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Trump's RNC fight: What are the consequences?

KSPR Local News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 5:10pm

A big GOP meeting of the minds, possible fallout for Donald Trump after the RNC rumble and a Ted Cruz calendar quandary: Those stories top our "Inside Politics" forecast.

1) In a fractured GOP, rules are made to be ... left alone?

The Republican National Committee meets this week in Florida -- the final gathering of party leaders before their big presidential nominating convention this summer.

Usually, the GOP leaders begin getting rules ready for the convention -- a draft or template for the official Rules Committee to discuss -- when it meets the week before the convention.

But this is not a normal year -- the nomination battle is still contested, and Trump -- the front-runner -- is complaining that in his view, the party leadership is trying to rig things to deny him the nomination.

Given that climate of mistrust, The Atlantic's Molly Ball says RNC Chairman Reince Priebus thinks it is best to leave the rules deliberations for later.

"This year, given how much heat there is on the process, Reince is telling them lay off. 'We don't want to seem like we're putting a thumb on the scale.' However, the RNC knows no matter what happens, they're going to get blamed."

2) Trump's new right-hand man is a convention veteran -- but this is new ground

CNN is told that Trump's new convention strategist, Paul Manafort, is planning to attend the RNC meeting.

It's a dual mission: to represent Trump's interests in any convention-related conversations, and to discuss a potential fall campaign with party leaders from key battleground states.

Manafort is no stranger to RNC business. He worked his first convention in 1976, and was a friend and ally of Lee Atwater, a legendary South Carolina political strategist who was RNC chairman back in the George H.W. Bush administration.

But that was a long time ago. Manafort is less familiar with the current GOP leadership team. And his candidate has added to the diplomatic challenge in recent days by accusing the RNC of being "dirty tricksters" running a "rigged system."

3) Cruz braces for a tough April -- and hopes for a May rebound

Cruz in on a roll of late -- winning new delegates at state and county GOP conventions, including 14 in Wyoming this weekend.

But that success seems like small potatoes given the states ahead: 95 delegates in New York on Tuesday and then 172 more as the April calendar winds through Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

Jonathan Martin of The New York Times says that the April map is hardly Cruz country -- though he says the senator from Texas aims to win a few targeted delegates and then hope for a better May.

"The Ted Cruz campaign is looking past New York to Maryland and Pennsylvania the following week ... but for Ted Cruz's campaign, April can't end soon enough," Martin says. "They want to get to May and especially Indiana and Nebraska."

4) The Supreme Court considers immigration -- with election drama

The Supreme Court vacancy is already a dividing line in the 2016 presidential campaign -- and now a big immigration case is coming before the justices.

At issue: executive actions President Barack Obama took in an effort to implement some of his immigration priorities after the Republican Congress made clear it would not entertain the White House ideas.

It's a giant policy issue -- and a big political issue as well. Cameras are not allowed inside the Supreme Court, but Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post noted the major Spanish-language networks are planning special coverage.

"If the eight-member court rules in favor, the program can be implemented. If it's a tie or they rule against it, the program is blocked from being implemented before the president takes off -- or before he leaves office," O'Keefe says. "But it's a reminder that the next person who takes office still has to deal with immigration in a big way."

5) Obama heads to Saudi Arabia -- with a congressional bill in the balance

Obama is visiting Saudi Arabia this week, and he hopes to focus on the war against ISIS and the Iran nuclear deal. But there is another thorny issue front and center: whether the kingdom can be sued in U.S. courts in connection with the 9/11 attacks.

The Saudi government is warning it will sell off billions in U.S. assets if Congress moves such legislation close to passage.

The issue is sure to come up when Obama meets with King Salman. CNN's Nia-Malika Henderson suggests the debate is likely to spill over into the 2016 presidential campaign as well.

"It will be interesting to see if this works its way into the presidential contest with the focus on New York next week with these candidates taking very odd positions on foreign policy over these last weeks," she says.

Mariners being careful with Benoit

KSPR Local News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 5:03pm

NEW YORK -- The Seattle Mariners have dipped into their bullpen for 38 innings through their first 11 games.

While Seattle relievers have appeared in 35 percent of the 108 innings played this season, veteran right-hander Joaquin Benoit has only pitched in three of those innings.

The good news for the Mariners as their nine-game road continues to Cleveland is Benoit will be available for more innings.

Benoit had gone over a week without pitching until he threw 20 pitches (11 strikes) during the eighth inning of Saturday's 3-2 win in New York. After a week of treatment and throwing to help his back and sore right shoulder heal, there were no problems other than the typical soreness a pitcher might feel after an outing.

Still, even with Benoit feeling better and being a significant piece to Seattle's late-inning bullpen picture, the team is going to tread carefully.

