Dan Straily dominates, Marlins break things open in 11th to beat Padres

Apr 23, 2017 14

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dee Gordon scored on his own swinging bunt in a crazy play during the 11th inning, Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and the Miami Marlins beat the San Diego Padres 6-3 Saturday night.

The Marlins went ahead 4-2 with no outs in the 11th thanks to San Diego’s sloppy defense. With Justin Bour aboard on a pinch-single, reliever Jose Torres (1-1) fielded Gordon’s dribbler and threw it away, with the ball rolling all the way into the right-field corner to allow Bour to score. Hunter Renfroe had difficulty picking up the ball, allowing Gordon to sprint home.

With Christian Yelich aboard on a fielder’s choice, Stanton hit a line shot off the Western Metal Supply Co. brick warehouse in the left-field corner, his seventh, for a four-run lead.

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Brad Zielger (1-0) pitched the 10th for the win. AJ Ramos relieved Junichi Tazawa with runners on first and third and no outs in the 11th and got the last three outs for his third save.

Dan Straily struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings for Miami.

Stanton homered to left on an 84-mph fastball from Jered Weaver leading off the second inning. Stanton also hit a two-run homer in a 5-3 loss Friday night, won the Home Run Derby here on July 12 and had a big homer for the United States in a victory against the Dominican Republic last month at Petco Park that put the Americans into the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic.

The Padres failed to capitalize on scoring chances in the ninth and 10th. With two outs and runners on the corners in the 10th, Marlins third baseman Martin Prado made a nice catch of Erick Aybar’s liner. One batter earlier, he made a nice stop of rookie Manuel Margot’s grounder to get a force at second.

The Padres had runners on first and second with one out in the ninth before Kyle Barraclough got out of the jam.

Straily, who was with the Padres for a few days toward the end of spring training in 2016, allowed two runs and four hits while walking none. He threw 97 pitches, 73 for strikes. He previously had struck out 11, most recently on May 25, 2016, at the Los Angeles Dodgers.

His only big mistake was allowing Austin Hedges’ two-run homer to left to give the Padres a 2-1 lead in the fourth.

After Hedges’ homer gave San Diego the lead, Prado homered to left off Weaver, his first, with one out in the sixth.

Weaver, making his home debut for the Padres, has allowed seven homers in four starts. He went six innings Saturday, allowing two runs and four hits, with three strikeouts and one walk.

Hedges has homered five times in eight games. He opened the season 0 for 24. He hit a three-run shot in Friday night’s win.


Marlins: RHP Tom Koehler (0-1, 5.40) is scheduled to make his fourth start. He is 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA against San Diego in four career appearances, including three starts.

Padres: RHP Luis Perdomo (0-0, 8.44) is scheduled to come off the disabled list and make his second start of the season. He’s been sidelined with shoulder inflammation.

Ovince Saint-Preux uses rare Von Flue choke to submit Marcos Rogerio de Lima

Apr 23, 2017 12

Ovince Saint-Preux earned a rousing ovation from his home state crowd in Tennessee as he earned a hard fought submission to put away Marcos Rogerio de Lima on Saturday night.

Saint-Preux was in dire circumstances going into the night following a trio of losses in the UFC, which marked the toughest run during his professional fighting career that started back in 2008.

The former University of Tennessee football player was also competing at a catchweight against a much bigger opponent in de Lima.

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De Lima missed weight on Friday by four pounds and looked more like a heavyweight stepping into the Octagon against Saint-Preux. The Brazilian wasted no time using that size and power as he stalked Saint-Preux across the Octagon while unloading a series of hard, stinging leg kicks.

The kicks then set up the punches with de Lima cracking Saint-Preux with a couple of combinations that clearly put the Tennessee native on his heels.

While de Lima was winning the exchanges on the feet, Saint-Preux was undeterred and he found a home for a few of his best punches towards the end of the round including a shot that opened up a cut on his opponent’s cheek.

