Saturday, March 31, 2018

NHL Game Recap: San Jose Sharks (2) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (3) - 3/31/2018

NHL Game Recap: San Jose Sharks (2) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (3) - Date: 3/31/2018 / LAS VEGAS William Karlsson scored a short-handed goal in the third period, and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights clinched the Pacific Division title with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. Vegas (50-22-7) reached 50 wins in its inaugural season with its victory in four games. San Jose (44-25-10) is second in the Pacific, four points ahead of Los Angeles. Shea Theodore and Oscar Lindberg also scored for the Golden Knights, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots. Fleury improved to 29-12-4 this season and moved into sole possession of 11th place on the career wins list with 404 victories. San Jose goaltender Martin Jones made 35 saves. Sports Picks. The Sharks had allowed fewer than 30 shots in eight of their previous 15 games. Joe Pavelski and Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored for the Sharks. Leading Handicappers. The Sharks, who went 10-4-1 in March, will have to wait until Tuesday to try to clinch a playoff berth for the 13th time in 14 years. Vegas struck early in the first period. Best Sports Handicappers in the World. Theodore took a pass from Karlsson at the point and fired a wrist shot past Jones at 2:21. Pavelski tied it when he fired a rebound into an open net at 7:14 while Fleury was still recovering from making a save at the other side of the goal. Lindberg got the lead back for Vegas when he redirected Theodore's shot from the point past Jones 3:03 into the second. But Vlasic tied it midway through the period when he backhanded home a rebound that came off Vegas defender Brayden McNabb's knee. For the second straight night, Karlsson scored a short-handed goal on a breakaway, this time with what might have been his sweetest of 42 goals this season - between his legs to beat Jones top shelf. NOTES: In a pregame ceremony, the Golden Knights retired No. 58, raising a banner with 58 stars and the names of the lives lost in the Oct. 1 concert shooting. ... The 18,458 in attendance was the largest crowd of Vegas' inaugural season. ... Vegas' James Neal played in his 700th career game, while teammate Jonathan Marchessault played in his 200th game. ... San Jose's Joonas Donskoi played in his 200th career game. ... San Jose, which has the league's second-best penalty kill, denied Vegas' four power-play opportunities and hasn't allowed a power-play goal in 16 of its last 18 contests. ... The Golden Knights improved to 33-5-2 record when scoring the first goal of the game. UP NEXTSharks: Host Dallas on Tuesday. Golden Knights: Visit Vancouver on Tuesday.

NHL Game Recap: Edmonton Oilers (2) vs. Calgary Flames (3) - 3/31/2018

NHL Game Recap: Edmonton Oilers (2) vs. Calgary Flames (3) - Date: 3/31/2018 / CALGARY, Alberta Dougie Hamilton starts Calgary's three-goal first period and the Flames beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 Saturday night. Mikael Backlund had a goal and an assist and Garnet Hathaway also scored to help Calgary snap a seven-game skid. Michael Frolik added two assists and Mike Smith stopped 34 shots. Hamilton's goal was his 17th of the season, the most by a defenseman in the NHL. He has 13 since Jan. 1, tying him with Sean Monahan for second on the team behind Matthew Tkachuk in that stretch. Anton Slepyshev and Mike Cammalleri scored for Edmonton. Cam Talbot gave up three goals on seven shots before he was pulled 15 1/2 minutes in with the Oilers trailing 3-1. Al Montoya came on and stopped all 13 shots he faced. Edmonton took the lead 2:41 in on Slepyshev's sixth of the season before the Flames scored three times in less th an nine minutes. Hamilton got things started with a wicked shot that got beat Talbot at 6:43 on the Oilers' first shot on goal. Hathaway put the Flames in front at 11:54, beating Talbot on a wrister inside the post from nearly 60 feet out. Baseball Handicappers. The short-handed goal was Hathaway's first goal in 42 games. Backlund neatly pulled the puck around Talbot and fired in his 14th goal of the season with 4:32 remaining in the first. Oilers coach Todd McLellan pulled Tablot after that. Free Sports Picks. The Oilers were the much better team in the second period, outshooting Calgary 12-5 and narrowing the deficit to 3-2 on Cammalleri's deflection with 7:19 left. In one sequence, Edmonton had three odd-man rushes within the same penalty kill, but they only got one shot out of it. On consecutive 2-on-1s, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl failed each time to get a shot on goal. Early in the third, the same duo combined again, but Draisaitl rang a shot off the post. Smith was peppered with 15 shots in the final 20 minutes, but didn't let the tying goal beat him. NOTES: McDavid, the NHL's leading scorer, failed to pick up a point, snapping his six-game scoring streak (seven goals, seven assists). ... Edmonton was 0 for 5 on the power play. Calgary was 0 for 3 and fell to 1 for 47 over the last 16 games. ... Calgary F Johnny Gaudreau returned to the lineup after missing two games (family matter). His line centered by Nick Shore also had Edmonton-born Spencer Foo, who made his NHL debut. ... With the Travis Hamonic (upper body) out, Matt Bartkowski returned to the lineup after being scratched 45 of the previous 46 games. UP NEXTOilers: At Minnesota on Monday night before closing the season with two home games. Flames: Host Arizona on Tuesday night.

NBA Game Recap: Golden State Warriors (112) vs. Sacramento Kings (96) - 3/31/2018

NBA Game Recap: Golden State Warriors (112) vs. Sacramento Kings (96) - Date: 3/31/2018 Apr 01, 2018 SACRAMENTO, Calif. Golden State guard Patrick McCaw left on a stretcher late in the third quarter of the Warriors' 112-96 win over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night after a terrifying thud to the floor following an undercut by Vince Carter that appeared unintentional.McCaw was transported to UC Davis Medical Center for further evaluation, the team said.He drove the baseline and went down with a thud at the 41.8-second mark of the third quarter, hit in the lower body by Carter. McCaw lay still and in agony for about 10 minutes as the crowd quieted. Carter, who was given a Flagrant-1 foul, knelt nearby as medical personnel from both teams along with Warriors coach Steve Kerr rushed out to the baseline beneath Golden State's basket.Players for both teams eventually came to the floor as McCaw was placed on a stretcher a nd wheeled away with his neck stabilized. McCaw, who appeared to be trying to dunk, did a scissor kick in the air over Carter's right shoulder before landing hard on his troublesome back.Kerr swore and was visibly frustrated and hollered ''He knows better,'' referring to Carter, before going out to the court to check on his second-year guard. Carter got close to McCaw and offered some words just before the stretcher was pulled away. Free Sports Picks Today. The two teams then gathered in a huddle before the game resumed.Kevin Durant had 27 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in his first full game back from a rib injury. Durant had returned Thursday night against Milwaukee but got ejected just before halftime for using vulgarities.Fellow All-Star Klay Thompson played Saturday following an eight-game absence with a broken right thumb and contributed 25 points on 10-for-19 shooting as the defendi ng champions snapped a rare three-game losing streak.Everything appeared peaceful outside Golden 1 Center, where police on horses and officers in riot gear surrounded the arena hours before tipoff. Protesters have joined hands at recent games following the shooting death by police of unarmed black man Stephon Clark on March 18.Earlier Saturday, former Kings star and Sacramento native Matt Barnes organized a rally and pledged to create a scholarship fund for the children of black men killed by police.Warriors coach Steve Kerr found himself on the defensive before the game for not attending the rally after he pledged his organization's support to Clark's family and the community.''I'm coaching the Warriors tonight and we're kind of busy today,'' Kerr said before adding, ''I think you guys know our team, we're very socially aware and active and we've got a lot of players who do a lot of good in the community and who care about wha t's going on. And we all care about what's happening here and we're very compassionate first and foremost to the Clark family but also to the community. We support the protests. Everybody in our organization wants to see a change and wants to see justice.'' De'Aaron Fox had 15 points and eight assists and Buddy Hield scored 19 off the bench in the Kings' fourth straight defeat.After taking an elbow, Shaun Livingston grabbed a driving Skal Labissiere with 4:40 left in the second quarter and tempers flared. Officials went to replay review and Livingston received a Flagrant 1.TIP-INSWarriors: F Omri Casspi missed playing against his former team, sitting out a seventh straight game with a sprained right ankle. ... Golden State won both meetings in Sacramento but lost twice to the Kings at home. ... Sports Handicapper Tracker. The Warriors haven't lost four straight since Feb. 26-March 2, 2013.Kings: Sacramento was trying to become the first Western Conference team since 2014-15 to beat Golden State three times in the same season. ... Sacramento signed F Nigel Hayes.ANOTHER MARKGolden State won 55 games for the fourth straight season, the 15th time it has happened in NBA history and first since the Spurs did so five consecutive times from 2012-2017.WELTS TO HALL OF FAMEWarriors chief operating officer Rick Welts was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, part of a 13-person class that also includes player development consultant and former MVP Steve Nash.UP NEXTWarriors: Host Phoenix on Sunday night, their second-to-last time playing on consecutive nights. Winning Sports Handicappers. The Warriors have beaten the Suns 13 straight times, 12 in a row at home.Kings: At the Lakers on Sunday to open a stretch of four road games before ending the season at home against Houston.---More NBA b asketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

MLB Game Recap: San Francisco Giants (0) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (5) - 3/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: San Francisco Giants (0) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (5) - Date: 3/31/2018 Dodgers get 1st runs and win of season, 5-0 over Giants9m ago. 2 min read LOS ANGELES Kenta Maeda struck out 10 over five scoreless innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers finally found their offense to beat the San Francisco Giants 5-0 on Saturday night for their first win of the season.After striking out 18 times in a pair of 1-0 defeats to open the season, the Dodgers got the loudest cheers in the first inning for a sacrifice fly by Yasiel Puig that scored their first run off Derek Holland (0-1). Matt Kemp followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0.Kike Hernandez added a run with another sacrifice fly in the third.Maeda (1-0) allowed five hits and walked one. He faced baserunners in every inning except the fifth.The Dodgers extended their lead to 5-0 in the fourth on a two-run error by center fielder Gregor Blanco. Kyle Farmer was safe at seco nd after Blanco and right fielder Andrew McCutchen miscommunicated on a fly ball and Blanco dropped it, allowing Cody Bellinger and Austin Barnes to score. Holland walked both Bellinger and Barnes.Holland gave up five runs - three earned - and three hits in five innings. Picks and Parlays. The left-hander struck out four and walked three.The Giants collected nine hits and left 10 runners on base while failing to advance anyone past second.Joe Panik, whose solo homers beat the Dodgers in the first two games, hit into a game-ending double play in the ninth.McCutchen and Evan Longoria - two big offseason acquisitions for the Giants - continued to struggle. McCutchen is 1 for 12 with two strikeouts and Longoria is 0 for 11 with four strikeouts in their first three games.Maeda pitched out of a jam in the second. He gave up two-out singles to Hunter Pence and Blanco, putting the tying runs on first and second before Holl and struck out looking to end the inning.TRAINER'S ROOMGiants: RHP Jeff Samardzija, on the DL with a pectoral strain, threw about 20 pitches in a side session and will try a bullpen session on Tuesday. Manager Bruce Bochy said he could begin a rehab assignment within a week. ... After seeking a second opinion, RHP Julian Hernandez is scheduled for Tommy John surgery on Thursday in Arizona.UP NEXTRight-hander Chris Stratton of the Giants opposes left-hander Rich Hill in the series finale. Stratton allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last nine starts in 2017 with a 2.42 ERA. Hill is 5-2 with a 2.43 ERA in 11 career starts against San Francisco.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

