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Waiters scores 26 as Cavs beat Magic PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 06:17
ORLANDO, Fla. — At this point in the season, the Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping to make one last run at the playoffs and the Orlando Magic are looking for luck in the NBA draft lottery.
Both improved their chances of reaching those goals Wednesday night as the Cavaliers beat the Magic 119-98 behind 26 points from Dion Waiters and 20 each from Spencer Hawes and Tristan Thompson.
The easy win moved the Cavaliers within two games of New York and Atlanta for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs play at Atlanta Friday night.
“This was a big game for us, but every game is big because of the position we’ve put ourselves in,” Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. “There is nothing tricky that we have to do. We just have to out and play hard and give ourselves a chance.”
Waiters shot 10 for 15 from the field, including 3 for 3 on 3-pointers.
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Reds expect Broxton back next week for closer role PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE KAY AP Baseball Writer   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 18:17
CINCINNATI — Reliever Jonathan Broxton could be ready to pitch next week, giving the Cincinnati Reds an experienced closer until Aroldis Chapman is ready to return from a head injury.
Manager Bryan Price said Wednesday that if all goes well, Broxton could be activated off the 15-day disabled list during a series in St. Louis at the start of next week. Broxton is recovering from surgery on his pitching forearm last August.
One of Cincinnati’s biggest concerns entering the season is the lack of a proven closer because of injuries.
Chapman was hit on the forehead by a line drive during spring training and had a plate inserted above his left eye. He’s not expected back until May. For now, Price is splitting the role depending upon how the game goes and which hitters are due up in the final inning.
Broxton saved 23 games for Kansas City in 2012 and four more for the Reds after a midseason trade. He was used in a setup role last season.
“Once he gets reacquainted with being back here, he’ll be that guy to hold down the fort until Chapman’s ready to go,” Price said.
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Avalanche top Blue Jackets PDF Print E-mail
Written by ROBERT DENHARD Associated Press   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:07
COLUMBUS — Gabriel Landeskog’s late goal scoring kept the Colorado Avalanche’s winning streak going.
Landeskog scored twice, including a power-play goal at 4:27 of overtime to help the Avalanche extend their winning streak to four with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Columbus on Tuesday night.
All three of Colorado’s goals went in off Columbus players.
“We were the best shooters in the game tonight versus our own guy,” Columbus coach Todd Richards said. “You might see one, might see two. Three is a lot and that was all of their goals.”
Rookie scoring leader Nathan MacKinnon, centering the top line with Matt Duchene expected to miss a month with a knee injury, assisted on Landeskog’s tying and winning scores.
“After the second going into the third we talked about not finding any excuses,” Landeskog said of his team that was down 2-0.
“Not using any injuries or what-not as an excuse. And it’s an opportunity for a lot of guys to step up and a lot of guys did. We played a playoff-type of third period.”
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Updated, Kinsler’s hit lifts Tigers over Royals PDF Print E-mail
Written by NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 18:14
DETROIT — With the Detroit Tigers in a jam after a close play at first base, Brad Ausmus calmly made his way onto the field.
No histrionics from the rookie manager — not in this situation at least. All he had to do was challenge the call and wait.
“It’s almost awkward when you go out there,” Ausmus said. “Normally the manager would go out there to scream and yell, but it doesn’t make sense to go out there and scream and yell if they know you have a challenge. In essence, I’m really just taking my time getting out there so we can get a determination from our video room as to whether we should use the challenge.”
Baseball’s new instant replay system was popular at Comerica Park on Wednesday, when two calls at first base were overturned in Detroit’s favor. The second reversal ended a Kansas City rally in the 10th, and the Tigers eventually won 2-1 on Ian Kinsler’s single in the bottom of the inning.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 18:23
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Cabrera can earn $2 million for MVP in new deal PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 21:16
DETROIT — If Miguel Cabrera keeps winning MVP awards into the twilight of his career, his massive new contract will become even more lucrative.
In addition to $248 million in guaranteed salary from 2016-25, Cabrera can earn up to $4 million annually in award bonuses. That includes $2 million for each MVP he wins and $1 million for each Triple Crown. For 2014-15, his bonuses remain the same as they were in his previous deal.
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