NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Rangers beat Philadelphia 4-1 in the playoff opener last night to stretch their home-winning streak over the rival Flyers to nine games. Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart in the third period for the Rangers.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees beat David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays 10-2 last night in a matchup of former AL Cy Young Award winners. Sabathia pitched seven innings for a rare win at Tropicana Field. He allowed two runs and seven hits. Price gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Mark Teixeira could be back in the New York Yankees' lineup Sunday. The first baseman walked twice, struck out and scored a run yesterday in his first extended spring training game since injuring his right leg. Teixeira is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled Sunday, when the Yankees finish a four-game series against Tampa Bay.
CHICAGO (AP) - The Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1 last night. Jon Lester pitched eight sharp innings and David Ross hit a tiebreaking RBI double in Boston's two-run ninth. Lester allowed one run and seven hits for his second straight win after opening the season with two losses. The left-hander struck out nine and walked none, winning an impressive pitcher's duel with White Sox ace Chris Sale.
BOSTON (AP) - The top-seeded Boston Bruins face eighth-seeded Detroit tonight in Game 1 of the first round of the NHL playoffs. The Red Wings had 24 fewer points in the regular season but went 3-1 against the Bruins, a sign that Detroit's speedy, puck-possession style can overcome Boston's physical approach.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Carmelo Anthony says he wants to stay in New York and he wants to win. It's up to Phil Jackson to convince him that he can do both. With the Knicks' season over and Anthony missing the playoffs for the first time in his career, he can begin thinking about his future. He says he will become a free agent in July and wants to be someplace where he can compete for championships.
BOSTON (AP) - The third-worst season in Boston Celtics history is over and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge can concentrate on continuing his rebuilding project. The season ended with a 118-102 loss to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. That left the Celtics at 25-57 and tied for the fourth-worst record in the NBA.
NEW YORK (AP) - Newly signed Jets running back Chris Johnson has no concerns about whether his surgically repaired knee will be healthy in time for training camp or how New York will split carries in its backfield. The Jets signed Johnson on Wednesday after the Tennessee Titans released him on April 7th.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - Marc de Grandpre is returning to the New York Red Bulls as head of commercial operations. De Grandpre became the team's managing director in 2006 and left two years later. He effectively replaces general manager Jerome de Bontin. De Bontin was hired in 2011 and resigned last month.
BOSTON (AP) - An associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has appeared in federal court in Orlando, Florida, on charges in a gun trafficking investigation related to Hernandez's Massachusetts murder case. Oscar Hernandez Jr. was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in Boston on charges of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying under oath. He's not related to Aaron Hernandez.
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