Sevilla 2-0 Valencia CF - Sevilla take control of their Europa League semi-final against Valencia through goals from Stephane Mbia and Carlos Bacca. Nova to undergo season-ending elbow surgery (Yahoo Sports) - BOSTON (AP) -- New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova has decided to have season-ending Tommy John surgery for a partially torn elbow ligament. Bobcats' McRoberts fined $20,000 for LeBron foul (Yahoo Sports) - NEW YORK (AP) -- Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Thursday for making unnecessary and excessive contact with Miami Heat forward LeBron James. Champion O'Sullivan trails Perry - Benfica 2-1 Juventus - Lima's late strike gives Benfica a narrow advantage over Juventus in a high-quality Europa League semi-final first leg. Colorado PG Spencer Dinwiddie heading to NBA (Yahoo Sports) - University of Colorado junior point guard Spencer Dinwiddie is skipping his senior season and will declare for the NBA draft. Dinwiddie said at a news conference in Boulder on Thursday that he believes he's a ''first-round talent'' and doesn't think there are many players in this year's deep draft that are more talented than he is. Dinwiddie's junior season was cut short when he tore his left ACL Jan. 12 at Washington and needed reconstructive surgery. Dinwiddie was averaging 14.7 points and nearly four assists when he got hurt. Nadal reaches last eight in Barcelona - Rafael Nadal safely books his place in the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open with a 6-3 6-3 win over Croatian Ivan Dodig. Rangers great Jardine dies aged 65 - Former Rangers, Hearts and Scotland defender Sandy Jardine dies aged 65 following a battle with cancer. Bobcats' Josh McRoberts fined $20,000 (Yahoo Sports) - NEW YORK (AP) -- Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Thursday for making unnecessary and excessive contact with Miami Heat forward LeBron James. Young, Granderson, Colon lead Mets over Cards 4-1 (Yahoo Sports) - Chris Young homered to start New York's comeback and slumping Curtis Granderson singled in a run as a pinch hitter as Bartolo Colon and the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 Thursday to send Lance Lynn to his first career loss in April. New York took three of four from the defending NL champions and has won four of five overall. St. Louis lost for the sixth time in nine games and has gone 291 at-bats without a home runs since Allen Craig connected at Milwaukee off Wily Peralta on April 16.

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Sevilla 2-0 Valencia CF [BBC.co.uk Sports: April 24, 2014, 4:20 pm]
Sevilla take control of their Europa League semi-final against Valencia through goals from Stephane Mbia and Carlos Bacca.
Nova to undergo season-ending elbow surgery (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 4:04 pm]
BOSTON (AP) -- New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova has decided to have season-ending Tommy John surgery for a partially torn elbow ligament.
Bobcats' McRoberts fined $20,000 for LeBron foul (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:39 pm]
NEW YORK (AP) -- Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Thursday for making unnecessary and excessive contact with Miami Heat forward LeBron James.
Champion O'Sullivan trails Perry [BBC.co.uk Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:37 pm]

Benfica 2-1 Juventus [BBC.co.uk Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:36 pm]
Lima's late strike gives Benfica a narrow advantage over Juventus in a high-quality Europa League semi-final first leg.
Colorado PG Spencer Dinwiddie heading to NBA (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:30 pm]
University of Colorado junior point guard Spencer Dinwiddie is skipping his senior season and will declare for the NBA draft. Dinwiddie said at a news conference in Boulder on Thursday that he believes he's a ''first-round talent'' and doesn't think there are many players in this year's deep draft that are more talented than he is. Dinwiddie's junior season was cut short when he tore his left ACL Jan. 12 at Washington and needed reconstructive surgery. Dinwiddie was averaging 14.7 points and nearly four assists when he got hurt.
Nadal reaches last eight in Barcelona [BBC.co.uk Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:19 pm]
Rafael Nadal safely books his place in the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open with a 6-3 6-3 win over Croatian Ivan Dodig.
Rangers great Jardine dies aged 65 [BBC.co.uk Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:13 pm]
Former Rangers, Hearts and Scotland defender Sandy Jardine dies aged 65 following a battle with cancer.
Bobcats' Josh McRoberts fined $20,000 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:09 pm]
NEW YORK (AP) -- Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Thursday for making unnecessary and excessive contact with Miami Heat forward LeBron James.
Young, Granderson, Colon lead Mets over Cards 4-1 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 2:27 pm]
Chris Young homered to start New York's comeback and slumping Curtis Granderson singled in a run as a pinch hitter as Bartolo Colon and the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 Thursday to send Lance Lynn to his first career loss in April. New York took three of four from the defending NL champions and has won four of five overall. St. Louis lost for the sixth time in nine games and has gone 291 at-bats without a home runs since Allen Craig connected at Milwaukee off Wily Peralta on April 16.

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NBA Soccer
Thursday And-1 Links: Tracy McGrady makes minor league baseball roster as pitcher [NBC Sports: April 24, 2014, 4:39 pm]
Mock him if you want, Tracy McGrady is getting paid to play baseball.

Kevin Durant is tired of being asked about Tony Allen. Very tired. [NBC Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:46 pm]
Sorry KD, but through two games Allen has been the MVP of this series.

Bobcats' McRoberts fined $20,000 for LeBron foul (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:39 pm]
NEW YORK (AP) -- Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Thursday for making unnecessary and excessive contact with Miami Heat forward LeBron James.

Josh McRoberts fined $20,000 for forearm foul to LeBron’s throat [NBC Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:00 pm]
No suspension for McRoberts. Somehow.

Marshall hires LA assistant Dan D'Antoni as coach (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 2:39 pm]
Marshall hired Los Angeles Lakers assistant Dan D'Antoni as its men's basketball coach Thursday. The 66-year-old D'Antoni is scheduled to be introduced at a news conference on Friday. He replaces Tom Herrion, who resigned last month after an 11-22 season. D'Antoni is the older brother of Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni.

European power, U.S. enclave Tyresö FF continues playing out its sad soccer parable [NBC Sports: April 24, 2014, 4:30 pm]
Tyreso is Leeds. It's Anzhi, it's Málaga. And it has a chance to win a European title before potentially closing its doors.

West Ham United-West Brom Preview [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 4:27 pm]
West Bromwich Albion are targeting four more points for Premier League survival, and a win over West Ham United at the Hawthorns on Saturday would put them close to achieving that aim. Pepe Mel's side (6-15-13) have picked up five points from their last four games to give themselves a great chance of avoiding relegation, but conceding stoppage-time equalisers to both Cardiff City and Tottenham Hotspur during that run has left them still needing results in their final matches of the campaign. With Cardiff and Fulham both three points behind the Baggies having played a game more, Mel believes that four points from his team's four remaining matches should be enough. But some of the performances we have seen recently are those we need to see in order to keep ourselves up." Despite being 12th in the table, Sam Allardyce's West Ham (10-7-18) are not yet assured of their Premier League status either.

Soccer-Sevilla earn two-goal cushion against Valencia [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 4:27 pm]
(Adsd detail, quotes) BARCELONA, April 24 (Reuters) - Stephane MBia and Carlos Bacca were on target for Sevilla as they took a big step towards reaching the Europa League final with a 2-0 victory over Valencia on Thursday. The Andalusian side continued their good form which has seen them win nine of their last 10 La Liga games as they took advantage of Valencia's defensive weaknesses to put themselves in the driving seat in the all-Spanish semi-final. After a frantic start to the game MBia knocked in the opening goal on the half hour mark and then Bacca added another shortly afterwards as he used his pace to get clear before finishing clinically. "It was a good game from us against a strong rival in Valencia but despite this result it is still going to be difficult there," Bacca told reporters.

Sevilla 2-0 Valencia CF [BBC.co.uk Sports: April 24, 2014, 4:20 pm]
Sevilla take control of their Europa League semi-final against Valencia through goals from Stephane Mbia and Carlos Bacca.

Norwich City-Manchester United Preview [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 4:13 pm]
Manchester United begin life without David Moyes on Saturday when they welcome Norwich City to Old Trafford. The decision to sack Moyes came Monday - just 10 months after he had been hand-picked by predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson - the club's greatest manager. The sacking ended a disastrous tenure that saw United drop from Premier League champions to seventh-placed also-rans in the space of one campaign. United won just 27 of the 51 games played under Moyes, and this season has seen them rack up their least number of points in the Premier League era and produce their worst home record since 1978.

