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American League

Eduardo  Escobar doubled home  the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the
ninth inning as the Minnesota Twins rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Detroit
Tigers  from Target Field.  The Twins fought back from a 2-0 deficit after six
innings  to rebound from Monday's 4-2 setback to the defending American League
champion  Tigers, with  Wilkin Ramirez contributing a pinch-hit, RBI double in
the  bottom of the seventh. Escobar's double off Phil Coke (0-1) made a winner
out of Glen Perkins (1-0) after the Minnesota closer tossed a 1-2-3 top of the
ninth.

Elsewhere in the AL:

Chicago White Sox 5, Kansas City Royals 2
Texas Rangers 4, Houston Astros 0
Boston Red Sox 7, New York Yankees 4
Cleveland Indians 3, Toronto Blue Jays 2 (11 innings)
Tampa Bay Rays 8, Baltimore Orioles 7
Oakland Athletics 6, Seattle Mariners 2

National League

Gio  Gonzalez  spun six scoreless  innings and smacked a  solo home run in the
fifth,  as  the Washington Nationals blanked  the Miami Marlins for the second
consecutive  game with a 3-0 decision on Wednesday at Nationals Park. Gonzalez
(1-0) fanned five and allowed just two hits and two walks, while Ryan Mattheus
and  Drew Storen each tossed a scoreless frame in relief before Rafael Soriano
closed  the door in  the ninth to secure his second save of the season. Denard
Span  and Ryan Zimmerman  each added an RBI for the defending NL East champion
Nationals, who have won their first two games for the second straight season.

Elsewhere in the NL:

Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Chicago Cubs 0
Atlanta Braves 9, Philadelphia Phillies 2
New York Mets 8, San Diego Padres 4
Colorado Rockies 7, Milwaukee Brewers 3
Arizona Diamondbacks 10, St. Louis Cardinals 9 (16 innings)
San Francisco Giants 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 3

Interleague

Cincinnati Reds 5, LA Angels of Anaheim 4

National Basketball Association

After  matching his  career-high with  50 points  on Tuesday,  Carmelo Anthony
poured  in  40 points  to lead  the New  York Knicks  to a  95-82 win over the
Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. Anthony was 17-for-27 from the field, and has gone
a  combined 35-for-53 over  his last two games. J.R. Smith added 19 points and
Raymond  Felton finished  with  14 points  for  the Knicks,  who  have won  10
straight. With the win, New York leads the Indiana Pacers by one-half game for
second place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Elsewhere in the NBA:


Charlotte Bobcats 88, Philadelphia 76ers 83
Brooklyn Nets 113, Cleveland Cavaliers 95
Toronto Raptors 88, Washington Wizards 78
Boston Celtics 98, Detroit Pistons 93
Minnesota Timberwolves 107, Milwaukee Bucks 98
San Antonio Spurs 98, Orlando Magic 84
Denver Nuggets 113, Utah Jazz 96
Memphis Grizzlies 94, Portland Trail Blazers 76
Houston Rockets 112, Sacramento Kings 102
Golden State Warriors 98, New Orleans Hornets 88
Los Angeles Clippers 126, Phoenix Suns 101

National Hockey League

After  trading away their primary goal scorer from the previous three seasons,
the  New York  Rangers put up their  highest offensive output of the year with
plenty  of  the help  from a few  of his replacements.  Ryane Clowe scored two
goals  and assisted  on  another in  a dazzling  Rangers  debut, while  Derick
Brassard  delivered a  four-point night just hours after being acquired by the
club  to help New York register a 6-1 rout of the suddenly slumping Pittsburgh
Penguins  at  Madison Square Garden.  Brassard, one  of three players who came
over  from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for three-time 40-goal scorer
Marian  Gaborik  during Wednesday's trade  deadline, tallied once and recorded
three  assists. Defenseman  John Moore, also part of the Gaborik deal, lit the
lamp as well in his first outing as a Ranger.

Elsewhere in the NHL:

Philadelphia Flyers 5, Montreal Canadiens 3
Edmonton Oilers 8, Calgary Flames 2
Anaheim Ducks 5, Dallas Stars 2
San Jose Sharks 4, Minnesota Wild 2

