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Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager watches his RBI double off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Nick Goody during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Cleveland. (Tony Dejak / AP)

Kyle Seager’s RBI double in 8th lifts M’s

UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

Andrew Miller’s absence was immediately felt by the Cleveland Indians’ bullpen when Kyle Seager hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning off Nick Goody that lifted the Seattle Mariners to a 5-4 victory on Thursday night.
Washington State Cougars quarterback Trey Tinsley (10) drops back for a pass during the Crimson and Gray football game on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Albi Stadium. (James Snook / SR)

Projecting the depth chart: QB still very much unsettled at Washington State, but spring ball brings clarity to other positions

UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 7:53 p.m.

From 14 days of spring camp in Pullman and one scrimmage, we’ve gleaned much about what the Cougars’ depth chart could look like this fall when WSU travels to Wyoming for the season opener. Let’s take a look into our crystal ball – or football, I suppose – and project Wazzu’s starters and backups at each position for the 2018 season.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates his goal during the third period in Game 1 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Washington. The Penguins won 3-2. (Nick Wass / Associated Press)

Penguins erase 2-goal deficit, beat Capitals 3-2 in Game 1

UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

Patric Hornqvist, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel scored in a 4:49 span to help the Pittsburgh Penguins rally to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 1 of the second-round series. Down 2-0 early in the third period and playing without Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin, Pittsburgh turned it around with all three of its top-line forwards chipping in a goal. Crosby scored the tying goal when the puck bounced to him off Alex Ovechkin’s stick, and assisted on Guentzel’s go-ahead goal.
Chez Reavie tees off on the 18th hole during the first round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. (Ryan Kang / Associated Press)

Chez Reavie-Lucas Glover, Zhang Xinjun-Dou Zecheng share Zurich Classic lead

UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover teamed to shoot a 12-under 60 for a share of the Zurich Classic lead with China’s Zhang Xinjun and Dou Zecheng. Reavie and Glover each had six birdies in the best-ball format, pushing through soggy weather early in the round before conditions cleared at TPC Louisiana. Zhang and Dou birdied four of their final five holes.
Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner, left, drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jose Calderon, from Spain, in the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 98-95. (Tony Dejak / Associated Press)

Close-knit Pacers’ bond gets tested with season on the line

The Indiana Pacers have been winning together, losing together and fighting together all season. Now they need to demonstrate their resilience once more as they try to save their season by rebounding from another emotional loss to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In this April 19, 2018 file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) warms up before Game 3 of the team's first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio. Curry has been cleared to take part in modified practices but will be out at least one more week with a left knee injury. The Warriors said Curry was examined by the team's medical staff Friday and is making progress in recovering from the grade 2 left MCL sprain that has sidelined him since March 23. (Eric Gay / Associated Press)

Stephen Curry back in full practice mode for Warriors

UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 4:06 p.m.

Stephen Curry has resumed full practice with contact and could play for the defending champion Golden State Warriors as soon as Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against New Orleans. Curry practiced wearing a protective brace over his sprained left knee, which has sidelined him since March 23. The injury happened on the same day he returned from a six-game absence because of a hurt right ankle.
Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, waits to hit from the 16th tee of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the first round of the LPGA Mediheal Championship golf tournament Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Daly City, Calif. (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

Lydia Ko tied for LPGA Tour lead at chilly Lake Merced

Lydia Ko was back on top at Lake Merced. Ko shot a 4-under 68 on a chilly morning at the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship for a share of the first-round lead. Jessica Korda, Caroline Hedwall, In-Kyung Kim and Su Oh joined Ko atop the leaderboard in the LPGA Tour’s return to Lake Merced after a year away.
In this April 18, 2018 file photo, Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo, left, drives to the basket in front of Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Cleveland. The NBA says referees missed a goaltending violation by Cavaliers star LeBron James in the closing seconds of Cleveland’s Game 5 win over Indiana on Wednesday. (Tony Dejak / Associated Press)

NBA says referees missed LeBron James goaltending call in Game 5

The NBA says referees missed a goaltending violation by Cavaliers star LeBron James in the closing seconds of Cleveland’s Game 5 win over Indiana. James blocked Victor Oladipo’s shot with 5.1 seconds left, but the league said in its two-minute report that James touched the ball after it hit the backboard. James then hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Cavs a 98-95 win and 3-2 lead in the series. Game 6 is on Friday at Indiana.

