O'Sullivan 'not motivated by record' - Westwood lead cut to one in Malaysia - Lee Westwood's four-shot halfway lead is cut to a single stroke after round three of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. Hamilton takes stunning pole in China - Ryan Getzlaf leads Ducks past Stars 3-2 in Game 2 (Yahoo Sports) - Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist while wearing a facemask over his lacerated jaw, Corey Perry scored his first playoff goal in three years, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Rookie Frederik Andersen made 34 saves in his second postseason start, and Andrew Cogliano scored a short-handed goal in the third period as the Ducks moved halfway to their first series victory since 2009. Anaheim has won just one postseason round since its only Stanley Cup title in 2007. Kari Lehtonen stopped 16 shots, while Alex Chiasson and Ryan Garbutt scored for the wild-card Stars, who took two one-goal losses to open their first playoff series since 2008. Ricciardo fastest in wet practice - Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo sets the pace during an inconclusive wet final practice at the Chinese Grand Prix. Grizzlies PG Nick Calathes suspended for 20 games (Yahoo Sports) - Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes has been suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy. Loney has 4 RBIs, Rays beat Yankees 11-5 (Yahoo Sports) - ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- James Loney drove in four runs and the Tampa Bay Rays overcame a four-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees 11-5 on Friday night. Pujols hits 497th homer, Angels beat Tigers 11-6 (Yahoo Sports) - Albert Pujols hit his 497th home run and Howie Kendrick added two of his own to lead the Los Angeles Angels to an 11-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. The Angels chased Detroit starter Drew Smyly (1-1) after three innings and then added seven runs off reliever Luke Putkonen. Los Angeles finished with 13 hits, 10 for extra bases. Kendrick hit two-run homers in the third and fourth, and Pujols lined a three-run shot to left field in the sixth to give the Angels an 11-1 lead. Harang pulled with no-hitter, Braves beat Mets 6-0 (Yahoo Sports) - Aaron Harang threw no-hit ball for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches, and reliever Luis Avilan gave up David Wright's two-out single in the eighth as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 6-0 Friday night. As Harang's pitch count increased on a chilly evening, it seemed doubtful manager Fredi Gonzalez would let him go the distance. Harang (3-1) left for a pinch hitter during a long, four-run eighth. The Mets hit few balls hard against the resurgent Harang, who lowered his ERA to an NL-best 0.70. Datsyuk's late goal lifts Detroit over Boston 1-0 (Yahoo Sports) - Pavel Datsyuk scored at 16:59 of the third period, moments after Jimmy Howard's best save of the game, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the top-seeded Boston Bruins 1-0 in the opener of their Eastern Conference playoff series Friday night. The Bruins won the Presidents' Trophy for the best record in the regular season but were locked in a tight game in which neither team had many solid scoring opportunities. The winning goal came when Datsyuk carried the puck from the right side to the left in Boston's zone and put a 30-footer from near the left circle past goalie Tuukka Rask's left glove. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series, the first playoff matchup between the Original Six teams in 57 years, is set for Sunday night in Boston.

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Byerly, Laskey lead White team to spring win (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 18, 2014, 7:53 pm]
ATLANTA (AP) -- Tim Byerly rushed for 101 yards and passed for 69 to help the White team beat the Gold team 20-12 in Georgia Tech's spring game Friday night.

Did Manning's meeting with Saban cross the line? (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 18, 2014, 7:37 pm]
Peyton Manning's never-ending quest to hone his game and Nick Saban's desire to decipher fast-paced offenses led to a recent meeting that the Crimson Tide coach called mutually beneficial. It also might have violated NFL rules because, according to Saban, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase also was in attendance. The league doesn't allow players and their coaches to meet before the start of offseason workouts, which for the Broncos begin Monday. On-field instruction won't start until mid-May. The Associated Press left messages with the team and the NFL on Friday seeking comment.

