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NFL

Schedule release set for Wednesday evening
Roger Goodell | FA
(April 22, 2014 5:02 PM EDT)
The league will announce the 2014 schedule Wednesday at 8PM ET on NFL Network.
The "drama" is over. This season's matchups are already known, but the dates are not. The season will begin on a Thursday night in Seattle, where the defending-champion Seahawks will likely host a conference rival.
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Around The League on Twitter
Seahawks, CB Sherman nearing long-term deal
Richard Sherman | SEA
(April 22, 2014 11:49 AM EDT)
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Seahawks and LCB Richard Sherman "have made considerable progress" on a long-term deal that will make Sherman the highest-paid corner in the NFL.
The sides are "hopeful" the deal will be completed by the draft, and it's expected to be worth north of $13 million annually. Darrelle Revis is currently the top-paid corner in the league at $12 million for 2014. Aqib Talib sets the bar in terms of guaranteed money with $26 million. Sherman should shatter that. The 2011 fifth-rounder just turned 26 last month and is entering the final year of his deal.
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Jason La Canfora on Twitter

MLB

Dee Gordon cleared of possible concussion
Dee Gordon | LA
(April 23, 2014 1:58 AM EDT)
Dee Gordon was cleared of a possible concussion after Tuesday's game.
Gordon left the contest after hitting his head on the Phillies' Jayson Nix's knee when he slid into third base on steal in the seventh inning. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that the second baseman looked a little "dazed" but passed the necessary tests. Still, it wouldn't be a surprise if the club gave him a day.
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Ken Gurnick on Twitter
Mc-Who?: Recent callup dominant with 12 Ks
Collin McHugh | HOU
(April 23, 2014 1:31 AM EDT)
Collin McHugh dazzled in his return to the majors, striking out 12 over 6 2/3 shutout frames in Tuesday's 5-2 victory against the Mariners.
Where did this come from? McHugh, a December waiver claim from Colorado who couldn't crack Houston's Quad-A pitching corps until this very night due to Scott Feldman's injury, made Seattle look downright silly, declining to issue a free pass and scattering just three hits. The 26-year-old McHugh entered this game with a 8.94 ERA over nine starts and six relief appearances in the majors. And you wonder why we love baseball? McHugh's encore will come Sunday in Houston against the A's. We don't believe in Santa Claus, so buy in at your own risk.

NBA

Brad Beal scores 26, Wiz up 2-0 on Bulls
Bradley Beal | WAS
(April 23, 2014 12:35 AM EDT)
Bradley Beal bounced back from an off game and hit 9-of-20 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to 26 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block as the Wizards beat the Bulls again in Chicago on Tuesday, taking an improbable 2-0 lead as the series shifts to Washington for Game 3.
If you had the Wizards up 2-0 at this point, congratulations are in order. This one went to overtime as the Wizards pulled off a nice, late comeback, and then saw Kirk Hinrich miss a pair of free throws at the end of overtime to give the Wizards the win. Beal was just 3-of-11 for 13 points in Game 1 and the Bulls have already been backed into a corner against the upstart Wizards.
DeMar DeRozan scores 30 as Raps even 1-1
DeMar DeRozan | TOR
(April 22, 2014 10:21 PM EDT)
DeMar DeRozan hit 9-of-21 shots and 12-of-14 free throws for 30 points, three rebounds, two assists, six turnovers and five personal fouls in Tuesday's 100-95 win over the Nets in Game 2 to tie their series 1-1.
DeRozan was seen pouting at the end of the bench, ignoring his team's huddle after he picked up his fifth foul, but came back strong to hit some big buckets and help the Raptors get the win. This game was back and forth all night, and the Raptors got a game they needed to have as the series heads to Brooklyn for the next two games. DeRozan had 17 in the fourth quarter tonight.

NHL

Martin St. Louis keeps rolling, NYR beat PHI
Martin St. Louis | NYR
(April 22, 2014 11:01 PM EDT)
Martin St. Louis powered the Rangers past the Flyers by a score of 4-1 on Tuesday night with a goal and an assist.
St. Louis deflected Dan Girardi's point shot past Ray Emery in the second period, and the goal stood up to be the winner. The Rangers steamrolled the Flyers much like they did at home in Game 1. St. Louis has put his post-trade struggles behind him and is riding a five game point streak where he has two goals and seven assists.
Tuukka Rask stops 23, blanks Wings in Game 3
Tuukka Rask | BOS
(April 22, 2014 10:52 PM EDT)
Tuukka Rask fueled the gritty Bruins past Detroit 3-0 on Tuesday night by stopping all 23 shots directed his way.
Rask has allowed just two goals through the first three games of the series so far. He has a 2-1 record in the playoffs so far with a whopping .976 save percentage and 0.67 goals against average. Rask and the Bruins will hope to make it a 3-1 series lead on Thursday in Detroit. Meanwhile, the Wings and Bruins learned they are playing for the right to face Montreal in Round 2, as the Habs disposed of the Lightning earlier in the evening in four straight games.

PGA

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.
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PGA - Gulf States Section
Closing hole-out yields Kuchar Heritage title
Matt Kuchar | PGA
(April 20, 2014 5:03 PM EDT)
Matt Kuchar splashed in from the greenside bunker on the 72nd hole to secure a one-stroke victory at the RBC Heritage.
At last! After three consecutive close calls, Kuchar finally got his. He was nearly perfect on the front nine with six birdies for a 6-under 30 before coming in at 34 on the back and post a 64. He was bogey-free and flushed his tee ball to 51 inches at the par-3 17th, but promptly three-jacked for bogey. It seemed to be just another chapter of disappointments, especially when he landed his approach at the last 19 yards short and in the sand. But the golf gods finally acquiesced when his blast landed softly and curled in for a closing birdie and 11-under-par 273. He started the day four strokes in arrears of 54-hole leader Luke Donald, who settled for runner-up honors. While Kuchar would have eventually qualified for the PGA Championship, today's win clinches that berth.

NASCAR

Richmond statistical advance on Kenzie Ruston
Kenzie Ruston | E96
(April 22, 2014 11:58 PM EDT)
Kenzie Ruston (No. 96 Ben Kennedy Racing Chevrolet) has four top fives and eight top 10s in 18 career K&N Pro Series-East starts.
Ranks sixth in points. Finished 19th in last season’s Blue Ox 100 for her only Richmond start. Led four laps on Feb. 16 at New Smyrna and became the first female K&N East driver to lead a lap since Danica Patrick at Dover in September 2010. Best career finish of third, recorded in April 2013 at Greenville, is the best finish by a female driver in NKNPS East history. Finished sixth in the final K&N East standings last season which is the best in series history for a female driver. Is a member of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport.-NKNPSE
Richmond statistical advance on Ben Rhodes
Ben Rhodes | E41
(April 22, 2014 11:55 PM EDT)
Ben Rhodes (No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet) has three poles, five top fives and eight top 10s in 11 career K&N Pro Series-East starts.
Leads K&N East championship standings. Has won three consecutive pole awards – Daytona, Bristol and Greenville. Finished 35th last year in his only Richmond start after engine trouble. Made NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on March 30 at Martinsville and finished eighth. Is a member of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport.-NKNPSE