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Verlander and Tigers lose to Orioles PDF Print E-mail
Written by LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer   
Monday, 07 April 2014 08:49
DETROIT — Justin Verlander was on the mound, giving the Detroit Tigers a good shot at keeping the distinction of being baseball’s only undefeated team.
Chris Tillman, though, outpitched Verlander while working into the ninth inning to help the Baltimore Orioles beat Detroit 3-1 Sunday to avoid getting swept.
Verlander (0-1) gave up two runs on five hits and two walks over eight innings. He struck out three, moving past Tommy Bridges and into fourth place on the franchise’s all-time list with 1,674 in his career, but isn’t pleased with that facet of his game after fanning just two in his first start.
“You get a feel for strikeouts and my feel for those isn’t there yet,” Verlander said. “I’m not executing as well as I should or maybe over-trying a little bit with two strikes and hanging stuff.”
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Masterson, Indians fall to Twins PDF Print E-mail
Written by TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer   
Monday, 07 April 2014 08:48
CLEVELAND — The imposing right-hander on the mound to start the game looked like Justin Masterson, All-Star and ace.
However, he certainly didn’t pitch like Cleveland’s No. 1 starter.
Not even close.
Masterson followed up a stellar start on opening day with a dud, lasting just 3 2-3 innings as the Indians were outslugged 10-7 on Sunday by the Minnesota Twins, who won the final two games of the three-game series.
Masterson pitched brilliantly in Cleveland’s opener last week in Oakland, breezing through seven shutout innings. He struggled from the outset against the Twins, allowing five earned runs and seven hits. He also walked three, hit two batters and needed 97 pitches to record just 11 outs.
Hardly the start the Indians have come to expect from the All-Star, who gave a critical review of his performance afterward, referring to himself as “a big dummy” and “fool.”
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Browns agree to terms with WR Burleson PDF Print E-mail
Written by TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer   
Monday, 07 April 2014 08:45
CLEVELAND — The Browns plan to give Nate Burleson plenty of responsibilities. One of them probably won’t be delivering pizza.
A free agent wide receiver with 12 years of NFL experience, Burleson agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Browns on Sunday night.
Burleson, who has made 103 career starts and played in 135 games since he was drafted in the third round by Minnesota in 2003, finished last season with 39 catches for 461 yards with Detroit. However, he missed half the year after breaking his left arm in a car accident when he said he tried to stop pizza boxes from sliding off the passenger seat of his car.
Even after the embarrassing mishap, Burleson kept his sense of humor and celebrated a touchdown catch in his first game back from the injury by holding the ball aloft like it was a freshly made pizza.
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Bobrovsky makes 31 saves in Jackets win over Isles PDF Print E-mail
Written by RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer   
Monday, 07 April 2014 08:46
COLUMBUS — With what lies ahead, it was particularly refreshing for the Columbus Blue Jackets to have a rare game that didn’t come down to the final seconds.
Boone Jenner and Mark Letestu each had a goal and an assist, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 31 shots for his second shutout in 72 hours to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the New York Islanders 4-0 on Sunday night.
“We seem not to do anything the easy way,” Letestu said with a laugh. “To get four (games) in five (days) to finish off the season, it’s very Blue Jacket of us — doing things the hard way and probably earning our way into the playoffs.”
Columbus ends its home schedule on Tuesday night against Phoenix and then closes the regular season with games at Dallas on Wednesday, then at Tampa Bay and Florida on Friday and Saturday.
The win not only boosted the Blue Jackets in the standings, it also helped them wipe away the bitter taste of Friday night’s 4-3 home loss to Stanley Cup champion Chicago. Ben Smith jammed in a goal during a scrum with 3.9 seconds left in the Blackhawks’ win.
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UConn, Notre Dame advance to historic women's title game PDF Print E-mail
Written by DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer   
Monday, 07 April 2014 06:22

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Women's basketball came away a winner Sunday night. After a season-long buildup, the NCAA tournament will be decided by the perfect championship game.

The undefeated titans of the sport this season will meet Tuesday night in an historic championship game when UConn plays Notre Dame. It will mark the first time in NCAA basketball history that unbeaten teams will play for a title when the former Big East rivals face each other.

"It is pretty amazing," Irish coach Muffet McGraw told The Associated Press after her team beat Maryland 87-61. "So many of the media and fans have been looking at this all season long. It's great that we've made it this far.

"Both of us remaining undefeated. See who the best team is."

Said UConn guard From Moriah Jefferson: "Now we can finally talk about it. That has been the talk of this whole tournament and I guess it is finally here."

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