"It's about the whole season," manager Scott Servais said before Seattle's 4-3 loss in New York on Sunday. "I'd love to have him available. I know from the last six days without him, I want to keep him available for as long as possible."

The Mariners lost the first four games Benoit missed before getting a 7-1 win Friday.

Three of those were blowouts, but last Sunday Joel Peralta gave up a game-tying home run to Oakland's Marcus Semien to start the eighth, and two innings later Nick Vincent gave up the tiebreaking home run to Coco Crisp.

Florida priest missing for a week

KSPR Local News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 4:49pm

Police continued to search areas in and near Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday for any signs of a priest who has been missing for a week.

Meanwhile, authorities are talking with a man who is in custody in Florida after leading police two states away on a high-speed chase in the missing 71-year-old cleric's car.

The priest, Father Rene Robert, was last seen on Sunday, April 10. Six days dater, on Saturday, the priest's 2012 Toyota Corolla was spotted near Aiken, South Carolina, and chased by authorities there before the driver ditched the car and ran into woods, where he was soon captured.

The man authorities arrested is Steven James Murray, according to the St. Johns County, Florida, Sheriff's Office.

Murray, who was charged with fleeing and attempting to evade, lives in South Carolina but has family in Florida and knows the missing priest, said Cmdr. Chuck Mulligan of the St. John's Sheriff's Office.

"We have accounts that Murray was in Father Robert's presence for several days prior to his disappearance ... we believe Murray took advantage of his kindness," Cmdr. Chuck Mulligan told CNN.

Murray, 28, is not charged in the 71-year-old priest's disappearance and is talking with authorities, Mulligan said.

Church officials had notified the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office after Father Robert missed a scheduled funeral last Sunday, which they say is unlike him.

No one has heard from him since, police said.

On Sunday, searchers were combing through an area of Duval County, adjacent to St. John's County. Authorities called on area residents to search their own backyards, including creeks and ditches.

"Check ... property thoroughly, including wooded areas and around bodies of water," the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said in a weekend statement.

Pagenaud wins Grand Prix of Long Beach

KSPR Local News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 4:48pm

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Simon Pagenaud won his first IndyCar Series race with Team Penske on Sunday amid controversy.

Pagenaud crossed a blend line too early exiting the pits and received only a warning despite the fact that doing so helped him get ahead of Scott Dixon for what essentially was the race win on Lap 56 of 80. That was the last scheduled pit stop of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Dixon and his team were upset with race control's decision, saying IndyCar officials specifically said such an act would be penalized.

But Dixon's strategist Mike Hull said that IndyCar officials did not say what the penalty would be. Another driver, Carlos Munoz, also was warned for crossing the yellow line near Turn 1.

Indeed, the rulebook is clear, but the penalty sheet is not. IndyCar gives its stewards -- former Ford Racing executive Dan Davis and former drivers Arie Luyendyk and Max Papis -- latitude in making a decision. A minor violation can be overlooked. The next level of violations puts a driver to the rear of the lead lap, followed by a drive through the pits.

Pagenaud was issued none of those.

Pagenaud held off Dixon, last year's winner of this event, the rest of the way for a 0.3032-second victory, the fifth of his IndyCar career. He won two races in each of the 2013 and 2014 seasons for what is now Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Pagenaud also is the series leader, and this is his second season with Roger Penske's team.

Helio Castroneves, the pole winner, led 47 laps and finished third. All three of the top finishers are part of the Chevrolet program.

Pagenaud's teammate, Juan Pablo Montoya, also got a favorable review from race control. Late in the race, a potential block on Takuma Sato was not called as such. Montoya took fourth and Sato fifth as the top-finishing Honda.

The race was caution-free for the first time since 1989. The event also went flag-to-flag without incident in 1985 and 1987.

The last IndyCar race to go the distance without a caution was the 2013 race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Kristen Can Do! The go-to gal in a handyman's world

KY3 Local News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 4:34pm

It's something you don't see every day.

A green Volkswagen beetle pulling a trailer and a mower.

But then, Kristen Davis isn't somebody you meet everyday either.

"It's part of who I am I guess. The green bug. This stirs a little buzz, especially if my trailer's on it," says Davis.

"You know, people see me everywhere and a lot of times I have had people comment that's why they called me," Davis says.

She's a master gardener who's taken on a career as a handywoman.

"You know, I started out throwing a push-mower in the trunk of my car," Davis says.

She can hammer, saw, and paint. She does things with her hands some men can't (or won't) do.

"To some degree I have to convince people that I'm capable, but as soon as they meet me and as soon as I get in and start doing something, I think they see that really quick and just move into asking me to do other stuff," says Davis.

"We started out with her several years ago just doing some odds and ends painting. She's done everything from drywall, to she just re[modeled] our bathroom, to plumbing work, to putting some light ballasts in. She's kinda doing whatever we need done," says Paul Harrison, general manager at Bobcat of Springfield.

