Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sports

Yankees continue recent mastery of Twins

NEW YORK—A nice curveball and change-up can help any young pitcher. So can a couple of early home runs from his teammates.
Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada each hit a two-run homer, and rookie Ivan Nova kept New York ahead, as the Yankees made it another tough visit for Minnesota, edging the Twins 4-3 last night.

Rangers pull out key win

NEW YORK—Not only were the N.Y. Rangers running out of time against the Boston Bruins, the countdown clock on their season was picking up steam, too.
That’s when Brandon Dubinsky, Michael Sauer, and Derek Stepan scored 2:55 apart in the final four minutes last night to turn a one-goal deficit into a 5-3 victory over the Bruins that shook Madison Square Garden.

UConn wins third national crown

HOUSTON—The rims were tight, the shots weren’t falling, and points were at a premium—surely one of the ugliest championships played on college basketball’s biggest stage.
Ah, but for Kemba Walker and UConn, the final score was a thing of beauty.

Judge says Clemens interview came ’precariously close’ to violating gag order

WASHINGTON — A federal judge admonished Roger Clemens and his chief accuser Monday for coming “precariously close” to violating a gag order by speaking out about the baseball star’s upcoming trial on steroid allegations.

Red Wings clinch title yet again

The Detroit Red Wings will end the 2010-11 season the same way they almost always do—as Central Division champions.
Nicklas Lidstrom scored to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 last night and clinch their ninth division title in 10 seasons and the 14th since 1991-92 when he was a rookie.

Twins avoid sweep

The Blue Jays went down fighting in the finale of an entertaining opening weekend.
Danny Valencia and Denard Span homered as the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Blue Jays 4-3 yesterday afternoon, avoiding a three-game sweep and snapping a four-game losing streak in Toronto.
Twins’ closer Joe Nathan gave up a run but escaped a bases-loaded jam for his first save since 2009.

Another win for Harvick

MARTINSVILLE, Va.—It was supposed to be a showdown between Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson—the only two drivers able to win at tricky Martinsville Speedway of late.
Instead, the end of yesterday’s race became a battle among the unexpected.

Walker matches course record

HUMBLE, Tex.—Jimmy Walker didn’t make every birdie putt he saw during the first round of the Houston Open yesterday.
It only seemed that way.
Walker tied the course record with a nine-under 63 to take a two-shot lead over Josh Teater and Nick O’Hern.
He needed only 23 putts—the fewest of any player on the first day—to make up for several erratic tee shots.

Yankees win first March home-opener

The N.Y. Yankees could get used to March baseball in the Bronx.
Curtis Granderson hit a go-ahead homer leading off the seventh inning, and Mark Teixeira had a three-run shot off Justin Verlander, lifting New York over the Detroit Tigers 6-3 yesterday afternoon in the Yankees’ first home opener in March.

Jays end spring on losing note

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Rays hope a strong finish in spring training will help them get off to another quick start in the regular season.
Evan Longoria homered while B.J. Upton snapped a seventh-inning tie with a two-run single, helping the defending AL East champions beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 yesterday.

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