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URGENT - U.S. Defense Secretary makes unannounced trip to Iraq

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 2:11am

(CNN) -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has arrived in Iraq for a series of meetings, including with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and top U.S. military commanders. Carter will also hold a Q&A session with troops stationed in the country, and an official traveling with Carter said that the U.S. will bring in additional, "more aggressive" resources to Iraq.

'Informal rodeo' leads to report of brawl with spurs, whips

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 2:04am

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that while an estimated 400 people were attempting to leave an "informal rodeo", through the only exit, on Saturday, cops were trying to get in.

A 911 caller reported a large brawl between dozens of people-"using spurs and whips" and there was "at least one person down."

The Lino Lakes Police Department called the event an "informal rodeo" which was being held on a rural 10-acre plot. "There was an oval pen, sort of a corral," Lino Lakes Sgt. Chad Schirmers told the Pioneer Press. "There were animals, horse trailers. I don't know what else you'd call it but an informal rodeo."

Police said there were no permits for the event Saturday held about 20 miles north of Minneapolis. "Part of the permit is to require security. The people I talked to told me there was some sort of security there, but they were done at (7p.m.)," Schirmers said.

"Apparently there's an order for who ropes which cows, and people were cutting in line. There was just way, way too many people in a confined space with no security," Schirmers said.

According to the Pioneer Press, it took officers two hours to clear the area. They also report no more than five people suffered scrapes and bruises. No one needed hospitalization and there were no signs of violence with the reported spurs and whips. Police did arrest one person when he became violent with the officers. His name has not been released but he's expected to face charges of obstructing a police officer with force and fifth-degree assault.

8 tax audit red flags

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 1:00am

Here are eight relatively easy ways to steer clear of an audit by the Internal Revenue Service.

On this day: April 18

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 1:00am

Paul Revere rides, an earthquake and fires ravage San Francisco, Albert Einstein dies, Grace Kelly becomes a princess, and the U.S. embassy in Beirut is hit by a deadly car bomb, all on this day.

Predators 3, Ducks 2

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 12:48am

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Shea Weber and Craig Smith scored in the second period to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in the second game of their Stanley Cup Western Conference quarterfinal series Sunday night in front of a sellout crowd of 17,174 at the Honda Center.Mattias Ekholm added a goal, Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi each contributed two assists and goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 27 shots for the Predators, who take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The third and fourth games will take place at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday night and Thursday night, respectively.Andrew Cogliano and Nate Thompson scored for the Ducks, who killed four of five penalties while receiving 24 saves from goalie John Gibson.The Predators never held a 2-0 lead in any of their previous 11 playoff series dating from 2004. The Ducks have never won a playoff series after losing the first two games.Smith broke a 1-1 tie at 9:55 of the second period. Roman Josi intercepted a pass from Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm near the right corner and sent the puck to Filip Forsberg behind the net. Forsberg quickly passed to Smith, who dragged wrist shot into the upper-left corner of the net for his third career playoff goal in his 10th playoff game.Weber extended the Predators' lead with 38.8 seconds remaining in the period on a power play. With nine seconds left on David Perron's penalty, Weber one-timed a slap shot from the left point.Thompson drew Anaheim within one goal by shoveling a backhanded shot from the top of the slot with 2:42 to play.Before Cogliano began the scoring, Anaheim played short-handed for four minutes in a span of 4 minutes, 30 seconds early in the first period. Corey Perry went to the penalty box for hooking at 7:16, then 30 seconds after his teammates defused that situation, Perry returned to serve an interference penalty at 9:46.But Nashville managed only two total shots during both power plays.Cogliano gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead at 14:20 of the period. Weber tried to pass the puck from the left boards in the neutral zone but Cogliano intercepted the pass, went on a breakaway and deposited the puck between Rinne's legs for his first goal of the playoffs.Nashville responded with 55.4 seconds left in the period, when Ekholm tied the score with his first goal. Colin Wilson dug the puck out from the left corner and passed to Ekholm, whose backhanded shot in front of the crease deflected off Gibson's right forearm.NOTES: Nashville scratched RW Gabriel Bourque (upper body), D Petter Granberg, LW Eric Nystrom, C Colton Sissons and LW Austin Watson. ... Predators D Shea Weber tied David Legwand for most career playoff games in team history with 47. ... Anaheim scratched D Josh Manson (head), D Clayton Stoner (hip), LW Brandon Pirri (upper body), D Korbinian Holzer, C Shawn Horcoff, LW Nick Ritchie and C Mike Santorelli. Manson left Friday night's game in the first period after receiving a late hit from Nashville LW Filip Forsberg. ... Ducks D Kevin Bieksa played for the first time since March 24. Bieksa missed 10 games because of an upper-body injury. ... On Friday, the Ducks became the first team since the 1990-91 Montreal Canadiens to start six defensemen age 24 or younger in a playoff game. ... Ducks C Ryan Getzlaf passed D Francois Beauchemin on Friday night to become the team's all-time leader in career playoff games with 98.