NFL NHL
Buffalo Bills hire Gerald Dixon as pro scout (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 4:19 pm]
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills have hired Gerald Dixon as a pro scout.

Buffalo Bills cheerleaders halt season after suit (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 2:23 pm]
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills cheerleaders will be making no appearances this year, a decision that comes days after a lawsuit over pay and working conditions.

Cowboys add another QB in ex-Chicago starter Hanie (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 2:02 pm]
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys have added another quarterback with starting experience in Caleb Hanie.

Marcus Trufant retires as member of the Seahawks (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 1:43 pm]
When it was clear Marcus Trufant's time was done with the Seattle Seahawks following the 2012 season, he was given a message by general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll. If the time came when Trufant was ready to retire from the NFL, they wanted him to do it as a member of the Seahawks. Trufant got that opportunity Thursday, officially retiring from football after signing a one-day contract with the Seahawks. Trufant spent his entire NFL career with the Seahawks, with the exception of the 2013 training camp when he was in the Jacksonville Jaguars' camp.

NFL plans to look at bigger playoffs, longer PATs (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 1:32 pm]
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL plans to discuss expanded playoffs at the owners' meetings next month in Atlanta.

Boudreau won’t say if Hiller or Andersen will start for Ducks in Game 5 [NBC Sports: April 24, 2014, 4:25 pm]
He's glad the former got some playoff reps, though.

Ducks stumble home even with Dallas for Game 5 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 4:10 pm]
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Two-thirds of the Anaheim Ducks' top line is injured, including their captain and leading scorer. Their most beloved player has been benched, and their rookie goalie looks shakier with every game.

Blackhawks, Blues prepare for Game 5 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:41 pm]
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- One more game, and the Chicago Blackhawks will have linchpin defenseman Brent Seabrook back in the lineup.

PHT Extra: Why so many blown leads? Does Fleury have the yips? [NBC Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:13 pm]
He sure looked yippy last night night in Columbus.

Habs sign NCAA standout Carr to two-year deal [NBC Sports: April 24, 2014, 2:57 pm]
He led Frozen Four champion Union College in scoring this year.

Baseball Golf
Dice-K 1st save since 2000; Mets top Cards 4-1 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 4:38 pm]
Daisuke Matsuzaka pinched his eyelids, clenched his teeth and thought back. After 123 starts during seven seasons in Major League Baseball, the 33-year-old right-hander was turned into a reliever by the New York Mets when they brought him up from the minor leagues on April 16. Eight days later, manager Terry Collins took a chance - a roll of the Dice-K? - and Matsuzaka responded with a perfect ninth inning Thursday to cap a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Nova to undergo season-ending elbow surgery (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 4:04 pm]
BOSTON (AP) -- New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova has decided to have season-ending Tommy John surgery for a partially torn elbow ligament.

Bolsinger earns 1st MLB win, Diamondbacks top Cubs (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:38 pm]
Mike Bolsinger earned his first major league win, pitching into the seventh inning and hitting an RBI single as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Chicago Cubs 5-2 Thursday. Bolsinger (1-1) allowed one unearned run and four hits in 6 2-3 innings. Miguel Montero drove in two runs, and the Diamondbacks won consecutive games for only the second time this season. Addison Reed got his fifth save in six chances with a perfect ninth.

Hicks homers, Twins beat Rays 9-7 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:25 pm]
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer, Kurt Suzuki drove in three runs, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-7 Thursday.

Texas checking Kouzmanoff back before Beltre move (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 2:47 pm]
Texas third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff was scheduled to be evaluated Friday at home by a back specialist before the Rangers have to make a roster move to active Adrian Beltre from the disabled list. Kouzmanoff, who is hitting .362 in 13 games and is the reigning AL player of the week, came out of Tuesday's game at Oakland because of a sore back. General manager Jon Daniels said Kouzmanoff has some history of lower back problems and was still having symptoms Thursday, an off day for the Rangers between series at Oakland and Seattle.

Record number sign up for US Open (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 1:35 pm]
FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) -- More people than ever have signed up for a chance to play in the U.S. Open.

