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NFL

Report: 49ers not planning to cut Aldon Smith
Aldon Smith | SF
(April 17, 2014 10:06 PM EDT)
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the 49ers are not planning to release embattled OLB Aldon Smith.
However, Rapsheet believes Smith will begin the year suspended, and potentially even in jail. Smith was already due to appear in court on April 29 on gun and DUI charges before his bizarre Sunday arrest for making a bomb threat at LAX. It's pretty safe to assume Smith won't be appearing in all 16 games this season.
Source:
NFL.com
Report: McNabb arrested for DUI in January
Donovan McNabb | FA
(April 17, 2014 4:26 PM EDT)
TMZ reports Donovan McNabb was arrested for DUI in January, and agreed to serve one day in jail as part of a plea agreement.
That explains the mugshot, but doesn't explain how the news was kept under wraps for three months. It's also unclear if the matter is resolved or ongoing. Out of the league since 2011, McNabb officially retired in September. It's his first-known brush with the law.
Source:
Brendon Geoffrion on Twitter

MLB

Hamels terrific in likely final rehab start
Cole Hamels | PHI
(April 18, 2014 10:19 AM EDT)
Cole Hamels (biceps) tossed seven innings of one-run ball Thursday for High-A Clearwater in what is expected to be his final rehab start.
Hamels gave up just three hits, walked one and struck out two. The left-hander has posted a 2.12 ERA and 12/1 K/BB ratio over his 17 rehab innings to this point, clearing the way for him to rejoin the Phillies' rotation early next week. Assuming the club keeps Hamels on schedule, he'll make his season debut on Tuesday versus the Dodgers.
Source:
Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News
Sergio Santos completely loses it in eighth
Sergio Santos | TOR
(April 17, 2014 11:24 PM EDT)
Sergio Santos completely lost the strike zone after taking over in the eighth inning on Thursday, walking all three Twins he faced and taking his first blown save.
Unfortunately, the Blue Jays had already run through all of their decent bullpen options when Santos imploded. As a result, J.A. Happ was brought in to try to stop the bleeding, yet he only made it worse, walking three batters of his own in what ended up being a six-run inning. Santos, for his part, never walked in a run. Instead, he threw three run-scoring wild pitches, which is a pretty amazing feat. Just four of his 16 pitches were strikes. Santos entered the game 4-for-4 in save chances and with three walks on the season, none in his last three appearances. Hopefully, this was just one big fluke. If not, then the Blue Jays will be forced to go to Steve Delabar and Aaron Loup in save chances.

NBA

Thadd Young won't rule out asking for trade
Thaddeus Young | PHI
(April 18, 2014 10:54 AM EDT)
Thaddeus Young said it's "a possibility" that he'll ask management to trade him this summer.
Young has repeatedly said all he wants to do is win, and the Sixers are at least two years away from doing that. The 25-year-old is under contract for $9.1 million next season and then has a player option for $9.7 million in 2015-16. Given those reasonable cap hits and Young's unique ability to score without plays called for him, he'd attract plenty of attention on the trade market. Thadd averaged career-highs in points (17.9), assists (2.3), steals (2.1) and 3-pointers (1.1) this season.
Source:
Phillyburbs
James Young bolts Kentucky after one season
James Young | CLG
(April 18, 2014 9:55 AM EDT)
Kentucky G/F James Young has declared for the NBA draft.
Young averaged 14.3 points and 4.3 rebounds as a freshman, shooting just 40.7 percent from the field. But he oozes athletic upside as an extremely long wing player that has extended range (34.9 percent 3-point shooting). At 6'7/202, Young is a candidate to go in the back part of the lottery.
Source:
ESPN.com

NHL

Alex Steen ends marathon OT to lift Blues
Alexander Steen | STL
(April 18, 2014 12:41 AM EDT)
Alexander Steen's goal 26 seconds into the third overtime period gave the Blues a 4-3 win over Chicago in Game 1 of their first round playoff series Thursday night.
Steen knocked a nifty little pass from Steve Ott into the back of the net soon after the third extra frame began and sent the Blues fans home happy. Adam Cracknell, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz also scored for St. Louis in the thrilling victory. If the rest of the series is as exciting as this game, it could lead to widespread heart attacks for fans of both teams.
Ondrej Palat will be a game-time call Friday
Ondrej Palat | TB
(April 17, 2014 2:39 PM EDT)
Ondrej Palat (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Friday's contest against Montreal.
He left Game 1 because an undisclosed injury, which is believed to be to his upper-body region. The outstanding rookie logged 14:05 of ice time before exiting early in the third period.
Source:
Chris Johnston on Twitter

PGA

Larrazábal jumps in a lake to avoid hornets
Pablo Larrazabal | PGA
(April 18, 2014 3:47 AM EDT)
During his second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, Pablo Larrazábal found refuge in a lake after being attacked by hornets.
He was playing the par-5 fifth hole when the dangerous insects were seemingly attracted to his shirt. "They were three times the size of bees," he said. "They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big time. I didn’t know what to do. My caddie told me to run, so I start running like a crazy guy, but the hornets were still there, so the other players told me to jump in the lake. I ran to the lake, threw my scorecard down, took off my shoes and jumped in the water. It was the scariest moment of my career, for sure. I’ve never been so scared." Naturally, he birdied the hole and shot 4-under 68. "The referees and a doctor took me aside and gave me a couple of injections and told me to relax. After the injections I felt a lot better and could continue. Without the help of the referees I couldn’t have finished the round, because I was in no state to play golf."
Source:
EuropeanTour.com
Details emerge to explain Marino's absence
Steve Marino | PGA
(April 18, 2014 1:56 AM EDT)
In a feature at Golfweek.com, Jim McCabe explained why Steve Marino hadn't competed in 2014 until his first round of the RBC Heritage.
After missing the cut at the OHL Classic of Mayakoba, the final stop before the holiday break, Marino injured his left leg after jumping onto a sandbar from his boat. He fractured the fibula and tore ligaments in his ankle. Note that this is the same leg on which he had surgery in his knee in October of 2011. He also received a stem call injection to aid in the healing process. Only recently was he comfortable in walking 18 holes in competition. "I feel really good," Marino said. "I think I'm ready." Suddenly, his opening 72 at Harbour Town looks a little better.
Source:
Golfweek.com

NASCAR

Turner Scott enters Brandon Jones at Salem
Brandon Jones | E33
(April 17, 2014 11:28 PM EDT)
Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) has filed an entry for the April 27 Federated Auto Parts 200 at Salem Speedway with 17-year-old Brandon Jones listed as the driver of the No. 33 TSM Chevrolet.
The event will mark the rookie's debut in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Jones is already running the full NASCAR K&N East Series schedule in 2014 and a handful of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events. In the quest for more seat-time, TSM is also adding the ARCA Racing Series to Jones’ busy 2014 race schedule.
Source:
ARCA Racing News
Swan Racing reviewing ability to continue
Cole Whitt | 26
(April 17, 2014 3:29 PM EDT)
Swan Racing (No. 26 Cole Whitt No. 30 Parker Kligerman) issued the following statement today about the future of the team.
"Swan Racing is in the process of reviewing its current situation and the ability to continue to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The team has been unable to secure the kind of sponsorship required to effectively operate the team. As a result, the team management is exploring every available option. We hope to be in position to provide a detailed update in the near future."-Swan Racing FB