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Baseball fans wait to enter Wrigley Field on the 100th anniversary of the first baseball game at the ballpark, before a game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Diamondbacks Spoil Cubs’ Birthday Bash

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Chicago — Fittingly, the Chicago Cubs marked Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday with a loss — a dramatic, error-filled one, at that. One out from victory, the Cubs allowed the Arizona Diamondbacks to rally for five runs in the ninth inning in a 7-5 loss Wednesday. After an error by shortstop Starlin Castro, Martin Prado hit a two-run single off Pedro …

In Brief: Seahawks-Packers Will Kick Off NFL Season

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New York — As Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks get to kick off the NFL’s regular season by hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4. That Thursday game is the first of four prime-time games on opening weekend. Also at night will be a Sunday matchup of AFC champion Denver and Peyton Manning hosting his former team, Indianapolis; and a Monday …

B’s Go Heavy On ‘D’

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Detroit — The Boston Bruins have held the Detroit Red Wings to historically poor offensive production. With two goals through three games, the Red Wings are off to their worst three-game start in any playoff series since getting shut out in the first three games of the 1945 Stanley Cup finals. Boston goalie Tuukka Rask, backchecking forwards and shot-blocking defensemen have had a …

Kuchar Comeback Nets Golf Win at Hilton Head

Monday, April 21, 2014

Hilton Head Island, s.c. — Matt Kuchar overcame a four-stroke deficit to finally finish on top, his stunning chip-in on the 18th hole giving him a 64 and a victory at the RBC Heritage on Sunday. Kuchar was four shots behind Luke Donald at the start but had …

Habs One Win From Grounding Lightning

Monday, April 21, 2014

Montreal — Tomas Plekanec scored at 5:43 of the third period and the Montreal Canadiens moved one win away from advancing to the second round of NHL playoffs with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on …

Same Old, Same Old for Champs

Monday, April 21, 2014

Miami — Each of the last two Miami championship runs has been highlighted by moments where a sharpshooter enters a game and immediately provides a surprise spark. James Jones got his turn Sunday. And the lift he brought, …

Ailing Sager Gets Props From ‘Pop’

Monday, April 21, 2014

San Antonio — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says he looks forward to sideline reporter Craig Sager’s return, saying, “I promise I’ll be nice.” TNT’s Sager is missing the NBA playoffs as he undergoes treatment for leukemia. So his son, Craig Sager Jr., filled in for Sunday’s …

Sox Win on Error in 9th

Monday, April 21, 2014

Boston — Dustin Pedroia scored from third on left fielder David Lough’s throwing error with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Boston Red Sox to a 6-5 comback win over Baltimore Orioles on Sunday night. Jonny …

Mets Silence Atlanta on Granderson RBI in 14th

Monday, April 21, 2014

New York — Slumping newcomer Curtis Granderson hit a sacrifice fly in the 14th inning and the New York Mets outlasted the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Sunday to prevent a three-game sweep. David Wright had four hits and …

In Brief: Donald Takes Control in S. Carolina

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hilton Head Island, s.c. — Luke Donald shot a 66 to take a two-stroke lead over John Huh after three rounds of the RBC Heritage on Saturday. Donald has done just about everything on Harbour Town Golf Links …

Commentary: Money Can’t Buy You Love, Or Titles

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Money can buy a lot of things, but apparently a guaranteed championship in professional sports is not one of them. The results of a survey conducted by sportsintelligence.com and ESPN The Magazine, released on Wednesday, showed that the soccer club Manchester City FC, of the English Premier League, …

Call-Up the Star as Sox Upend Orioles

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Boston — Two days into his second call-up of the season, Brock Holt was the center of attention in Boston’s clubhouse. Holt hit a tiebreaking triple in the seventh inning and scored on Jonathan Herrera’s suicide squeeze, lifting …

Blues Grab 2-0 Lead

Sunday, April 20, 2014

St. Louis — Defenseman Barret Jackman scored on a drive through traffic, giving the St. Louis Blues their second straight 4-3 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday for a 2-0 series lead against the defending Stanley Cup champions. St. Louis rallied after Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook …