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Jays open on short end of 6-3 loss
Written by Larry Heiing   
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 12:00 AM

By LARRY HEIING

DHI Correspondent

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WAPAKONETA — It was opening day across Major League Baseball on Monday under blue skies and warmer weather.

Monday also was the day St. John’s opened the 2014 baseball season at Wapakoneta and fell 6-3.

 
UConn upsets Michigan St. 60-54, back to Final Four
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, March 30, 2014 8:05 PM

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Shabazz Napier owed UConn.

He could have transferred when academic sanctions barred the Huskies from the NCAA tournament his junior season. But the guard wanted to pay back the school for the joy of a national title his freshman year, for his struggles as a sophomore.

Napier sure did that Sunday, carrying UConn back to the Final Four in front of thousands of roaring Huskies fans at Madison Square Garden. He scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half in a 60-54 upset of fourth-seeded Michigan State.

 
Defending champ Cards open against depleted Reds
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, March 30, 2014 8:04 PM

By JOE KAY

Associated Press

CINCINNATI — No waiting for one of the NL Central’s longstanding rivalries to resume. The Cardinals and Reds can start playing their annual game of look-who’s-in-first right from the first pitch.

The defending National League champions will open the season in Cincinnati this afternoon, only the second time in the last 20 years that they’ve squared off to start the season. It’s an appropriate beginning — the season often ends with one of those two at the top.

They’ve won four of the last five NL Central titles — two apiece — and played some of the most intense games in the division. They get back at it today with 19-game winner Adam Wainwright starting for the defending champs against Johnny Cueto, the Reds’ ace who is trying to stay healthy.

“I cannot wait,” Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong said.

 
Sonny Gray starts Oakland opener against Indians
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, March 30, 2014 8:02 PM

By JANIE McCAULEY

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. — Sure, Sonny Gray gained some nice momentum from that impressive pitcher’s duel with Detroit ace Justin Verlander last October.

Gray insists any highlights from his remarkable rookie season — he made all of 12 major-league appearances and 10 starts — mean nothing now as he prepares to take the ball for the 2-time defending AL West champion Oakland Athletics on opening day at home tonight against Cleveland.

After Jarrod Parker was lost to season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery late in spring training, Gray assumed the top spot in the rotation.

“I’m really honored to get the opportunity but at the same time I’ll go out with high expectations,” Gray said. “It’ll be a really fun day.”

Gray will be leaving his share of tickets, too: for his grandma, aunt and uncle, a cousin, mom and stepdad, girlfriend and two buddies from back home in Tennessee.

“For most of them it’s their first time in Oakland,” Gray said.

 
Kurt Busch bests Johnson to win at Martinsville
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, March 30, 2014 8:02 PM

Associated Press

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Kurt Busch’s Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, in some ways, was like his career wrapped into one afternoon.

It started with a pit road confrontation with Brad Keselowski, one that had Busch threatening over his radio to rearrange Keselowski’s face when the race was finished, and ended with Busch ending an 83-race victory drought.

The victory was his first for Stewart-Haas Racing, in just their sixth race together, suggesting that it could prove a very productive partnership and one that a reflective Busch said he has learned to approach with a more mature attitude.

 
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