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Patriots Will Host Steelers to Open NFL Season

Patriots Will Host Steelers to Open NFL SeasonDoug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New England Patriots will begin the defense of their Super Bowl title by hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 10 in the Thursday night opener of the NFL's 2015 season. New England opened as 6-point home favorites over Pittsburgh, according to the Westgate SuperBook. The Steelers will play the game without star running back Le'Veon Bell, who is suspended for the first three games of the season. The Thursday game will be one of five primetime games in which the Patriots and Steelers will play -- tied for the most with the Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Seattle Seahawks. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/21/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/21/15Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs – First Round: Cleveland Cavaliers 99 – Boston Celtics 91 (Cavaliers lead series, 2-0) Washington Wizards 117 – Toronto Raptors 106 (Wizards lead series, 2-0) NHL Playoffs – First Round: Detroit Red Wings 3 – Tampa Bay Lightning 0 (Red Wings lead series, 2-1) Washington Capitals 2 – New York Islanders 1 OT (Series tied at 2-2) MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 13 (7-7) – Baltimore Orioles 6 (7-7) Washington Nationals 2 (7-7) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (8-4) 10 Innings New York Yankees 5 (7-7) – Detroit Tigers 2 (11-3) Philadelphia Phillies 7 (5-9) – Miami Marlins 3 (3-11) Boston Red Sox 1 (9-5) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (6-8) Chicago Cubs 9 (8-5) – Pittsburgh Pirates 8 (6-8) New York Mets 7 (11-3) – Atlanta Braves 1 (8-5) Kansas City Royals 6 (11-3) – Minnesota Twins 5 (5-9) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scooter Gennett’s Injury Was Caused by Shower Accident

Scooter Gennett’s Injury Was Caused by Shower AccidentMike McGinnis/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) -- Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett recently suffered a hand injury that could land him on the disabled list. As it turns out, the injury was the result of a shower accident. After the team's game on Sunday, Gennett sliced one of his knuckles on a metal rack. "I went to grab some body wash like I would normally grab body wash," Gennett said. "It was definitely a freakish thing. It started bleeding everywhere. I didn't feel any type of pain. I have my strength but something like that reopening and getting worse isn't what we want." It is uknown just how long Gennett will be out of action for the last-place Brewers. "He doesn't understand how in the world you can possibly get hurt in the bathroom," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. Gennett is hoping to return to the field on Wednesday, but no decisions have been made yet. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Patriots Nate Solder Reveals He Was Diagnosed with Cancer in 2014

Patriots Nate Solder Reveals He Was Diagnosed with Cancer in 2014Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass) -- New England Patriots tackle Nate Solder revealed that he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2014, and also underwent treatment during that time. The 27-year-old Solder had one testicle removed, yet still managed to play every game for the team this past season. "Had I not had a routine physical, I probably wouldn't have checked it, saying, 'Oh, it's just in my head, I'm going to be fine,'" he said. After his diagnosis, Solder said he took to the Internet to find out more about testicular cancer. "I knew nothing about it. It was a complete surprise," Solder explained. "You Google something like that and it kind of scares you, so I was like, 'I'm not going to freak out about this.'" "I was completely healthy, I'm a professional athlete. It can happen to anybody," he added. "Make sure you get yourself checked out, especially young men, because that's who it's really targeted toward." Solder was the 17th overall selection by the Patriots during the 2011 Draft. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brewers Catcher Suffers Broken Toe, Out Indefinitely

Brewers Catcher Suffers Broken Toe, Out IndefinitelyiStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- Already struggling out of the gate, the injuries are piling up for the Milwaukee Brewers as catcher Jonathan Lucroy will be out indefinitely with a broken toe. Lucroy suffered the injury during the team's game against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. He broke his toe after a foul tip hit him in the left toe. "I've been hit a million times on my feet," Lucroy told MLB.com. "I was just talking to 'Maldy' about it and he said the same thing: That's the first time I've ever seen a catcher break their toe. It had to be me. It's about par for the course right now." "I can't do anything about it. I have to wait for it to heal up," Lucroy added. "Freak thing. You guys saw it. I don't know what else to say about it other than I have to overcome it, deal with it." The 28-year-old Lucroy was off to a rough start this season, batting .156 with two RBIs. Meanwhile, the Brewers are off to a 2-11 start, which is the worst mark in Major League Baseball. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Cubs Calling Up Prospect Russell

