Last Update on April 24, 2014 05:37 GMT
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.
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.
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.
Last Update on April 24, 2014 21:08 GMT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The NCAA's board of directors has endorsed a proposal giving schools in the five largest football conferences more autonomy and more voting power in changing rules within the organization.
The changes would allow the wealthiest schools to adopt some legislation on their own, including provisions for money beyond what current scholarships cover and money to help families travel to NCAA tournaments.
The proposal would affect the 65 schools in the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC.
A formal vote is expected in August. If passed then, the transition could begin this fall.
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 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 they 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.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis guard Mike Conley has won the NBA's Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship.
Conley received 77 first-place votes 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.
UNDATED (AP) -- San Jose has played itself into a sweeping position heading into tonight's Game 4 in their 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 post-season 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. Henrik Zetterberg may play for Detroit for the first time since having back surgery Feb. 21.
Minnesota host 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.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball has suspended Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda for 10-games after he was caught on the mound with pine tar on his neck. Pineda was ejected in Wednesday night's game against Boston after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked the umpires to check the substance in the second inning of the game.
Pineda said after the game that he had trouble gripping the ball on the cool evening when he allowed two runs in the first inning. So before he took the mound for the second, he rubbed pine tar on the right side of his neck.
His suspension starts with tonight's game against Boston unless he elects to appeal.
UNDATED (AP) -- Chris Young homered and slumping Curtis Granderson singled in a run as the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 to send Lance Lynn to his first career loss in April.
Bartolo Colon improved to 2-3, allowing four hits in seven innings and striking out eight.
Lynn had been 12-0 through April in his big league career, including one March victory. He drops to 4-1 this season.
New York took three of four from the defending NL champions and has won four of five overall.
-- Corey Kluber tossed a four-hitter and struck out a career high 11 on the way to Cleveland's 5-1 win over Kansas City. David Murphy and Asdrubal Cabrerra drove in two runs each during Cleveland's five-run fifth inning.
-- Ryan Ludwick lined a two-run double after a pair of Cincinnati batters were hit by pitches, lifting the Reds over Pittsburgh 2-1. The Reds won for the seventh time in nine games and reached .500 at 11-11. The Pirates have lost six of seven, scoring a total of 22 runs in that span.
NEW YORK (AP) -- St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright says his right knee feels good enough to allow him to make his next scheduled start Sunday against Pittsburgh. He stretched his scoreless streak to 17 innings Tuesday but left the win over the Mets after hyperextending his right knee.
Wainwright is 4-1 with a 1.46 ERA.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota's Matt Cooke has apologized for the knee-to-knee hit on Colorado's Tyson Barrie. The Wild left wing drew a seven-game suspension from the NHL for the hit that knocked Barrie out of action for 4-6 weeks.
Cooke spoke for about 90 seconds after taking part in the Wild's pre-game skate prior to Game 4. He did not take questions, standing behind a podium, staring somberly straight ahead and speaking deliberately.
Cooke said he did not intend to injure Barrie in a collision on the open ice. Cooke said was a case of him playing his physical style and focused only on finishing his check.
VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) -- Steve Mason will start Game 4 in goal for Philadelphia against the Rangers on Friday night. Mason hasn't started a game since suffering an upper-body injury on April 12. Ray Emery started the first three games for Philadelphia, who trail in the series 2-1.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Anze Kopitar, Patrice Bergeron (puh-TREES' BUR-zher-ahn) and Jonathan Toews (TAYVS) are finalists for the NHL's Selke Trophy, awarded to the best defensive forward.
Kopitar appeared in all 82 Los Angeles Kings games and had the second-most ice time among forwards behind Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby. The Kings allowed a league-low average of 2.05 goals per game.
Boston's Bergeron led the NHL in face-off wins with 1,015 -- the most by any player in the past seven seasons.
Chicago's Toews, who won the award last year, placed fifth in the NHL in face-off wins with 884.
AVONDALE, La. (AP) -- Andrew Svoboda's 8-under 64 has given him the early clubhouse lead in the opening round of the Zurich Classic. His bogey-free round gives him a one-shot lead over Sweden's Peter Hanson. Erik Compton and Chad Collins are two shots back.