Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st home playoff win (Yahoo Sports) - 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. Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97 (Yahoo Sports) - 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. Wild's Matt Cooke gets 7-game suspension from NHL (Yahoo Sports) - ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke has been suspended for seven games by the NHL for a knee-to-knee hit that injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. Blues C Backes scratched for Game 4 (Yahoo Sports) - St. Louis center David Backes was scratched Wednesday night for Game 4 of the Blues' first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks due to an upper-body injury. Backes did not participate in St. Louis' morning skate, but coach Ken Hitchcock did not rule him out for the game. The final word came when Backes was on the list of scratches on the pregame roster report. Forward Brenden Morrow also was scratched after Hitchcock said earlier in the day that he would miss the rest of the series. Yanks pitcher Pineda ejected for substance on neck (Yahoo Sports) - New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from a game against the Boston Red Sox in the second inning Wednesday night after umpires found a foreign substance on his neck. Pineda's ejection occurred 13 days after the right-hander had brown goo on the lower part of the palm of his pitching hand during a 4-1 win over Boston at Yankee Stadium. But with two outs, no runners and a 1-2 count on Grady Sizemore on Wednesday, Farrell left the dugout to talk with plate umpire Gerry Davis, who went to the mound. Davis touched the right side of the pitcher's neck with his index finger then ejected Pineda as other umpires and Yankee infielders stood nearby. Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers (Yahoo Sports) - NEW YORK (AP) -- As Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4. Ducks without captain Getzlaf, Selanne in Game 4 (Yahoo Sports) - DALLAS (AP) -- Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf is out of Game 4 against the Dallas Stars because of an upper-body injury. Padres' Josh Johnson to undergo 2nd elbow surgery (Yahoo Sports) - San Diego Padres starter Josh Johnson is scheduled to undergo elbow ligament-replacement surgery for the second time and will miss the entire season. He strained his elbow during spring training and the Padres initially thought he would be out about one month. He was examined after the lastest setback by Dr. James Andrews, who performed Tommy John surgery on Johnson in 2007. You know Josh Johnson has been banged up the last couple of years. Weight concerns behind Phelps return - Moyes, Woodward and the doomed presentation - David Moyes 'livid' at Manchester United treatment after 10 months characterised by poor communication and difficult relationships

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Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st home playoff win (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 8:19 pm]
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.
Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 7:56 pm]
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.
Wild's Matt Cooke gets 7-game suspension from NHL (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 7:28 pm]
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke has been suspended for seven games by the NHL for a knee-to-knee hit that injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie.
Blues C Backes scratched for Game 4 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 7:17 pm]
St. Louis center David Backes was scratched Wednesday night for Game 4 of the Blues' first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks due to an upper-body injury. Backes did not participate in St. Louis' morning skate, but coach Ken Hitchcock did not rule him out for the game. The final word came when Backes was on the list of scratches on the pregame roster report. Forward Brenden Morrow also was scratched after Hitchcock said earlier in the day that he would miss the rest of the series.
Yanks pitcher Pineda ejected for substance on neck (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 6:46 pm]
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from a game against the Boston Red Sox in the second inning Wednesday night after umpires found a foreign substance on his neck. Pineda's ejection occurred 13 days after the right-hander had brown goo on the lower part of the palm of his pitching hand during a 4-1 win over Boston at Yankee Stadium. But with two outs, no runners and a 1-2 count on Grady Sizemore on Wednesday, Farrell left the dugout to talk with plate umpire Gerry Davis, who went to the mound. Davis touched the right side of the pitcher's neck with his index finger then ejected Pineda as other umpires and Yankee infielders stood nearby.
Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 6:12 pm]
NEW YORK (AP) -- As Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4.
Ducks without captain Getzlaf, Selanne in Game 4 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 6:02 pm]
DALLAS (AP) -- Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf is out of Game 4 against the Dallas Stars because of an upper-body injury.
Padres' Josh Johnson to undergo 2nd elbow surgery (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 5:31 pm]
San Diego Padres starter Josh Johnson is scheduled to undergo elbow ligament-replacement surgery for the second time and will miss the entire season. He strained his elbow during spring training and the Padres initially thought he would be out about one month. He was examined after the lastest setback by Dr. James Andrews, who performed Tommy John surgery on Johnson in 2007. You know Josh Johnson has been banged up the last couple of years.
Weight concerns behind Phelps return [BBC.co.uk Sports: April 23, 2014, 5:11 pm]