NBA roundup: Cavaliers rally to take Game 1

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 12:48am

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.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 21 points for the Pistons and Marcus Morris scored 20 -- but Morris had just one in the second half.

Heat 123, Hornets 91

MIAMI -- Luol Deng scored 31 points to help Miami take Game 1 of this first-round series. Deng shot 11-of-13 from the field and 5-of-7 from 3-point range in his first postseason appearance for the Heat, who never trailed and built a double-digit lead midway through the first quarter.

Hassan Whiteside finished with 21 points, 11 and three blocks in his playoff debut. Dwyane Wade scored 16 points and Goran Dragic had 10 assists in his Miami playoff debut. The Heat tied a team playoff record for points in a quarter by taking a 41-22 lead at the end of the first period.

Nicolas Batum scored 24 points and Kemba Walker finished with 19 points for Charlotte.

Spurs 106, Grizzlies 74

SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 17 points as San Antonio dominated the middle two quarters and romped past Memphis in Game 1 of the Western Conference playoff series.

San Antonio outscored the Grizzlies 24-6 over the final 8:04 of the third period, turning a contentious game into a runaway, and led 81-51 with a quarter to play. The fourth quarter was left to mostly the reserves.

Vince Carter led the Grizzlies with 16 points while Lance Stephenson hit for 14 points, all but two in the second half. Memphis, which has now lost all five games its played against the Spurs this season, was held to a season low in points, shot just 39 percent and went to the free-throw line only six times.

Clippers 115, Trail Blazers 95

LOS ANGELES -- Chris Paul scored 28 points, dished out 11 assists and grabbed six rebounds, leading Los Angeles to a victory over Portland in Game 1 of a Western Conference quarterfinal playoff series.

Blake Griffin added 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Los Angeles, and DeAndre Jordan contributed 18 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. J.J. Redick chipped in 17 points for the Clippers, who blew the game open in the third quarter.

Damian Lilliard had 21 points and eight assists for the Trail Blazers, while Gerald Henderson finished with 16 points. CJ McCollum managed just nine points. Al-Farouq Aminu scored 10 points and collected 12 rebounds.

Popular businessman's sudden death shocks downtown Springfield

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 11:10pm

The downtown Springfield community is in shock after the sudden death of beloved businessman Tom Billionis.

There was a sign on The Coffee Ethic on Sunday afternoon, that "Due to an emergency," the business will be closed through Monday.

Tom Billionis started the business back in 2007.

According to a report, he was jogging on a trail Saturday morning when he had a medical emergency. He later died in a local hospital.

Billionis was 44 years old.

The community here in Springfield in shock. Many say he was an essential part of downtown revitalization, and a person who united area businesses.

Rea Cook lives downtown, and always stops by Coffee Ethic on her way to work.

"And Tom was always welcoming to everybody that came in there. He just remembered everybody's name. Quality and customer service were what he wanted," Cook said.

We spoke with several business owners in the downtown area. They all spoke very highly of Billionis, and sent condolences to his family.

The exact cause of death has not be released. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Tom Billionis is survived by his wife, and three children.

California couple survives Ecuador earthquake

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 10:55pm

A California couple on vacation in Ecuador experienced the earthquake and said it was more intense than any they've experienced in the Bay Area.

Brazil's lower house votes for Rousseff impeachment

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 10:54pm

Brazilian lawmakers shouted, scuffled and even sang as they debated whether to impeach the country's President on Sunday.

