Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sports

Rare U.S. win at Boston Marathon

BOSTON—“The Star-Spangled Banner” played over Boylston Street in honour of an American winner of the Boston Marathon.
One year after a bombing there killed three people and left more than 260 injured, Meb Keflezighi added Boston to a résumé that includes the New York City Marathon title in 2009 and a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics.

Grizzlies knot series with Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY—Kevin Durant’s four-point play was magnificent—even by his lofty standards.
With his Oklahoma City Thunder trailing by five with 13.8 seconds left in regulation time, the scoring champ hit a difficult three-pointer from the corner as he was being pushed out of bounds by Marc Gasol.
Durant then converted the free throw to make it a one-point game.

Nationals blow late lead

WASHINGTON—In the first major-league match-up featuring twentysomething stars Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, it was a guy born two decades earlier, Raul Ibanez, who came through with the biggest hit.

Habs a win from sweep

MONTREAL—It looked like it would be easy when Rene Bourque scored for the Montreal Canadiens only 11 seconds into the game.
But the Canadiens needed a third-period goal from Tomas Plekanec, and some fine saves from Carey Price, to down the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 last night and take a choke hold on their Eastern Conference playoff series.

Kuchar wins with hole-out

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.—Matt Kuchar saw his well-struck five-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.

Knicks beat Raptors

NEW YORK—The Raptors ended their regular season by blowing a 21-point lead in a 95-92 loss to the New York Knicks yesterday. But with playoffs on the horizon, Toronto is looking toward its next game.

Habs take series lead

TAMPA, Fla.—After the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning combined for 11 goals in four regular-season meetings, Dale Weise didn’t expect them to score eight in the first 60 minutes of Game 1 last night.
“But that’s playoffs, anything can happen,” he said.

Yankees pound Cubs 3-0

NEW YORK—Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda pitched the New York Yankees to a 3-0, 2-0 sweep of the Chicago Cubs in a chilly day-night-doubleheader yesterday.
In the Cubs’ first regular-season game at new Yankee Stadium, Tanaka (2-0) allowed two bunt hits in eight dominant innings and struck out 10 for his second straight start. Carlos Beltran homered in the first off Jason Hammel (2-1).

Padres come back, beat Rockies 5-4

SAN DIEGO—The Padres scored twice in the eighth inning on Rex Brothers’ wild pitch and catcher Edwin Rosario’s errant throw back to the plate, lifting San Diego to a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies last night.

More NHL teams might be possible

MONTREAL—The Conference Board of Canada says the country could support as many as three more National Hockey League franchises within the next two decades.
The board suggests that in addition to the seven existing NHL teams, Quebec City and Hamilton, Ont., appear to meet minimum requirements for a franchise in the near future.

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