As much as the opening round didn’t go his way, Saint-Preux turned things around in a major way in the second as he plowed forward and took de Lima to the mat, pinning him against the cage.

Saint-Preux hammered de Lima with some hard shots, opening up a cut over the eye as the Brazilian tried to grab onto his head to prevent any further damage.

Unfortunately, de Lima’s best attempt to slow down Saint-Preux put him in the perfect position for the rarely used Von Flue choke named after former “Ultimate Fighter” contestant Jason Von Flue.

The “Von Saint Preux” #UFCNashville https://t.co/RSL7HCS52q

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) April 23, 2017

Saint-Preux saw the opening and pressed down with his shoulder as de Lima started to grimace from the pressure before he tapped out to signify the end of the fight.

It was a much needed win for Saint-Preux, who had lost his last three bouts in a row including a short notice bout against former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones last year.

Following the win, Saint-Preux’s coach suggested a new moniker for the submission that he aptly named “the Von Saint-Preux choke”.

Considering Saint-Preux is the first fighter in UFC history to finish two opponents with that submission it seems only fitting that the name would at least partially belong to him.

John Dodson too fast for Eddie Wineland, earns unanimous decision win in Nashville

Apr 23, 2017 11

Following a razor-close loss to John Lineker last year, John Dodson got back on track with a dominant victory over former WEC champion Eddie Wineland at UFC Fight Night in Nashville on Saturday night.

Dodson promised a knockout going into the event but couldn’t quite deliver while doing his best to stay out of range from Wineland’s own powerful counter striking. Still, Dodson was just too quick on his feet and Wineland simply couldn’t catch up with him over three rounds.

As a flyweight, Dodson was already considered one of the fastest fighters on the roster and he clearly hasn’t lost a step moving up to 135 pounds.

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Dodson used his fast feet and quick head movement to stay out of Wineland’s punching power throughout the opening round while countering with rapid-fire combinations to the head and body in return.

While both fighters seemed wary of engaging too much considering the power each of them packs, Dodson managed to land the better shots while Wineland tried to figure out a way to finally catch up to his quicker opponent.

Dodson continued to assault Wineland in the second round with his blistering speed while jumping inside with a series of punches before getting out of range before he could catch anything significant in return.

One of the better strikes of the round came when Dodson landed a head kick but Wineland didn’t even seem staggered after eating the show as he grabbed the leg for a moment before the fighters reset in the center of the Octagon.

The third round saw Dodson dish out more of the same including a nasty jab that he fired off in succession with the final punch landing with just as much power as the first.

By the time the final horn sounded, Dodson had diced up Wineland’s face with blood streaming from a couple different cut sustained during the fight.

The judges returned scores of 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 all in favor of Dodson, who picks up his third win in the bantamweight division in the UFC.

Following the victory, Dodson didn’t call anybody out by name but instead sent notice to the entire division to stop avoiding fights with him.

“I’d like to fight anybody thats willing to say yes,” Dodson said. “So everybody in the 135-pound division, stop saying no!”

Indians shut out White Sox once again thanks to stellar Carlos Carrasco performance

Apr 22, 2017 10

CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Carrasco pitched eight innings of three-hit ball, helping the Cleveland Indians shut out the Chicago White Sox for the second straight night, 7-0 on Saturday.

Carrasco (2-1) struck out eight and did not allow a runner to reach second base.

Chicago hasn’t scored in 23 innings, including during a three-hitter from Cleveland’s Corey Kluber in a 3-0 Indians win Friday night.

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Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Brantley hit two-run home runs and Jose Ramirez added a solo shot as the Indians won their fifth straight game.

Encarnacion hit an 0-2 pitch to center field in the first inning for a 2-0 lead against Mike Pelfrey (0-1), who made his season debut in place of the injured James Shields.

In the seventh inning, Brantley drove a pitch from reliever Michael Ynoa into the Cleveland bullpen in right field to make it 6-0.

