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April 24, 2014 07:10 GMT


Washington 5 L.A. Angels 4


Texas 3, Oakland 0

Seattle 5, Houston 3

Cleveland 5, Kansas City 3

Baltimore 10, Toronto 8

Chicago White Sox 6, Detroit 4

Minnesota 6, Tampa Bay 4, 12 innings

Boston 5, N.Y. Yankees 1

Thursday's Games

Kansas City (B.Chen 1-1) at Cleveland (Kluber 1-2), 12:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Quintana 1-1) at Detroit (Scherzer 1-1), 1:08 p.m.

Minnesota (Nolasco 1-2) at Tampa Bay (Bedard 0-0), 1:10 p.m.

Baltimore (B.Norris 0-2) at Toronto (Hutchison 1-1), 7:07 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 2-2) at Boston (Doubront 1-2), 7:10 p.m.

Oakland (Kazmir 2-0) at Houston (Oberholtzer 0-3), 8:10 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Wednesday's Games

Atlanta 3, Miami 1

Arizona 7, Chicago Cubs 5

San Francisco 12, Colorado 10, 11 innings

Cincinnati 5, Pittsburgh 2

N.Y. Mets 3, St. Louis 2

Milwaukee 5, San Diego 2

L.A. Dodgers 5 Philadelphia 2

Thursday's Games

Cincinnati (Cingrani 1-2) at Pittsburgh (Cumpton 0-0), 12:35 p.m.

St. Louis (Lynn 4-0) at N.Y. Mets (Colon 1-3), 1:10 p.m.

Arizona (Bolsinger 0-1) at Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 1-1), 2:20 p.m.

San Diego (Stults 1-2) at Washington (Zimmermann 1-1), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (K.Kendrick 0-2) at L.A. Dodgers (Haren 3-0), 10:10 p.m.


Wednesday, April 23

Miami 101, Charlotte 97, Miami leads series 2-0

Dallas 113, San Antonio 92, series tied 1-1

Portland 112, Houston 105, Portland leads series 2-0

Thursday, April 24

Indiana at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Memphis, 8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.


Wednesday, April 23

Columbus 4, Pittsburgh 3, OT, series tied 2-2

Dallas 4, Anaheim 2, series tied 2-2

Chicago 4, St. Louis 3, OT, series tied 2-2

Thursday, April 24

Boston at Detroit, 8 p.m.

Colorado at Minnesota, 9:30 p.m.

San Jose at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

Ohio Sports News

Last Update on April 25, 2014 05:34 GMT


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Ryan Ludwick lined a two-run double after a pair of Cincinnati batters were hit by pitches, lifting Tony Cingrani and the Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Thursday.

The Reds won for the seventh time in nine games and reached .500 at 11-11.

The Pirates have lost six of seven, scoring a total of 22 runs in that span.

Cingrani (2-2) allowed one run and six hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

Ludwick's double in the sixth drove in Joey Votto and Todd Frazier. Both of them were plunked by rookie Brandon Cumpton (0-1), promoted from Triple-A earlier in the day.


UNDATED (AP) -- A woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon sexually assaulted her in a Washington hotel when the team was in town to play the Nationals.

According to a suit filed Thursday in D.C. Superior Court, the woman, identified as Jane Doe, is seeking $15 million from Simon over the alleged attack in April 2013.

The suit alleges that the woman was intoxicated and could not give consent.

A copy of the suit was obtained by WMAR-TV in Baltimore. The 32-year-old Simon played for the Orioles for parts of four seasons from 2008 to 2011.

Adam Katz, Simon's agent, said he had no comment when reached by phone.

Simon was jailed in the Dominican Republic in 2011 on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. He was acquitted.


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma says his team needs more from stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin heading into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against surprising Columbus.

The Blue Jackets tied the series at two games apiece with a 4-3 overtime win Wednesday night. The Penguins blew a three-goal lead in the loss, including giving up the tying goal after a miscue by goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in the final seconds of regulation.

Bylsma said Thursday his team's "battle level" needs to rise if Pittsburgh is going to advance. The Blue Jackets have done an excellent job shutting down Crosby, who has yet to score a goal in the series after leading the NHL in points during the regular season.

Game 5 is Saturday night in Pittsburgh.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar believes he has been removed as a TV commentator for Cleveland's preseason games because of slurred speech he attributes to concussions sustained in the NFL.

The Browns announced Wednesday that Kosar is being replaced by Solomon Wilcots. The team says it is exploring other media roles for Kosar, who remains one of the Browns' most popular players.