When Harrison's business needs a 'jill-of-all-trades,' Kristen is just the woman for the job.

"Never had a handywoman, this is a unique experience. I keep adding things to the list and she's like, yeah, okay, I'll do that," Harrison says.

"I just get in there and get the job done. You know I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty," says Davis.

"[She's] very handy. We enjoy having her around and she does excellent work, she's very dependable," says Ardith Bjorge, one of Davis's regular customers.

It's that 'Can-Do' attitude that's helped her business grow by word of mouth.

"I've had quite a few widows call me. I think we've built a trust, and so they'll just start contacting their other women friends," Davis says. She believes fact she's a woman attracts some clients.

She also takes pride in being the first handywoman some people have come across.

"I do feel like it stirs a lot of conversations and it's still something you don't see every day," says Davis.

NHL notebook: Rangers sign F Stromwall

KSPR Local News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 4:33pm

The New York Rangers and free agent forward Malte Stromwall agreed to terms on a contract Sunday.

Stromwall, 21, skated in 49 games with AIK of Allsvenskan in Sweden this season, registering 42 points (25 goals, 17 assists) and 26 penalty minutes. He ranked second in the league in goals and tied for seventh in points.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Stromwall has played parts of the last three seasons with several teams in the Swedish Hockey League and Allsvenskan. He has skated in 87 career SHL games, recording nine goals and five assists. He has tallied 46 points (27 goals, 19 assists) in 55 career games in Allsvenskan.

--The Minnesota Wild recalled defenseman Mike Reilly from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League.

Reilly, 22, has collected seven points (one goals, six assists), 27 shots on goal and eight penalty minutes in 29 games with Minnesota this season. He has recorded five goals and 18 assists in 45 games with Iowa.

--The Dallas Stars reassigned right wing Brett Ritchie to the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League, the team announced.

Ritchie, 22, has one assist in eight games with the Stars this season. He had 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 35 games with Texas.

Stars send RW Ritchie to AHL affiliate

KSPR Local News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 4:33pm

The Dallas Stars reassigned right wing Brett Ritchie to the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League, the team announced Sunday.

Ritchie, 22, has one assist in eight games with the Stars this season. He had 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 35 games with Texas.

Twins 3, Angels 2 (12 innings)

KSPR Local News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 4:33pm

MINNEAPOLIS -- Oswaldo Arcia's two-out single in the bottom of the 12th inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon at Target Field. Arcia lifted a 2-2 offering from Angels closer Huston Street into the left-field corner, just out of reach of a diving Rafael Ortega. Byron Buxton, who had stolen second base a pitch earlier, scored the winning run. Twins right-hander Michael Tonkin pitched two innings of shutout relief for his first win as Minnesota swept the Angels.Angels right-hander Cory Rasmus was charged with the loss after allowing one run on a hit and a walk in one-third of an inning. Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson allowed two runs on four hits and a pair of walks over seven strong innings, striking out four. Gibson retired 10 straight batters through the middle innings and didn't allow a hit after the fourth. Albert Pujols' two-run blast off Gibson gave the Angels a 2-0 lead just four batters into the game. But Gibson settled down from there.All the Twins could muster against Angels starter Nick Tropeano came in the fourth inning when Miguel Sano and Trevor Plouffe smacked back-to-back doubles to get a run across to make it 2-1. It was the only run allowed by Tropeano in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up five hits and walked two while striking out three, leaving in line for the victory. Los Angeles' bullpen flirted with disaster often late in the game, allowing the Twins seven hits in a stretch of 10 at-bats at one point, but somehow wiggling out of trouble each time.In one instance, the Twins got consecutive two-out singles from Eduardo Nunez and Brian Dozier in the bottom of the seventh ahead of Joe Mauer, who wrapped a single through the hole at short. Nunez flew around third but was cut down at the plate on a strong throw by Angels left fielder Rafael Ortega, preserving the 2-1 lead.Things caught up to the Angels in the eighth, however, when Sano and Plouffe began the inning with back-to-back singles off Joe Smith. Arcia smoked a grounder that looked like it was headed for right field, but second baseman Cliff Pennington made a nice play to start a 4-6-3 double play. Still, it scored pinch runner Byron Buxton from third, tying the game at 2-2.Minnesota loaded the bases for Buxton against Smith in the ninth, but Buxton grounded out sharply to shortstop Andrelton Simmons to end the inning.NOTES: Twins OF Danny Santana (strained right hamstring) is progressing enough to where he may be ready to go on a rehab assignment next week. ... Los Angeles will continue its 10-game road trip on Monday night when it opens a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Angels LHP Hector Santiago (0-0, 3.95 ERA) will oppose White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon (1-1, 1.38 ERA). ... Minnesota will begin a four-game, home-and-home series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night at Target Field. Twins RHP Phil Hughes (0-2, 4.38) will matchup against Brewers RHP Chase Anderson (1-0, 0.00 ERA).

