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Twins' Sano suspended 1 game for benches-clearing role

Two innings later, Boyd threw a fastball behind Sano, who pointed a finger back at the pitcher. McCann intervened and appeared to put his mitt in the face of Sano, who reacted immediately with a punch to McCann's mask and chest protector, touching off a bench-clearing scuffle. Read More »

Mike Mayock's final mock draft has Malik Hooker dropping a long way

If the Browns go Trubisky, then I see the 49ers drafting Garrett. And from what the scouts have said about Trubisky, Kizer, and Mahomes, it could take years for them to develop (if they develop at all). With the selection, Detroit could take linebacker Jarrad Davis out of Florida, Alabama linebacker Ruben Foster, defensive end Charles Harris from Missouri or MI defensive end Taco Charlton . Read More »

Spurs must have bigger dreams than beating Arsenal

Unlike Arsenal , for once Tottenham has greater ambitions: A first league title since 1961. Spurs' 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Wednesday night kept their title hopes alive by cutting the gap to leaders Chelsea back to four points. "It maybe the last derby at White Hart Lane, but now is important to be calm ". It'll have a 61,000-capacity - 1,000 more seats than Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. Read More »

Liverpool Edge West Brom, Boost EPL Top Four Chances

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Much of the pre-match buildup focused on Liverpool's issues in coping with set-pieces - a real strength of West Bromwich under Tony Pulis. The clean sheet was only Liverpool's eighth this campaign, as Mignolet and German 'keeper Lorus Karius have battled for the number one spot. Read More »

Will the Bucks upset the Raptors in Game 2? NBA Predictions 4/18/17

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The Raptors point guard scored just four points, his fewest in a playoff game since being a Rockets backup in 2009, on 2-for-11 shooting while missing all six of his 3-point attempts. "We had numerous situations where they were cracking us with screens, whether illegal or not", Casey said. To that point, ESPN's Basketball Power Index still projects the Raptors to have a 64 percent chance of winning the series, with the most likely series outcome being Raptors in 7. Read More »

Experienced Sharks give Oilers a rude welcome to playoff hockey

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McDavid, the NHL's regular season points champ, got one assist on a power play in Game 1 . But the Sharks aren't healthy and they aren't hot. "If we don't come out clean, and come through the neutral zone with good puck support and a little bit of tempo, we're not going to get the shots". Read More »

Rajon Rondo Says He Won't Play In Game 5 Vs. Celtics

If the Bulls can draw level on Saturday, the teams will return to Boston for a possible Game 7 next week. He averaged 11.5 points, 10 assists, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals in Chicago's two road victories to open the series. Celtics: There were at least nine members of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the crowd, and a handful of players from the Boston Bruins as well. Read More »

Marshawn Lynch Announces He's Joining Raiders After Trade from Seahawks

According to the report , Oakland and Seattle have agreed to terms on a one-year deal for Lynch and have worked out details on trading Lynch's rights to the Raiders. Injuries to his hamstring and groin in 2015 limited Lynch to seven games and three touchdowns. Defensive end Khalil Mack had high praise for his future teammate, calling him the most physical player he has faced. Read More »

DeMarcus Ware To Retire As A Dallas Cowboy

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Having the Watt brothers in Texas would be phenomenal for years, but having the younger Watt on the Cowboys defense might push them over the top. Ware said the chance to play for the Cowboys again was especially enticing. Now that Dallas is getting into the second contracts for those blockers, along with a $70 million, five-year deal for 2014 All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant, most of the salary cap is taken by the offense. Read More »

Vettel triumphs in Bahrain as Hamilton pays penalty

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Those last 20 laps or so, really exchanging times. "Being that it's often a warmer race, Ferrari is very good in hotter conditions". Hamilton was hit with a five-second time penalty for impeding Daniel Ricciardo in the pit lane and this saw Mercedes change its strategy and keep its star driver out for longer before making a final stop which clearly meant that Hamilton would go after Vettel in the closing laps of the race. Read More »

Wednesday night Orioles game thread: vs. Rays, 7:05

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While Cobb definitely should have held onto the ball, his throw past Longoria went into left field on a weird bounce, allowing both Flaherty and Smith to score. Baltimore went up 3-0 in the second inning, getting five hits and scoring twice when the Rays committed two errors on the same play. Cobb tied his season high with seven strikeouts against Houston last time out but permitted four runs for the third consecutive start and has been touched for 20 hits over his last two turns. Read More »

Chelsea extend their lead after defeating Southampton

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Chelsea youngster Nathan Ake has revealed the words of guidance he received from team-mate David Luiz ahead of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham. Hazard opened the scoring early on but on one occasion late in the first half the Belgian elected to try and play in Diego Costa when he was in the ideal position to go for goal himself. Read More »

Paul Pogba ruled out of Manchester derby

Chelsea spent the third most of any Premier League club in the summer, with their £123million outlay behind only City's £174m and Manchester United's £149. The draw looks a big price. Over 2.5 goals is the favourite at [1.86], with unders at [2.12]. It's going to go until the last game. "In both games I was really impressed". Read More »

Several locals run Boston

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The altercation between Switzer, a marathon official and her boyfriend during the race in 1967. "I finished, like I did 50 years ago", Switzer posted on Facebook after completing Monday's race. So they signed her up for a big under the name K.V. Switzer. "I generally am pretty law-abiding". "Suddenly, it all comes back to life", Switzer said in the video. Read More »

Nashville's Fiala leaves on stretcher with leg injury

Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round at Scottrade Center. He has five goals in 43 National Hockey League playoff games. NOTES: Wednesday night's game was the 360th postseason game in Blues' history, but their first against the Predators . Read More »