Pinehurst U.S. Open attracts record entry total (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 12:00 pm]
(Reuters) - This year's U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in Pinehurst, Northern Carolina has attracted a record total of 10,127 entries, the United States Golf Association (USGA) said on Thursday. The number of applicants for the June 12-15 tournament eclipsed the previous best of 9,860 for last year's U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. "The number of entries, from across the world, affirms both the great appeal of playing in our national championship and the history surrounding Pinehurst No. 2," USGA vice president Daniel Burton said in a statement. The U.S. Open, the second of the year's four majors, will be held for a third time on the classic No. 2 Course at Pinehurst with its notorious upturned-saucer greens.

RBC Heritage working to keep backing (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 10:45 am]
RBC Heritage tournament director Steve Wilmot doesn't want to return to the dark, sponsor-less days of just a few years ago when his longtime PGA Tour stop didn't know if it would make it through to the next year. New construction on a $20 million clubhouse at Harbour Town Golf Links started shortly after Matt Kuchar's chip-in on the 72nd hole lifted him to victory Sunday. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem was there early in the week to participate in discussions with lead sponsors Royal Bank of Canada and Boeing to extend backing past the five-year deal that ends in 2016. There are new parking strategies ahead to help beautify the island that were tested this past week when rain swamped many of the grassy, field areas where spectators and volunteers have parked practically since the tournament began in 1969.

Watch: Rickie Fowler gets a stunt plane ride (PGA) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 9:55 am]
Rickie Fowler is a self-professed daredevil by trade. He loves active sports -- as evidenced by his short-lived motocross career (which ended after he broke his foot in three places at age 15.) And he'd like to get into racing cars when his golf career winds down.

Hall delays professional dream [BBC.co.uk Sports: April 24, 2014, 9:07 am]
Golfer Georgia Hall delays her plans to turn professional until later in the year because of a lack of funding.

Motor Sports Tennis
Richmond hoping track access boosts fan experience (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 4:49 pm]
They are calling it ''Track Takeover'' at Richmond International Raceway, and track President Dennis Bickmeier hopes allowing fans onto the racing surface a few hours before race time on Saturday night will not only improve their experience at the 0.75-mile oval, but bring more of them, or bring them back. ''This is a way to give people that access and let them kind of see the sport up close, or a little closer,'' Bickmeier said Thursday. ''This sport defined access, and we've got to keep that going.'' At a time when most agree the racing in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series has been better than in several years, tracks are always looking for ways to bring fan support back up to the days when it sold itself. ''They focused on selling the Friday night race,'' Bickmeier said.

Patrick Carpentier to race in native Quebec for first time in nearly 20 years [NBC Sports: April 24, 2014, 4:34 pm]
It has taken him nearly 20 years, but Patrick Carpentier is going back home to race. A veteran of several race series in his career including CART (5 wins), GP3R (2 wins), IndyCar and NASCAR, the Quebec, Canada native will return to the Circuit Trois-Rivieres street course for his first-ever FIA World Championship Rallycross race August 7-8.

Pagenaud still upset with Power over Long Beach (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:46 pm]
A week off did nothing to mellow the tension between Simon Pagenaud and Will Power stemming from contact between the two at Long Beach. Pagenaud refused to accept an apology from Power following the April 13 race in which Pagenaud was spun from behind by the Australian. Although Pagenaud rallied to finish fifth, he said the contact from Power ruined his chance to race for the win. Now, as IndyCar heads to Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama for Sunday's race, Pagenaud says his feelings toward Power have not changed.

Ryan Blaney is directionally challenged in latest episode of Penske Files [NBC Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:40 pm]
Don't ask Ryan Blaney for directions, period. That's the message in the latest edition of the Penske Files, in which a Team Penske member asks Blaney for directions to the nearest Discount Tire outlet (Discount Tire is one of Blaney's primary sponsors in the Nationwide Series this season).

Richard Petty to return to Richmond, first race since wife Lynda’s death [NBC Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:21 pm]
According to driver Aric Almirola, team owner Richard Petty is expected to attend Saturday's NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. It will be the first time that Petty has been at a racetrack since the death of his beloved wife Lynda on March 25.

Nadal reaches last eight in Barcelona [BBC.co.uk Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:19 pm]
Rafael Nadal safely books his place in the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open with a 6-3 6-3 win over Croatian Ivan Dodig.