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NBA Soccer
Josh McRoberts fouls LeBron with shot to throat, somehow it’s not even a flagrant [NBC Sports: April 23, 2014, 8:28 pm]
This should have gotten McRoberts ejected.

Bobcats fight to the end, but Heat come away with 2-0 series lead [NBC Sports: April 23, 2014, 8:11 pm]
Bobcats keep battling, but Heat have too much talent.

Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 7:56 pm]
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.

Heat say they've committed to Miami through 2040 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 7:25 pm]
Saying they reaffirm the team's commitment to the city, the Miami Heat announced Wednesday night that they have agreed to extend their partnership with Miami-Dade County another 10 years through 2040. Heat managing partner Micky Arison, whose team plays in the county-owned AmericanAirlines Arena in downtown Miami, said the team struck the deal with Mayor Carlos Gimenez and that the pact includes an inflation-adjusted operating subsidy of $147 million from the county's Convention Development Tax fund, money he said will be reinvested into the building. ''By any measure, the partnership between the Miami Heat and Miami-Dade County has been a hugely successful one,'' Arison wrote in a statement released by the team shortly before Game 2 of its Eastern Conference first-round series against the Charlotte Bobcats got underway. ''Today, we are committing to keep that success going.'' Terms of the arena deal have been the source of much debate in South Florida for years, and not long after the Heat released their statement, Gimenez told The Miami Herald that the subsidy issue remains a major concern.

Clipper broadcaster accidentally casts MVP ballot for Most Improved player [NBC Sports: April 23, 2014, 7:23 pm]
He has Durant, LeBron and Griffin on his MIP list... but it makes a good MVP ballot.

Toluca 1-1 Cruz Azul: La Maquina churns out CONCACAF Champions League trophy [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 8:54 pm]
Cruz Azul has won its sixth CONCACAF title, thanks to a 1-1 draw with Toluca that sees it lift the trophy thanks to the away goals tiebreaker.

Ottawa Fury 0-0 FC Edmonton: NASL sides battle to scoreless draw [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 8:10 pm]
Neither second division side could find the back of the net in Wednesday's Canadian Championship opener.

Wright-Phillips leads Red Bulls past Dynamo 4-0 [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 7:48 pm]
Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice in the first 24 minutes and added a second-half penalty kick to give the New York Red Bulls their second straight victory, 4-0 over the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday night. Wright-Phillips, who scored one goal in seven games after joining New York in August, was the first Red Bulls player to record three goals in a match since Thierry Henry in March 2012 against Montreal. The win earned New York some measure of revenge against Houston, which beat the Red Bulls in Harrison last November to eliminate them from the playoffs.

New York Red Bulls 4-0 Houston Dynamo: Henry and Wright-Phillips dismantle Houston [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 7:48 pm]
Wright-Phillips had three goals, while Henry was masterful in a more creative role as New York steamrolled a poor Houston team.

NWSL Digest: Feeling the Freedom as we move past Week 2 [NBC Sports: April 23, 2014, 6:26 pm]
A future star makes a quick impact as Washington puts week one behind them.