And after more than six hours of voting and fiery speeches, the results didn't fall in President Dilma Rousseff's favor.

When the final tally was announced, 367 lawmakers had voted to impeach, comfortably more than the two-thirds -- 342 -- needed to pass the motion. Only 137 voted against the proposal, while a handful abstained.

The impeachment motion will next go to the country's Senate. If a majority approves it there, Rousseff will have to step down for 180 days to defend herself in an impeachment trial.

Rep. Bruno Araujo was triumphant as he cast the symbolic 342nd vote against Rousseff Sunday night, passing the two-thirds mark and securing the majority needed to move forward.

"It's an honor, what an honor that destiny has reserved for me. ... From my voice will come the scream of hope for millions of Brazilians," he said.

If the motion is approved, Rousseff could be suspended as early as May. That would be about three months before the Summer Olympics kick off in Rio de Janeiro, an event that was supposed to showcase Brazil as a rising power on the global stage.

Sunday's vote came after weeks of raucous debates inside Brazil's Congress and rival protests outside.

Crowds pack area outside Congress as debate rages

As lawmakers spoke their minds on the floor of Congress, throngs of demonstrators waited for word of the results. In Copacabana, Brazil, three big-screen TVs were set up for people to watch the proceedings.

In Brasilia, police erected a 1-kilometer-long barricade on the lawn in front of Congress to separate anti-government protesters from Rousseff supporters.

Advocates for impeachment dressed in yellow and green at protests across the country.

Pro-government supporters wore red, the colors of Rousseff's Workers' Party.

Chants, songs and fierce debate

Lawmakers on both sides didn't mince words as they took their turns to speak Sunday. And at one point, there was a scuffle on the floor as tensions boiled over.

Rep. Ronaldo Fonseca waved a copy of the country's Constitution in the air as he spoke, fiercely denying allegations that impeachment was akin to a coup for Rousseff.

"Those who are outside, those who are in the streets, the Constitution guarantees this act. It's not a coup," he said. "You know what this looks like, this thing? This looks like verbal diarrhea that nobody can take anymore. Brazil wants a decision."

Rep. Jose Guimaraes urged his colleagues to support Rousseff.

"This is not good for democracy," he said. "They want to take the government away from an honest woman."

Rep. Paulo Pereira da Silva sang a song, beginning, "Dilma, go away, because Brazil does not want you."

It wasn't the only song of the night.

After Araujo cast the deciding vote late Sunday night, lawmakers erupted in a popular soccer chant: "I'm Brazilian, with a lot of pride, a lot of love."

Critics cite recession, scandals

Lawmakers accuse Rousseff of hiding a budgetary deficit to win re-election in 2014.

Opponents blame Rousseff for the worst recession in decades, now in its second year. They also hold her accountable for a massive bribery and corruption scandal that has engulfed dozens of politicians in the Workers' Party and coalition government.

Although Rousseff has not been implicated in the scandal, for many years she was the chairwoman of Petrobras, the state-run oil company at the heart of the investigation.

Her supporters argue the impeachment trial is a petty revenge orchestrated by politicians accused of much more serious crimes.

Rousseff's exit would mark the end of an era for the Workers' Party, which assumed the presidential office in 2004 with the election of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

During Lula da Silva's two terms, the left-leaning party was credited with lifting millions of Brazilians out of extreme poverty through increased social spending, largely financed by booming commodities exports to China.

But under Rousseff, his handpicked successor, those exports dried up. The economy started to drop at the same time the corruption investigation revealed a history of bribes involving the country's biggest construction companies, Petrobras and dozens of politicians.

Last month, Lula da Silva was taken in for questioning on suspicion he benefited from the scheme during his tenure and afterward.

A few days later, Rousseff sought to appoint her former mentor as her chief of staff, which would have given him certain protections from prosecution. The move fueled nationwide protests.

What happens next?

The problem is that there is no quick fix going forward.

The impeachment motion now goes to the Senate. If it is approved there, Rousseff would have to step down for 180 days to defend herself against accusations.

She would be replaced by Vice President Michel Temer, whose party, the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, or PMDB, has also been implicated in the corruption scheme and could be further weakened by the ongoing investigation.

Rousseff's supporters have vowed to take to the streets in retaliation, ensuring a long battle ahead.

