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Posted on April 14, 2014 at 4:05 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 14 at 4:06 AM


Coyotes beat Stars 2-1 to end season

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Dave Moss scored late in the third period, Thomas Greiss stopped 16 shots, and the Phoenix Coyotes ended a seven-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night in the season finale for both teams.

Knocked out of playoff contention on Friday, the Coyotes wanted desperately to end their season-worst losing streak. Greiss gave them a chance with some difficult saves, and Moss finished it with a one-timer past Tim Thomas with 2:31 left.

Shane Doan also scored for the Coyotes, who finished two points behind Dallas in the Western Conference and missed the playoffs for the second straight season.

Dallas was already locked into a first-round playoff series with Anaheim and rested many of its key players. The Stars kept it close behind Colton Sceviour's first-period goal and 29 saves by Thomas, but couldn't get anything past Greiss with an extra attacker in the closing seconds.


Rangers another 1-0 win to clinch Astros series

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Martin Perez threw eight scoreless innings, Donnie Murphy had a sacrifice fly and the Texas Rangers got a series-clinching 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday.

Perez scattered five hits and walked three, but the left-hander benefited from four double-play grounders. He struck out two.

Murphy's deep flyball to the left-center gap in the sixth sent home Josh Wilson for the lone run of the game against Brett Oberholtzer.

Alexi Ogando worked a perfect ninth to convert his first save chance.


Marquez defends Texas title in MotoGP

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez claimed his second consecutive Grand Prix of the Americas title on Sunday, beating teammate Dani Pedrosa on the same track where he took his first career victory.

Marquez dominated the field all week on his Honda and was in control of the race the entire way from pole position at the Circuit of the Americas. Pedrosa finished second and Andrea Dovizioso was third.

The Texas race launched Marquez' 2013 world championship season and he now has won the first two races of 2014 after an offseason training accident fractured his right leg.

Marquez had said the leg was feeling better this week and he showed no signs of trouble with it Sunday in cruising to the victory, his eighth in two years.


ORU sweeps 3-game weekend series from SFA

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oral Roberts got strong pitching and three unearned runs as the Golden Eagles beat Stephen F. Austin 4-0 to sweep a three-game weekend series in Southland Conference baseball.

ORU starter Pepe Gomez and relievers Kyle Stout and Jordan Romano held SFA to three hits with Gomez going seven innings for the win to improve to 5-3. Romano picked up his ninth save while Kevin Bishop took the loss and falls to 1-4 on the season.

Oral Roberts improves to 19-16 overall and 7-8 in the SLC while SFA falls to 15-20 and 6-9 in conference play.


Mexico's Carlos Ortiz wins home event

LEON, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's Carlos Ortiz won the El Bosque Mexico Championship on Sunday for his second Tour victory of the season.

The 22-year-old former North Texas player closed with a 4-under 68 at El Bosque Country Club for a two-stroke victory over Justin Thomas.

Ortiz, the Panama Claro Championship winner last month, earned $126,000 to jump from second to first on the money list with $304,458 — well over the amount needed to earn a PGA Tour spot next season as a top-25 finisher.

From Guadalajara, Ortiz played the first 15 holes in 5 under, then bogeyed Nos. 16 and 17 before closing with a birdie on the par-5 18th.

Thomas finished with a 69.


Fernando Verdasco wins US Men's Clay Court

HOUSTON (AP) — Fernando Verdasco won the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship on Sunday for his sixth ATP World Tour title and first since 2010, beating Spanish countryman Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-6 (4).

The 30-year-old Verdasco ended a six-match losing streak in tournament finals. He also reached the doubles final and had been on the court six hours longer than Almagro going into the final.

Almagro had a walkover in the semifinals when Sam Querrey pulled out because of back injury.

Almagro also finished second last year, losing to John Isner. Almagro has won all 12 of his titles on clay.

On Saturday in the doubles final, twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan beat Verdasco and David Marrero 4-6, 6-4, 11-9.


Rangers put 3B Beltre on 15-day disabled list

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have put third baseman Adrian Beltre on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quad.

Texas made the move just before Sunday's game, when they added newly acquired right-hander Hector Noesi to the roster.

Beltre hasn't played since coming out of Tuesday's game at Boston. His DL move is retroactive to Wednesday, and he could be eligible to come off the DL as early as April 24, a day off for Texas.

The Rangers are being cautious with Beltre, who manager Ron Washington said came out of a workout Saturday with no issues.

Noesi was acquired Saturday from Seattle for a player to be named or cash. He was designated for assignment April 4.


Rangers' Colby Lewis set to return to rotation

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis is scheduled Monday to make his first major league start in 21 months after elbow and hip surgeries.

Lewis will face Seattle in the opener of a three-game series.

His last start for the Rangers was July 18, 2012, before elbow surgery. He was still recovering from that last year when he had right hip resurfacing surgery.

The hip procedure was to remove bone spurs without a full hip replacement. The 34-year-old Lewis will be the first known major league pitcher to come back after such an operation.

Lewis says he feels good and is excited to get back. He started his major league career with Texas from 2002-04, and returned to the Rangers in 2010 after two seasons in Japan.


Belinelli emerges as next great Spurs role player

UNDATED (AP) — Marco Belinelli spent the first six seasons of his NBA career bouncing around.

He played for four teams, but now he believes he's found a home in San Antonio. Belinelli is averaging career highs in shooting percentage, 3-point percentage, rebounds and assists.

In doing so, Belinelli has emerged as the latest in a long line of stellar role players around Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says Belinelli has been even better than they expected when they signed him to a two-year deal in July. The coach has been impressed with how quickly Belinelli has picked up San Antonio's system.

Belinelli says playing for Popovich and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau over the last two years has helped him become a well-rounded player.


Ogwumike, Sims expected to lead WNBA draft class

UNDATED (AP) — Last year had the 'Big Three' with Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins leading the way at the WNBA draft.

This time it's Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike and Baylor's Odyssey Sims who are the consensus top two picks.

The Connecticut Sun are expected take to Ogwumike with the first pick in this year's draft Monday night at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., with Sims going to the Tulsa Shock at No. 2.

If Ogwumike does go No. 1, it would mark the first time in WNBA history that sisters were selected with the top pick. Nneka Ogwumike, who also starred at Stanford, was taken No. 1 overall by Los Angeles on 2012.

San Antonio selects third, followed by New York, Indiana, Washington, Seattle, Atlanta and the Fever again at No. 9. Chicago, Connecticut again and defending champion Minnesota complete the first round.


NASCAR's Kurt Busch says Haas serious about F1

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch says team owner Gene Haas is serious about making a strong entry in Formula One now that the sport's governing body has opened the door for the first U.S.-based entry in decades.

Haas co-owns a NASCAR team with Tony Stewart that fields cars for four drivers, including Busch, who attended Sunday's MotoGP race in Austin.

Busch says it will be a challenge for Haas to get a car in the series by 2015, but expressed confidence he can do it.

At 35, Busch says he's too old to consider trying to compete in Formula 1, but says he'd jump at the chance to be a test driver. He also said Haas would have a hard time keeping him out of the F1 garage.