VIDEO: MOTD3: Are managers winning games? - Mark Chapman is joined by Danny Murphy and Martin Keown for this week's Match of the Day 3, to discuss whether certain managers are winning matches this season. Aldridge leads Portland over Houston 122-120 in OT (Yahoo Sports) - LaMarcus Aldridge scored a franchise playoff-record 46 points and Damian Lillard added 31, including the go-ahead free throws in overtime, to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to a 122-120 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. He scored the next five points for Portland and put the Trail Blazers on top by one point with a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left. Game 2 is Wednesday night in Houston. James Harden and Dwight Howard each scored 27 points for Houston, and Howard grabbed 15 rebounds. Sharks take 2-0 series lead with 7-2 win vs. Kings (Yahoo Sports) - Fourth-liners Mike Brown and Raffi Torres scored second-period goals to spark a San Jose comeback and lead the Sharks to a 7-2 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Kings and a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Justin Braun, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton also scored for the Sharks, who overcame a two-goal deficit after the first period of a playoff game for just the third time in 26 tries in franchise history. Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis scored first-period goals before Jonathan Quick allowed seven goals in the final two periods. Ducks-Stars Preview (Yahoo Sports) - Lindy Ruff figures anyone who has watched the Dallas Stars in their first two playoff games should know they won't quit. Even in a big hole against top-seeded Anaheim before their first home playoff game in six years. We definitely haven't been dominated,'' said Ruff, the veteran coach in his first season on the Dallas bench. So we've got to clean up some of our mistakes and take advantage of some of those key opportunities.'' After a pair of one-goal losses in Anaheim, the Stars are home for Game 3 Monday night for their first postseason game at the American Airlines Center since May 19, 2008 - a span of 2,162 days. Kuchar rallies from 4 back to win RBC Heritage (Yahoo Sports) - Matt Kuchar saw his well-struck 5-iron on the 18th hole at the RBC Heritage come up way short of the target and settle in a front bunker. ''Well,'' he thought as he walked toward the shot, ''there are a lot worse places to be.'' For Kuchar, there was no better place - and no better shot in the tournament. He followed with a stunning hole-out on Harbour Town Golf Link's closing, lighthouse hole, to overcome a four-shot deficit for a one-stroke victory and end nearly a month of Sundays where he came close to a title only to lose at the end. Kuchar shot a 64 to finish at 11-under 273, one stroke ahead of Luke Donald, who had his third second place and fifth top-three finish here in the past six years. Boston set for emotional Marathon - Boston is set to hold an emotional marathon amid high security, a year after bombs killed three and injured hundreds. Red Sox rally for 6-5 win over O's (Yahoo Sports) - Dustin Pedroia started fast, stopped and then raced home with the winning run. Pedroia scored from third on left fielder David Lough's throwing error with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Boston Red Sox to a 6-5 comback win over Baltimore Orioles on Sunday night. Pedroia advanced on a wild pitch and, after David Ortiz was intentionally walked, Darren O'Day hit Mike Napoli on the left knee to load the bases. Pinch hitter Mike Carp hit a liner to left, setting off the game-ending play. Astros-Mariners Preview (Yahoo Sports) - While a lack of run production has plagued the Seattle Mariners all season, Felix Hernandez has provided them with their only quality start during a six-game losing streak. The Houston Astros have had to endure similar troubles throughout their seven-game skid. One of these streaks will come to an end Monday night, though the Mariners appear to have the advantage with Hernandez looking to continue his early-season dominance in the opener of a three-game home set. Since totaling 26 runs in a season-opening sweep of the Los Angeles Angels, Seattle (7-11) has averaged 2.7 runs and batted .207 while dropping 11 of 15. Anna, Beltran key Yankees' 5-1, 12-inning win (Yahoo Sports) - Anna drew a bases-loaded walk on a full-count pitch with two outs in the 12th inning and Carlos Beltran followed with a two-run single as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Sunday. ''I was having fun,'' Anna said. ''Baseball is all about moments, and that was a moment right there.'' Yangervis Solarte was walked by Heath Bell (0-1) to open the 12th. After failing twice to bunt against C.J. Riefenhauser, Brett Gardner reached on a fielder's choice and went to third on Brian McCann's two-out single. Puig hits 3-run HR as Dodgers beat Diamondbacks (Yahoo Sports) - Yasiel Puig made it a very enjoyable 53rd birthday for Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Puig hit a three-run homer and threw out a runner at second base, leading Los Angeles over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 Sunday. Puig connected with two outs following an intentional walk. He flipped his bat after capping a four-run sixth inning against Josh Collmenter (0-2).

