Davis scores 35, Pelicans hold off Blazers 97-95 in Game 1

Anthony Davis stole the show and the New Orleans Pelicans stole home-court advantage from the Portland Trail Blazers.
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Davis had 35 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks, Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo won the backcourt battle, and the Pelicans held on for a 97-95 victory on Saturday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series.

Holiday added 21 points, outplaying both Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, and had a big blocked shot in the closing seconds as New Orleans escaped after Portland erased almost all of a 19-point deficit.

He’s in a different mindset, Davis said. He was up all night watching film. When they were calling plays out there he was telling us what it was in our version before they had a chance to run it. He’s definitely locked in. The way he played tonight with 17 assists, he’s just in a different mode for the playoffs.
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Lillard finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while McCollum had 19 points.

The sixth-seeded Pelicans were the only road team to win on the opening day of the NBA playoffs. Nikola Mirotic had 16 points, 11 rebounds and also blocked four shots to help Davis earn the first victory of his playoff career.

Van Gundy coached the Knicks for parts of seven seasons, leading the club to six consecutive playoff appearances and an Eastern Conference title in 1999. New York has won one playoff series since Van Gundy’s departure in 2001.

The Knicks are searching for a coach to replace Jeff Hornacek, who was fired Thursday morning.

The club earlier this week was finalizing plans to meet with their four top candidates: David Fizdale, Mark Jackson, Jerry Stackhouse and former Cleveland Cavaliers Authentic Mike Tolbert Jersey coach David Blatt, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Jackson will interview with the team Wednesday, sources said. The Knicks plan to meet with Fizdale and Stackhouse this week and with Blatt, who is expected to travel to the United States, the following week.

RHP J.J. Hoover, who was designated for assignment by the Brewers on April 11, has elected free agency…. The Reds traded minor league C Tony Sanchez to the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named or cash.

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5-on-5: Breakout stars, Round 1 MVP and bold playoff predictions

Who will be the breakout player of the playoffs and the MVP of Round 1? Which team has the easiest path to Finals?

Our NBA Insiders give their bold predictions and what to watch in a supersized edition of 5-on-5.

“In fairness to history,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told The Post, “we have to see if they can make history.’’

Alex Rodriguez, who owns 696 home runs, fourth highest in major league history and who once hit 57 home runs in a season, said, “They have an opportunity to be the first right-handed Yankees duo to hit 100 home runs and drive in 300 runs.’’

A-Rod (57) and Rafael Palmeiro (43) combined for 100 home runs with the Rangers in 2002. Maris (61) and Mantle (54) hold the teammate mark with 115 home runs in 1961. The only other Yankee duo to hit the century mark was in 1927, when Ruth (60) and Gehrig (47) combined for 107 home runs.

“The home run power is there and this is a 1-2 combo that could be crazy,’’ said Don Mattingly, who knows something about hitting home runs in the Bronx and was Stanton’s manager the past two years with the Marlins.

Rinne tied Vasilevskiy for most shutouts with eight, which is also a Nashville team record.

Vasilevskiy and Helleybuyck, both first-time finalists, tied for the league lead with 44 victories.

Vasilevskiy, 23, helped carry the Lightning to their best record (54-23-5) in franchise history with a 2.62 GAA and .920 save percentage.

Hellebuyck, 24, is the first finalist in franchise history and had a 2.36 GAA and .924 save percentage.

The winner will be announced at the 2018 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 20.

Little snippets that reflect the team’s new mindset emerge daily. In spring training, Kapler declared a moratorium on shagging batting practice fly balls because it’s a way to get pitchers off their feet and create an opportunity for “awesome volunteers” to patrol the Citizens Bank Park outfield in the early afternoon. TV cameras capture Philadelphia’s outfielders consulting positioning index cards they have tucked in their back pockets. Fans who ride the SEPTA train to the park see a stern-looking Hoskins accompanied by Kapler’s catch phrase: “Be Bold.”flames_001

Angels win 7th in row, beat KC 5-3 in snow; Ohtani up next

Shohei Ohtani’s third major league start will be pushed back to Tuesday as the Los Angeles Angels game Sunday at the Kansas City Royals was postponed because of cold temperatures.
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This is not the first time this has happened, Ohtani said. I’m kind of used to it. It is what it is, so, I just have to get ready for Tuesday.

Instead of facing the Royals, who are hitting .231 and rank last in the American League with 39 runs in 13 games, Ohtani will face a potent Red Dave Winfield Jersey Sox lineup, which entered Sunday leading the American League with a .349 on-base percentage and second with a .445 slugging percentage.

I was preparing for the Royals lineup, Ohtani said. Since it got cancelled, I haven’t had time to look at the Red Sox lineup or the data yet. I’ll get on that after this. I know they have a great team. They’re off to a great start. It’s not going to be easy.

Royals manager Ned Yost had spent the morning studying Ohtani on video.

I sat and watched Ohtani all day, probably every pitch he’s thrown all year long, Yost said.

