- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

BASEBALL

CINCINNATI (AP) - Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs pitched his second no-hitter in a span of 11 regular-season starts, shutting down the Cincinnati Reds in a 16-0 rout.

The reigning NL Cy Young winner threw the first no-hitter of the Major League Baseball season. Arrieta (4-0) struck out six, walked four and allowed only six balls hit out of the infield. He threw 119 pitches, retiring Eugenio Suarez on a routine fly to right field to end it.

Arrieta threw his first career no-hitter last Aug. 30 at Dodger Stadium, beating Los Angeles 2-0.

NHL

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Patrick Kane scored on a backhander early in the second overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks avoided first-round elimination with a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

The game winner was the first goal in the series by the defending Stanley Cup winners’ stars, Kane and Jonathan Toews. Both assisted on Artemi Panarin’s goal in the final second of the second period for a 3-1 lead.

Kane, who led the NHL in scoring with 106 points, circled the net to corral his own shot that slowly slid wide, and poked it past Brian Elliott at 3:07 to send a standing-room crowd of 19,956 home unhappy.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Ben Bishop stopped 34 shots, Alex Killorn scored with less than two minutes remaining and the Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Killorn’s second winning goal of the series was set up by Ryan Callahan, who retrieved goalie Petr Mrazek’s bad pass behind the Detroit net and centered the puck in the crease for Killorn’s backhander at 18:17 of the third period.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Nate Thompson and Jamie McGinn scored nearly 2 minutes apart late in the second period, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 to even the first-round series at 2-2.

Ryan Getzlaf and Andrew Cogliano also scored as the road team stayed perfect in the best-of-seven series.

NEW YORK (AP) - Flashing his old brilliance, Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and set up two others and the Pittsburgh Penguins pushed the New York Rangers to the brink of playoff elimination with a 5-0 victory.

NBA

NEW YORK (AP) - Commissioner Adam Silver believes the NBA has been “crystal clear” that the 2017 All-Star Game only stays in Charlotte if a North Carolina law goes.

Political and business leaders he’s spoken with in the state believe it will, so he’s holding off for now on setting any deadlines for when the NBA might act.

Silver said last week that the law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people was “problematic” for the league, but he believed dialogue was more useful than ultimatums at this point, so he has continued discussions with North Carolina officials.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Scott Brooks is on his way to Washington, the latest move made by the Wizards that could have the added benefit of enticing Kevin Durant to return home this summer.

The Wizards reached agreement with Brooks to become the team’s new coach, said two people familiar with the deal. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.

The sides agreed on a five-year deal, one of the people told the AP.

HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden scored 35 points, including the game-winner with 2.7 seconds left, and the Houston Rockets took advantage of Stephen Curry’s absence to get a 97-96 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

The victory cuts Houston’s deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Sunday in Houston.

DALLAS (AP) - Kevin Durant bounced back from the worst shooting game of his playoff career with 34 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder retook control of their first-round series with a 131-102 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 3.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - DeMar DeRozan rebounded from his postseason shooting slump, scoring 21 points, and Kyle Lowry also added 21 to help Toronto roll past Indiana 101-85.

The Raptors lead the best-of-seven first-round series 2-1 and have reclaimed the home-court advantage they squandered by losing the series opener last weekend.

AUTO RACING

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Tony Stewart has been cleared to return to racing and will be back in his car Friday at Richmond International Raceway.

The three-time NASCAR champion missed the first eight races of the season with a fractured vertebra suffered in a January all-terrain vehicle accident. The injury occurred one week before Stewart was scheduled to start his final season in NASCAR. He’s retiring at the end of this year.

GOLF

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Brendan Steele topped the Texas Open leaderboard at 8 under through 13 holes when the first round was suspended because of darkness.

Steele, whose only PGA Tour victory came in the tournament five years ago, was unable to finish the opening round after play was delayed for 3 1/2 hours because of morning rain.

Among those who did finish, Charley Hoffman had a 6-under 66, a stroke ahead of Stuart Appleby and Peter Malnati.

Defending champion Jimmy Walker opened with a 75.

DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) - So Yeon Ryu shot a tournament-record 9-under 63 to take the first-round lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

Playing in the first group of the day off the 10th tee, the South Korean player had seven birdies in an eight-hole stretch on the back nine and added two more on the front nine at Lake Merced.

Taiwan’s Candie Kung and Japan’s Haru Nomura were two strokes back at 65.

SOCCER

NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber called St. Louis and Sacramento, California, “front-runners” for the next round of expansion, which could occur as soon as 2020.

Speaking during a meeting with the Associated Press Sports Editorss, he said other candidates, in priority order, were Detroit; San Diego; San Antonio and Austin, Texas; and Cincinnati.


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