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Florida police searching for missing priest

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 3:59am

The Rev. Rene Robert has been missing for a week.

Axl Rose to join AC/DC

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 3:20am

Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose will be joining AC/DC for its "Rock or Bust" world tour -- including rescheduled U.S. dates.

Rose is replacing AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, according to a statement posted Saturday on the band's website. Johnson had been advised by doctors in March "to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss."

"We understand, respect and support Brian's decision to...save his hearing," said the statement. The band also thanked him for his contributions and dedication to their music throughout the years.

Johnson joined AC/DC in 1980, after the death of original singer Bon Scott. Their first album together, "Back in Black" became AC/DC's biggest selling record and is considered a hard rock classic.

Rose, who has fronted Guns N' Roses since 1985, will tour this summer with the reunited band that includes former members Slash and Duff McKagan.

AC/DC's tour with Axl Rose is set to begin May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal. Following a European run with the band through June 12, Rose will then go back to the Guns N' Roses "Not in This Lifetime" summer stadium tour.

The band says to expect an announcement soon on rescheduling the 10 U.S. dates for AC/DC that will include Rose at the microphone.

Coast Guard returns 39 Cubans found at sea

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 3:08am

More than three dozen migrants have been returned to Cuba after the U.S. Coast Guard found them drifting at sea.

All 39 migrants were repatriated to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Saturday, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

The group was found drifting in the water northwest of Havana on a boat described as "rustic." Coast Guard cutter Isaac Mayo took them aboard Monday and gave them food and water before repatriating them.

"Safety of life at sea continues to be the Coast Guard's primary concern," said Capt. Mark Gordon of the Coast Guard's 7th District.

"The dangerous waters of the Florida Straits can be unforgiving for the unprepared on ill-advised and illegal voyages. Immigration policies have not changed and we urge people not to take to the ocean in unseaworthy vessels. It is illegal and extremely dangerous."

Illegal maritime migration attempts from Cuba to the southeastern U.S. have increased since relations between the two countries were normalized in 2014.

About 3,140 Cubans have attempted the dangerous journey since October, the Coast Guard said.

The increase may be caused by a rumor circulating among Cubans that the United States will change its "wet foot, dry foot" policy, the Coast Guard said last year.

The policy allows Cubans who reach American shores to seek asylum. They can obtain permanent resident status after a year, the Migration Policy Institute said.

Rosberg wins China GP for perfect start

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 2:34am

Nico Rosberg of Mercedes made it a perfect three wins out of three starts in this season's F1 championship.

The German dominated the race throughout, leading second-place finisher Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari by 33 seconds on the 51st lap.

Vettel tangled with teammate Kimi Raikkonen in the fist lap, blaming the hitch on an aggressive move from Russian Daniil Kvyat of Redbull who finished third.

Vettel and Kvyat were seen arguing on camera in the dressing room after the race, with each making his point in a frosty exchange. The animosity was set aside moments later -- at least on the surface -- as the two celebrated by spraying champagne on each other on the podium.

Vettel referred to Kvyat as "a madman" on the car radio during the race.

"He was coming with a lot of speed into that gap," said Vettel after the race. "In the end we were lucky, because I could continue and he could continue."

Kvyat noted he would have no hesitation doing it again. "It was a risky move, of course, but these kind of moves can take you to the podium," he said.

Last year's Shanghai winner Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes finished seventh, after enduring a dis

"It's always difficult starting in the back. I tried to avoid what was happening in front of me," said the world champion after the race. "In the end there was nothing left in the tires, but anyways, that's racing. But not a great weekend for us."

"It was like a four-poster bed today," Hamilton added.

Sanders: Debt of gratitude owed to Black Lives Matter

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 2:21am

Sanders says 'debt of gratitude' owed to Black Lives Matter for raising consciousness.

2016 Formula One title standings

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 2:20am

Formula One world championship standings after the third race of the 2016 season in China, won by Nico Rosberg.

It was Rosberg's 17th career victory and put him a commanding 36 points clear of Mercedes teammate and world champion Lewis Hamilton, who finished seventh.

Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari took second place in Shanghai with Russian Daniil Kvyat of Redbull finishing third.

Drivers:

1. Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes) 75 pts

2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 39

3. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull) 36

4. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) 33

5. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari) 28

6. Felipe Massa (BRA/Williams) 22

7. Daniil Kvyat (RUS/Red Bull) 21

8. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas) 18

9. Max Verstappen (NED/Toro Rosso) 13

10. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Williams) 7

Constructors:

1. Mercedes 114 pts

2. Ferrari 61

3. Red Bull 57

4. Williams 29

5. Haas 18

6. Toro Rosso 17

7. Force India 6

8. McLaren 1

Padres 5, Diamondbacks 3 (14 innings)

