5:03 AM EDT, Thu April 24, 2014
Parsons provides Rockets with alternate scoring option

Parsons provides Rockets with alternate scoring option

The focus of Rockets’ opponents since the beginning of the season has been on their duo of superstars, James Harden and Dwight Howard. But as he did in last year’s playoffs and throughout this season, forward Chandler Parsons is forcing Portland to pick its poison. In Game 1 of the first round playoff series against […]
Jenny Dial Creech / Houston Chronicle 4 hours ago

Harden unable to shake off rust in Game 2 loss

The rust that plagued Rockets guard James Harden on Sunday night was still hanging around Wednesday. The leading scorer had another poor shooting performance, going 6-of-19 from the field for 18 points in the Rockets 112-105 loss to Portland in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs. The Rockets now trail 0-2 in […]
Blazers Blog | Oregonian 2 hours ago

Struggles of Rockets' James Harden carry over into locker room argument with reporter

The All-Star guard shoots 6 for 19 in Game 2 after shooting 8 for 28 in Game 1.
CSN Houston 2 hours ago

Harden struggles offensively in Game 2 loss

The Rockets are down 0-2 in their series against the Blazers as James Harden continues to struggle to find his shooting touch.
Jenny Dial Creech / Houston Chronicle 3 hours ago

Harden: Game 3 win is vital to Rockets’ season staying alive

After the Rockets’ 112-105 loss in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs, James Harden stressed the importance of picking up a win in Game 3. The Rockets are down 0-2 and will play the next two games in Portland, starting Friday night at 9:30 p.m. “Game 3 is our season,” Harden said. […]
Blazers Blog | Oregonian 6 hours ago
LaMarcus Aldridge, Dwight Howard duel to 53-53 halftime tie in Trail Blazers-Rockets Game 2

LaMarcus Aldridge, Dwight Howard duel to 53-53 halftime tie in Trail Blazers-Rockets Game 2

The Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers are 53-53 at halftime of Game 2 of their Western Conference playoff matchup. LaMarcus Aldridge (23 points) and Dwight Howard (25 points) are engaged in a battle of all-star big men.
Houston Chronicle 3 hours ago

Aldridge finds himself in elite company after two playoff games

LaMarcus Aldridge’s dominance of the Houston Rockets has reached historic levels. The former UT star had 43 points in the Blazers’ 112-105 Game 2 victory on Wednesday. He tallied a Blazers’ franchise playoff-record 46 points in the Game 1 win on Sunday. Aldridge’s 89 points in the first two playoff games are fewer than only […]
CSN Houston 2 hours ago

Aldridge’s dominance continues in Game 2

Through two games, LaMarcus Aldridge has scored 89 points and the Rockets, down 0-2, don't have any answers for him.
Rip City Project 4 hours ago

LaMarcus Aldridge Scores 43, Trail Blazers Take Game 2

  The Portland Trail Blazers are where very few analysts expected them to be, up 2-0 in a playoff series for the first time since 2000 as they beat the Houston Rockets on the road, 112-105. The Blazers now come home to Portland to play 2 games. The game started with the Portland Trail Blazers […]LaMarcus...
Blazersedge 3 hours ago

Video: Blazers F LaMarcus Aldridge Scores 43 Points In Game 2 Win Over Rockets

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 43 points tonight as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Houston Rockets to leap into a 2-0 series lead in Round 1 of the 2014 NBA Playoffs. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 43 points tonight as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Houston Rockets to leap into a 2-0 series lead....
NBA 51 mins ago
Video: Trail Blazers vs. Rockets: Game 2 Flash Recap

Watch: Trail Blazers vs. Rockets: Game 2 Flash Recap

LaMarcus Aldridge followed up an AMAZING Game 1 performance with 43 points to give the Blazers a 112-105 win and a 2-0 series lead. Visit nba.com/video for more highlights. About the NBA: The NBA is the premier professional basketball league in the Unit
Chad Jennings / The LoHud Yankees Blog | Journal News 6 hours ago

