8:49 PM EDT, Tue April 24, 2018
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Cavs guard George Hill (back spasms) questionable for Game 5

Cavs guard George Hill (back spasms) questionable for Game 5

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Cavaliers point guard George Hill is questionable for Wednesdays crucial Game 5 against Indiana because of back spasms.Hill has been dealing with back problems since the series opener when he was flattened by an illegal screen by Pacers forward Trevor Booker.Cavs coach Tryonn Lue says Hill was limited to some shooting drills during Tuesdays practice and will start if he can play.Jose Calderon started Game 4 at Indianapolis and scored five points in 19 minutes as the Cavs evened the series at 2-2. Cleveland is 24-9 when Calderon starts.Hill is averaging 8.7 points and...
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Filling the Patriots' needs: No. 3: Quarterbacks

Filling the Patriots' needs: No. 3: Quarterbacks

With Jimmy Garoppolo traded to the San Francisco 49ers last season, the Patriots will for sure be in the market for a Tom Brady successor. Four picks in the first two rounds give them the requisite capital to move up and grab one of the consensus top five players. Here are those signal-callers, although the order is up for endless debate.THE TOP PROSPECTS1. Sam Darnold, USCSkinny: Had some turnover issues with the Trojans and a clunky release, but came through with some big-time clutch moments.2. Josh Rosen, UCLASkinny: Injury and personality concerns off the field have popped up, but as far...
16 hours ago
A tale of 2 bats, and Babe Ruth's 60th home run in 1927

A tale of 2 bats, and Babe Ruth's 60th home run in 1927

NEW YORK — As part of its collection of Babe Ruth items, the Baseball Hall of Fame says it has the bat the slugger used to hit his then-record 60th home run in 1927.A private collector also claims to own the bat, and he's selling it at auction. PSA/DNA, one of the leading sports memorabilia authenticators, supports his assertion.The dispute dates back more than 90 years to the original owner of each bat and how he professed to acquire it.The bat being sold by the anonymous collector can be traced back to Joe E. Brown, the entertainer and vaudeville comedian with whom Ruth had a friendship....
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Mitchell scores 33, Jazz rout Thunder 113-96

Mitchell scores 33, Jazz rout Thunder 113-96

SALT LAKE CITY — Shutting down the Utah Jazz offense is proving easier said than done for the Oklahoma City Thunder.For a second straight game, a late second-quarter surge by Utah carried over into the second half and it allowed the Jazz to pull away for a 113-96 victory Monday night. The Jazz used a 20-3 run spanning the end of the second quarter and the start of the third to break open the game.Utah takes a 3-1 series lead back to Oklahoma City. Game 5 in the best-of-seven playoff is Wednesday night.Donovan Mitchell had 33 points and seven rebounds to lead the Jazz to their third...
17 hours ago
Bucks' Thon Maker, other reserves step into NBA playoff spotlight

Bucks' Thon Maker, other reserves step into NBA playoff spotlight

MILWAUKEE — Thon Maker is having his biggest games at the biggest time of the year.Not bad for a bench guy and someone who, as recently as last week, was a roster afterthought.Maker had never blocked five shots in any NBA game before this postseason began — and now hes blocked that many in each of the last two playoff contests for the Milwaukee Bucks. Theres an old coaching adage that tells players to stay ready, because they never know when their chance to make an impact has arrived.Maker is proving that axiom to be correct.Just trying to be there for my teammates, playing aggressive,...
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MLB roundup: Skaggs shuts down Astros; Angels win 2-0 after call reversed

MLB roundup: Skaggs shuts down Astros; Angels win 2-0 after call reversed

HOUSTON — Yuli Gurriel was thrown out at third base by catcher Martin Maldonado to end the game after an original safe call was reversed on replay, giving the Los Angeles Angels a 2-0 win over Houston on Monday night that ended the Astros six-game winning streak.Third base umpire Cory Blaser signaled safe. Blaser also called Colorados Nolan Arenado safe at home plate Sunday trying to advance on a ball in the dirt. That call was then reversed on replay for the final out in the Chicago Cubs 9-7 win.Tyler Skaggs (3-1) allowed four hits in seven innings for the Angels, and Keynan Middleton...
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Yankees acquire RHP A.J. Cole from Nationals for cash

Yankees acquire RHP A.J. Cole from Nationals for cash

NEW YORK — The Yankees have acquired pitcher A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals, hoping the once-promising righty can find his rhythm in a new place.New York announced it obtained Cole for cash following a 14-1 win over Minnesota on Monday night. Right-hander David Hale was designated for assignment after pitching two scoreless innings to finish off the rout.The 26-year-old Cole was cut by the Nationals on Friday. He was 1-1 with a 13.06 ERA in four games.Cole won the fifth spot in the rotation out of spring training, but was tagged by Atlanta for 10 runs in 3 2/3 innings in his first...
20 hours ago
James Harden, Rockets soar past Wolves 119-100 with 50-point 3rd