Brazil's lower house votes to impeach president, motion heads to senate

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 10:51pm

(CNN) -- Brazil’s lower house votes to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. The impeachment motion next goes to the country’s senate.

The leader of the Workers' Party in Brazil's lower house has conceded defeat in the vote over whether to impeach Rousseff. After more than five hours, voting was ongoing Sunday night, with more than 330 lawmakers voting in favor of impeachment. In order for the motion to pass, at least 342 lawmakers must vote to support it.

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NHL playoff roundup: Hickey caps Isles' wild win vs. Panthers

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 10:48pm

NEW YORK -- Thomas Hickey scored with 7:29 left in overtime Sunday night as the New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at Barclays Center.

The Islanders lead the best-of-seven series two games to one. Game 4 is scheduled for Wednesday night at Barclays Center.

Ryan Pulock scored his first career playoff goal for the Islanders, who also received goals from Shane Prince and Frans Nielsen. Thomas Greiss recorded 36 saves.

Reilly Smith scored the Panthers' first goal and also finished with two assists. He has eight points in the three games. Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad also scored for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo made 35 saves.

Red Wings 2, Lightning 1

DETROIT -- Petr Mrazek made 16 saves for his third career playoff shutout in Detroit's win against Tampa Bay in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference first-round series at Joe Louis Arena.

Andreas Athanasiou and Henrik Zetterberg scored for the Red Wings. Ben Bishop made 28 saves for the Lightning.

The Lightning lead the best-of-seven series two games to one. Game 4 is Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Blues 3, Blackhawks 2

CHICAGO -- Jaden Schwartz scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period, and St. Louis held on for a win over Chicago.

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. Brian Elliott stopped 44 of 46 shots to earn the victory.

St. Louis seized a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal.

Brent Seabrook and Artem Anisimov scored for the Blackhawks while Corey Crawford turned aside 33 of 36 shots.

Kasich to Trump: 'Act like you're a professional'

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 10:23pm

Ohio Gov. John Kasich dismissed Donald Trump's accusations that the GOP nomination process is "rigged," calling on the Republican front-runner to "act like you're a professional."

"You've got to have a certain number of delegates to be nominated," Kasich told CNN's Dana Bash in an interview aired Sunday on "State of the Union." "It's like saying I made an 83 on my math test so I should get an A just because I think it's rigged that you have to make a 90 to get an A."

"I mean, come on," Kasich continued. "Act like you're a professional, be a pro."

Kasich's comments came during a wide-ranging interview in which he also touched upon sexual assault on college campuses, big business and new religious freedom laws across the country.

He said he remained optimistic about the future of his campaign, reiterating that the road to the nomination is not solely about winning states.

"To me, it's continuing to accumulate delegates and going to that convention as the person standing who can beat Hillary (Clinton), and we'll see what the delegates have to say," Kasich said.

Kasich, who on Saturday picked up the support of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, said he had wider appeal than Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

"Our team has been able to put together a message that appeals to blue-collar, conservative Democrats and independents," Kasich said. "I will make Democrats have to fight in places where they haven't fought for decades, and that's going to be appealing to people."

Clarifies sexual assault comments

On Friday, Kasich, the father of two teenage girls, advised a young female college student to avoid parties with alcohol to prevent being sexually assaulted. Democrats pounced on the remark, accusing him of blaming the victims of sexual assault.

"I don't care if they're at a party with alcohol. I'm just saying be careful," Kasich told Bash. "That's what I would tell my daughters: Be careful."

He said when alcohol is involved "it becomes more difficult for justice to be rendered for a whole variety of reasons."

"I just don't want justice to be denied because something comes up that a prosecutor looks at it and says, 'Well, I can't figure this out,' " he said.

A preference for small businesses

Kasich, a former senior executive at Lehman Brothers, took a moment to defend small businesses, after Bash pressed him on his comments that he didn't like big business at a recent CNN town hall.

"I'm not against big business providing jobs, but ... most of the jobs get created by small businesses," Kasich told Bash.

Kasich said he's been that way all his life -- and particularly takes issue when companies move overseas.

"The smaller it is, the more personal it is, but I'm not out here to wreck big business," Kasich said.

