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Scoreboard Roundup – 4/15/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/15/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL – Stanley Cup Playoffs – First Round: New York Islanders 4 – Washington Capitals 1 (Islanders lead series, 1-0) Montreal Canadiens 4 – Ottawa Senators 3 (Canadiens lead series, 1-0) NBA: Toronto Raptors 92 (49-33) – Charlotte Hornets 87 (33-49) Chicago Bulls 91 (50-32) – Atlanta Hawks 85 (60-22) Dallas Mavericks 114 (50-32) – Portland Trail Blazers 98 (51-31) Houston Rockets 117 (56-26) – Utah Jazz 91 (38-44) Boston Celtics 105 (40-42) – Milwaukee Bucks 100 (41-41) Oklahoma City Thunder 138 (45-37) – Minnesota Timberwolves 113 (16-66) New Orleans Pelicans 108 (45-37) – San Antonio Spurs 103 (55-27) Brooklyn Nets 101 (38-44) – Orlando Magic 88 (25-57) Cleveland Cavaliers 113 (53-29) – Washington Wizards 108 (46-36) Detroit Pistons 112 (32-50) – New York Knicks 90 (17-65) Miami Heat 105 (37-45) – Philadelphia 76ers 101 (18-64) MLB: Cleveland Indians 4 (3-5) – Chicago White Sox 2 (3-5) Washington Nationals 10 (3-6) – Boston Red Sox 5 (6-3) Los Angeles Angels 10 (4-5) – Texas Rangers 2 (4-6) Baltimore Orioles 7 (5-4) – New York Yankees 5 (3-6) Miami Marlins 6 (3-6) – Atlanta Braves 2 (6-3) Detroit Tigers 1 (8-1) – Pittsburgh Pirates 0 (3-6) Toronto Blue Jays 12 (5-4) – Tampa Bay Rays 7 (5-4) Houston Astros 6 (4-5) – Oakland Athletics 1 (5-5) New York Mets 6 (6-3) – Philadelphia Phillies 1 (3-6) Minnesota Twins 3 (2-6) – Kansas City Royals 1 (7-1) Chicago Cubs 6 (5-3) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (5-4) St. Louis Cardinals 4 (4-3) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (2-6) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sefolosha Blames NYPD for Broken Leg

Sefolosha Blames NYPD for Broken LegLisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thabo Sefolosha of the Atlanta Hawks is blaming the New York Police Department for breaking his leg. Through a statement released by the Hawks, Sefolosha said, "I am in great pain, have experienced a significan...

Duke’s Tyus Jones Declares for NBA Draft

Duke’s Tyus Jones Declares for NBA Draft Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After winning a national championship with the Duke Blue Devils, freshman point guard Tyus Jones is one and done. Jones announced Wednesday that he will enter the NBA draft. He will follow Duke players Jahlil Okafor and Justice Winslow, who stated their decision to enter the NBA last week. Many NBA experts feel that Jones is a late first round to early second round pick. The Blue Devil's tweeted: .@Tyusjones06 "Even though I am entering the NBA Draft, I will forever be a Duke Blue Devil.” pic.twitter.com/99mPlSDHn5 — Duke M. Basketball (@Duke_MBB) April 15, 2015 Jones averaged 11.8 points, 5.6 assists, 3.5 boards and 1.5 steals this season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Paul Pierce: Nets Would Have ‘Folded’ Without Me and KG

Paul Pierce: Nets Would Have ‘Folded’ Without Me and KG iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce leveled some harsh criticisms toward the Brooklyn Nets and their star point guard Deron Williams in a recent interview with ESPN.com's Jackie MacMullen. After being traded by the Celtics to the Nets, Pierce characterized his time in Brooklyn as "horrible." "It was just the guys' attitudes there. It wasn't like we were surrounded by a bunch of young guys," he said. "They were vets who didn't want to play and didn't want to practice. I was looking around saying, 'What's this?' Kevin [Garnett] and I had to pick them up every day in practice." "If me and Kevin weren't there, that team would have folded up. That team would have packed it in. We kept them going each and every day," he continued.  The player that drew the most attention from Pierce was Williams. "Before I got there, I looked at Deron as an MVP candidate,'' Pierce said. "But I felt once we got there, that's not what he wanted to be. He just didn't want that. I think a lot of the pressure got to him sometimes. This was his first time in the national spotlight. The media in Utah is not the same as the media in New York, so that can wear on some people. I think it really affected him.'' Brooklyn traded its 2014 first round pick, as well as 2016 and 2018 picks to acquire Pierce, Garnett and Jason Terry. The Nets lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Miami Heat. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Indians P Carlos Carrasco Hit In Face By Line Drive

