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Monday's Results

Major League Baseball

American League

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

National League

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

Interleague

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

BASEBALL


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.

NFL

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.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

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.

NBA

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.

NHL

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.

 

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