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Nyquist scores to help Red Wings beat Bruins PDF Print E-mail
Written by LARRY LAGE AP Hockey Writer   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 06:27
DETROIT — The NHL-leading Boston Bruins followed their game plan of keeping Gustav Nyquist in front of them for more than two periods.
When the puck got loose, and Nyquist got to it, though, one of the game’s best defenseman and goalies couldn’t stop the surging goal-scorer.
Nyquist broke a tie with 7:12 left in the third period on his only shot of the game, and the Detroit Red Wings held on to beat Boston 3-2 on Wednesday night.
“I didn’t think Gus had one of his best games by any means, but he scored a big goal,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.
Nyquist has a league-high 23 goals since Jan. 20 and a team-high 27 this season. He has given the Red Wings the breakout player they needed to boost their chances of extending their postseason streak to 23 seasons while missing many key players, including Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.
The 24-year-old Swede started the season with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins after scoring a total of four goals in 40 games the previous two seasons.
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George, West lead Pacers past Pistons PDF Print E-mail
Written by JIM JOHNSON Associated Press   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 06:23
INDIANAPOLIS — The hard part for the Indiana Pacers isn’t over. It takes time to climb out of a slump.
“Once you’re not playing well and you finally get a win, the hardest part is maintaining that consistency,” Paul George said. “You have to understand that it’s going to be different every night, but you got to find a way to build off the first win.”
George had 27 points and 13 rebounds, David West scored 15 points and the Indiana Pacers snapped a three-game skid with a 101-94 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
George hit a 3-pointer from 35-feet to give the Pacers a 94-90 lead with 3:19 remaining and Indiana never trailed the rest of the way.
Josh Smith scored 15 of his 24 points in the first quarter and finished with five rebounds, and Greg Monroe added 16 points for the Pistons, who have lost four of their last five games.
Brandon Jennings hit a 3 to get Detroit within 94-93 before George scored, forced a turnover and West hit a jumper to give the Pacers a 98-93 lead with 1:35 left to play.
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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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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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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.
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