Cubs Calling Up Prospect RussellChicago Cubs/MLB(CHICAGO, Ill) -- Just days after calling up the much-hyped Kris Bryant Friday, the Chicago Cubs will bring 2B/SS Addison Russell to the show. The Cubs acquired Russell from the Oakland A's last season before the trade deadline in exchange for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. According to MLB.com, Russell is the fifth-best prospect in baseball.  Bryant is second. The Cubs infield is now manned by four players under 25, with a lot of promise. Bryant and Russell will join shortstop Starlin Castro and first baseman Anthony Rizzo to form the foundation of what Chicago hopes will end a 106-season World Series drought. To make room on the roster, Arismendy Alcantara will be optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Russell is expected to make his debut Tuesday night in Pittsburgh against the Pirates. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Steelers’ Brown Wants New Contract

Steelers’ Brown Wants New ContractPittsburgh Steelers/NFL (PITTSBURGH, Pa.) -- After a career season, Antonio Brown wants a new contract from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brown chose not to attend the team's offseason workouts because he desires a reworked deal. Currently, Brown has three years remaining on his contract that has him as the 14th highest paid wide receiver in the NFL. Last year, Brown caught 13 touchdowns on 129 passes with 1,698 yards receiving -- the sixth highest in league history. Brown signed a five-year, $42.5 million in 2012. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Analyst: Two Teams Needed For Carson Stadium Success

Analyst: Two Teams Needed For Carson Stadium SuccessDoug Pensinger/Getty Images (CARSON, Ca.) -- As the NFL moves towards its inevitable return to the Los Angeles media market, as many as three teams have interest in relocating. A financial report has concluded that the proposed $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, California would require two teams in order to be a profitable venture. As the Chargers and Raiders negotiate with San Diego and Oakland respectively for new stadium deals in their current markets, both teams have made it known of their interest to relocate to Los Angeles. The report discovered that if one team were to play in the stadium the city of Carson budget would face, "annual fiscal losses in most of the first 30 years." The Rams are currently the frontrunner to be the first team to move to Los Angeles, as owner Stan Kronke is moving forward with plans to build a stadium in Inglewood.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Female Fan Ok After Taking Foul Ball to Head at Pirates Game

Female Fan Ok After Taking Foul Ball to Head at Pirates GameiStock/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) -- A scary moment occurred in the top of the second inning of the Pittsburgh Pirates game Monday night, as a foul tip ricocheted and struck a female fan in the head. As Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro swung just underneath a...

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/20/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/20/15Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs – First Round: Chicago Bulls 91 – Milwaukee Bucks 82 (Bulls lead series, 2-0) NHL Playoffs – First Round:  New York Rangers 2 – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Rangers lead series, 2-1) Minnesota Wild 3 – St. Louis Blues 0 (Wild lead series, 2-1) MLB: Chicago Cubs 5 (7-5) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (6-7) Boston Red Sox 7 (8-5) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (7-6) – 7 Innings Cincinnati Reds 6 (6-7) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (2-11) Detroit Tigers 2 (11-2) – New York Yankees 1 (6-7) Chicago White Sox 4 (5-7) – Cleveland Indians 3 (4-8) Kansas City Royals 7 (10-3) – Minnesota Wild 1 (5-8) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Red Sox Beat Orioles on Patriots’ Day, 7-1

