Major League Baseball
The Boston Red Sox have turned the page from a disastrous 2012 season, at
least for a day, and did so against their hated rivals from New York.
Shane Victorino drove in three runs and Jon Lester pitched five solid innings,
as the Red Sox opened the John Farrell era with an 8-2 win over the injury-
plagued Yankees. Farrell, the former Red Sox pitching coach who had skippered
the Toronto Blue Jays for the past two seasons, was hired to replace Bobby
Valentine after a 93-loss campaign, Boston's worst since 1965. The Red Sox got
contributions in their 2013 opener from newcomers such as Victorino, who was
2-for-6, and rookie Jackie Bradley, who walked three times, scored twice and
drove in a run. Jacoby Ellsbury was 3-for-6 with a pair of runs batted in,
while Dustin Pedroia added a pair of hits with an RBI in the win.
Elsewhere in the AL:
Chicago White Sox 1, Kansas City Royals 0
Detroit Tigers 4, Minnesota Twins 2
Seattle Mariners 2, Oakland Athletics 0
Clayton Kershaw spun a four-hit shutout and clubbed a go-ahead solo home run
in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-0
victory over the defending champion San Francisco Giants in the season-opener
for both teams at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw (1-0) struck out seven en route to
his sixth career shutout and ninth career complete game, while his first
career homer provided all the offense the Dodgers would need. The left-hander
is only the second pitcher in major league history to hit a home run and pitch
a shutout on Opening Day. Hall of Famer Bob Lemon accomplished the feat in
1953 with the Cleveland Indians. Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis each added an
RBI, while Carl Crawford and Mark Ellis collected a pair of hits and a run
scored apiece for the Dodgers, who went 86-76 last season and missed the
playoffs for the third straight year.
Elsewhere in the NL:
Washington Nationals 2, Miami Marlins 0
New York Mets 11, San Diego Padres 2
Chicago Cubs 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Milwaukee Brewers 5, Colorado Rockies 4 (10 innings)
Atlanta Braves 7, Philadelphia Phillies 5
Arizona Diamondbacks 6, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Chris Iannetta delivered a two-run single in the top of the 13th inning to
lift the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a 3-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
A crowd of 43,168, the largest for a regular-season game at Great American
Ball Park, had gathered to take in the first-ever interleague Opening Day
matchup. What they witnessed was an incredible pitching duel, and the Angels
were finally able to break through against Cincinnati's bullpen. Los Angeles
had stranded two men in the 11th and wasted a one-out triple by Peter Bourjos
in the next frame. In the 13th, however, Iannetta ripped a bases-loaded single
off J.J. Hoover (0-1) past diving third baseman Todd Frazier to score high-
priced free-agent acquisition Josh Hamilton and Howie Kendrick. Ernesto Frieri
worked around a one-out walk in the bottom of the inning to earn the save.
National Basketball Association
The Utah Jazz's longest winning streak of the season couldn't have come at a
better time. The Jazz have rattled off five straight victories, including
Monday's 112-102 wire-to-wire triumph over the Portland Trail Blazers to move
into sole possession of eighth place in the Western Conference standings.
Al Jefferson put up 24 points with 10 rebounds and Mo Williams added 20 points
on 6-of-7 shooting from behind the arc for the Jazz, who shot 54 percent from
the field and had six players score in double figures. Utah was looking up at
the Los Angeles Lakers for the West's last playoff spot following a four-game
skid, but moved ahead by a half-game thanks to this run.
Elsewhere in the NBA:
Detroit Pistons 108, Toronto Raptors 98
Atlanta Hawks 102, Cleveland Cavaliers 94
Houston Rockets 111, Orlando Magic 103
Memphis Grizzlies 92, San Antonio Spurs 90
Milwaukee Bucks 131, Charlotte Bobcats 102
Minnesota Timberwolves 110, Boston Celtics 100
Indiana Pacers 109, Los Angeles Clippers 106
National Hockey League
Michal Rozsival scored the winner in the fifth round of the shootout as the
Chicago Blackhawks took a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators. In the fifth
round, Rozsival stickhandled his way to the net and lifted a backhander over
Pekka Rinne. Corey Crawford then preserved the win by making a right pad save
on Taylor Beck. Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane scored for the Blackhawks, who
have won three of four. Crawford stopped 25 shots in the win. David Legwand
and Beck scored for the Predators, who have dropped three straight. Rinne made
38 saves in the loss.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
New York Islanders 3, New Jersey Devils 1
New York Rangers 4, Winnipeg Jets 2
Montreal Canadiens 4, Carolina Hurricanes 1
Detroit Red Wings 3, Colorado Avalanche 2
St. Louis Blues 4, Minnesota Wild 1
Anaheim Ducks 4, Dallas Stars 0
Edmonton Oilers 4, Calgary Flames 1
San Jose Sharks 3, Vancouver Canucks 2
The 2013 baseball season swung into high gear Monday with 12 games on the
docket. The Washington Nationals got a pair of solo homers from Bryce Harper
and seven shutout innings from Stephen Strasburg in a 2-0 win over Miami. In
the marquee matinee matchup in the American League, Shane Victorino drove in
three runs and Jon Lester worked five strong innings as the Red Sox took an
8-2 decision over the injury-depleted Yankees in the Bronx. The Dodgers
got a shutout and home run from Clayton Kershaw in a 4-0 win over the
defending World Series champion Giants.