Sunday PM Forecast: Showers and T-Storms moving in

KSPR Local News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 4:33pm

We'll see an increasing chance for showers and storms into Monday lasting through the middle of the week.

Blues 3, Blackhawks 2

KSPR Local News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 4:18pm

CHICAGO -- Jaden Schwartz scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period, and the St. Louis Blues held on for a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon.Colton Parayko and Patrik Berglund also scored for the Blues, who erased a one-goal deficit with back-to-back goals in the third period. St. Louis seized a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal.Brent Seabrook and Artem Anisimov scored for the Blackhawks. A four-minute high-sticking penalty by Patrick Kane preceded the Blues' game-winning goal on the man advantage.St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliott stopped 44 of 46 shots to earn the victory.Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford turned aside 33 of 36 shots.Schwartz scored on the power play to give St. Louis a 3-2 lead with 6:38 to go in the third period. Vladimir Tarasenko fed a pass to David Backes, who immediately tapped a pass to Schwartz in the low slot. Schwartz snapped a low shot past Crawford's left leg pad for the goal.Chicago opened the scoring 2:18 into the first period on a power-play goal by Seabrook. Center Jonathan Toews won a faceoff in the offensive zone and fed a pass to Seabrook moments later. Seabrook fired a slap shot through traffic as left winger Andrew Ladd set a screen in front of the net.St. Louis evened the score at 1 on a power-play goal by Parayko with 7:49 to go in the first period. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo zipped a pass to Parayko, who blasted a one-timer from the top of the left circle for his first career playoff goal.Anismov put Chicago back on top 2-1 during four-on-four play with 18:56 left in the second period. Left winger Artemi Panarin pried the puck loose along the boards and slipped a backhand pass to Anisimov in front of the net. Anisimov botched the one-timer but made enough contact to send a fluttering puck past Elliott for his first goal of the series.Berglund scored as St. Louis pulled even at 2 with 14:45 remaining in the third period. Berglund carried the puck across the blue line and released a low wrist shot. The puck deflected off the leg of Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival and skipped into the net before Crawford could react.NOTES: Blues C Steve Ott returned to the lineup for his first time since Dec. 5. Ott, 33, missed more than four months after undergoing surgery on both of his hamstrings in December and battling colitis earlier this month. ... Blackhawks RW Dale Weise appeared in his first playoff game with Chicago after sitting out the first two games of the series as a healthy scratch. Weise, 27, appeared in 34 playoff games with the Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens in the previous four seasons. ... Blues RW Ryan Reaves was a healthy scratch after playing in the first two games of the series. ... Blackhawks LW Andrew Desjardins was a healthy scratch for the first time during the series. ... Blues RW Dmitrij Jaskin and LW Magnus Paajarvi were healthy scratches for the third consecutive game.

NBA notebook: Warriors G Curry questionable for Monday's game

KSPR Local News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 4:18pm

Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry didn't practice Sunday and is questionable for Game 2 after he rolled his right ankle in Saturday's Western Conference first-round series opener against the Houston Rockets.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr said Curry was "doing a little better" on Sunday and will be monitored leading up to Monday's contest.

"He'll get treatment today, go get some rest, get off his feet, and we'll do the same thing tomorrow at shootaround and see how he's feeling," Kerr told reporters. "We'll assess whether there's risk. If there is, we won't play him."

Shaun Livingston would start in Curry's place if the reigning MVP is unable to play.

Curry had a game-high 24 points on Saturday, including 16 in the first quarter, before twisting his right ankle in the second quarter.

--Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley is unlikely to play the rest of the first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks after suffering a right hamstring strain in Game 1.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Sunday that Bradley underwent an MRI exam after being injured in the fourth quarter of Saturday night's 102-101 loss in Atlanta.

"As of right now I would say he's out Tuesday night (for Game 2), but obviously he'll continue to get treatment around the clock and go from there," Steven told reporters Sunday. "So I would say very unlikely the rest of the series."

Stevens said Saturday that Bradley "heard a pop" after landing awkwardly while defending a layup attempt by Hawks guard Jeff Teague with seven minutes remaining.

--The Brooklyn Nets named Atlanta Hawks assistant Kenny Atkinson as the team's new head coach.

Atkinson, 48, will become the 21st head coach in the franchise's NBA history.

Atkinson will continue his duties with the Hawks until the conclusion of Atlanta's postseason. He is in his fourth season with the Hawks.

Prior to that, Atkinson was an assistant coach for four seasons with the New York Knicks (2008-12), helping the team reach the postseason in 2011 and 2012. Atkinson also spent one season as the director of player development for the Houston Rockets (2007-08).

