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Last Update on April 24, 2014 05:37 GMT

PENGUINS-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit for their first home playoff victory in the franchise's 13 seasons, sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday night tied 2-2.

Craig Adams, Chris Kunitz, James Neal scored in a span of 5:01 of the first period to stake the Penguins to a 3-0 lead. But Ryan Johansen and Dubinsky each had a goal and an assist and Boone Jenner also scored for Columbus, making only its second postseason trip.

REDS-PIRATES

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Alfredo Simon pitched into the seventh inning despite erratic control, Jay Bruce drove in a run for a fifth consecutive game and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 Wednesday night.

Simon (3-1) worked 6 2-3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits and five walks while striking out four. Simon has pitched at least six innings in each of his four starts this season as a replacement for the injured Mat Latos. Simon pitched exclusively in relief the previous two years.

Bruce had two hits and knocked in the final run of the decisive three-run fifth inning against Charlie Morton (0-3) that gave the Reds a 4-2 lead. Billy Hamilton also had two hits for Cincinnati, which has won seven of 10 games since a 3-7 start.

Jonathan Broxton pitched a scoreless ninth inning, despite allowing two hits, for his third save.

ROYALS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Jason Kipnis drove in Nick Swisher with a two-out double in the seventh inning, sending the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Kipnis ripped his double off Kelvin Herrera (0-1) into the gap in right-center, deep enough to easily score Swisher, who reached on a two-out single. The Indians tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall's bloop RBI single.

Bryan Shaw (1-0) finished the seventh and got one out in the eighth. Cody Allen retired two, and John Axford worked the ninth for his AL-leading eighth save.

Michael Bourn had three hits and two RBIs for the Indians.

Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas hit back-to-back homers in the second for Kansas City.

National Sports News

Last Update on April 24, 2014 14:53 GMT

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The venues change for the three NBA playoff series that resume tonight.

Top seed Indiana and the Hawks are in Atlanta tonight with that series deadlocked at a game each. The Pacers hope they're back on track after a second-half blitz earned them a Game 2 win. Indiana has won just 13 of its last 27 and has only won two games in Atlanta since 2006. But those two wins have come in the last three games at Phillips Arena.

Memphis boasts the home court advantage when the Grizzlies host Oklahoma City tonight. The Grizzlies closed strong at home this season, winning their last 14 games. The Thunder had the second-best road record in the regular season. That series is tied at 1-1.

The Clippers and Warriors move up the coast to continue their series in Oakland, also tied at 1-all. The Oracle Arena has been a house of horrors for the Clippers, who have lost 15 of their last 17 there.

NBA-CONLEY-SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley has won the NBA's Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship.

Conley received 77 first-place votes out of a possible 334 and earned 2,335 points overall. He was followed by Boston's Jeff Green and Phoenix's Channing Frye.

The NBA is donating $10,000 on Conley's behalf to the charity of his choice, the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for research pertaining to sickle cell anemia.

The NBA has given out this award since 1995-96 to a player who reflects the ideals of sportsmanship, including ethical behavior, fair play and integrity.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- San Jose has played itself into a sweeping position heading into tonight's Game 4 in its playoff series against Los Angeles. The Sharks have won the first three games, scoring 17 goals against Kings goalie Jonathan Quick and the NHL's top defensive team. The Kings haven't trailed 0-3 in a playoff series since 2000. Only three teams in NHL history have rallied from that deficit to win a series.

The Red Wings need to find the scoring touch soon, or their postseason will be short-lived. Detroit has been held to just two goals heading into Game 4 of their series against Boston. Remarkably, the Red Wings are down just 2-1 in the series. While shutting down the Detroit offense, Boston has won the last two games by a combined score of 7-1.

Minnesota hosts Colorado in Game 4 of their series with the Avalanche up 2-1. The Wild will be missing left wing Matt Cooke, who is serving the first of his seven-game suspension for a knee-to-knee hit on the Avalanche's Tyson Barrie in Game 3. Barrie is expected to miss four to six weeks with ligament damage.

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Lance Lynn bids to become the first five-game winner of the season when he takes the mound for St. Louis against the Mets in New York this afternoon. The right-hander has won all four of his starts this season. In his last win, he said his stuff was the best he had all season.

Dan Haren totes a 3-0 mark to the mound for the Dodgers when they entertain the Phillies under the lights.

Kansas City and the Indians get the day's play underway with an early afternoon start in Cleveland. That's one of six day games on an 11-game schedule.

SWIMMING-PHELPS COMEBACK

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Michael Phelps jumps into the pool competitively today for the first time since the 2012 Olympics.

The 22-time Olympic medalist is starting a comeback at the Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Ariz., swimming in the 100-meter butterfly preliminaries. The 28-year-old holds the world record and is the top seed in the event.

Phelps says the lure of getting back in the pool and competing drew him out of retirement. The winningest and most decorated athlete in Olympic history has danced around questions about whether he plans to compete in the summer games in Rio in 2016.

GOLF-ZURICH CLASSIC

AVONDALE, La. (AP) -- Opening-round play is underway in the Zurich Classic in Louisiana. Billy Horschel is back to defend his title, which was his first and only one on the PGA Tour. He's got an early afternoon tee time along with Patrick Reed, who's won twice on tour this year. Reigning U.S. Open champ Justin Rose is also in the field.

 
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