Home, sweet home: Beal, Wall lead Wizards past Hawks, 103-99

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His decision to go with Mike Muscala in the fourth quarter over Howard harkens back to his head-scratching decision to stick with a hobbled, under-performing Jeff Teague during last year's 4-0 sweep by the Cavaliers. The Wizards starting lineup is averaging just 19.5 minutes a game, which is a direct result of foul trouble. How they responded with the first-round series back on their turf? The auditions had not gone well before Wednesday. Read More »

Gritty Spurs won't stop fighting, vows Kane

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Their usually deadly front two of Harry Kane and Dele Alli were kept quiet by a Palace rearguard marshalled superbly by the returning Mamadou Sakho. That's the only way. "We have to win them to have a chance and hopefully we can do that". Pochettino was at pains to play down the significance of finishing above Arsenal, telling reporters that was low down on his list of priorities. Read More »

Mike Mayock mock draft 2017: Is the safe safety the play?

The Steelers long have been adamant about not going into any draft with the idea of picking a player at a particular position on a particular round, but there also is no denying that the team has needs, and because this is a franchise believing in the draft as its primary method of roster building, those needs are going to have to be addressed over 72 hours starting today. Read More »

ESPN laying off 100 on-air employees

James Miller reported via Twitter that ESPN is focusing on a shift in its approach to " SportsCenter " and that the layoffs will include some highly paid, on-air talent. Longtime NFL reporter Ed Werder, who specialized in covering the Dallas Cowboys during his 17 years with the network, was among the first to announce he had been let go early Wednesday. Read More »

Messi scores twice again as Barcelona routs Osasuna 7-1

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Barcelona and Real Madrid are level on points at the top. "We can't be happy", Zidane said. Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and Valencia have all been held to draws there, while Barcelona succumbed to a shock 2-1 defeat last month as the battle by Pepe Mel's side to avoid the drop gathered pace. Read More »

Zach Werenski nailed in face with puck, posts pic on Twitter

He owns one goal in three postseason contests. The next game in the best-of-seven series is set for Sunday in Columbus. It was a reversal of Game 1, when the Oilers were outshot 44-19 en route to a 3-2 overtime loss. Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot (33) lays out to stop a shot next to San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl, top, and Oilers' Mark Letestu (55) during the second period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series. Read More »

Mets push back Syndergaard, start Gsellman vs Braves

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NY had five hits and is averaging 2.8 runs over its last 10 games . Julio Teheran hasn't lost to the Mets in almost two years, and NY manager Terry Collins wasn't shocked by his team's reaction when Atlanta tagged Robert Gsellman for five runs in the first inning. Read More »

Leafs' Polak forced to leave Game 2 with scary injury

Led by their boy band, which in turn was inspired by energizing physical shifts right before two key goals, the Leafs came back from down two to tie and eventually win 4-3, taking a 2-1 series edge before nearly 20,000 fans at the Air Canada Centre. Read More »

Serena Williams Snapchats selfie that suggests she is pregnant

Last month, the world No 2 pulled out of Indian Wells and Miami, citing a knee injury. If Serena is indeed 20 weeks pregnant then she must have been in the early stages of pregnancy when she won the Australian Open in January. Williams offered up a side profile shot of herself in a yellow swimsuit with a caption that read "20 weeks" in a Snapchat posting that disappeared quickly. Read More »

Give Joe Johnson your sick, your poor, your injured centers

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The Clippers deployed ace defender Luc Mbah a Moute to slow down Johnson but even he couldn't slow down the veteran forward. In one stretch, he scored 11 straight Jazz points. Griffin, who can become a free agent in the summer, averaged 25 points and six rebounds in the first two games of the series. If you flip on the game at just the right moment, you might confuse the Clippers-Jazz series for pickup ball at a ritzy nursing home. Read More »

Houston, Nene take 3-1 series lead

Nene hit the free throw to keep it a two-possession game, all but putting the game away. It has to be a demoralizing loss for Billy Donovan but he was just out-coached in Game 4. Don't split us up. Don't try to make us go against each other, try to make it Russell and the rest of the guys, Russell against Houston. Once again, the Thunder struggled a bit when Westbrook went to the bench throughout the game. Read More »

Rockets finish off Thunder with 105-99 victory

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He applies a lot of pressure just due to his athleticism and his creating ability. At one point the camera panned to him and he truly looked afraid of the moment. In the first-round series with the Rockets, that gap grew to 7.8% between he and James Harden, who is second among qualified players at 38.0%. Westbrook faded in the fourth again, just when the Thunder needed him most, and was bounced from his lonely island. Read More »

Newcastle United back in English Premier League

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He said: "Trust me, this team is really special, this team is a real team. That is why I chose to stay, and now I am even happier than before that I made this decision". With mounting fitness doubts over Dwight Gayle, and with Daryl Murphy having recently turned 34, Benitez may well decide that Mitrovic will be a useful squad asset given his previous experience of playing in the Premier League . Read More »

Kevin Durant: Durant (calf) 'hopeful' he will play Game 3

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Durant recorded 32 points and 10 rebounds despite a strained left calf in the series-opening 121-109 victory on Sunday. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday night he didn't have to implore his guys to ramp up their defensive intensity with star forward Kevin Durant out of the lineup. Read More »

Vegas Play of the Day: Warriors at Trail Blazers

The Warriors are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games, 22-7 ATS in their last 29 Conference Quarterfinals games and 14-3-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall. It came with 1:54 left in the first quarter. Kerr, 51 still experiences lingering symptoms from complications following two back surgeries after the franchise's run to the 2015 championship. Read More »