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 1:33am

SAN DIEGO -- Melvin Upton Jr. hit a two-out, two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 14th inning Saturday night to give the San Diego Padres a 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park.Upton's drive to center field off Ruddy De La Rosa cleared leaping Diamondbacks center fielder David Peralta.The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Padres. It was also their first win in five games at Petco Park this season. The Padres opened the season by setting a Major League record with three straight shutout losses to the Los Angeles Dodgers.Wil Myers started the Padres' winning rally when he dropped a single into right against De La Rosa -- Arizona's ninth pitcher -- for his fourth hit of the game.The Padres had built a 3-0 lead behind right-handed starter Andrew Cashner before the Diamondbacks rallied with single runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth to tie the score.Cashner, who is still looking for his first win this season after posting a 6-16 record in 2015, allowed one run, four hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings.Padres relievers Kevin Quackenbush and Brandon Maurer each gave up a single run with the help, respectively, of an error and a two-out wild pitch.In the seventh, Arizona left fielder Yasmany Tomas hit a one-out double off Quackenbush and advanced to third when Upton misplayed the ball in left center. Tomas scored the unearned run on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Brandon Drury.Pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks opened the eighth with a double off Maurer, reached third on a groundout and scored on a two-out wild pitch by Maurer, who had frozen Weeks at third with a strikeout of Peralta.Both teams stranded the winning run in scoring position in the ninth and 10th innings.Defensive plays by Padres right fielder Travis Jankowski and Myers at first base stopped the Diamondbacks in the 11th. Jankowski made a sensational headfirst diving catch in short right center of a Nick Ahmed line drive to open the inning and Myers made a diving stop and a flip to first to get Jean Segura for the third out with a runner on.Padres reliever Brad Hand kept the score tied in the top of the 12th when he struck out three Diamondbacks around two walks.In the bottom of the 12th, the Padres had runners on first and second with one out when Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler struck out Jankowski and third baseman Adam Rosales.After Padres left-hander Ryan Buchter struck out all three Diamondbacks he faced in the top of the 13th, the Padres loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning. But Ziegler struck out pitcher Colin Rea, who was pinch-hitting, then retired Jay on a fly to left.The Padres took a 2-0 lead in the second while the Diamondbacks were losing starting pitcher Shelby Miller to a freak injury.Upton started the inning with a one-out single and then stole secone base. Upton scored when Alexei Ramirez lined a two-out single to center, with the shortstop reaching third when the ball skipped past Arizona center fielder Socrates Brito for an error.Miller walked Padres second baseman Alexi Amarista to pitch to Cashner. On his 1-and-1 pitch to Cashner, Miller's right hand hit the ground on his follow through. Miller suffered cuts to both knuckles of his right index finger, which was visibly bleeding.Despite two visits from the Arizona trainer, Miller continued and walked Cashner before issuing a full-count, base-loaded walk to slumping center fielder Jon Jay to force in the second run of the inning. The trainer had checked Miller's right hand a second time after the 2-and-0 pitch to Jay.Miller departed after walking Jay, who had been hitless in 15 straight at-bats. Former Padres farmhand Matt Buschmann entered the game and struck out Myers to end the threat.But right fielder Matt Kemp opened the third with the first home run hit by the Padres at Petco Park this season, a 385-foot line drive off Buschmann to make it 3-0.The Diamondbacks got on the board in the top of the fifth. Yasmany Tomas singled with one out and moved to third on pinch-hitter Brandon Drury's double over Jay's head in center. Tomas scored on a grounder to second by second baseman Jean Segura.NOTES: At different times during Friday night's game, the Padres had two players -- CF Jon Jay and 1B Wil Myers -- who were both in 0-for-14 streaks while RF Matt Kemp was in a 2-for-19 slump, 2B Cory Spangenberg was in a 2-for-18 rut and C Derek Norris was 1-for-10. ... Saturday marked only the third time this season that the Diamondbacks hit the pitcher in the ninth spot in the order. Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said he was doing it to kick-start the offense. ... Arizona RHP Daniel Hudson has held the Padres scoreless in six straight outing at Petco Park. ... C Austin Allen is hitting .636 (21-for-33) for Single-A Fort Wayne of the Midwest League. Allen's batting average has fallen each of the last three days although he got two hits in each game. ... Myers has struck out at least once in all 12 games played by the Padres this season.

MLB roundup: Harper, Nationals flex muscle, beat Phillies

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 1:03am

PHILADELPHIA -- Bryce Harper said after Friday's game that he was having a lot of fun. The Washington outfielder has certainly been making Philadelphia a fun place to play for the Nationals as Washington drubbed the Phillies, 8-1.

After driving in a run in the first inning with a sacrifice fly, Harper clubbed a two-run homer -- his second home run in as many nights -- off Phillies starter Aaron Nola to extend Washington's lead to 7-0.

Harper went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, extending his dominance at Citizens Bank Park to 12 hits in his last 20 at-bats in five games.

Cubs 6, Rockies 2

CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta returned to form in his first Wrigley Field outing since a 2015 playoff loss, striking out eight and allowing just five hits as the Chicago Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies.

Arrieta, who went 22-6 in a 2015 National League Cy Young season, improved to 3-0 as he worked eight shutout innings and walked just one.

Chicago used the long ball to back Arrieta with solo home runs from Anthony RIzzo and Jorge Soler in the fourth and a seventh-inning three-run shot from Dexter Fowler.