I’ve watched all four hits he’s given up. Fastball down in the zone, 96 to 100 miles per hour, a tremendous split. He’s good a good slider. Fastball and split, it’s a deadly combination. You just got to go up and battle. I don’t know if you can have a plan against stuff like that.

I think if you watch this kid he’s as talented as anybody you’ve seen in a long time. I think he’s just starting to get his feet on the ground now. What we’ve seen from this point is kind of the tip of the iceberg.

When he gets really comfortable and understands the hype and everything that goes along with it, I think you’ll only see him get better and better.

Royals rookie left-hander Eric Skoglund, who was scheduled to start Sunday, was pushed back a day and will start Monday in Toronto to open a seven-game trip.

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Cueto (1-0) won his second start of the season against Seattle on April 4, allowing one run on seven hits in six innings.

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The yards-after-contact aspect of Barkley’s game is especially interesting when you watch his tape. As long as Barkley gets a definitive early read on where his potential gaps are going to be, he’s decisive and quick to meet them. And in this context as a runner, he builds up a full head of steam quickly enough to blast through any tackle attempts from defenders who are trying to get around blocks or just arriving to the play.

It’s when his options are less clear that Barkley really struggles. If he can bounce outside from a closed gap, he’s fast enough to create yardage out of what might otherwise be a busted play. But he doesn’t seem to have an inherent ability to move interior tacklers as a true power back would. This is far from a liability if an offense utilizes him properly, but if we’re talking about generational talents, I would like to see Barkley run with more pure power in ways that would transcend the efforts of his offensive line.

Panthers eliminated from playoffs despite win vs Sabres

Record-setting wins don’t get much hollower than Florida’s victory Saturday night.
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The Panthers were eliminated from playoff contention, even after Vincent Trocheck scored late in the third period to help hold off the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 and set a franchise mark with 27 home victories.

Florida’s slim playoff hopes ended when Philadelphia beat the New York Rangers 5-0 earlier in the day. The Panthers took out their frustration on the Sabres, going ahead 3-0 in the first period.

Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw are expected to join Strahan on Thursday nights. Those three will continue to work with Curt Menefee and Jimmy Johnson on the Sunday pregame show.

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Street will almost certainly miss his entire rookie season due to the injury, which typically takes at least nine months to fully recover. It will also undoubtedly have an effect on when, or if, Street gets selected in the NFL Draft later this month. Street was likely a day two or day three selection prior to the injury.

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It was Benn’s second hat trick in three games and the fourth of his career. Benn has seven goals during a three-game scoring streak.

Kari Lehtonen made 34 saves in his 445th and potential last game for the Stars before becoming a free agent this summer. Devin Shore also scored, and Alexander Radulov had three assists.

Jerry Jones hopeful NFL will clear Randy Gregory to play in 2018

Jerry Jones is hopeful NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstates Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory for the 2018 season. Gregory is in the process of applying for reinstatement after serving a suspension of more than a year.

“I am not confident [in Gregory being reinstated], but I do see where his heart is,” Jones said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “He is one the smartest people to have played this game. This is a tremendous step. He has had that same IQ since he has had these issues. That’s an issue. This is definitely a medical issue. There is no doubt in my mind about the medical. That is another campaign.

“He is really a good person. That goes a long way,” Jones said. “He is smart. That is redeeming. Is there a chance he could get this figured out and be accountable and responsible? There is. Oh, there is one other little thing: He is one helluva football player.”

“It’s kind of unbelievable to me. We’re talking about a position that’s needed more and more on the field in today’s game. There are about five or six valuable starting safeties in free agency right now. But I guess it’s just trying to get us to take peanuts like the rest of them have. That’s just the business of the game.”

Boston’s astute to realize what’s happening. Of the 11 players remaining in the PFT Top 100 Free Agent list, four are safeties, including him, Kenny Vaccaro, Eric Reid and Tyvon Branch.

While Tyrann Mathieu got a decent one-year deal for the Texans, the three-year deals for Kurt Coleman in New Orleans and Morgan Burnett were well short of expectations. But with Seattle’s Earl Thomas on the trade block, the market is still slow for players who have an impact.

The 25-year-old Boston is coming off career highs in tackles (79), pass break-ups (eight) and interceptions (five) with the Chargers, and said he hasn’t gotten an offer he finds adequate after some early interest from the Cardinals, Raiders, Browns, and Giants.flames_001

Martinez, Cards top D-backs 5-3 in coldest St. Louis start

Chilly weather at Busch Stadium, hot bat for Jose Martinez.
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In the coldest home start in Cardinals’ history, Martinez homered and drove in four runs as St. Louis ended the Arizona Diamondbacks’ four-game winning streak with a 5-3 victory on Saturday.

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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said there is no universal tip on beating the cold.

We’ve been on and off. We know we’re a good offensive team, new manager Alex Cora said.

We can do that often. We feel we have a good offensive team. It’s just a matter of time, he said.