James Harden, Rockets soar past Wolves 119-100 with 50-point 3rd

MINNEAPOLIS — Though James Harden and most of the Houston Rockets were misfiring throughout the first half, their confidence never wavered.In the third quarter, those sharpshooters sure came to life.Harden had 22 of the teams near-record 50 points in the third, launching the Rockets past the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-100 on Monday night to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.We had the mentality to be aggressive, make or missed shots, said Harden, who went 7 for 10 in the third quarter and finished with 36 points. Thats what we do. We shoot the basketball, and eventually...
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Extra Special: Andujar HR, double as Yankees hammer Twins 14-1

Extra Special: Andujar HR, double as Yankees hammer Twins 14-1

NEW YORK — For rookies Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres and most everyone else swinging a bat for the New York Yankees, this was an extra special evening.Andujar homered and doubled to extend his barrage of extra-base blows, Torres got his first major league hit and the Yankees hammered the Minnesota Twins 14-1 Monday night.I saw all my guys hitting pretty well, Torres said. Im part of that.Slumping Giancarlo Stanton homered in going 4 for 4 and Didi Gregorius hit a grand slam as the Yankees posted their first three-game winning streak under new manager Aaron Boone.Tonight was a great...
20 hours ago
Capitals advance with 6-3 win over Blue Jackets in Game 6

Capitals advance with 6-3 win over Blue Jackets in Game 6

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Washington Capitals can now turn their attention to the Pittsburgh Penguins and avenging some playoff disappointments.The Capitals won four straight games over the Columbus Blue Jackets after fumbling the first two in overtime at home, capping their opening-round playoff series with a 6-3 victory Monday night in Game 6.Alex Ovechkin scored twice, including his 50th playoff goal, and Braden Holtby had 35 saves to lift the Capitals, who never trailed after winning in overtime in Game 5 on Saturday. After Ovechkin's second-period goals, Washington never relinquished a...
20 hours ago
Celtics notebook: Jaylen Brown believes the home crowd will be a big factor in Game 5

Celtics notebook: Jaylen Brown believes the home crowd will be a big factor in Game 5

WALTHAM — Celtics guard Jaylen Brown explained the mission going into Game 5 of their 2-2 NBA best-of-seven playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks tonight.“We’ve got to protect home court, we’ve got to protect our house,” said Brown following a short workout yesterday. “We can’t let nobody come in and get comfortable, and those guys have felt comfortable the last two games. Those last two quarters we made them uncomfortable and that is how we are going to continue to play.”Brown scored a playoff career-high 34 points with five treys in Sunday’s 104-102 loss to the Bucks....
20 hours ago
Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta could fit in with the Patriots

Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta could fit in with the Patriots

Subtitle: In that round, Lauletta is Pats’ kind of pickIt has become the pick that makes so much sense, the projection borders on cliche at this point.As the Patriots search for their Tom Brady successor at quarterback, Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta keeps popping up, and it’s not some coincidence. The resemblance to Jimmy Garoppolo is striking.Like Garoppolo, Lauletta played at the FCS level. Like Garoppolo, Lauletta is seen as a second-round pick rather than a first-rounder. And, like Garoppolo, Lauletta sports the short- and intermediate-range accuracy that is so effective in the...
20 hours ago
Security tight as Bruins challenge Maple Leafs miles from incident

Security tight as Bruins challenge Maple Leafs miles from incident

TORONTO — Security was extra heavy before last night’s Bruins vs. Maple Leafs playoff game in the wake of the tragic incident that claimed at least 10 lives yesterday.A rented van jumped onto a crowded sidewalk in an area just several miles north of the arena, killing at least 10 people and injuring 15 before the driver fled and was quickly arrested in a confrontation with police, Canadian authorities said.Fans arriving at the game were shaken.“It’s shocking. I don’t think they’re really clear on what the reasoning was,” said 44-year-old Luciano Marone of Brampton. “It’s...
20 hours ago
Guregian: Patriots can play draft in many ways if looking for Tom Brady heir

Guregian: Patriots can play draft in many ways if looking for Tom Brady heir

Beyond the mystery of how Bill Belichick decides to play his cards during the draft — armed with two first-round picks and four selections in the first two rounds — the issue that might be of greatest interest to Patriot fans has to do with a quarterback.Will we know the identity of Tom Brady’s successor by the weekend? Chances are, Bill Belichick is going to pull the trigger and select Brady’s heir either Thursday in the first round, or Friday during rounds 2 and 3.It’s even possible he’ll draft more than one quarterback just to increase the odds of hitting it right.With the...
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Alex Cora, Red Sox face first adversity of season

Alex Cora, Red Sox face first adversity of season

The Red Sox finally lost a series.Their best reliever, Craig Kimbrel, never pitched. Their best player, Mookie Betts, didn’t make an appearance in the rubber game on Sunday.Manager Alex Cora made some decisions that generated some debate.A two-game losing streak while getting no-hit is a small bump in the road but the first one for Cora’s crew. And after the Oakland A’s and their $66 million payroll knocked off the mighty Red Sox for their first series loss of the season, the Sox will get a test against the Toronto Blue Jays for three games starting tonight.The Jays began the season hot...