Mariners 3, Yankees 2

NEW YORK -- Felix Hernandez matched Hall of Famer Randy Johnson for the most strikeouts in Seattle franchise history but pitched only five innings.

Hernandez (1-1) needed four strikeouts to match Johnson's mark of 2,162 from 1989 to 1998 and did so by getting Didi Gregorius to end the fifth with two on.

It also was Hernandez's final pitch because his pitch count was at 106 due to a career-high tying six walks.

Twins 6, Angels 4

MINNEAPOLIS -- Oswaldo Arcia and Byung Ho Park hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a tie game to lift Minnesota over Los Angeles.

The Twins have won back-to-back games after starting the season 0-9. The Angels have lost two straight following a four-game winning streak.

Arcia's solo blast came off Angels Joe Smith and landed in the bullpen over the left-center field fence. Park followed with a mammoth blast, 462 feet in center field on a 2-2 offering from Smith for his second homer of the season.

Reds 9, Cardinals 8

ST. LOUIS -- Brandon Phillips' RBI double capped a four-run sixth inning and Cincinnati hung on for a win to snap a four-game losing streak.

The Reds trailed 4-0 before they rallied to tie the game with two runs in the fourth and two in the fifth, then knocked out Adam Wainwright and took an 8-4 lead in the sixth.

A homer run by Jay Bruce in the eighth allowed the Reds to withstand a two-run homer by Brandon Moss with two outs in the ninth that cut the lead to 9-8.

Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 2

BOSTON -- Continuing his career domination of one of his former teams, David Price picked up his first home win for his new one.

The left-hander, who signed a seven-year, $217 million contract to leave Toronto for Boston, worked seven strong innings and Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer.

Price gave up six hits and ended his day by striking out the side in the seventh inning, giving him nine strikeouts (and no walks) as he improved his career mark to 17-2 against the Jays.

Indians 7, Mets 5

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland got RBIs from six players and Josh Tomlin pitched an economical five innings to get the win.

Tomlin gave up one run and four hits with six strikeouts and no walks. He was removed from the game after the fifth inning because of a right hamstring cramp.

Matt Harvey retired the first 13 batters he faced, but once the Cleveland hitters figured him out, the runs started to come. The Indians struck for three runs in the sixth, knocking Harvey out of the game.

A's 5, Royals 3

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Josh Reddick hit a three-run homer, Stephen Vogt added a solo shot and Sonny Gray threw six solid innings as Oakland halted a four-game skid.

Gray allowed two runs (one earned) and seven hits. He struck out six, walked one and threw a season-high 114 pitches.

Reddick gave the A's a 3-1 lead in the first inning with his third home run of the season and Vogt made it 5-2 with a leadoff homer in the seventh.

Braves 6, Marlins 4

MIAMI -- Nick Markakis drove in three runs to lead Atlanta over Miami.

Markakis went 3-for-5 and is hitting .341. His RBI double in the fourth keyed Atlanta's tie-breaking three-run rally. Eight of Markakis' past 12 hits have been doubles.

The Braves won their second straight game. Miami is 0-4 at home this season.

Pirates 5, Brewers0

PITTSBURGH -- Andrew McCutchen hit his first home run of the season and Jon Niese combined with two relievers on a three-hitter to lead Pittsburgh and end a four-game losing streak.

McCutchen hit a solo shot off Taylor Jungmann in the fifth inning to increase the Pirates' lead to 4-0 after they scored three runs in the fourth.

Niese won his second straight start as he gave up all three hits while walking three and striking out three after the Pirates were tagged for 30 runs during their skid.

Rays 7, White Sox 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay, held to one total run in their previous three losses, found their bats and received home runs from Brandon Guyer, Brad Miller and Desmond Jennings.

Tampa Bay had held the lead after a total of eight innings in their first 10 games, but did so for seven innings Saturday, getting strong pitching in 5 2/3 shutout innings from spot-starter Erasmo Ramirez.

Chicago had allowed only two runs in their last four games, and saw a five-game win streak come to an end.

Rangers 8, Orioles 4

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas put together its biggest inning of the season and matched its win total (seven) from last season with a win over Baltimore.

Texas scored six times in the seventh inning, turning a 4-2 deficit into an 8-4 lead by sending 10 batters to the plate against three Baltimore pitchers.

Mitch Moreland's RBI double to right put the Rangers up for good at 5-4 off T.J. McFarland and two batters later Rougned Odor laced a two-run single to right. Elvis Andrus capped the frame with an RBI single to right off Mychal Givens as Texas collected five hits in the frame.

URGENT - Ecuador-Death-Toll-Rises

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 12:39am

(CNN) -- The death toll from a major earthquake in Ecuador has gone up to 77, Vice President Jorge Glas said Sunday. "There are about 588 wounded," he announced on local television.

