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Sports for Friday April 18th, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered again, doubling twice and scoring two runs as the Texas Rangers beat Seattle Mariners 8-6 Thursday.

Texas lost the opener of the four-game series on Monday night, but won the last three.

The 32-year-old Kouzmanoff is hitting .414 since joining the Rangers on April 9 after starting third baseman Adrian Beltre strained his left quadriceps.

Kouzmanoff has hit in all eight games in which he has played, beginning with a pinch-hitting appearance followed by seven straight starts. Beltre was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday.

Robinson Cano homered for the Mariners. He's in a 3-for-18 slump.

KPYN Sports for Thursday April 17th, 2014

Rangers rally for 2 in 9th to beat Mariners 3-2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Leonys Martin had a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning as the Texas Rangers scored two unearned runs in a two-out rally against Fernando Rodney, beating the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Wednesday night in a game that started as a battle of aces.
Rodney retired the first two in the ninth before Kevin Kouzmanoff's single that ricocheted off the glove of sliding shortstop Brad Miller and dribbled into the outfield. Mitch Moreland drew a walk before pinch-hitter Donnie Murphy's grounder was fielded by Miller, whose toss to second base was high and allowed Moreland to slide in safely.
Martin had the winner after Rodney's wild pitch allowed the tying run to score.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez struck out nine and had retired 10 in a row before Martin's leadoff triple in the eighth ended the big right-hander's night. Yu Darvish struck out eight in seven innings for the Rangers.

Rangers' Saunders cuts short bullpen session
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers left-hander Joe Saunders cut short a bullpen session Wednesday because of pain in his left ankle.
Saunders has been on the disabled list since getting hit by a line drive in his only start, April 4 at Tampa Bay. An MRI showed only a bone bruise.
The Rangers said Saunders had persistent pain after "he started to ramp it up" during his session Wednesday. He will try another bullpen session in a few days.
Right-hander Daniel McCutchen, designated for assignment Monday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock.
Texas also agreed to a minor league contract with Scott Cousins, a left-handed throwing outfielder they will try to convert to a pitcher. He played in 135 games for Miami and the Los Angeles Angels from 2010-13.

Homer by Moustakas lifts Royals over Astros 6-4
HOUSTON (AP) — Mike Moustakas homered in the 11th inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.
Moustakas has been off to a tough start this season and was hitting .098 before his solo shot to the seats in right field off Jerome Williams (0-1) to lead off the 11th.
A small group of Royals fans stood and yelled 'Moooooose' as he rounded the bases after his first homer this year.
Jarrod Dyson singled and added an insurance run on a fielder's choice.
Danny Duffy (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win and Greg Holland allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless 11th for his fifth save.
Jason Castro and Marc Krauss both had two-run home runs for the Astros. Heralded Houston prospect George Springer made his major league debut, batting second and playing right field.
The 24-year-old, who hit 37 homers combined in Double-A and Triple-A last season, singled and walked, but struck out with one out and a runner on first in the 11th.

Astros' Springer to make debut
HOUSTON (AP) — Highly touted prospect George Springer is making his major league debut on Wednesday night, batting second and playing right field for the Houston Astros.
He's the first of a group of top prospects expected to help the Astros back to respectability after three straight 100-loss seasons.
Springer says: "I have to understand who I am as a player and I understand what I can do, and just go out there and treat this like it's any other game ... and try to help the Houston Astros win."
The 24-year-old outfielder had 37 homers and 108 RBIs with 45 stolen bases combined in Double-A and Triple-A last year. He was off to a strong start in Triple-A this season, too, hitting .353 with three homers and nine RBIs.

