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Last Update on April 19, 2014 22:33 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Lance Lynn of the Cardinals and Mark Buehrle (BUR'-lee) of the Blue Jays have upped their records to 4-0. Lynn went 5 2/3 innings, allowing five hits as he upped his record in a 4-3 win over Washington. At the same time Buehrle allowed four hits in seven innings as the Jays beat the Indians 5-0. His earned run average is now just 0.64. For the Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro led the attack with three runs batted in while Cards' catcher Tony Cruz had two RBIs. St. Louis has won nine of the last 10 games played between the clubs.

In other afternoon play the Tigers beat the Angels 5-2 in a game played in Detroit. Max Scherzer was the winner and the Cy Young Award winner upped his record to 2-1 by striking out nine in seven innings. The loss was absorbed by starter C.J. Wilson. The win by the Tigers was their first in 11 games with the Angels.

In Boston the Red Sox got the better of the Orioles 4-2 as Brock Holt hit a tiebreaking triple in the seventh inning and scored on Jonathan Herrera's suicide squeeze. David Ortiz had a solo homer and two hits for the World Series champion Red Sox, who have won three of four.

The Royals won their fifth straight with a 5-4 win over the twins. Bruce Chen labored through five innings before the Royals bullpen took over, shutting down the Twins the rest of the way. The Royals improved to 9-0 when scoring at least four runs this season. They're 0-7 when they score three runs or fewer.

At Wrigley Field Darwin Barney and Welington Castillo hit two-run homers and Mike Olt added a solo shot as the Cubs beat the Reds 8-4. Since scoring four times last Sunday in St. Louis, the Cubs had managed just one run before beating the Reds. Cincinnati had won 16 of the last 17 at Wrigley Field.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Brooklyn Nets won the opening game of their best of seven NBA playoff series with Toronto, 94-87. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 24 points in the win and Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter. Shaun Livingston scored 10 points and Kevin Garnett had five as the Nets won despite making just 4 of 24 3-pointers.

Game 2 takes place Tuesday night in Toronto.


UNDATED (AP) -- The St. Louis Blues have taken a 2-0 lead in their best of seven Stanley Cup playoff series with defending champion Chicago. The Blues took the second game 4-3 in overtime, just two days they beat the `Hawks in overtime as well. Barrett Jackman scored the winning goal for the Blues.

On tonight's NHL playoff schedule it's Game 2 for the Penguins and Blue Jackets. Home-standing Pittsburgh won the opening game with a 4-3 decision over Columbus. And Colorado is home to Minnesota in the second game of that seven-game affair. The Avalanche took the first game 5-4 in overtime.

Avs coach Patrick Roy (wah) says he doesn't expect leading scorer Matt Duchene (DOO'-shayn) to play in the first-round playoff series against the Wild. Duchene has been out since damaging the MCL in his left knee when he ran into a teammate against San Jose on March 29.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Boston forward Milan Lucic (LOO'-cheech) has been fined $5,000 for spearing Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser during their opening playoff game. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Goalie Steve Mason of the Flyers still isn't feeling well enough to play, so Ray Emery will be back in the net for Philadelphia in Game 2 against the New York Rangers. Mason has been sidelined for a week because of an undisclosed upper-body injury after he was knocked over and hit his head on the ice against Pittsburgh. He and the Flyers have declined to say whether the goalie sustained a concussion.


HILTON HEAD, S.C. (AP) -- Charl Schwartzel has the clubhouse lead during the third round of the PGA's RBC Heritage tournament. He shot a 3-under-68 to finish play at 5-under. On the course John Huh and Luke Donald share the lead at minus-7 after 16 and 15 holes of play.

The second round was completed earlier in the day and among those missing the 4-over cut included Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson, five-time champion Davis Love III and CBS Sports analyst Nick Faldo, playing here for the first time since 2006.


DULUTH, Ga. (AP) -- Tour rookie Miguel Angel Jimenez (AHN'-hehl hee-MEHN'-ehz) has the lead after two rounds of the three-round Champions Tour event in Duluth, Ga. He shot a 2-udner-70 and has a one shot lead at 9-under. Standing alone in second place is Bernhard Langer who shot a 4-under-68.


Last Update on April 18, 2014 19:26 GMT


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Carl Pelini says in an radio interview that his firing at Florida Atlantic last year was unjustified and the result of a new athletic director who wanted to hire his own football coach.

Pelini told KFAB radio in Omaha, Neb., that there is nothing he did at Florida Atlantic that he is embarrassed about. KFAB is the flagship station of the network that broadcasts Nebraska football.

Pelini was defensive coordinator at Nebraska for his younger brother, Bo Pelini, from 2008-11. Florida Atlantic was his first head coaching job.

Carl Pelini resigned from FAU Oct. 30 amid allegations he used illegal drugs. He denied he used illegal drugs.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Sean Rodriguez of the Tampa Bay Rays has grounded into a triple play for the second time in his career.

The Rays had runners on first and second in the second inning Thursday night against the Yankees. Rodriguez hit a hard grounder off CC Sabathia that rookie third baseman Yangervis Solarte fielded, and he stepped on the bag to retire Evan Longoria.

Solarte threw to second baseman Brian Roberts to get Wil Myers. The play ended when Scott Sizemore, playing at first base for the first time in his career, made a nice scoop of Roberts' relay throw to get Rodriguez.

It was the first triple play hit into by the Rays since Rodriguez grounded into one on Aug. 16, 2011, at Boston.

Sabathia was pitching the previous time the Yankees turned a triple play. That happened on April 12, 2013, against Baltimore.


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Gene Fieger shot a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Thursday to take a four-stroke lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

The 53-year-old Fieger, the PGA director of golf at Hideout Golf Club in Naples, Fla., had a 10-under 206 total at PGA Golf Club in the event postponed in October in Virginia because of rain and flooding. The top 35 on Friday will earn spots in the Senior PGA Championship on May 22-25 at Harbor Shores in Michigan.

Steve Parker and Frank Esposito were tied for second.

Parker, a 56-year-old PGA Life Member from Houston, shot a 67. Esposito, the 50-year-old PGA head pro at Brooklake in Florham Park, N.J., had a 74.


Werdum, Browne meet for UFC heavyweight title shot

The UFC will anoint its top heavyweight title contender this weekend, and Fabricio Werdum believes he has waited long enough for his shot at the belt.

Travis Browne is equally certain he's ready to cut in line.

Browne faces Werdum in the five-round main event at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., to determine who gets the next chance to take on champion Cain Velasquez.

Werdum (17-5-1) has been the presumptive choice for a title shot for several months, but he elected not to wait around longer than a year while Velasquez recovered from surgery on a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Velasquez won't be ready to return until late fall after getting hurt in his second victory over Junior Dos Santos last October.

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