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Indians let 9th-inning lead slip away in loss to White Sox PDF Print E-mail
Written by ROBERT QUESENBERY Associated Press   
Monday, 14 April 2014 06:49
CHICAGO — The Cleveland Indians looked poised to salvage a four-game split.
One pitch from John Axford and one big swing by Alexei Ramirez changed that.
Ramirez hit a two-run homer off Axford in the ninth inning, rallying the Chicago White Sox over the Indians 4-3 on a rainy Sunday.
The Indians scored twice in the top of the ninth, getting the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by closer Matt Lindstrom.
Axford (0-1) came in seeking his fifth save in as many chances. He issued a leadoff walk to Jordan Danks, who stole second.
One out later, Ramirez homered over the left field fence.
“Nobody in this game is perfect,” David Murphy, whose single had tied the game in the ninth, said of Axford. “But everybody in here has confidence in him and knows that he’s going to get it done pretty much every day.”
The White Sox won a series against Cleveland for the first time since October 2012. Chicago took three of four in this set after dropping 14 straight to the Indians.
Heisey hits slam, Mesoraco 4 RBI as Reds top Rays PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE KAY AP Baseball Writer   
Monday, 14 April 2014 06:48
CINCINNATI — The Reds went two weeks before breaking out of their hitting slump.
Chris Heisey connected for his first grand slam and Devin Mesoraco homered and drove in a career high-tying four runs as Cincinnati took advantage of Tampa Bay’s depleted pitching staff for a 12-4 victory on Sunday.
The Reds’ best offensive showing of the season featured Mesoraco’s three-run homer, Joey Votto’s two-run shot and Heisey’s pinch-hit slam in the eighth. Jay Bruce doubled, walked four times and scored four runs.
The Reds had a brief meeting following a 1-0 loss on Saturday that epitomized their season-long struggle at the plate.
“The key early in the season is to not lose faith,” manager Bryan Price said. “We understand that we’re a good team, and everyone in there knows it.”
Harvick survives shootout for 1st Darlington win PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 10:18
DARLINGTON, S.C. — Kevin Harvick used one of the few weekend missteps to pull out his first Darlington victory.
Harvick was among several veteran drivers fighting for the Nationwide Series win Friday night when rookie Chase Elliott used fresher tires and a strong machine to move from the back of the pack to first place over the final two laps.
Lesson learned.
On Saturday night in the Sprint Cup race, Harvick took advantage of four new tires to pass Dale Earnhardt Jr. two laps from the end to win the longest race in the track’s 65-year NASCAR history. The grippier rubber let Harvick race the high line while others slipped or spun tires trying to get going.
“I kind of learned that last night as we were in the Nationwide race,” Harvick said. “It was a good tool in your bag to have there at the end.”
Harvick earned his first pole here Friday night and had the most dominant car. But he had to make it through a restart with 10 laps left and two tries at a green-white-checkered finish — NASCAR’s version of extra innings.
“It was a good night and a really great weekend,” he said.
Bubba goes green for the second time at Augusta PDF Print E-mail
Written by PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer   
Monday, 14 April 2014 05:19

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Bubba Watson scooped up his son, hugged his wife and took off down the ropes along the 18th green, high-fiving the patrons at Augusta National.

This was the kind of Bubba-like celebration he would've relished two years ago, but it wasn't possible that Sunday.

Watson and his wife had just adopted their little boy, so the rest of the family stayed at home. The Masters was decided not in front of the clubhouse, but down in the hollow at No. 10, where Watson won a nerve-wracking playoff by whacking a trick shot off the pine straw and around a tree. It ended suddenly, dramatically, without the proper time to commemorate the occasion.

Not a problem this time.

Union wins NCAA hockey title, beating Minnesota PDF Print E-mail
Written by MIKE WISNIEWSKI Associated Press   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 10:17
PHILADELPHIA — Tiny Union College skated off with the biggest trophy in college hockey.
And the Dutchmen did it at the expense of two of the sport’s giants, toppling Minnesota for its first NCAA title after beating Boston College in the semifinals.
Union scored three times in a 1:54 span in the first period in a 7-4 victory Saturday, two nights after Daniel Ciampini scored three goals in a 5-4 win over Boston College.
“I don’t think anyone will call us Cinderella anymore,” said Shayne Gostisbehere, who had a goal and two assists against the Gophers.
Union (32-6-4) won its final 12 games and went 16-0-1 in its last 17. The 2,200-student liberal arts college in Schenectady, N.Y., competes in Division III in all other sports.
“They came as advertised,” Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. “We knew it going in.”
After Minnesota took a 2-1 lead, Mike Vecchione tied it with 4:01 left in the first, Eli Lichtenwald gave Union the lead 57 seconds later, and Ciampini capped the spree with 2:57 to go.
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