Trump doesn't think Facebook would try to derail his campaign

KSPR Local News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 4:18pm

Donald Trump says he's not worried about Facebook trying to derail his campaign for the White House.

The Republican candidate responded this weekend to a report that Facebook employees wanted CEO Mark Zuckerberg to consider the company's "responsibility" to stop Trump from winning the nomination.

He called into Fox News on Saturday and said, "I think Facebook is good, and I can't imagine them doing anything."

"I'm very successful on Facebook," he said. "Somebody said I'm one of [Facebook's] great stars -- so...I don't think they'll be doing very much."

Trump was responding to a question about a Gizmodo report published on Friday. The report shows a screenshot from an alleged internal Facebook poll that ran last month.

The poll asked, "What would you like to ask Mark at Q&A tomorrow, Friday, March 4, 2016?" And in the screenshot, there were five responses.

The fifth and last said this: "What responsibility does Facebook have to help prevent President Trump in 2017?"

A Facebook spokesman would not comment on the legitimacy of the screenshot.

Zuckerberg holds a Q&A session with employees every Friday, and staff members pose their questions ahead of time on a message board that everyone in the company can see.

Even if the screenshot is legitimate, it's unclear who asked the question initially, how many people ultimately voted for the question, and whether or not the question was actually asked.

In a statement, the spokesman told CNNMoney on Sunday that the company has not "and will not" use its services "in a way that attempts to influence how people vote."

"We as a company are neutral," the statement reads. "We encourage any and all candidates, groups, and voters to use our platform to share their views on the election and debate the issues."

Zuckerberg hasn't commented on the report, but COO Sheryl Sandberg addressed the idea of influencing elections back in 2014.

"Facebook would never try to control elections," Sandberg said in an interview with NDTV, a news channel in India.

At the time, Facebook was facing a huge backlash over a News Feed experiment that sought to measure people's emotional responses when they were shown a different mixture of positive and negative posts.

The results of the study suggested that Facebook could influence people to share negative posts if they were shown more negative news and the same with positive news.

Zuckerberg has also gone after Trump in his own way, most recently during his keynote speech at F8 last week.

"I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people," said Zuckerberg, seemingly referring to Trump's repeated claims that he plans to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

But Trump seems unfazed by Zuckerberg's comment too.

"I never met him, I never spoke to him, and he never mentioned me by name so, you know, perhaps he's talking about somebody else, but we do have to have a wall," Trump said on his call to Fox.

VIDEO: Popular businessman's sudden death shocks downtown

KSPR Local News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 4:16pm

KSPR's Matt Buhrman reports.

Bernie Sanders introduces Run the Jewels at Coachella

KSPR Local News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 4:04pm

Bern the Jewels?

Before gracing the stage at the Coachella music festival in California on Saturday, the rap duo Run the Jewels received a video introduction from their preferred presidential candidate, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

"One of the highlights of running for president over the course of this last year has been getting to know Killer Mike," the Democratic White House hopeful said. "El-P, keep up the great work and let's get to know each other better in the months to come."

Killer Mike, the Georgia native and Southern rap icon, has been a prominent Sanders supporter, speaking on the trail and interviewing the Vermont senator in Killer Mike's barbershop.

El-P, a Brooklyn resident who raps and produces, has also expressed his support for Sanders.

Cavaliers 106, Pistons 101

KSPR Local News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 4:03pm

CLEVELAND: LeBron James had 22 points, 11 rebounds and six assists and the Cleveland Cavaliers' Big Three combined for 81 points in a hard-fought 106-101 victory Sunday against the Detroit Pistons in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.The Cavs survived a 3-point onslaught from the Pistons, who made 15 3-pointers and shot 52 percent from deep.Kevin Love had 28 points and 13 rebounds and Kyrie Irving had 31 points and six assists for the Cavaliers, who trailed by seven with 11 minutes left before rallying behind James.Game 2 is Wednesday night at Cleveland.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 21 points for the Pistons and Marcus Morris scored 20 -- but just one in the second half.The Pistons led at halftime and entering the fourth quarter. A 3-pointer from Reggie Bullock with 11:03 left in the fourth quarter matched the Pistons' largest lead of the game at 83-76, forcing the Cavaliers to call a timeout to get James back in the game. It took him 1:40 to have the game tied at 83, and the Cavs rolled behind their star. But it wasn't easy.The Pistons made an average of nine 3-pointers a game in the regular season, and the Cavs limited opponents to less than eight per game. Yet Detroit made 10 in the first half Sunday and sent the Cavaliers defenders scrambling unsuccessfully to the perimeter.It was reminiscent of 2009 when Stan Van Gundy spread the floor with shooters around Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic shot their way past the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. Except this time it was Andre Drummond in the middle, and the Pistons aren't exactly a prolific 3-point shooting team.Drummond finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds after he was held to two points and four rebounds in the first half. Reggie Jackson had 17 points and seven assists and was assessed a costly technical late in the game when he charged toward official Derrick Stafford to complain after a no-foul call.James, Love and Irving were sensational, but they received little help elsewhere. J.R. Smith scored nine points while shooting 2 of 7 from 3-point range and Matthew Dellavedova scored seven points off the bench. NOTES: This is the third time the Cavaliers have entered the playoffs as the top seed in the East. They lost in the conference finals in 2009 and the conference semifinals in 2010. They entered 84-84 all-time in postseason games. ... Sunday marked LeBron James' 179th career postseason game, tying him with Michael Jordan for 17th place in NBA history. ... The Pistons' 12-game improvement this season tied for the fourth-largest turnaround in the NBA. The New York Knicks (plus-15) had the biggest turnaround. ... Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy has never been swept in a playoff series in his career.

