Tribes takes opening game
UNDATED (AP) — In the opening game of a day-night doubleheader, the Indians beat the Chicago White Sox in Cleveland, 8-6. Zach McAlliser, who was called up for the game from Triple-A Columbus, went six innings, allowing six hits and four runs with five strikeouts. The loss was absorbed by starter Philip Humber (UM'-bur), who tossed a perfect game recently. He lasted just two and a-third frames.
On offense, Michael Brantley and Casey Kotchman led the way with three runs batted in each.
In tonight's game between the two American League Central Division rivals, Josh Tomlin gets the ball for the Indians against Eric Stults, who was called up from Triple-A Charlotte. In the early going of the new season, the Indians stand in first place in the Central, a game and a half in front of Detroit and three in front of the White Sox.
Jared Weaver of the Angels goes for his fifth win in as many decisions tonight as the Halos play the Twins in Minneapolis. He is facing 0-4 Francisco Liriano (leer-ee-AH'-noh).
In the remaining American League games, the 19-9 Baltimore Orioles are home to the 18-10 Texas Rangers, Boston, which has lost five straight, plays in Kansas City and Detroit is at Seattle.
In the National League, where there are seven games tonight, Lance Lynn of the Cardinals goes for his sixth win of the season against no losses. He enters the game at Arizona 5-0 with a 1.60 earned run average with 30 strikeouts. His opposition comes from Joe Saunders, who is 2-1.
After a slow start to the season the Miami Marlins are winning. They have won six straight and tonight are at Houston. In a National League East game, the Phillies are home to the Mets. Philadelphia can reach the .500 mark with a win after dropping 15 of its first 29 games this season. The Phils have Roy Halladay facing Jon Niese (nees).
Longtime rivals San Francisco and Los Angeles renew their battle for supremacy of the National League West. The Dodgers start the day with a four game lead over the Giants in the division race. Ted Lilly of the Dodgers goes for his fourth win of the season while Barry Zito is looking for his second.
The rest of the schedule has the Braves in Chicago against the Cubs, Milwaukee home to the Reds and Colorado at San Diego.
Spurs look to clinch
UNDATED (AP) — There are two games this evening in the NBA playoffs and in Salt Lake City the visiting Spurs can clinch a spot in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs. They lead Utah 3-0 in the best-of-seven series. The Spurs have won every game decisively, by 15, 31 and by 12 points. Should the Jazz win tonight's contest, a fifth game would take place Wednesday in San Antonio. If the Spurs win they will be able to sit back and wait to see who they face in the next round, the Clippers or Memphis.
Tonight's other game is being played in Los Angeles as the Clippers play host to the Grizzlies in the fourth game of their series. The Clips won the opening game of the series, lost the second and then won Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead. The fifth game is slated for Wednesday in Memphis.
Coyotes look to close out Predators
UNDATED (AP) — The Phoenix Coyotes can advance to the Western Conference finals of the NHL playoffs with a win tonight on the home ice. The Coyotes lead visiting Nashville 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Phoenix won the opening two games, dropped the third and came back to win Game 4.
After being suspended for Game 3 and scratched for Game 4, forwards Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn (AHN'-dray kahs-TIHT'-sihn) of the Predators are expected to see action tonight.
The Coyotes are playing without defenseman Rostislav Klesla (RAH'-stih-slahv KLEHS'-luh), who was suspended for Game 5 for boarding Predators forward Matt Halischuk in Friday's game.
This evening's other game is in New York as the Rangers and Capitals resume their hard-fought Eastern Conference semifinal. The series is tied at 2-2 after four grueling games. No matter the outcome tonight, the sixth game will be played in Washington Wednesday night.
Report: team to be sold
PHOENIX (AP) — It's being reported that a tentative deal is in the works that would sell the Phoenix Coyotes to former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison. A person with knowledge of the situation says the deal is expected to be announced before tonight's playoff game against the Nashville Predators.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because there has been no official scheduling of such an announcement.
A second person with knowledge of the deal, who also asked not to be identified, confirmed that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman would be in Glendale, Ariz., for a series of meetings today but said it was unclear if there would be a formal announcement.
Jamison still must complete negotiations on a lease with the city of Glendale, always the nagging issue in the league's attempts to sell the team, which the NHL purchased out of bankruptcy.
Flyers lose Giroux
VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) — Philadelphia All-Star forward Claude Giroux (jur-OO') will miss game 5 of the Flyers playoff series with New Jersey tomorrow night. He was suspended by the NHL after his hit on Devils' center Dainius Zubrus (DYN'-uhs ZOO'-bruhs) in Game 4.