Indians P Carlos Carrasco Hit In Face By Line Drive Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco was treated at a hospital for a bruised jaw after he was carted off the field in the top of the first inning of Tuesday night's 4-1 loss, when Chicago White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera hit a line drive back to the mound, connecting with the pitcher's face. Carrasco was flattened by the sharp liner that appeared to glance off his glove and right hand before smacking him on the right side of the face. The right-hander fell to the ground in front of the mound as manager Terry Francona and a trainer quickly raced out to check on him. Following the game, Francona said X-rays and a CT scan on Carrasco were negative and that he only suffered a bad bruise. Carrasco felt good enough to return to Progressive Field before the game ended. He'll be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Stephen Curry Makes 77 Straight 3s in Practice and 94 of 100 Total

Stephen Curry Makes 77 Straight 3s in Practice and 94 of 100 Total NBA via Golden State Warriors(OAKLAND) -- As the NBA regular season draws to a close, Stephen Curry might be just finding his best shooting stroke. The Golden State Warriors guard and owner of the NBA single-season 3-point record connected on 77 straight 3s in Tuesday's practice. Curry rotated around the perimeter, taking 10 shots from several spots. Curry told ESPN the 77 straight 3s is the most he's ever made in a row. Out of 100 shots taken during the session, he made 94. Teammate Klay Thompson, who is second in the NBA with 234 made 3s, told ESPN he couldn't believe Curry had made 77 straight, and that his own record streak is 36. Curry, a leading candidate for league MVP, has broken his own record for 3-pointers made in a season. With only Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Denver Nuggets remaining, Curry has 284 3s - 3.6 per game - for the season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/14/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/14/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Boston Red Sox 8 (6-2) – Washington Nationals 7 (2-6) Baltimore Orioles 4 (4-4) – New York Yankees 3 (3-5) Detroit Tigers 2 (7-1) – Pittsburgh Pirates 0 (3-5) Tampa Bay Rays 3 (5-3) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (4-4) Miami Marlins 8 (2-6) – Atlanta Braves 2 (6-2) Chicago White Sox 4 (3-4) – Cleveland Indians 1 (2-5) New York Mets 6 (5-3) – Philadelphia Phillies 5 (3-5) Cincinnati Reds 3 (5-3) – Chicago Cubs 2 (4-3) NBA: Boston Celtics 95 (39-42) – Toronto Raptors 93 (48-33) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Knicks’ Derek Fisher Fires Back at People Complaining About Team’s Win Streak

Knicks’ Derek Fisher Fires Back at People Complaining About Team’s Win Streak Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Knicks seemed all but certain to get the most ping pong balls in the NBA Draft Lottery by securing the worst record in the NBA. But after a two-game winning streak that is no longer guaranteed, and head coach Derek Fisher doesn't care. "I'm sure people are upset with us," Fisher said. "But I don't think you can ever go out there and basically try and not play your best. Those two things don't go together." Securing the worst record gives you a 25% chance of getting the number one pick, and guarantees a top-4 pick. If the Thunder beat the Timberwolves on Wednesday, they clinch the worst record in the league. If the Knicks beat the Pistons and the Sixers lose to the Heat on Wednesday, then they tie for the second-worst mark in the NBA. "That has no bearing on these guys' lives and their careers and their livelihoods -- who we pick next year," Fisher said. "This is about them, and they went out and played that way." The Knicks haven't had the number one pick since 1985 when they drafted Patrick Ewing. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Blackhawks Expect Patrick Kane to Return for First Round of Playoffs

