part of nine previous 2-0 leads with the Heat, and six of those series ended in no more than five games.

Miami's lead was 91-77 midway through the fourth, and after blowing a big first-half lead it appeared as though the Heat finally had some breathing room.

A few minutes later, it looked a whole lot different.

Walker, Kidd-Gilchrist and Douglas-Roberts combined for all the damage in a 10-0 run, getting the Bobcats within 91-87. But Bosh hit a jumper to stop Miami's scoreless drought, the Heat followed that with a stop, and Bosh struck again on the ensuing possession with a drive that pushed the Heat's lead back to eight with 3:36 remaining.

With that, it was Charlotte's turn - five straight points, with Jefferson scoring with 1:42 left to make it 97-94. And Douglas-Roberts had a chance to tie it with 1:09 left, but his 3-pointer bounced off the rim.

After a free throw by James, Walker hit a 3 with 11.9 seconds left to get Charlotte within one. But James swished a pair of free throws moments later, Wade came up with the steal, and Miami escaped.

Miami led 57-47 at the half, and the Bobcats - who missed 17 of their first 22 shots - were fortunate not to be in bigger trouble.

Jefferson was obviously laboring in the early going and missed seven of his first eight shots, part of the reason why the Heat were able to run out to a 36-21 lead with 9:50 left in the half. Chalmers - whose availability was in doubt until about an hour before game time because of a bruised shin - scored 11 of those points, and the Heat seemed to be rolling.

Charlotte thought otherwise.

A 14-2 run got the Bobcats right back into it, with Jefferson getting consecutive baskets and Kidd-Gilchrist scoring seven points to help the Bobcats close the gap to 38-35. But James Jones, who came up big off the bench for Miami in Game 1, hit a 3-pointer to stop the run and the Heat's lead was quickly back to 16, before late 3's by Gary Neal and Walker got Charlotte within 10 again.

Things tightened more in the third. The Heat led by as much as 11 during the period, before Charlotte got within four twice. Miami led 79-72 entering the fourth.

NOTES: James has signed a deal with William Morris, which will represent him in entertainment-related projects. "It's been in the works," said James, who added that his management team was handling the deal so he could focus on the playoffs. ... Game 3 will be Charlotte's first playoff home game since April 26, 2010, against Orlando. No current Bobcats appeared in that game - but Heat F Rashard Lewis did, playing for Orlando.

Aldridge's 43 lifts Blazers over Ro...

Aldridge's 43 lifts Blazers over Rockets 112-105

HOUSTON (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge scored 43 points and Damian Lillard made six free throws down the stretch to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 112-105 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night and a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

James Harden knocked down a 3-pointer with about 30 seconds left to get the Rockets within three. Lillard made two free throws before Harden fouled out about 10 seconds later. Mo Williams and Lillard both made a pair of free throws after that to secure the win.

Aldridge became the first player with consecutive 40-point games in the playoffs since LeBron James did it in May of 2009 after scoring a career-high and franchise playoff-record 46 in an overtime win in Game 1.

Dwight Howard was unstoppable early and scored 25 points in the first half, but managed just seven in the second half.

Mavs roll past Spurs 113-92, even s...

Mavs roll past Spurs 113-92, even series at 1-1

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Monta Ellis scored 21 points and the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece.

Shawn Marion scored 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16, Devin Harris had 18 and Jose Calderon 12 for Dallas, which never trailed after the opening minutes of the second quarter.

Manu Ginobili had 27 points, Tony Parker added 12 and Tim Duncan 11 for the Spurs.

Dallas didn't relent in Game 2 after blowing a 10-point lead in the final eight minutes of the series opener. San Antonio's ineptness had as much to do with tying the series, however. The Spurs averaged 14.4 turnovers during the regular season, but had 15 with 3 minutes left in the first half. They finished with 22 turnovers, which resulted in 33 points for the Mavericks.

Dallas was extremely physical in the first half whenever Parker and Ginobili drove the lane, much to San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich's dismay when no fouls were called - not that it mattered when they were. San Antonio finished 18 for 29 on free throws.

The Mavericks attacked the basket with the same intensity, finishing with 44 points. San Antonio pulled within 61-56 with 8:38 remaining in the third quarter when Kawhi Leonard made two of three free throws, but it was the closest it would get in the second half.