Pineda ejected in Yankees loss at Fenway

Two weeks ago, the Red Sox seemed willing to look the other way. But not this time. Yankees starter Michael Pineda was ejected from tonight’s game at Fenway Park for having a foreign substance on the right side of his neck. The brownish gunk looked like pine tar, which he was presumably using to get...
Newark Star-Ledger 2 hours ago

Michael Pineda's pine tar ejection "embarrassed" Yankees, Brian Cashman says

"Right now we're all scratching our heads about how that actually took place," Cashman said
New York Daily News 8 hours ago

Pine Tossed! Yankees' Pineda ejected from Red Sox game for pine tar on neck

Yankee pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from his start against the Red Sox Wednesday night after umpires checked him for a foreign substance at the request of Boston manager John Farrell.
Orange County Register 7 hours ago
Ducks' Getzlaf out for Game 4; Selanne's son unhappy

Ducks' Getzlaf out for Game 4; Selanne's son unhappy

DALLAS -- Ryan Getzlaf will not play for the Ducks in Game 4 of the Western Conference quarterfinal series against Dallas due to an undisclosed upper-body injury, leaving the club with a big hole to fill Wednesday night. A Ducks spokesman said...
Orange County Register 3 hours ago

Ducks' Getzlaf sidelined by upper-body injury

DALLAS – Ryan Getzlaf took a slap shot off the side of his mouth in Game 1 and starred for the Ducks in Game 2 while wearing a partial cage to protect a multitude of stitches. And that cage became a target for the Dallas Stars in Game 3, where...
Ottawa Citizen 8 hours ago

Ducks without Getzlaf, Selanne for Game 4 vs. Stars

Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf is out of Game 4 against the Dallas Stars because of an upper-body injury.
Mike Heika / Dallas Stars Blog | Dallas Morning News 9 hours ago

Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf to sit out Game 4 vs. Stars

Ryan Getzlaf will not play Wednesday night against the Stars because of an upper body injury, the Ducks announced during the pre-game skate. The Ducks sent out this e-mail: “Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf will not play tonight due to an …
Anaheim Calling 3 hours ago

Ducks @ Stars Game 4 Recap: Complete Breakdown

After taking an early lead, the Ducks allowed 4 unanswered goals for Dallas to tie up the series. Final Score: Ducks 2, Stars 4 30 minutes prior to the game, it was reported that Ryan Getzlaf was not on the ice for warm-ups. A couple minutes later, he was ruled day-to-day with an upper body injury....

Video: Heat’s LeBron James leveled by forearm to throat from Bobcats’ Josh McRoberts

Heat forward LeBron James took a forearm to the throat from Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts during the final minute of Miami’s 101-97 victory in Game 2 on Wednesday. McRoberts escaped with a common foul on the play, but it’s possible that the league office will deem it to be a flagrant foul upon a review.
Rotoworld 6 hours ago

LeBron James scores 32 points, Heat up 2-0 - LeBron James (F) Miami Heat

LeBron James was outstanding again during Game 2's 101-97 win over the Bobcats on Wednesday, shooting 11-of-17 from the field for 32 points with six boards, eight assists, four steals and one 3-pointer.
Rotoworld 3 hours ago

Josh McRoberts could be suspended for Game 3 - Josh McRoberts (F/C) Charlotte Bobcats

Josh McRoberts, who had eight points, one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Heat, also appeared to get away with a flagrant foul against LeBron James.
NBA 54 mins ago
Video: Bobcats vs. Heat: Game 2 Flash Recap

Watch: Bobcats vs. Heat: Game 2 Flash Recap

LeBron James scored 32 points to help the Heat to a 101-97 win and a 2-0 series lead against the Bobcats. Visit nba.com/video for more highlights. About the NBA: The NBA is the premier professional basketball league in the United States and Canada. The
Miami Herald 5 hours ago
Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade works long ball into his game

Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade works long ball into his game