The Rays have lost seven straight and are off to their worst start ever after rallying for a win at home over the Red Sox on opening day.

Nobody’s happy we’re 1-7, manager Kevin Cash said.

Fortunately for Thibodeau and the Timberwolves, they had Jimmy Butler back, and the injury-ravaged Lakers lost yet another body when Kyle Kuzma suffered a mild ankle sprain and was ruled out in the third quarter. With Butler looking good, the Timberwolves dispatched the Lakers 113-96 to snap a two-game losing streak.

After missing 17 straight games following surgery to repair a meniscus in his knee, Butler made seven of 10 field goals and scored 18 points in 23 minutes. About the only place where Butler showed some rust was his at the foul line, as the 86.5 percent free throw shooter missed four of eight attempts.

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Miguel Sano and Eduardo Escobar also connected for the Twins, who hit seven homers over the last two games.

That puts us on a pretty good pace, Molitor said with a laugh.
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Orioles starter Kevin Gausman (0-1) allowed three home runs and lasted only four innings. The right-hander has gotten off to a slow start in each of the past two seasons, and this performance did nothing to dispel the notion that this year will be no different.

I feel good. Everything feels great, Gausman insisted. Who knows, maybe it was just a little cold today, (or I) didn’t throw enough out in the `pen. I’m not too worried about it.

Gausman is 1-4 with a 7.01 ERA in his season debuts…. Signed as a free agent in February, Logan Morrison is 0 for 11 with three strikeouts for Minnesota. He had 38 homers and 85 RBI with Tampa Bay last year…. Max Kepler had hit in all nine career games against Baltimore before going 0 for 3 with a walk.

Bundy is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA over two career appearances (one start) against the Astros. He did not factor in the decision in his lone start against Houston last season despite allowing seven runs on eight hits (including two homers) and three walks with four strikeouts over 5 1/3 Jason Garrison Authentic Jersey innings. The Orioles recorded a 9-7 win at Houston on July 23.

Right-hander Mike Wright Jr., made what might amount to a spot start on Tuesday. Baltimore is anticipating the return of right-hander Alex Cobb perhaps as early as next week. Cobb, a free-agent signee during the offseason, is scheduled to pitch a five-inning simulated game Wednesday, with a final decision on his status beyond that likely to come this weekend.
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King, 29, had been the Raiders’ punter the previous five seasons until he was unceremoniously released last week by Jon Gruden

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The 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty for taunting spoils the moment a bit, but it’s easier to imagine not he’s a member of the AFC West-rival Broncos. Apparently while serving as a color commentator on Monday Night Football in recent years, Gruden didn’t appreciate some of King’s flamboyant antics.

Dixon did have a bit of a sophomore slump in 2017 after an impressive rookie season. Dixon ranked 9th in net punting in 2016 but fell to 22nd in 2017.

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Much like Cody Kessler, whom the Browns recently traded to Jacksonville, Hogan became superfluous in Cleveland after the signings of veterans Tyrod Taylor and Drew Stanton. With the Browns almost certain to select a quarterback early in the draft later this month, Hogan would likely be nothing more than a camp arm.

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Much has been made about the transition to Bettcher’s scheme. For years, Big Blue ran a 4-3 defense, whereas the ex- Arizona Cardinals DC traditionally ran a 3-4. Bettcher isn’t worried about the Giants’ personnel being pigeonholed into any set alignment.
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Trevone Boykin: Domestic violence allegations are ‘false’

Trevone Boykin was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday almost immediately after a report revealed he is being investigated for domestic violence, but the quarterback insists he is innocent.

In a statement he released, Boykin said the allegation that he physically assaulted his longtime girlfriend is false. He said he understands why the Seahawks chose to release him but claims the accuser has fabricated a story and I am suffering the consequences.

Part of last year’s story, too, was rookies. Bellinger clubbed 39 homers, finished fifth on the team in WAR and followed Seager as the Dodgers’ second straight NL Rookie of the Year. There might not be that kind of impact from a rookie this season, but if needed, it’s not hard to envision righty Walker Buehler or outfielder Alex Verdugo breaking through in a similar way.

It’s all part of L.A.’s no-stone-left-unturned approach, overseen behind closed doors and innumerable computer screens by an expansive front office staff. Yes, it’s a little boring. But it works.

In 2015 it was Kris Bryant (briefly). The following season it was Corey Seager. Last year it was Yoan Moncada.

For 2018 that player is Ronald Acuna, and he is worth the wait.

In the industry, the media and the fans, until you start the new season there is going to be talk [of last year], Roberts said. That’s just kind of the way it goes. Certainly it’s in our minds. No doubt. It’s always going to be in our minds. But I think our guys are doing a very good job of understanding that we can’t change it and looking forward.

This season marks the 30th since the Dodgers last won, and the 60th year since the franchise picked up and moved from Brooklyn to L.A. During their first three decades out west, the Dodgers won five World Series. If the Dodgers don’t win it this season, their title drought will have extended to half the time the team has played in California.
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