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IndyCar drivers calmer after Long Beach tempers (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 3:16 pm]
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Tony Kanaan got a text of apology from Ryan Hunter-Reay and is ready to move forward, just like most of the IndyCar drivers after a wild weekend in Long Beach.

IndyCar driver Saavedra fined $10K (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 1:39 pm]
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- IndyCar has fined driver Sebastian Saavedra $10,000 and placed him on probation through the Indianapolis 500 for a rules violation at Long Beach.

Mike Conway victory validates Ed Carpenter Racing (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 14, 2014, 11:56 am]
A day after Dario Franchitti announced his retirement, another IndyCar driver said he was also getting out of his car. Ed Carpenter's decision in November to race only on ovals and to turn his car over to a more skilled driver on road and street courses was largely overshadowed by Franchitti's sudden retirement because of injuries suffered in a crash a month earlier. Carpenter wanted Mike Conway, who had willingly walked away from ovals a year earlier, behind the wheel and said hiring the British driver would ''strengthen our team by competing for victories at every single event.'' It couldn't have been an easy decision for Carpenter, the professional race car driver. But as the owner of Ed Carpenter Racing, he had to make what appeared to be the best decision for his young race team.

Mike Conway wins wild IndyCar race at Long Beach (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 13, 2014, 5:13 pm]
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Mike Conway has won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, grabbing the lead when Scott Dixon was forced to stop for fuel two laps from the finish.

Townsend Bell to drive for KV Racing in Indy 500 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 12, 2014, 4:40 pm]
KV Racing will field a third car in the Indianapolis 500 that Townsend Bell will drive. KV won the race a year ago with Tony Kanaan, and now has Sebastien Bourdais and Sebastian Saavedra in full-time entries. The Chevrolet that Bell will drive will be sponsored by clothing designer Robert Graham. Bell has seven career starts in the Indy 500, and his best career finish was fourth in 2009 while driving for KV.

Hunter-Reay wins pole in all-Andretti front (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 12, 2014, 3:39 pm]
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe made it an all-Andretti Autosport front row for the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Tracy brings outspoken opinions to NBC booth (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 12, 2014, 12:48 pm]
Paul Tracy, one of the most outspoken and polarizing drivers in recent history, has been given a microphone to opine about the current state of IndyCar. Tracy begins a six-race stint as an analyst for NBC Sports Network on Sunday at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. It's a dream-come-true for race fans, who have longed for someone with Tracy's candor and knowledge to tell it like it is in the booth. Although Tracy never held back on or off the track during his driving days, he's not sure how far he can push the envelope in the booth.

Roger Daltrey attending IndyCar at Long Beach (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 11, 2014, 7:03 pm]
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Who's next at Long Beach? Just the lead singer of The Who, Roger Daltrey.

Pagenaud and Bourdais lead IndyCar at Long Beach (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 11, 2014, 5:49 pm]
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- The Frenchmen were the fastest Friday on the streets of Long Beach.

Buddy Lazier to enter Indianapolis 500 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 10, 2014, 9:05 am]
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Buddy Lazier will return to the Indianapolis 500 this season in a car fielded by Lazier Partners Racing.