NEW YORK (AP)— The Chicago Cubs were blanked twice on the same day for the first time since 1962. The New York Yankees turned the trick, 3-0 and 2-0, with Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE'-roh tah-NAH'-kah) and Michael Pineda turning in fine pitching performances.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies grabbed the Western Conference's No. 7 seed away from Dallas by edging the Mavericks 106-105 last night in the regular season finale. Monta Ellis missed a 17-footer before Conley drew the foul driving to the basket. Dallas had one last shot. Ellis missed from the top of the key.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Lakers closed their worst season since they moved to Los Angeles with a 113-100 victory over the San Antonio Spurs last night. Nick Young scored 16 points to help Los Angeles close the season with a two-game winning streak. The Spurs had an opportunity to match their best record but opted to rest in preparation for defense of their conference title.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans closed out a difficult season with a crowd pleasing 105-100 victory over the playoff-bound Houston Rockets last night. It was the second straight victory for the Pelicans. Troy Daniels hit 6 3s and finished with 22 points for Houston.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder secured the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference, rallying from 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 112-111. Oklahoma City had lost two straight to put itself in the must-win situation in the regular-season finale to earn the No. 2 seed.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks finished their disappointing season with a 95-92 victory last night over the Toronto Raptors, who blew a 21-point lead but earned the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Toronto will host the Brooklyn Nets, who fell to the No. 6 seed, in its playoff opener Saturday.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to win his NHL playoff debut as the Anaheim Ducks opened the postseason with a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars last night. Kyle Palmieri, Ryan Getzlaf and Mathieu Perreault scored in a dominant first period for the top-seeded Ducks. Anaheim led 4-0 midway through the second period before Dallas got rolling in its first playoff game since 2008.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brandon Sutter (SUHT'-ur) scored on a wrist shot from the left circle 8:18 into the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in the opener of the NHL postseason. Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (marhk-ahn-dray FLOOR'-ee) overcame some shaky defense to stop 31 shots. Game 2 is Saturday night.

KPYN Sports for Wednesday April 16th, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA's Legislative Council has approved a proposal to expand the meal allowance for all athletes. The proposal would allow Division I schools to provide unlimited meals and snacks to all athletes, including walk-ons. The measure still must be approved by the board of directors, which meets April 24.

UNDATED (AP) — Syracuse sophomore forward Jerami Grant is entering the NBA draft after averaging 12.1 points and a team-leading 6.8 rebounds last season. Michigan sophomores Nik Stauskas and Glen Robinson III also have decided to leave school early for the draft, but Michigan State forward Brenden Dawson says he'll be back for his senior season.

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California has hired Tennessee's Cuonzo (KAHN'-zoh) Martin as its men's basketball coach. He replaces Mike Montgomery, who retired last month after six seasons in Berkeley. Martin went 63-41 in three seasons at Tennessee, including a 24-13 mark and an appearance in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament this season.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian is up and moving around at a Las Vegas hospital and could go home this weekend after suffering a heart attack and contracting pneumonia. Tarkanian's son-in-law, Zafi Diamant, said yesterday that the 83-year-old Tarkanian was feeling better and has been walking around Valley Hospital. Doctors determined that Tarkanian did have a heart attack.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The 49ers have signed wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to a one-year contract. He started his career with the Niners and played with them through 2005. He then spent time with the Redskins, Bears, Broncos, Rams and Patriots before sitting out last season.

HOUSTON (AP) — Rookie Yordano Ventura threw seven solid innings for first major league win to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros last night. Omar Infante homered and drove in two runs for the Royals. Ventura allowed four hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts in seven innings in his fifth major league start.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back homers as the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners 5-0 last night. Fielder ended a 13-game homerless streak to start the season with a line drive to right-center field off former Texas first-round pick Blake Beavan to lead off the second inning. Kouzmanoff went deep to left two pitches later.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Stephane Robidas realized he might end up facing his former teammates in the first round of the playoffs when he was traded from the Dallas Stars to the Anaheim Ducks last month. Robidas realizes his postseason fate rests on the powerhouse Ducks' will. Anaheim hosts the Stars in Game 1 tonight.

HOUSTON (AP) — Prized prospect George Springer says he will join the Houston Astros from Triple-A Oklahoma City today. The 24-year-old outfielder had 37 homers and 108 RBIs with 45 stolen bases combined in Double-A and Triple-A last year. He was off to a strong start in Triple-A this season. He's hitting .308 with three homers and eight RBIs.

In high school baseball
At Tiger Field at Texas High, the Texas High Tigers beat Marshall by 10-run rule 11-1. The Tigers moved into a third place tie with Mount Pleasant with the win.

At Leopard Field, the North Lamar Panthers beat Liberty-Eylau 14-0. Brandon Dusenberry pitched a complete game for the Panthers, striking out 8 of the last 9 Leopard batters.

At Rabbits Field at Atlanta City Park, the Pleasant Grove Hawks beat the Atlanta Rabbits 2-0.

In Queen City, the Queen City Bulldogs beat Dangerfield 11-1. Cody Griffin and Cody Henry each had two hits and Chase Norman was the winning pitcher.