NHL Game Recap: St. Louis Blues (0) vs. Arizona Coyotes (6) - 3/31/2018

NHL Game Recap: St. Louis Blues (0) vs. Arizona Coyotes (6) - Date: 3/31/2018 / GLENDALE, Ariz. Antti Raanta stopped 34 shots for his third shutout of the season and the Arizona Coyotes scored three goals in the second period and beat the playoff-chasing St. Louis Blues 6-0 Saturday night. Four of the Coyotes' goals came from defensemen, including Luke Schenn, who scored his first goal in his 61st game of the season. Schenn also energized a large crowd and his teammates with a powerful check of Blues forward Scottie Upshall early in the second period. Richard Panik added a goal just before the hit, and 28-win Arizona won its 10th this month. Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a power-play goal and assisted on another second-period goal, Jakob Chychrun, Alex Goligosksi and Zac Rinaldo scored, and Max Domi and Dylan Strome had three assists each for the Coyotes. Panik had an assist and Derek Stepan had two. Sports Monitor. The Blues entered 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, but ended the night tied with Colorado for the second wild-card spot in the West at 92 points through 78 games. Jake Allen made his 12th consecutive start in goal for St. Louis, but was replaced after the Coyotes' second goal and 12 saves. Carter Hutton finished the game and made 15 saves. Brayden Schenn hit the post with a shot midway through the first period, the best scoring chance in the early going for St. Louis. Allen caught Brendan Perlini's wrister at 14:27, but couldn't stop Luke Schenn's long shot 32 seconds later. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Coyotes made it 2-0 at 3:51 of the second period. Clayton Keller bounced a cross-ice pass to Panik, who scored from distance for his 13th of the season. Luke Schenn threw a shoulder into Upshall, who staggered into the Blues' bench area af ter the hit. Schenn and the Blues' Chris Thorburn were given five minutes for fighting after the check. Upshall did not return. Raanta thwarted several Blues' attempts right in front of the net with saves amid heavy traffic throughout the second period and made more impressive saves in the third. He has 11 career shutouts. A third Coyotes goal at 13:54 was waved off for incidental contact with Hutton before the puck crossed the goal line. Arizona challenged the call but it was upheld. Ekman-Larsson, who lost a goal on the call, scored at 15:09 on a power play, his 14th of the season. Stepan reached 42 assists, a career high in a single season. Chychrun made it 4-0 with his goal 20 seconds before the second intermission. Rinaldo ended the scoring at 17:40 of the third. NOTES: Blues D Mitch Reinke, a 22-year-old who just finished his college season with Michigan Tech, made his NHL debut. ... Basketball Pic ks. The Blues called up D Chris Butler from AHL San Antonio in time for the game, but he was scratched. So was D Jordan Schmaltz with an upper body injury suffered Friday at Vegas. ... Coyotes C Christian Dvorak was scratched with a lower body injury, his first missed game of the season. ... The Coyotes reached 10 wins in March for just the fifth time in franchise history. ... Assistant captain Brianna Decker and forward Amanda Pelkey, from the United States women's hockey team that won the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, performed the ceremonial puck drop before the game. UP NEXTBlues: Host Washington Monday. Coyotes: At Calgary Tuesday.

MLB Game Recap: Milwaukee Brewers (7) vs. San Diego Padres (3) - 3/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Milwaukee Brewers (7) vs. San Diego Padres (3) - Date: 3/31/2018 Yelich ties career high with 5 hits in Brewers' 7-3 win6m ago. 2 min read SAN DIEGO Christian Yelich tied his career high with five hits, and the Milwaukee Brewers swept the San Diego Padres with a 7-3 victory on Saturday night.Yelich scored three times and drove in two runs as Milwaukee improved to 3-0 for the first time since it won its first five games in 2006. Lorenzo Cain had three hits and two RBIs, and Travis Shaw drove in three runs.The Brewers acquired Yelich in a January trade with Miami and signed Cain to an $80 million, five-year contract during free agency, bolstering their outfield with a pair of bold moves.Looks pretty good so far.Yelich had his first three hits off Luis Perdomo (0-1), including a single in the first, a single in the third and an RBI double in the fourth. He then singled off Robbie Erlin in the sixth and added an RBI single in the eighth to chase Erlin, who missed all of 2017 while rehabbing from reconstructive elbow surgery.Yelich set his career high with five hits for the Marlins against Philadelphia on Oct. 3, 2015.Shaw singled in Yelich in the first and brought in Yelich and Cain in the third with a double that bounced over the left-field fence. Cain singled in Yelich in the fourth and added an RBI single in the eighth.Brewers left-hander Brent Suter (1-0) went five innings, allowing three runs and three hits. He combined with Josh Hader and Jacob Barnes on a six-hitter.Freddy Galvis hit a two-run homer for San Diego in the second, and Eric Hosmer doubled home a run in the third.Perdomo allowed five runs and seven hits in four innings.With the Padres facing a right-hander, Ryan Braun was out of the lineup and left-handed hitting Eric Thames started at first and batted leadoff. Braun's impressive three-run homer capped a five-run rally in the ninth inning Friday night that gav e Milwaukee an 8-6 win.TRAINER'S ROOMPadres: OF Wil Myers will take two days off because of a sore back.UP NEXTBrewers: Following an off day, RHP Zach Davies is scheduled to start the home opener Monday against RHP Miles Mikolas and the St. Louis Cardinals.Padres: RHP Bryan Mitchell is scheduled to make his Padres debut Monday night in the opener of a home series against Colorado, which will counter with RHP Chad Bettis.

NCAAB Game Recap: Kansas (79) vs. Villanova (95) - 3/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Kansas (79) vs. Villanova (95) - Date: 3/31/2018 Mar 31, 2018 SAN ANTONIO - One by one, Villanova keeps winning games and getting closer to another national title.Three by three, the Wildcats kept knocking down shots, making sure Kansas wouldn't get in their way.Villanova made a Final Four-record 18 3-pointers Saturday night, playing long ball to snuff out the Jayhawks early in a 95-79 victory.Junior Eric Paschall led the barrage, going 4 for 5 from 3, 10 for 11 overall, and finishing with a career-high 24 points. But the hoop was as wide as the Alamodome for pretty much everyone in a Wildcats jersey. Villanova shot 45 percent from 3.Next up is Michigan, which will try to guard the perimeter Monday night when Villanova (35-5) goes for its second title in three seasons.---More college basketball: https://collegebasketball.ap.org ; https://twitter.com/-Top25 and https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-special-e vents

MLB Game Recap: Colorado Rockies (2) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (1) - 3/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Colorado Rockies (2) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (1) - Date: 3/31/2018 Blackmon homers twice, Rockies beat Diamondbacks 2-16m ago. 2 min read PHOENIX Charlie Blackmon homered twice and the Colorado Rockies salvaged the final game of their season-opening series in Arizona with a 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks on Saturday night.Blackmon, whose three hits in the series were all homers, tied the game with a leadoff drive against Zack Greinke in the sixth inning. He added another leadoff shot against Fernando Salas (0-1) in the eighth.After scoring 17 runs in the first two games, Arizona managed only an unearned run in the series finale.Bryan Shaw (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh to get the victory. Jake McGee retired the heart of Arizona's lineup in order in the eighth, and Wade Davis pitched a perfect ninth for the save in his Rockies debut.Greinke and Rockies starter German Marquez each had a solid performance .Greinke, a 17-game winner last season who had his first start pushed back by a minor groin issue in spring training, struck out eight in 5 2/3 innings. Marquez allowed four hits, struck out four and walked four in five innings.The Diamondbacks took the lead in the fourth.Daniel Descalso singled with one out and Jarrod Dyson hit a bouncer toward second base. Shortstop Trevor Story booted the grounder into center field and Descalso advanced to third. He scored when Nick Ahmed grounded into a fielder's choice, barely beating out the potential double play.Greinke blanked the Rockies for five innings on three hits before Blackmon caught the pitcher's slow curve ball on the first pitch of the sixth and sent it into the right-field seat. Greinke fanned Nolan Arenado and gave up a single to Carlos Gonzalez before manager Torey Lovullo made the pitching change.TRAINER'S ROOMDiamondbacks: RHP Randall Delgado (on the 10-day DL with a left oblique strain) threw 30 pitches i n a bullpen session on Friday. RHP Shelby Miller, on the 60-day DL recovering from Tommy John surgery, threw 35 pitches in his session.MEMORIESThe Diamondbacks commemorated their 20 years in the majors with the starting pitcher of their first game, Andy Benes, throwing out a ceremonial first pitch to Jorge Fabregas, his catcher that day. Sam Moore of Sam and Dave's ''Soul Man'' fame sang the national anthem, just as he did in that first game in 1998. Track Handicappers. The first 20,000 fans got jerseys in the team's old purple pinstripes with the No. 98, the year the team began play.UP NEXTBoth teams have Sunday off.The Rockies send right-hander Chad Bettis to the mound Monday night in the opener of a three-game series in San Diego.Arizona opens a three-game series at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night, with right-hander Taijuan Walker on the mound for the Di amondbacks and right-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu going for the Dodgers.

MLB Game Recap: Chicago Cubs (10) vs. Miami Marlins (6) - 3/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Chicago Cubs (10) vs. Miami Marlins (6) - Date: 3/31/2018 Bryant's three-run double in the 10th helps lead Cubs11m ago. 2 min read MIAMI Ben Zobrist had a tiebreaking RBI single and Kris Bryant followed with a bases-clearing double in a four-run 10th inning for the Cubs, who beat the Miami Marlins 10-6 on Saturday night after Yu Darvish struggled in his first start for Chicago.Kyle Schwarber homered and drove in two runs and Anthony Rizzo also knocked in two for the Cubs, who bounced back after a 17-inning loss to the Marlins on Friday.Darvish pitched 4 1-3 innings, allowing five hits, five runs, and two walks while hitting two batters. He struck out four and threw 59 of his 102 pitches for strikes.Darvish signed a six-year, $126 million deal with the Cubs last month after ending last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.Derek Dietrich homered and drove in a pair, and Starlin Castro added two RBIs for the Marl ins.Javier Baez led off the 10th with a double off Brad Ziegler (0-1), sending a liner off the outstretched glove of third baseman Brian Anderson. Addison Russell followed with a walk and Zobrist lined a base hit to right as Baez slid head-first into home without a play for a 7-6 lead.The Cubs then loaded the bases with two outs for Bryant, who hit a ground ball down just inside the left-field line to clear the bases for a 10-6 lead.Miami starter Odrisamer Despaigne pitched five innings - allowing five runs, four earned - after tossing the final inning of Friday's 17-inning marathon and earning the win.Despaigne is the first pitcher to finish a game and start his team's next game since Erasmo Ramirez on May 28-29, 2017, with the Tampa Bay Rays. Basketball Handicappers. The last pitcher to win both games was Tom Seaver with the Chicago White Sox in 1984.Dietrich hit a two-run homer off Darvish in the first inn ing for an early lead.The Cubs tied the game on Schwarber's two-run upper-deck homer in the second.Rizzo had a two-run single to right field in the fifth, which was bobbled by Cameron Maybin allowing another run to score for a 5-2 lead.Darvish steadied himself after Dietrich's homer until the fifth, when he loaded the bases with no outs. Lewis Brinson's single brought the Marlins within 5-3. After recording the first out of the inning, Darvish allowed a two-run single to Castro, ending his night.Earlier in the at-bat with Castro, manager Joe Maddon and a trainer went to the mound to check on Darvish after a pitch, but he stayed in the game.The Cubs took a 6-5 lead in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Jason Heyward.Holaday's single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth off Pedro Strop (1-0) tied the game at 6.TRAINER'S ROOMMarlins: OF Garrett Cooper (wrist) was not in the starting lineup after exiting in the fourth inning of Friday's game after being hit by a pitch, but made a pinch-hit appearance in the eighth inning as X-rays came back negative. ''It's a sigh of relief, definitely,'' Cooper said. ''Definitely a little more of a scare when it happened. ... Nothing is broken.'' UP NEXTCubs: RHP Jose Quintana will make his season debut against the Marlins on Sunday.Marlins: LHP Dillon Peters will also make his first start.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

NBA Game Recap: Brooklyn Nets (110) vs. Miami Heat (109) - 3/31/2018

NBA Game Recap: Brooklyn Nets (110) vs. Miami Heat (109) - Date: 3/31/2018 Mar 31, 2018 MIAMI Caris Levert scored with about a half-minute left in overtime to put Brooklyn up for good, Dwyane Wade missed on a play where he thought he got fouled at the buzzer and the Nets beat the Miami Heat 110-109 on Saturday night.Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 20 points for the Nets, who denied Miami a chance to clinch a playoff spot. Levert finished with 19 and Brooklyn put seven players in double figures for the second straight game - the first time the Nets have done that in 29 years.Brooklyn's six-game overtime losing streak ended, and the Nets went 3-1 against the Heat this season.James Johnson and Goran Dragic each scored 18 for Miami, which got 16 from Kelly Olynyk and 14 from Hassan Whiteside. Wade and Josh Richardson each had 13 for the Heat, whose magic number for clinching remained one.Wade found Johnson for a layup wit h 41.1 seconds left to put Miami up one, and that was followed by the Levert score that became the one that mattered most.Miami came out flying, taking a quick 30-16 lead when Wade hit a 3-pointer. NFL Handicappers. The lead was still 11 early in the second, and it looked like a bit of comeuppance - clinching a spot against a Nets team that offered no resistance in Game 82 at Chicago last season, a Bulls win that eliminated the Heat from the postseason - was on the way.Not quite.Brooklyn trailed by only seven at the half, and took its first lead since 7-5 when Dinwiddie's 3-pointer midway through the third put the Nets up 62-61. Free Sports Picks. The lead eventually grew to nine midway through the fourth, and Miami's frustration was on full display.Wade thought he got fouled when he missed a spinning layup, slapped the basket stanchion and drew a t echnical.It seemed to be a spark.Johnson had 12 of his points in the fourth, including a pair of three-point plays 24 seconds apart. Wade put the Heat ahead with a drive with about a minute remaining, Hollis-Jefferson got a three-point play to put the Nets on top again, and Wade tied it with a pair of free throws.Brooklyn missed two shots on its last possession of regulation, Dragic missed for Miami at the buzzer, and to overtime they went.TIP-INSNets: D'Angelo Russell started for Brooklyn, played the first 6 1/2 minutes, missed all five of his shots while turning the ball over twice and never saw the floor again. ... Brooklyn has had a great year against the Southeast Division. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Nets are 12-6 against Miami's division - and 13-45 against the other five divisions, including 1-13 against their Atlantic rivals.Heat: Miami remains one win shy of clinching its 18th winning recor d in Pat Riley's 23 seasons with the organization. Only San Antonio has more winning seasons (22) in that 23-year stretch. ... The Heat have scored at least 90 points in 26 consecutive games, tying the third-best streak in team history. They've done it in 37 straight games on two other occasions.SCORING RECORDThe Heat finished March averaging 111.7 points for the month - the best for any full month in team history.MUTUAL RESPECTHeat coach Erik Spoelstra said he can see, and respects, how the Nets are trying to create a winning culture. Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson took that as high praise - knowing ''culture'' is a very significant word to the Heat. ''From Erik to Pat Riley, they've been doing it for a long time. They're a team that we imitate,'' Atkinson said.UP NEXTNets: Host Detroit on Sunday.Heat: Visit Atlanta on Tuesday.---More NBA basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

NHL Game Recap: Minnesota Wild (1) vs. Dallas Stars (4) - 3/31/2018

NHL Game Recap: Minnesota Wild (1) vs. Dallas Stars (4) - Date: 3/31/2018 / DALLAS John Klingberg scored a goal while adding to his NHL-leading assist total for defensemen and the Dallas Stars beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Saturday night. Jason Spezza scored a goal for the first time since Jan. 16 as the Stars, playing their home finale, won for just the second time in 11 games - a slide that wiped out any realistic hopes of making the playoffs. Baseball Predictions. The Wild, still holding the third playoff spot in the Central Division with four games remaining, lost the second of a home-and-home set two nights after beating the Stars 5-2 in Minnesota. Money Cappers. Their season-best seven-game point streak ended. Professional Spor ts Handicappers. Tyler Seguin added an empty-netter in the final minute for the first 40-goal season of the high-scoring forward's career. Kari Lehtonen, who had to carry Dallas' playoff hopes late in the season with Ben Bishop sidelined by a knee injury, stopped 33 shots. Devan Dubnyk had 32 saves for the Wild. Seguin and Jamie Benn assisted on Klingberg's eighth of the season for a 2-0 lead in the second period. Klingberg had his career-best 56th assist on the first-period goal by Spezza, who took a pass from Alexander Radulov ahead of the defense before his shot from close range trickled under Dubnyk's right leg. Radek Faksa scored short-handed for Dallas 19 seconds into the third period, but Zach Parise answered with a power-play goal 70 seconds later. The Stars' Remi Elie had taken a holding penalty late in the second. Mikael Granlund topped last season's career high with his 44th assist on Parise's goal. NOTES: The Stars capp ed a season of celebrating 25 years in Texas with Mike Modano dropping the ceremonial first puck. Modano led Dallas to the franchise's only Stanley Cup title in 1999 and is the NHL's career American-born scoring leader. ... Wild D Ryan Suter went off with an apparent injury late in the second period. He wasn't using his right leg as he was helped through the tunnel to the locker room. ... Spezza has eight goals in 75 games. His previous low when playing at least 75 games was 22 goals in 2003-04, the 34-year-old's first full season in the NHL. UP NEXTWild: Final home game of the regular season Monday against Edmonton. Stars: Start of season-ending three-game West Coast trip Tuesday at San Jose.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHLhockey

MLB Game Recap: Philadelphia Phillies (2) vs. Atlanta Braves (15) - 3/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Philadelphia Phillies (2) vs. Atlanta Braves (15) - Date: 3/31/2018 Inciarte drives in 4 runs as Braves pound Phillies 15-27m ago. 2 min read ATLANTA Ender Inciarte drove in four runs with three hits, Ryan Flaherty had four hits and scored four times, and the Atlanta Braves roughed up Vince Velasquez and the Philadelphia Phillies for a 15-2 win on Saturday night.Brandon McCarthy (1-0) allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings in his Braves debut.Velasquez (0-1) faltered in a tough spot for Philadelphia after it used a combined 13 relievers in the first two games of the series. He was charged with seven runs, four earned, and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings.Six Phillies pitchers allowed 19 hits, and the defense committed four errors. Utility player Pedro Florimon pitched the eighth and gave up a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Lane Adams.The Braves led 3-2 before scoring four runs in the fourth. One out after a bloop single by N ick Markakis drove in two runs, manager Gabe Kapler came to the mound to replace Velasquez. Left-hander Hoby Milner, the only reliever up in the bullpen, apparently wasn't ready to enter the game.Kapler remained on the mound as Milner took extra throws before leaving the bullpen. Braves manager Brian Snitker came out of the dugout, apparently to argue about the delay, and was ejected by umpire Jerry Layne, the crew chief.Visibly upset, Snitker had more words for plate umpire Vic Carapazza on his way off the field. It was Snitker's second ejection of the series.Milner, pitching for the third straight game, recorded only one out.TRAINER'S ROOMPhillies: RHP Tommy Hunter (strained hamstring), who opened the season on the 10-day disabled list, is expected to report to Class A Clearwater next week. RHP Jake Arrieta, who signed a three-year, $75 million contract on March 12, also will report to Clearwater to prepare for his first scheduled start with the Phillies on Apr il 8.Braves: C Kurt Suzuki suffered what he said was ''really bad'' bruising when he was hit by a pitch on the side of his right hand on Friday night. Best Free Sports Picks. The hand was still swollen on Saturday but he said he hopes to play Monday or Tuesday. C Tyler Flowers was placed on the 10-day DL on Friday with a strained left oblique and could miss one month.RAVIN RECALLEDRight-hander Josh Ravin, who appeared in a combined 33 games the last three seasons with the Dodgers, was recalled by the Braves and pitched the ninth, giving up only a walk. Left-hander Rex Brothers was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. Right-hander Akeel Morris was designated for assignment.UP NEXTPhillies: RHP Ben Lively will face New York's Matt Harvey when Philadelphia opens a series at the Mets on Monday night. Lively was 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA in three starts against the Mets in 2017.Braves: After a rare Sunday off da y, the Braves open a home series against Washington on Monday night when LHP Sean Newcomb makes his first start of the season.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

