Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sports

Pujols finally snaps home run drought

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Drew Hutchison gave up a home run to Albert Pujols.
Big deal. So did 273 other pitchers.
The only difference was that none of them had done it this season.

Derby winner turns to Preakness

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Doug O’Neill immediately is turning his attention to the Preakness after I’ll Have Another’s victory in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
The chestnut colt is being shipped to Maryland today for the second leg of the Triple Crown—making him the earliest arriving Derby winner since Monarchos showed up at Pimlico four days after his 2001 win.

Keselowski wins with Busch push

TALLADEGA, Ala.—The leader on the last lap isn’t supposed to win at Talladega Superspeedway. Everybody knows that.
Brad Keselowski disagrees—and he showed how to do it yesterday with a calculated plan that sent him to Victory Lane.

Fowler earns first PGA title

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Rickie Fowler has never been afraid to put it all on the line.
The thrill-seeking passion for motocross as a teenager. The head-turning clothing he brought to the PGA Tour as a rookie, such as the bright orange ensemble from head-to-toe on Sundays.
But with a chance to finally break through for his first PGA Tour win, the kid showed his true colours.

Bulls on verge of early exit

PHILADELPHIA—The Chicago Bulls have failed at winning one game without Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.
Somehow, as they head back home, the top team in the East has to win three without the pair to avoid an ugly ending.

Kings Sweep aside Blues

LOS ANGELES—The St. Louis Blues threw everything they had at the L.A. Kings in the final two periods of Game 4 yesterday—desperate and determined to avoid a series sweep.
Although L.A. bent to an alarming degree, Jonathan Quick never broke.

Heat roll to 3-0 lead

NEW YORK—Frustrated and foul-prone for three quarters, LeBron James finally did what he usually does at Madison Square Garden.
And the N.Y. Knicks got the only result they know any more in the playoffs.

Morrow tosses three-hit gem

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Brandon Morrow wasn’t quite as stingy as Jered Weaver was the night before on the Angel Stadium mound.
The Toronto Blue Jays’ right-hander gave up three more hits than Weaver—while matching his nine scoreless innings.

Trio share early lead

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Webb Simpson was nervous playing in the same group with Tiger Woods.
It sure didn’t show yesterday in the Wells Fargo Championship.
Simpson chipped in from 35 yards in front of the par-four eighth green for eagle, then made Woods shake his head and smile when he holed a 60-foot birdie putt that might have rolled off the 12th green if the cup didn’t get in the way.

Injury may end Rivera’s career

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Mariano Rivera drifted back to the outfield wall, just like he’d done in batting practice so many times before—baseball’s greatest closer tracking down another fly ball with childlike joy.
Everything changed before anybody could blink.

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