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Last Update on May 03, 2015 05:32 GMT


ATLANTA (AP) -- Jay Bruce powered two long triples, Marlon Byrd broke out of his slump and Zack Cozart had three hits to lead the Reds to an 8-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

Jason Marquis (3-1) pitched effectively against the team that drafted him in 1996, going 6 1-3 innings, giving up three runs and striking out four.

Eric Stultz (1-2) tookd the loss, giving up six runs, including home runs to Byrd and Todd Frazier.

Bruce hit a two-run triple in the fifth inning and scored after his triple in the fourth. It was the first time the seven-year veteran has hit two in a game.

Byrd, who entered the game hitting .163, went 2-for-3, with a walk and the homer. He also made a diving catch in left field.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Jose Bautista drove in four runs and the Toronto Blue Jays kept reigning AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber winless on the season with an 11-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.

Kluber (0-4) allowed five runs and eight hits in five-plus innings. The Indians have lost all of his six starts this season.

Bautista's two-run single in the fifth broke a 2-2 tie and Russell Martin homered in the fourth. Kluber was pulled after Kevin Pillar's leadoff double in the sixth when Toronto scored six unearned runs.

Kluber was 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA last season, earning him a five-year, $38 million contract extension. The right-hander has allowed 17 runs and 31 hits over 17 1-3 innings in his last three starts.

Aaron Sanchez (2-2) allowed two runs in 5 2-3 innings despite walking six. Martin had three hits while Edwin Encarnacion drove in two runs.


CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls are about to face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, and even they aren't quite sure which team will show up.

That's because they were as inconsistent as anyone during the season.

The ups and downs continued in the first round against Milwaukee, so good luck trying to figure out which version of the Bulls will take to the court in Cleveland on Monday night.

Will it be the one that dropped Game 5 at home against the Bucks? Or the one that delivered one of the most lopsided playoff beatings ever in Game 6 at Milwaukee?

Mike Dunleavy Jr. acknowledges the Bulls have been "up and down" for a variety of reasons.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fabian Espindola had a goal and an assist in D.C. United's 2-0 win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night, moving them into a tie for first place in the MLS.

Espindola opened the scoring in the 15th minute, finishing Chris Rolfe's end-to-end break with a left-footed shot past Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark. Sean Franklin volleyed home Espindola's corner kick in the 41st minute to make it 2-0.

United (5-1-2) won their second straight game, extending their unbeaten streak to six. It's the best eight-game start in franchise history.

Federico Higuain narrowly missed a header in the 53rd minute for the Crew (3-3-2), who had a four-game unbeaten streak snapped.

Bill Hamid recorded his fourth shutout in six starts. It was his first action since suffering a thigh injury April 11.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals picked troubled Southern California defensive back Josh Shaw with their first pick of the fourth round on Saturday.

Shaw was suspended by the Trojans for 10 games early in the 2014 season after he suffered ankle injuries by jumping from a second-story balcony while evading police. He then claimed he was hurt while trying to save a drowning nephew.

The 6-foot, 201-pound Shaw was the 21st pick in the fourth round, 120th overall. Shaw mostly played cornerback at USC but he started three games at free safety in 2013.

Cincinnati picked offensive tackles Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M) and Jake Fisher (Oregon) with its first two picks before taking Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft and Texas Christian inside linebacker Paul Dawson in the first three rounds on Thursday and Friday.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Ball-hawking Fresno State safety Derron Smith and high-scoring West Virginia wide receiver Mario Alford are the Bengals final two draft picks of 2015.

The 5-10, 200-pound Smith, picked in the sixth round Saturday, was first-team All-Mountain West Conference each of the last three seasons and ended his career with 15 interceptions. He finished second on the team with 93 tackles in 2014 and racked up 259 in his career.

Cincinnati closed out the draft by choosing Alford with the 21st pick in the seventh round and the 238th overall selection. The 5-8, 180-pound Alford led the Big 12 with 11 touchdown receptions while logging 65 catches for 945 yards.

Smith and Alford were the Bengals' fourth and fifth picks on Saturday, joining USC cornerback Josh Shaw, Arizona State defensive end Marcus Hardison and Auburn tight end C.J. Uzomah.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- The Browns finally drafted a wide receiver, but ignored a quarterback.

On the final day of the NFL draft, the Browns stuck with their plan to build from within and added seven more players. And for the first time in two seasons, general manager Ray Farmer took a wide receiver, selecting Washington State's Vince Mayle in the fourth round.

Farmer made 12 picks overall -- five on offense, seven on defense -- to bolster a team that was 7-4 last season before losing its final five games.

The Browns played it safe in this year's draft after making a splash in 2014, when they made three trades in the first round and moved up to take quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Although there was an expectation Farmer would look for a young QB to groom, he avoided a position that has perplexed the Browns for years. Cleveland has had 22 starting quarterbacks since 1999.