NFL NHL
Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 6:43 pm]
As Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4. It's the third straight season the Packers have traveled to face the defending Super Bowl champions. ''It's a tremendous opportunity for our football team,'' Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. Also at night will be a Sunday matchup of AFC champion Denver and Peyton Manning hosting his former team, Indianapolis;

Seattle signs Trufant, CB expected to retire (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 4:37 pm]
The Seattle Seahawks have signed former cornerback Marcus Trufant, who is expected to announce his retirement from football. Seattle announced the signing Wednesday and said Trufant was expected to announce his intentions during a news conference Thursday. Trufant spent nearly his entire NFL career with his hometown team. The native of Tacoma, Wash., and former star at Washington State was a first-round pick by the Seahawks in 2003.

NFL players talk about race with Harvard students (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 3:57 pm]
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman says he refuses to back down from his raging rant after the NFC championship game because he wants to ''educate the uneducated.''

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to divorce wife (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 3:52 pm]
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has announced that he and his wife Ashton are divorcing. Wilson made the announcement in a statement released by the Seahawks on Wednesday. He says decisions like this are not easy and respectfully asks for ''prayers and understanding and privacy during this difficult time.'' The pair married in January 2012 after he finished his college career at Wisconsin and before he was drafted by the Seahawks. The couple had been visible at Seahawks events for his first two seasons in the league.

Bears agree to 1-year deal with RB Draughn (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 3:25 pm]
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with running back Shaun Draughn.

Stars chase Andersen, tie series with Ducks 2-2 [NBC Sports: April 23, 2014, 8:50 pm]
Just a nightmarish evening for Anaheim.

What they’re saying about Fleury’s collapse [NBC Sports: April 23, 2014, 8:39 pm]
Is history repeating itself?

Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st home playoff win (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 8:19 pm]
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.

Penguins blow three-goal lead, Columbus evens series [NBC Sports: April 23, 2014, 8:12 pm]
Pittsburgh once again can't hold a team to less than three goals.

Ducks' Robidas won't need surgery on broken leg (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 8:07 pm]
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas is ready for another long rehab after breaking his right leg again. ''It's going to be lots of hours in the gym to get the strength back,'' Robidas said during Game 4 on Wednesday night. It's almost like I can do my own rehab.'' Robidas was hurt early in the second period of Game 3 against the Dallas Stars when he was undercut by Ryan Garbutt, who was diving for a puck.

Baseball Golf
Indians trip Royals 5-3 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 8:47 pm]
Jason Kipnis drove in Nick Swisher with a two-out double in the seventh inning, sending the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. Kipnis ripped his double off Kelvin Herrera (0-1) into the gap in right-center, deep enough to easily score Swisher, who reached on a two-out single. The Indians tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall's bloop RBI single. Michael Bourn had three hits and two RBIs for the Indians.

Cruz hits 2 homers as Orioles beat Blue Jays 10-8 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 8:41 pm]
Nelson Cruz hit two of Baltimore's season-high four home runs, Chris Davis and Matt Wieters also connected and the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-8 Wednesday night. Cruz hit a solo homer off Dustin McGowan in the third and a grand slam off Todd Redmond (0-2) in the fifth, giving him six homers this season and 11 career multihomer games. Davis hit a solo homer in the first, and Wieters added a solo drive off J.A. Happ in the seventh. Shortstop J.J. Hardy (right hamstring) and Wieters (right forearm) both returned to Baltimore's lineup after sitting out the previous two games.

Semien's slam lifts White Sox over Tigers 6-4 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 8:12 pm]
Marcus Semien's seventh-inning grand slam lifted the Chicago White Sox over the Detroit Tigers 6-4 Wednesday night. Jose Abreu hit another long home run for the White Sox, but it was Semien's first career slam that turned around the game. Detroit starter Drew Smyly allowed two runs in six innings, but Evan Reed (0-1) gave up two singles and a walk, and Ian Krol allowed the home run to Semien. Andre Rienzo (1-0) gave up four runs in the fourth inning but kept the Tigers quiet otherwise in his first start this season.

