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April 8, 2018
Everette Ray Davis
April 8, 2018
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Update on the latest sports

PGA-MASTERS:

Reed makes 2 eagles to extend lead at Masters

 

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – Patrick Reed had another great round at Augusta National to expand his lead at the Masters. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy has put himself in contention to become the sixth player in the modern era to pull off a career Grand Slam.

 

Reed’s third round included a pair of eagles during a three-hole stretch on the back nine. He signed off on a 5-under 67 that leaves him 14 under for the tournament, three strokes ahead of McIlroy. The Texas native and former Augusta University golf standout ran off three straight birdies around the turn, and he stretched his lead to as many as five shots with his eagles.

 

McIlroy had a gorgeous chip at the par-5 eighth that banged off the pin and dropped for eagle, briefly putting him even with Reed. The Irishman made an 18-foot birdie on the final hole for a 65.

 

Rickie Fowler’s 7-under 65 puts him alone in third place at minus-9, one shot ahead of Jon Rahm of Spain. Rahm also fired a 65 on Saturday.

 

Henrik Stenson is seven shots back and one in front of Bubba Watson, Marc Leishman (leesh-man) and Tommy Fleetwood. Leishman began the round two strokes behind Reed before shooting a 73.

 

NBA SCHEDULE:

 

Nuggets eliminate Clippers

 

UNDATED (AP) – The Denver Nuggets have picked up their fifth straight win to move back into a tie with Minnesota for eighth place in the NBA’s Western Conference.

 

Will Barton scored 31 points and Nikola Jokic added a triple-double as the Nuggets eliminated the Clippers from playoff contention, 134-115. Jokic contributed 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in helping the Nuggets improve to 45-35 with two games remaining.

 

The Timberwolves hold the tiebreaker over Denver and will host the Nuggets in their regular-season finale Wednesday night.

 

 

Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:

 

– Anthony Davis scored 34 points and 12 rebounds as the Pelicans beat the Warriors for the first time in three years and 11 meetings, 126-120. Nikola Mirotic made four quick 3-pointers and six in all on the way to 28 points.

 

– LaMarcus Aldridge dropped in 28 points and San Antonio moved into a tie with Oklahoma City and New Orleans for fifth in the West by dumping the third-place Trail Blazers, 116-105. Damian Lillard had 33 points for Portland, which failed to clinch home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

 

– Houston’s 20-game home winning streak is over after Russell Westbrook and Paul George each scored 24 points to lead the Thunder past the Rockets, 108-102. Westbrook scored five quick points to start an 11-0 run by Oklahoma City that made it 102-92 with about four minutes remaining.

 

– The Bucks have moved into a sixth-place tie in the East after Eric Bledsoe contributed 22 points and 10 assists in a 115-102 win at New York. Khris Middleton also scored 22 points and Jabari Parker added 16 and 12 rebounds while starting in place of Giannis Antetokoumnpo (YAH’-nihz an-teh-toh-KOOM’-poh) because of a sore right ankle.

 

– The Nets almost tied the NBA mark for 3-pointers by nailing a team-record 24 in a 124-96 rout of the Bulls. Quincy Acy provided six 3s and 21 points, while Allen Crabbe scored 15 of his 20 points from beyond the arc.

 

 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWS:

 

Trent one and done

 

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Freshman Gary Trent Jr. says he’s leaving Duke for the NBA draft.

 

The son of NBA veteran Gary Trent, Trent Jr. became the third member of the Blue Devils’ freshman class to enter the draft, joining Marvin Bagley III and Trevon Duval. A team spokesman says the freshman guard is in the process of hiring an agent.

 

Trent set a school record for freshmen with 97 3-pointers and hit 40 percent of his attempts behind the arc.

 

NHL SCHEDULE:

 

B’s win, Bolts lose in OT

 

UNDATED (AP) – The NHL’s Atlantic Division title will be up for grabs when the Boston Bruins host the Florida Panthers on Sunday. So will the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

 

The Lightning could have wrapped up the division by winning their final game of the regular season, but Elias Lindholm scored 49 seconds into overtime to lift the Hurricanes past Tampa Bay, 3-2.

 

Justin Williams had a goal and an assist for Carolina, which sliced the Lightning’s division lead to one point over Boston.

 

The Bruins kept their division title hopes alive by defeating the Senators, 5-2. Ottawa led 1-0 until David Pastrnak and Tommy Wingels scored 51 seconds apart in the second period. Danton Heinen had a goal and an assist in the Bruins’ 50th win.

 

Later on Saturday, the Avalanche grabbed the final available playoff berth by dumping the Blues, 5-2. St. Louis would have claimed the second wild card in the West with as little as an overtime or shootout loss, but Gabriel Landeskog (LAN’-dehs-kahg) contributed a goal and two assists to help the Avs finish one point ahead of the Blues.

 

Jonathan Bernier turned back 32 shots for Colorado.

