Pulis happy to discuss Cardiff row - Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis is willing to discuss Cardiff's claims over team-sheet leaking with the Premier League. Changes 'against Paralympic values' - Hamilton top in second practice - Stastny leads Avs to 5-4 OT win over Wild (Yahoo Sports) - Paul Stastny scored 7:27 into overtime after tying the game with 13.4 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild in the opener of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Thursday night. Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn also added goals for Colorado in Patrick Roy's postseason debut behind the bench. The Hall of Fame goaltender led the Avalanche to two Stanley Cup titles as a player. Erik Haula, Charlie Coyle, Ryan Suter and Kyle Brodziak scored for the Wild. Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs (Yahoo Sports) - Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night. Steen beat Corey Crawford off a pair of short passes from Steve Ott and David Backes to cap the longest overtime game in franchise history. ''Especially at home in front of our fans.'' Ryan Miller blanked the Blackhawks after Patrick Kane scored on a breakaway to put Chicago up 3-2 late in the first period and Jaden Schwartz tied it with 1:45 to go in regulation. Alonso quickest in China practice - Ferrari's Fernando Alonso welcomes his new team principal to Formula 1 by setting the pace in first practice at the Chinese Grand Prix. Nationals make 4 errors in 8-0 loss to Cardinals (Yahoo Sports) - The Cardinals' first batter sent a seemingly routine grounder to Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, who failed to field the ball cleanly for one of his two errors on the evening. The next hitter's swinging bunt was grabbed by pitcher Taylor Jordan, but he could not manage to get the ball out of his glove. And so began the latest disastrous defensive showing by Washington, whose rookie manager, Matt Williams, made better fielding a point of emphasis this spring. The Nationals finished with four errors - raising their total to 20 in 16 games - and that was the last thing they needed Thursday, because Adam Wainwright was dominant while throwing a two-hitter to lead St. Louis to a 7-0 victory. Dodgers' Puig focuses on baseball despite issues (Yahoo Sports) - Yasiel Puig believes he has the support from his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and the club to help him keep his focus on baseball despite challenges off the field. Puig returned to the starting lineup in right field for Thursday's series finale against the Giants amid reports that smugglers who helped him defect from Cuba had threatened his life. ''I'm only concentrating on the season and being the best teammate and helping my teammates,'' Puig said, speaking in Spanish during an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday morning at his locker in AT&T Park. While Puig won't address the details specifically because of a pending legal case, he said he will focus on baseball and on helping the defending NL West champion Dodgers keep winning. Wainwright's 2-hitter leads Cards past Nats 8-0 (Yahoo Sports) - Adam Wainwright threw a two-hitter Thursday night for his seventh career shutout, chipped in at the plate with a double and single, and St. Louis benefited from four errors by Washington in the Cardinals' 8-0 victory. Wainwright (3-1) allowed Ian Desmond's infield single in the second inning and Adam LaRoche's single to right in the ninth. Desmond, Washington's shortstop, made a pair of errors, raising his season total to seven. The Nationals have 20 through 16 games, an average of 1.25. Rangers score 3 in 3rd, top Flyers in opener 4-1 (Yahoo Sports) - Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart in the third period, and the New York Rangers beat Philadelphia 4-1 in the playoff opener on Thursday night to stretch their home-winning streak over the rival Flyers to nine games. The teams were locked in a 1-1 tie when Jason Akeson - playing in just his third career NHL game - was given a double high-sticking penalty for clipping Rangers forward Carl Hagelin with 7:35 remaining. New York quickly took advantage. Richards gave the Rangers their first lead of the night when a rebound of Martin St. Louis' shot came to him, and he fired it in from the right circle, punctuating the moment with an emphatic fist pump at 8:22.

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MLS Preview: Chicago Fire - New Engand Revolution (Goal.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 8:30 pm]
The Fire hope to secure their first victory of 2014 as they welcome a New England side that has begun to rally from a slow start.

MLS Preview: FC Dallas - Toronto FC (Goal.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 8:00 pm]
Both sides are coming off narrow home losses, but Dallas seems poised to take advantage of a shorthanded Toronto side.

MLS Preview: Sporting Kansas City - Montreal Impact (Goal.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 8:00 pm]
The Canadian side travels to face the defending champions, looking to record its first victory of 2014.

Marc de Grandpre rejoins Red Bulls (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 2:17 pm]
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- Marc de Grandpre is returning to the New York Red Bulls as head of commercial operations.