Pinch-hitting in the seventh inning, Jacob May got his first career hit in his 27th at-bat. Tyler Saladino added two hits for the White Sox, who have been outscored 19-1 during a three-game skid.

Cleveland’s Carlos Santana scored Abraham Almonte on an RBI single to right field in the fifth inning. Francisco Lindor then scored Yan Gomes on a sacrifice fly for a 4-0 score.

Zach McAllister pitched a perfect ninth for Cleveland.


Indians: Jason Kipnis, who played in his second game of the season after coming off the disabled list on Friday, will likely get a day off Sunday, Indians manager Terry Francona said. Kipnis had a right shoulder strain.

White Sox: OF Melky Cabrera was removed as a precautionary measure after hurting his left wrist, but the x-ray was negative and he was listed as day-to-day. … RHP Zach Putnam left the game with an elbow injury in the seventh inning as he walked Santana, his first walk of the season on his 28th batter faced. The White Sox announced his status as day-to-day. … The team recalled C Geovany Soto from the 10-day disabled list before the game. Soto was on the DL since April 13 with elbow inflammation. … Outfielder Charlie Tilson was moved to the 60-day disabled list. Tilson is out because of a stress reaction in his right foot.


Indians: RHP Danny Salazar (1-1, 3.57 ERA) will look to finish off the series sweep, looking for his second straight win.

White Sox: LHP Derek Holland (1-2, 4.32) will make his second Guaranteed Rate Field start as a member of the White Sox.

QB Cookus returns, Lumberjacks close out spring ball

Apr 22, 2017 12

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The NAU football team held their annual Blue-Gold Spring Game on Saturday at the Walkup Skydome. With the Running of Seniors and a thunderstick giveaway to kick things off, Lumberjack fans were finally able to watch football this spring.

“Fifteen practices later we made progress,” Lumberjacks coach Jerome Souers said. “Our defense is much better than we have been. I really like what’s happening with our team fundamentally. On offense we didn’t have a lot of our starters in the game today and most of spring but having Case back on the field is huge for us.”

It was the first time since September that Lumberjack fans were able to see quarterback Case Cookus in an NAU uniform. He didn’t disappoint as he launched the ball downfield a few times, just as fans are used to seeing.

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“We’re excited for the new guys to come in and give us depth,” Cookus said. “We are working on a new offense and after these past few weeks of practices we’ve been able to pick it up.”

An addition to NAU’s offense is transfer running back Cory Young. The rusher made his way up the field by pushing through the line and he found the end zone with a 12-yard burst of speed that couldn’t be stopped.

“It’s been a good spring season,” Young said. “Since arriving I’ve been able to put on a little more weight so that I could break tackles; that’s what I really wanted coming in.”

The Gold Team had three throwing touchdowns on the day with Cookus tallying two and backup quarterback Hunter Correll adding the other. Cookus’ pass to Hunter Burton for 64 yards was the longest of the day.

The defense, aka the Blue Team, was on top of their game today stopping the offense down the field and at the line creating havoc for the offense at times. The defensive line, who has taken on a different look this spring, stepped up with three sacks.

The game was not officially scored, but both sides showed hard work and effort this spring, as they move their focus to fall ball.

The Lumberjacks open the 2017 season on Sept. 2 at Arizona. NAU has six home games on its schedule this season beginning with its home opener on Sept. 9 versus Western Illinois.

Marc Gasol's OT game winner caps epic duel between Kawhi Leonard and Mike Conley

Apr 22, 2017 8

Kawhi Leonard had 43 points and Memphis committed 23 turnovers Saturday, yet the Grizzlies somehow stole a jaw-dropping Game 4 win on a Marc Gasol game-winner in overtime:

THE GAME WINNER. pic.twitter.com/FftESS5eI2

— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) April 23, 2017

Big Spain’s roll down the lane gave Memphis a 110-108 victory, capping a ridiculous back-and-forth duel between Leonard (43 points, eight rebounds, three assists, six steals) and Mike Conley (35 points, nine rebounds, eight assists).

