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NFL

NFL will open season with Packers at Seahawks
Russell Wilson | SEA
(April 23, 2014 8:18 PM EDT)
The 2014 NFL season will open on Thursday, September 4 with the Packers at the Seahawks.
The defending Super Bowl champs host Aaron Rodgers and the team they beat on the famous "Fail Mary" play from 2012. NBC's Sunday Night Football opener is equally as intriguing as Andrew Luck travels to Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos. The opening Monday Night will be a doubleheader: Giants at Lions and Chargers at Cardinals. Other highlights include a Seahawks/Broncos Super Bowl rematch in Week 3 and Seahawks/49ers on Thanksgiving night.
LB Daryl Washington gets one year probation
Daryl Washington | ARZ
(April 23, 2014 12:01 PM EDT)
Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington has been sentenced to one year of probation for aggravated assault.
Washington was accused of choking the mother of his daughter, causing her to fall and break a collarbone. He pleaded guilty and now that the case has been closed, commissioner Roger Goodell can step in with discipline via the league's Personal Conduct Policy. We fully expect him to do so, likely with a multi-game ban. The Cardinals played without Washington for the first four games of last season due to a substance-abuse policy suspension, going 2-2. They went 8-4 after getting their dynamic, difference-making inside 'backer on the field.
Source:
Maricopa County Superior Court on Twitter

MLB

Greinke whiffs 11 Phillies, improves to 4-0
Zack Greinke | LA
(April 24, 2014 1:09 AM EDT)
Zack Greinke punched out 11 Phillies while surrendering two runs over seven innings in a 5-2 victory on Wednesday.
Greinke surrendered only five hits -- one of them inexplicable -- and a walk. Skipper Don Mattingly allowed Greinke to bat in the seventh inning -- despite the fact that he was over 100 pitches -- and the hurler improbably doubled and then scored on Yasiel Puig's triple. Greinke then allowed a game-tying home run to pinch-hitter Jayson Nix to lead off the eighth and was promptly yanked for J.P. Howell. All is well that ends well, we suppose. Greinke improves to 4-1 lifetime against the Phillies. He'll take a 4-0 record, 2.45 ERA and 0.99 WHIP into a stellar matchup on Tuesday at Target Field against the Twins.
Collabello drives in four as Twins win in 12
Chris Colabello | MIN
(April 24, 2014 12:01 AM EDT)
Chris Colabello went 2-for-6 with a home run and four runs batted in as the Twins beat the Rays in 12 innings on Wednesday.
Colabello had a big game, driving a two-run home run off of Jake Odorizzi in the fourth inning, and breaking a 4-4 tie in the top of the 12th with a two-run single off of Josh Lueke. Colabello, who rejected an offer to play in Korea during the off-season, has had a remarkable start to the season, currently leading the American League with 26 RBI.

NBA

Josh McRoberts could be suspended for Game 3
Josh McRoberts | CHA
(April 24, 2014 1:16 AM EDT)
Josh McRoberts, who had eight points, one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Heat, also appeared to get away with a flagrant foul against LeBron James.
A flagrant wasn't called during the game, but he clearly led with his elbow to James' face on the play. A suspension could be coming, or he could just be assessed with a retro-flagrant foul. Either way, the Bobcats are down 0-2 to the Heat and it's not looking good for them bouncing back against the champs, even though the next two games are in Charlotte.
Al Jefferson could be iffy for rest of series
Al Jefferson | CHA
(April 24, 2014 1:12 AM EDT)
Al Jefferson (18 points, 13 rebounds), who aggravated his plantar fasciitis injury on Wednesday, could be forced to sit out the rest of Charlotte's series against the Heat, according to Charles Barkley.
Barkley's theory is that the Bobcats aren't going to beat the Heat after digging an 0-2 hole, and the team needs to start preparing for next season and get Jefferson healthy. Shaquille O'Neal said he would play through the injury because he's 'old school,' but resting Jefferson is probably the best plan of action at this point. Consider Jefferson, who was noticeably laboring tonight, a game-time call for Game 3, and don't be surprised whether he plays or sits. This one could go either way.