MLB roundup: A-Rod, Yankees stop skids

KSPR Local News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 4:03pm

NEW YORK -- Moved down to sixth in the lineup, Alex Rodriguez homered on the first pitch he saw Sunday as the New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-3, ending their four-game losing streak.

Hitless in 19 at-bats since hitting a long home run off Mike Pelfrey during the first inning in Detroit on April 9, Rodriguez was moved down three spots after going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and two groundouts Saturday to drop his batting average to .100.

With a runner on first base and nobody out in the second inning, Rodriguez lined a pitch clocked at 86 mph from Hisashi Iwakuma (0-2) into the left field seats. It was his 689th career home run and fourth hit of the season and the hit gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead.

Rodriguez struck out in the third and fouled out in the fifth against Iwakuma. He struck out in the eighth against Nick Vincent and is batting .118 (4-for-34) with 13 strikeouts.

Rockies 2, Cubs 0

CHICAGO --Tyler Chatwood's perfect game bid fell short but he still outdueled Chicago ace Jon Lester as Colorado claimed a victory and series win.

Nolan Arenado supplied both runs -- a fourth-inning solo homer and another in the ninth -- as the Rockies won their fourth game in five starts and took two of three from the Cubs.

The Rockies right-hander (2-1) gave up two hits, struck out seven and walked one in a seven-inning effort in his third start of the season and only his third since April 29, 2014. Lester (1-1) departed after 7 1/3 innings after giving up just one run on four hits, striking out 10 and walking just two.

Phillies 3, Nationals 2 (10 innings)

PHILADELPHIA -- Freddy Galvis hit an RBI double off Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the 10th inning to lift Philadelphia over Washington.

Galvis drove a Papelbon fastball the other way, deep into left field over the head of Jayson Werth to drive in Andres Blanco for the game-winning run, ending the Nationals' seven-game winning streak.

Bryce Harper crushed a deep shot into right-center field in the top of the 10th inning to break a 1-1 tie. The homer was his sixth of the season and 15th RBI.

Mets 6, Indians 0

CLEVELAND -- New York jumped on former Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber for six runs in the first two innings, Steven Matz pitched seven scoreless innings and the Mets blanked Cleveland.

Matz (1-1) gave up three hits, struck out nine and walked two to pick up the victory as the Mets won two of three games in the weekend series.

The Mets scored three runs in each of the first two innings.

Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 3

BOSTON -- Aaron Sanchez gave up just one run on two hits and struck out seven over seven innings, and Jose Bautista hit a solo home run and had two RBIs as Toronto beat Boston.

Bautista's homer was his third of the season and 18th at Fenway Park since 2010. Chris Colabello, Josh Donaldson, and Edwin Encarnacion also drove in a runs for the Blue Jays.

Steven Wright (0-1) was the victim of poor run support again in his second start of 2016 for the Red Sox, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out six over six innings.

Braves 6, Marlins 5 (10 innings)

MIAMI -- Mallex Smith had a game-winning RBI single in the top of the 10th inning as Atlanta defeated Miami.

The Braves swept the series after arriving in Miami on Friday as a winless team. The Marlins are off to a 0-5 start at home.

Jhoulys Chacin, who had a perfect game until Martin Prado singled with one out in the fourth inning, had an RBI single but had to settle for a no-decision. He took a shutout into the sixth inning, when Miami struck for three runs.

Rays 3, White Sox 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay got strong pitching from Matt Moore and an offensive spark from Brandon Guyer, edging Chicago to take two of three games.

The Rays saw Guyer go 4-for-4 with two runs scored, and Moore struck out 10 while pitching into the seventh inning. Alex Colome got the final five outs for the Rays' first save of the season.

The White Sox were held in check for the second day in a row after coming to town with a four-game win streak.