Blackhawks Expect Patrick Kane to Return for First Round of Playoffs Len Redkoles/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- After missing the last seven weeks with a fractured clavicle, the Chicago Blackhawks expect forward Patrick Kane to make his return to the ice just in time for the start of the playoffs. Kane, one of the top players in the NHL, suffered the injury back on Feb. 24 and was originally expected to miss 12 weeks. He recently took part in his first full-contact team practice, and could play as soon as Wednesday. "Where I am right now is just kind of go through practice today and see how I feel, and get as ready as possible and try to feel like what it's like to be in a game simulation," Kane said Monday. "I thought it was a good day, good practice for the team overall. Overall, I feel pretty good. Just got to take it day by day right now." Before getting hurt, Kane was tied for the NHL lead in points with 27 goals and 34 assists in 61 games. The Blackhawks went 12-8-1 during Kane's absence. Chicago will face the Nashville Predators in the first round of the playoffs. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Steelers Cornerback Ike Taylor Announces Retirement

Steelers Cornerback Ike Taylor Announces Retirement Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- After 12 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, veteran cornerback Ike Taylor has announced his retirement from the NFL. "Other than having my son, playing for the Steelers has been the best experience in my entire lifetime," Taylor told the team's website. "It is rare, in this day of free agency that is super rare to play for one team. For me to have this opportunity says a lot about how they felt about me, what I gave back to the organization. "I wasn't cut, I wasn't released. It was just my contract was up and it was time to retire. If you want to have pride, well that is the kind of pride I have, being able to play my contract out," he added. Selected in the fourth round back in 2003, Taylor became a staple of the Steelers defense. He started 135 games for the team during his career, and won two Super Bowls as well. The Steelers also lost longtime safety Troy Polamalu to retirement last week. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

WR Michael Crabtree Leaves 49ers for Raiders

WR Michael Crabtree Leaves 49ers for Raiders Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(OAKLAND) -- Wide receiver Michael Crabtree reportedly has signed an agreement to join the Oakland Raiders. The deal is for one year and $3 million, with another $2 million in incentives, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Crabtree's production decreased last season, and he appeared to lose explosion from a 2013 Achilles injury. Crabtree has had just two 100-yard receiving games in 24 games since he returned from his injury. His highest yardage total in 2014 was 85 yards, and he averaged 10.3 yards per reception on 68 catches. Crabtree has a chance to be a starter for Oakland, which badly needs receiving weapons for second-year quarterback Derek Carr. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/13/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/13/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Houston Rockets 100 (55-26) – Charlotte Hornets 90 (33-48) Cleveland Cavaliers 109 (52-29) – Detroit Pistons 97 (31-50) Milwaukee Bucks 107 (41-40) – Philadelphia 76ers 97 (18-63) New York Knicks 112 (17-64) – Atlanta Hawks 108 (60-21) Chicago Bulls 113 (49-32) – Brooklyn Nets 86 (37-44) Miami Heat 100 (36-45) – Orlando Magic 93 (25-56) New Orleans Pelicans 100 (44-37) – Minnesota Timberwolves 88 (16-65) Oklahoma City Thunder 101 (44-37) – Portland Trail Blazers 90 (51-30) MLB: Boston Red Sox 9 (5-2) – Washington Nationals 4 (2-5) Kansas City Royals 12 (7-0) – Minnesota Twins 3 (1-6) New York Yankees 6 (3-4) – Baltimore Orioles 5 (3-4) New York Mets 2 (4-3) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (3-4) Tampa Bay Rays 2 (4-3) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (4-3) Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (3-4) – Detroit Tigers 4 (6-1) Milwaukee Brewers 5 (2-5) – St. Louis Cardinals 4 (3-3) Colorado Rockies 2 (5-2) – San Francisco Giants 0 (3-5) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Pistons’ Greg Monroe Denies Report That He’ll Sign with Knicks this Offseason