The Flyers, who lost 4-2 on Sunday in Newark, N.J., trail the series, 3-1.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has appealed his season-long suspension under the NFL's bounty investigation. In papers filed today, Vilma argues that Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') should not hear the appeal and asks for a delay in the process until the matter of who should decide on it has been settled through NFL Players Association grievances filed last week.
Vilma's appeal states the NFL has not presented evidence linking him to a system in which players were paid to injure opponents. It asks the league to provide documentation, including witness statements.
Vilma was one of four players given suspensions of various lengths in the NFL's bounty probe.
Former player says he was told to lie
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargove describes in a sworn statement how he was told by ex-Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and current Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt to deny the existence of a bounty program to NFL investigators. In a document first published by Yahoo Sports and also obtained by The Associated Press, Hargrove acknowledges that he acted on Williams' and Vitt's instructions to "play dumb" if asked whether he was aware of bounties being placed on former Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre or any other player.
The declaration is a point of contention between the NFL and the NFL Players Association.
From the union's perspective, Hargrove's statement does not specifically say that he lied to anyone, nor does it state that he or any other Saints participated in a bounty program.
The NFL has said, however, that Hargrove's statement acknowledges the existence of a bounty program and shows that Hargrove initially lied to NFL investigators about it.
Report: Tebow to work on special teams
NEW YORK (AP) — The special teams coach of the Jets says he has spoken with Tim Tebow about playing on special teams. The Daily News of New York reports that Mike Westhoff said he had discussed the plan with Tebow and the backup quarterback was amenable to it.
On offense, Tebow is expected to play some quarterback and could see time at running back and fullback. The Jets acquired him from the Broncos this offseason to back up starter Mark Sanchez.
Baltimore inks free agent
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have signed defensive tackle Ryan McBean, who will sit out the first six games of the season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. McBean became available when Denver withdrew his $1.272 million restricted free agent tender following his suspension.
McBean had 19 tackles and four sacks last season for the Broncos.
New deal for Jackson
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Running back Fred Jackson of the Buffalo Bills has a new contract. Jackson, who has led the Bills in rushing in three straight seasons, was scheduled to make a base salary of $1.955 million in the final year of his contract. He had expressed his dissatisfaction on several occasions last year of feeling underpaid.
Jackson was the Bills' first-half MVP last year before his season ended after breaking a bone in his right leg in a 35-8 loss at Miami on Nov. 20
Seattle inks top pick
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seahawks have signed first-round pick Bruce Irvin, a defensive end taken 15th overall in last month's draft. He had been considered a likely second-day pick but became the centerpiece of a draft focused on defense, with most of Seattle's selections landing on that side of the ball.
Veteran pulls out of Players Championship
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Fred Couples has withdrawn from The Players Championship because of an illness. Couples is a two-time winner of The Players Championship, his last title coming in 1996. He was eligible this year because he won the Senior Players Championship. Because he was an addition to the 144-man field, he will not be replaced.
COLLEGE ATHLETICS-BIG EAST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Big East Commissioner John Marinatto has resigned. The conference says that Marinatto decided to step down after less than three years in the position.
Former Miami Dolphins CEO Joseph A. Bailey III will serve as interim commissioner.
A lot happened on Marinatto's watch. Pittsburgh and Syracuse made plans to leave for the Atlantic Coast Conference in September, and West Virginia bolted for the Big 12 the following month. The Big East then added Central Florida, Houston, Memphis, SMU and Temple for all sports and Boise State, San Diego State and Navy for football only.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The trial of former baseball great Roger Clemens has resumed in Washington, D.C. Federal agent Jeff Novitzky has testified that Clemens was not a target when Novitzky began questioning Clemens' former strength coach, Brian McNamee, about performance-enhancing drugs.
Under government re-direct questioning, Novitzky said that Clemens wasn't the only athlete Novitzky asked McNamee about. Novitzky, now an agent with the Food and Drug Administration, said that McNamee talked to him about a dozen professional athletes using performance-enhancing drugs.
Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, is accused of lying to Congress in 2008 when he denied using human growth hormone and steroids.
Meanwhile behind the scenes Clemens' lawyers sought to strike the testimony of former teammate Andy Pettitte.
Oudin to play in Paris
UNDATED (AP) — Melanie Oudin (oo-DAN') has told The Associated Press that she will be playing in the French Open as a wild card enter. When Oudin was 17, unseeded and unknown out of Marietta, Ga., she made a run to the 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinals, beating Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) on the way. She then lost her opening match at six of the next eight major tournaments and didn't even get into the Australian Open in January, losing in qualifying.