National Sports News

Last Update on May 03, 2015 07:49 GMT


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. has won the richest fight in boxing history, taking a unanimous decision from Manny Pacquiao (PAK'-ee-ow) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Mayweather used his usual skill to remain unbeaten in the most anticipated fight in recent years. He won comfortably on all three judges' scorecards in his long-awaited welterweight showdown with Pacquiao. Two judges favored Mayweather 116-112, while a third had it 118-110. The Associated Press scored it 115-113 for Mayweather.

Mayweather danced, ducked and peppered Pacquiao with enough punches to take the decision, while Pacquiao rushed forward and attempted to land combinations and big shots.

The pro-Pacquiao crowd booed the final decision and booed Mayweather, who said he will fight in September and then retire.

The 38-year-old Mayweather improved to 48-0 and dropped Pacquiao to 57-6-2.

Mayweather was said to be guaranteed $120 million from the bonanza $200 million purse that includes pay-per-view TV money. Pacquiao will get $80 million.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- There will be no repeat for the San Antonio Spurs.

Chris Paul banked a shot over Tim Duncan with one second left to send the Los Angeles Clippers past the Spurs 111-109 in Game 7 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.

Duncan hit two free throws to knot the score with 8.8 seconds left before Paul hoisted a one-handed shot over the 39-year-old forward.

Paul and Duncan each finished with 37 points.

Blake Griffin had a triple double of 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the Clippers, who trailed the series 3-2 before earning a meeting with Houston.

Los Angeles shot 14-for-27 from 3-point range, with Paul going 5-for-6 and J.J. Redick hitting four of his seven attempts.

Tony Parker had 20 points for the Spurs, who were bounced out of the playoffs in the opening round for the first time in four years.

Game 1 of the Clippers-Rockets series is Monday in Houston.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- American Pharoah has won the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby in front of a record crowd of 170,513 at Churchill Downs.

The 5-2 favorite was third as he approached the back stretch before passing Firing Line and Dortmund. American Pharoah angled outside and fought off a persistent Firing Line as Dortmund tired along the rail.

American Pharoah ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:03.02 and allowed Bob Baffert to celebrate his fourth Derby win, and first since 2002. Baffert is tied for second on the career Derby victory list.

Jockey Victor Espinoza won his second consecutive Derby, a year after being aboard California Chrome.

American Pharoah paid $7.80, $5.80, $4.20. Firing Line returned $8.40 and $5.40, while Dortmund was another two lengths back in third and paid $4.20.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Rangers have played seven games in these Stanley Cup Playoffs, and each contest has been decided by just one goal.

The Blueshirts knotted their second-round series at a game apiece by bouncing back from Thursday's 2-1 loss to defeat Washington 3-2. Derick Brassard's goal put the Blueshirts ahead 3-1 with 13:43 remaining, but the Rangers had to hold on for dear life after Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn) tallied midway through the third period.

Chris Kreider scored just 38 seconds into the game before Dan Boyle's power-play goal put New York ahead 2-0 late in the first period. However, the Capitals never blinked and forced Henrik Lundqvist to make 26 of his 30 saves in the final 40 minutes to preserve the victory.

Game 3 is Monday in Washington.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Houston Astros were expected to be an improved ballclub this year after averaging 104 losses the previous four seasons. They currently own the American League's best record at 17-7 after earning their ninth consecutive win.

The Astros pounded out five home runs and collected 14 hits in an 11-4 romp over Seattle. Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) hit a three-run blast, Evan Gattis smacked a two-run homer and Colby Rasmus, Luis Valbuena and Hank Conger added solo shots after the Mariners took a 3-0 lead.

Marwin Gonzalez had two RBIs to back Collin McHugh, who is 4-0 after allowing four solo homers but just two other hits in seven innings.

Nelson Cruz socked his major league-leading 12th and 13th home runs for the Mariners.

Houston grabbed the AL's top record when the Royals fell 2-1 to Detroit. David Price went the distance on a five-hitter and blanked the Royals until Lorenzo Cain homered with two out in the ninth. Ian Kinsler's RBI single put the Tigers ahead 2-0 in the fifth after his third-inning grounder led to a run-scoring error by shortstop Christian Colon.

In other major league finals:

-- The Giants won for the seventh time in their last 10 games as Tim Hudson worked eight-plus innings and Nori Aoki (NOHR'-ee ah-OH'-kee) drove in two runs to lead a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels in San Francisco. Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford homered in the Giants' fourth straight home win.

-- Baltimore blanked Tampa Bay 4-0 as Miguel Gonzalez gave up four hits over 7 2/3 innings. Steve Pearce hit a two-run double and Caleb Joseph added a solo homer to highlight the Orioles' seven-hit attack.

