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Reds cruise past Brewers 10-4 to end eight-game skid

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A rare offensive burst, solid starting pitching and stellar defense provided the Cincinnati Reds needed relief from their early-season woes. Billy Hamilton drove in three runs and the Reds ended an eight-game losing streak with a 10-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night. “A win is salve regardless of how […]

WATCH: Bryce Harper breaks bat in two on long home run

NEW YORK (AP) — This was shear power by Bryce Harper. In a startling display, the Washington Nationals slugger shattered his bat into two pieces, yet still hit a long home run Monday night in an 8-6 win over the New York Mets. “Barreled it pretty good,” Harper said. “It just broke and kept going.” […]

GAME 2: Bucks at Celtics quick hitter

Boston leads 1-0. Game 2, 8 P.M., TV: TNT , RADIO: WKTY 96.7 FM / 580 AM NEED TO KNOW: Giannis Antetokounmpo has scored 20 or more points in eight straight games against the Celtics after scoring 35 before fouling out in overtime of the opener. KEEP AN EYE ON: Boston’s balance. With Al Horford […]

NFL to prohibit use of certain helmets for 1st time

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL for the first time is prohibiting certain helmets from being worn by players. In notifying the 32 teams Monday, the league has sought to have players stop using 10 helmet varieties. Some, particularly those manufactured by Rawlings, no longer are being made and don’t have support from the company. […]

Twins ready for Puerto Rico, after three straight “snow-sponements”

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rows of blue suitcases lined the hallway leading into the Minnesota Twins’ clubhouse on Sunday, signs of a trip the frigid players can’t wait to take. Three straight postponements because of snow only heightened the anticipation for this week’s series in Puerto Rico. Instead of preparing to face the Chicago White Sox […]

Brewers can’t stifle hot-start Mets in 42-degree temps

NEW YORK (AP) — Wilmer Flores flipped his helmet, crossed home plate and was mobbed by teammates after his tiebreaking home run with two outs in the ninth inning extended the best start in New York Mets history to 12-2. “It was good just to get out of that cold,” he said. And then Yoenis Cespedes doused […]

Without Curry or top seed, Warriors face different playoffs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry on the sidelines again, this time with a hurt knee. No longer the sure-thing No. 1 seed. Steve Kerr piecing together rotations based on who’s available through illness and injury. It hasn’t exactly been an easy course this season for the defending NBA champions. The Golden State Warriors are […]

NBA first-round playoff series capsules

Capsules for the first-round NBA playoff series in the Eastern and Western conferences: ___ EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 TORONTO RAPTORS (59-23) vs. No. 8 WASHINGTON WIZARDS (43-39) Season series: Split, 2-2 Story line: It was the best regular season in Toronto history and its first time going into the playoffs as a No. 1 seed, […]

Warriors, Cavs vulnerable, or headed for NBA Finals Round 4?

Maybe this is the year. Maybe the Golden State Warriors, opening the postseason without Stephen Curry or any momentum, won’t be the best of the West, where there’s a Houston team that can run and gun as well as they do. Maybe the Cleveland Cavaliers, starting from the middle of the pack in the East, […]

Ohtani eager for more as Angels balance work for 2-way star

Shohei Ohtani eagerly bounces into the cage when it’s his turn during batting practice — and then puts on an impressive show knocking balls high and deep into the outfield seats. Whether hitting or pitching for the Los Angeles Angels, the rookie two-way sensation is raring to go and already wants to play more. “He […]

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