Pirates 9, Brewers 3

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh gained the upper hand early with a five-run third inning and Juan Nicasio delivered a quality start to beat Milwaukee.

The Pirates took two of three games from the Brewers to earn their first series victory since they swept the St. Louis Cardinals to start the season.

After Andrew McCutchen grounded out and David Freese walked to start the third, the Pirates rapped out six hits and capitalized on Milwaukee's defensive miscues to score five runs.

Cardinals 4, Reds 3

ST. LOUIS -- Eric Fryer made his first start of the season one to remember. The St. Louis catcher, giving ironman starter Yadier Molina the day off, went 3-for-3 and doubled home the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Cardinals a decision over Cincinnati.

Fryer hit a 1-0 pitch from reliever Ross Ohlendorf (2-1) to the wall in left-center field with two outs, easily scoring Aledmys Diaz from first for his sixth hit in as many at-bats this year. Diaz started the inning by pinch-hitting for Matt Adams and drawing a walk.

Kevin Siegrist (2-0) worked 1 1/3 innings in relief to earn the win, while Trevor Rosenthal pitched a clean ninth for his third save in as many chances as St. Louis improved to 4-2 on its nine-game homestand.

Astros 5, Tigers 4

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve provided offense early and often and Houston held off Detroit Tigers to claim the rubber match of this three-game series.

Altuve went 2-for-4 with a first-inning home run that got the Astros going, plus a two-run double that followed an error by Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera.

The Astros built a 5-0 lead in support of right-hander Mike Fiers (1-1) before the Tigers chipped away at that advantage.

Orioles-Rangers pppd.

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The game between Texas and Orioles was postponed due to inclement weather in the area.

The game has been rescheduled for June 20 at Globe Life Park. The rainout ends a 448-game stretch without a rainout for the Rangers -- the longest streak in the majors. The last time the Rangers had a game rained out was May 29, 2013 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Eric Fryer's 3 hits leads Cardinals over Reds 4-3

KY3 Local News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 3:52pm

Eric Fryer had three hits, including the go-ahead double with two outs in the eighth inning that led the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Sunday.

A backup to All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, Fryer got his first start this season and is 6 for 6 at the plate. Matt Carpenter and Jedd Gyorko hit solo homers for St. Louis, which has won three of last four. Ten of the Cardinals' 21 homers this season were hit in the three-game series against the Reds, who have lost five of six. Kevin Siegrist (2-0) entered with a runner at second and two outs in the seventh, struck out Zack Cozart and pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, fanning two more. Trevor Rosenthal struck out his last two batters in a perfect ninth for his third save in as many chances.

Rays getting better against lefties

KSPR Local News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 3:48pm

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays were a better team against left-handers last season -- 30-23 against lefties, as opposed to 50-59 against right-handers -- but this year's team has shown the same success and more against southpaws.

With Sunday's 3-2 win against Chicago and lefty Jose Quintana, the Rays are now 3-1 against lefties, and 2-6 against right-handers, getting a spark Sunday from Brandon Guyer, who went 4-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, a day after getting a home run and reaching base three other times in another win against a lefty.

"Brandon is going to play against some righties too, but it was nice to have the chance and show how we can highly impact our lineup like he did today," manager Kevin Cash said.

Guyer had half of the Rays' eight hits on the day -- he singled and scored in the first, then drove in a run in the third and scored on a fielding error by White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana. He's had 250-plus at-bats in each of the last two seasons, but is making a case to play more regularly in a crowded outfield -- centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier is a Gold Glove defensive standout, and corner outfielders Desmond Jennings (.270) and Steven Souza (.294) are both hitting well early in the season.

The Rays won't face another lefty again until Thursday in Boston, and if Guyer gets the nod again then, he'll still have his hands full, facing a familiar face in former Rays ace David Price, now in his first season with Boston.