Dwyane Wade, who took fewer three-pointers than he ever has this season, has been lofting more in recent games (at least before Game 2) and said he wants that “weapon in the playoffs, even more than the regular season.”
Hot Hot Hoops 6 hours ago

Wade steals game in final minutes as Heat take game 2 vs Bobcats

In a back-and-forth game, Charlotte managed to make it close in the fourth quarter, but to no avail as Miami takes a two game lead in the series. Things are looking fine in Miami, as the Heat managed to hold back a surging Bobcats squad in the fourth quarter. Despite leading by a ten-point cushion...
Sacramento Bee 8 hours ago
Perez helps Rangers sweep A's with 3-0 win

Perez helps Rangers sweep A's with 3-0 win

Over the course of a 162-game season, every team will go through some rough stretches. Oakland Athletics' Sonny Gray works against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Oakland Athletics second baseman Nick Punto, top, is upended by Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus in the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Rangers' Michael Choice was out at first base on the double play. Texas Rangers' Martin Perez celebrates at the end of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics,...
Texas Rangers Blog | ESPN Dallas 5 hours ago

Perez zeroes in without dominating

Martin Perez has excelled versus everyone in this three-start run.Rangers lefty Martin Perez isn’t necessarily a dominant pitcher, but he’s finding ways to get through starts without allowing any runs. PerezPerez pitched his second straight shutout in beating the Athletics and has now thrown 26...
Fort-Worth Star Telegram 10 hours ago

Martin Perez pitches Rangers to sweep of A’s

The left-hander pitches a second straight three-hit shutout, and Donnie Murphy homers in the 3-0 victory.
Sacramento Bee 10 hours ago

Perez help Rangers sweep A's with 3-0 win

Martin Perez pitched his second consecutive shutout to extend his scoreless innings streak to 26 and the Texas Rangers wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 3-0 victory Wednesday. Texas Rangers' Donnie Murphy, center, is congratulated by teammates, including Elvis Andrus,...
Clippers' Chris Paul, shifting from idle, will gear up to guard Curry

Clippers' Chris Paul, shifting from idle, will gear up to guard Curry

Nursing a hamstring injury, Chris Paul hasn't practiced for two days. But he says he'll be ready to play in Game 3 of a playoff series against Stephen Curry and Golden State Warriors. Chris Paul stood before the assembled media Wednesday in his Clippers practice gear, a black brace loosely hanging from his lower right leg.
Orange County Register 8 hours ago

Clippers' Paul says hamstring will be ready for Game 3

PLAYA VISTA – Chris Paul didn’t want to talk about his injured hamstring before Wednesday’s practice. “I’m OK. I’m good,” he said. “As long as I’m on the court, I’m OK.” Wednesday at practice, though, the plan was to keep Paul...
Rotoworld 9 hours ago

Update: Chris Paul does go through practice - Chris Paul (G) Los Angeles Clippers

Chris Paul (hamstring) was able to participate in part of Wednesday's practice.
Chicago Sun-Times 6 hours ago

Taj Gibson still can’t believe two calls from Game 2

Taj Gibson was still waiting for an explanation for two calls made late in regulation of the Game 2 loss against the Wizards, but he realized he was waiting in vain. With 10.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter and the game tied 91-91, Gibson ran down an offensive rebound off a D.J. Augustin miss but was eventually tied up by Nene on the floor. The problem was that before Nene even got his hands on the basketball, Gibson was calling for a timeout in the direction of...
K.c. Johnson / Chicago Tribune 11 hours ago

Gibson disputes late-game calls in Game 2 loss

As far as Taj Gibson is concerned, the Bulls -- not the Wizards' Bradley Beal -- should've had the last shot in regulation of their 101-99 overtime loss Tuesday in Game 2 vs. Washington.
Hot Hot Hoops 4 hours ago
Heat grab 2-0 series lead over Bobcats with scrappy 101-97 victory

