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April 5, 2019
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April 5, 2019
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Update on the latest in sports:





Dodgers Jensen back in play at Coors Field


DENVER (AP) – Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is at Coors Field for the first time since experiencing an irregular heartbeat last August in Colorado, an episode that put him in a hospital. It was the second time in his career Jansen felt his heart racing in Denver’s high altitude. He had a procedure in the offseason to help with the condition, and Jansen says he recently talked to his doctor and is eager – and a bit anxious – about this weekend stay.


Elsewhere in the majors:


-A’s center fielder Ramon Laureano has put on a show with his arm this week, throwing out three Red Sox runners who tried to advance on him. He nailed runners in all three Oakland wins during the four-game series. The 24-year-old Laureano made his major league debut last year and now has 12 assists in only 57 games in the outfield with the Athletics. Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) and the Astros will be the next team to decide whether to test Laureano when they host the A’s today.


-Boston is 2-6, the worst start for a defending World Series champion since the stripped-down Marlins bumbled to 108 losses in 1998. Rick Porcello (pohr-SEHL’-oh) tries to get the Red Sox going in the right direction when he pitches at Arizona. In his first start of the year, Porcello gave up nine runs, four of them earned, against Seattle.


Also on the schedule (all times Eastern)


Seattle at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.


San Diego at St. Louis, 4:15 p.m.


Tampa Bay at San Francisco, 4:35 p.m.


Minnesota at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.


Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.


Minnesota at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.


Toronto at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.


Miami at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.


Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.


Texas at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.




No. 2 Raptors face Hornets


UNDATED (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks have clinched the top overall seed for the NBA playoffs. Toronto will be the No. 2 seed behind the Bucks on the Eastern Conference postseason bracket, and after that everything remains uncertain.


Today, Toronto is on the road against Charlotte. It’s almost win-out-or-bust now for the Hornets. For the Raptors, its get ready to host the No. 7 seed in Game 1.


-Out in the Western Conference, Golden State is closing in on the No. 1 seed. They host the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight.


Also on the schedule (all times Eastern)


Atlanta at Orlando, 7 p.m.


San Antonio at Washington, 7 p.m.


Boston at Indiana, 8 p.m.


Detroit at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.


Miami at Minnesota, 8 p.m.


New York at Houston, 8 p.m.


Memphis at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.


Sacramento at Utah, 9 p.m.


New Orleans at Phoenix, 10 p.m.


L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.


Portland at Denver, 10:30 p.m.




Broncos sign Bausby


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – A person with knowledge of the deal says the Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with cornerback De’Vante Bausby, one of the stars of the failed Alliance of American Football league that suspended operations this week. An announcement on the signing is expected today (Friday). Bausby had four interceptions for the San Antonio Commanders in the new spring league that lasted just eight weeks.


Elsewhere in NFL news:


– The New York Jets have unveiled new uniforms and a tweaked team logo. It’s the first time the franchise has rebranded its uniforms, apparel and merchandise since 1998. The uniforms will feature combinations of a unique shade of green called Gotham green and spotlight white, along with stealth black that’s featured in an alternative uniform the team can wear up to three times in a season. The jerseys also feature “New York” in small letters across the chest and above the players’ numbers. The helmet is a shiny green, replacing the white headgear the players wore the last 20 years. The new logo features the letters “JETS” in white, with a white football under it.




Dallas Stars play the Blackhawks


UNDATED (AP) – The Dallas Stars have already clinched a playoff spot and are in play against the Blackhawks in Chicago, the N.Y. Rangers host the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Ducks host the Los Angeles Kings in Anaheim.




Baylor vs. Oregon, UConn vs. Notre Dame


TAMPA, Fla. – Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb faced three of the four women’s Final Four participants this season and says this might be the most competitive Final Four in many years with no clear-cut favorite.


Baylor coach Kim Mulkey rejects the notion that being the No. 1 overall seed makes Baylor the team to beat in the women’s Final Four. The Lady Bears are riding a 27-game winning streak and have trounced four opponents in the NCAA tournament by an average of 38 points. They face Final Four newcomer Oregon in the national semifinals.


There’s a different vibe around Geno Auriemma (aw-ree-EH’-muh) and his UConn Huskies at this year’s Final Four. Unlike the previous two years, they don’t have the burden of a record winning streak or an unbeaten season. One thing is familiar: The Huskies have to beat rival Notre Dame to reach the championship game.




CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – The attorney for North Carolina women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell says players misconstrued comments she made as racist and she wouldn’t try to force someone to play without clearance from medical staff.


Wade Smith made the comments Thursday to The Washington Post and The News & Observer of Raleigh. The Post, citing unnamed parents of players, said complaints were about inappropriate racial comments and players being pushed to play while injured


The school has placed Hatchell and her coaching staff on paid administrative leave amid player concerns while a law firm conducts a review of the program.


In other women’s basketball news:


-TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – 6-foot-3 center Megan Gustafson rewrote the women’s basketball record book at Iowa. She led the nation in scoring for the second straight season, averaging 27.9 points, and became the fourth player to reach 1,000 points in a year. On Thursday, she won The Associated Press women’s college basketball player of the year award.


Baylor coach Kim Mulkey was also honored, taking the AP coach of the year award for the second time. She has led top-ranked Baylor to a 35-1 record and helped the Lady Bears reach the Final Four for the first time since 2012.




Waltrip to retire


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Darrell Waltrip is set to take the checkered flag on his broadcasting career.


The Fox Sports analyst will retire at the end of the network’s portion of the NASCAR schedule following the June 23 race at Sonoma Raceway in California.


It will likely be the last time the Kentucky native will utter his “Boogity! Boogity! Boogity! Let’s go racing, boys!” call to open a race.



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