Strong makes Texas debut with spring scrimmage (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 18, 2014, 12:08 pm]
For the first time since 1997, the Texas Longhorns will suit up for a game without Mack Brown on the sideline. This is Charlie Strong's burnt orange coaching debut, the first time he will put a Texas team on the field that has trained under his leadership, practiced his playbook and begun taking on the identity of the coach hired to dig the program out of four years of mediocrity.

Carl Pelini says AD's agenda led to firing at FAU (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 18, 2014, 10:35 am]
Carl Pelini said Friday during a radio interview that his firing at Florida Atlantic last year was unjustified and the result of a new athletic director who wanted to hire his own football coach. I'm proud of what we accomplished,'' Pelini said on KFAB, the Omaha-based flagship station of the network that broadcasts Nebraska football. Pelini was defensive coordinator at Nebraska for his younger brother, Bo Pelini, from 2008-11. Florida Atlantic was his first head coaching job.

Minnesota State team to return under Hoffner (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 2:39 pm]
Football players at Minnesota State, Mankato, say they are ready to practice under reinstated coach Todd Hoffner. The Mavericks football program held a news conference Thursday, the day after players refused to practice when Hoffner returned to the school. In a statement, junior defensive back Sam Thompson and sophomore wide receiver Kyle Riggott say the team is ''ready to get back to playing football.'' The players say they wanted their voice heard about their support for interim coach Aaron Keen and for a ''more robust communication channel'' about the coaching situation. Hoffner said in a statement he does not take the players' actions personally.

War of words in Northwestern-athletes' union fight (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 12:02 pm]
Northwestern University and a group trying to unionize college athletes are trading accusations as the National Labor Relations Board considers the school's appeal of a federal ruling that scholarship athletes essentially are employees of the university and therefore have the right to unionize, bargain collectively and even strike. The Illinois school fired back Wednesday by insisting the pro-union ruling by an NLRB regional director was flawed and the appeal should go ahead. Northwestern stood by its position that its scholarship athletes primarily are students, not employees, despite the amount of scholarship money they may be receiving. Last month's decision by the board's Chicago office ''was flawed because it overlooked or ignored key evidence that Northwestern presented showing that its student-athletes are primarily students, not employees,'' said Alan K. Cubbage, vice president for university relations at Northwestern.

Dan Dierdorf back in booth for Michigan football (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 11:47 am]
Dan Dierdorf is coming back to the booth and will be the radio analyst for University of Michigan football games this fall. The Pro Football Hall of Famer will work with play-by-play announcer Jim Brandstatter, one of his teammates while playing for the Wolverines. The announcement Thursday was made by Michigan and IMG College, the school's multimedia rights partner. He was an NFL analyst for CBS Sports last season and spent 12 years on ABC's ''Monday Night Football.'' Brandstatter has been Michigan's radio analyst for football games with play-by-play voice Frank Beckmann, who retired after last season.

Kansas coach Weis makes Cozart starting QB (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 10:40 am]
Sophomore quarterback Montell Cozart has won the starting job at Kansas, beating out Jake Heaps and T.J. Millweard after a strong spring game. Cozart was 6 of 10 for 58 yards while running for 70 yards and two touchdowns in a leading his blue team to a 20-10 victory over the white team last Saturday. Heaps, who lost the starting job to Cozart last season, was just 3 of 9 for 41 yards. Instead, he said in a brief statement Thursday that Cozart earned the job.

Athletes' union responds to Northwestern appeal (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 8:19 pm]
The College Athletes Players Association is criticizing Northwestern University's argument for overturning a ruling that would allow the school's football players to unionize. Northwestern is appealing a ruling by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board who said that the school's football players are employees under federal law and thus entitled to unionize. CAPA says Northwestern ''has not established grounds for review of the regional director's factfinding.'' Wednesday's filing also attacks other parts of the appeal. CAPA would represent them.

Texas A&M QB Joeckel to transfer (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 5:44 pm]
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Texas A&M quarterback Matt Joeckel will leave the school to try and use his final year of eligibility elsewhere.