In Hughes Springs, the Hughes Springs Mustangs beat the Redwater Dragons 6-2

In Detroit, the Maud Cardinals beat Detroit 10-3.

In girls softball
In Atlanta, the Pleasant Grove Hawks beat the Atlanta Rabbits 11-6.

Avery beat Bloomburg 11-1, James Bowie downed McLeod 10-3 and Queen City beat Dangerfield 12-2.

KPYN Sports for Tuesday April 15th, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mike Zunino homered an inning before adding an RBI single in Seattle's six-run outburst that included three Texas Rangers errors and a replay reversal that gave the Mariners a run in their 7-1 victory last night. Roenis Elias worked into the seventh inning with five strikeouts. The Mariners went ahead to stay in the fifth on Zunino's solo homer off Colby Lewis.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Rangers have designated right-hander Daniel McCutchen for assignment to make room on their roster for Colby Lewis. McCutchen was cut before the series opener against Seattle last night. Texas selected Lewis' contract from Triple-A Round Rock. He had gone to major league spring training this year as a non-roster invitee.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Pittsburgh and Cincinnati combined to hit 10 home runs before their game was suspended by rain with the score tied 7-7 through six innings. Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez hit back-to-back homers twice for the Pirates, who will pick up the game late this afternoon in Cincinnati. Devin Mesoraco's solo shot off Bryan Morris tied it at 7 in the bottom of the sixth and made it the first 10-homer game in the majors since the Tigers and Cubs combined for 11 in 2006.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas baseball team is set to open a nine-game homestand when the Razorbacks host Stephen F. Austin in college baseball. UA and SFA will play a single game tonight at Baum Stadium starting at 6:35 p.m. Arkansas has never lost to Stephen F. Austin.

HOUSTON (AP) — Chandler Parsons scored 21 points to lift the Houston Rockets to a 104-98 win over the San Antonio Spurs last night. Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones added 20 apiece. The victory gave No. 4 seed Houston home-court advantage in their first-round playoff series with Portland.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Joe Dumars has stepped down as president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons are going to miss out on their fifth straight post season with a record of 29-52 with just one game remaining.

UNDATED (AP) — Michigan State shooting guard Gary Harris is leaving school two years early to enter the NBA draft. Harris averaged a team-high 16.7 points last season to help the Spartans win 29 games, including the Big Ten tournament championship. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo (IH'-zoh) told reporters after the season that he would advise Harris to make the jump to the league if his research led him to believe Harris would be among the top guards drafted in June.

UNDATED (AP) — US swimmer Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement and will take part in an event in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26, with an eye on possibly competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The last time the 22-time Olympic medal-winner competed was at the 2012 Games.

UNDATED (AP) — The Nashville Predators have fired original head coach Barry Trotz after 15 seasons and a 557-479-160 record. Trotz was offered a position in the team's hockey operations department after becoming NHL's longest tenured head coach with one team, coaching 1,196 games with Nashville. That put him second only to Greg Popovich of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs for longest active coaching tenure in the four major sports.

KPYN Sports For Monday April 14th, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Bubba Watson is the Masters champion for the second time in three years, finishing three shots ahead of third-round co-leader Jordan Spieth (speeth) and Jonas Blixt. Watson turned a two-shot deficit into a two-shot lead with birdies on the eighth and ninth holes while Spieth bogeyed each hole. Watson closed with a 3-under 69 for an 8-under total.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Martin Perez threw eight scoreless innings as the Texas Rangers got a series-clinching 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros yesterday. Perez scattered five hits and walked three. He struck out two. Alexi Ogando worked a perfect ninth to convert his first save chance.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities said he became belligerent during a security screening and threatened that he had a bomb. A police Sgt. said Smith was randomly selected for a secondary screening at Terminal 1 and became uncooperative with the process. Smith is now involved in three pending criminal cases.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Phoenix Coyotes ended a seven-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars last night in the season finale for both teams. The Coyotes wanted desperately to end their season-worst losing streak. The Coyotes finished two points behind Dallas in the Western Conference and missed the playoffs for the second straight season.

Tonight on KPYN 900 AM and 95.5 FM
Rangers vs Mariners 6:30pm pregame 7:05pm first pitch

KPYN Sports for Friday April 11th, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Bill Haas will carry a one-shot lead into the second round of the Masters, the first major he's ever led. Haas opened with a 4-under-par 68 that puts him one stroke ahead of Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST'-hy-zehn) and former champs Adam Scott and Bubba Watson. Seven others are two strokes back, and Phil Mickelson is eight shots off the pace.