Heat grab 2-0 series lead over Bobcats with scrappy 101-97 victory

The Bobcats fell behind early but mounted comeback after comeback to make it tough for the Miami Heat. The defending champs held on in crunch time with the Big 3 making clutch plays. Things are looking fine in Miami, as the Heat managed to hold back a surging Bobcats squad in the fourth quarter to gut out the 101-97 victory. Despite leading by a ten-point cushion throughout the game, Charlotte was able to mount one more comeback in the latter half of the game pushing within three points. Nevertheless, it was Miami's veteran nature that won out as Dwyane Wade's calm and collected nature...
Heat Index | ESPN 4 hours ago

Despite tough Cats, Heat find home success

MIAMI -- Under normal playoff circumstances, you’d want to say the two-time defending NBA champions shouldn’t need a game-saving defensive play from Dwyane Wade to beat a Charlotte Bobcats team with a hobbled star. You’d want to say the Miami Heat, despite...
Miami Herald 4 hours ago

Mario Chalmers overcomes injury, sparks Miami Heat in Game 2 win over Charlotte Bobcats

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra questioned whether Mario Chalmers would play Wednesday night because of a shin contusion.
CSN Washington 6 hours ago

LaRoche's walk-off hit saves Nationals from sweep vs. Angels

Just when it looked like Washington would be swept by the Angels, Jayson Werth's timely RBIs and a walk-off from Adam LaRoche helped the Nats escape with a win.
Washington Post 5 hours ago

Nationals vs. Angels: Adam LaRoche caps four-run rally in ninth for 5-4 win

After all that happened Wednesday night, Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche walked up to bat in the bottom of the ninth inning to erase all the mistakes. The batter before him, Jayson Werth, tied the game with a one-out, two-run double off Los Angeles Angels closer Ernesto Frieri. Facing...
Kershaw to make minor league rehab start Friday

Kershaw to make minor league rehab start Friday

LOS ANGELES – Clayton Kershaw’s road back to the front of the Dodgers’ rotation will go through Rancho Cucamonga. On the DL for the first time in his career, the Dodgers left-hander is scheduled to start a minor league injury-rehabilitation...
Bill Plunkett / Orange County Register 3 hours ago

Greinke sharp again as Dodgers top Phillies, 5-2

LOS ANGELES – Clayton … who? Oh sure, the Dodgers miss their ace, Clayton Kershaw, and will welcome him back with open arms soon. But $250 million buys a lot of luxury and the Dodgers have had the luxury in Kershaw’s absence of reaching into...

Jeremy Lin says he feels better, ready to play tonight

After missing Tuesday’s practice with flu-like symptoms, Rockets guard Jeremy Lin went through Wednesday morning’s shootaround and said he felt better and would be available to play tonight. “I’m feeling good,” he said. “I feel alright. Everything is much better now.” Lin and the Rockets are down 0-1 to Portland headed into Wednesday’s game. Lin […]
Rotoworld 7 hours ago

Al Jefferson plays 40 minutes in Game 2 loss - Jeremy Lin (G) Houston Rockets

Al Jefferson (foot) labored through his strained plantar fascia on Wednesday during Game 2's loss to the Heat, playing 40 minutes for 18 points, 13 boards, one assist and one turnover.
Sacramento Bee 7 hours ago
Rockies fall to Giants 12-10 in 11 innings

Rockies fall to Giants 12-10 in 11 innings

With the bases loaded, the count full and the game on the line in extra innings, Chad Bettis had no wiggle room for a breaking ball or an off-speed pitch. San Francisco Giants' Hector Sanchez, right, follows through on a grand slam as Colorado Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario watches during the 11th inning of the Giants' 12-10 victory in 11 innings in a baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chad Bettis sits in the dugout after giving up a grand slam to San Francisco Giants' Hector Sanchez in the 11th inning of the Giants' 12-10 victory in...
Sacramento Bee 8 hours ago