NBA Game Recap: Toronto Raptors (99) vs. Boston Celtics (110) - 3/31/2018

NBA Game Recap: Toronto Raptors (99) vs. Boston Celtics (110) - Date: 3/31/2018 Mar 31, 2018 BOSTON Marcus Morris had 25 points and nine rebounds before getting ejected in the closing seconds, and the Boston Celtics rallied to beat the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors 110-99 on Saturday night.Jayson Tatum added 24 points, six rebounds and four assists as Boston posted its sixth straight win and moved within two games of Toronto for the top seed in the East.Both teams have six games remaining. Sports Handicap. They meet for the final time on Wednesday in Toronto.Things got heated in the final seconds when four technical fouls were assessed between the teams. Morris was hit with two and was tossed. Baseball Picks. Toronto's C. J. Miles and Serge Ibaka received one each.For Morris, it was his fourth straight game with at least 20 points.DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 32 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Ibaka added 15 points and 10 rebounds.After giving up 24 points in the paint in the first half, the Celtics mixed in some zone defensively in the second half to try to limit the Raptors' opportunities.It was effective late, and helped ignite a 10-0 Celtics run that gave them a 104-94 lead with 3:27 left on a layup by Tatum.There were 15 ties and 20 lead changes.TIP-INSRaptors: DeRozan extended his franchise record for 30-point games to 92. ... Winning Sports Gambling. Toronto's franchise-record streak of hitting at least 10 3-pointers came to an end at 17 games.Celtics: Aron Baynes' two 3-pointers were a career high. He entered the night 1 for 19 from beyond the arc. The one he made previously was in Boston on Nov. 30, 2014. ... Morris (right ankle sprain) and Al Horford (left ank le sprain) both returned after missing a game.MAKING PROGRESSCeltics coach Brad Stevens said he got his first peek at Kyrie Irving since he had surgery last week to remove a tension wire in his left knee.''Saw him (Friday), spent a lot of time with him. His spirits are good,'' Stevens said. ''Bending (and) extending his knee on a training table. No on-court videos. No 360 dunks. Just extending his knee on a training table.'' Irving is out at least for the remainder of the regular season. The team said recovery would take three to six weeks. The longer estimate for his return would mean he would not be back until the second round of the playoffs.STAYING HEALTHYPlaying the Celtics highlighted the Raptors' health. Toronto had its entire roster available, which coach Dwayne Casey said was ''huge'' for his team's prospects going forward.''That was one of the things coming into this year - to make sure we cut back som e minutes,'' Casey said. ''DeMar and Kyle (Lowry), keep their minutes back to make sure they didn't get those high-usage rates on their body. Knock on wood, it's not over yet.'' UP NEXTRaptors: At Cleveland on Tuesday.Celtics: At Milwaukee Tuesday.---More NBA basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

MLB Game Recap: Chicago White Sox (4) vs. Kansas City Royals (3) - 3/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Chicago White Sox (4) vs. Kansas City Royals (3) - Date: 3/31/2018 Castillo helps White Sox rally for 4-3 victory over Royals9m ago. 2 min read KANSAS CITY, Mo. Wellington Castillo delivered a go-ahead two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Saturday night.Lucas Giolito had kept the White Sox in the game against a stingy Ian Kennedy, turning over a 3-1 deficit to his bullpen. Danny Farquhar (1-0) and the rest of the relief corps managed to shut down the Royals while Castillo and the Chicago offense bailed their starter out.The rally began when Yoan Moncada hit a towering home run off Brandon Maurer (0-1) to begin the eighth. Avisail Garcia followed with a single, Jose Abreu grounded into a fielder's choice and Matt Davidson drew a walk before Castillo's two-run liner to right field.Nate Jones worked around a single in the e ighth, and former Royals reliever Joakim Soria got Whit Merrifield to fly out with runners on first and second for his first save with the White Sox.Kennedy allowed four hits, struck out five and walked two over six innings, an encouraging outing after last season. Kennedy picked up his player option mainly because he was so bad during an injury-plagued year that he assumed he would have few other suitors.Giolito matched Kennedy most of the night, though. He surrendered four hits, walked four, threw a wild pitch and a hit a batter, but he also allowed only three runs over six scattershot innings.That was good enough against the Royals' dismal bullpen.Their once-dominant stable had eight pitchers allow a combined eight runs in relief of Danny Duffy in the season opener Thursday. Maurer was one of three relievers who came through their outings unscathed.He couldn't replicate the feat on Saturday night.Lucas Duda drove in a pair of runs and Cheslor Cuthbert had the othe r RBI for the Royals, whose effort at small ball on a cold, blustery evening nearly beat the powerful White Sox.Chicago matched a major league record by belting six home runs on opening day.MINOR MOVESRoyals right-hander Wily Peralta cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Omaha. He was designated for assignment Thursday. ... Winning Sports Handicappers. The Royals signed veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse to a minor league deal. Top Rated Sports Services. The 39-year-old last pitched in the majors in 2016, going 0-2 with a 12.51 ERA for the Rangers.UP NEXTIf freezing temperatures and the threat of snow hold off, the White Sox will summon RHP Reynaldo Lopez to the hill for the series finale Sunday. Kansas City will send RHP Jason Hammel to the mound.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

NHL Game Recap: Montreal Canadiens (2) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (5) - 3/31/2018

NHL Game Recap: Montreal Canadiens (2) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (5) - Date: 3/31/2018 / PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Penguins' quest for a three-peat is officially on. Patric Hornqvist picked up his 200th career goal and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions clinched their 12th straight playoff berth with a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. Phil Kessel, Riley Sheahan, Conor Sheary and Carl Hagelin also scored for Pittsburgh, which dominated the largely listless Canadiens to improve to 17-1-1 in their last 19 games at PPG Paints Arena. Matt Murray finished with 24 saves for the Penguins, who swept their season series with Montreal for only the second time in franchise history. Jeff Petry and Jonathan Droui scored for the Canadiens, who lost for the fifth time in seven games. Antti Niemi made 28 stops but Montreal couldn't handle the league's top-ranked power play. Handicapper Return on Investment. The Penguins went 3 for 5 with the man advantage, including Kessel and Sheahan scoring less than two minutes apart in the third period to blow open a one-goal game. Pittsburgh pulled within three points of first-place Washington in the Metropolitan Division. Professional Sports Handicappers. The Capitals visit the Penguins on Sunday night. Niemi actually began the season as the Penguins' top backup after Marc-Andre Fleury was traded to Las Vegas and Murray became fully entrenched at the top spot. Game Fixing. The plan lasted all of a month. Niemi found himself on waivers in late October after going 0-3 with a 7.50 goals against average, all of the losses coming on the road. While Niemi has rediscovered his game in Montreal, perhaps it's fitting the Penguins rea ched the postseason with their former teammate - however briefly it lasted - in the opposing net. Niemi's awful numbers in Pittsburgh weren't entirely his fault. Niemi's struggles came in part to some lethargic play in front of him. Though coach Mike Sullivan claimed it wasn't a hangover from two long postseason runs, the Penguins treaded for the first three months of the season before getting it going in January. The team Niemi faced on Saturday still has some issues in its own end, but the Penguins also have the kind of firepower few can match. The proof came during a 5-minute stretch in which they scored three goals. Sheary rifled a wrist shot from the slot into the net 9:41 into the first, just 59 seconds after Petry gave the Canadiens the lead. Hornqvist put Pittsburgh in front 37 seconds later with his 17th of the season and came in typical fashion for the bruising forward. He planted himself in front of the Montreal net and flipped home a backup pa st Price. Hagelin finished the barrage by banking the puck off Niemi's back from behind the net. Though Drouin's 13th of the season with 10 seconds left in the first brought Montreal within one, the Canadiens never really came close to tying it. Their best chance came in the third period but Artturi Lehkonen flubbed a shorthanded breakaway. The Penguins went back the other way and Kessel's shot deflected off a Montreal player and into the net for his 31st. NOTES: Penguins F Derick Brassard missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Pittsburgh has won five straight overall against Montreal. ... The Penguins are now 9-7-2 on the first night of back-to-backs this season. ... Pittsburgh C Sidney Crosby's five-game goal streak ended, though he did have one assist. ... The Penguins' 12-year playoff run is a franchise record. The team reached the postseason 11 straight times from 1990-2001. UP NEXTCanadiens: Host New Jersey on Sunday. The teams have split their first two games, each winning on home ice. Penguins: will try to take the season series from Washington on Sunday night. Pittsburgh won two of the first three meetings.---More NHL hockey: https://apnews.com/tag/NHLhockey

MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (6) vs. Baltimore Orioles (2) - 3/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (6) vs. Baltimore Orioles (2) - Date: 3/31/2018 Gibson throws 6 no-hit innings as Twins beat Orioles 6-211m ago. 2 min read BALTIMORE Minnesota Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson held the Baltimore Orioles hitless over six innings before being replaced by Ryan Pressly, who kept the no-hitter intact until the eighth in a 6-2 victory Saturday night.Gibson, Pressly and Gabriel Moya combined on a three-hitter to help Minnesota bounce back from an 11-inning, season-opening loss to Baltimore on Thursday.Gibson (1-0) struck out six and walked five. Although the 30-year-old did not allow a runner past first base, manager Paul Molitor figured Gibson had enough after throwing 102 pitches in an early-season game on a cool night.The final batter Gibson faced was Trey Mancini, who hit a sinking liner to left field that a diving Eddie Rosario got his glove under. Free Pick. The ball popped into the air, and Rosario snagged it with his bare hand.Pressly worked a perfect seventh and got two outs in the eighth before Jonathan Schoop grounded a single up the middle.That ended Minnesota's shot at the sixth no-hitter in franchise history, the first since Francisco Liriano beat the White Sox in 2011.Moya gave up a double to Danny Valencia and a homer to Tim Beckham in the ninth.Offensively, Minnesota hit three solo home runs off Andrew Cashner (0-1) in his Orioles debut.Miguel Sano connected in the first inning, Jason Castro went deep leading off the third and Max Kepler made it 4-0 in the fourth with a drive to right field.Signed as a free agent after spending the 2017 season with Texas, Cashner surrendered five runs, four earned, and six hits in five innings.The right-hander allowed only 15 home runs in 166 2/3 innings last year and was second in the AL in fewest homers permitted over nine innings (0.89).TRAINER'S ROOMTwi ns: RHP Phil Hughes (left oblique strain) pitched four innings Saturday in a Triple-A spring training game. If he responds well, Hughes will likely pitch for Class A Fort Myers on April 5, manager Paul Molitor said.Orioles: LHP Zach Britton ran Friday for the first time since undergoing surgery on his right Achilles tendon in December. ''I feel good, feel normal,'' he said Saturday. ... DH Mark Trumbo (quad strain) will take batting practice in Florida on Monday and could appear in a spring training game on April 6. ... RHP Alex Cobb threw four innings Friday in extended spring training. His debut with the Orioles will be around mid-April.UP NEXTTwins: Jose Berrios, who went 14-8 for Minnesota last year, starts in Sunday's series finale.Orioles: Notorious slow-starter Kevin Gausman starts for Baltimore. Best Sports Picks Today. The right-hander is 2-3 with a 5.88 ERA in 15 career appearances bef ore May.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