Padres 5, Diamondbacks 3 (14 innings)

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 12:33am

SAN DIEGO -- Melvin Upton Jr. hit a two-out, two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 14th inning Saturday night to give the San Diego Padres a 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park.Upton's drive to center field off Ruddy De La Rosa cleared leaping Diamondbacks center fielder David Peralta.The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Padres. It was also their first win in five games at Petco Park this season. The Padres opened the season by setting a Major League record with three straight shutout losses to the Los Angeles Dodgers.Wil Myers started the Padres' winning rally when he dropped a single into right against De La Rosa -- Arizona's ninth pitcher -- for his fourth hit of the game.The Padres had built a 3-0 lead behind right-handed starter Andrew Cashner before the Diamondbacks rallied with single runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth to tie the score.Cashner, who is still looking for his first win this season after posting a 6-16 record in 2015, allowed one run, four hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings.Padres relievers Kevin Quackenbush and Brandon Maurer each gave up a single run with the help, respectively, of an error and a two-out wild pitch.In the seventh, Arizona left fielder Yasmany Tomas hit a one-out double off Quackenbush and advanced to third when Upton misplayed the ball in left center. Tomas scored the unearned run on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Brandon Drury.Pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks opened the eighth with a double off Maurer, reached third on a groundout and scored on a two-out wild pitch by Maurer, who had frozen Weeks at third with a strikeout of Peralta.Both teams stranded the winning run in scoring position in the ninth and 10th innings.Defensive plays by Padres right fielder Travis Jankowski and Myers at first base stopped the Diamondbacks in the 11th. Jankowski made a sensational headfirst diving catch in short right center of a Nick Ahmed line drive to open the inning and Myers made a diving stop and a flip to first to get Jean Segura for the third out with a runner on.Padres reliever Brad Hand kept the score tied in the top of the 12th when he struck out three Diamondbacks around two walks.In the bottom of the 12th, the Padres had runners on first and second with one out when Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler struck out Jankowski and third baseman Adam Rosales.After Padres left-hander Ryan Buchter struck out all three Diamondbacks he faced in the top of the 13th, the Padres loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning. But Ziegler struck out pitcher Colin Rea, who was pinch-hitting, then retired Jay on a fly to left.The Padres took a 2-0 lead in the second while the Diamondbacks were losing starting pitcher Shelby Miller to a freak injury.Upton started the inning with a one-out single and then stole secone base. Upton scored when Alexei Ramirez lined a two-out single to center, with the shortstop reaching third when the ball skipped past Arizona center fielder Socrates Brito for an error.Miller walked Padres second baseman Alexi Amarista to pitch to Cashner. On his 1-and-1 pitch to Cashner, Miller's right hand hit the ground on his follow through. Miller suffered cuts to both knuckles of his right index finger, which was visibly bleeding.Despite two visits from the Arizona trainer, Miller continued and walked Cashner before issuing a full-count, base-loaded walk to slumping center fielder Jon Jay to force in the second run of the inning. The trainer had checked Miller's right hand a second time after the 2-and-0 pitch to Jay.Miller departed after walking Jay, who had been hitless in 15 straight at-bats. Former Padres farmhand Matt Buschmann entered the game and struck out Myers to end the threat.But right fielder Matt Kemp opened the third with the first home run hit by the Padres at Petco Park this season, a 385-foot line drive off Buschmann to make it 3-0.The Diamondbacks got on the board in the top of the fifth. Yasmany Tomas singled with one out and moved to third on pinch-hitter Brandon Drury's double over Jay's head in center. Tomas scored on a grounder to second by second baseman Jean Segura.NOTES: At different times during Friday night's game, the Padres had two players -- CF Jon Jay and 1B Wil Myers -- who were both in 0-for-14 streaks while RF Matt Kemp was in a 2-for-19 slump, 2B Cory Spangenberg was in a 2-for-18 rut and C Derek Norris was 1-for-10. ... Saturday marked only the third time this season that the Diamondbacks hit the pitcher in the ninth spot in the order. Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said he was doing it to kick-start the offense. ... Arizona RHP Daniel Hudson has held the Padres scoreless in six straight outing at Petco Park. ... C Austin Allen is hitting .636 (21-for-33) for Single-A Fort Wayne of the Midwest League. Allen's batting average has fallen each of the last three days although he got two hits in each game. ... Myers has struck out at least once in all 12 games played by the Padres this season.