Sanchez's slam in 11th helps Giants beat Rox 12-10

Hector Sanchez hit two of San Francisco's six homers, including a grand slam in the 11th inning Wednesday that gave the Giants a wild 12-10 victory over the Colorado Rockies. San Francisco Giants' Hector Sanchez strikes out swinging during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 22,...
LaMarcus Aldridge powers Trail Blazers to stunning 2-0 series lead over Houston Rockets in Western Conference playoffs

LaMarcus Aldridge powers Trail Blazers to stunning 2-0 series lead over Houston Rockets in Western Conference playoffs

Aldridge finishes with 43 points, eight rebounds and three blocks and has 89 points and 26 rebounds in the first two games against the Rockets -- both wins.
Blazers Blog | Oregonian 1 hour ago

Trail Blazers go up 2-0 on Houston Rockets behind 43 points from LaMarcus Aldridge: Beyond the box score

The Portland Trail Blazers took a commanding 2-0 lead in their first-round series with the Houston Rockets, taking Game 2 112-105 Wednesday night at the Toyota Center.

Injury updates on Zimmerman, Hairston

Ryan Zimmerman and Scott Hairston each are making progress in their recovery from injuries, Nationals manager Matt Williams said Wednesday. Zimmerman, out since fracturing his right thumb on April 12, has begun conditioning exercises and has even performed some light fielding drills, using only his glove hand for now. The veteran third baseman is running…
CSN Washington 11 hours ago

Injury updates on Zimmerman and Hairston

Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) and Scott Hairston (oblique) are progressing in their return to the Nationals from injuries.
Newsday 15 hours ago

Phil Jackson: With or without Carmelo Anthony, Knicks will move forward

Phil Jackson hopes that Carmelo Anthony "is true to his word" and takes less than a maximum contract to re-sign with the Knicks.
Rotoworld 13 hours ago

Phil wants Carmelo to take less than max - Carmelo Anthony (F) New York Knicks

Knicks president Phil Jackson said Wednesday that Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) will need to take less than a maximum contract to allow the team to have spending flexibility in the future.
Newsday 8 hours ago

Mets resist tinkering to end Curtis Granderson's slump

Mets owner Fred Wilpon, the man who lavished a four-year contract worth $60 million on Curtis Granderson, cozied up to the struggling slugger behind the batting cage before Wednesday night's game against the Cardinals at Citi Field. Talk about bringing out the heavy artillery, the Mets will try almost anything to get Granderson going at the plate.
Newark Star-Ledger 14 hours ago

Mets to stick with Curtis Granderson as outfielder mired in worst slump of career

Granderson is hitting just .116 after finishing 0-for-3 in the Mets 3-0 loss to the Cardinals. The walk he earned during a failed ninth inning comeback was his first in 10 days.
Gaslamp Ball 11 hours ago
Josh Johnson will undergo second Tommy John surgery

Josh Johnson will undergo second Tommy John surgery

It's official now.  Josh Johnson will undergo his second Tommy John surgery tomorrow in Pensacola, FL. Josh Johnson will undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow, per AJ Hinch. Dr. James Andrews will again perform the procedure. — Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) April 23, 2014 #Padres pitcher Josh Johnson will have TJ surgery tomorrow. Technically a revision of the UCL. — Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) April 23, 2014 In March, Josh Johnson had a drop in velocity during the 5th inning of  his last Spring Training start and had swelling in his forearm and elbow afterwards.  In the days...
Friars on Base 2 hours ago

Dagnabbit! Johnson Out For Year With Tommy John Surgery

Is it OK to swear on the internet? Today, Corey Brock of mlb.com reported that Padres pitcher Josh Johnson will undergo his second Tommy John surgery tomorrow. Goldurnit. The Padres signed Johnson, who previously had Tommy John surgery in 2007, to a one-year, $8 million contract this offseason.  Johnson...