NHL Game Recap: New York Rangers (2) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (1) - 3/31/2018

NHL Game Recap: New York Rangers (2) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (1) - Date: 3/31/2018 / RALEIGH, N. C. Ryan Sproul scored and Kevin Hayes added a short-handed goal, and the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Saturday night to eliminate them from the playoff race. Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves for the Rangers, who entered having lost three straight and six of seven - going 1-4-2 in that stretch - and were formally knocked out of the postseason chase earlier in the week. Jeff Skinner scored and Cam Ward made 18 saves for the Hurricanes, whose longshot playoff hopes were snuffed out and will miss out for the ninth straight year - the longest active postseason drought in the NHL. For the third consecutive season, their official elimination came in their 79th game. Lundqvist's third victory against Carolina this season helped the Rangers finish off a sweep in the series. New York won the first three games by a co mbined 17-5, but this was Ward's first start of the season against them. Carolina's previous three losses came with Scott Darling in net. Skinner's goal with 11:53 remaining made it a one-goal game, but the Rangers locked down after that, ending the game by killing a slashing penalty to Hayes over the final 74 seconds. Sproul scored first with 16:59 left in the second period. After Paul Carey dug the puck out of the corner, he found Sproul skating unimpeded between the circles and he ripped it past Ward for his first goal. Sports Handicapper King. Then, with teammate Mika Zibanejad in the penalty box for tripping, Jesper Fast led a rush and threaded a pass to Hayes for a short-handed goal with 6:37 left in the second. NHL Handicappers. That put the Rangers - who entered 21-0-1 when leading after two periods - up 2-0 after 40 minutes. NOTES: S proul's goal left D Rob O'Gara as the only Rangers skater in the lineup without at least one goal on the season. ... Carolina C Derek Ryan, who assisted on Skinner's goal, has points in four straight games. UP NEXTRangers: Continue their season-ending four-game road trip at New Jersey on Tuesday night. Hurricanes: Will try to play spoiler at Florida on Tuesday night.---More NHL hockey: https://apnews.com/tag/NHLhockey

NHL Game Recap: New York Islanders (3) vs. New Jersey Devils (4) - 3/31/2018

NHL Game Recap: New York Islanders (3) vs. New Jersey Devils (4) - Date: 3/31/2018 / NEWARK, N. J. Taylor Hall scored two goals and the New Jersey Devils took a major step toward their first playoff berth since 2012 with a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night. Coupled with Florida's 5-1 loss to Boston earlier in the day, the Devils opened a five-point lead over the Panthers in the race for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference and moved within a point of idle Philadelphia for the top wild-card spot. Both teams have four games left in the regular season, one fewer than Florida. Stefan Noesen and Blake Coleman each had a goal and assist as the Devils won for the seventh time in 10 games (7-2-1). Keith Kinkaid, who has started nine of 10 games and been the mainstay in net since late January, had 27 saves, including a stop on a one-timer by Ryan Pulock with 14 seconds to play. Soccer Tipsters. Tanner Fritz, Anthony Beauvillier and Chris Wagner scored for the Islanders, who have lost 16 of their last 19 (3-12-4). Best Free Sports Picks. Thomas Greiss made 31 saves in his first game since Feb. 16, when he sustained an ankle injury and went on injured reserve. Hall, who has carried the Devils in a career-best season, broke a 1-all tied 41 seconds into the second period with a fortuitous power-play goal. His shot from the left boards hit off the skate of New York defenseman Adam Pelech in front of the net and deflected past Greiss. Hall's 36th goal of the season was magnificent. He picked up a loose puck at his own blue line, flew up the ice into the Islanders zone and then veered to his left and ripped a shot over Greiss' left shoulder from the left circle to make it 3-1 at 9:08. Beauvillier got New York within one a little more than four minutes later with a power-play shot that was deflected by Devils forward Brian Gibbons past Kinkaid. Islanders had a chance to tie it late in the period with another power play, but Coleman got his third short-handed goal, beating Greiss up high to cap a 2-on-1 with defenseman Mirco Mueller with 1:02 left in the period. Sports Handicapper King. The goal became important when Wagner scored on a deflection in front with 3:36 left in regulation. Fritz had given the Islanders the lead 75 seconds after the opening faceoff, scoring on a rebound. Neosen tied it at 7:54 scoring in close on a setup by Coleman. NOTES: The Devils honored hockey historian and television analyst Stan Fischler during the game. A 2007 Lester Patrick Trophy recipient for contributions to hockey in the United States, he is retiring from television coverage in the New York-metropolitan area after this season. He turned 86-years-old on Saturday. .. . Devils RW Kyle Palmieri left the ice in the third period after being cut under the eye by an inadvertent stick from teammate Andy Greene. ... Wagner took out Hall and referee Dan O'Halloran with a check being the Devils net in the first period. ... Hall's 88 points are the fifth most in a season for the Devils, eight less than Patrik Elias' record of 96 set in 2000-01. UP NEXTIslanders: Start the final week of the season at home against Philadelphia on Tuesday nightDevils: Play final back-to-back of season at Montreal on Sunday night.--More NHL hockey: https://apnews.com/tag/NHLhockey

MLB Game Recap: Boston Red Sox (3) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (2) - 3/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Boston Red Sox (3) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (2) - Date: 3/31/2018 Hot-hitting Bogaerts homers, Red Sox hold off Rays 3-29m ago. 2 min read ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Xander Bogaerts homered, Rick Porcello carried a shutout into the sixth inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Saturday night.Bogaerts also doubled in a run, giving him six extra-base hits three days into the season and extending the AL's longest active hitting streak to 12 games. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. The shortstop's second three-hit game boosted his batting average to .667 (8 for 12) with five doubles.Bogaerts hit a solo drive in the second against Andrew Kittredge (0-1), a reliever making his first big league start in the debut of Tampa Bay's plan to use bullpen days in place of a customary fifth starter.Porcello (1-0) shut down the Rays on fou r hits through five innings, but was unable to get through the sixth.Carlos Gomez doubled leading off the inning, and Matt Duffy's one-out infield hit chased the right-hander. Joey Wendle's sacrifice fly off Heath Hembree made it 3-1.Gomez went deep in the eighth, and Tampa Bay put the potential tying run on base in the ninth before Craig Kimbrel got C. J. Cron to line into a double play and retired Denard Span on a popup for his second save.The Rays planned to open the season with a four-man rotation and use bullpen days as needed in place of a fifth starter.The non-traditional approach took a hit on the final day of spring training when the club announced Nathan Eovaldi had loose bodies in the right elbow and needed arthroscopic surgery.With just three healthy starters - Chris Archer, Blake Snell and Jake Faria - on the roster, manager Kevin Cash will need another bullpen day Monday, when Tampa Bay begins a two-game series against the Yankees in New York.Kittredge allowed two runs and three hits in 3 1/3 innings. Rookie Ryan Yarbrough worked the next four innings in his major league debut.TRAINER'S ROOMRed Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (right knee surgery) is scheduled to go six innings in his next minor league start Tuesday at Boston's spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida. ... LHP Drew Pomeranz (left forearm) is expected to pitch in a minor league game Wednesday in Fort Myers.Rays: Eovaldi, who had surgery Friday to remove loose bodies in his right elbow, could resume pitching activities in eight to 10 weeks. He missed all of 2017 after Tommy John surgery.UP NEXTRed Sox: RHP Hector Velazquez starts the finale of the four-game series.Rays: Faria, coming off six no-hit innings in his final spring training appearance, makes his season debut.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

NCAAB Game Recap: Loyola Chicago (57) vs. Michigan (69) - 3/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Loyola Chicago (57) vs. Michigan (69) - Date: 3/31/2018 Mar 31, 2018 SAN ANTONIO Moe Wagner, Charles Matthews and Michigan erased a 10-point second-half deficit and the Wolverines ended Loyola-Chicago's storybook NCAA Tournament run with a 69-57 victory Saturday night in the Final Four.The third-seeded Wolverines (33-7) will take a 14-game winning streak into their first national championship game appearance since 2013, and second under coach Jon Beilein.Michigan will play either Villanova or Kansas for its first NCAA title since 1989 on Monday night at the Alamodome.Lovable Loyola (32-6), with superfan Sister Jean courtside and their fans behind the bench standing for pretty much the entire game, could not conjure another upset. Fox Sports Picks. The Ramblers were the fourth 11th-seeded team to make it this far and like the previous three, the s emifinals were the end of the road.Loyola had no answers for the 6-foot-11 Wagner and its offense, so smooth and efficient on the way to San Antonio, broke down in the second half and finished with 17 turnovers.Wagner, playing in front of his parents who made the trip from Germany, scored 24 points, had 15 rebounds and was 10 for 16 from the field. Matthews, the Kentucky transfer and Chicago native, added 17 points, including a run-out dunk with 1:33 left that made it 63-53.And that was that.As the seconds ticked off, Wagner pumped his fist to the many Michigan fans who made the trek to San Antonio and Loyola's Aundre Jackson, who got the Ramblers rolling with a late game-winning 3 in the first round against Miami, looked toward the roof and shook his head.---More college basketball: https://collegebasketball.ap.org ; https://twitter.com/-Top25 and https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-special-events