Nadal cruises into Barcelona quarterfinals (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 1:14 pm]
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal looked more like his confident self on the clay in passing Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-3, 6-3, to reach the Barcelona Open quarterfinals on Thursday. Nadal was struggling with his game coming into the event and an unconvincing opening victory on Wednesday did little to calm the nerves. But Nadal looked more assured as he ousted the 37th-ranked Dodig in 83 minutes in the third round. Nadal moves on to face fellow Spanish player Nicolas Almagro in an early rematch of last season's final, which Nadal won for his eight title at the tournament in the Catalan capital.

3rd seed Monfils through to quarters in Bucharest (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 12:44 pm]
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Third-seeded Gaels Monfils opened his Nastase Tiriac Trophy account with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis on Thursday.

Meusburger, Oprandi, Hercog reach Marrakesh last 8 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 12:36 pm]
MARRAKESH, Morocco (AP) -- Third-seeded Yvonne Meusburger of Austria was a comfortable winner over Estrella Cabeza Candela of Spain to reach the Grand Prix SAR quarterfinals on Thursday.

Novak Djokovic, longtime girlfriend expecting baby (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 11:58 am]
Novak Djokovic is going to need to get into the swing of being a father.


Pineda banned 10 games for pine tar, won't appeal

In this April 23, 2014 photo taken from video and provided by ESPN, home plate umpire Gerry Davis touches the neck of New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda in the second inning of the Yankees' baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston. Pineda was ejected after umpires found a foreign substance on his neck. (AP Photo/ESPN)BOSTON (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games Thursday after being caught using pine tar. He said he won't appeal the penalty that will cost him two starts.


Pine tar, Vaseline, spit all part of baseball

New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda walks off the mound after being ejected when a foreign substance was discovered on his neck, in the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)It's fair to suspect that Michael Pineda isn't the only pitcher trying a few tricks on the mound from time to time.


Michael Phelps wins 100 fly heat in comeback meet

Michael Phelps competes in the 100-meter butterfly during the Arena Grand Prix swim meet, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz. It is Phelps' first competitive event after a nearly two-year retirement. (AP Photo/Matt York)MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A giddy Michael Phelps qualified fastest for the 100-meter butterfly final Thursday in his first competition since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics.


Northwestern players to cast historic union vote

FILE - In this April, 2, 2014 file photo, former Northwestern football quarterback Kain Colter, right, and Ramogi Huma, founder and president of the National College Players Association, arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington. Northwestern football players will cast secret ballots Friday, April 25, 2014, on whether to form the nation’s first union for college athletes, a potentially landmark vote that will, however, be kept sealed for weeks or months, and possibly years. Colter announced in January that he would lead the drive to unionize. The CAPA would represent the players at the bargaining table if the pro-union side prevails. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern University's football players will cast ballots Friday on whether to form the nation's first union for college athletes — a potentially landmark vote that will be kept sealed for months and possibly years.


NCAA board endorses more power for big schools

FILE - In this April 6, 2014 file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert answers a question at a news conference in Arlington, Texas. The NCAA's board of directors is scheduled to discuss and endorse a 57-page overhaul plan that would hand far more power to five major conferences to decide how to treat and perhaps satisfy their athletes.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA's board of directors took the first step toward shifting power to the five largest football conferences on Thursday, endorsing a 57-page plan that calls for giving 65 of the nation's biggest schools more autonomy in how to fund scholarships, handle health care and decide other increasingly hot-button issues involving their athletes.


When Bosh steps up, Heat reap benefits

Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) high-fives Chris Bosh (1) after the Heat defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 in Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Miami. At left is Dwyane Wade. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) — In Miami, it's called the Big Three for a reason.


Armstrong teammate Hincapie pens stark memoir

FILE - In this July 29, 2007 file photo, Lance Armstrong, seated into a car of the Discovery Channel cycling team, right, jokes with teammate George Hincapie during the 20th and last stage of the 94th Tour de France cycling race between Marcoussis, southwest of Paris, and Paris. Hincapie was the "Loyal Lieutenant" who helped Lance Armstrong to seven Tour de France titles, only to later provide the key testimony that brought his downfall. Now, Hincapie is peeling back the shroud that has long covered the dark era of doping in cycling in a book due out next month that is part memoir, part mea culpa. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)George Hincapie was the "Loyal Lieutenant" who helped Lance Armstrong to seven Tour de France titles, only to later provide the key testimony that brought his downfall.