Pistons’ Greg Monroe Denies Report That He’ll Sign with Knicks this Offseason Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Detroit Pistons forward/center Greg Monroe is a restricted free agent at the end of the season, and is expected to cash in with his new contract. Despite a recent report, Monroe denies that he's already pick his new team, the New York Knicks. According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Monroe signing with the Knicks is “about as close to a done deal as you can get.” Monroe is denying any such agreement. Agreeing to a deal before the free agency is illegal in NBA, let alone before a season ends.  “You write it’s a done deal, there must be another Greg Monroe around here that I don’t know about, because I haven’t agreed to anything,” Monroe told Mlive.com's David Mayo. “This stuff right here, it’s just unfortunate that we have to talk about it,” Monroe added. “I know we have to. But I talk to my agent every day, and I know for sure, I’m 100-percent, 1,000-percent confident, that he hasn’t done anything. If (the Knicks) have interest, maybe they might have commented on that. But I haven’t even gotten to that place yet.” A five-year NBA veteran, Monroe is averaging 16.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game with the Pistons this year. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Russell Wilson Not Giving Up on Two-Sport Dream

Russell Wilson Not Giving Up on Two-Sport Dream Kevin Casey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Could Russell Wilson be joining the likes of Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders, who've played two sports professionally?   In a recent interview with HBO's Real Sports, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback did not rule out pursuing a full-time career in baseball along with football. "I never want to kill the dream of playing two sports," Wilson said. "I would honestly play two sports."   Wilson played both baseball and football while at NC State. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles out of high school and was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2010. He spent 2010 and 2011 in the Rockies farm system and was drafted by the Texas Rangers during the Rule 5 draft in December 2013. He was able to be selected because MLB allows teams to draft players who have never been called up to the big leagues after spending at least four years in another franchise's farm system. "I don't know," Wilson said when asked if he'd consider playing both sports full time. "I may push the envelope a little bit one of these days." According to MLB.com, Wilson hit .229 in 315 at-bats during his minor league career with the Rockies. He has participated in Rangers spring training practices the past two seasons as well. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sabres Fire Head Coach Ted Nolan

Sabres Fire Head Coach Ted Nolan Len Redkiles/NHLI via Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The Ted Nolan era is over in Buffalo, again. The Sabres announced they've parted ways with the coach after a disastrous 2014-2015 season. "I don't think it was a bad fit. I don't think it was a great fit," general manager Tim Murray said. "Maybe it's just chemistry. Maybe it's just two different personality. "I know this isn't a popular thing," Murray added. "To me, it's about getting better. I feel this was an opportunity for us to improve and keep improving. And that's certainly no disrespect to Ted." The Sabres finished dead last in the NHL this past season with 54 points after posting a 23-51-8 record. Nolan originally coached the Sabres for two seasons from 1995-1997, but left the team when he was offered on a one-year extension following his initial success with the organization. He was re-hired in November 2013 when Ron Rolston was fired. He wound up going 40-87-17 in his second stint with Buffalo. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Felix Hernandez Leaves Game with Tight Quad

Felix Hernandez Leaves Game with Tight Quad Mike Stobe/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez was taken out of his start versus the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, after experiencing tightness in his right quadriceps muscle.The decision to remove Hernandez from the game was described as precautionary by the Mariners.Hernandez had allowed eight hits, three earned runs and two walks while striking out one.Despite being behind 3-0 when Hernandez left the game, the Mariners rallied and ended up winning in 10 innings 8-7 over the Athletics.Hernandez receives a no-decision in the victory, meaning he hasn't lost a game at the Oakland Coliseum since 2009.The former Cy Young Award winner was brilliant in his first start of this season: he pitched seven innings against the Los Angeles Angels, allowing two hits, one earned run, and one walk while striking out 10. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jordan Spieth Wins the 2015 Masters