DALLAS (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have reduced their magic number to one for winning the NBA's Western Conference and earning home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. Patty Mills scored 26 points starting in place of Tony Parker to lead the Spurs past the Mavericks 109-100 in Dallas. Mills had 11 points and a pair of steals in the third quarter when the Spurs turned a two-point deficit into an 11-point lead.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has undergone arthroscopic surgery to relieve some lingering discomfort in the ankle he sprained in the regular season finale against Washington. The two-time Super Bowl MVP has been rehabbing the ankle for more than three months, but it is still bothering him. Manning expects to be able to run in six weeks.

Bielema announces addition to UA football staff
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema has announced an addition the football staff.
Bielema on Thursday said Daniel Bush will join the staff as assistant recruiting coordinator and director of personnel. Bush has spent the last three years in player personnel at Alabama
At Alabama, Bush was responsible for daily recruiting efforts and visits as well as updating the recruiting database and personnel boards while helping the Crimson Tide sign the nation's No. 1 recruiting class each season. He also assisted in marketing campaigns and special events for Alabama football.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The UNLV Rebels football team will not be eligible for the Mountain West championship game or a bowl berth in 2014 after failing to reach the minimum Academic Progress Rate score. The university says its final appeal to the NCAA subcommittee was denied and sanctions will be enforced. The sanctions include no postseason competition, substituting four hours of academics for four hours of practice time weekly and five days of football-related activities a week instead of six.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong has given sworn testimony naming several people he says knew about his performance-enhancing drug use, insisting he didn't pay anyone or any organization to keep his doping secret. The previously undisclosed documents were filed this week as part of the federal whistle-blower lawsuit over his team's sponsorship by the U.S. Postal Service that could lead to fines in excess of $100 million.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre has a mild left quadriceps strain that will keep him out of the lineup a few days. The Texas Rangers plan to wait and see if their third baseman can avoid a trip to the disabled list. Beltre came out of Tuesday's game at Boston and returned home for the exam and an MRI.

NEW YORK (AP) — A minor league pitcher for the Texas Rangers has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. Double-A lefty Martire Garcia was penalized yesterday. He tested positive for the banned female fertility drug Clomiphene. The 24-year-old Garcia had pitched four scoreless innings for Frisco.

TORONTO (AP) — The Houston Astros avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 last night. Robbie Grossman and Jonathan Villar homered off R.A. Dickey. Dallas Keuchel pitched seven strong innings for the Astros. Keuchel allowed one run and five hits, walked two and struck out six.

Schedule of games this weekend on KPYN
Fri Apr 11 Rangers vs Astros 6:30pm pregame 7:05pm first pitch
Sat Apr 12 Rangers vs Astros 6:30pm pregame 7:05pm first pitch
Sun Apr 13 Rangers vs Astros 1:30pm pregame 2:05pm first pitch

KPYN Sports for Thursday April 10th, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz hit a three-run homer high over the Pesky Pole in the eighth inning to help the Boston Red Sox rally for a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers yesterday. Ortiz's second homer was heading down the right-field line before it curled around the pole just 302 feet from home plate. Andrew Miller earned the victory despite allowing the Rangers to score the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth.

UNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will be out 6 to 8 weeks after tearing a ligament in his left thumb during last night's game against Seattle. The 2010 AL MVP was injured during a headfirst slide into first base in the seventh inning. Hamilton was placed on the disabled list and could require surgery.

DENVER (AP) — Randy Foye scored 24 of his 30 points in the second half as the Denver Nuggets hung on to beat the Houston Rockets 123-116 last night. Kenneth Faried had 23 points and Timofey Mozgov added 22 for the Nuggets. Jeremy Lin led eight Houston players in double figures with 18 points.

UNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat have swapped places atop the NBA's Eastern Conference. The Pacers now have a half-game lead after Chris Copeland's driving layup with 1.2 seconds remaining gave them a 104-102 victory at Milwaukee. LeBron James poured in 37 points, but the Heat absorbed a 107-102 loss against a Memphis team that's trying to keep its postseason hopes alive.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as Oklahoma City beat the Los Angeles Clippers 107-101 to move 2 ½ games ahead of the third-place Clippers in the West. Kevin Durant shot just 8-for-26 but finished with 27 points for the Thunder. Oklahoma City is three games behind the Western Conference-leading San Antonio Spurs with four remaining.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has agreed to a multiyear contract extension despite the tea's struggles this season. The Lakers' latest defeat was their 53rd of the season, matching the franchise record set in 1958. Kupchak has been in the Lakers' front office since 1986 and took charge of the basketball operations when Jerry West departed in 2000.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former NFL MVP Adrian Peterson advocated for college athletes yesterday, saying they deserved to be paid for the millions of dollars they bring to school coffers. The Minnesota Vikings running back also took aim at NBA commissioner Adam Silver's stated desire to require college players to spend two years in school before declaring for the draft. Peterson said he felt a kinship with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') as a fellow high-profile athlete who generated significant revenues while he was in school at Oklahoma.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has announced that next year's Pro Bowl will take place on Jan. 25 at the University of Phoenix Stadium before returning to Hawaii at Aloha Stadium in 2016. The game will remain a week before the Super Bowl, as it has the last five years. The new format introduced after last season will be retained.

TORONTO (AP) — Brett Lawrie hit a two-run homer as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 7-3 on Wednesday night. Alex Presley hit a two-run homer for the Astros. Steve Delabar got one out in the ninth but had to leave after he was hit on the lower right leg by Jose Altuve's liner. Esmil Rogers finished.

DALLAS (AP) — The Blue Jackets clinched the second playoff berth in franchise history with a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars last night. Artem Anisimov and Mark Letestu added goals to the one Columbus already had when the makeup game started. The Blue Jackets' 1-0 lead was the score the night the original game was postponed after Dallas forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench because of an irregular heartbeat.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane says he will rejoin the team for the NHL playoffs next week, despite wearing a brace on his injured left knee. Kane was hurt in a game on March 19 and went to the sidelines as the team's leading scorer.

The winner from the nine-horse field will pick up 100 points for the Road to the Kentucky Derby, increasing the chance of a spot in the May 3 race in Louisville, Ky.

KPYN Sports for Wednesday April 9th, 2014

In high school baseball
At Rabbits Field at Atlanta City Park, the Atlanta Rabbits moved into a 3-way tie for first place with a 6-5 win over Pittsburg. Garrison McCord drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning.

In Queen City, The Queen City Bulldogs beat Paul Pewitt 14-2. Cody Henry had 5 RBI’s for the Dogs.

In Redwater, The Redwater Dragons got by The Linden Kildare Tigers 4-3.

In girls softball
At Atlanta City Park, the Atlanta Lady Rabbits shut out Pittsburg 12-0; 6 Atlanta batters had 2 or more hits.

Rangers' 5-run 3rd sparks 10-7 win over Red Sox
BOSTON (AP) — Robinson Chirinos started a five-run third inning with his first homer of the season and the Texas Rangers won 10-7 as the Boston Red Sox hit into five double plays Tuesday night.
The Red Sox scored three runs in the ninth against Joakim Soria on an RBI single by Jonny Gomes and a two-run double by David Ortiz, but Mike Napoli struck out to end the game.
The Rangers finished with 13 hits, the first time in six games that they had at least 10. And they were 7 for 15 with runners in scoring position one night after going 0 for 8 in a 5-1 loss in the opener of the three-game series.
Boston's five double plays were one fewer than the American League record for a nine-inning game shared by eight teams. The major league mark of seven was set by the San Francisco Giants in 1969.

Rangers LHP Harrison feels good in rehab start
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Matt Harrison says his second minor league rehab start was a step in the right direction as he tries to work his way back into the Texas Rangers' rotation.
Harrison allowed three hits and one run over 4 2-3 innings Tuesday for Double-A Frisco. The left-hander struck out three with no walks, five days after his start in the RoughRiders' season opener was shortened by rain.
The Rangers' opening day starter in 2013 is penciled in for an April 23 return. He made only two starts last season before two operations for a herniated disk in his back, then had a setback with neck and back stiffness.
Harrison said the 62-pitch outing was the best he's felt so far in the rehab process. He is scheduled to make two more rehab starts.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Yankees closer David Robertson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained groin, although he doesn't expect to be sidelined more than 15 days.. To help fill the void the New Yorkers recalled lefty reliever Cesar Cabral from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Robertson posted two saves in three games before getting hurt.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Royals infielder Omar Infante (ihn-FAHN'-tay) has a sprained jaw after being hit by a Heath Bell pitch during Monday's win over Tampa Bay. Infante was sent to the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he also received six stitches to close a facial cut. The Royals say the second baseman did not sustain a concussion.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Connecticut Huskies are national champions in women's college basketball for a record ninth time following a 79-58 rout of previously-unbeaten Notre Dame. Breanna Stewart paced the Huskies with 21 points and Stefanie Dolson finished with 17 points, 16 rebounds and six assists. This marks the second time since 2004 that Connecticut has won both NCAA Division I basketball titles in the same season.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks beat the Utah Jazz 95-83 last night for their fifth consecutive victory. Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting. Dallas shot 56 percent from the field and had six players score in double figures. Monta Ellis scored 16 points and reserve Vince Carter added 13.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ricky Rubio scored 23 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 110-91 victory over the San Antonio Spurs last night. Kevin Love had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Corey Brewer scored 14 points. The Timberwolves have beaten Miami and San Antonio in two of their last three games.

