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Barcelona Open Update- Tennis

By Jim McCoy Fri 24th April Sports

Defending champion Kei Nishikori made his way into the Barcelona Open semifinals by holding off Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 on Friday.

Third-seeded David Ferrer also advanced by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (5) as he stayed on course for a fifth final appearance at the tournament.

After the top-seeded Nishikori won the first set easily, Bautista ARead More »

Friday Sports Minute: NBA Preview, Mets Winning Streak, Oklahoma St. On Probation

By Jim McCoy Fri 24th April Sports

UNDATED (AP) - New York's two baseball teams are squaring off tonight and the visiting Mets are the toast of the town. New York's National League club has won its last 11 games to claim first place in the East.Read More »

Browns GM Likes Mariota, But Would He Draft Heisman Winner?

Browns general manager Ray Farmer has heard the rumblings about his affinity for Marcus Mariota, but that doesn't mean he'll mortgage Cleveland's future for the Oregon quarterback.

Mariota is expected to be one of the first picks in next week's NFL draft, and because the Browns have two first-round selections, there's speculation that Farmer may move up to take him.Read More »

Eagles To Critics: Tebow Has Improved As A Passer

By Jim McCoy Thu 23rd April SportsPhiladelphia EaglesTim Tebow

Eagles personnel chief Ed Marynowitz says Tim Tebow's passing skills have improved and he was signed to compete for a spot at quarterback.

Philadelphia's new vice president of player personnel on Thursday was the first member of the organization to publicly discuss Tebow since the Eagles signed the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner to a one-year contract on Monday.Read More »

Wednesday Sports Minute: NBA Update, NBA Coach Of The Year, NHL Scores

By Jim McCoy Wed 22nd April Sports

UNDATED (AP) - Cleveland, Washington and Houston all went two-up in their NBA playoff series last night. The Cavaliers increased their series lead to 2-0 with a 99-91 win over Boston while the Wizards beat the Raptors 117-106 to take the same lead and Houston dumped Dallas 111-99 for its lead.

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta's Mike Budenholzer was named NBA coach of the year yesterday.Read More »

Brooks Out As Thunder Coach

By Jim McCoy Wed 22nd April SportsOklahoma City ThunderScott Brooks

The Oklahoma City Thunder have fired coach Scott Brooks.

The team made the announcement Wednesday.

Brooks coached the Thunder for seven seasons. Starting in 2010-11, he led the team to the Western Conference Finals three out of four years, and the Thunder reached the NBA Finals in 2012.Read More »

Tennis: Early Report From Barcelona Open

By Jim McCoy Tue 21st April SportsBarcelona OpenTennis

Top-seeded Kei Nishikori began the defense of his Barcelona Open title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia on Tuesday.

Nicolas Almagro also advanced to the second round, where he will face eight-time winner Rafael Nadal, after opponent Paolo Lorenzi retired 10 minutes into the match with Almagro leading 3-0.Read More »

Naval Academy Grad Makes The St. Louis Cardinals

By Jim McCoy Tue 21st April SportsNathan HarrisSt. Louis Cardinals

Former Navy man Mitch Harris has made it to the majors, ready to join the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen.

The 29-year-old pitcher is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.Read More »

Monday Sports Minute: NBA Preview, Tim Tebow, Nick Faldo, Etc.

By Jim McCoy Mon 20th April Sports

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Marathon is underway. It was two years ago that two bombs were detonated during the annual race through the streets of the city.Read More »

Two Years After Bombing, A Festive Scene At Boston Marathon

By Jim McCoy Mon 20th April Sports2015 Boston Marathon

The weather was cold and damp but the atmosphere festive at Monday's running of the Boston Marathon, two years after pressure-cooker bombs exploded at the finish line and shattered one of sports' most cherished events.

All along the 26.2-mile course, spectators banged cowbells and blew air horns as they braved unseasonably chilly weather and light rain in thick layers and ponchosRead More »

Prized Prospect To Debut For Cubs

Prized prospect Kris Bryant is in the majors.

The Cubs added Bryant to the roster for Friday's game against San Diego. Bryant is batting cleanup and playing third base against James Shields and the Padres.

Bryant and agent Scott Boras made it clear they were not happy that he opened the season in the minors.Read More »

RBC Heritage Day Two: Spieth Rallies

By Jim McCoy Fri 17th April SportsGolfJordan SpiethRBC Heritage

Jordan Spieth fixed his game in a hurry. He shot a 9-under 62 Friday to get back in contention at the RBC Heritage.

He had opened with a 3-over 74 in the first round but recovered with the second-lowest round ever at Harbour Town Golf Links.Read More »

Adrian Peterson Re-Instated By NFL

By Jim McCoy Thu 16th April Sports

The NFL has reinstated Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, clearing the way for him to return after missing most of last season while facing child abuse charges in Texas.

The league announced its decision on Thursday. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent Peterson a letter advising him of his reinstatement.Read More »

Wednesday Sports Minute: NBA Schedule, NHL, Baseball Preview

By Jim McCoy Wed 15th April Sports

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans has a tough task on its hands when it hosts San Antonio tonight in an effort to break a tie with Oklahoma City for the final playoff spot in the NBA Western Conference as the season winds down. The Spurs are not only riding an 11-game winning streak but could also finish the season with the No. 2 seed in the postseason.Read More »

Early Wednesday Baseball: Marlins Defeat Braves

By Jim McCoy Wed 15th April Sports

Dan Haren gave up three hits in seven innings, Adeiny Hechavarria went 3 for 3 with a homer and three RBIs and the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Wednesday.

With its second straight victory, Miami has its first winning streak of the season.

p>Haren (1-0) allowed just three base runners - two walks in the first and an error by second baseman Dee Gordon tRead More »

Tuesday Sports Minute: Latest From NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball

By Jim McCoy Tue 14th April Sports

UNDATED (AP) - Just three games are on tonight's NBA schedule with just one more day left in the regular season. The Toronto Raptors tip off against the Celtics in Boston and Washington visits the Indiana Pacers before the Los Angeles Clippers take on the Suns in Phoenix.Read More »

Subdued Remembrance Will Mark 2-Year Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombing

By Jim McCoy Tue 14th April SportsBoston Marathon bombing

Boston is marking the second anniversary of the 2013 marathon bombings with a subdued remembrance.

Mayor Marty Walsh and other officials will raise commemorative banners Wednesday on Boylston Street.

A moment of silence will follow at 2:49 p.m., when the first of two bombs exploded near the finish line April 15, 2013.Read More »

Westbrook's "T" Rescinded, Won't Face Suspension

By Jim McCoy Mon 13th April Sportsrussell westbrook

The NBA has rescinded Russell Westbrook's 16th technical foul, allowing the star guard to play in the Thunder's critical game against Portland on Monday night.

The league said in an email Monday the technical wouldn't stand, although it did not say why.Read More »

Inspirational College Basketball Players Dies From Brain Tumor

By Jim McCoy Fri 10th April SportsLauren HillMt. St. Joseph's

Lauren Hill, the Mount St. Joseph University basketball player who played through her battle with an inoperable brain tumor, has died.Read More »

Douglas High Alum Retires After Distinguished NFL Career

By Jim McCoy Fri 10th April SportsTroy Polamalu

Troy Polamalu's career now belongs to the ages.

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced the star safety's retirement on Friday following a spectacular 12 seasons in the NFL that included eight Pro Bowls, four first-team All-Pro selections and two Super Bowl rings.

Polamalu's retirement was first reported by the Uniontown (Pa.) Herald-Standard.

Steelers cRead More »

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