NHL Game Recap: Columbus Blue Jackets (4) vs. Vancouver Canucks (5) - 3/31/2018

NHL Game Recap: Columbus Blue Jackets (4) vs. Vancouver Canucks (5) - Date: 3/31/2018 / VANCOUVER, British Columbia Alex Edler scored 1:21 into overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a wild 5-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. Edler picked up a loose puck in the Blue Jackets' end, waited patiently, then beat Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo with a shot to the far side. Jussi Jokinen had a goal and two assists against his former team, and Darren Archibald, Bo Horvat and Nikolay Goldobin also scored for the Canucks, who tied a season-high with their fourth straight win and fifth in six games after a seven-game skid. Hockey Handicappers. Thatcher Demko stopped 26 shots in his first NHL start. Seth Jones had a goal and three assists, and Pierre-Luc Dubois, Zach Werenski and Cam Atkinson also scored for Columbus. Artemi Panari had four assists and Korpisal o finished with 24 saves for the Blue Jackets, who are 12-1-1 in their last 14 games as they try to pass Pittsburgh for second place in the Metropolitan Division. Free Picks Against the Spread. The Blue Jackets erased a 4-1 deficit by scoring three goals in 2:37 to tie the game. Dubois started the comeback with a power-play goal with just under four minites remaining, Werenski pulled Columbus within one with 1:37 left and Atkinson tied it 16 seconds later. Jokinen gave Vancouver a 3-1 lead at 5:14 of the third period. He took Jake Virtanen's pass from behind the net and sent a shot over Korpisalo's blocker. It was Jokinen's third goal since coming to Vancouver along with center Tyler Motte at the trade deadline in a deal that sent Thomas Vanek to Columbus. Jokinen also assisted on Horvat's goal later in the period, giving him five assists and eight points in 11 games with the Canucks. Demko, pic ked 36th overall in the 2014 draft, was called up from Utica of the AHL because backup goalie Anders Nilsson has the flu. He looked tight early in the game. Just 19 seconds into the first period Atkinson blasted a shot that hit the crossbar behind him. By the second period, Demko seemed more relaxed and looked sharp getting a pad on Atkinson's shot during a 3-on-one Columbus breakaway. Winning Sports Handicappers. The Canucks scored goals 1:44 apart in the second period to take a 2-1 lead. Archibald tied it at 11:53. His shot from the faceoff circle looked to be tipped by a Columbus defenseman. Korpisalo still managed to get a piece of the puck but it went off his glove and into the net. Ashton Saunter, another callup from Utica, earned an assist for his first NHL point. Goldobin put Vancouver ahead on a pretty give-and-go with Jokinen, scoring his sixth of the season on a sharp-angle shot. The Blue Jackets o pened the scoring at 13:55 of the first period, just seven seconds after Daniel Sedin was called for tripping. Jones scored after taking a pass from Atkinson and ripping a shot from the blue line. Demko looked slow at moving across his crease on the play. NOTES: Jones' two-point night gave him 54 points, setting a Columbus record for a defenseman. ... Blue Jacket D Markus Nutivaara left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury. ... Sedin's 54 penalty minutes is the most in his 17-year career with the Canucks. He had 50 minutes in 2007-08. ... The last time Vancouver won four consecutive games was Oct. 20-26. UP NEXTBlue Jackets: Host Detroit on Tuesday night. Canucks: Host Vegas on Tuesday night.

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Angels (8) vs. Oakland Athletics (3) - 3/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Angels (8) vs. Oakland Athletics (3) - Date: 3/31/2018 Trout, Cozart each drive in 2 as Angels top A's, 8-321m ago. 1 min read OAKLAND, Calif. Mike Trout had three hits and two RBIs, Zack Cozart also drove in two runs and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Saturday.Los Angeles finished with 12 hits. Albert Pujols had two hits and two RBIs, and No. 9 batter Rene Rivera had two hits and scored two runs.Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker (1-0) gave up three runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked four while improving to 5-0 with a 2.38 ERA in his last seven starts against Oakland.

NBA Game Recap: Detroit Pistons (115) vs. New York Knicks (109) - 3/31/2018

NBA Game Recap: Detroit Pistons (115) vs. New York Knicks (109) - Date: 3/31/2018 Mar 31, 2018 NEW YORK Andre Drummond narrowly missed a second straight 20-20 game with 22 points and 17 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons beat the New York Knicks 115-109 on Saturday for their fourth straight victory.Reggie Jackson and Anthony Tolliver each scored 17 points for the Pistons, who won for the sixth time in seven games despite playing without the injured Blake Griffin. Reggie Bullock added 16.Drummond was 8 for 13 from the floor and the formerly woeful free throw shooter was 6 of 8 from the line. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The All-Star center had 24 points and 23 rebounds in a victory over Washington on Thursday and leads the NBA with seven 20-point, 20-rebound games this season.Griffin had an MRI Thursday on his right ankle that revealed a bone bruise. Free Picks and Parlays. The Pistons said he will be re-evaluated in one week and a timetable for his return to action will be provided as appropriate.Michael Beasley scored 32 points and Trey Burke Jr. added 18 points and 15 assists for the Knicks, who have dropped three straight. Make Money Betting Sports. Tim Hardaway Jr. also scored 18 points.The Pistons swept the three-game season series, having won the other two games by a combined seven points.The game was close throughout and Detroit finally opened the first double-digit lead of the night for either team at 111-101 on Ish Smith's basket with under 2 1/2 minutes remaining.TIP-INSPistons: There was a moment of silence before the game for Zeke Upshaw, who died after collapsing on the court while playing in a game for the Grand Rapids Drive, the Pistons' affiliate in the NBA G League. Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy s aid Pistons chief of staff Andrew Loomis and assistant coach Rex Walters had represented the organization at Upshaw's funeral.Knicks: The Knicks played without rookie center Enes Kanter (back, right wrist), Frank Ntilikina (illness) and Courtney Lee (left foot). ... Kyle O'Quinn started at center in Kanter's place and grabbed 15 rebounds.BACKING HIS BROTHERVan Gundy, told that the Knicks had showed his brother Jeff on the overhead video board while he was at Madison Square Garden calling a game for ESPN, was asked if he thought that meant the franchise appreciated his brother. Jeff Van Gundy coached the Knicks from March 1996 until early in the 2001-02 season and was popular with fans but angered management by resigning.''It would be great if there was a true appreciation from the organization, but you never know on things like that,'' Stan Van Gundy said, before comparing it to when Knicks Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing was his assistant in Orlando. ''Like, I used to walk in here and Patrick would be sitting next to me on the bench and they'd put him up on the Jumbotron and everybody would clap and boom, boom, boom, and he could never get an interview for any freaking job they had, so that's sort of fake appreciation in my opinion. So I don't know what it is in Jeff's case. If it's genuine appreciation then that's great. If it's just a way for them to appease their fans, a little bit different.'' BULLOCK'S SUPPORTBullock took part in a panel discussion with Athlete Ally at New York's LGBT Center earlier Saturday, which was Transgender Day of Visibility. Bullock became a supporter in the fight for transgender rights after the murder of his sister Mia in 2014.UP NEXTPistons: Visit Brooklyn on Sunday.Knicks: Host Orlando on Tuesday.---More NBA basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

MLB Game Recap: Houston Astros (9) vs. Texas Rangers (3) - 3/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Houston Astros (9) vs. Texas Rangers (3) - Date: 3/31/2018 McCullers fans 10, Correa has 4 hits, Astros top Rangers 9-38m ago. 1 min read ARLINGTON, Texas Lance McCullers Jr. struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings, Carlos Correa and Jake Marisnick hit two-run homers and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 9-3 on Saturday.Correa and AL MVP Jose Altuve each had four hits and scored twice for the World Series champions. Marisnick hit second homer, connecting early against Matt Moore.McCullers (1-0) was one short of his career high in strikeouts. It was the seventh time he has fanned 10.Elvis Andrus scored all three Texas runs. He hit a solo homer, and later singled and scored on Adrian Beltre's double that finished McCullers.Houston took a 3-0 lead in the second. Evan Gattis led off with a double and scored when Brian McCann's popup fell in front of right fielder Nomar Mazara for a single. Marisnick followed w ith his homer.Doubles by Correa and Marwin Gonzalez gave the Astros a run in the third. Gonzalez drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.George Springer added an RBI double in the sixth and Correa homered in the seventh.TRAINER'S ROOMAstros: 1B Yuli Gurriel, recovering from surgery on his left hand, had eight at-bats in a minor league spring training game on Saturday. ''He'll do it again (Sunday) and again on Monday, and then we'll have to evaluate what Tuesday looks like,'' manager A. J. Hinch said. When Gurriel is ready to play, he'll serve a five-game suspension for a racially insensitive gesture during the 2017 World Series.Rangers: CF Delino DeShields went on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured left hamate bone and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.UP NEXTAstros: The four-game series concludes with RHP Gerrit Cole (12-12, 4.26 last season for Pittsburgh) in his Houston debut.Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (6-6, 2.55 in relief fo r Kansas City in 2017) is scheduled for his first major league start since 2014.