Yanks pitcher Pineda ejected for substance on neck (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 6:18 pm]
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been ejected from a game against the Boston Red Sox after umpires found with a foreign substance on his neck. Pineda's ejection in the second inning Wednesday night occurred 13 days after he had brown goo on his right hand during a 4-1 win over Boston at Yankee Stadium That sparked a debate about pitchers' use of sticky substances to get a better grip in cool weather. With a 1-2 count on Grady Sizemore, Boston manager John Farrell left the dugout to talk with plate umpire Gerry Davis, who went to the mound. Davis touched the right side of the pitcher's neck with his index finger then ejected Pineda.

Sanchez's slam in 11th helps Giants beat Rox 12-10 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 5:59 pm]
Hector Sanchez hit two of San Francisco's six homers, including a grand slam in the 11th inning Wednesday that gave the Giants a wild 12-10 victory over the Colorado Rockies. With the Giants on the verge of being swept in a three-game series at Coors Field for the first time in 12 years, Sanchez drove a fastball from Chad Bettis (0-1) into the bushes behind center field. Michael Morse also hit two homers - a solo shot in the second and a three-run homer the following inning - as two Giants hit multiple homers in the same game for the first time since May 25, 2005. Brandon Hicks and Brandon Belt also went deep as the Giants rallied from a 5-1, second-inning deficit.

Horschel aims to regain winning form in Big Easy (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 5:42 pm]
There's something about the rhythm of life in the Big Easy that appeals to Billy Horschel, who acknowledges that he can be a little ''hyper'' for even his own liking on the PGA Tour. Horschel earned his first PGA Tour victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans a year ago. ''Something about this city just puts me at a sense of ease,'' Horschel said, adding that he's found New Orleans to have the best dining options of any tour stop. We just talk about other things and we're having a good time.'' Horschel has been disappointed with his form lately.

Nike Golf issues VRS Covert 2.0 Matte Black Edition Driver (PGA) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 4:07 pm]
At Nike Golf, college football is still very much on everyone's minds. That's because the company used college football as the inspiration for its latest creation -- a matte-black edition of its flagship VRS Covert 2.0 driver. Sports teams often incorporate black into uniforms for a big rivalry game or season opener, Nike Golf says, adding that black is a color traditionally associated with power, strength and sophistication. The concept, the company notes, is especially popular in college football, where matte-tinted helmets have become all the rage.

'Big Easy' Els returns to a favored PGA Tour haunt (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 3:07 pm]
(Reuters) - Four-times major winner Ernie Els returns this week to one of his favorite cities, where he shares the alluring nickname of 'The Big Easy,' to make his eighth career start at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. At a PGA Tour event where he has always enjoyed a "good vibe," the smooth-swinging South African lost out to American Jason Dufner in a playoff for the title in 2012, then tied for 15th last year at the TPC Louisiana. "At the forefront of my mind right now is making sure I put all my efforts into trying to produce a better performance at this week's Zurich Classic," Els wrote on his blog. "Pete Dye has always been one of my favorite designers and courses like TPC Louisiana just seem to fit my eye." Els, a 19-times winner on the PGA Tour, will aim to feed off those positive memories in front of supportive fans as he seeks his first victory on the U.S. circuit since the 2012 British Open.

Kuchar latest to get the Tom Watson seal of Ryder Cup approval (PGA) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 12:37 pm]
First, Bubba Watson. Now, Matt Kuchar.

Norman, Buck to call US Open when it moves to Fox (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 11:35 am]
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Greg Norman and Joe Buck will call the U.S. Open when it moves to Fox next year.

Motor Sports Tennis
NASCAR Minute: Marcos Ambrose happy with 2014 start (VIDEO) [NBC Sports: April 23, 2014, 5:00 pm]
RPM's Marcos Ambrose on his start to the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

NHRA drag racing superstar John Force goes on vacation — at a dragstrip, of course [NBC Sports: April 23, 2014, 4:53 pm]
John Force is your classic workaholic. Even when he's on vacation and supposed to be resting and relaxing and taking things slow, the record-setting 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ never stops working. Force was on vacation with his family last weekend in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, a prelude to his upcoming 65th birthday on May 4.

