Paget stripped of Burghley title - Jonathan Paget is set to have his Burghley title taken away after his horse Clifton Promise failed a drugs test. Chelsea clear to name weakened team - Chelsea are unlikely to face punishment if manager Jose Mourinho names a weakened team at Liverpool on Sunday. Mercedes may rethink team order plan - Ecclestone trial begins in Germany - Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone appears in court in the German city of Munich to face bribery charges that carry a 10-year jail term. Spurs must show more spirit - Lloris - Tottenham Hotspur have lacked character in important matches this season, according to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Wales ready to submit Euro 2020 bid - Uefa Super Cup can act as a platform for Cardiff's bid to be one of the Euro 2020 host cities says FAW chief Jonathan Ford. Newcastle must strengthen - Ameobi - Striker Shola Ameobi defends Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and says the squad must be strengthened this summer. Kane leads Blackhawks past Blues, 4-3 in OT (Yahoo Sports) - Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece. Kane carried the puck down the left side as teammates Ben Smith and Brandon Saad rushed toward the net, and beat Ryan Miller with a well-placed wrist shot for his 32nd career postseason goal. Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell also scored for defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago, which blew a 2-0 second-period lead. Jonathan Toews had two assists and Corey Crawford made 30 saves. Aldridge's 43 lifts Blazers over Rockets 112-105 (Yahoo Sports) - LaMarcus Aldridge scored 43 points and Damian Lillard made six free throws down the stretch to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 112-105 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night and a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. Aldridge has made the most of the return to his home state and put the Trail Blazers in control heading home for Game 3 in Portland. He's also the first player Trail Blazers history to have to 40-point games in the postseason. James Harden knocked down a 3-pointer with about 30 seconds left to get the Rockets within 3. Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1 (Yahoo Sports) - Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using a foreign substance less than two weeks after appearing to get away with it in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night. The right-hander was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found a shiny substance on the right side of Pineda's neck after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked him to check. Pineda walked from the mound without protest. ''Our awareness was heightened, given what we had seen in the past.'' Pineda (2-2) had nothing on the right side of his neck in a photo of him on the mound in his tough first inning, when four of the first six batters reached on hits.

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Paget stripped of Burghley title [BBC.co.uk Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:37 am]
Jonathan Paget is set to have his Burghley title taken away after his horse Clifton Promise failed a drugs test.

Chelsea clear to name weakened team [BBC.co.uk Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:31 am]
Chelsea are unlikely to face punishment if manager Jose Mourinho names a weakened team at Liverpool on Sunday.

Mercedes may rethink team order plan [BBC.co.uk Sports: April 24, 2014, 3:22 am]


Ecclestone trial begins in Germany [BBC.co.uk Sports: April 24, 2014, 2:24 am]
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone appears in court in the German city of Munich to face bribery charges that carry a 10-year jail term.

Spurs must show more spirit - Lloris [BBC.co.uk Sports: April 24, 2014, 2:16 am]
Tottenham Hotspur have lacked character in important matches this season, according to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Wales ready to submit Euro 2020 bid [BBC.co.uk Sports: April 24, 2014, 12:44 am]
Uefa Super Cup can act as a platform for Cardiff's bid to be one of the Euro 2020 host cities says FAW chief Jonathan Ford.

Newcastle must strengthen - Ameobi [BBC.co.uk Sports: April 24, 2014, 12:18 am]
Striker Shola Ameobi defends Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and says the squad must be strengthened this summer.

Kane leads Blackhawks past Blues, 4-3 in OT (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 11:07 pm]
Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece. Kane carried the puck down the left side as teammates Ben Smith and Brandon Saad rushed toward the net, and beat Ryan Miller with a well-placed wrist shot for his 32nd career postseason goal. Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell also scored for defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago, which blew a 2-0 second-period lead. Jonathan Toews had two assists and Corey Crawford made 30 saves.

Aldridge's 43 lifts Blazers over Rockets 112-105 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 10:50 pm]
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 43 points and Damian Lillard made six free throws down the stretch to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 112-105 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night and a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. Aldridge has made the most of the return to his home state and put the Trail Blazers in control heading home for Game 3 in Portland. He's also the first player Trail Blazers history to have to 40-point games in the postseason. James Harden knocked down a 3-pointer with about 30 seconds left to get the Rockets within 3.

Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 8:54 pm]
Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using a foreign substance less than two weeks after appearing to get away with it in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night. The right-hander was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found a shiny substance on the right side of Pineda's neck after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked him to check. Pineda walked from the mound without protest. ''Our awareness was heightened, given what we had seen in the past.'' Pineda (2-2) had nothing on the right side of his neck in a photo of him on the mound in his tough first inning, when four of the first six batters reached on hits.

Mavs roll past Spurs 113-92, even series at 1-1 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 8:53 pm]
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Monta Ellis scored 21 points and the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece.

Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st home playoff win (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 8:19 pm]
Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit for their first home playoff victory in the franchise's 13 seasons, sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday night tied 2-2. Craig Adams, Chris Kunitz, James Neal scored in a span of 5:01 of the first period to stake the Penguins to a 3-0 lead.

Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 7:56 pm]
LeBron James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points and the Miami Heat held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series. Dwyane Wade scored 15 points, and had a steal in the final seconds to help seal the win for Miami. Mario Chalmers added 11 for the Heat. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 22 points for Charlotte, which got 18 points and 13 rebounds from Al Jefferson, who played through a left plantar fascia strain and shot 9 for 23 from the floor.

Wild's Matt Cooke gets 7-game suspension from NHL (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 7:28 pm]
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke has been suspended for seven games by the NHL for a knee-to-knee hit that injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie.

Blues C Backes scratched for Game 4 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 7:17 pm]
St. Louis center David Backes was scratched Wednesday night for Game 4 of the Blues' first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks due to an upper-body injury. Backes did not participate in St. Louis' morning skate, but coach Ken Hitchcock did not rule him out for the game. The final word came when Backes was on the list of scratches on the pregame roster report. Forward Brenden Morrow also was scratched after Hitchcock said earlier in the day that he would miss the rest of the series.

Yanks pitcher Pineda ejected for substance on neck (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 6:46 pm]
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from a game against the Boston Red Sox in the second inning Wednesday night after umpires found a foreign substance on his neck. Pineda's ejection occurred 13 days after the right-hander had brown goo on the lower part of the palm of his pitching hand during a 4-1 win over Boston at Yankee Stadium. But with two outs, no runners and a 1-2 count on Grady Sizemore on Wednesday, Farrell left the dugout to talk with plate umpire Gerry Davis, who went to the mound. Davis touched the right side of the pitcher's neck with his index finger then ejected Pineda as other umpires and Yankee infielders stood nearby.

Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 6:12 pm]
NEW YORK (AP) -- As Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4.

Ducks without captain Getzlaf, Selanne in Game 4 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 6:02 pm]
DALLAS (AP) -- Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf is out of Game 4 against the Dallas Stars because of an upper-body injury.

Padres' Josh Johnson to undergo 2nd elbow surgery (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 5:31 pm]
San Diego Padres starter Josh Johnson is scheduled to undergo elbow ligament-replacement surgery for the second time and will miss the entire season. He strained his elbow during spring training and the Padres initially thought he would be out about one month. He was examined after the lastest setback by Dr. James Andrews, who performed Tommy John surgery on Johnson in 2007. You know Josh Johnson has been banged up the last couple of years.

Ecclestone trial to begin in Germany [BBC.co.uk Sports: April 23, 2014, 5:29 pm]
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial on bribery charges in the German city of Munich, and could face 10 years in jail if convicted.





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