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Top Sports Stories (Apr 18, 2014)

Letters: Finishing off the Lakers

Also Mike D’Antoni’s future to be a big part of Lakers off-season suspense Pau Gasol has leverage — but sure, he’d listen to a Lakers offer Kobe Bryant doesn’t stick around for Lakers’ finale Trainer Gary Vitti suffers through a painful season with the…

Los Angeles Times April 18, 2014, 5:54 PM (PST)

Los Angeles Times

2013 Boston Marathon Champion Reaches Out to City Torn by Attack

BOSTON — It was October, six months after Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the stricken 2013 Boston Marathon. He had returned for another race. On his way to dinner with friends, he had a request. He wanted to cross the finish line again on Boylston Stree…

New York Times April 18, 2014, 5:35 PM (PST)

New York Times

Tulsa hires Missouri’s Frank Haith as new hoops coach

TULSA, Okla. (AP) –Tulsa hired Frank Haith of Missouri as its men’s basketball coach Friday, landing a major-conference coach to lead the Golden Hurricane’s transition from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference this summer. The 48-year-ol…

FOX Sports April 18, 2014, 5:22 PM (PST)

FOX Sports

Phelps entered in three events at comeback meet

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Michael Phelps is entered in three events at his first swimming meet since he retired after the 2012 London Olympics. The 22-time Olympic medalist is set to swim the 50- and 100-meter freestyles and the 100 butterfly at the Arena Grand…

FOX Sports April 18, 2014, 5:14 PM (PST)

FOX Sports

Rene Bourque doubles Canadiens’ Game 2 lead with pretty goal (Video)

As the Tampa Bay Lightning try to deal with the losses of Ben Bishop and Ondrej Palat, the Montreal Canadiens are taking advantage in their first round series. An overtime win in Game 1 has been followed up by a strong start in Game 2. David Desharnais…

YAHOO April 18, 2014, 5:51 PM (PST)


Arizona State’s McKissic granted sixth year of eligibility

Arizona State forward Shaquielle McKissic has been granted another year of eligibility by the NCAA and will return to the Sun Devils next season. Coach Herb Sendek announced the decision via Twitter on Friday. McKissic had been designated a senior last…

FOX Sports April 18, 2014, 5:49 PM (PST)

FOX Sports

No option limits Smith’s 49ers future

ESPN Insider Adam Schefter’s report Friday that the 49ers are not expected to exercise the 2015 option on Smith says it loud and clear. The deadline on the option is May 3. Smith would be paid $9.75 million in 2015 if it is exercised. However, it is on…

ESPN Insider April 18, 2014, 5:43 PM (PST)

ESPN Insider

Rivera will keep Panthers on fast track

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera began the offseason by spending several hours picking the brain of the most successful coach in professional team sports over the past 10 years. Not Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots. Not Gregg Popovich of th…

ESPN Insider April 18, 2014, 5:43 PM (PST)

ESPN Insider

Cowboys picking up Tyron Smith option

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys will exercise the fifth-year option on Tyron Smith’s contract, keeping the 2011 first-round pick with the team at least through 2015. Smith’s agent, Joe Panos, told 105.3 The Fan on Friday that the option has not bee…

ESPN Insider April 18, 2014, 5:43 PM (PST)

ESPN Insider

Knicks can win if Phil picks right coach

One day after making a plea for his job and why he’s the right man to coach the Knicks, Mike Woodson wasn’t made available to talk about a failed season one last time on Thursday. In fact, Amar’e Stoudemire said he hadn’t seen Woodson on Thursday at th…

ESPN Insider April 18, 2014, 5:36 PM (PST)

ESPN Insider

Top Sports Stories (Apr 18, 2014)

Dinosaur dons Hawks sweater, but Bulls not forgotten

The Field Museum’s brachiosaurus donned his Blackhawks sweater just in time for the Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday — but he gave no outward sign of support for the Bulls, who will begin their post-season Sunday. It left some wondering whether love for

Chicago Tribune April 18, 2014, 5:50 AM (PST)

Chicago Tribune

Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in triple overtime

ST. LOUIS — Buckle up, Blackhawks fans, this has the makings of some kind of thrill ride. Trailing the defending Stanley Cup champions late in regulation, the Blues rallied for a 4-3 victory in triple-overtime in Game 1 of the first round of the NHL pl…

Chicago Tribune April 18, 2014, 5:52 AM (PST)

Chicago Tribune

The Western Conference playoffs are set up perfectly

This wonderful world that is the 2014 NBA Western Conference playoffs almost wasn’t to be. It took a 21-point fourth quarter from likely MVP Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the regular-season finale Wednesday to give his team the No. 2 see…

USA Today April 18, 2014, 5:03 AM (PST)