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UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 6:29 p.m.

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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James celebrates after scoring the game-winning shot in the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 98-95. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) ORG XMIT: OHTD114 (Tony Dejak / AP)

Tipoff: Game 6s on tap as Cavs, Raptors, Jazz look to advance

LeBron James offered fireworks to lift Cleveland, while Russell Westbrook and Paul George kept Oklahoma City’s season alive. Those were the big Game 5 story lines, and now it’s time to see what happens in a trio of Game 6 matchups on Friday night. Cleveland tries to oust Indiana, Toronto looks to eliminate Washington and Utah has a second chance to finish off Oklahoma City.
In this April 20, 2017, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has words for a referee during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. The Blue Jackets played one more playoff game this season than last, but its all the same to general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and coach John Tortorella. Not good enough. (Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)

Torts: Plenty of blame to go around in Blue Jackets’ playoff collapse

Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said there’s plenty of blame to go around for the team’s failure to again get beyond the first round of the NHL playoffs. He said everyone from the coaches on down has to take some responsibility. The Blue Jackets won the first two playoff games over the Washington Capitals only to lose four and row. They were eliminated in the first round for the second straight season.
In this March 25, 2018, file photo, Nashville Predators’ Roman Josi (59) tries to stop Winnipeg Jets’ Blake Wheeler (26) as he gets a scoring attempt on goaltender Juuse Saros (74) during the overtime period of NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Predators take on the Jets in the Western Conference semifinals beginning Friday, April 27, at Nashville. (Trevor Hagan / Canadian Press via AP)

Western semi pits NHL’s best in regular season in Jets-Preds

Playing the Winnipeg Jets is exactly why Nashville coach Peter Laviolette wanted home-ice advantage in the NHL playoffs. Even if it’s a round – or two – earlier than anyone really wants. Laviolette’s Predators play Winnipeg in the Western Conference semifinals after turning in their best season in franchise history to edge out the Jets for the right to start and end a series in Smashville. This will be just the fifth series since 1990 between the NHL’s top two teams in the regular season.
In this May 13, 2013, file photo, New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) gets checked into the boards by Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, and Steve Oleksy during the second period of Game 7 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series in Washington. 2013 was the third year in a row the two teams met in the playoffs. (Nick Wass / Associated Press)

Three of a grind: Playoff rematches crank up the hatred

Meeting three years in a row in the NHL playoffs has been a recipe for tension, pressure and hatred for decades. Players who have been through multiple series against the same opponent see few benefits other than familiarity. Former Edmonton defenseman Kevin Lowe says the checks are harder, the slashes worse. The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins face each other for a third consecutive season. Game 1 is Thursday night in Washington.
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin (71) and Philadelphia Flyers’ Jori Lehtera (15) collide and slide into the boards during the first period in Game 5 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Friday, April 20, 2018. Malkin went to the locker room following the collision. (Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)

Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin skates, progressing for return from injury

UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 1:38 p.m.

Evgeni Malkin skated with his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates for the first time since suffering an apparent leg injury last week. Malkin will miss at least Game 1 of the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions’ second-round series against the Washington Capitals.
In this April 6, 2018, file photo, Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer gestures during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Washington. The Hawks and Budenholzer mutually agreed to part ways on Wednesday, April 25, according to the team. The Hawks announced the move Wednesday night in a brief three-sentence statement. (Nick Wass / Associated Press)

Mike Budenholzer’s ‘harmonious’ exit starts Hawks’ coach search

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk says coach Mike Budenholzer’s exit was “harmonious” and was a mutual decision. He also says there was no single factor that led to the decision, but it was clear Budenholzer’s interviews with the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks made it difficult for him to remain in Atlanta.
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