'Balance' needed on religious liberty laws

After Mississippi's governor signed a controversial religious freedom bill into law earlier this month, Kasich came out strongly against the legislation.

"There is a legitimate concern for people being able to have their deeply held religious beliefs, religious liberty. But there's also people that we shouldn't be discriminating against." Kasich told Bash. "We need to have a balance."

"I think to some degree this has become a wedge issue that can be exploited by people on both sides," Kasich told Bash.

Preview: Blue Jays at Red Sox

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 10:18pm

The Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays have spent the weekend slowly adjusting their bodies in advance of the earliest start time they'll have all season. The Red Sox will host the Blue Jays on Monday in the finale of a four-game series and the annual 11:05 start time Patriots' Day game.The series started at 7:10 on Friday, went to 4:05 for Saturday and up to 1:35 on Sunday, making the jump to 11:05 less jarring than having to play a Sunday night game before the Monday start as Boston has done in the past. The Red Sox got stellar starting pitching in taking the first two games of the series but watched knuckleballer Steven Wright get knocked around in Sunday's 5-3 loss. The Blue Jays managed a total of nine hits in the first two games but pounded out 14 on Sunday and got at least one hit from each starter. Leadoff hitter Kevin Pillar was dropped to ninth in order in the win and busted out of a slump with three hits.TV: 11:05 a.m. ET, MLB Network, Sportsnet (Toronto), NESN (Boston)PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays LH J.A. Happ (1-0, 2.25 ERA) vs. Red Sox RH Clay Buchholz (0-1, 10.00)Happ is in his second stint with Toronto and is thriving so far with a total of three runs allowed in 12 innings. The 33-year-old settled for a no decision in his first start but earned a win over the New York Yankees on Wednesday by surrendering one run on seven hits and three walks in six innings. Happ is 3-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 10 career games - nine starts - against the Red Sox.Buchholz is hoping to be the latest Boston starter to thrive under the guidance of catcher Christian Vazquez after struggling through his first two starts with recently demoted Blake Swihart behind the plate. Buchholz was rocked for five runs in four innings in his first start at Cleveland and made it one inning longer against Baltimore on Tuesday while still yielding five runs. The Texas native is 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA in 28 career games - 27 starts - against the Blue Jays.WALK-OFFS1. Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval is expected to meet with Dr. James Andrews about his injured left shoulder on Monday.2. Toronto SS Troy Tulowitzki is 6-for-47 with 17 strikeouts on the season.3. Boston LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) is scheduled to throw 60-70 pitches in a simulated game on Monday.PREDICTION: Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 2

NBA roundup: Cavaliers rally to take Game 1

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 10:18pm

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 Morris had just one in the second half.

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.

Heat 123, Hornets 91

MIAMI -- Luol Deng scored 31 points to help Miami take Game 1 of this first-round series.

Deng shot 11-of-13 from the field and 5-of-7 from 3-point range in his first postseason appearance for the Heat, who never trailed and built a double-digit lead midway through the first quarter.

Hassan Whiteside finished with 21 points, 11 and three blocks in his playoff debut. Dwyane Wade scored 16 points and Goran Dragic had 10 assists in his Miami playoff debut.

The Heat tied a team playoff record for points in a quarter by taking a 41-22 lead at the end of the first period.

Nicolas Batum scored 24 points and Kemba Walker finished with 19 points for Charlotte.

Spurs 106, Grizzlies 74

SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 17 points as San Antonio dominated the middle two quarters and romped past Memphis in Game 1 of the Western Conference playoff series.

San Antonio outscored the Grizzlies 24-6 over the final 8:04 of the third period, turning a contentious game into a runaway, and led 81-51 with a quarter to play. The fourth quarter was left to mostly the reserves.

Tony Parker and Patty Mills scored 15 points each for the Spurs and Kevin Martin added 10 points, all in the fourth quarter. Tim Duncan had seven points and 11 rebounds as San Antonio hit on 42 of its 81 shots (52 percent), outrebounded the Grizzlies 44-35 and had nine blocked shots to Memphis' three.

Vince Carter led the Grizzlies with 16 points while Lance Stephenson hit for 14 points, all but two in the second half. Memphis, which has now lost all five games its played against the Spurs this season, was held to a season low in points, shot just 39 percent and went to the free-throw line only six times.