Katie Walsh gets late Grand National ride (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: April 5, 2014, 3:01 am]
Katie Walsh picked up a last minute ride in the world's greatest steeplechase the Grand National on Saturday at Aintree racecourse, Liverpool, when she came in for the injured Michael Fogarty on outsider Vesper Bell. Walsh, part of an Irish racing family including Grand National winning trainer father Ted and whose brother is riding great Ruby, went close to becoming the first woman jockey to win the race when she finished third on Seabass in 2012. "Michael Fogarty was meant to ride him and I am sure he will get plenty of rides in the race in the future," Walsh told Channel Four. Walsh had faith in her ride, trained in Ireland by champion trainer Willie Mullins, despite being around a 50/1 chance and having fallen at the first in a race over the fearsome National fences earlier this season at Aintree.

Paul Tracy joins NBCSN as IndyCar analyst (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 1, 2014, 12:37 pm]
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Outspoken IndyCar veteran Paul Tracy will join NBC Sports Group as an analyst for six races this season.

Power back in the spotlight following St. Pete win (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: March 31, 2014, 3:07 pm]
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Will Power left a late dinner and headed out on foot through the downtown streets of St. Petersburg, where nearly every stranger he passed congratulated him on his win.

Power opens IndyCar season with win in St. Pete (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: March 30, 2014, 3:41 pm]
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Will Power has picked up right where he left off last season. In Victory Lane.

Zach Veach wins 1st career Indy Lights race (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: March 30, 2014, 1:55 pm]
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Zach Veach won his first career Indy Lights race by leading every lap of Sunday's season-opener in St Petersburg.

Takuma Sato wins pole for IndyCar season-opener (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: March 29, 2014, 5:00 pm]
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Takuma Sato has won the pole at St. Petersburg for Sunday's season-opening IndyCar Series race.

Kanaan prepares for debut in Franchitti's old ride (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: March 29, 2014, 3:51 pm]
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tony Kanaan will make his debut with Target/Chip Ganassi Racing in Sunday's season-opening IndyCar race, and expectations will be high for the defending Indianapolis 500 winner. He left KVSH Racing last season to join the Ganassi organization, and was promoted into Dario Franchitti's coveted seat when Franchitti was forced to retire because of injuries suffered in an October crash at Houston. It's a high-profile ride - Franchitti won three championships and two Indy 500s in the red No. 10 - and comes with the pressure of continuing the success. I got hired for one thing - to keep that tradition of the car.'' Kanaan has been aided by the presence of Franchitti, who has remained with the organization in an undefined role.

Franchitti returns to IndyCar as a spectator (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: March 28, 2014, 4:16 pm]
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Dario Franchitti found a spot on the Chip Ganassi Racing timing stand and settled in for the first IndyCar practice of the season. He donned a headset, listened carefully to Tony Kanaan's comments and studied the speed charts. It's the new normal for the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner. Forced into a reluctant retirement because of injuries suffered in an October crash at Houston, the 40-year-old Franchitti is now at the track in an undefined role with Ganassi.

Ganassi ducks brush-back from Team Penske (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: March 28, 2014, 2:48 pm]
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Chip Ganassi just wanted to watch a Yankees game, not dodge a brush-back pitch from his biggest rival. The president of Team Penske aimed his barbs high and tight at Ganassi, and now IndyCar's top two organizations are embroiled in a back-and-forth verbal spat that quickly spiced up the series' version of Opening Day. It began when Penske President Tim Cindric said Penske and Ganassi have an ''intense competition'' instead of a rivalry because ''rivalries take place over a long period of time.'' ''If you want to think of it in baseball terms, it would be the Yankees and the (Miami) Marlins - a team with a long history against a younger team that came on strong and won a couple of World Series,'' Cindric told USA Today. That didn't sit well at all at Chip Ganassi Racing, which has won five of the last six IndyCar championships and three Indianapolis 500s since 2008.

Rahal hopes to start season strong at St. Pete (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: March 27, 2014, 2:52 pm]
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Graham Rahal opened his IndyCar career with a win in his series debut. Six seasons later, that victory through the streets of St. Petersburg stands as his lone trip to Victory Lane. But so much has changed for Rahal since that 2008 win, particularly during this past offseason. He returns to St. Pete this weekend with a high-profile new sponsor in Army National Guard, a veteran engineer in Bill Pappas and big hopes for the breakthrough season that seemed set to happen years ago.





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