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LIVE LOOK IN MEMPHIS pic.twitter.com/i4BpdNSZ36

— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 23, 2017

Leonard scored16 straight points to end the fourth quarter before Conley nailed a difficult floater to force overtime:

Free basketball.

Mike Conley sends @memgrizz/ @spurs to OT! #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/ttDjXdoZJv

— NBA TV (@NBATV) April 23, 2017

Leonard had a chance to win the game in regulation on the following possession but air balled a long jumper. He also struggled in overtime, committing an egregious turnover in the closing minute to give Memphis a chance, and the Grizzlies capitalized.

While Game 4 was fantastic, it came with a bit of controversy. Late in the fourth quarter, the Spurs were forced to rush a shot following an offensive rebound when the shot clock failed to reset on a miss that seemed to hit the rim, causing the buzzer to sound. Play did not stop for the phantom violation, allowing the Grizzlies to start a fast break the other way.

In a game decided on the final possession, such mistakes naturally loom large in the eyes of fans.


Mike Perry crushes Jake Ellenberger with brutal elbow strike knockout

Apr 22, 2017 12

Mike Perry is starting to put together quite the highlight reel for his career.

The latest addition came on Saturday night as Perry absolutely demolished Jake Ellenberger with an elbow strike that flattened the veteran welterweight contender in the second round.

Perry had a lot to prove when he stepped into the Octagon after suffering his first career loss this past December when he fell to Alan Jouban.

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Best known for his wild, brawling style, Perry came out with a much more controlled approach to the fight instead of just swinging for the fences as soon as the fight got underway.

Ellenberger was smart with his strategy as he swooped in for a takedown following the first exchange while staying quick on his feet when standing so he didn’t stay in front of Perry’s power punches.

To Perry’s credit, he made an adjustment between rounds and came out with stinging left hand in the second round that clipped Ellenberger’s chin and sent him down to the ground.

Perry followed up but rather than just going crazy with strikes, he started to look for the perfect shot to get the finish.


Mike Perry knocks out Jake Ellenberger in dramatic fashion! #UFCNashville https://t.co/Ez75UFTFgk

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) April 23, 2017

The end came when Perry closed the distance and unloaded with a right elbow strike that blasted Ellenberger in the face before he went unconscious and crashed to the canvas. Perry knew the fight was finished as he stopped himself from throwing another strike as the referee swooped into save Ellenberger from any further punishment.

Ellenberger actually remained on the ground for several minutes after the end of the fight, but he eventually made his way back to his feet before leaving the Octagon under his own power.

The win for Perry moved him to 3-1 in the UFC with his third victory by knockout and he followed the victory with an ominous threat to the rest of the welterweight division.

“I want to ask ya’ll whose life you want me to ruin next?” Perry said.

As for Ellenberger, he drops to 1-4 over his past five fights with three of those losses coming by way of knockout or TKO.

Don Cherry may have implicated himself with this ensemble

Apr 22, 2017 12

Don Cherry is known for his colorful language and even more colorful suit ensembles. But the Canadian ice hockey commentator may have outdone even himself with this suit, seen on Sportsnet during Game 6 of the Montreal Canadiens — New York Rangers playoff series Saturday night (Cherry is the one on the left):

Ron and Don: Bruce Cassidy’s angry outburst in Game 5 was the kind of thing the Bruins like to see. #StanleyCup https://t.co/6NGkhwnFFl pic.twitter.com/l8muLOZVOW

— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 23, 2017

Lost amid the, erm, blood splatter is the positively-tame-in-comparison tie, which features a Canadiens logo.