Minnesota State players refuse to practice (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 3:54 pm]
Football players at Minnesota State, Mankato, refused to practice for their former head coach on Wednesday, greeting his reinstatement by an arbitrator by demanding that the interim coach keep the top job. Todd Hoffner returned to campus for the first time since the arbitrator ruled he was fired unfairly last year in the wake of a child porn investigation that ultimately cleared him. The Free Press of Mankato reported (http://bit.ly/1paXohY ) that Mavericks players came out for spring practice Wednesday afternoon but were not in uniform. They read a statement saying they were unanimous in wanting Aaron Keen to remain as head coach.

Players cool to returning Minnesota State coach (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 3:11 pm]
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) -- A fired Minnesota football coach who got his job back through an arbitrator's ruling is getting a cold reception from his former team.

Cure Bowl becomes Orlando's third bowl game (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 2:39 pm]
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A new bowl is coming to Orlando.

Dismissed Clemson QB Kelly apologizes (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 2:17 pm]
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Former Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly apologized for his behavior with the Tigers and believes he can learn from the experience.

Allen leads resurgent Arkansas passing attack (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 12:33 pm]
Bret Bielema left little doubt about the foreseeable future when he said returning starter Brandon Allen had pulled away from the rest of the Arkansas quarterbacks following a scrimmage last week. The Arkansas coach had good reason for his declaration, both for Allen and the rest of the Razorbacks. Despite an injury-plagued and disappointing season a year ago in his first as the starter, Allen has been at the forefront of a surge in optimism surrounding the passing game at Arkansas this spring. Until then, the pressure is squarely on Allen's shoulders to show how far Arkansas has come since bottoming out in Bielema's first season - a 3-9 debacle that saw the Razorbacks go winless in the SEC for the first time since joining the league in 1992.

Kentucky QB Whitlow plans to transfer (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 10:21 am]
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has announced that junior quarterback Jalen Whitlow will transfer after starting 15 games the past two seasons for the Wildcats.

Fired coach returns to Minnesota State, Mankato (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 6:19 am]
A football coach who was dismissed from Minnesota State, Mankato, is returning to his job at the school after he was cleared of child pornography charges. Todd Hoffner will leave his position at Minot State in North Dakota on Wednesday and return to his duties at Mankato. Hoffner says the last two years have been a nightmare but that he always wanted to coach at Mankato, where he has roots and helped to foster the football program. A judge later dismissed the pornography charges, saying they were innocent post-bath images of Hoffner's children playing.

Sark: Cody Kessler is still USC's starting QB (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 15, 2014, 7:39 pm]
Cody Kessler is still Southern California's starting quarterback after holding off a challenge from Max Browne during the Trojans' spring workouts. New coach Steve Sarkisian confirmed Kessler's spot Tuesday night after USC's penultimate practice of the spring. Kessler started all 14 games as a sophomore last season, passing for 2,968 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions while playing for three head coaches.

Dabo: QB Stoudt Clemson's starter (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 15, 2014, 6:53 pm]
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says senior Cole Stoudt is the team's starting quarterback coming out of spring, and injured freshman Deshaun Watson will have the chance to compete for the job this fall.

Panthers finish promising spring with dodgeball (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 15, 2014, 5:29 pm]
There were Popsicles and dodgeball though even as a rare mid-April snow squall roared outside the indoor practice facility the school shares with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hey, it's the least Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst could do for a team that's starting to forge an identity closely akin to the relaxed but focused guy calling the shots. The Panthers ended spring drills on Tuesday without the faux pomp and circumstance of a traditional Blue-Gold game and instead spent it quietly enjoying themselves with an impromptu version of a playground staple and the sight of offensive linemen trying (only somewhat successfully) to do things such as catch punts and run. ''Stuff like that really helps a team come together, just guys having fun together,'' senior safety Ray Vinopal said.





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