NHL

Wednesday  marked the  NHL  trade  deadline and  the  usual  bevy of  activity
included  a  blockbuster deal between  the Columbus  Blue Jackets and New York
Rangers.  The  Jackets, surprisingly vying for  a playoff berth in the Western
Conference,  acquired three-time 40-goal scorer  Marian Gaborik and a  pair of
minor  league  defensemen  from  the Rangers  in exchange  for  center  Derick
Brassard, defenseman John Moore and injured wing Derek Dorsett. Gaborik ranked
third  in the NHL with 41 goals  last season, but has managed  just nine in 35
games  thus far  this year.  Brassard and Moore  each scored  in their  Ranger
debuts on Wednesday night in a 6-1 rout of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In  other  deals of  note, Minnesota  acquired forward  Jason Pominville and a
fourth-round  pick in the 2014 draft from Buffalo for a 2013 first-round pick,
a  2014 second-round  pick and a pair of prospects, while Washington picked up
forwards  Martin Erat  and  Michael  Latta from  Nashville  for forward  Filip
Forsberg.  The Phoenix  Coyotes  were sellers  on  Wednesday, sending  forward
Matthew  Lombardi  to Anaheim,  forward Raffi  Torres to  San Jose and forward
Steve  Sullivan to  New Jersey.  Pittsburgh continued  to stockpile  forwards,
adding Jussi Jokinen from Carolina for a conditional draft pick.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL


The BCS segment of the soon-to-be split Big East will be officially called the
American  Athletic  Conference, the league  announced Wednesday. The new title
was necessitated after the conference agreed to hand over the Big East name to
the  outgoing "Catholic  7" schools  that  are leaving  the league  to form  a
basketball-centric  conference. The AAC will launch on July 1 with 10 members:
Central   Florida,  Cincinnati,  Connecticut,  Houston,  Louisville,  Memphis,
Rutgers,  SMU, South Florida and Temple. Louisville and Rutgers will depart in
favor  of  the ACC and  Big Ten,  respectively, following the 2013-14 academic
year,  but the league will add East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa as full members
beginning with the 2014-15 season.

The  University  of Minnesota  has hired  Richard Pitino  as the school's next
men's  basketball coach. Pitino, the son of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino,
will replace Tubby Smith, who was fired on March 25 after six seasons. The 30-
year-old   recently  completed  one  season  as  the  head  coach  at  Florida
International  and led the Panthers to their first winning season in 13 years.
Prior to his stint with the Panthers, Pitino spent the 2011-12 season with his
father at Louisville and was the team's associate head coach.

Rutgers  fired men's basketball coach Mike Rice on Wednesday. The firing stems
from  the  release of practice  videos showing  the former coach yelling slurs
while  also  shoving, grabbing  and throwing basketballs  at the players. Last
December,  the school had suspended Rice for three games and fined him $50,000
after athletic director Tim Pernetti investigated the incident, but the videos
were  broadcast  by ESPN on  Tuesday and they  quickly spread, leading many to
question  why Rice was still the coach at the school. Pernetti said on Tuesday
that he felt the original punishment was sufficient, since Rice was remorseful
and had gone to counseling in order to address the issue. But after the videos
became  viral,  Pernetti said that he  would review the situation again and do
what  was in the  best interest of the school. Rice was hired by the school in
2010, and his teams went 44-51 during his tenure, including a mark of 16-38 in
the Big East.

NBA

Wizards  star rookie Bradley Beal will miss the remainder of the season with a
stress  injury in his right fibula, the team announced on Wednesday. Beal, the
third  overall  pick in last  year's NBA Draft,  has averaged 13.9 points, 2.4
rebounds  and 3.8 assists  over 56 games this season, 46 of which were starts.
The  Florida product dealt  with a fair share of injuries in his first year in
the  NBA. He missed a total of 18 contests -- 11 due to a sprained left ankle,
five  due  to a  sprained right wrist  and two  due to a  sore back -- despite
ranking  third among all rookies in scoring and 3-point field goal percentage.
Beal,  who also  set a franchise rookie record for made 3-pointers this season
with  91, is  expected to  resume basketball-related  activities in  about six
weeks.

NFL

The  San Francisco  49ers have signed cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to a one-year
contract.  Asomugha was recently released by the Philadelphia Eagles following
a disappointing two-year tenure with the club. The Eagles signed Asomugha to a
lucrative five-year, $60-million pact as one of the prize free agents in 2011,
but  the four-time  All-Pro generally failed to meet expectations over his two
seasons and was scheduled to earn $15 million in 2013. Philadelphia will still
owe  Asomugha, who  had been among the league's elite corners during his eight
seasons with the Oakland Raiders, $4 million for this coming season.

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington has been suspended for the first
four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program
for  Substances  of Abuse. Washington  is eligible to participate in offseason
and preseason practices and games, but can't return to the active roster until
the  day after  the  Cardinals' fourth  regular-season  game. Washington,  26,
earned  his first  Pro Bowl appearance last season after posting a career-high
134 tackles, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in 16 games. A
second-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Washington has 319 tackles, 15 sacks,
four interceptions and three forced fumbles in three seasons with Arizona.

 

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