Red Sox Beat Orioles on Patriots’ Day, 7-1iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- The Orioles allowed five unearned runs as the Boston Red Sox (8-5) beat Baltimore (7-6) 7-1 on Patriots’ Day. The game was called after 6 1/2 innings because of rain. With the score tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts scored the go-ahead run on a fielding error from Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen (0-1). Boston would proceed to tack on three more runs in the inning -- all unearned. Chen gave up three hits and five walks while striking out three across 4 1-3 innings of work. Starting pitcher Justin Masterson (2-0) took the mound for Boston and allowed three hits, a walk and one earned run while striking out six in five innings. Mookie Betts swiped his fourth base of the season in the first inning. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

White Sox to Call Up Top Pitching Prospect Carlos Rodon

White Sox to Call Up Top Pitching Prospect Carlos RodonPhotos.come/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Reinforcements are coming for the Chicago White Sox. The team plans to call up top pitching prospect Carlos Rodon to the Majors on Monday. Rodon was the third overall pick in the 2014 draft by the White Sox. The 22-year-old Rodon had a successful yet brief minor league stint. He appeared in 11 games, making eight starts through the White Sox minor league system. "There will still be butterflies when the debut comes, whatever day that is," Rodon said at the end of spring training. "But it makes it a little easier I guess because I've faced big-league hitters before. But it counts a little more when that happens." He wound up going 1-0 with a 3.15 ERA. Rodon also performed well in the spring, going 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA, five walks and 21 strikeouts in 172/3 innings. Despite the White Sox high hopes for the talented left-hander, the team will begin his Major League career with him pitching out of the bullpen at first to help ease his transition to facing Major League hitters. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

NBA Fines Raptors GM Masai Ujiri $35,000 for Outburst

NBA Fines Raptors GM Masai Ujiri $35,000 for OutburstBruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Masai Ujiri's mouth has cost him again. The NBA has fined the Toronto Raptors general manager $35,000 for his expletive over the weekend geared towards Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce. The team was also fined $25,000. "People want me to say something about Paul Pierce, but we don't give a s--- about it,'" Ujiri told a cheering crowd outside the Air Canada Centre. Pierce had made disparaging comments about the franchise in an interview with ESPN. Last season, Ujiri was fined $25,000 before the team's playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets for addressing a crowd using an expletive as well. "I have the deepest respect for Commissioner [Adam] Silver and the NBA, and while showing passion for our team and fans I will choose my words more carefully in the future so as not to indicate otherwise," Ujiri said. The Wizards defeated the Raptors in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Orioles Second Baseman Jonathan Schoop Out Indefinitely with Knee Injury

Orioles Second Baseman Jonathan Schoop Out Indefinitely with Knee InjuryBaltimore Orioles/MLB(NEW YORK) -- After establishing himself as an everyday player, Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop will be out indefinitely after suffering a right PCL injury (a Grade 1 tear) and an MCL sprain. Schoop suffered the injury after he was taken out on a slide by Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval over the weekend. “Yeah, it was on first base,” Schoop told the Baltimore Sun. “When I stood up, I felt it a little bit. But I was able to finish the game. On the last play, I was running a little bit and I felt my legs burning. When I came in it was swollen. …It was swollen a little bit, but I thought ice and treatment would make it better. “It's really disappointing you want to be there for the team, for myself,” Schoop added. “So far, I was having really good at-bats. It's really disappointing, but there's nothing I can do.” In his second full season with the Orioles, Schoop was batting .259 with three home runs and seven RBIs. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Grizzlies Win as Blazers Offense Misses Mark

Grizzlies Win as Blazers Offense Misses MarkChristian Petersen/Getty Images(MEMPHIS) -- The Memphis Grizzlies took game one with a 100-86 victory over Portland Sunday after the Trailblazers couldn't find a groove.  Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge combined for 46 points; however they only converted on 18 of 55 shots (33%). On the other end of the court, Beno Udrih scored 20 points for the Grizzlies off the bench. "Beno gets the game ball," Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph said. "With Mike [Conley] being out, [it] helps him get his confidence up and playing." Randolph added 16 points of his own and grabbed 11 rebounds. Marc Gasol also grabbed 11 rebounds and added 15 points. The banged up Trailblazers feel that game one was a jolt to the system. "I think a good wakeup call for us," Aldridge said. "But definitely tonight they manhandled us." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