BREAKING NEWS: Swan Racing restructures, splits up two-car Sprint Cup operation [NBC Sports: April 23, 2014, 4:00 pm]
Swan Racing has restructured its two-car Sprint Cup team, the organization announced Wednesday afternoon. Minority owner Anthony Marlowe has merged his ownership stake in the No. 26 Toyota driven by Sprint Cup rookie Cole Whitt with BK Racing, which now expands to a three-car operation. Meanwhile, the No. 30 team has been sold to John Cohen, owner of XxxTreme Motorsports.

Swan Racing restructures, splits up two-car Sprint Cup operation [NBC Sports: April 23, 2014, 4:00 pm]
Swan Racing has restructured its two-car Sprint Cup team, the organization announced Wednesday afternoon. Minority owner Anthony Marlowe has merged his ownership stake in the No. 26 Toyota driven by Sprint Cup rookie Cole Whitt with BK Racing, which now expands to a three-car operation. Meanwhile, the No. 30 team has been sold to John Cohen, owner of XxxTreme Motorsports.

Three-year extension for IndyCar at Long Beach approved by City Council [NBC Sports: April 23, 2014, 3:51 pm]
IndyCars confirmed to "roar by the shore" through 2018 after Long Beach City Council meeting.

Kvitova beaten in 1st major upset at Stuttgart (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 4:41 pm]
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Alisa Kleybanova defeated third-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-2, 7-6 (3) to provide the first major upset at the Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday.

Seven or eight on Murray's coach list [BBC.co.uk Sports: April 23, 2014, 2:24 pm]
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is considering "seven or eight" candidates in his search for a new coach.

Hantuchova, Peng reach quarters in Morocco (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 12:57 pm]
MARRAKESH, Morocco (AP) -- Top-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia beat last year's runner-up Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain 7-5, 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Grand Prix SAR.

Murray breaks down in tears at Scottish ceremony (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 12:01 pm]
His victory speech at Wimbledon was easy compared to this. Andy Murray broke into tears Wednesday as he accepted a civic honor in his Scottish hometown of Dunblane. Murray, who was granted ''the freedom of Stirling'' from the local council, stopped to compose himself and wipe his eyes several times during the ceremony at Dunblane High School.

Ivanovic beats Lisicki in 1st round at Stuttgart (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 11:10 am]
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Ana Ivanovic defeated Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-3 to send the Wimbledon finalist out in the first round of the Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday.


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

Dallas Mavericks' Monta Ellis (11) is pressured by San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, right, as he tries to score during the first half of Game 2 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)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.


Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers

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)NEW YORK (AP) — 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.


Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1

Home plate umpire Gerry Davis ejects New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda after a foreign substance was discovered on his neck in the second inning of the Yankees' baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using a foreign substance less than two weeks after appearing to get away with it in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night.


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

Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) grabs his neck after being elbowed by Charlotte Bobcats' Josh McRoberts during the second half in Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Bobcats 101-97. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James drove to the rim as time was winding down, got clobbered by Josh McRoberts and sat on the hardwood gathering himself for a few seconds afterward.


Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st home playoff win

Columbus Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno, left, and Sergei Bobrovsky, of Russia, celebrate Foligno's game-winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)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.


Jackson seeking Knicks coach, says it won't be him

FILE - In this March 18, 2014 file photo, Phil Jackson, the new president of the New York Knicks, answers questions during a news conference in New York. Jackson won't be hiring himself to coach the Knicks. Two days after firing Mike Woodson, Jackson reiterated Wednesday, April 23, 2014, that he won't be returning to the bench, despite the fact that even fiancee Jeanie Buss told him he should. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — The coaching search is on in New York, and the best possible candidate has already been eliminated.


Party a century in the making for Wrigley Field

Baseball fans wait to enter Wrigley Field on the 100th anniversary of the first baseball game at the ballpark, before a game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — There was a giant replica cake right next to the Ernie Banks statue, and an old-time band played as fans made their way through the main entrance.