 

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

 

– Claude Giroux (juh-ROO’) became the sixth 100-point scorer in Flyers history after recording a hat trick in a 5-0 shutout of the Rangers, clinching a playoff berth for Philadelphia and eliminating the Panthers. Brian Elliott stopped 17 shots as Philadelphia finished third in the Metropolitan Division to set up a first-round meeting with the Penguins. New York fired head coach Alain Vigneault (VEEN’-yoh) after the Blueshirts missed the postseason for the first time in eight years.

 

– Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) finishes with a league-leading 49 goals after netting two more in the Capitals’ 5-3 win over the Devils. The Capitals will open the playoffs with the Blue Jackets, while New Jersey faces the Atlantic Division champs.

 

– Columbus has to settle for the first wild-card spot in the East after allowing Filip Forsberg to record a hat trick in the Predators’ 4-2 win against the Blue Jackets. Austin Watson also scored for the Presidents’ Trophy winners, who will face the Avalanche in the first round of the playoffs.

 

– The Maple Leafs beat the Canadiens, 4-2 as Frederik Andersen stopped 31 shots in his team-record 38th win of the season. Zach Hyman scored the winner early in the third period to help Toronto finish the season with a franchise-high 105 points. The Leafs take on either Tampa Bay or Boston in the opening playoff round.

 

– The Golden Knights prepared for their first-round playoff series with Los Angeles by getting blown out by the Flames, 7-1. Mark Jankowski scored four times, including a short-handed goal and a power-play tally.

 

– Andrew Copp scored twice in a three-goal second period that send the Jets past the Blackhawks, 4-1. Kyle Connor notched his 31st goal for Winnipeg, which takes on the Wild in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

 

– Adam Henrique (hehn-REEK’) and Rickard Rakell (rah-KEHL’) each had a goal and an assist to support Ryan Miller in Anaheim’s 3-0 shutout of Arizona. Miller stopped 31 shots in his fourth shutout of the season as the Ducks finished second in the Pacific Division to earn home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs against the Sharks.

 

– San Jose’s 6-3 loss to Minnesota puts the Sharks on the road for their first two playoff games. Jason Zucker scored twice in the second period and Eric Staal notched his 42nd with an empty-netter to match the Minnesota record for goals in a season.

 

– The Kings had to settle for the first wild card in the West after Jamie Benn torched them for a natural hat trick in the first period of the Stars’ 4-2 win at Los Angeles. It was Benn’s second hat trick in three games and the fourth of his career.

 

– Connor McDavid set up goals by Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins before scoring one of the Oilers’ three shootout goals in a 3-2 verdict over the Canucks. McDavid wins the Art Ross Trophy as NHL scoring champ with 108 points.

 

– Jonathan Huberdeau (HOO’-bur-doh), Colton Sceviour (SEE’-vee-ur) and Nick Bjugstad (BYOOG’-stad) scored during a 10 1/2-minute span of the first period before Vincent Trocheck (TROH’-chehk) delivered the eventual game-winner with 1:23 remaining in the Panthers’ 4-3 victory against Buffalo. James Reimer stopped 38 shots for Florida.

 

– In what could have been his last game as an Islander, John Tavares scored the overtime goal in a 4-3 comeback win over the Red Wings. Anders Lee became the Islanders’ first 40-goal scorer since Jason Blake in 2006-07.

 

 

NHL-RED WINGS-HOLLAND:

 

Holland staying put

 

DETROIT (AP) – The Red Wings have given general manager Ken Holland a new two-year contract despite missing the playoffs for the second straight season.

 

Detroit has won four Stanley Cups since Holland joined the front office, the last three as the team’s GM. The Wings finished first overall during the regular season four times before their string of 26 straight playoff appearances ended last year.

 

Team governor Chris Ilitch says Holland is the right guy to lead the rebuilding effort. Holland already has accumulated 11 picks in the upcoming NHL draft.

 

 

MLB-SCHEDULE:

 

Bogaerts’ slam, 6 RBIs carries Red Sox past Rays 10-3

 

UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Red Sox are riding a seven-game winning streak after Xander Bogaerts (ZAN’-dur BOH’-gahrtz) provided the team’s first grand slam since Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY’-uh) did it against the Blue Jays on Sept. 24, 2016.

 

Bogaerts emptied the bases with a second-inning blast that put the Red Sox ahead 8-2 in a 10-3 pounding of the Rays. Bogaerts also doubled home a pair in a four-run first before his grand slam allowed him to finish with a career-best six RBIs.

 

J.D. Martinez hit his first home run since inking a five-year, $110 million contract during spring training. Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) also went deep to back Rick Porcello, who allowed three runs and six hits over 7 1/3 innings.

 

The Rays have lost seven straight and are off to their worst start ever after rallying for a win at home over the Red Sox on opening day. It’s the first time since 1904 that the Bosox have followed a season-opening loss with seven straight wins.

 

 

In other MLB finals:

 

– The Astros pulled out a 1-0 win over the Padres when four-time Gold Glove first baseman Eric Hosmer misplayed a two-out popup with two out in the 10th inning. Pinch-runner Derek Fisher scored from second after Hosmer misplayed Alex Bregman’s pop-up. Gerrit Cole struck out 11 over seven innings, giving him 22 over 14 innings since joining Houston.

