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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
BALTIMORE (AP)—Wei-Yin Chen took a four-hitter into the seventh inning and Baltimore got its offence back on track against Chris Archer in a victory over Tampa Bay yesterday.
Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy each had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run for the Orioles, who were coming off a three-game series against Toronto in which they scored only five runs in 30 innings.
PHOENIX—Zach Randolph scored 32 points and the Memphis Grizzlies clinched the final playoff berth in the Western Conference with a 97-91 victory over Phoenix that eliminated the Suns from post-season contention.
The Grizzlies scored the last six points of an intense fourth quarter.
Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016.
The 22-time Olympic medallist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26.
BALTIMORE—When the Toronto Blue Jays broke out of their two-week slump at the plate, nothing could stop them from circling the bases—except a gaffe by an over-eager ball girl.
Jose Bautista launched a three-run homer, and Colby Rasmus and Brett Lawrie added solo shots, as the Blue Jays set season highs for runs and hits yesterday to beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-3.
AUGUSTA, Ga.—One of golf’s most exciting players squeezed most of the drama out of the Masters yesterday.
That’s just fine with Bubba Watson. All he cared about was slipping into that green jacket.