NHL

Nick Foligno caps comeback with OT winner
Nick Foligno | CLM
(April 23, 2014 10:05 PM EDT)
Nick Foligno played hero for the Blue Jackets Wednesday as his overtime winner sealed a 4-3 victory over the Penguins.
In one of the best games of the young postseason, Columbus fell behind 3-0 in the first period of this contest only to tie it in the final minute before Foligno capped things off. Ryan Johansen, Brandon Dubinsky and Boone Jenner all scored goals for the Jackets, who have now drawn even with Pittsburgh in the series through four games.
Blue Jackets don't have Ryan Murray Wednesday
Ryan Murray | CLM
(April 23, 2014 7:05 PM EDT)
Ryan Murray (undisclosed) is officially listed as a scratch on Wednesday.
That was expected after Murray didn't take part in the pregame warmups. Murray also wasn't able to participate in the team's full Wednesday morning skate. He has an assist in three playoff games and was averaging 25:17 minutes per contest.
Source:
Rob Mixer on Twitter

PGA

Tiger Woods' recovery progressing as expected
Tiger Woods | PGA
(April 23, 2014 6:15 PM EDT)
In an update at ESPN.com, Tiger Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, shared that the world's top-ranked golfer is recovering as planned following surgery to heal a pinched nerve in his back on March 31.
"[Woods is] doing a little bit more and more each day," Steinberg said. "He's getting to the point of light chipping and putting and the doctors and trainers seem to be pleased with where he is. He is on schedule but we don't know what that schedule means. I don't know when he intends to be playing competitively. But I expect it to be this summer. I know that's a wide range, but as the weeks go by we'll be able to pinpoint an approximate time. It's still a little early for that. Nothing that has gone on from the day of the surgery until today gives me any pause to amend what I said then. I know that's broad and vague but we can't pinpoint a specific time until we're further along. ... This is about the next 10 or 15 years, this is not about the next 10 weeks. This is not about targeting any specific tournament. If he needs to wait one or two or three extra weeks he will. He's thinking about this very, very long term."
Source:
ESPN.com
Koepka co-medals at the Zurich four-spotter
Brooks Koepka | PGA
(April 21, 2014 5:07 PM EDT)
At 8-under-par 34-30=64, Brooks Koepka shared medalist honors at today's open qualifier for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Koepka birdied half of the holes at LaTour Golf Club in Mathews, La., to offset a lone bogey at the par-3 eighth hole. Having exhausted all of his seven allotted sponsor exemptions, he's relegated to four-spotting to pursue Special Temporary Membership for which he's only seven non-member FedExCup points shy. To fulfill the objective, he needs to finish no worse than solo 64th at TPC Louisiana. David Bradshaw also co-medaled today with a bogey-free, 8-under 33-31=64 that included an eagle-3 and six birdies. Dustin Morris finished alone in third at 7-under 32-33=65 with an eagle-3, six birdies and a bogey. The final berth into the tournament proper went to Garrett Osborn, who survived a four-way playoff. He completed regulation in 6-under 32-34=66 with an eagle-3, five birdies and one bogey. The field at TPC Louisiana is now complete at 156.
Source:
PGA - Gulf States Section

NASCAR

Swan Racing restructures; No. 30 team sold
J.J. Yeley | 30
(April 23, 2014 9:36 PM EDT)
Swan Racing announced it has successfully restructured the company by finding solutions for the No. 26 and No. 30 teams in an attempt to save the jobs of the crews, the drivers, and to keep those teams competing throughout the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
The No. 30 team has been sold to John Cohen of XxxTreme Motorsports, which will operate the team going forward and intends to compete with veteran driver J.J. Yeley. Parker Kligerman remains under contract with Swan Racing, which will seek to identify options for him to get back on track.-Swan Racing PR
Swan Racing restructures; No. 30 team sold
Parker Kligerman | 30
(April 23, 2014 9:35 PM EDT)
Swan Racing announced it has successfully restructured the company by finding solutions for the No. 26 and No. 30 teams in an attempt to save the jobs of the crews, the drivers, and to keep those teams competing throughout the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
The No. 30 team has been sold to John Cohen of XxxTreme Motorsports, which will operate the team going forward and intends to compete with veteran driver J.J. Yeley. Parker Kligerman remains under contract with Swan Racing, which will seek to identify options for him to get back on track.-Swan Racing PR