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Penguins nip Blue Jackets in series opener PDF Print E-mail
Written by WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:41
PITTSBURGH — Columbus coach Todd Richards insists his upstart team isn’t in the playoffs “just to go to school.”
Maybe, but the Pittsburgh Penguins provided a pretty valuable lesson in perseverance during a 4-3 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night.
Down two after 21 minutes of slow and sometimes sloppy hockey, the Metropolitan Division champions responded by scoring the final three goals, including Brandon Sutter’s go-ahead wrist shot 8:18 into the third period.
“I think we expected a tight game,” Sutter said after the third playoff goal of his career. “They got up and we stuck with it. It was a good win.”
One that came with more than a few tense moments. Beau Bennett and Matt Niskanen scored power-play goals 45 seconds apart in the second period, erasing Pittsburgh’s two-goal deficit. Jussi Jokinen also scored for the Penguins and Marc-Andre Fleury overcame some shaky defense in front of him to stop 31 shots.
Game 2 is Saturday night.
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Nets rest starters, lose to Cavaliers PDF Print E-mail
Written by TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:40
CLEVELAND — The Nets lounged their way into the NBA playoffs.
Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd sat his starters for the season finale and the Nets wound up with the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs following a 114-85 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Although the Nets could have clinched the No. 5 spot with a win, Kidd elected to rest Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston, who spent the night on the bench as the world’s highest-paid cheerleading squad. Kidd also limited the minutes of key reserves and used only seven players.
Brooklyn’s loss, coupled with Washington’s win at Boston, dropped the Nets into the sixth slot because they lost the tiebreaker with the Wizards. Brooklyn will begin the postseason at Toronto on Saturday. The Nets and Raptors split their four games during the season.
“I like right where we are,” Kidd said. “A good place. We’ve been playing some pretty good basketball of late. We’ve rested and guys have gotten their work in at the same time of healing some of the injuries they’ve had — some nicks and bruises healed. Now it’s time to figure out a way to win a game on the road.”
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Cueto throws 3rd shutout as Reds beat Pirates PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE KAY AP Baseball Writer   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:37
CINCINNATI (— That playoff loss in Pittsburgh last year? Johnny Cueto never thought about it much. So getting a chance to shut out the Pirates in a rematch wasn’t any more special.
Not to him, anyway.
Cueto pitched his third career shutout against the team that beat him in the NL wild card game, and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer that led the Cincinnati Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 Wednesday for their first winning series this season.
Cueto (1-2) had his way with the lineup that beat him 6-2 at PNC Park in the playoffs. He limited the Pirates to three hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out a career-high 12 during his first shutout since 2011.
Any extra satisfaction given what happened the last time he faced them?
“I never think too much about those things,” Cueto said, with assistant trainer Tomas Vera interpreting. “That was 2013.”
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Durant scores 42, Thunder beat Pistons PDF Print E-mail
Written by MURRAY EVANS Associated Press   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:39
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Detroit Pistons had Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Oklahoma City Thunder had Kevin Durant. Even on a career night for Caldwell-Pope, advantage Oklahoma City.
Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Thunder secured the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference, rallying from 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Pistons 112-111 Wednesday night.
Oklahoma City (59-23) had lost two straight to put itself in the must-win situation in the regular-season finale to earn the No. 2 seed.
Durant rallied the Thunder while recording his 14th 40-point game of the season. He drove for the go-ahead dunk with 16.5 seconds left and won a tip over Greg Monroe with 1.8 seconds to go after a scramble for a loose ball resulted in a jump ball in Detroit’s end. Detroit’s Brandon Jennings could only manage a 30-foot heave at the buzzer that banged off the rim.
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Gomes, McAllister lead Indians past Tigers PDF Print E-mail
Written by PAUL HARRIS Associated Press   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:36
DETROIT — Zach McAllister gave up lots of runs in the middle innings last season.
This year? So far, so good.
McAllister allowed a run and four hits in six innings and Yan Gomes hit a two-run double in the Cleveland Indians’ 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.
McAllister (2-0) walked two and struck out four.
“He used his fastball well early in the game,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “It was a great effort. He kept us off the field.”
The Tigers had runners on first and second with one out in the fourth, but McAllister got Nick Castellanos on a flyball that center fielder Michael Bourn ran down in deep right-center and then elevated a fastball to strike out Alex Avila swinging on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.
“That was a big inning for me,” McAllister said. “The middle innings was where I couldn’t get out of trouble last season.”
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