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The visual horror scene was not lost among the vigilant observers of the Twitterverse.

is Don Cherry wearing a crime scene? pic.twitter.com/HHmVL2JAUR

— Blinn Manuel Miranda (@NHLBlinn) April 23, 2017

And now a photo of Don Cherry after he murdered the English language. pic.twitter.com/dXeX0QmlUM

— randy turner (@randyturner15) April 23, 2017

Don Cherry spent his Saturday attending the Red Wedding. pic.twitter.com/Jr9z6XhULH

— Ian McLaren (@iancmclaren) April 23, 2017

“I’m Don Cherry. And you’re next.” pic.twitter.com/7g6EbIIPW2

— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) April 23, 2017

We love Don Cherry just as much as the next social media account, but we think he spilled something on his suit https://t.co/j9z0L7tlfl

— Freep Sports (@freepsports) April 23, 2017

Don Cherry sporting the latest from the Travis Bickle Formalwear Collection from Woolco. #NHLPLAYOFFS pic.twitter.com/b0VvxfDe2x

— John Derringer (@JohnDerringer) April 23, 2017


Zuccarello, Rangers beat Canadiens 3-1 to reach East semis

Apr 22, 2017 6

Mats Zuccarello scored twice in the second period and the New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in Game 6 on Saturday night to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Derek Stepan also scored and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots to help New York get past the first round for the fifth time in six years. The Rangers won three straight after falling behind 2-1 to beat Montreal for the ninth time in 16 postseason series.

The Rangers will face the winner of the Ottawa-Boston series, which the Senators lead 3-2.

Alexei Emelin scored for Montreal and Carey Price finished with 20 saves. The Canadiens, winners of the Atlantic Division after missing the playoffs last year, were bounced from the postseason by the Rangers for the second time in four years. In 2014, it was in the conference finals.

Errors spoil Anderson's strong start as Brewers fall 4-1

Apr 22, 2017 9

MILWAUKEE — Aledmys Diaz hit a go-ahead pinch-homer in the seventh inning, Lance Lynn pitched six strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 Saturday night.

Diaz, who didn’t start at shortstop due to back stiffness and a sore shoulder, homered leading off the seventh against reliever Carlos Torres (0-2).

Lynn (2-1) gave up a run and three hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

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Seung Hwan Oh got his fourth save in five tries.

Travis Shaw had an RBI double in the first for Milwaukee, and the Cardinals tied it at 1 in the fourth on Ryan Braun’s two-base error. Braun made a diving catch on Kolten Wong’s soft liner, but his throw to second from his knees sailed out of play down the first-base line, allowing a run to score.

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St. Louis tacked on two runs in the ninth. Jedd Gyorko drove in a run with a triple and scored on an outfield throwing error.

The Brewers loaded the bases in the eighth, but Brett Cecil got Shaw to pop out to third to end the inning.

Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson didn’t allow an earned run in six innings. He surrendered six hits, struck out six and walked one.

The Brewers failed to hit a home run for the first time in 14 games. Eric Thames, who leads Milwaukee with eight home runs, drew three walks.


Cardinals: OF Dexter Fowler, who left Friday night’s game with right heel bursitis, remained out of the lineup. “Half a game is not going to be enough to straighten something out,” Matheny said. “He came in today in better shape, which is encouraging. A good chance to get him back in there tomorrow.”

Brewers: RHP Matt Garza (right groin strain) threw a bullpen session on Saturday as he prepares to make his first start of the season Monday against Cincinnati. Manager Craig Counsell said Garza threw 87 pitches in his last minor league rehab start and won’t be held to a specific pitch count. “He’s fine to do whatever. No restrictions,” Counsell said.


Cardinals: Mike Leake (2-1, 0.84 ERA) leads the National League in ERA. He is 4-4 with a 4.30 ERA in 13 career starts against Milwaukee. Leake was 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA with 20 strikeouts and two walks facing the Brewers last season.

Brewers: Jimmy Nelson (1-0, 4.42) is 0-7 with a 7.34 ERA in nine career games (eight starts) against St. Louis. He went 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in three versus the Cardinals last season.