Bobcats' McRoberts fined $20,000 for LeBron foul

Miami Heat's LeBron James sits on the court after being elbowed by Charlotte Bobcats' Josh McRoberts during the second half in Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Bobcats 101-97. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)NEW YORK (AP) — Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Thursday for making unnecessary and excessive contact with Miami Heat forward LeBron James.


Kosar believes he's off TV for slurred speech

FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2012 file photo, former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar stands on the sideline before of an NFL football game between the Browns and Denver Broncos, in Denver. Kosar believes he's been unfairly sacked as a TV broadcaster. Kosar contends he's been removed because of slurred speech he attributes to "a direct result of the many concussions I received while playing in the NFL." (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar believes he has been unfairly sacked as a TV broadcaster.


Another goalie switch for the Flyers coming up

VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) — A tag-team goalie tandem helped the Philadelphia Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Finals four years ago. They hope it gets them through the first round this spring.
04/23/2014 10:59 AM
Pujols goes yard twice to join 500 HR club
Albert Pujols has hit the 500th home run of his career, becoming the 26th player in major league history to reach that milestone.
04/24/2014 04:44 PM
Yankees' Pineda banned 10 games by MLB
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended 10 games by Major League Baseball "for possessing a foreign substance on his person" in Wednesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox.
04/24/2014 04:30 PM
49ers' Smith won't face felony in airport case
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has referred Aldon Smith's airport arrest earlier this month to the Los Angeles city attorney's office for misdemeanor consideration.
04/24/2014 02:05 PM
Oscar Robertson: Melo should bolt Knicks
If Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson were advising Carmelo Anthony, he'd tell him to leave the New York Knicks this summer.
04/24/2014 01:57 PM
Sosa to 'clear it up,' sad to miss Cubs party
The Chicago Cubs feel like Sammy Sosa owes them an apology, and the former slugger told ESPNDeportes.com on Thursday that he is willing to sit down with the club to make amends.
04/24/2014 03:48 PM
Phelps wins 100 fly heat in comeback meet
Michael Phelps has qualified fastest for the 100-meter butterfly final in his first competition since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics.
04/24/2014 05:04 PM
Bobcats' McRoberts fined $20K for LeBron hit
Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Thursday for making excessive contact with his foul on LeBron James late in the Miami Heat's victory in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.
04/24/2014 04:23 PM
Tommy John stunned by surgery 'epidemic'
Former major league pitcher Tommy John says it's "unreal" that so many pitchers need elbow surgery 40 years after he was the first to undergo the procedure that now bears his name.
04/24/2014 10:04 AM
Sherman: 'Dollars' best way to show respect
Richard Sherman feels the best way the Seattle Seahawks could show him their appreciation is by showing him the money.
04/24/2014 12:16 PM
Ramires to miss rest of league season
Chelsea midfielder Ramires will miss the rest of the Premier League season after accepting an FA charge of violent conduct.
04/24/2014 03:37 PM
Champion O'Sullivan trails Perry
04/24/2014 02:09 PM
Klopp rules out Man Utd switch
04/24/2014 03:13 PM
Rangers great Jardine dies aged 65
Former Rangers, Hearts and Scotland defender Sandy Jardine dies aged 65 following a battle with cancer.
04/24/2014 09:02 AM
Home nations in Euro 2020 scrap - SFA
Scotland will need to beat their closest neighbours if Glasgow is to be a Euro 2020 host city, says SFA chief Stewart Regan.
04/24/2014 01:52 PM
Clermont & Toulon can deny Sarries & Munster - Guscott
Clermont's class and Toulon's power will prevail against Saracens and Munster respectively in the Heineken Cup semi-finals, says Jeremy Guscott
04/24/2014 03:19 PM
Nadal reaches last eight in Barcelona
Rafael Nadal safely books his place in the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open with a 6-3 6-3 win over Croatian Ivan Dodig.
04/24/2014 08:57 AM
Woods hopeful of summer return
04/24/2014 03:36 PM
Benfica 2-1 Juventus
Lima's late strike gives Benfica a narrow advantage over Juventus in a high-quality Europa League semi-final first leg.
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