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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 07:51 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Brook Lopez had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets reclaimed sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference by beating the Indiana Pacers 111-106 for their season-high fourth straight victory.

The Nets moved back ahead of Boston and dealt a blow to the Pacers, who fell 1 1/2 games behind Brooklyn. The Pacers play the Celtics tonight.

In other NBA action:

---- The Golden State Warriors improved their NBA-best record to 61-13 by winning their 10th straight game, 110-106 over the L.A. Clippers. Stephen (STEH'-fihn) Curry had 27 to lead the Warriors. Klay Thompson scored 22 of his 25 in the second half. Blake Griffin had a huge night for the Clippers with 40 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. That ends the Clippers' seven-game win streak.

-- Kawhi (kuh-WY') Leonard scored 22 points and the San Antonio Spurs added more steam to their playoff push by beating the Miami Heat 95-81. Tony Parker added 16 in his 1,000th NBA game. The Spurs, who are sitting in sixth in the Western Conference, can clinch a playoff berth with a win tonight in Orlando.

---- Andre Drummond had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Atlanta Hawks 105-95. The Pistons have won five of six.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant has undergone what his doctors call successful bone graft surgery for a fracture in his right foot. The reigning NBA MVP is done for the season and is expected to return to full basketball activities in four to six months.

This is Durant's third surgery on the foot. He had the initial procedure last October, then had a screw replaced in February.

Durant leads the Thunder with an average of 25.4 points and 6.6 rebounds.


UNDATED (AP) -- Alex Ovechkin (oh-VECH'-kin) scored his NHL-leading 50th goal and added an assist to help the Washington Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. It's the sixth time that Ovechkin has scored at least 50 in a season. He tied the Caps' team record with the 472nd of his career.

Only five other players reached the half-century mark at least six times: Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy had nine such seasons, and Mario Lemieux (leh-MYOO'), Marcel Dionne and Guy (ghee) Lafleur had six.

In other hockey:

-- Nick Bonino and Radim Vrbata (rah-DEEM' vur-BAH'-tah) scored in the shootout, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Predators 5-4 to avoid being swept by Nashville. The Canucks padded their lead to four points over Calgary to stay in second place in the Pacific Division with their second win in two nights.

---- Jack Johnson's backhander 56 seconds into overtime lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets past the New Jersey Devils 3-2. That's the Blue Jackets' seventh straight victory.

---- Milan Lucic (mee-LAHN' LOO'-chich scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:09 left as Boston rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2. That gives the Bruins two valuable points as the try to hang on to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

-- Nazem Kadri had a goal and assist, and the Toronto Maple Leafs played the role of spoilers in a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lighting, who are two points back of the Rangers for the best record in the East.

---- The New York Rangers rallied for a 3-2 road win at Winnipeg. Chris Kreider (KRY'-dur) scored the winning goal with 3:45 left.

---- Mark Stone scored the final goal in the shootout, and the Ottawa Senators beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Jameis (JAY'-mihs) Winston put on a show for the assembled NFL coaches, general managers and scouts assembled for Florida State Pro Day.

The Seminoles star threw passes for nearly an hour, demonstrating arm strength, accuracy and stamina while drawing cheers from the hundreds on hand.

His next public workout might be as the top pick in the NFL draft. Asked why Tampa Bay should select him with the No. 1 pick, Winston replied because he's the best player in the draft.


NEW YORK (AP) -- St. John's has announced that career leading scorer Chris Mullin has been hired as the Red Storm's new head coach. It's his first coaching job at any level. He will be introduced today.

Mullin succeeds Steve Lavin, who agreed to leave last week. Lavin took the Red Storm to the NCAA Tournament twice in five seasons.

Iowa State assistant Matt Abdelmassih will join Mullin as an assistant coach.

Mullin spent the last two seasons working for the Sacramento Kings as a senior adviser. He previously served five years as the executive vice president of basketball operations for the Golden State Warriors.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Texas men's basketball coach Rick Barnes has been hired to coach at Tennessee. The move comes just days after losing his position with the Longhorns last weekend. Barnes went 402-180 at Texas and reached the NCAA Tournament in 16 of his 17 seasons, including a Final Four appearance in 2003.

Barnes succeeds Donnie Tyndall who was fired Friday after one season.


SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Lamont Smith is returning to San Diego to be the new Toreros head coach after playing for the school in the late 1990s. Smith had been associated head coach at New Mexico the last two seasons.

Smith's will be introduced by the Toreros today. He replaces Bill Grier, who was fired after the season. Smith will be the fifth coach for the Toreros since they moved to Division I in 1979.


NEW YORK (AP) -- -- Sheldon McClellan scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half, and short-handed Miami rallied to beat Temple 60-57 to reach the NIT championship game.

Already without point guard Angel Rodriguez, the Hurricanes lost center Tonye Jekiri to a concussion early on and trailed by 11 late in the first half.

The `Canes will meet Stanford, the 2012 NIT winner, in Thursday's NIT championship. Stanford raced out to a 15-0 lead and held off Old Dominion 67-60 in the other semifinal. Chasson Randle had 24 points to become Stanford's all-time leading scorer.


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU sophomore forward Jordan Mickey, who led the nation with 3.65 blocks per game this season, says he'll enter this year's NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 Mickey blocked 113 shots this season.

The 6-foot-8 Mickey averaged 15.4 points and 9.9 rebounds this season.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- NASCAR has imposed harsh penalties against Ryan Newman's race team after determining Richard Childress Racing manipulated the tires Newman used at Auto Club Speedway in California.

Newman was one of four drivers to have his tires taken by NASCAR after the March 22 race at Fontana. The tires were sent for an independent inspection, and NASCAR says that Newman's tires were found to been modified in violation of NASCAR rules.

Newman and car owner Childress were docked 75 points each. That dropped Newman from sixth to 27th in the driver's standings.

Crew chief Luke Lambert was fined $125,000 and suspended for the next six races. Lambert was also placed on probation through the end of the year.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Even before the first pitch of the 2015 season is thrown, an eye-popping baseball record will be set.

The average salary when opening-day rosters are finalized Sunday will break the $4 million benchmark for the first time, according to a study of all major league contracts by The Associated Press. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw tops players at $31 million and Los Angeles projects to open the season with a payroll at about $270 million, easily a record.


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