Nowitzki finished 7 for 19 after missing his first six attempts.

NOTES: Popovich received a standing ovation before the game after being recognized as the NBA Coach of the Year. Spurs owner Peter Holt presented Popovich with the Red Auerbach trophy, which he has won three times. ... After assigning Spurs nemesis Joey Crawford to officiate Game 1, the league had Danny Crawford on hand for Game 2 to the chagrin of the Mavericks' fans. But just as in the opener, both officials reserved most calls and non-calls for the opposition. Crawford's lack of calls led Popovich to scream at Crawford throughout the first half. ... Academy Award-winning actor Tommy Lee Jones sat courtside beside Holt. ... Nowitzki was assessed a technical foul with 1:38 remaining in the first half after Ginobili was fouled by Marion on a 3-point attempt. Marion touched Ginobili's hip as he released the ball, but the Argentian appeared to exaggerate the contact when he fell to the floor. ... After scrambling to capture a loose ball under the basket, Tiago Splitter flung an overhead, two-handed no-look pass to an open Ginobili for a 3-pointer with 4:44 remaining in the third quarter.

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Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Pac...

Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2013, file photo,k Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tries to get away from Green Bay Packers' C.J. Wilson during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Green Bay, Wis. As Super Bowl champions, the Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Packers on Sept. 4. That Thursday game is the first of four prime-time games on opening weekend. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps, File)

Mike McCarthy promises there won't be any bad memories plaguing his Green Bay Packers when they open the NFL season on Sept. 4 at Super Bowl champion Seattle. The last time Green Bay visited CenturyLink Field was in Week 3 of the 2012 season, a 14-12 Seahawks victory clinched on what now is often dubbed the ''Fail Mary.'' Russell Wilson's desperation pass on the final play was called a touchdown reception for Golden Tate by the replacement officials. ''It will be about the 2014 Green Bay Packers. It's the third straight season the Packers have traveled to face the defending Super Bowl champions.

Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox...

Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1 (Yahoo Sports)

New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The pine tar on Michael Pineda's neck was a stain for the New York Yankees. General manager Brian Cashman was ''embarrassed.'' Manager Joe Girardi called it ''poor judgment.'' And Pineda was ''sad'' and vowed not to do it again. The Yankees' right-hander was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Aldridge's 43 lifts Blazers over Ro...

Aldridge's 43 lifts Blazers over Rockets 112-105 (Yahoo Sports)

Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard (12) dunks during the first half in Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

LaMarcus Aldridge's son JJ, who turned 5 on Wednesday, texted him after the Portland Trail Blazers' playoff win and told him he looked like Spider-Man on one of his dunks. To the Houston Rockets the Portland star probably looked like a superhero on more than just that one play. Aldridge continued his dominance against the Rockets, scoring 43 points to lift the Trail Blazers to a 112-105 victory and a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. Aldridge has made the most of the return to his home state and put the Trail Blazers in control heading home for Game 3 in Portland on Friday.

Mavs roll past Spurs 113-92, even s...

Mavs roll past Spurs 113-92, even series at 1-1 (Yahoo Sports)

SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 23: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates during a game against the San Antonio Spurs during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2014 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Blowing their playoff opener turned out to be great therapy for the Dallas Mavericks. Eighth-seeded Dallas rolled to a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece. Dallas didn't relent in Game 2 after watching a 10-point lead evaporate in the final eight minutes of the series opener Sunday. ''Game 1 actually helped a lot more than today,'' Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki said.

Red Wings pencil Zetterberg into li...

Red Wings pencil Zetterberg into lineup for Game 4 (Yahoo Sports)

Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg (40) of Sweden controls the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings in Detroit, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT (AP) -- Henrik Zetterberg may play for the Detroit Red Wings in a critical Game 4 against the Boston Bruins.

Kane leads Blackhawks past Blues, 4...

Kane leads Blackhawks past Blues, 4-3 in OT (Yahoo Sports)

Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane (88) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning goal during overtime period in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the St. Louis Blues in Chicago, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The Blackhawks won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Patrick Kane had his shot all along. What Kane got back on Wednesday night was his legs, and the result was a familiar one. Kane scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 to even their first-round playoff series at two games. Patience, play recognition, delays, just at a different level you don't see often,'' Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

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Bernie Kosar believes he's off TV f...