Astros 5, Tigers 4

KSPR Local News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 3:48pm

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve provided offense early and often and the Houston Astros held off the stubborn Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Sunday at Minute Maid Park to claim the rubber match of this three-game series.Altuve went 2-for-4 with a first-inning home run that got the Astros (5-8) going plus a two-run double that followed an error by Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Altuve has four multi-hit games this season.Houston built a 5-0 lead in support of right-hander Mike Fiers (1-1) before the Tigers (7-4) incrementally chipped away at that advantage.Detroit homered twice off Fiers in the fifth inning, with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia leading off the frame with his fourth home run before second baseman Ian Kinsler added a two-run blast for his fourth as well. With one out in the sixth, J.D. Martinez added an opposite-field shot to right field, his second home run on the season, cutting the deficit to one.Fiers rebounded from the Martinez homer to strike out Nick Castellanos. The Houston bullpen patched together the final 10 outs, with Tony Sipp, Pat Neshek and Ken Giles setting the table for closer Luke Gregerson, who set the Tigers down in order in the ninth inning.Astros right fielder George Springer added two hits, scoring on an error following his first-inning single before adding a first-pitch homer to left-center field off Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez (2-1) in the third. Cabrera was guilty of a throwing error in the fourth that allowed Marwin Gonzalez and Jake Marisnick to advance into scoring position in advance of the Altuve single to left with two outs in the fourth inning.Sanchez allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over five innings. Fiers, despite allowing three home runs, departed with the lead, having surrendered four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.Gregerson earned his fourth save on the season.NOTES: The Tigers will face an American League Central opponent for the first time on Tuesday when they travel to Kansas City to face the Royals. Beginning with that series, 12 of the Tigers' next 16 games are against divisional foes. Detroit finished 41-35 against the AL Central in 2015. ... Astros DH Evan Gattis will make his first start at catcher at some point over the next week to 10 days. Gattis has participated in pregame catching drills since his return from injury rehab while also occasionally catching in the bullpen. Gattis did not catch for the Astros last season, his first in Houston. ... Tigers CF Cameron Maybin went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs scored for Triple-A Toledo on Saturday night while continuing his injury rehab assignment. Over nine games with the Mud Hens and Single-A Lakeland, Maybin is batting .182 (6-for-33) with five doubles, two RBIs and five runs scored. He has been sidelined since March 25 with a left wrist fracture.

Coachella: Kesha and Guns N' Roses return

KSPR Local News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 3:48pm

Surprise guests and the return of some legendary rockers set the tone for Day 2 of Coachella.

Kesha led the charge of guest stars when the singer surprised fans during Zedd's nighttime set Saturday to join the DJ for a rendition of "True Colors," the title track off the EDM star's 2015 album. It marked the "Tik Tok" singer's highest-profile live performance since all the media attention surrounding her legal battle against producer Dr. Luke.

Kesha's accusations of being drugged, raped and emotionally and verbally assaulted by the music maker were dismissed by a New York judge earlier this month. The accusations have been vehemently denied by Dr. Luke, who has never been criminally charged.

The 29-year-old singer did not address the crowd during her appearance.

Kesha wasn't the only famous face who surprised Coachella attendees during the second night of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Panic at the Disco! singer Brendon Urie joined singer Halsey during her set, while rappers Run The Jewels got emcee Nas to hit the stage as well as an introduction video from Sen. Bernie Sanders.

British electronic duo Disclosure pleasantly surprised the crowd during their 50-minute set with a cameo by Lorde and later Sam Smith for their biggest hits "Omen" and "Latch.

But UK duo AlunaGeorge was the first of Disclosure's special guests, hitting the main stage just moments after their own solo set at the Sahara tent. For frontwoman Aluna Francis, the annual festival is a non-stop reunion.

"This Coachella is insane. I've never been to a festival where I know so many of the artists playing," Francis told CNN earlier in the day. "It feels very buoyant and like you're at some sort of huge outdoor house party."

Coachella turned into a nostalgic house party Saturday night as rap and rock legends took over the main stage.

Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube welcomed fellow N.W.A members MC Ren and DJ Yella onstage, thrilling fans but leaving them slightly disappointed that Dr. Dre was not in the house. The trio performed two songs now made even more famous by their mega-successful feature film "Straight Outta Compton" before Cube brought out his son O'Shea Jackson Jr., who portrayed him in the movie, and Common, who currently stars alongside him in "Barbershop: The Next Cut." Later rapper Snoop Dogg joined Cube for "Go to Church" before giving the crowd a small bit of the absent Dre's hit "The Next Episode."

Closing out the night was the highly anticipated return of Guns N' Roses.

Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan put on a marathon-long performance with Rose being confined to sitting in a throne onstage due to a foot injury. The group also brought AC/DC guitarist Angus Young to the stage, just hours after it was announced Axl Rose would be joining AC/DC on tour as their replacement lead singer after Brian Johnson had to drop out due to hearing issues.

Even those festival goers watching other acts in other tents broke out into a run toward the main stage when they heard GNR classics such as "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Sweet Child O' Mine."

British singer James Bay, who's been on a wave of success with his debut album "Chaos and the Calm," was one of the many GNR fans excited for the band's reunion set. Bay, who performed to an overflowing Mojave Tent earlier in the day and led the crowd in a sing-a-long of his mega hit "Let It Go," told CNN after his set about his fandom for GNR as a child.

"When I was 13 I spent my pocket money on my first ever album that I sort of bought myself," Bay said. "It was 'Appetite for Destruction' by Guns N' Roses."

The 25-year-old Grammy-nominated singer was in disbelief that he was playing the same festival as his childhood heroes.

"It's mad isn't it," the singer said of being at Coachella with Guns N' Roses. "If I could tell my 13-year-old self that I don't think he would believe me."