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Wong takes blame for 5-4 home-opening loss to Brewers

Wong walked three times and scored a run but hurt the Cardinals too much, with the errors leading to two unearned runs. It started with the first batter when he couldn't handle a routine grounder by Carlos Gomez.

Royals remain unbeaten with 12-3 romp over Twins

Danny Duffy pitched into the seventh inning and Kendrys Morales homered in a 12-3 romp over the Minnesota Twins on Monday, moving the defending AL champions to 7-0 for the second-best start in Kansas City's history behind the 2003 club that won nine in a row to begin the season.

NHL powers facing new blood in Western Conference playoffs

Half of the Western teams heading into the postseason this week missed the playoffs last year, and much of the conference's momentum resides with the upstarts in an unpredictable slate of matchups.

As playoffs near, the Spurs rounding into top form

Winners of 22 of their last 26 games to close last year's regular season — the perfect tuneup to what became a title run — the Spurs are at it again. They're 21-3 in their last 24 games, rising from the bottom of the Western Conference playoff pack to quite possibly the team to beat in this year's playoffs.

Blues finish regular season strong with win over Wild

"This is the team we want to take on the journey," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said after a 4-2 victory over Minnesota on Saturday. The Central Division champions enter the playoffs healthy.

After fast start, Rory McIlroy stumbles at Masters

"Look," Rory McIlroy said after Masters play Saturday, "I'm going to need something basically around 61, 62 (Sunday) to have a real chance. I'm not sure that's going to happen, but we'll see."

Tiger Woods returns to form at Masters

Tiger Woods shot a 68 Saturday at Augusta National, putting together his first back-to-back rounds in the 60s at the Masters in 10 years, and his first in a major anywhere since 2012. But he was certain it could have been even better.

Adams' homer spurs Cardinals to win over Reds

Kolten Wong had a sacrifice fly, Jhonny Peralta and Yadier Molina added ninth-inning RBI singles and Michael Wacha pitched into the seventh to get the win in his first appearance of the season.

AP source: Johnny Manziel released from rehab

The Browns quarterback was released from a rehab facility Saturday after more than 10 weeks, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Joey Votto's 2 homers lead unbeaten Reds over Cardinals 5-4

Votto hit a pair of two-run homers — the strongest indication yet that he's fully back in form — and Todd Frazier had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly on Friday night, keeping the Cincinnati Reds undefeated with a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Spieth fires 8-under 64 to take Masters lead

With six birdies in a seven-hole stretch, Spieth flirted with a major championship record he didn't know existed and atoned for his lone mistake with one last birdie putt for an 8-under 64. It was the best opening round at Augusta National in 19 years, gave him a three-shot lead and stole plenty of buzz from the Grand Slam bid of Rory McIlroy and the return of Tiger Woods.

Pacers' Copeland speaks days after stabbing

Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland apologized Thursday for making a "bad choice" by staying out too late before a game and promised to work hard to make a full recovery after he was stabbed outside a New York nightclub.

Els starts off Masters strong

The four-time major winner made a nice recovery from the trees to save par at No. 1, then slowly picked up momentum en route to a 67 Thursday that left him in a four-way tie for second behind leader Jordan Spieth. Both Els' score and placement marked first-round bests for the South African, competing in his 21st Masters.

Jed Lowrie's HR in 9th is Astros' only hit vs. Indians

Lowrie broke up a combined no-hit bid by the Cleveland Indians with a one-out home run in the ninth inning in a 5-1 loss Thursday.

Cubs shut out Cardinals 2-0

Jake Arrieta allowed three hits over seven innings, and Starlin Castro had a go-ahead RBI single in a two-run seventh for Chicago.

NFL hires first full-time female referee

Sarah Thomas, who has worked exhibition games, will be a line judge for the 2015 season, the league announced Wednesday. Thomas, 41, was in the league's officiating development program in 2013 and '14 and worked some team minicamps last year.

Second day of Hernandez trial concludes

A jury ended deliberations for a second day Wednesday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who is charged in the shooting death of another man.

Pacers player stabbed in club altercation

The violence broke out just before 4 a.m. Wednesday outside 1Oak Club, a trendy Chelsea spot where celebrities such as Justin Beiber and Snoop Dogg mingle with Manhattan partygoers. Police said the couple was arguing on the street as the attacker eavesdropped and started to interfere. The dispute escalated until the 22-year-old suspect pulled out a knife and started slashing, police said.

Hernandez murder case closing arguments take place

Lawyer James Sultan spent several minutes of his closing argument asking jurors to forget what they have heard about Aaron Hernandez in the media and outside the courtroom. Hernandez also faces murder charges in Boston, where he is accused of gunning two men down in 2012 after he believed they disrespected him at a nightclub. Evidence about that killing was not allowed into the Odin Lloyd trial.

Winnipeg shuts out St. Louis

Paul Stastny had an apparent tying goal in the second period waved off and got a slashing call instead for slapping the stick out of defenseman Tyler Myers' hands just before putting a backhander past Ondrej Pavelec.