Preview: Giants at Dodgers

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 12:33am

The San Francisco Giants signed three significant free agents during the offseason, and so far each has contributed to the team's 7-5 start. Pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who signed a five-year, $90 million contract in December, takes the mound Sunday as the Giants visit the Los Angeles Dodgers in the rubber match of the three-game series.The Giants' other two major additions pitched in Saturday to help snap a three-game losing streak as center fielder Denard Span went 1-for-4 and Johnny Cueto worked into the eighth inning in the 4-3 victory. With reliever Sergio Romo (right flexor strain) out for the next several weeks, Giants manager Bruce Bochy is splitting setup duties between right-hander Hunter Strickland and lefty Josh Osich. The Dodgers managed just five hits in Saturday's loss but two came from catcher Yasmani Grandal, who was activated this week after opening the season on the disabled list with a right forearm injury. Grandal was limited by a shoulder injury late last year but hit fifth Saturday behind Adrian Gonzalez and could be a solid source of power moving forward.TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, ESPNPITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Jeff Samardzija (1-0, 3.38 ERA) vs. Dodgers RH Kenta Maeda (1-0, 0.00)Samardzija earned his first victory with the Giants on Tuesday as he allowed two runs over eight frames in a 7-2 win at Colorado. "This is the kind of stuff he has," Bochy told MLB.com. "He's a guy that just goes with confidence. When he knows he's on top of his game, he attacks the hitters on both sides. He's a competitor." Chase Utley is 6-for-15 with a home run against the 2014 NL All-Star, who owns a 1-2 record with a 4.91 ERA in four career appearances (two starts) against the Dodgers.Maeda turned in his second strong outing Tuesday by holding Arizona scoreless for six innings while allowing five hits and striking out four. "Compared to my last outing, I thought I had less command of my pitches and I threw more pitches in general," the 28-year-old told reporters. " Hopefully next time, I'll be able to stretch it out and throw a couple more innings with fewer pitches." Maeda's streak of 12 consecutive scoreless innings is the fourth longest in Los Angeles history to begin a career.WALK-OFFS1. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has successfully converted his last 16 save opportunities dating to last season.2. Giants OF Angel Pagan has hit safely in 10 of the team's first 12 games.3. Dodgers LF Carl Crawford (back) is on schedule to return from the disabled list next Sunday.PREDICTION: Dodgers 6, Giants 4

Dozens dead as magnitude-7.8 earthquake hits Ecuador

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 12:29am

At least 28 people have died in a magnitude-7.8 earthquake that was centered near the coast of Ecuador, the country's vice president, Jorge Glas, told the nation Saturday night in a televised address.

Glas said a state of emergency was now in effect and added that preventive evacuations in coastal areas were underway because of possible tsunami risks.

In Guayaquil, Ecuador's most populous city, emergency personnel recovered one body from the scene of a bridge collapse, a police officer told reporters with Ecuadorian TV stations.

Elsewhere in the city of 2 million people, shoppers were shaken by the quake. Video from a store showed kitchen utensils and pans hanging from an end cap swinging slightly back and forth and some items falling off shelves.

The lights in the store go out and alarms go off.

The shaking appears to last less than a minute.

A resident of the city told his brother, a CNN employee, that there is damage to some buildings and many areas have lost power.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the tremor was centered about 27 kilometers (16.8 miles) south-southeast of Muisne.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in the capital of Quito, located 173 kilometers (108 miles) from the epicenter of the earthquake.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a threat forecast for some parts of Ecuador, saying waves could could reach 1 meter (3 feet) above tide level. An earlier warning for other nations with coastlines on the Pacific was canceled.

Giants 4, Dodgers 3

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 12:03am

LOS ANGELES -- Right-hander Johnny Cueto retired the first 13 batters he faced and conceded just three hits in leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 53,409 at Dodger Stadium.Cueto (3-0) permitted just one run and two walks in 7 1/3 innings, collected six strikeouts and induced 10 groundouts. At the plate, Cueto got his first hit of the season.Closer Santiago Casilla earned his third save as the Giants broke a three-game losing streak while ending the Dodgers' three-game winning streakLos Angeles catcher Yasmani Grandal ended Cueto's attempt at a perfect game with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning. On a full count, Grandal lined Cueto's 94 mph fastball into right-center field for a double.The Dodgers trailed 4-0 before breaking the shutout and bringing the potential tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh. Justin Turner lined a lead-off double to center field, moved to third base as Adrian Gonzalez grounded out and, after Grandal walked, scored on Enrique Hernandez's single.But Cueto struck out Joc Pederson and made Trayce Thompson ground out to end the threat.The hosts then narrowed their deficit to one run in the bottom of the eighth on Corey Seager's two-run home run off left-handed reliever Javier Lopez. Seager propelled an 84 mph pitch 404 feet over the center-field fence for his first homer of the season.Grandal began the bottom of the ninth with a double to right-center field of Casilla. Grandal moved to third on Hernandez' ground out but Casilla induced a foul pop fly from Pederson and a fly out from pinch hitter Yasiel Puig to end the game. The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning against left-hander Scott Kazmir (1-1).Span began the game by hitting a sharp ground ball off Kazmir's glove for a single. Span then moved to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Joe Panik's single up the middle that barely eluded lunging second baseman Chase Utley.Panik moved into scoring position with nobody out by taking second on Kazmir's second wild pitch. But after Buster Posey flied out, Kazmir struck out Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt on change-ups to defuse the threat.San Francisco added a second run in the fourth before leaving the bases loaded. Pence and Belt walked to begin the inning, then Matt Duffy reached base on a fielder's choice that eliminated Belt while sending Pence to third.Pence scored when Brandon Crawford hit a ground-rule double over Enrique Hernandez's head and bounced on one hop into the left-field stands. Duffy took third on the play. One out later, Angel Pagan received an intentional walk to load the bases. But Span ended the inning by hitting into a fielder's choice.The visitors combined three hits, a walk and a double play in the fifth to extend their lead to 4-0. Belt's single drove Panik home, and Posey scored when Duffy hit into a double play.Kazmir, who needs one victory to reach 100 for his career, allowed four runs, seven hits, four walks (one intentional) and two wild pitches in four-plus innings while adding three strikeouts. NOTES: San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy celebrated his 61st birthday Saturday. ... Giants RHP Johnny Cueto needs two more victories to reach 100 in his career. ... Giants LF Angel Pagan needs one double to reach 200 for his career. ... San Francisco set a team record by hitting home runs in the first 10 games of the season. That streak ended Friday night. ... Los Angeles RF Trayce Thompson made his first start at the position this season for OF Yasiel Puig, who later pinch hit. Puig has played in every game this season.