Two more openers are on Tuesday's schedule and both come from the American
League. The Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles begin their season at
Tropicana Field. The Orioles snapped a string of 14 consecutive losing seasons
by winning 93 games last year, but lost to the Yankees in the ALDS. The Rays
went 90-72 last year and missed the playoffs. Meanwhile, R.A. Dickey will make
his Toronto debut when the Blue Jays take on the Cleveland Indians. Dickey
won 20 games with the Mets last season while winning the NL Cy Young Award.
Cleveland, which spent lots of money on free agents this offseason, will
counter with Justin Masterson in the opener of a three-game series.
The Seattle Seahawks have traded quarterback Matt Flynn to the Oakland Raiders
in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and a conditional
draft pick in 2015. Flynn signed with Seattle as a free agent in March 2012
and was expected to become the starting quarterback for the Seahawks after a
four-year run as a backup in Green Bay, but rookie Russell Wilson beat him out
for the position. Oakland, in turn, is trying to deal quarterback Carson
Palmer. The 33-year-old veteran could be on his way to the Arizona Cardinals
after two years with the Raiders. The Cardinals cut John Skelton on Monday.
Tubby Smith wasn't out of a job long. Fired as the men's basketball coach at
Minnesota on March 25, Smith has agreed to become the new coach at Texas Tech.
Smith spent six years rebuilding a Minnesota program hit by an academic
scandal and led the Golden Gophers to a record of 124-81 with a trio of NCAA
Tournament appearances. The Gophers never had a losing season under Smith, but
were just 46-62 in Big Ten play and never finished better than sixth in the
conference. Minnesota fired Smith after a 21-13 season that included an 83-63
win over UCLA in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The season ended
with a 78-64 loss to Florida in the third round.
It didn't take long for Andy Enfield to cash in on Florida Gulf Coast's Sweet
16 run, as he was named the new head men's basketball coach at USC on Monday.
Florida Gulf Coast became the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 of the
NCAA Tournament this season -- Enfield's second at the school. After winning
the Atlantic Sun Tournament, the Eagles upset second-seeded Georgetown and
seventh-seed San Diego State to set a school record with 26 wins. The
Cinderella run ended against Florida in the round-of-16, but not before the
program captured the nation's attention with their style of play.
North Carolina State forward C.J. Leslie has decided to skip his senior season
to enter the 2013 NBA Draft. Leslie chose to return to the Wolfpack last April
and led the team in scoring for the second straight year. He averaged 15.1
points with 7.4 rebounds in 35 games, a slight increase from last year's
numbers of 14.7 points and 7.3 rebounds. Leslie, who started 85 of the 99
games he played in three seasons with the Wolfpack, is the second member of
this year's squad to depart early for the NBA, as Lorenzo Brown made his
decision last week.
University of Kentucky freshman Archie Goodwin has decided to leave the
program to enter the NBA Draft, while Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer
will return next season. Goodwin was the leading scorer for the Wildcats this
past season, averaging 14.0 points. Cauley-Stein, like Goodwin, earned All-SEC
freshman honors this past season after averaging 8.3 points and 6.3 rebounds
during the 2012-13 season. Wiltjer was a member of Kentucky's 2012 national
championship team, averaging 5.0 points in 40 games, then was the SEC's top
sixth man this past season when he averaged 10.4 points and 4.3 rebounds.
The National Invitation Tournament semifinals will take place Tuesday night at
Madison Square Garden. BYU will play Baylor and Iowa will take on Maryland.
San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is expected to miss 3-to-4 weeks with a
strained right hamstring, meaning he could miss at least some of the first
round of the playoffs. Ginobili sustained the injury during the first quarter
of Friday's two-point win over the Los Angeles Clippers, causing the 11th-year
veteran to miss Sunday's 88-86 setback in Miami. Through 59 games this season,
Ginobili is averaging 11.9 points, 4.6 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per contest.
The NHL trade deadline is set for Wednesday afternoon and the Calgary Flames
continued to make deals ahead of the deadline, sending veteran defenseman Jay
Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues on Monday. In exchange for Bouwmeester, the
Flames received a conditional first-round draft pick, defenseman Mark Cundari
and goaltender Reto Berra. If the Blues reach the 2013 postseason, the first-
round pick will come in this year's draft. Otherwise, the Flames will receive
a 2013 fourth-round pick and a 2014 first-round selection. Bouwmeester is a
two-time All-Star who has scored six goals to go along with nine assists in 33
games this year. The Edmonton native spent the first six years of his NHL
career in Florida before joining the Flames as a free agent prior to the
2009-10 season and has totaled 71 goals, 229 assists and 463 penalty minutes
in 750 NHL games.
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired center Michal Handzus from the San Jose Sharks
on Monday. In exchange for 36-year-old Handzus, the Blackhawks gave San Jose a
fourth-round pick in the 2013 draft. Handzus had a goal and an assist over 28
games with the Sharks this season, his second with the team. A 14-year
veteran, the Slovakia native has totaled 180 goals and 281 assists in 939
games with the Blues, Coyotes, Flyers, Blackhawks, Kings and Sharks.