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (6) vs. Seattle Mariners (5) - 3/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (6) vs. Seattle Mariners (5) - Date: 3/31/2018 Yonder Alonso's grand slam leads Cleveland over Mariners 6-57m ago. 2 min read SEATTLE Yonder Alonso hit his third career grand slam in the first inning, Yan Gomes added a two-run shot and the Cleveland Indians held on for a 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.Alonso and Gomes provided the big blows off Seattle starter James Paxton, who struggled with command and failed to make it out of the fifth inning.Alonso was the beneficiary of a pair of two-out walks in the first inning to Edwin Encarnacion and Rajai Davis that loaded the bases. Paxton (0-1) left a fastball in the middle of the plate and Alonso clubbed his first grand slam since June 6, 2015, when he was with San Diego. It was just his 12th career home run against left-handed pitching.Gomes' two-run shot became the difference, driving a 2-2 fastball from Paxton to the deepes t part of Safeco Field. Paxton gave up six earned runs and walked four.Paxton's day would have been worse if not for Ichiro Suzuki showing that he can still be a defensive star even at age 44.Suzuki robbed Jose Ramirez of a home run leading off the third inning, timing his leap perfectly to reach above the wall in left field and pull back a ball that appeared destined for the bullpens beyond the fence. Suzuki also had his first two hits for Seattle since July 21, 2012, before he was traded to the New York Yankees.Suzuki reached on an infield single and scored in the third inning, and moved into 21st place by himself on the all-time hits list with a two-out single off Andrew Miller in the seventh. Suzuki passed Cap Anson on the hits list with 3,082.Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco wasn't at his best, either, but pitched into the sixth inning to get the victory. Carrasco (1-0) gave up five runs and seven hits, but didn't walk a batter.Seattle worked its way back f rom the early four-run deficit on the strength of home runs by Mitch Haniger and a two-run shot by Nelson Cruz in the sixth inning to pull within 6-5. Cruz had just one home run in his first 48 at-bats last season; he's got two in six at-bats this year.But Seattle could never draw even as Zach McAllister and Andrew Miller pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, before Cody Allen pitched the ninth for the save.Robinson Cano led off the eighth inning with a bloop double but never advanced. Guillermo Heredia, pinch-hitting because Cruz twisted his right ankle, was unable to bunt Cano to third and flew out. Miller finished the inning with strikeouts of Kyle Seager and Ryon Healy.TRAINER'S ROOMIndians: OF Michael Brantley is expected to remain in Arizona through at least Tuesday before a decision is made on where he goes as he continues to recover from offseason ankle surgery.Mariners: RHP Erasmo Ramirez threw about 25 pitches in a simulated game on Friday as he continues to rec over from a strained lat muscle. Ramirez is likely to throw another simulated game before going out on a rehab assignment.UP NEXT:Indians: Trevor Bauer gets his first start of 2018. Bauer won a career-high 17 games in 2017 and had a career-low ERA for a full season of 4.19.Mariners: Mike Leake makes his 2018 debut trying to build on his close to 2017. Leake was 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA in five starts after being acquired by Seattle late last season.---More MLB baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: New York Yankees (3) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (5) - 3/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: New York Yankees (3) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (5) - Date: 3/31/2018 Solarte homers, Pillar steals home, Toronto tops Yankees 5-38m ago. 2 min read TORONTO Yangervis Solarte hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and Kevin Pillar added an insurance run by stealing second, third and home to send the Toronto Blue Jays over the New York Yankees 5-3 Saturday for their first win of the season.The Blue Jays bounced back from two straight losses. NBC Sports Picks. Tyler Austin homered twice for the Yankees.Solarte began the eighth with a deep drive to center field off Dellin Betances (0-1) for a 4-3 lead.Pillar hit a one-out single and swiped his way to third. Number #1 Sports Handicapping Service. The speedy outfielder then broke for the plate with Gift Ngoepe at bat, and Betances threw wildly to the backstop as Pillar scored standing up. It was Toronto's first straight steal of home since Aaron Hill did it against New York on May 29, 2007.Justin Smoak had three hits on his bobblehead doll day as the Blue Jays denied New York, under new manager Aaron Boone, its first 3-0 start since 2003.Ryan Tepera (1-0) pitched one inning for the win and Roberto Osuna finished for his first save.Austin homered in consecutive at bats against Marco Estrada, the first multihomer game of his career. Austin hit a two-run drive in the fifth and a solo shot in the seventh. Both homers reached the second deck, and both tied the score.The Yankees lost two players to injuries.Outfielder Billy McKinney sprained his left shoulder when he crashed into the left field scoreboard while chasing Josh Donaldson's double in the first. After being checked by the trainer, McKinney stayed in for one more batter before being replaced by Brett Gardner. McKinney made his major league debut a day ear lier.Yankees reliever Adam Warren exited in the sixth after being struck on the right ankle by Aledmys Diaz's comebacker. Jonathan Holder came on and immediately gave up a tiebreaking single to Luke Maile. X-rays on Warren's ankle were negative.Toronto took its first lead of the season on Smoak's RBI single in the first, then took a 2-0 on Smoak's RBI double in the third off CC Sabathia.Making his first career start in center field, Aaron Judge went 0 for 4 for the Yankeees. He played the position after an injury to Aaron Hicks in the opener.TRAINER'S ROOMYankees: X-rays on McKinney's shoulder were negative. McKinney was recalled from Triple-A Friday after Hicks went on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained right ribcage. Outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury (strained right oblique) and Clint Frazier (concussion) are also on the DL.Blue Jays: Donaldson (dead arm) felt good after throwing on the field before the game. Manager John Gibbons said he expec ts Donaldson to return to his position within ''the next couple of days.'' Donaldson made his second straight start at DH Saturday. ... 2B Devon Travis and C Russell Martin got the day off. Gibbons said Travis, who missed more than 100 games last year because of a right knee injury, will get at least one day off every three days for the time being. ... LHP Sam Moll cleared waivers and was assigned to the minor leagues.UP NEXTYankees: RHP Sonny Gray is 4-3 with a 2.47 ERA in eight career starts against the Blue Jays.Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman was limited to two starts in spring training because of a sore shoulder. He's 6-4 with a 3.19 ERA in 13 career starts against the Yankees.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

NBA Game Recap: Charlotte Hornets (93) vs. Washington Wizards (107) - 3/31/2018

NBA Game Recap: Charlotte Hornets (93) vs. Washington Wizards (107) - Date: 3/31/2018 Mar 31, 2018 WASHINGTON All-star John Wall had 15 points and 14 assists in his first game in two months, Otto Porter Jr. had 26 points and 11 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat the Charlotte Hornets 107-93 on Saturday to clinch their fourth playoff berth in five seasons.Wall, who last played on Jan. 25 and had left knee surgery six days later, made his first shot of the game - a 3-pointer from the top of the key - and played 33 minutes.Bradley Beal scored 22 points and hit 6 of 8 3-pointers as the Wizards tied a franchise high with 18 made shots from deep. Washington beat Charlotte for the first time in four tries this season.The Wizards went 15-12 without Wall, but had lost four of five to slip into sixth place in the Eastern Conference, just a half-game ahead of both Miami and Milwaukee entering Saturday.Wall had averaged 19.4 points and 9.3 assists in 37 games before the injury.Dwight Howard had 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets, who have now lost two straight after winning four in a row. Kemba Walker finished with seven points, just the fourth time this season the All-Star failed to reach double figures.Trailing 51-50 at the half, Washington outscored the Hornets 37-23 in the third quarter and never looked back. Bradley Beal scored 14 points in the third, while Mike Scott had 11 of his 15 points in the quarter.OUT LIKE A LAMBCharlotte reserve guard Jeremy Lamb missed his second game of the season with left foot soreness. Lamb, who leads the Hornets bench with 13.1 points per game, had averaged 17.6 points in the previous three meetings with Washington, including 24 on Nov. 22. Best Sports Handicapping Services. The Hornets lost the only other game Lamb missed this season, on Dec. 9 against the Lakers.TIP-INSHornets: Howard had his 48t h double-double of the season. ... Kemba Walker picked up a technical foul in the fourth quarter. ... Sports Handicapping. Treveon Graham's 0-for-2 trip to the foul line in the middle of the fourth quarter earned all in attendance a free fast food chicken sandwich.Wizards: Markieff Morris had three points and three rebounds in nine first-quarter minutes but was then ruled out with flu-like symptoms. ... Kelly Oubre Jr.'s 3-pointer in the fourth quarter snapped a streak of 21 straight misses from deep over five games. Oubre finished the game with nine points, going 1 of 9 from deep.UP NEXTHornets: Return home to face Philadelphia on Sunday. Charlotte is 0-3 against the Sixers this season.Wizards: Visit Chicago on Sunday to begin a three-game trip.---More NBA basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

MLB Game Recap: Washington Nationals (13) vs. Cincinnati Reds (7) - 3/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Washington Nationals (13) vs. Cincinnati Reds (7) - Date: 3/31/2018 Eaton has 5 hits including HR, Nationals beat Reds 13-78m ago. 2 min read CINCINNATI Adam Eaton had solo homer among his career-high five hits and Brian Goodwin hit his first career grand slam on Saturday, powering the Washington Nationals to a 13-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.The Nationals have won their first two games under new manager Dave Martinez, hired after Dusty Baker was fired last season following another quick exit in the playoffs. Best Bets of the Day. The last time they opened a season 3-0 was 2013, when they swept the Marlins.Washington won the rain-delayed opener 2-0 on Friday behind Max Scherzer's 10 strikeouts in six innings. Sports Betting Profit. The Nationals broke out the bats in the second game, and their leadoff hitter got a potent offense going on a breezy, 59-degree afternoon.Easton had a single, a pair of doubles, a homer and a bases-loaded single in his five at-bats. He scored four times and drove in three runs as the Nationals went ahead 9-3.Goodwin hit his slam in the ninth off Kevin Quackenbush. Matt Adams had a three-run homer, and Trea Turner added a solo shot as the Nationals homered four times in all.Stephen Strasburg (1-0) gave up three runs - only one earned - in 6 1/3 innings while improving to 5-1 career against Cincinnati. Scott Schebler's homer in the fourth inning provided Cincinnati's first run of the season after 12 scoreless innings.The Nationals piled up six runs in six innings off Luis Castillo (0-1), the Reds' top young starter last season. Adams connected in the first inning for a 460-foot homer to center field, his first of the season. Sports Bettor Leads. Turner's solo shot off the facing of the upper deck in the fourth also was his first of the season.REDS MOVESThe Reds signed right-hander Yovani Gallardo to a one-year deal for $750,000 and optioned right-hander Zack Weiss to Triple-A Louisville. Gallardo was released by the Brewers on Wednesday. He had a $2 million, one-year deal with Brewers that was not guaranteed - released during the final week of spring training, he got $483,871 in termination pay. Catcher Stuart Turner was designated for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Gallardo.TRAINER'S ROOMReds: Closer Raisel Iglesias is expected back from his three-day paternity leave on Sunday for the final game of the series.UP NEXTNationals: Left-hander Gio Gonzalez (15-9) is 4-2 career against the Reds in 10 starts with a 2.56 ERA. He allowed only four hits in 8 1/3 shutout inning during his only start against Cincinnati last year, a 5-0 victory on July 14.Reds: Sal Romano went 7-9 in 16 starts last season in his first stint in the majors. He's never faced the Nationals.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

NHL Game Recap: Ottawa Senators (0) vs. Detroit Red Wings (2) - 3/31/2018

NHL Game Recap: Ottawa Senators (0) vs. Detroit Red Wings (2) - Date: 3/31/2018 / DETROIT Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots for his first shutout of the season as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Ottawa Senators 2-0 on Saturday. Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou scored to help the Red Wings win their third straight game, their longest winning streak since a season-high four-game stretch Dec. 29 to Jan. 5. It was Howard's 24th career shutout and marked the ninth time Ottawa was blanked this season. Mike Condon finished with 25 saves for the Senators. After a scoreless opening period, Detroit got on the board at 4:10 of the second. Anthony Mantha fed a pass across to Larkin on a 2-on-2 break, and Larkin flipped the puck in as Condon lunged desperately across his goal crease. It was Larkin's fifth goal in the last seven games. He scored nine times in the first 72 games. Athanasiou increased the margin to 2-0 at 4:29 of the th ird. Using Evgeni Svechnikov as a screen, Athanasiou fired a high shot past Condon. NOTES: Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson remained one point away from reaching 60 for the sixth time in his career. ... The Senators, who play three of their final four games away from home, fell to 11-22-5 on the road - one win more than Montreal for the fewest in the NHL. Last season, the Senators won 22 games away from home, fifth-best in the league. ... Sports Handicapper Scams. The Red Wings improved to 17-6-2 in their last 25 games against Ottawa. Sports Predictions. That includes five straight wins by Detroit at home. Ottawa's last road victory in in the series was a 3-1 decision on Oct. 30, 2015. ... Henrik Zetterberg remained one point from breaking a tie with Sergei Fedorov (954) for fifth on the Red Wings' all-time scoring list. UP NEXTSenators: Host Winnipeg on Monday night in their final home game of the season. Red Wings: A t Columbus on Tuesday night.

