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Last Update on April 20, 2015 05:31 GMT


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Adam Wainwright outpitched Mike Leake, and Kolten Wong had a tiebreaking sacrifice in the eighth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 Sunday night to finish a three-game sweep.

Matt Carpenter hit his fifth career leadoff homer and singled for his eighth multi-hit effort this season as the Cardinals won their fifth straight. Jordan Walden worked around a leadoff hit by Brennan Boesch in the ninth to earn his first save and end the game in 2 hours, 2 minutes.

Wainwright (2-1) gave up one run and seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks, improving to 3-0 against the Reds the last two seasons.

Leake (0-1) gave up both runs and four hits in eight innings for the Reds, who have totaled four runs during a four-game losing streak. Brandon Phillips had two hits and an RBI and Joey Votto singled in his first two trips.


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Cincinnati Reds leadoff man Billy Hamilton was not in the lineup but was available to play a day after injuring his groin beating out an infield hit.

Manager Bryan Price said Sunday that Hamilton was a "useful piece" and "pretty close to a full go" after running outdoors and hitting indoors. Price was a bit hesitant to use Hamilton after daylong rains in St. Louis and gave Skip Schumaker his first start in left field and leadoff.

Catcher Devin Mesoraco was not in the lineup for the sixth straight game with a hip injury. Price said Mesoraco could do everything but catch but hoped he'd be ready for that duty in a few days.

In the meantime, Price said he was not concerned Mesoraco could aggravate the injury hitting or running.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kyrie Irving scored 30 points in his playoff debut, LeBron James added 20 in his first postseason game with Cleveland in five years and the Cavaliers opened a run toward an NBA title with a 113-100 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

Irving made five 3-pointers and Kevin Love, another postseason rookie, added 19 points and 12 rebounds.

It was Cleveland's first home playoff game since May 11, 2010, when the Celtics won Game 5 and James left the floor to some boos from Cavaliers fans. He departed for Miami two months later, but he's home now, all is forgiven and Cleveland is aiming to end a championship drought dating to 1964.

Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points to lead the seventh-seeded Celtics. They will try to even the best-of-7 series in Game 2 on Tuesday night.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Torii Hunter hit his first home run for Minnesota since 2007, helping Trevor May and the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Sunday.

Hunter, who rejoined the Twins this year after five seasons with the Los Angeles Angels and two with Detroit, hit a three-run homer in the sixth off former Minnesota pitcher Anthony Swarzak for a 7-1 lead.

Making his second start since coming up from the minors when Ricky Nolasco went on the disabled list, May (1-1) allowed one run and four hits in six innings. With Ervin Santana serving a drug suspension, May is bidding to remain in the rotation when Nolasco returns from elbow inflammation.

Cleveland scored on Michael Brantley's RBI single in the first and Carlos Santana's ninth-inning home run off J.R. Graham, the 100th home run of Santana's big league career.

TJ House (0-2) gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings, leaving him with a 14.14 ERA.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Cleveland right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco is having his next start pushed back to Tuesday.

Carrasco left his previous start April 14 after being hit in the jaw by a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera. He was set to rejoin the rotation Monday in Chicago.

"It doesn't really do anything other than give him another day," manager Terry Francona said before Sunday's game in Minnesota.

Francona said that Carrasco has looked good throwing on the side, and the manager isn't concerned about Carrasco being worried about getting hit again when he returns to the mound.

"Everybody is different mentally about everything," Francona said. "I do know the best thing to do is get back out there and just play the game."

Trevor Bauer is scheduled to start Monday's game in Chicago on his normal rest.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott won the AAU Sullivan Award on Sunday as the most outstanding U.S. amateur athlete who also demonstrates premier leadership, character and sportsmanship.

Elliott helped lead the Buckeyes to the national championship, earning MVP honors in the national semifinal and title games. He ran for 1,878 yards on 273 attempts and caught 28 passes for 220 yards.

Also selected the Academic All-Big Ten Player, Elliott is a two-time OSU Scholar Athlete. He holds a 3.0 GPA and is a recently declared marketing major. He will be a junior this fall.

Elliott is the eighth football player to win the award.

National Sports News

Last Update on April 21, 2015 00:41 GMT


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A person with knowledge of Adrian Peterson's offseason workouts tells The Associated Press that the star running back has decided not to attend Minnesota's spring strength and conditioning program.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. Yesterday was the first day Vikings players gathered at team headquarters for supervised workouts.

Peterson's absence was expected, of course, given his expressed disinterest in returning to the organization. Even in a normal year, Peterson's presence during offseason workouts has been rare.


UNDATED (AP) -- Boston parlayed three Baltimore errors into five unearned runs in a rain-shortened 7-1 Patriots Day win over the Orioles. The game was called after 6 1/2 innings. Boston scored four runs in the third when losing pitcher Wei-Yin Chen walked four and made an error, and third baseman Manny Machado committed another error.

Justin Masterson improved to 2-0 with five innings of work. He allowed a run on three hits, walked three and struck out six.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The NL East-leading Mets have lost two players to injury. Catcher Travis d'Arnaud (dar-NOH') will be out more than three weeks, and left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins will miss more than six weeks after both were injured against Miami Sunday. The team says that d'Arnaud will be in a splint for three weeks after his right hand was broken when he was hit by a pitch while Blevins will be in a splint for six weeks after a line drive fractured his throwing arm.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Atlanta pitcher Andrew McKirahan has been suspended for 80 games following a positive test for a banned substance under Major League Baseball's drug program. The reliever is the fifth big league pitcher in 25 days disciplined for using performance-enhancing drugs. The 25-year-old left-hander has a 4.15 earned run average in three appearances this season.


ATLANTA (AP) -- Hawks center Al Horford is not sure if he'll be able to play in Game 2 of the first-round playoff series against Brooklyn because of a dislocated finger. Horford injured his right pinky while going for a rebound in Atlanta's Game 1 win Sunday. He was able to return to the court with his finger taped but says "there's still some question" about his status for Wednesday.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Guard Lou Williams of the Toronto Raptors has been named winner of the NBA's Sixth Man Award. In his 10th season of play Williams averaged a career-high 15.5 points a game. Williams received 78 first-place votes and 502 total points from a panel of 130 sports writers and broadcasters. Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics finished second with 324 points with two-time winner Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers third.


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Coach Todd McLellan has parted ways with the San Jose Sharks after seven seasons. The two sides agreed to the move after the Sharks missed the playoffs and finished 12th out of 14 teams in the Western Conference. McLellan goes out as the franchise's winningest coach with a 311-163-66 regular-season record. That was third best in the league since he took over before the 2008-09 season.


UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) --Washington center Eric Fehr (FAYR) will miss at least the next two playoff games against the New York Islanders because of an upper body injury. He was hurt in Washington's 2-1 overtime loss on Sunday.

The Capitals trail the series 2-1 entering Game 4 in New York on Tuesday.


Tebow finds a team

PHILADELPHIA -- Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow (TEE'-boh) has signed a one-year contract with the Eagles. Tebow, who hasn't played in the NFL since 2012 with the New York Jets, was released by the New England Patriots before the 2013 season and spent last year working in television as an analyst for the Southeastern Conference Network and ESPN.

The 27-year-old becomes part of a busy depth chart as the Eagles already have quarterbacks Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne on the roster.


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) -- Three-time British Open champion Nick Faldo (FAL'-doh) is joining five-time winner Tom Watson in making this year's British Open at St. Andrews his last. Watson had already make his plans known and now Faldo, who will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of his second British Open title at the Old Course in St. Andrews in 1990, is joining him.


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