Preview: Nationals at Marlins

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 10:18pm

The Miami Marlins have yet to win at home this season and turn to ace Jose Fernandez to try and stop the trend Monday as they host the first-place Washington Nationals in the opener of a four-game series. The Marlins were swept by the Atlanta Braves over the weekend after a 6-5 loss in 10 innings Sunday, and fell to 0-5 at Marlins Park.Miami has won three of five on the road, including a two-game split at Washington, but has allowed 33 runs in five contests at home. Fernandez is 17-1 with a 1.61 ERA in his career at home and will go head to head against reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper, who has homered in a career-high four consecutive games and recorded 10 RBIs in that span. Harper's solo blast put Washington up in the 10th inning Sunday before Jonathan Papelbon blew the save in a 3-2 loss to Philadelphia that ended a seven-game winning streak and dropped the Nationals to 5-1 on the road. Harper is batting .325 with 17 homers in 67 career games against the Marlins.TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, MASN (Washington), FSN Florida (Miami)PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Tanner Roark (1-1, 2.45 ERA) vs. Marlins RH Jose Fernandez (0-1, 5.06)Roark rebounded from a rough outing in his season debut to pitch seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits, against Atlanta to earn the win last Wednesday. The 29-year-old struggled on the road (2-6) and against the Marlins (0-3, 5.79 ERA) last season when he made 12 starts and 28 relief appearances. Martin Prado is 6-for-12 with a homer versus Roark, who is 2-5 overall in his career against Miami.Fernandez registered a better performance last time out, but three walks pushed his pitch count up and he was only able to complete five innings while permitting one run on three hits. The 23-year-old Cuban lost for the first time at Marlins Park in his season opener against Detroit. Harper is 3-for-10 with four walks against Fernandez, who went 2-0 with a 1.62 ERA in three starts versus the Nationals last year.WALK-OFFS1. Washington 2B Daniel Murphy is 14-for-30 during a nine-game hitting streak and has 107 hits in 101 career games versus Miami.2. Miami RF Giancarlo Stanton is 2-for-18 with eight strikeouts in the last five games, but went 3-for-9 with an RBI in the series at Washington.3. The Nationals lead the majors in ERA (2.06) and the four starters scheduled to pitch in the series are a combined 7-1.PREDICTION: Marlins 6, Nationals 1

@10: An Ozarks community in shock after the sudden death of a prominent businessman

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 9:50pm

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Preview: Kings at Sharks

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 9:48pm

The Los Angeles Kings find themselves in an unenviable position in their first-round series against the San Jose Sharks, but it's nothing they haven't experienced before. The Kings look to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole versus San Jose for the second time in three years when they visit the Sharks in Game 3 on Monday.Los Angeles was in that situation in 2014 and went on to become the fourth team in Stanley Cup playoff history to rally from the deficit and win the series, but the club knows how difficult the task was and does not want to be forced to repeat it. "It's a completely different situation," Kings center Anze Kopitar told reporters after Saturday's 2-1 loss. "Our mind set's got to be to go out there and win the next game and just build off that. That's where we're putting in our heads tonight, we're going to prepare tomorrow and we're going to go up there and be better." The fact the Kings dropped the first two contests at home - both one-goal decisions - should come as no surprise as the Sharks recorded a franchise-record 28 victories on the road during the regular season for the second-most in NHL history. San Jose captain Joe Pavelski continues to be a thorn in Los Angeles' side, recording three goals and an assist over the first two games after registering four tallies and 10 points in five regular-season meetings.TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports, CBC, TVA, Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), CSN California (San Jose)ABOUT THE KINGS: Marian Gaborik returned to the lineup Saturday after missing the team's final 28 regular-season games with a sprained knee and had a solid game, recording four shots in 14 minutes, 32 seconds of ice time en route to being named the Third Star of the Game. "I thought after being off nine weeks, nine and a half weeks, I thought he played really well," coach Darryl Sutter told reporters. "I thought Gabby was our best winger." Defenseman Jamie McBain replaced the injured Alec Martinez in the lineup in Game 2 and blocked three shots in 16:14 of ice time in his first career playoff game.ABOUT THE SHARKS: Joe Thornton notched his first point of the series Saturday as he helped set up Pavelski's game-opening goal. It was the veteran center's 77th career postseason assist, tying him with Claude Lemieux, Sidney Crosby, Bobby Clarke and Ken Linseman for 41st place on the all-time list. Martin Jones is 5-1-1 against his former team but credits his defensemen for his playoff success. "We've done a great job both games keeping them to the outside," he told reporters. "They're a team that likes to crash the net and take pucks to the net, and we've done a really good job. The other thing is just shot-blocking. Throughout the year, it's been great."OVERTIME1. The Sharks are 2-for-9 on the power play after ranking third in the league at 22.5 percent during the regular season.2. Los Angeles is 3-10 in best-of-seven series in which it lost the first two games.3. Despite being the NHL's best road team in the regular season, San Jose was a disappointing 18-20-3 at home.PREDICTION: Kings 3, Sharks 1