On this day: April 17

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 12:00am

Benjamin Franklin dies, Daffy Duck makes his debut, the Bay of Pigs invasion begins, the ill-fated Apollo 13 returns to Earth, and two Los Angeles police officers are convicted in the Rodney King beating, all on this day.

Thunder 108, Mavericks 70

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 11:48pm

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook scored 24 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 108-70 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder took a 1-0 lead in the first-round series with the Mavericks.Westbrook shot 7 of 15 from the field to go along with 11 rebounds and five assists. Kevin Durant added 23 points, five assists and five rebounds in only 26 minutes of work and Serge Ibaka posted 17 points and nine boards.Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting. No other Maverick scored in double figures.Game 2 is Monday in Oklahoma City. The Thunder came out of the gates trying to blow the Mavericks out from the start. Built on the scoring of Durant and Westbrook and the dominant work on the boards, Oklahoma City jumped out to a 26-11 first quarter advantage. Dallas didn't help its cause with its inability to score. Even though Oklahoma City's defense gave the Mavs opportunities to knock down wide-open shots, they were unable to connect and fell behind by 20 points midway through the second quarter. The Thunder didn't let up on the struggling Mavericks. Enes Kanter and Ibaka got involved in the offense and the lead grew to 59-33 at halftime. It didn't get any easier for Dallas in the third. Starting point guard J.J. Barea re-injured his groin and sat out the second half.Without Barea, the Mavericks plan to slow the pace of the game took a serious hit. It also deprived Dallas of its one perimeter players who seems to relish facing Westbrook.With only Nowitzki able to find his shot, and after Oklahoma City went up by 30, Carlisle bench his starters. With the score 93-51 heading into the fourth, Thunder coach Billy Donovan sat his starters for the rest of the night.NOTES: Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan says his friendship with Dallas coach Rick Carlisle stretches back more than 25 years to Donovan's brief playing stint in the NBA when the two were teammates on the New York Knicks. "We just always kind of kept in touch together," Donovan said. "Rick took me to my first Grateful Dead concert. It was kind of a crazy story. A great story." ... Dallas F David Lee missed Game 1 with right plantar fasciitis. "He is probably doubtful for Game 2, but we haven't ruled him out yet," Carlisle said. ... The Thunder enter the postseason with eight players who had never been in a playoff game before Saturday. "The reality of it is is that how we want to play and what we want to do is not changing because it is the playoffs," Donovan said. "It was the first game of a seven-game series. We will have to continually work and focus and concentrate. The last thing I want our guys to do is have a different mentality, so to speak."

NHL playoff roundup: Rangers even series with 4-2 win over Penguins

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 11:48pm

PITTSBURGH -- Derick Brassard scored one goal and assisted on two others and J.T. Miller set up three goals as the New York Rangers posted a potentially pivotal 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was back in net after missing the final two periods of Pittsburgh's 5-2 win in Game 1 with an injured right eye. He made 29 saves in the kind of steady-as-you-go performance the Rangers expect from him as New York evened the series at 1-1.

Phil Kessel scored his first two playoff goals since 2013 for the Penguins. Goalie Jeff Zatkoff had 24 saves as he again filled in for injured Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion).

Chris Kreider, Keith Yandle and Mats Zuccarello scored the other New York goals.

Capitals 4, Flyers 1

TAMPA, Fla. -- Braden Holtby made 41 saves, Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists, and Washington defeated Philadelphia to take a 2-0 lead in the opening-round playoff series.

Jason Chimera scored a fluke goal from center ice and John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin scored power-play goals as Washington again dominated play on special teams. The Capitals killed off all three Philadelphia power plays and scored both times they had the man-advantage.

Jakub Voracek pulled the Flyers to within 2-1 in the second period and Steve Mason finished with 19 saves. Philadelphia is scoreless in seven power-play chances in the series.

Stars 2, Wild 1

DALLAS -- Jamie Benn scored the clinching goal midway through the third period and goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 of 26 shots as Dallas edged Minnesota Wild to take a 2-0 series lead.

Benn scored his second goal of the playoffs with 9:37 remaining, beating Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk with a backhand through his five-hole on a breakaway to give the Stars a 2-0 lead.

Minnesota cut it to 2-1 with 7:18 remaining in regulation when Marco Scandella beat Lehtonen far post on a slap shot from the right point.

Antoine Roussel scored his first career playoff goal off a deflection to give Dallas the early lead.