 

– Sonny Gray allowed three runs and four hits over six innings of the Yankees’ first win in three games, 8-3 over the Orioles. Brett Gardner and Tyler Austin drove in two runs apiece for the Yanks, who snapped a 3-3 tie on rookie Miguel Andujar’s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.

 

– The Mariners were winners in the coldest game at Target Field as Kyle Seager and Guillermo Heredia homered in an 11-4 rout of the Twins. Ryon Healy drove in three runs to back Mike Leake, who is 2-0 after yielding two runs and three hits in five innings. It was 27 degrees at game time.

 

– Lucas Duda (DOO’-duh) hit a seventh-inning homer and Ian Kennedy tossed six scoreless frames as the Royals blanked the Indians, 1-0. Kennedy allowed four hits and struck out eight to help Kansas City win with a three-hit attack.

 

– Andrew Triggs pitched four-hit ball into the sixth inning and Marcus Semien poked a two-run single as the Athletics downed the Angels, 7-3. Los Angeles gave Shohei Ohtani the night off in preparation for Sunday’s start against Oakland.

 

– Mike Minor won a start for the first time since 2014 by pitching two-hit ball over six innings of the Rangers’ 5-1 win over the Blue Jays. Joey Gallo doubled home a pair off Marcus Stroman during the Rangers’ four-run fifth.

 

– The Tigers knocked off the White Sox, 6-1 as Miguel Cabrera delivered a two-run single and three RBIs, two days after leaving a game because of tightness in his left hip flexor. Michael Fulmer scattered six hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 0.68.

 

– Andrew McCutchen capped a 12-pitch at-bat by ripping a three-run, walk-off homer in the 14th inning to finish with a career-high six hits and lead the Giants past the Dodgers, 7-5. McCutchen drove in four runs and raised his batting average from .083 to .258.

 

– Ian Happ supplied a tiebreaking, two-run single while the Cubs scored four times in the sixth inning of a 5-2 win at Milwaukee. Pitcher Jon Lester came through as a pinch-hitter, laying down a sacrifice bunt that scored Ben Zobrist (ZOH’-brihst) with the final round in the sixth.

 

– The Diamondbacks’ four-game winning streak is over after Jose Martinez homered and collected for RBIs in the Cardinals’ 5-3 decision over Arizona. The 37-degree temperature at gametime tied the previous record low for a Redbirds game set in April 1961.

 

– Asdrubal (as-DROO’-bul) Cabrera hit a game-tying double in the seventh and came around to score the go-ahead run on a fielder’s choice as the Mets won their fourth in a row, 3-2 at Washington. The Nationals dropped their fourth straight despite Bryce Harper’s fifth home run.

 

– Eugenio (ay-oo-HAY’-nee-oh) Suarez hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning as the Reds dealt the Pirates just their second loss in eight games, 7-4. Suarez collected five RBIs after Pittsburgh jumped out to a 4-0 lead.

 

– Tony Wolters drew a bases-loaded walk off Arodys Vizcaino with two outs in the 10th inning to complete the Rockies’ 3-2 victory over the Braves. Atlanta managed just eight hits off Colorado after entering the game with a major league-best .298 average and a .381 on-base percentage.

 

– Maikel and Aaron Altherr (AHL’-tehr) each hit grand slams and Vince Velasquez allowed a run and four hits over six innings of the Phillies’ 20-1 dismantling of the Marlins. Carlos Santana and Jorge Alfaro also homered and Franco finished with six RBIs after driving in four in his last game.

 

 

MLB-NEWS:

 

Yanks DL Sabathia, Drury

 

UNDATED (AP) – Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had to make a few roster moves after pitcher CC Sabathia (dah-BATH’-ee-uh) and third baseman Brandon Drury were taken out of Friday’s 14-inning loss to the Orioles.

 

Sabathia has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a sore right hip, and Drury is on the DL due to severe migraines.

 

The Yankees recalled right-handers Luis Cessa and Domingo German from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and signed utility man Jace (jays) Peterson to a major league contract.

 

In other MLB news:

 

– The Nationals have put catcher Miguel Montero on the paternity list and designated left-handed reliever Enny Romero for assignment. Jhonatan Solano’s contract was selected from Triple-A Syracuse so he can serve as the backup catcher. In another move, the Nationals recalled utility player Matt Reynolds from Syracuse.

 

– The Orioles have placed outfielder Colby Rasmus on the 10-day disabled list with a hip injury and recalled reliever Jimmy Yacabonis from Triple-A Norfolk. Rasmus is batting .095 with 13 strikeouts in 21 at-bats.

 

 

CANADA-HOCKEY BUS CRASH:

 

Death toll in Canada bus crash rises to 15

 

NIPAWIN, Saskatchewan (AP) – Canadian police say the death toll in a crash between a truck and a bus carrying a hockey team has risen to 15.

 

Police say there were 29 people on the bus, which was carrying the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

 

The rest of the passengers were taken to hospital with injuries, some critical.

 

The truck driver was not hurt.

 

The head coach and captain of the team were among those killed in the crash in western Canada.

 

The Broncos were on their way to play in Game 5 of a semi-final against the Nipawin Hawks.

 

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