Bernie Kosar believes he's off TV for slurred speech

Ex-Browns QB has been removed from preseason games.
Six NFL division winners are expect...

Six NFL division winners are expected to repeat in 2014

USA TODAY Sports predicts division winners for the upcoming NFL season.
Woods' recovery going well, but ret...

Woods' recovery going well, but return still uncertain

Tiger Woods began light chipping and putting as he continues comeback from a back injury
Top 10 games: NFL schedule features...

Top 10 games: NFL schedule features compelling rematches, reunions

Here are five 2014 matchups that entail rivalries, reunions -- or both.
Why does Seattle only have one prim...

Why does Seattle only have one primetime home game?

The Seahawks didn't get the primetime respect usually afforded to Super Bowl champions.
Yankees manager defends moving came...

Yankees manager defends moving camera aimed at Pineda

Girardi : "I didn't break the camera."

Fox Sports

Former Jet Moore opts to retire

Former Jet Moore opts to retire

After sleeping on it, Brandon Moore has decided to retire rather than join the Dallas Cowboys.
Tiger has one last shot at a major

Tiger has one last shot at a major

Is Tiger Woods changing his tune about the importance of winning majors?
Gonzalez back at Falcons camp Aug. ...

Gonzalez back at Falcons camp Aug. 17?

Injured Saints duo lost for season

Injured Saints duo lost for season

The Saints have lost receiver Joseph Morgan and defensive end Kenyon Coleman for the season because of injuries, depriving New Orleans of one of its top deep threats and a reliable veteran run-stopping lineman.
Packers LT Bulaga to have surgery o...

Packers LT Bulaga to have surgery on torn ACL, will miss season

Report: Autographs net Manziel $7,5...

Report: Autographs net Manziel $7,500

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel allegedly accepted $7,500 as payment for signing approximately 300 mini- and full-sized football helmets, according to an autograph broker who spoke with ESPN.

Reuters

Formula One boss Ecclestone denies ...

Formula One boss Ecclestone denies bribery at German trial

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone denied bribery charges on Thursday at the start of a trial in Germany that threatens to break his decades-long dominance of motor racing.
Dyson enjoys happy return to China,...

Dyson enjoys happy return to China, shares lead with Quiros

(Reuters) - Englishman Simon Dyson, who was handed a suspended two-month ban for cheating in December, fired a five-under-par 67 to grab a share of the first round lead at the European Tour's China Open on Thursday.
Confident Bayern promise home impro...

Confident Bayern promise home improvements against Real

(Reuters) - Holders Bayern Munich promised a sharp improvement when they host Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final after failing to convert the lion's share of possession into goals in a 1-0 defeat in Spain on Wednesday.
Yankees Pineda ejected after foreig...

Yankees Pineda ejected after foreign substance found on neck

(Reuters) - New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected in the second inning against Boston on Wednesday after the umpire found a foreign substance on his neck.
Minnesota's Cooke handed seven-game...

Minnesota's Cooke handed seven-game ban for knee assault

(Reuters) - Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke has been slapped with a seven-game suspension for using his knee to injure Colorado's Tyson Barrie, the NHL announced on Wednesday.
Seahawks and Packers to kick off ne...

Seahawks and Packers to kick off new season

(Reuters) - The Seattle Seahawks open the defense of their Super Bowl crown and kick off the 2014-15 season at home against the Green Bay Packers, the National Football League (NFL) announced on Wednesday.

SI.com

Chelsea MF Ramires hit with 4-game ...

Chelsea MF Ramires hit with 4-game EPL ban

LONDON (AP) - Ramires will miss Chelsea's remaining matches in the English Premier League after being banned for four games for violent conduct.
Hong Kong protestors rally against ...

Hong Kong protestors rally against FIFA's Blatter

HONG KONG (AP) - A handful of protesters holding banners and placards demonstrated peacefully Thursday at an event with FIFA president Sepp Blatter to highlight the plight of migrant workers building stadiums in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.
Platini says no CL ban for breaking...

Platini says no CL ban for breaking FFP rules

PARIS (AP) - Clubs won't be excluded from next season's Champions League for breaking ''Financial Fair Play'' rules, according to UEFA President Michel Platini
Wright-Phillips hat trick lifts RBN...

Wright-Phillips hat trick lifts RBNY by Dynamo

HARRISON, New Jersey (AP) - Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice in the first 24 minutes before converting a second-half penalty to give the New York Red Bulls a 4-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday.
Real Madrid tops Bayern Munich 1-0 ...

