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Springer, World Series champ Astros top Texas 4-1 in opener

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It was the first-ever leadoff home run for a defending World Series champion, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ORIOLES 3, TWINS 2: Adam Jones homered on Fernando Rodney's first pitch starting the bottom of the 11th inning, and Baltimore won at home for its eighth consecutive win on Opening Day. Read More »

Rookie Hossler takes Houston lead into weekend

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Fowler, the most useful of the "massive names" using a 66, was satisfied with all his launch since he gears up for what he hopes would be a breakthrough major victory in the U.S. Lowry's round of five birdies and a bogey (on the eighth, where he drove left into rough) again showed his putter was an ally rather than a foe: he rolled in three birdie putts of longer than 10 feet, the longest being an 18-footer on the 11th. Read More »

Palace winger Zaha doubtful for Liverpool game

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A win for Palace would be a huge step in the right direction for Roy Hodgson's men as they look to further distance themselves from the relegation zone - something they're teetering on the edge of and will be in if Southampton and West Ham win and Palace lose. Read More »

How Notre Dame beat UConn in overtime in the Final Four

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While the Huskies are Final Four fixtures, the Irish are back in the national semifinals for the first time since 2015. Ogunbowale led the Fighting Irish in scoring this season, tallying 773 total points. But as spectacular as the Irish were in the opening quarter UConn was better in the second. UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson hit a 3 at the buzzer that cut a 13-points deficit to 10. Read More »

Antonio Conte backs Alvaro Morata to finish Chelsea season with a bang

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Chelsea host Spurs at Stamford Bridge with a five-point gap to make up on their London rivals if the Blues are to qualify for the Champions League this season. "Yes, I think they have started before us", Conte said when asked if the Tottenham project is ahead of Chelsea's. "In the past they showed despite Kane missed many games nothing has changed". Read More »

Del Potro grinds down Raonic in Miami, Isner also advances

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After a one-sided first set, Isner continued to be the aggressor from the baseline and cracked a vicious forehand victor, which measured 117mph and left his opponent rooted to the spot. He later took a 5-4 lead in the second with a shot that fell just inside the net outside of Isner's reach, but Isner answered, winning two of the next three to force the tiebreak. Read More »

Commonwealth Games: Reigning champion shooting for gold

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G. Saravanan won Malaysia's only athletics gold at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games in the men's 50km walk. A few days are left for Commonwealth Games 2018 to start and a weird set of events have unfolded already. One would hope for the best as the Indian boys take to the court on the 5th of April against the likes of Cameroon. CBC will carry live coverage of the opening ceremony on April 4 starting at 6 a.m. Read More »

Cardinals reportedly reach deal with closer Greg Holland

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The Mets had initial internal discussions about signing the 32-year-old, who recorded 41 saves for the Rockies last season, but they were never close to making a deal. Louis to make the deal happen. Cardinals fans also saw the debut of rookie pitcher Jordan Hicks who showed what he's capable of with a 101.6 miles per hour pitch. Read More »

John Stones to miss Everton reunion due to head injury

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But the City manager will be buoyed by the fact that, the last time City won the league, a 3-2 win at Goodison played a major part in that success, with two goals from Edin Dzeko and a strike from Sergio Agüero giving City the victory. The Citizens are effectively two wins away from lifting the Premier League trophy and with a major Champions League tie ahead of them after this game, they will want to secure the three points at Goodison Park with minimal fuss. Read More »

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue plans to rejoin team tonight

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Let's just say it was right on time". Davis, like James, is in the MVP conversation because of how he's kept New Orleans afloat. The Cavs (45-30) have won six of seven, but must continue that hot trend to hold onto the No. Korver, for instance, returned to Cleveland Wednesday and is likely to rejoin the team Friday. The sixth-seeded Pelicans are now just one game behind the fourth-seeded San Antonio Spurs (44-32) but also just two games ahead of the ninth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers (41-34). Read More »

Accountant and backup goalie makes National Hockey League debut at age 36

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Carolina Hurricanes equipment manager Jorge Alves became the first emergency goalie to play in a game in the modern era last season. After going a flawless seven-for-seven on shots against Winnipeg , Foster, who donned a No. When asked if he received any advice before his big moment, Foster said, "I don't think I heard anything other than "Put your helmet on". Quote: "A few hours ago I was sitting on my computer typing on the 10-key, and now I'm standing in front of you guys, just ... Read More »

Markram fifty gives South Africa solid start

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In what appeared to be a public commitment to play in a spirit of sportsmanship after a tumultuous week, the teams lined up to shake hands with their opponents after the national anthems, while captains Faf du Plessis and Tim Paine - who replaced the banned Steve Smith - had a warm conversation before the toss. Read More »

Shoppers jumping aboard the Loyola bandwagon before Final Four matchup

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Loyola has gotten here by pulling off four upsets, just the fourth No. 11 seed to reach the Final Four, while No. 3 MI has yet to play a team seeded higher than sixth. A team who despite their 28-5 record , are probably only in the tournament by virtue of their conference tournament championship. He makes most of his living from outside the arc, shooting 40% from three this season. Read More »