Cubs lose to Diamondbacks 7-5 on Wrigley's 100th

Jake Schrum, 10, of Cedar Lake, Ind., holds a sign during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first game at Wrigley Field in the most appropriate way: with a gut-wrenching loss.


Phelps having fun in his return to swimming

Michael Phelps laughs while talking with coaches during a training session Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz., as he prepares to compete for the first time since retiring after the 2012 London Games. The 22-time Olympic medalist is entered in three events at the Arena Grand Prix starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt York)MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Phelps is making a comeback after nearly two years out of the pool for the simplest of reasons: He missed the sport that has been his entire life.


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10ThingstoSeeSports - Meb Keflezighi, of San Diego, becomes emotional after winning the 118th Boston Marathon, Monday, April 21, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.


04/23/2014 10:59 AM
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.
04/23/2014 07:57 PM
Seahawks to host Packers in season opener
The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks will open the 2014-15 NFL season against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Sept. 4.
04/23/2014 09:08 PM
Pineda ejected for foreign substance on neck
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from Wednesday night's game with the Boston Red Sox in the second inning for having a foreign substance on his neck that he was applying to the baseball.
04/23/2014 07:56 PM
Giants-Lions, Chargers-Cards to open MNF
ESPN's 2014 Monday Night Football slate will open in Detroit and Glendale, Ariz., for the season-opening Sept. 8 doubleheader as 26 of the league's 32 teams will make an appearance on MNF.
04/23/2014 01:00 PM
Sources: Vogel 'coaching for job' with Pacers
One playoff win has not eased the mounting pressure on Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel.
04/23/2014 01:12 PM
Source: Manziel on Bucs' short list at No. 7
Johnny Manziel is on the short list of players that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are heavily considering with their first-round pick in the NFL draft, a league source told ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure.
04/23/2014 07:28 PM
Agent: 'Zero' setbacks for Tiger in recovery
Tiger Woods has progressed to the point of "light" chipping and putting and there have been "zero" setbacks or complications since back surgery was performed on March 31, according to the golfer's agent, Mark Steinberg.
04/23/2014 06:29 PM
D-backs spoil Wrigley's 100th with rally in 9th
Fittingly, the Chicago Cubs marked Wrigley Field's 100th birthday with a loss -- a dramatic, error-filled one, at that.
04/23/2014 05:13 PM
Paterno to have new statue in State College
Two Penn State alumni have received the OK from the borough to install a projected $300,000 life-sized bronze sculpture of Joe Paterno in downtown State College, Penn. And they're hoping the statue, will be installed by fall of next year.
04/23/2014 03:59 PM
Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich
Karim Benzema's goal gives Real Madrid the advantage in their Champions League semi-final against holders Bayern Munich.
04/23/2014 05:11 PM
Weight concerns behind Phelps return
04/23/2014 12:36 PM
Farbrace named as England assistant
04/23/2014 09:52 AM
Man Utd believe Moyes timing right
Manchester United deny a claim of "unprofessionalism", saying they did not want to search for a new boss before David Moyes left.
04/23/2014 02:01 PM
Liverpool reveal Anfield expansion plan
Liverpool plan to redevelop parts of Anfield to increase the ground's capacity to around 59,000.
04/23/2014 04:52 PM
Moyes, Woodward and the doomed presentation
David Moyes 'livid' at Manchester United treatment after 10 months characterised by poor communication and difficult relationships
04/23/2014 02:24 PM
Seven or eight on Murray's coach list
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is considering "seven or eight" candidates in his search for a new coach.
04/23/2014 11:39 AM
Chelsea trio charged by FA
Manager Jose Mourinho is among three Chelsea staff charged in the aftermath of the club's defeat by Sunderland.
04/23/2014 12:13 PM
Januzaj elects to play for Belgium
Manchester United's teenage winger Adnan Januzaj commits his international future to the Belgium national side.
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