After Four Rain Delays, Matt Kenseth Wins at Bristol

After Four Rain Delays, Matt Kenseth Wins at BristolTodd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR(BRISTOL) -- The wait was surely worth it. After four rain delays and eleven extra laps, Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag at Bristol Motorspeedway to end a 51-race victory drought. "It feels good to be back here....

Canadiens Take 3-0 Series Lead

Canadiens Take 3-0 Series LeadLen Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(MONTREAL) -- The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in overtime to grab a 3-0 series lead. Dale Weise spearheaded the Canadiens' offensive attack, as his goal late in the third period sent the game to overtime, and his goal in overtime brought the victory to Montreal. "Any time you score a winner like that, it's pretty special," Weise said. "I got pretty excited about that first one, too. That was a big goal. I just felt like we were pressuring and pressuring and we needed a good bounce like that to put the puck in the net. And thank goodness it was me." Ottawa's goalie Craig Anderson got the nod in place of Andrew Hammond. He blocked 47 of the 49 shots he faced, but was not able to grab the victory. "The guys battled so hard, played so well and to come up short is frustrating," Anderson said. "I gave the team a chance to win, and that's my job. It's frustrating I wasn't able to get the win for the guys. We've got to put this behind us and get ready to go."  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

UCLA Recruit Jamabo Arrested

UCLA Recruit Jamabo ArrestediStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- UCLA recruit Soso Jamabo has been arrested in Texas after allegedly being caught drinking alcohol and evading arrest. Jamabo, 18, was reportedly spotted swerving in a truck on State Highway 175 at high speed. Officers then noticed that occupants were throwing objects out of the vehicle, "having total disregard for the public safety of others on the road." Jamabo was arrested and booked into the Kaufman County jail on a charge of evading arrest. The five star recruit is a native of Plano Texas and signed with UCLA in February out of Plano West High. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Love Gets First Playoff Victory, Cavs Beat Celtics, 113-100

Love Gets First Playoff Victory, Cavs Beat Celtics, 113-100Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- After six seasons in the NBA, Kevin Love finally experienced a playoff game and victory on Sunday in the Cavaliers 113-100 win over the Celtics in round one of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Love scored 19 in the win and Kyrie Irving scored 30 in his first playoff game.  LeBron James added 20 in the win. "I just try to find a way to get [Love] touches," James said.  "Even though he was missing shots early, those were great shots and he was very aggressive and I just wanted him to stay with it." Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points and 10 assists in the loss and Avery Bradley was held to seven points.  "We're still confident," Thomas said. "Guys are ready for Game 2, knowing that good or bad you've got to have a short memory. There are possibly seven games in this series and it could go either way." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Josh Hamilton Files for Divorce from Wife

Josh Hamilton Files for Divorce from WifeRonald Martinez/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Angels slugger Josh Hamilton is in the process of getting divorced from his wife, Katie, according to court documents filed in North Texas. The divorce petition was filed in February in Tarrant County, where Hamilton played five seasons with the Texas Rangers. The petition doesn't detail the couple's problems, but it cites conflict between them as a reason for the divorce. Hamilton has a long history of substance abuse problems and earlier this year he self-reported a relapse. Hamilton outlined 34 requests in the petition. Among the requests: prohibiting his wife from using a Maserati and 1972 Chevrolet Blazer in his possession; prohibiting her from "hiding" the children from him; prohibiting her from making disparaging remarks against him or his family. Angels manager Mike Scioscia met with Hamilton last week for the first time in months, and he said he isn't sure when the star will return to the team. Hamilton is not being disciplined by Major League Baseball for his relapse. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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