Cardinals Nearing 1-Year, $14 Million Deal With Greg Holland

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St. Louis needed a closer with closer Luke Gregerson suffering a hamstring injury and being placed on the 10-day DL. Multiple reports state the Cardinals have a deal with free agent closer Greg Holland , the last big fish remaining on the open market for whom St. Read More »

Australia slaps 12-month bans on Smith and Warner

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Warner stepped down as captain of Indian Premier League franchise SunRisers Hyderabad on Wednesday, following Smith's decision to quit as skipper of Rajasthan Royals on Monday. "The list of players who have been charged with ball-tampering is long and contains some of the biggest names in the game". Malcolm Turnbull described the cheating crisis in which captain Steve Smith admitted to masterminding a plot to change the ball's condition during the third Test against South Africa on ... Read More »

Zidane: I'm Happy With Isco

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With nine games remaining in the season, who Zidane plays will be crucial in determining who is and isn't in Real Madrid's plans for next season. I'm happy with Isco , there is no problem'. A superb team player, his symmetry with teammates is too much for many opposition defenders to handle. While his club future remains unclear, his path to stardom does not and the World Cup will afford him a month-long platform to show his clear talent. Read More »

Angels' two-way rookie to make mound debut Sunday

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He didn't disappoint, either, notching his first base hit on a groundball single off Oakland Athletics right-hander Kendall Graveman . Scioscia's announcement coincided with official word that Ohtani had made the club out of spring training. Read More »

Injured Starc out of IPL 2018

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The left-armer, who will return home for further assessment after the Test in Johannesburg, could be set for another long stint on the sidelines depending on how serious the right-leg injury is. During last year's pay dispute, CA attempted to sign Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and David Warner on individual contracts that would preclude them playing in the IPL. Read More »

Tearful Australia coach Lehmann quits over cheat scandal

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Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were given one-year bans by Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland and were also barred from any leadership role for a further two years. Warner, a divisive figure who was charged with developing the plot and instructing Bancroft to carry it out, also broke his silence to say sorry and admitted his actions had been "a stain on the game"."Mistakes have been made which have damaged cricket", he told his 1.6 million Instagram followers. Read More »

Bruins Beat Lightning 4-2, Overtake First Place In East

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It is the first of two games between the two President's Trophy contenders in the closing days of the regular season and the Lightning lead the Bruins by one point with Boston having a game in hand. "He (Rask) stood up for himself and obviously guys will jump in if necessary". The referees stopped what could have been a goalie fight, but there's still plenty of game left. Read More »

Tottenham boss says rivalry with Chelsea is similar to Arsenal

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I was trying to look for a bigger priced bet for the third one, but I just can not find anything I like so it's just going to be the two. If not this weekend, maybe next weekend. For the last three seasons Spurs have been one of the best teams in the Premier League, not even other members of the top six can boast their recent consistency. Read More »

Klopp delivers positive update on fitness of Joe Gomez

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Salah bolstered his chances of surpassing Rush's tally with a four-goal haul in Liverpool FC's 5-0 win over Watford in the Premier League before the worldwide break. "He must be delighted to be performing in that top bracket of players", Hodgson said. This is one of seven games, and what are the risks for the following six games if you play this one? The 27-year-old faces former club Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday and Hodgson believes Benteke is on the right track to book ... Read More »

Sushil Kumar's name added to the CWG entry list

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Two-times Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar's name is missing from the list of entries put out by the Gold Coast organisers for the Commonwealth Games, leaving the authorities in India stunned. He won gold medals in New Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014. A few days are left for Commonwealth Games 2018 to start and a weird set of events have unfolded already. Read More »

LA Galaxy signing Ibrahimovic: Sweden always calling me

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Released Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists Sweden are constantly calling him about playing in the World Cup. That means Ibrahimovic could be taking a pay-cut of up to 95 per-cent to move to America, with commercial deals around his move to Galaxy likely to be boost his salary considerably. Read More »

Louis van Gaal ends dispute with Mourinho, hits out at Woodward

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Almost two years on from leaving Old Trafford, the Dutchman has again made his feelings on the matter clear. The wounds are still fresh for Van Gaal, who only missed out on Champions League qualification that season on goal difference. The latest setback came in United's recent FA Cup game against Brighton. "He has better players than I did at the time". The 66-year-old has been critic of Mourinho's style of playing accusing him of playing "boring footbal" after their 2-1 defeat to ... Read More »

Kemba Walker is now the Hornets' all-time leading scorer

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Towards the end of their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers , Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker surpassed Dell Curry to become the franchise's all-time scoring leader. "Like I deserved it to be in the playoffs - to be battling", Walker said. "I wouldn't have gotten that same ovation in Washington (where the Hornets next play Saturday)". Read More »

Australian rugby sevens captain in hospital after alleged one-punch attack

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Inspector Egbers also said the man appeared to have incurred facial injuries of his own at some point. Stable condition: James Stannard was the victim of an alleged one-punch attack. It is unknown whether Stannard will recover in time to be part of the side's Gold Coast campaign when it begins on April 14. The accused was interviewed at Maroubra Police Station and has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm. Read More »