Jose Calderon: 'No problem' with limited playing time

SAN ANTONIO – You’ll probably never hear Dallas Mavericks point guard Jose Calderon complain about minutes. If Devin Harris continues get the majority of playing time in this first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs, that’s cool with Calderon. “I just want to win games and try to help my teammates,” said Calderon, who played only 16 minutes in the Mavs’ Game 1 loss, the fewest of any game in which he wasn’t injured all season.
Rotoworld 5 hours ago

Devin Harris plays well in 24 minutes - Devin Harris (G) Dallas Mavericks

Devin Harris played well in his 24 minutes off the bench against the Spurs during Game 2's 113-92 win with 18 points, four boards, five assists, one steal and one block.
Ottawa Citizen 6 hours ago
Wild left wing Matt Cooke gets 7-game suspension from NHL for kneeing Avalanche defenceman

Wild left wing Matt Cooke gets 7-game suspension from NHL for kneeing Avalanche defenceman

The NHL cracked down hard on Matt Cooke, suspending the Minnesota Wild left wing for seven games Wednesday for his knee-to-knee hit that injured Colorado Avalanche defenceman Tyson Barrie.
Chicago Sun-Times 6 hours ago

Paul Konerko passes Frank Thomas for franchise record in White Sox win

DETROIT — Paul Konerko surpassed Frank Thomas’ franchise record for total bases with two singles and a double, Marcus Semien erased a two-run deficit with a grand slam, and Jose Abreu cleared the 420-foot sign in center field for the second time during the first inning in two days for his seventh home run as the White Sox defeated the host Detroit Tigers 6-4 Wednesday night. Konerko, whose double in eighth inning off Justin Miller gave him 3,950 total bases --...
MetsBlog 12 hours ago

Daisuke Matsuzaka could be a closer

“Yes,” Terry Collins replied Wednesday when asked if Daisuke Matsuzaka has the ability to be a closer. That said, Collins was clear to point out that Kyle Farnsworth is still his closer. Matsuzaka tossed one scoreless inning in relief on Saturday, and three scoreless — and hitless — innings in relief on Sunday. He made only […]
Detroit Lions 2014 regular season schedule

Detroit Lions 2014 regular season schedule

2014 Detroit Lions schedule (All games at 1 p.m., unless noted.) Sept. 8 — vs. N.Y. Giants on Monday Night Football, 7:10 p.m. Sept. 14 — at Carolina Sept. 21 — vs. Green Bay Sept. 28 — at N.Y. Jets Oct. 5 — vs. Buffalo Oct. 12 — at Minnesota Oct. 19 — vs. New Orleans Oct. 26 — at Falcons (London’s Wembley Stadium), 9:30 a.m. Nov. 2  — Bye week Nov. 9 — vs. Miami Nov.  16 — at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. Nov. 23 — at New England Nov. 27 — vs. Chicago (Thanksgiving) Dec. 7 — vs. Tampa Bay Dec. 14 — vs. Minnesota Dec. 21 — at Chicago Dec. 28 — at...
Seattle Times 6 hours ago
Marcus Trufant signs one-day contract with Seahawks, will retire Thursday

Marcus Trufant signs one-day contract with Seahawks, will retire Thursday

Marcus Trufant, who started 125 games in a Seattle career that lasted from 2003 to 2012, has signed a contract with the team so he can then officially retire as a Seahawk on Thursday.
Over the Monster 6 hours ago
Red Sox 5, Yankees 1: John Lackey dominates and pine tar pine tar pine tar

Red Sox 5, Yankees 1: John Lackey dominates and pine tar pine tar pine tar

John Lackey was incredible, Derek Jeter was hilarious, and oh yeah, Michael Pineda got tossed for using pine tar. The Red Sox bounced back from their Tuesday night drubbing with a 5-1 win over the Yankees that was crazy in all the right ways. So, let's not waste time. After the Red Sox scored two runs off of Michael Pineda in the bottom of the first, the Yankees' young pitcher returned to the mound in the second with a big ol' smear of pine tar on his neck. NESN's cameras caught it immediately, John Farrell headed out to talk to the umpires with two outs (shortly after David Ortiz came...

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