Preview: Brewers at Twins

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 9:48pm

The Minnesota Twins couldn't seem to do anything right when it mattered during their worst start in over 100 years, but manager Paul Molitor likes what he sees after his club notched a trio of comeback wins over the weekend. The Twins eye a fourth straight victory since beginning the season 0-9 on Monday, when they host the Milwaukee Brewers in the opener of a four-game, home-and-home interleague series.Minnesota totaled 14 runs and was 5-for-66 with runners in scoring position during its season-opening nine-game slide - the franchise's first such skid since the 1904 Washington Senators opened 0-13-1 in its fourth year of existence. The Twins, who scored nine of their 14 runs during the series after the fifth inning, completed a sweep of the Los Angeles Angels with a 3-2, 12-inning victory on Sunday but lost the red-hot Trevor Plouffe to a right intercostal strain late in the game. "To endure that first stretch and respond this way is a good sign - 0-9 is a pretty big hole, so you don't want to get too giddy," Molitor told reporters. "But you'll take bunching some wins here in response to that 0-9." Milwaukee has dropped four of six to fall to 5-7, but it is 4-1 in games started by Jimmy Nelson and Chase Anderson - the latter of which will take the mound in the opener.TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee), FSN North Plus (Minnesota)PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers RH Chase Anderson (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Twins RH Phil Hughes (0-2, 4.38)After two mostly mediocre seasons with Arizona, Anderson has been a pleasant surprise so far for Milwaukee, as he has yet to surrender an earned run through 11 innings. The Oklahoma alum was charged with three unearned runs on four hits and a pair of walks in a no-decision at St. Louis on Wednesday, which followed five scoreless frames versus Houston five days earlier. Anderson never has faced Minnesota but is 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA in seven career interleague starts.Hughes recorded a quality start in each of his first two outings and has yet to issue a walk but hasn't received much help from his offense. The 29-year-old suffered his second loss in as many turns with Wednesday's 3-0 setback against the Chicago White Sox despite allowing three runs and striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings. Hughes will draw Milwaukee for the first time in his career, eyeing his seventh straight win in as many starts against a National League opponent.WALK-OFFS1. With his two singles Sunday, Minnesota 1B Joe Mauer tied Hall-of-Famer Harmon Killebrew for fifth place on the franchise list with 1,173 hits.2. Milwaukee 2B Scooter Gennett has drawn a team-high nine walks in 47 plate appearances in 2016 after recording 12 in 391 plate appearances last season.3. Plouffe has been listed as day-to-day, but the Twins plan on letting him rest for a few days before deciding whether or not he needs a stint on the disabled list.PREDICTION: Brewers 3, Twins 2