Matt Davidson homers three times on Opening Day for White Sox

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The six homers by White Sox batters ties the 1988 Mets for the record for team home runs on Opening Day, per Christopher Kamka of NBC Sports Chicago . He gave up three singles in a row, with Mike Moustakas' single scoring Jon Jay, and then served up a three-run homer to Lucas Duda. Shields settled down after the first and threw five scoreless innings after. Read More »

Track & Field Captures Little Three Title

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Likewise, the Panther team of Mascola, Zachary Vanwinkle, Nic Hooley, and Wheeler prowled their way around the track with a time of 1:39.18, allowing the team to finish in sixth place in the 4X200 meter relay. "Parra finished first in both the discus, 111' 6" and the shot put, 35" 5.4', while also earning eight in the javelin with a distance of 85' 8". "Allison represented the Lady Panthers in the high jump contest at the Doug Jordan Relays, finishing in sixth place with a jump of 4'-6". Read More »

Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood save England on Day 1 — Twitter Reaction

But he knew he'd denied New Zealand , a team chasing just their fourth test series win against England , and first since 1999, a chance to ram home the advantage they had shortly after the tea break. On 58, Bairstow suffered a fearful blow to the side of the head from Colin de Grandhomme which knocked his helmet from his head but did nothing to slow his run flow. Read More »

Rays rally past Red Sox on opening day

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Or play. Regardless of their age, location, condition or what outsiders might think, there are nuances about our own places that we come to appreciate the more time we spend. The fire activated the sprinklers before being put out and created a smoky haze over the playing field roughly five hours prior to the scheduled first pitch at 4 p.m. Read More »

LeBron James Is 2018 NBA MVP, According To LeBron James

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He scored 16 points in the second quarter and 13 in the third on 10-of-15 shooting during that span, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc as the Cavaliers built a 17-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. And James will have been proud of the basket that leveled the record. Jordan set his streak from 1986-2001. LeBron would finish with 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds, but the rest of the team struggled mightily, compounded by Kevin Love missing all but seven minutes after ... Read More »

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. Has Josh Allen Going No

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And then he did his Pro Day and he did what he was supposed to do there". As for the rest of the previously mentioned quarterbacks, Kiper has Allen going No. He was at 52.4 coming out of Southern Mississippi. "Whoever goes there is going to sit for a year or two". Kiper projects Alexander to play as a slot cornerback for the Bills, which would fill a need for Buffalo. Read More »

CA chief says Lehmann was caught cold by ball-tampering

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Coach Darren Lehmann is confident Smith will return to global cricket a better person after a year-long ban. "You will hear from me in a few days", the left-handed batsman wrote. "So, we've got to make sure we're respecting the game, its traditions, and understanding (how) the game holds itself around the world", he added. "As I've said before, I had no prior knowledge of what happened earlier and do not condone it at all , but good people can make mistakes". Read More »

Cavs LeBron James knows ideal 2018 NBA MVP

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He can break Jordan's record Friday night when the Cavaliers host the New Orleans Pelicans . James palmed the ball back with his right paw, while staring at the official in surprise of the foul call, all while floating in the air toward the baseline. Read More »

Major League Baseball shuts down putting player images in beer foam at Yankee Stadium

After grooming Judge, Sanchez and Gregorius through their farm system, the Yankees upped the ante in December when they flipped even more talented prospects to Miami for the game's premier power hitter, Giancarlo Stanton . Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw dropped to second at $34 million after leading the list for three straight years. "That defines us", Judge said. The Yankees swiftly clarified there was no plan in place to sell player-personalized beers at the stadium, hinting the ... Read More »

World Cup referees feature two from U.S., none from England

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Between now and the World Cup in June, the selected referees, assistant referees and VARs will be monitored and supported by FIFA Refereeing on an individual basis to ensure they are fully prepared. The other four countries whose leagues use VAR and who did have referees selected are Germany, Italy, Poland and the U.S. Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg was the only British referee on FIFA's long list of officials, but forfeited his place when he became Saudi Arabia's head of ... Read More »

"Sharknado" franchise coming to an end with sixth installment

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Few people really saw the massive success of the Sharknado franchise coming. With that in mind, TV Line reports that Syfy will end the Sharknado series with this summer's sixth installment, now titled just Sharknado 6 . The fifth film, Global Swarming , featuring Finn ( Ian Ziering ) stuck on Earth after it was destroyed. "This time, it's not how to stop the sharknados, it's when". Read More »

Gareth Bale has been "convinced" to join Manchester United

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has convinced Gareth Bale to join the club this summer, according to various Spanish reports. David Moyes, then-Man United manager tried to sign the Welshman at the time , while Louis van Gaal targeted him in the following years. Read More »

Rusty Staub dead: New York Mets slugger, six-time All-Star was 73

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The paper first broke news of his death. "There wasn't a cause he didn't champion", the Mets said. Staub also opened two restaurants in Manhattan. Those fans never did understand the December 1975 trade that sent him to Detroit for beyond-his-prime pitcher Mickey Lolich, and welcomed Staub back when he signed as a free agent in 1980 after a short reprise in Montreal and one season with the Rangers. Read More »