-- Jay Bruce tripled twice and had two RBIs as Cincinnati doubled up Atlanta 8-4. Zach Cozart was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored, while Marlon Byrd added a solo homer after entering the game batting .163.

-- Gio Gonzalez struck out nine and gave up four hits in seven innings to outpitch Jonathon Niese (nees) and lead Washington's 1-0 shutout of the Mets in New York. Michael Taylor drove in the only run with an infield single in the second inning.

-- St. Louis beat Pittsburgh 2-1 on Matt Carpenter's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th. The Cardinals have won five straight, the last two by 2-1 scores in extra innings over the Pirates.

-- Miami is at .500 after Martin Prado collected four RBIs and Dee Gordon reached base five times in the Marlins' fourth consecutive win, 7-0 over Philadelphia. Dan Haren limited the Phillies to four hits and no walks in six innings, while the Marlins tagged Cole Hamels for six runs and 10 hits in six frames.

-- Toronto crushed Cleveland 11-4 as Jose Bautista drove in four runs and Russell Martin hit a solo homer. Kevin Pillar collected two hits during a six-run sixth in which Bautista laced a two-run double.

-- Brett Gardner drove in three runs and the New York Yankees won for the 12th time in 15 games by downing the Red Sox 4-2 in Boston. Nathan Eovaldi (eh-VAHL'-dee) won for the second time in three starts by holding the Bosox to two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

-- The Cubs struck out 18 times, with Mike Fiers (FY'-urz) recording 12 K's over six innings of Milwaukee's 6-1 win at Wrigley Field. Ryan Braun belted a two-run homer and Jean Segura was 4-for-5 with two RBIs to help the majors' worst team improve to 6-18.

-- Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer and Trevor Plouffe added a solo shot as Minnesota won for the seventh time in its last 10 games, 5-3 over the Chicago White Sox. The Pale Hose have been outscored 35-8 during their current four-game losing streak.

-- Justin Turner was 2-for-3 with a solo homer and three runs scored as the Los Angeles Dodgers won their third in a row, beating Arizona 6-4. The game was tied 4-4 until Joc Pederson cracked a solo shot in the seventh.

-- San Diego beat Colorado 4-2 behind the pitching of Brandon Morrow, who allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings. Justin Upton had two RBIs and Wil Myers was 1-for-3 with a ribbie and two runs scored.

-- Shin-Soo Choo hit a tying three-run homer in the seventh inning and scored the winning run in the 10th to lift Texas over Oakland 8-7. Choo led off the 10th with a double down the right-field line against Ryan Cook (0-2), moved to third following two walks and scored on Rougned Odor's (ROOG'-nehd oh-DOHRZ') single.


BOSTON (AP) -- New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says the team doesn't plan to pay a $6 million bonus to Alex Rodriguez for his 660th home run.

Rodriguez tied Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list on Friday in Boston. The Yankees and A-Rod have a marketing agreement that calls for $6 million each for up to five home run achievements, payable within 15 days of designation by the team. However, the Yankees didn't market his pursuit of Mays and made no mention of it in their press notes.

The Major League Players Association is expected to file a grievance on behalf of the Yankees infielder should the team decline to make a payment.


BOSTON (AP) -- The Red Sox have placed catcher Ryan Hanigan on the 15-day DL with a fractured right pinkie. He suffered the injury in Friday's loss to the Yankees. The 34-year-old Hanigan hit .222 with one homer and five RBIs before the injury.


TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Jeff Gordon will start Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway from the pole. He earned the 80th pole of his career with a lap of 194.793 miles per hour. The six-time winner at Talladega will start from the front row along with Hendrick teammate Kasey Kahne (kayn).

This is the third pole of the season for Gordon, who opened the year with the fastest lap in Daytona 500 qualifying. He is still seeking his first win of the season, his last before he retires.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Three-fourths of the Match Play Championship semifinals are set, but the world's top-ranked golfer will have to play at least one more hold before learning if he's part of the Final Four.

Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey were all square through 21 holes before their match was suspended by darkness. Both players had chances to clinch a victory, but McIlroy missed a 12-foot birdie putt for the win on 18, and Casey left his winning birdie putt one turn short on the second extra hole.

Fifth seed Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) reached the semis with a 4-and-2 win over Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST'-hy-zehn), while fellow American Gary Woodland earned a 5-and-3 win over John Senden. Also advancing was Danny Willett, who was a 4-and-3 winner over Tommy Fleetwood.


IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Lexi Thompson and Inbee Park are tied for the lead after three rounds of the LPGA's North Texas Shootout. Each stands 9-under-par, one shot in front of Karrie (KAHR'-ee) Webb, Angela Stanford and Brooke M. Henderson. Webb had the best round of the day, a 7-under-64.

World No. 1 Lydia Ko is well back at even par.


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