Spurs 106, Grizzlies 74

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 9:48pm

SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 17 points as the San Antonio Spurs dominated the middle two quarters and romped past the Memphis Grizzlies 106-74 Sunday in Game 1 of the two teams' Western Conference quarterfinal playoff series.San Antonio outscored the Grizzlies 24-6 over the final 8:04 of the third period, turning a contentious game into a runaway, and led 81-51 with a quarter to play. The fourth quarter was left to mostly the reserves, with Game 2 in the series to be played Tuesday in San Antonio with 8:30 p.m. CDT tipoff.Tony Parker and Patty Mills scored 15 points each for the Spurs and Kevin Martin added 10 points, all in the fourth quarter. Tim Duncan had seven points and 11 rebounds as San Antonio hit on 42 of its 81 shots (52 percent), outrebounded the Grizzlies 44-35 and had nine blocked shots to Memphis' three.Vince Carter led the Grizzlies with 16 points while Lance Stephenson hit for 14 points, all but two in the second half. Memphis, which has now lost all five games its played against the Spurs this season, was held to a season low in points, shot just 39 percent and went to the free-throw line only six times. Both teams played a ragged first quarter as there were nearly as many bodies pushed to the floor as baskets made while each squad tried to establish a physical presence. The Spurs led 22-13 after 12 minutes of play despite shooting just 35 percent from the floor. Memphis hit on just 5 of its 22 field-goal attempts with the ageless Carter, making just his fourth start of the season, scoring the Grizzlies' first seven points.Two baskets by Carter cut the Spurs' lead to 26-22 four minutes into the second quarter and gave the Grizzlies some momentum. But a Leonard steal and dunk followed by another dunk by Leonard off an assist by Patty Mills on the ensuing possession propelled San Antonio on a 7-2 run and created some breathing room at 33-24.Parker reeled off five straight points on back-to-back drives and a free throw in the final minute of the quarter to push the Spurs' lead to 48-37 at halftime. Aldridge had 13 points in the half and Leonard added 12 for the Spurs while Carter led the Grizzlies with 11 points in 12 minutes of court time.The Spurs rolled out to a 61-45 lead five minutes into the third quarter behind Duncan, who roared through the lane for a left-handed finger roll and then took the ball away from Zach Randolph at the defensive end, starting a fast break that resulted in a driving layup for Parker. Duncan's play on both ends of the floor seemed to lift the Spurs, who found another gear over the second half of the third quarter and kept their foot on the accelerator.NOTES: With a final record of 67-15, the Spurs produced their most wins in a season for the franchise, passing the 2005-06 Spurs, who finished 63-19. ... San Antonio is just the 12th team in NBA history to win at least 67 games in a regular season and tied for the seventh-best season ever. ...The Spurs finished the 2015-16 campaign with the second-best overall record in the NBA and a franchise-best 40-1 at home. ... Since 1997 the Spurs have recorded 19 straight winning seasons and compiled a 1,072-438 record to date, giving them a winning percentage of .710, which is the highest of any team in the four major professional sports during that time period. ... The Grizzlies have had six consecutive winning seasons -- only San Antonio and Oklahoma City (7) have longer streaks in the NBA. ... Memphis saw 28 different players log regular season minutes this season, the NBA record for most individual players in a single season. ... The Grizzlies became the first team in NBA history to make the Playoffs while playing 24 or more different players in a season.

Amazon Prime goes monthly in new challenge to Netflix

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 9:46pm

Amazon Prime is going monthly and taking even more direct aim at Netflix.

On Sunday night the online retailer is turning on a monthly subscription option for its bundle of Prime services, like free shipping, a music library, and a growing collection of original TV shows and movies.

Until now, Prime has only been available as a $99 annual subscription.

What's more, Amazon is now offering a separate monthly subscription just for its TV and movie collection — the part it calls Prime Video.

Amazon has never made Prime Video available as its own product before. It's always been a part of the bundle. So it seems like Amazon is positioning Prime Video as a head-on competitor to Netflix and Hulu.

The standalone Prime Video service will cost $8.99 a month.

The new offering comes at the same time Netflix implements price hikes for many of its members. (Longtime subscribers to Netflix's standard plan who were paying $7.99 a month will start paying $9.99 a month in May.)

Netflix will report first quarter earnings on Monday afternoon.

As for Amazon, the company says it has decided that Prime does not have to be one-size-fits-all.

The $99 annual bundle will remain in place, and will remain the best value overall.

The month-to-month subscription for just Prime Video would cost $107.88 over the course of a year. But Amazon expects the offer to appeal to some new subscribers because it avoids an annual commitment.

Amazon will also sell the full Prime bundle, including free shipping, for $10.99 a month, coming out to $131.88 over the course of a year.

The company started to test this monthly option through a partnership with Sprint last month. Sprint customers are able to add the Prime bundle to their wireless bill each month.

The rationale for that, similarly, was that it created a new on-ramp onto Prime and provided an alternative to an annual commitment.