Kosar says in a statement his removal "stems from my slurred speech impairment, which is a direct result of the many concussions I received while playing in the NFL."

Kosar calls the situation "unfortunate" and says doing the preseason games is "truly one of the remaining joys in my life."


National Sports News

Last Update on April 25, 2014 04:54 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Oklahoma City Thunder and Indiana Pacers compiled two of the NBA's three best records during the regular season, but they are in serious trouble through three postseason games.

Memphis blew a 17-point lead over the last eight minutes of regulation before taking a 2-1 series lead with a 98-95 win over the Thunder. Mike Conley scored five of his 20 points in OT before Courtnley Lee hit three of four free throws in the final 11 seconds.

Zach Randolph had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the Grizzlies' 15th consecutive home win.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 30 points for the Thunder. Westbrook converted a four-point play to tie the game near the end of regulation but shot just 9-for-26. Durant was 9-for-8 from 3-point range and just 10-for-27 overall.

Game 4 is Saturday in Memphis.

The eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks enjoy a two-games-to-one lead in the following an impressive defensive performance against the Pacers.

Jeff Teague (teeg) scored 22 points and had 10 assists as the Hawks silenced the Pacers 98-85. Teague threw in a wild 3-pointer to make it 87-78 after the officials appeared to miss him stepping out of bounds.

Kyle Korver hit four of the Hawks' 12 3-pointers and shot 6-for-9 from the floor while helping the Hawks limit George Hill to four points on 1 of 11 shooting.

Hill wasn't the lone Pacer to shoot poorly. Paul George missed eight of his 11 attempts in scoring 12 points, and Roy Hibbert added just four points on 2 of 9 shooting.

Indiana outrebounded the Hawks 51-41 but shot under 38 percent to allow the surprising Hawks to maintain home-court advantage.

Game 4 is Saturday in Atlanta.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis guard Mike Conley has won the NBA's Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship.

Conley received 77 first-place votes of a possible 334 and earned 2,335 points overall. He was followed by Boston's Jeff Green and Phoenix's Channing Frye.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts has been fined $20,000 by the NBA for making unnecessary and excessive contact with Miami Heat forward LeBron James.

James drove and was met at the rim by McRoberts, whose right elbow struck the four-time NBA MVP around his chin. The foul occurred in the final minute of last night's playoff game and has since been upgraded to a Flagrant 2.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball has suspended Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda (pih-NAY'-dah) for 10-games after he was caught on the mound with pine tar on his neck. Pineda was ejected in Wednesday night's game against Boston after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked the umpires to check the substance in the second inning of the game.

Pineda said after the game that he had trouble gripping the ball on the cool evening when he allowed two runs in the first inning. So before he took the mound for the second, he rubbed pine tar on the right side of his neck.


UNDATED (AP) -- The defending World Series champs currently own the American League's third-worst record at 10-13.

Yangervis Solarte (yahn-JEHR'-vihs soh-LAHR'-tay) drove in four runs and Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) hit his first homer of the season in the New York Yankees' 14-5 laugher against Boston. The Yankees scored five unearned runs in five Red Sox errors and also walked 12 times, five by knuckleball-throwing infielder Mike Carp in the ninth inning.

CC Sabathia (suh-BATH'-ee-uh) gave up two runs and three hits while striking out eight in six innings for the AL East-leading Yankees.


-- Josh Donaldson belted pair of two-run homers and Alberto Callaspo added a two-run blast in Oakland's 10-1 pounding of Houston. Scott Kazmir 3-0 with a 1.62 ERA after allowing five hits and a run with seven strikeouts in six innings.

-- Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer struck out 10 in six innings and Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs to lead Detroit past the White Sox 7-4. Rajai (RAH'-zhay) Davis homered, doubled, singled and drove in two runs.

-- Chris Davis drove in three runs and Nelson Cruz capped a productive three-game series in Toronto by collecting two hits and two RBIs in Baltimore's 11-4 rout of the Blue Jays. Cruz had three homers and 10 ribbies in the series, while stretching his RBI streak to seven games.

-- Corey Kluber tossed a four-hitter and struck out a career high 11 on the way to Cleveland's 5-1 win over Kansas City. David Murphy and Asdrubal (as-DROO'-bul) Cabrera drove in two runs each during Cleveland's five-run fifth inning.

-- Bartolo Colon (bahr-TOH'-loh koh-LOHN') allowed a run and four hits while striking out a season-high eight over seven innings of the Mets' 4-1 triumph against the Redbirds. Daisuke Matsuzaka (DYS'-kay math-soo-ZAH'-kah) finished the four-hitter with a perfect ninth for his first save since 2000 with the Seibu Lions.