Real Madrid tops Bayern Munich 1-0 in CL semi

MADRID (AP) - Karim Benzema scored to give Real Madrid a 1-0 win over title holder Bayern Munich Wednesday and a slight advantage in their Champions League semifinal.
Jonathan Wilson: Champions League: ...

Jonathan Wilson: Champions League: Real Madrid strikes, holds firm in win over Bayern

One goal and a stifling defense was enough for Real Madrid to take a CL edge over Bayern Munich.

Sky Sports

Kuhl rubbishes exit rumours

Kuhl rubbishes exit rumours

Reading starlet Aaron Kuhl claims to have no intention of leaving the club as he is linked with a summer switch to Manchester City.
Four-match ban for Ramires

Four-match ban for Ramires

Chelsea midfielder Ramires' Premier League season is over after he accepted a charge of violent conduct and was banned for four games by the Football Association.
Bright lights

Bright lights

Brighton head coach Oscar Garcia will encourage his players to remain calm and focused as they fight to achieve "something special" by reaching the Premier League.
GB keep bronze hopes alive

GB keep bronze hopes alive

Great Britain kept alive their hopes of a bronze medal at the World Championship with a 4-3 Division 1 Group B victory over winless Netherlands.
Brighton v Yeovil preview

Brighton v Yeovil preview

Brighton will patch up Matt Upson for the home clash with rock-bottom Yeovil on Friday night.
Fantasy preview

Fantasy preview

Sky Sports Fantasy Football bosses are advised to recall Aaron Ramsey with the Welshman back in form for a favourable run-in.

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Pineda's folly could sink the seaso...

Pineda's folly could sink the season

BOSTON -- Just in case Michael Pineda never makes it as a New York Yankee, he decided to prep himself for a second career as a stand-up comic. How else can anyone explain a "Saturday Night Live" skit disguised as a Fenway Park start against the defending World Series champs? Funny? This was Kevin Hart times Steve Carell funny. The same pitcher who used pine tar on his throwing hand in his last start against the Boston Red Sox, only to get away with it, decided to apply the same PED (performance-enhancing dirt) to the right side of his neck Wednesday night, in full view of millions of viewers and, ultimately, the umpire who tossed him from the game. Gerry Davis marched to the mound in the middle of Grady Sizemore's second-inning at-bat, on John Farrell's request. Nobody on the visiting side of this hostile rivalry blamed Farrell in the least. In fact, the Yankees all but nominated him for Manager of the Year. "I would want my...
Nowitzki sets tone for Game 2 win

Nowitzki sets tone for Game 2 win

SAN ANTONIO -- Sometimes, for a superstar such as Dirk Nowitzki, it's not about the points you score. Or the rebounds you grab. Or the passes you make. Sometimes, it's just about the will to win, which is as intense as it has ever been. That's why 35-year-old Dirk, playing in his 130th playoff game during his 16th NBA season dived for a loose ball during the third quarter Wednesday night at AT&T Center. He corralled the ball near midcourt and fired a pass Monta Ellis for a driving layup against the Spurs. It's that type of competitive spirit the Mavs displayed all night against San Antonio as they won their first playoff game since beating Miami for the title in June 2011. It's why they kicked the Spurs' butt in Game 2 of this Western Conference quarterfinal. Dallas 113, San Antonio 92. "Sometimes, we get in trouble when we don't get those loose balls, those 50-50 balls," Dirk said. "Sometimes, if you want to win on...
SB rematch among 2014's top games

SB rematch among 2014's top games

The NFL released its 2014 schedule Wednesday, so let the fun begin. It starts in the West. The Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl but play in a division that could have four teams with winning records. That makes things tougher for the AFC West, which had three playoff teams last year but faces the NFC West this year. Last year, Denver, Kansas City and San Diego piled on for 11 wins in 12 games against the NFC East. From Peyton Manning playing against Andrew Luck to Lovie Smith coaching against Chicago, there are plenty of fascinating matchups. Here are the five games I'm looking forward to most: 1. San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 14: Could this NFC West rivalry get any better? Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman went on a long rant aimed at 49ers WR  Michael Crabtree after tipping a pass that was intercepted by linebacker Malcolm Smith to seal Seattle's...
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