Friday, March 27, 2015

Sports

I’ll Have Another pulled from Belmont

ELMONT, N.Y.—It looks like there will be no Triple Crown for Canadian-owned horse I’ll Have Another.
Trainer Doug O’Neill told the Dan Patrick radio show that the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will not race in the Belmont Stakes tomorrow.
O’Neill told the show that I’ll Have Another has the beginning of an injury and can’t run.

Nadal falls down but still cruises into final

PARIS—Rafael Nadal was so good, he might have won with a hand tied behind his back.
As it turned out, he still was able to capture one point while sitting down on the red clay.

Patriots release Ochocinco

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—The New England Patriots released receiver Chad Ochocinco yesterday, cutting loose the six-time Pro Bowl selection after one season in which he was more active on Twitter than on the field.

Pair share early lead at St. Jude

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Jeff Maggert and John Merrick shot four-under 66 yesterday to share the first-round lead in the St. Jude Classic, leaving U.S. Open champ Rory McIlroy two strokes back.
Maggert took advantage of teeing off in the first group with calm conditions for the first seven holes, then finished with four birdies, an eagle, and two bogeys.

‘CJ2K’ looking to bounce back

NASHVILLE—Chris Johnson is on a mission.
The Tennessee running back insists he’s still the best in the NFL, and he’s working hard this off-season to make sure he bounces back after the worst season of his career.
Johnson has packed on eight-nine pounds of muscle as part of his strong commitment to the Titans’ off-season program.

Olympic spirit still high: poll

A new poll suggests Canada’s Olympic spirit is high heading into the London Summer Games.
In a recent Canadian Press-Harris/Decima survey, two-thirds of respondents knew where the Olympics were being held this summer and planned to follow them closely.
The pollster chalks the enthusiasm up to a post-Olympic honeymoon from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Spurs suddenly on brink

SAN ANTONIO—Kevin Durant and the surging Oklahoma City Thunder are just one victory from the NBA final.
“We never just thought we were supposed to wait our turn,” the 23-year-old Thunder star said following the biggest road win of his career last night.
What little wait they’ve had could end tomorrow.

Kings close in on sweep of Devils

LOS ANGELES—After Jonathan Quick put L.A. on the brink of its first NHL title with yet another shutout, the Kings’ unbeatable goalie wore pretty much the same placid expression he sports after exhibition wins in September.
Almost nothing bothers Quick, including nearly all of the New Jersey Devils’ 72 shots in the Stanley Cup final.

Therrien back as head coach of Habs

MONTREAL—Michel Therrien is back as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens.
The NHL club announced today that 48-year-old Therrien will replace Randy Cunneyworth behind the bench.
The Montreal native coached the Canadiens from 2000 until he was replaced by Claude Julien in January, 2003.
He was to be re-introduced at a news conference this afternoon.

Bautista blast powers Jays to win

TORONTO—Blue Jays’ slugger Jose Bautista gave Toronto starter Drew Hutchison an early lead by blasting a three-run homer in the first inning.
It was more than enough support for the rookie right-hander, who held the Boston Red Sox to just five hits over seven innings as Toronto avoided a sweep with a 5-1 victory yesterday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

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