-- San Diego beat Washington 4-3 on Xavier Nady's RBI single in the top of the 12th inning. Adam LaRoche and Danny Espinosa went deep for the Nationals, who went 0-for-16 with runners in scoring position and left 14 men on base to fall to 9-11 since a season-opening sweep of the Mets.

-- Ryan Ludwick lined a two-run double after a pair of Cincinnati batters were hit by pitches, lifting the Reds over Pittsburgh 2-1. The Reds won for the seventh time in nine games and reached .500 at 11-11.

-- Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer and Kurt Suzuki drove in three runs in Minnesota's 9-7 win over Tampa Bay. David DeJesus (deh-HAY'-soos) hit a two-run homer for the Rays, who lost three of four games in the home series.

-- Mike Bolsinger earned his first major league win and drove in a run as Arizona beat the Cubs 5-2. Bolsinger allowed one unearned run and four hits while fanning seven in 6 2/3 innings.


BOSTON (AP) -- Yankees pitcher Ivan (ee-VAHN') Nova has decided to have season-ending Tommy John surgery for a partially torn elbow ligament.

Nova left last Saturday's 16-1 loss at Tampa Bay in the fifth inning after allowing eight runs and eight hits, including four homers. An MRI then revealed the injury.

Nova is scheduled to have the surgery next Thursday.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Boston Bruins are one victory away from another Stanley Cup playoff meeting with the Montreal Canadiens.

The Bruins are up three games to one in the first round after Jarome Iginla (uih-GIHN'-luh) scored with 6:28 left in overtime to complete Boston's 3-2 win at Detroit. The Red Wings took a 2-0 lead as Pavel Datsyuk (DAT'-sook) and Niklas Kronwall each had a goal and an assist. Torey Krug (kroog) sparked the Bruins' comeback with a second-period goal before Milan Lucic (LOO'-cheech) knotted the score early in the third.

Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask stopped 35 shots for the Bruins, who can wrap up the series at home Saturday.

Minnesota and Colorado are knotted at two games apiece following the Wild's stifling performance in a 2-1 win over the visiting Avalanche. The Wild limited the Avs to just 12 shots and blanked them until Ryan O'Reilly scored with 6:35 left in the second period. O'Reilly as the only Avalanche player with more than one shot on goal, finishing with two.

The Colorado goal came after Jared Spurgeon and Charlie Coyle scored to put the Wild ahead 2-0.

Semyon Varlamov (SEHM'-yahn vahr-LAH'-mahv) stopped 26 shots for the Avalanche, who host Game 5 on Saturday.


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota's Matt Cooke has apologized for the knee-to-knee hit on Colorado's Tyson Barrie. The Wild left wing drew a seven-game suspension from the NHL for the hit that knocked Barrie out of action for 4-6 weeks. Cooke said he did not intend to injure Barrie in a collision on the open ice.


VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) -- Steve Mason will start Game 4 in goal for Philadelphia against the Rangers on Friday night. Mason hasn't started a game since suffering an upper-body injury on April 12. Ray Emery started the first three games for Philadelphia, who trail in the series 2-1.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The five major college conferences are a little closer to carrying more clout.

The NCAA's board of directors has endorsed a proposal giving schools in those conferences more autonomy and more voting power in changing rules within the organization.

The changes would allow the wealthiest schools to adopt some legislation on their own, including provisions for money beyond what current scholarships cover and money to help families travel to NCAA tournaments.

The proposal would affect the 65 schools in the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC.

A formal vote is expected in August. If passed then, the transition could begin this fall.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Labor Relations Board has granted Northwestern University's request that it review its ruling that football players at the university are essentially employees of the school with full collective bargaining rights. The NLRB says a previously scheduled vote by Northwestern football players on whether to unionize could go forward Friday, but ballots would be impounded for now.

The Chicago office of the National Labor Relations Board ruled on March 26 that Northwestern scholarship football players are essentially employees of the school and can unionize. Northwestern insists that its scholarship athletes don't have collective bargaining rights.

The full five-member federal board is now weighing the appeal request.


BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- University of Colorado junior point guard Spencer Dinwiddie is skipping his senior season and will declare for the NBA draft.

Dinwiddie's junior season was cut short when he tore his left ACL Jan. 12 at Washington and needed reconstructive surgery. He was averaging 14.7 points and nearly four assists when he got hurt.


MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Michael Phelps has lost in the first final of his comeback after a 20-month retirement.

Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee) beat Phelps in the 100-meter butterfly final at the Arena Grand Prix. Lochte touched in 51.93 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than Phelps.

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