Jordan Spieth Wins the 2015 Masters Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(AUGUSTA, Ga.) -- From wire to wire Jordan Spieth dominated the 2015 Masters tournament and captured his first green jacket. Spieth, 21, tied the course record Tiger Woods set in 1997 for the lowest score at -18 under 270. He closed day four with 2-under 70, missing a five-foot par putt on the 18th hole that would have given him the record. "This was the ultimate goal in my golf life," Spieth said. Phil Mickelson gave his best effort on the final day but it would not be enough. Lefty finished the day at 14 under, tied with Justin Rose for second place. "He has no weaknesses," Mickelson said of Spieth. "He doesn't overpower the golf course, but he plays the course strategically well. He plays all the shots properly. And he has that ability to focus and see things clear when the pressure is on and perform at his best when the pressure is on." "That's something that you really can't teach," he said. "Some players are able to do it, some players aren't. And he is."  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/11/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/11/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Detroit Tigers 8 (6-0)  - Cleveland Indians 5 (2-4) Tampa Bay Rays 8 (3-3) - Miami Marlins 5 (1-5) New York Mets 4 (3-3) - Atlanta Braves 3 (5-1) Washington Nationals 4 (2-4) - Philadelphia Phillies 3 (3-3) Toronto Blue Jays 10 (4-2) - Baltimore Orioles 7 (3-3) St. Louis Cardinals 7 (3-2) - Cincinnati Reds 5 (4-2) Chicago White Sox 6 (2-4) - Minnesota Twins 2 (1-5) Pittsburgh Pirates 10 (2-4) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (1-5) San Diego Padres 6 (4-3) - San Francisco Giants 4 (3-4) Seattle Mariners 8 (3-3)  - Oakland A's 7 (3-4)(F/10) Houston Astros 6 (3-3) - Texas Rangers 4 (3-4) (F/14) Chicago Cubs 6 (3-2) - Colorado Rockies 5 (4-2) Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (3-3) - Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (3-3) NBA: Milwaukee Bucks 96 (40-40) - Brooklyn Nets 73 (37-43) Boston Celtics 117 (38-42)  - Cleveland Cavaliers 78 (51-29) Detroit Pistons 116 (31-49) - Charlotte Hornets 77 (33-47) Denver Nuggets 122 (30-50) - Sacramento Kings 111 (27-53) Washington Wizards 108 (46-34) - Atlanta Hawks 99 (60-20) Indiana Pacers 116 (37-43) - Oklahoma City Thunder 104 (43-37) Houston Rockets 121 (54-26) - New Orleans Pelicans 114 (43-37) San Antonio Spurs 107 (54-26) - Phoenix Suns 91 (39-42) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Florida Panthers Re-Sign Jagr

Florida Panthers Re-Sign Jagr Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images (SUNRISE, Fl.) -- After trading for Jaromir Jagr in February, the Florida Panthers have decided to keep him around for another season. Jagr and the Panthers have agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal, the team announced Sunday.  ''He's a great role model for our guys,'' general manager Dale Tallon said. ''It's a great day for our franchise having a superstar in the fold like that.'' Through 20 games with the Panthers, Jagr scored six goals. Florida acquired Jagr, who ranks fifth all-time on the NHL scoring list, from the New Jersey Devils for a pair of draft picks.  ''I'm glad I got traded here,'' he said. ''I didn't know how good this team is and how good the organization is. Thankful I had a chance to play the last 20 games here. A lot of people thought I was done, but those young guys give me extra energy, extra life.'' Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Indians C Yan Gomes Out 6-8 Weeks with MCL Sprain

Indians C Yan Gomes Out 6-8 Weeks with MCL Sprain Major League Baseball(CLEVELAND) --  Yan Gomes is expected to miss six to eight weeks after an MRI confirmed that the Indians catcher has a sprained right knee. The Indians placed Gomes on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, one day after he injured his knee on a play at the plate in Cleveland's loss to the Detroit Tigers. The team provided a medical update on Gomes during Sunday's series finale. The Indians said an MRI performed at the Cleveland Clinic revealed Gomes suffered a "moderate'' sprain to his MCL. His leg was jolted violently by Detroit outfielder Rajai Davis, who slid hard on a force play and clipped the catcher's right leg. Gomes was extended at the time like a first baseman making a catch. "Losing Gomes, man, that can be a season-killer," Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday. Last season, Gomes led all AL catchers in average (.278) and extra-base hits (49). He was second in RBIs (74) and homers (21) and handled one of baseball's youngest starting staffs. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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