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FILE - In this May 10, 2016, file photo, Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher speaks at a news conference in St. Paul, Minn. Fletcher was fired Monday, April 23, 2018, after the hockey team's first-round playoff exit. Fletcher was the Wild's general manager for nine seasons. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
April 23, 2018 - 7:49 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold entered the team's new practice facility a couple of weeks ago, the organizational motto was staring him in the face. So was the advice he should make a change in the front office, despite his fondness of general manager Chuck Fletcher...
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Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) and Mike Fisher (12) celebrate a 5-0 series-winning victory against the Colorado Avalanche during Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
April 23, 2018 - 6:13 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Losing the Stanley Cup last June wasn't what hurt Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg the most. Seeing how painful the loss was for veteran center Mike Fisher proved even more agonizing. "That was probably the worst feeling for me personally," Forsberg said. "Seeing...
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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick tackles Colorado State wide receiver Michael Gallup during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Fitzpatrick is a possible first round pick in the NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
April 23, 2018 - 3:23 pm
Four quarterbacks are certain to go in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, all of them early. Five might be off the board midway through the top 32 picks. And, who knows given the desperation pro teams are displaying about finding that franchise QB, we could see six of them go on...
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New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) greets fans after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in New Orleans, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)
April 23, 2018 - 1:45 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With every Anthony Davis put-back dunk, reverse alley-oop jam, step-back 3-pointer or game-sealing block in the playoffs, the New Orleans Pelicans take a step closer to becoming the NBA's next small-market success story. That didn't quite happen with Chris Paul, who essentially...
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Milwaukee Brewers' Lorenzo Cain reacts after hitting an RBI double during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
April 20, 2018 - 1:07 am
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Lorenzo Cain credited his Brewers teammates for his big night at the plate. Ryan Braun acknowledged them for helping him achieve a major milestone. Cain homered, doubled twice and scored four times, Braun launched a pinch-hit, three-run homer that gave him 1,000 RBIs and Milwaukee...
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FILE - In this Dec. 31,2017, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno plays against the Tampa Bay Lightning during an NHL hockey game, in Columbus, Ohio. For the first time in their careers, brothers Marcus and Nick Foligno both made the NHL playoffs. Marcus has scored a goal and provided strong play from the fourth line for the Minnesota Wild against Winnipeg. Nick, the captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets, has helped his team take the lead on Washington. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
April 18, 2018 - 5:48 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nick Foligno sent the text message on Sunday to his family members , promising an enjoyable evening of experiencing and watching the NHL playoffs. "This is going to be a big night for the Folignos," he tapped out on his smartphone. Make it a big week, actually. For the first...
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal hits a two-RBI double during the 12th inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
April 18, 2018 - 3:21 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers overcame a blown save by struggling Kenley Jansen thanks to a clutch hit by Yasmani Grandal. Grandal hit a go-ahead, two-run double with one out in the 12th inning and the Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 7-3 Tuesday night for their season-high third...
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Milwaukee Brewers' Eric Thames celebrates his two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
April 17, 2018 - 10:53 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Thames hit a two-run homer to back a three-hitter from Junior Guerra and three relievers, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers over the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 on Tuesday night. Reds starter Sal Romano (0-2) had a two-hit shutout going before Lorenzo Cain walked and Thames sent the first...
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp reacts after hitting a three-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Monday, April 16, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
April 17, 2018 - 1:17 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yasmani Grandal hit a grand slam, Matt Kemp had a three-run homer and Hyun-Jin Ryu struck out nine in six strong innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who beat the San Diego Padres 10-3 Monday night. Grandal, acquired from San Diego in a trade for Kemp in December 2014, hit his...
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Colorado Rockies' Trevor Story (27) watches his three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Steven Brault in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Monday, April 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
April 16, 2018 - 11:10 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trevor Story showed signs of snapping out of his early season funk over the weekend, even as the Colorado Rockies shortstop whiffed over and over against the Washington Nationals. The proof arrived Monday night at frigid PNC Park after he quickly fell behind Pittsburgh starter...
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