MLB Game Recap: St Louis Cardinals (2) vs. New York Mets (6) - 3/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: St Louis Cardinals (2) vs. New York Mets (6) - Date: 3/31/2018 Cespedes HR, Mets top Cards 6-2 for 1st 2-0 start since 20136m ago. 2 min read NEW YORK Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud homered, Todd Frazier drove in three runs and the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 Saturday.Jacob DeGrom pitched effectively into the sixth inning and the Mets, under new manager Mickey Callaway, opened at 2-0 for the first time since 2013.After batting cleanup on opening day, Mets leadoff hitter Asdrubal Cabrera doubled in the first on a full-count pitch from Michael Wacha. Cespedes walked and Jay Bruce grounded into a forceout.Frazier doubled into the left-field corner, with a hustling Bruce beating the throw without a slide.D'Arnaud homered in the fourth and Cespedes made it 4-1 with a drive in the fifth. Cabrera added an RBI double in the eighth.DeGrom (1-0) struck out five of the first nine Cardinals he faced. He fanned seven in 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run and four hits.Matt Carpenter homered for the St. Louis in the eighth. Jeurys Familia got the last four outs for his first save.Wacha (0-1) allowed four runs on five hits and two walks over 4 2/3 frames, walking two and hitting a batter.Jose Martinez had an RBI single for the Cardinals and is 5 for 7 this season.Down by three runs, St. Louis threatened with back-to-back singles to lead off the seventh. After Kolten Wong grounded out against Robert Gsellman, reliever Anthony Swarzak retired pinch-hitter Greg Garcia and Dexter Fowler to strand both runners.Frazier had a sacrifice fly in the seventh.TRAINER'S ROOMCardinals: LHP Brett Cecil (strained left shoulder) was placed on the 10-day DL. Football Handicappers. The veteran reliever threw 10 pitches on opening day, retiring one batter and allowing a hit. LHP Ryan Sherriff was called up from Triple-A Memphi s and gave up one run while getting one out. ... RHP Luke Gregerson (strained left hamstring) has continued throwing and keeping his arm in shape, general manager John Mozeliak said. ... RHP Adam Wainwright (strained left hamstring) is progressing well, per Mozeliak.Mets: Swarzak was removed in the eighth inning with a sore left oblique. . OF Brandon Nimmo was not in the starting lineup despite reaching base four times on Thursday. With a flyball pitcher on the mound in deGrom, manager Mickey Callaway opted for former Gold Glove winner Juan Lagares (2 for 4) in center field.UP NEXTCardinals RHP Luke Weaver (7-2, 3.88 ERA in 2017) starts Sunday's series finale against LHP Stephen Matz (2-7, 6.08 ERA).

NHL Game Recap: Florida Panthers (1) vs. Boston Bruins (5) - 3/31/2018

NHL Game Recap: Florida Panthers (1) vs. Boston Bruins (5) - Date: 3/31/2018 / BOSTON Jake DeBrusk scored twice in his first game in more than two weeks, and Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots on Saturday to help Boston beat the Florida Panthers 5-1 and move the Bruins back into first place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. David Krejci had three assists and rookie Ryan Donato had a goal and an assist for Boston, which has won four of its last five games. freepick. The Bruins have earned a point in eight straight games and 15 of their last 17. Jamie McGinn scored for Florida, which remains three points behind New Jersey in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. James Reimer stopped 17 of the 22 shots he faced before he was replaced by Roberto Luongo with 3:28 left in the second period, trailing 5-1. Luongo, the losing goalie for Vancouver in the Br uins' 2011 Stanley Cup run, stopped all 11 shots the rest of the way. Winning Sports Handicappers. Two days after a physical battle for first place with the Tampa Bay Lighting, which the Bruins won 4-2 to take temporary possession of the top spot, Boston sent the struggling Panthers to their third straight loss and moved back into first. Basketball Handicappers. The Lightning had jumped ahead of the Bruins with a win at the New York Rangers on Friday night. McGinn gave the Panthers the lead when he poked a rebound between Rask's skate and the post five minutes into the first. From there, it was all Boston. The Bruins tied it when Krecji spun around at the blue line and wheeled it right to the slot for Nick Holden, who tipped through Reimer's legs and into the net for his first goal as a Bruin. With six minutes left in the first, Donato took a dvantage of a giveaway by Alexander Petrovic behind the Panthers' net and flipped it to DeBrusk in front. Donato made it 3-1 just 90 seconds into the second period, Patrice Bergeron padded the lead and then DeBrusk scored on a rebound to chase Reimer. Donato has seven points in seven career NHL games. NOTES: Bruins D Brandon Carlo was taken off on a stretcher in the third period after an apparent ankle injury. ... Reimer played in his 300th NHL game. ... Referee Tom Kowal officiated his last of more than 1,000 NHL games before retiring. ... The Bruins' 7th Player Award was given to D Charlie McAvoy before the game. He accepted in street clothes before missing his 14th straight game with a knee injury. ... Bruins F David Pastrnak recorded his 200th career NHL point. He is the second member of the 2014 NHL draft class to reach that milestone, joining Edmonton's No. 3 overall selection Leon Draisaitl. ... Boston F Riley Nash left the game in the second period aft er taking a puck off the right side of his head. UP NEXTPanthers: Host Carolina on Monday, 7:30 p.m. Bruins: Play at Philadelphia on Sunday, 12:30 p.m.---More NHL hockey: https://apnews.com/tag/NHLhockey

NHL Game Preview: Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames - 3/31/2018 - 10:08 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames - Date: 3/31/2018 Time: 10:00 PM EDT Venue: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Canada, T2G 2W1 / CALGARY, Alberta -- Although both the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames have been eliminated from playoff contention, bragging rights will still be on the line when the two teams face off against each other on Saturday at the Scotiabank Saddledome. After the Oilers (34-38-6) won the first three games of the season series this season, the Flames (35-33-10) skated to a 1-0 victory over their provincial rivals in Calgary on March 13." It's always fun," said Oilers goalie Cam Talbot in regards to the Battle of Alberta. "The rivalry brings a different element every time. You know it's going to be an intense game out there and not a whole lot of space (as) you can see from the previous matchups this year." Neither one of us are where we want to be in the st andings. It brings a different element and just that intense matchup every night." While the Oilers have lost three straight games, the Flames have dropped seven straight decisions since blanking their northern counterparts 17 days earlier." There's pride on the line, and especially this next game against the Oilers," Flames forward Curtis Lazar told the Calgary Herald. "You never want to lose to our provincial rivals, so that's an easy game to get up for." I think if we can just get back to playing a simple, solid and effective 60 minutes, that will do wonders for our hockey club. Free Predictions. The bottom line is we're banged up and the mood is not where it should be, and rightfully so just because we're out of it, but you have to find a way to salvage something." After Edmonton dropped a 2-1 decision in Vancouver to the Canucks on Thursday, forward Leon Draisa itl told reporters that the Oilers have to "just focus on the next game and come out with the same intensity." Prior to their three-game skid that started last Sunday with a 5-4 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks at home, the Oilers had won three straight games and four of five." For the most chunk of our games lately have been really good," Draisaitl said. "We had a few where we weren't as sharp. Even (against the Canucks), I thought we could have won that game. We competed and battled really hard." Although his team has lost seven in a row, Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan didn't think his team played that badly up until Thursday's 5-1 setback to the Columbus Blue Jackets on home ice." There's six of those games where I thought we worked our tails off," Gulutzan said. "Our effort's been there. (Thursday) was the first dip that I saw in our group as far as I didn't think we were quite ready in the first 10 minutes to go. We got going after that, but too little, too late. We're decimated (due to injuries to forwards Sean Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk and defensemen TJ Brodie and Travis Hamonic) with some skill here and that's hard on the guys." The Flames may get leading scorer Johnny Gaudreau back in the lineup against the Oilers"We're not expecting it, but there's a chance," said Gulutzan in regards to Gaudreau, who was heading back to Calgary on Friday from New Jersey where his father, Guy Gaudreau, is recovering after suffering a cardiac event last Sunday. "First things first with what's going on there. Gambling Profit. Their family went through something real significant and it looks like they're going to come out hopefully better on the other side. We just wanted to make sure he's good there first."

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NHL Game Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 3/31/2018 - 7:08 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - Date: 3/31/2018 Time: 7:00 PM EDT Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ont., Canada, M5J 2X2 / TORONTO -- The Winnipeg Jets will have something to prove to themselves when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre. What is Sports Handicapping. The Jets know they cannot afford to continue to play the way they did in losing 6-2 to the Blackhawks in Chicago on Thursday to end a season-best six-game winning streak." We just weren't prepared," Winnipeg right winger Blake Wheeler said. "We came in and had a pretty bad morning skate. We just weren't prepared to play the game. We were just really slow." The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, will be coming into the game after a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders in Brooklyn on Friday night. It was the 17th time t hey have scored at least five goals in a game. Sports Illustrated Picks. The Maple Leafs will have Leo Komarov, who has been out with a left leg injury, back in the lineup on Saturday. He was ready to return Friday, but Toronto decided to give him another day rather than have him play in back-to-back games. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Jets (47-20-10) and the Maple Leafs (47-24-7) have both clinched playoff spots. Winnipeg hopes to use the game against the Blackhawks as a warning." It's definitely humbling," said Jets right winger Bryan Little, who scored his 200th career goal Thursday. "You realize that when we don't play our game, and we're not ready to play, a game like that can happen. It's a little bit of a wake-up call." "There wouldn't be a piece of the game that was at the level that we' ve played at, or at the level you need to play at to win in the NHL," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. "I don't think it's any one thing. The elemental part of our game is to play at a certain rate, a certain pace. We were well off that (Thursday)." There could be another aspect to the game Saturday that will give the Jets incentive. The Maple Leafs defeated the Jets 7-2 in Winnipeg in October in the first game of the season. By defeating the Islanders, the Maple Leafs reached 101 points for the season." I think that's real important," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. "I always say, I've had a lot of 100-point years over the years, and I think it's a real indication of a good hockey club. It's hard to get 100 points, you've got to be a good team to do it." I'm excited for our guys that have worked hard to get good enough that they can do that. Like I said, we've got four more opportunities to ge t better and get ready." Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist Friday." A good two points for us," Matthews said. "Obviously, they're a high-offensive team. They've got a lot of skill and firepower as far as that goes so you've got to find a way to contain them and obviously we've got some guys who can put the puck in the net as well. Probably not a fun game for the coaches, but probably a bit more fun for the players." Matthews has scored at least one point in each of the five games he has played since returning from a shoulder injury." He's not as good as he's been and he's going to be better," Babcock said. "I thought tonight was another step. I thought his first game and this game -- it takes you a while to get your game back. He's going to get a real test (Saturday), which is real positive for him. Back-to-back games, a good grind, good for his conditioning. He'll just keep getting better." As important as Matthews is to the Maple Leafs, he said the depth of the team is important." I think that's one of the key things for this team is that we've got a lot of depth," Matthews said. "A lot of guys who are skilled, can make plays and put the puck in the net so it definitely makes it tough in terms of matching up for the opposing team. Like you said, we've got three different guys (with 30 goals) on three different lines so it definitely helps."

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