Landon Donovan: I'm happy with any role on the U.S. World Cup team (Goal.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 1:00 pm]
The American is on the verge of playing in his fourth World Cup, and in an exclusive interview with Goal USA, he discusses his changing role with the U.S. team.

Steven Beitashour ready to push for World Cup spot with Iran (Goal.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 10:52 am]
After a pair of call-ups from the United States, the Whitecaps right back is focused on playing in this summer's tournament with Iran.

Same record, but different emotions for Petke and Hackworth after Red Bulls win (Goal.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 12:00 am]
New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke and Philadelphia Union head coach John Hackworth left Wednesday's match with the same record, but very different emotions after RBNY's win

Building a World Cup roster - A look at the U.S. goalkeeper depth chart (Goal.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 8:40 pm]
As we approach the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Goal's Ives Galarcep takes a look at each position battle on the United States national team.

Henry, Sam lead Red Bulls past Union 2-1 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 7:53 pm]
Thierry Henry and Lloyd Sam scored second-half goals to give the New York Red Bulls their first win of the season, 2-1 over the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night. Eric Alexander helped set up both goals, contributing on Henry's tally in the 57th and lofting a cross 10 minutes later for Sam to head inside the right post. Sebastien Le Toux converted an 80th-minute penalty kick for Philadelphia after Ibrahim Sekagya was ejected for an intentional handball in the penalty area, and New York finished the final 12 minutes with 10 men. It was only the second time this season the Red Bulls had scored more than one goal in a game and the third straight match in which Philadelphia had allowed two goals.

New York Red Bulls 2-1 Philadelphia Union: Ten-man Red Bulls hold out for win (Goal.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 7:30 pm]
The Red Bulls picked up three points for the first time in 2014 with a victory over their nearest rivals.

MLS awards expansion franchise to Atlanta (Goal.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 3:50 pm]
The league announced a new franchise set to begin play in 2017 as its Southeastern expansion push continues.

Atlanta lands MLS expansion team for 2017 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 3:17 pm]
ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta has become the newest city in Major League Soccer with an expansion franchise that will begin play in 2017.

MLS Preview: New York Red Bulls - Philadelphia Union (Goal.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 15, 2014, 6:00 pm]
The Red Bulls are still seeking their first win of 2014 as they kick off a two-game home stand with a match against I-95 rival Philadelphia.

MLS fines Crew defender Gonzalez for embellishment (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 15, 2014, 1:44 pm]
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The MLS disciplinary committee has fined Columbus Crew defender Giancarlo Gonzalez an undisclosed amount for embellishment intended to deceive the referee.

Union-Red Bulls Preview (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 15, 2014, 1:26 pm]
The winless New York Red Bulls may be the most disappointing team in MLS to this point. The Philadelphia Union are only in a slightly better position. The Red Bulls will be out to avoid the longest winless start in franchise history Wednesday night when they host the Union. The Red Bulls won the Supporters' Shield a season ago.

CONCACAF Player of the Week: Clint Dempsey (Goal.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 15, 2014, 6:38 am]
Two more goals in MLS this weekend ran the USA captain's total to six in just three starts this season for Seattle.

MLS Team of the Week: Dempsey, Torres continue hot starts (Goal.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 14, 2014, 11:30 am]
Dempsey bagged a brace to make it six goals in four games played for the Seattle Sounders, while Torres earned another result for Chivas USA with his fifth goal of the season.

MLS, Atlanta planning 'major announcement' (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 14, 2014, 9:30 am]
Major League Soccer and Falcons owner Arthur Blank are planning a ''major announcement'' Wednesday on a proposed expansion team to play in Atlanta's new downtown stadium. Blank has long coveted a top-level soccer team for the city, and negotiations with the MLS intensified after he reached a deal on building a new $1 billion retractable roof stadium next to the Georgia Dome. Both the MLS and a top official from Blank's organization acknowledged last week that the two sides were close to a deal. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the new team would be announced Wednesday.

The MLS Wrap: Beckerman and Edu locked in battle for Brazil (Goal.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 13, 2014, 8:23 pm]
Kyle Beckerman and Maurice Edu are both fighting to earn their places on the U.S. World Cup team, and Saturday offered a chance to see them state their cases on the same field.

The MLS Wrap: Beckerman, Edu locked in a battle for Brazil (Goal.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 13, 2014, 8:23 pm]
Kyle Beckerman and Maurice Edu are both fighting to earn their places on the U.S. World Cup team, and Saturday offered a chance to see them state their cases on the same field.





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