Sharks 2, Kings 1

LOS ANGELES -- Logan Couture's goal in the second period was the difference as San Jose held on for the victory over Los Angeles to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.

Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who stunningly start the series with consecutive road wins. San Jose goaltender Martin Jones stopped 27 of 28 shots.

Goalie Jonathan Quick recorded 21 saves on 23 shots for the Kings. Vinny Lecavalier's goal with 5:01 remaining in the third period was Los Angeles' lone tally.

Sharks 2, Kings 1

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 11:48pm

LOS ANGELES -- Logan Couture's goal in the second period was the difference, and the San Jose Sharks held on for a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night at Staples Center to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal at Staples Center.Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist for the Sharks.San Jose goaltender Martin Jones, a former King, who earned his first postseason decision in Game 1, stopped 27 of 28 shots.Goalie Jonathan Quick recorded 21 saves on 23 shots for the Kings.Game 3 is Monday at San Jose.The Kings tried to rally late, getting a Vinny Lecavalier goal with 5:01 remaining in the third period. Lecavalier corralled a loose puck in front of the net and scored, but that was it for the Kings.The Sharks, who owned the best road record in the NHL, have yet to lose at Staples this season. They claimed both regular-season matches in Los Angeles, scoring a 5-3 win on Dec. 22 and a 5-1 rout on Oct. 7. They have defeated Los Angeles in five of the seven contests this season.Pavelski scored his third goal of the series, gathering a pass from Brent Burns and smoking a shot over the shoulder of Quick for a 1-0 edge at 3:37 of the first period.The Sharks got a 5-on-3 opportunity in the second period and quickly took advantage of it. Thirty seconds after Tyler Toffoli and Lucic Milan were sent to the box for roughing and charging, respectively, Couture made it 2-0, rebounding a miss by Pavelski and burying a wrist shot for his first goal of the playoffs on a power play at 8:44 of the second.Although the Sharks are in a commanding position, they surely haven't forgotten their quarterfinal collapse against the Kings two years ago. In that series, the Sharks were up 3-0 before the Kings came charging back to win four straight to prevail in a stunning reversal of fortunes.Kings right winger Marian Gaborik, who had not played since suffering a knee sprain Feb. 12 against the New York Rangers, returned. Gaborik had four shots in 13:19 of ice time.A sellout crowd of 18,514 attended.NOTES: Kings D Alec Martinez was scratched. Martinez, who suffered an undisclosed injury in Game 1, played less than two minutes and sat out the third period. His status for the rest of the series is unknown. Jamie McBain replaced him on the roster. ... LW Kyle Clifford, C Andy Andreoff and D Kevin Gravel were also scratched by Los Angeles. C Dainius Zubrus, C Micheal Haley, D Dylan Demelo and D Matt Tennyson were unavailable for San Jose. ... The Sharks won 32 of 59 faceoffs in Game 1. San Jose C Joe Thornton captured eight of nine. ... Kings G Jonathan Quick is the franchise leader for wins and games played in the postseason. Quick has 45 wins and 76 games played.

Preview: Angels at Twins

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 11:33pm

Trevor Plouffe got off to a rough start like many of his teammates during his team's 0-9 start, but his resurgence and a pair of comeback victories have the Minnesota Twins feeling a bit better about themselves. With their first series win of the season already in hand, the Twins look to complete a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels at home Sunday.Plouffe began the season 5-for-31 as Minnesota piled up strikeouts (94) at a dizzying rate and could not come through with runners in scoring position (5-of-66) during its season-opening skid - its worst such streak as a franchise since 1904. A visit from the Angels has seemingly changed all that, however, as Plouffe is 5-of-8 with a home run and three RBIs and the Twins have fanned only 11 times while batting a respectable 5-for-17 with runners in scoring position in this series. Los Angeles began its 10-game road trip on a high note with a sweep of Oakland to run its winning streak to four, but its bullpen has been unable to protect a late lead in either contest this weekend while surrendering five runs over 5 2/3 innings. Although Albert Pujols notched his first home run of the season in the opener, the Angels also haven't been helped by the struggles of their powerful bats in the middle of the order - No. 3 hitter Mike Trout (.231, one homer) and No. 4 hitter Pujols, who is batting .195.TV: 2:10 p.m. ET, FSN West (Los Angeles), FSN North (Minnesota)PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels RH Nick Tropeano (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Twins RH Kyle Gibson (0-2, 4.22)Tropeano more than held his own in his season debut Monday, yielding six hits and two walks while striking out six over five scoreless frames en route to a 4-1 win at Oakland. The 25-year-old Stony Brook product, who got the nod after the Angels placed Andrew Heaney on the disabled list, has allowed only one earned run and fanned 22 over his last three turns - spanning 16 innings - dating back to last year. Tropeano worked a scoreless inning of relief in his only career appearance against the Twins in 2015.Gibson rebounded from a rough loss at Baltimore on April 6 with a slightly better outing in a setback to the Chicago White Sox on Monday, permitting three runs - one earned - in 5 2/3 frames. The Indiana native has also fared poorly in five starts versus the Angels, going 0-2 with a 7.18 (including 0-1, 6.35 in two tries last season). Trout (3-for-8, home run) and C.J. Cron (3-for-7) have enjoyed success against Gibson, while Pujols (3-for-13, home run) and Kole Calhoun (1-for-9) have mostly struggled.WALK-OFFS1. Los Angeles had won 12 of the previous 14 contests between the clubs prior to this weekend.2. Minnesota 1B Joe Mauer is a career .339 hitter against the Angels and needs one more RBI to tie Gary Gaetti (758) for the seventh place in club history.3. Angels 3B Yunel Escobar is 13-for-28 with four multi-hit efforts and only one strikeout during his seven-game hitting streak.PREDICTION: Angels 7, Twins 3