USA Today

Stastny plays hero, leads Avalanche past Wild in OT

Patrick Roy showed as much boldness behind the bench as he once did as a Hall of Fame goaltender. The first-year Colorado coach made some daring moves late in the game — like pulling his goaltender with 3:01 remaining — and yet the ploy worked out. I…

FOX Sports April 18, 2014, 5:23 AM (PST)

FOX Sports

Making a Case for Steven Gerrard as PFA Player of Year Before Suarez, Sturridge

Liverpool players dominate the PFA Player of the Year nominations, with three nominated for the senior award and two in the young player category. Captain Steven Gerrard is named alongside strike duo Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, while Raheem Sterl…

Bleacher Report April 18, 2014, 5:39 AM (PST)

Bleacher Report

Franklin Morales helps Rockies beat Padres 3-1

SAN DIEGO — The Colorado Rockies got another unexpected outing from a starting pitcher who had been relegated to the bullpen. Franklin Morales followed a good start by Jorge De La Rosa with one of his own, helping the Rockies beat the San Diego Padres…

ESPN Insider April 18, 2014, 4:53 AM (PST)

ESPN Insider

Cardiff confident ahead of Stoke clash – Solskjaer

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his side’s win at Southampton has given them the confidence needed to avoid the drop. Cardiff ended a four-match winless run with a 1-0 triumph at St Mary’s Stadium last weekend, a result that moved th…

Yahoo News Malaysia April 18, 2014, 5:31 AM (PST)

Yahoo News Malaysia

Hamilton sets the pace in Chinese GP practice

SHANGHAI (AP) — Mercedes set the fastest practice times again at the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday, though rivals Ferrari and Red Bull may have closed the gap somewhat on Formula One’s runaway leader. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, winner of the past two F1

Yahoo News April 18, 2014, 5:01 AM (PST)

Yahoo News

Morning Matchmaker: Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping? Here’s why it should happen

Tim Kennedy got the biggest victory of his career, defeating Michael Bisping at the TUF Nations Finale on Wednesday night in Quebec City. But Bisping might have an even bigger fight on deck. For the last couple of years, Kennedy has been one of the mor…

FOX Sports April 18, 2014, 5:06 AM (PST)

FOX Sports

Mata believes future bright for Manchester United under Moyes

Juan Mata is confident Manchester United will have a successful future under David Moyes, but insists everyone must stick together. The Red Devils have slipped from champions to seventh in the Premier League table under new boss David Moyes as the tran…

FOX Sports April 18, 2014, 4:37 AM (PST)

FOX Sports

Top Sports Stories (Apr 18, 2012)

Sidney Crosby focuses on Game 4, brushes off Daily News cover

The Philadelphia Daily News doesn’t like Sidney Crosby. Before Wednesday night’s Game 4 of the series between the Flyers and Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins, the tabloid photoshopped Crosby in a lion suit behind the headline "The Cowardly Penguin: …

Sporting News April 18, 2012, 12:03 PM (PST)

Philadelphia Daily News

Washington Capitals disagree with Nicklas Backstrom’s suspension, to no one’s surprise

The NHL decided on Tuesday that the match penalty for Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals should stand, suspending him for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Boston Bruins for this cross-check to the face of Rich …

YAHOO! April 18, 2012, 10:59 AM (PST)

USA Today

Francona changes mind, will attend Fenway ceremony: report

The man who managed the Red Sox to two of their three World Series in Fenway Park’s century-old existence will be there to celebrate the ballpark’s anniversary Friday. After originally passing, Terry Francona told ESPN.com he has changed his mind and …

New York Post April 18, 2012, 12:03 PM (PST)

Boston Herald

Hoddle: Pragmatic Blues can beat Barca

Former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle believes the Blues are the English team best equipped to beat Barcelona and has backed them to pull off a shock victory in their Champions League semi-final tie. GettyImagesGlenn Hioddle says Chelsea mus rein in the …

ESPN Soccernet April 18, 2012, 10:02 AM (PST)

BBC News

Arkansas coaching search: AD Jeff Long to make announcement next week

An announcement from Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long on the school’s football coaching search likely will come early next week, perhaps as soon as Monday, Sporting News has learned. No official word from the school on Bobby Petrino’s replacement …

Sporting News April 18, 2012, 11:49 AM (PST)

Associated Press

Coyotes’ Raffi Torres suspended indefinitely for hit on Chicago’s Marian Hossa

CHICAGO – Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres was suspended indefinitely Wednesday for a hit that knocked Chicago’s Marian Hossa out of Game 3 in the teams’ opening-round playoff series. Torres faces a Friday hearing with NHL officials in New York. …

Washington Post April 18, 2012, 10:23 AM (PST)

USA Today