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Last Update on April 01, 2015 05:33 GMT


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Jack Johnson's backhander 56 seconds into overtime lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets past the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Tuesday night, extending their winning streak to seven.

It was the Devils' sixth straight loss (0-5-1). New Jersey has scored seven goals during the skid.

Brandon Dubinsky scored on a penalty shot, Nick Foligno had a power-play goal, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves as the Blue Jackets matched a season-high for consecutive wins. Ryan Johansen had two assists.

Johnson skated from left wing through the slot and flipped a shot that got through traffic and by Cory Schneider for the winner.

Mike Cammalleri scored a power-play goal in the first period and added a short-handed tally with 2:29 left in regulation for New Jersey. Schneider had 28 saves. Eric Gelinas added two assists.


PHOENIX (AP) -- Jay Bruce snapped a spring slump with a three-run homer among his two hits and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-4 on Tuesday.

Bruce, who was hitting .162 coming in, scored twice and singled during a five-run sixth inning.

Michael Lorenzen helped his cause in a bid for the Reds' final rotation spot by allowing four hits and one run over four innings against the Brewers' opening-day lineup.

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman left the game after pitching to one batter in the fifth inning for precautionary reasons. There were initial concerns about his right hamstring, but Chapman said there was no injury. It may have been more of a miscommunication, Reds manager Bryan Price said.

Ryan Braun had an RBI single in the first inning for the Brewers. Adam Lind and Khris Davis had RBI singles in the sixth.

Mike Fiers, who will be the No. 5 starter for Milwaukee, allowed only three hits over five innings but walked four.


GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Felix Hernandez left in the second inning of his final tuneup before Seattle's opener. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon didn't last much longer.

McClendon was ejected in the fourth inning of Cleveland's 8-6 win over Seattle on Tuesday.

Brandon Moss' two-run homer in the first gave the Indians a 4-3 lead against King Felix, who allowed seven runs, five hits and two walks in 1 2-3 innings.

Michael Bourn had an RBI double in the third, Michael Brantley was hit by a pitch, and Carlos Santana's two-run double finished Hernandez, who starts Monday's opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

After Bruce Chen threw close to and then behind Rickie Weeks in the bottom half, plate umpire Alan Porter warned both benches. McClendon walked out of the dugout and was ejected before he got to the third-base line.

McClendon went back to the dugout briefly, then realized there is no tunnel and the clubhouse is down the right-field line. Porter questioned McClendon's presence and the manager, with large gestures, explained why he was on the field.

Destined for Triple-A Columbus, Chen and gave up a home run to Weeks leading off the game and allowed four runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings. He struck out five and walked none.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Pitcher Jose Mijares has been suspended for 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

The 30-year-old left-hander last pitched in the major leagues with San Francisco in 2013. He agreed to a minor league contract with Cincinnati's Louisville team on Dec. 28 and was released March 23.

His suspension, announced Tuesday, will start when he signs with another big league organization.

Mijares has a 6-11 record and 3.23 ERA in 324 relief appearances for Minnesota (2008-11), Kansas City (2012) and the Giants (2012-13). He faced one batter in the 2012 World Series, retiring Detroit's Prince Fielder on a groundout leading off the ninth inning of San Francisco's 8-3 win in Game 1.

Of the 44 suspensions under the minor league program this year, 24 have been for drugs of abuse.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- A jury has acquitted a University of Cincinnati backup quarterback of an assault charge, after he testified in court that a group of young men taunted him with racist remarks shortly before he punched one.

The Hamilton County jury found Jarred Evans not guilty of assault Monday, and Judge Robert Taylor declared a mistrial on a disorderly conduct count. Evans, 22, is black and claimed he was acting in self-defense after four young men directed racist comments at him.

Evans was suspended from the team last October after he was charged. A family spokeswoman says he hopes to be back on the field for spring practices.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Evans still faces sentencing April 28 after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor count of obstructing official business.

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Last Update on April 01, 2015 22:34 GMT


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indianapolis will increase police presence downtown during this weekend's Final Four amid protests over a new state law that critics say could allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Al Larsen says that the city will have a "noticeably higher" police presence and will designate an area immediately south of Lucas Oil Stadium for protesters to gather.

The measure signed last week by Gov. Mike Pence prohibits any laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. Critics contend it is designed to shield businesses and individuals who don't want to serve gays and lesbians.

Lawmakers are working on language to address those concerns, but some college sports figures have already announced they are boycotting the Final Four.


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas swingman Kelly Oubre (OO'-bray), Jr. says he is leaving for the NBA draft, skipping his final three seasons of eligibility after an up-and-down freshman year.

The 6-foot-7 Oubre started 27 games this past season, helping the Jayhawks win their 11th straight Big 12 title. He averaged 9.3 points and five rebounds, and showcased his potential when he poured in 25 points in a victory over TCU in the Big 12 Tournament.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Chris Mullin says he considers trying to turn around the St. John's basketball program an "obligation."

Mullin said at his introductory news conference that he wasn't worrying about tarnishing his legacy as a player at his alma mater, where he still ranks as the school's all-time leading scorer.

The 51-year-old Mullin has no coaching experience, but he believes his experience in NBA front offices prepared him well because pro franchises now must develop rookies who come into the league as raw teenagers.

Mullin takes over from Steve Lavin, who departed last week after leading the Red Storm to the NCAA tournament in two of his five years.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson has been given a 10-year contract extension through the 2024-25 season. He led the Panthers to a school-record 31 wins and the Missouri Valley tournament title this past season.

Jacobson is 197-104 in nine seasons with Northern Iowa which has finished among the top three in the conference in five of the last six years.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Xavier coach Chris Mack has received a one-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season after leading the Musketeers to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in his six years. The Musketeers are 134-71 under Mack, the third-most wins by a Xavier coach. They reached the Big East Tournament title game this season and the round of 16, where they lost to Arizona.


UNDATED (AP) -- Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN') will start the season on the disabled list because of a sprained left knee .

Rendon was hurt March 9 diving for a ball in the field. The Nationals expected Rendon to return within a week, but pain lingered.

Rendon hit .287 with 21 homers and 83 RBIs last year but has been limited to nine exhibition at-bats.

Elsewhere in baseball:

-- Doctors have told Miami reliever Aaron Crow he needs season-ending elbow ligament-replacement surgery. Crow will get a second opinion but expects to have the procedure. The four-year veteran went 6-1 with a 4.12 ERA in 61 appearances last season for Kansas City but was left off the Royals postseason roster.

-- The Mets are working to complete a new contract with Juan Lagares that would guarantee the center fielder $23 million from 2016-19, including a buyout of a $9.5 million option for 2020. Lagares has a $528,696 salary in the major leagues this season and would be eligible for salary arbitration next winter. The 26-year-old hit .281 with four homers, 47 RBIs and 13 stolen bases last year, when he won his first Gold Glove for outstanding defensive play.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- The woman who said former Alabama football player Jonathan Taylor assaulted her has recanted the allegations. Tuscaloosa police say the 24-year-old woman, who has not been identified, has been arrested on a charge of False Reporting to Law Enforcement.

Taylor was arrested on Saturday and coach Nick Saban dismissed the defensive lineman from the team the following day.

Alabama did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Knoxville police say they are closing the rape case involving former Tennessee cornerback Riyahd Jones because the woman has decided not to prosecute. Authorities said on Feb. 9 that Jones was a suspect in a rape investigation, though no arrest was ever made and no charges were filed. The police report said that a woman had indicated the incident occurred on Feb. 5.

Jones announced via Twitter on Feb. 2 that he was leaving Tennessee's football program and intending to transfer. He didn't play any games for Tennessee in 2014 after appearing in two games in 2013.


UNDATED (AP) -- The playoff picture in the NBA can get a little clearer tonight.

Portland can wrap up the outright Northwest Division title for the first time since 1991-92 when they host the Clippers. A Trail Blazers win, coupled with an Oklahoma City loss at home to Dallas, gives the division to Portland.

Defending NBA champ San Antonio can clinch a Western Conference playoff spot when they visit Orlando tonight. The Spurs have won four in a row.

The battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference continues to play out on two fronts. The Nets hold the position heading into a cross-town trip to take on the Knicks. Brooklyn has won four in a row and has a half-game lead over Boston.

The Celtics host Indiana in a showdown of playoff hopefuls. The Pacers have lost eight of ten and are a game-and-a-half out of the playoff picture.

The Bucks try to straighten themselves out when they host Chicago. Milwaukee holds sixth place in the East but has lost eight of its last ten.

Houston can pull into a first-place tie with idle Memphis for the Southwest Division lead with a home win over Sacramento.

There are 12 games on the NBA schedule.


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