NBA roundup: Pacers upend Raptors in opener

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 10:33pm

TORONTO -- Paul George scored 33 points and the Indiana Pacers defeated the Toronto Raptors 100-90 on Saturday to take the opening game of their first-round NBA playoff series.

Monta Ellis scored 15 points for the Pacers. Myles Turner and George Hill added 10 each for Indiana.

Cory Joseph scored 18 points off the bench, DeMar DeRozan added 14 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and 19 rebounds for Toronto.

Warriors 104, Rockets 78

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State built a big lead and overcame an injury to Stephen Curry to thump Houston in the opener of the Western Conference first-round series.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven between the defending NBA champions and the eighth seed in the West is Monday night in Oakland.

Curry, the league's leading scorer, had 24 points, including 16 in the first quarter, before twisting his right ankle in the second quarter of the Warriors' 40th win in 42 home dates this season. He went to the locker room before halftime and returned to play the first 2:47 of the third quarter before coach Steve Kerr called a timeout and took his star out of the game. By that point, Golden State had built a 65-39 lead.

Draymond Green had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who beat the Rockets for the 13th time in their last 14 meetings. Klay Thompson added 16 points and backup Marreese Speights had 12 for the Warriors, who set an NBA record with 73 regular-season wins to secure top seeding in the Western playoffs.

James Harden, who missed 12 of his 19 shots from the floor, led Houston with 17 points. Center Dwight Howard totaled 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Hawks 102, Celtics 101

ATLANTA -- Atlanta was melting down, its 19-point lead over Boston long gone. Al Horford wasn't going down like that, though. He scored 24 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made multiple hustle plays down the stretch, allowing the Hawks to escape in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference playoff series.

After the Celtics trailed by as many as 19 points in the first half, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart sparked a second-half rally. It was the second straight improbable comeback for the Celtics, who stormed back from 26 down in a win over the Miami Heat in the final game of the regular season.

Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points and Bradley had 18 points before suffering a lower leg injury midway through the fourth quarter. He had to be helped off the floor and taken back to the locker room. Bradley did not return.

Thunder 108, Mavericks 70

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 10:33pm

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook scored 24 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 108-70 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder took a 1-0 lead in the first-round series with the Mavericks.Westbrook shot 7 of 15 from the field to go along with 11 rebounds and five assists. Kevin Durant added 23 points, five assists and five rebounds in only 26 minutes of work and Serge Ibaka posted 17 points and nine boards.Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting. No other Maverick scored in double figures.Game 2 is Monday in Oklahoma City. The Thunder came out of the gates trying to blow the Mavericks out from the start. Built on the scoring of Durant and Westbrook and the dominant work on the boards, Oklahoma City jumped out to a 26-11 first quarter advantage. Dallas didn't help its cause with its inability to score. Even though Oklahoma City's defense gave the Mavs opportunities to knock down wide-open shots, they were unable to connect and fell behind by 20 points midway through the second quarter. The Thunder didn't let up on the struggling Mavericks. Enes Kanter and Ibaka got involved in the offense and the lead grew to 59-33 at halftime. It didn't get any easier for Dallas in the third. Starting point guard J.J. Barea re-injured his groin and sat out the second half.Without Barea, the Mavericks plan to slow the pace of the game took a serious hit. It also deprived Dallas of its one perimeter players who seems to relish facing Westbrook.With only Nowitzki able to find his shot, and after Oklahoma City went up by 30, Carlisle bench his starters. With the score 93-51 heading into the fourth, Thunder coach Billy Donovan sat his starters for the rest of the night.NOTES: Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan says his friendship with Dallas coach Rick Carlisle stretches back more than 25 years to Donovan's brief playing stint in the NBA when the two were teammates on the New York Knicks. "We just always kind of kept in touch together," Donovan said. "Rick took me to my first Grateful Dead concert. It was kind of a crazy story. A great story." ... Dallas F David Lee missed Game 1 with right plantar fasciitis. "He is probably doubtful for Game 2, but we haven't ruled him out yet," Carlisle said. ... The Thunder enter the postseason with eight players who had never been in a playoff game before Saturday. "The reality of it is is that how we want to play and what we want to do is not changing because it is the playoffs," Donovan said. "It was the first game of a seven-game series. We will have to continually work and focus and concentrate. The last thing I want our guys to do is have a different mentality, so to speak."