Arkansas' Haydar inks deal to play in Lebanon
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas senior guard Kikko Haydar has signed a contract to play professional basketball in his home country of Lebanon after graduation.
The university announced Tuesday that Haydar had signed a three-year contract to play for Sagesse in Division A in Lebanon. UA says Haydar will join Sagesse for the playoffs after graduation and his three-year contract will start the following season.
Haydar spent much of childhood in Fayetteville after his parents moved to Arkansas to become professors at the University of Arkansas, where they started the school's Arabic program.
Former Razorback Charles Thomas also plays for Sagesse, based in Beirut.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon point guard Joseph Young says he's returning to the Ducks for his senior season. The 6-foot-2 Young was the Ducks' leading scorer as they advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year. He averaged 18.9 points per game and scored in double figures in 30 of 34 games.

DALLAS (AP) — The playoff-chasing Dallas Stars won 3-2 over Nashville last night to eliminate the Predators from postseason contention. Tyler Seguin scored in the fourth round of a shootout to help win the game. Dallas holds the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 89 points.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks have fired president and general manager Mike Gillis, making the move a day after the team was eliminated from playoff contention. Gillis took over the general manager position after the 2007-08 season. The Canucks advanced to the 2011 Stanley Cup final under Gillis before losing to Boston, and have been in a steady decline since.

Live today on KPYN 900 AM and 95.5 FM, major league baseball
Rangers @ Red Sox 2:30pm pregame 3:05pm first pitch

KPYN Sports for Tuesday April 8th, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Connecticut has become the first seventh seed to capture the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Shabazz Napier had 22 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals to lead the Huskies past Kentucky 60-54 last night in the championship game.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)— It's a dream matchup in tonight's NCAA women's title game. The unbeaten Connecticut Huskies try to finish with their 40th victory when they take on 37-0 Notre Dame in the first women's championship pitting two unbeaten teams. The Huskies will try for a double title for the first time since the UConn men's and women's teams won it all in 2004.

UNDATED (AP)— Former NBA player and coach Michael Curry has been hired as the men's basketball coach at Florida Atlantic, replacing Mike Jarvis. Curry coached the Detroit Pistons and took them to the playoffs in the 2008-09 season, plus has been an assistant in both Detroit and Philadelphia.

BOSTON (AP) — John Lackey pitched seven strong innings as the Boston Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Texas Rangers last night. Lackey allowed an unearned run and five hits in seven innings five days after giving up two runs over six innings in a 6-2 win at Baltimore. Chris Capuano pitched the eighth and Koji Uehara escaped a second-and-third jam in the ninth.

HOUSTON (AP) — C.J. Wilson pitched eight solid innings as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Houston Astros 9-1 yesterday. Howie Kendrick and Raul Ibanez each drove in three runs. The Angels took three of four from Houston after starting the season 0-3.

NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter walked off the field a winner in his final home opener as New York beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2. Jeter doubled high off the left-field wall and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury's single in the fifth and was cheered every step of the way by an adoring crowd of 48,142 in the Yankees' 112th opener in New York.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Joey Logano made a last-lap pass of Jeff Gordon during extra laps after a late caution yesterday in a rain-delayed race at Texas. Logano became the seventh different winner in as many Sprint Cup races this season. Brad Keselowski missed a chance to become the season's first two-time winner when he was penalized for speeding on pit road.

Atlanta vs Pittsburg pregame 5:30pm First pitch 6pm

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