Update on the latest in sports:


Associated Press

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 16 at 8:06 AM


Reds get "split" behind Leake...Cards beat Brewers again

UNDATED (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds managed to pick up a victory Tuesday after dropping the completion of Monday's suspended game.

Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer as the Reds downed the Pirates 7-5. Leake gave up three runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings to beat the Bucs for the fourth consecutive start and help the Reds improve to 5-9.

Pittsburgh pulled out the suspended first game of the series as Russell Martin's RBI single in the seventh snapped a 7-7 tie in an 8-7 win over Cincinnati. The two teams combined for 10 homers over the first six innings before the game was suspended Monday by rain.

Pittsburgh had three sets of back-to-back homers, only the third time that's happened in major league history. Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez went back-to-back twice, only the second time that's happened in Pirates history.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Shelby Miller struck out seven and allowed three hits over six innings of the Cardinals' 6-1 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee. Mark Ellis had two RBIs in his return from the disabled list, and Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta (JAH'-nee peh-RAHL'-tah) each hit solo shots in the ninth as St. Louis handed the Brewers their second straight loss since a nine-game winning streak.

— Giancarlo Stanton crushed a three-run homer off Stephen Strasburg and tied a career high with five RBIs as Miami ripped Washington 11-2 to end an eight-game losing streak. Tom Koehler allowed one hit and five walks in seven scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.89.

— Colorado was a 3-2 winner in San Diego as Juan Nicasio held the Padres to two runs and six hits in six innings. Edwin Rosario hit an infield single to drive in the tiebreaking run in the fifth.

— Kirk Nieuwenheis (NOO'-ehn-hys) made a nice major league season debut after being recalled from Triple-A earlier on Tuesday, going 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBIs as the New York Mets hammered Arizona 9-0. Jenrry Mejia (HEHN'-ree meh-HEE'-uh) helped the Mets reach .500 for the first time this season by limiting the Diamondbacks to two hits in five innings.

— Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff (KOOS'-mah-nahf) hit back-to-back homers and Robbie Ross limited Seattle to five singles in seven-plus innings of the Rangers' 5-0 shutout of the Mariners in Texas. Fielder had gone the first 13 games of the season without a homer before drilling a second-inning shot that put the Rangers ahead to stay.

— Yordano Ventura picked up his first major league win by yielding just one earned run and four hits while fanning seven over seven innings of Kansas City's 4-2 victory at Houston. Omar Infante (ihn-FAHN'-tay) hit a solo homer and had two RBIs to support Ventura's fifth big league start.

— Shortstop Xander Bogaerts (ZAN'-dur BOH'-gahrts) threw away a potential inning-ending grounder in the bottom of the ninth, allowing Alexei Ramirez to score the winning run in the White Sox's 2-1 win over Boston. Adam Dunn homered in the White Sox's fourth victory in five games.

— Jose Bautista had three hits and an RBI before Brett Lawrie's grand slam capped Toronto's scoring in the ninth inning of a 9-3 rout of Minnesota. Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN') had two hits and an RBI as the Blue Jays ended the Twins' three-game winning streak.

— Bad weather caused the postponement of four games. Rain washed out Tampa Bay in Baltimore, Atlanta at Philadelphia and the New York Yankees' game against the visiting Chicago Cubs. Cleveland's game in Detroit was postponed after the forecast called for temperatures in the low 20s.


MLB officials defends replay

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of baseball's Internet company, which houses the office which controls the instant replay system, says the system is working. Bob Bowman says calls by umpires on the field have been confirmed in 33 of 89 challenges and overturned in 30. For 25 others, calls stood because of a lack of "clear and convincing" evidence. In one instance, umpires asked for a video review to check the balls-strike count.

Bowman said he knows the system has "arrived because ESPN is already criticizing us. And it must be great to be perfect the way ESPN is." An ESPN spokesman declined to comment.

Commissioner Bud Selig (SEE'-lig) goes further saying the system has been "remarkable." He wouldn't say whether MLB would make any adjustments during this initial season.


Cards' Ellis activated, Kozma heads to minors

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals activated Mark Ellis from the 15-day disabled list after he missed the first 13 games of the season with left knee tendinitis.

Light-hitting shortstop Pete Kozma was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Ellis on the 25-man roster.

In other MLB news:

— Rays left-hander Matt Moore will miss the remainder of the season after opting to have elbow-ligament replacement surgery. Dr. James Andrews is to operate next week on the 24-year-old pitcher, who made the AL All-Star team last year.

— Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) had a cortisone injection in his left wrist and hopes to return to Boston's starting lineup tomorrow night. The AL MVP was injured April 4 when Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez broke up a double play at second base in the ninth inning.

— The Mets have placed center fielder Juan Lagares (lah-GAH'-rehs) on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled right hamstring and recalled outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis (NOO'-ehn-hys) from Triple-A Las Vegas. Lagares was injured while beating out a double-play ball Monday night in New York's 7-3 win over Arizona.


Clippers set team-record win mark...Knicks pound Nets

UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers still have an outside chance to claim the second seed in the NBA's Western Conference after earning their franchise-record 57th win last night.

Blake Griffin scored 24 points and the Clippers shot 53 percent in a 117-105 win over Denver. Chris Paul shot 8-for-10 while contributing 21 points and 10 assists. J.J. Redick (RED'-ihk) hit four of his six 3-point tries to finish with 18 points, and DeAndre Jordan delivered 13 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.

The Clippers will take the No. 2 seed if they win at Portland on Wednesday while Oklahoma City loses to Detroit. However, L.A. will be without Griffin after he earned an automatic one-game suspension for his 16th technical foul of the season.

The New York Knicks prevented the Brooklyn Nets from wrapping up the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points as the Knicks beat the Nets for the third time in their four-game season series, 109-98. Amare Stoudemire (ah-MAR'-ay STOW'-duh-my-ur) and J.R. Smith each added 14 points for the Knicks, who are playing their last two games without Carmelo Anthony. New York's injured scoring leader had an MRI Tuesday that revealed a torn labrum in his right shoulder.


Receiver signs with San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The 49ers have signed wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to a one-year contract. He started his career with the Niners and played with them through 2005. He then spent time with the Redskins, Bears, Broncos, Rams and Patriots before sitting out last season.


Panthers leap over Sabres in draft lottery

TORONTO (AP) — The Florida Panthers have won the NHL draft lottery and the right to the top pick in June.

The Panthers vaulted one spot ahead of the last-place Buffalo Sabres, who had the best odds of winning the lottery. The Oilers have the No. 3 pick, followed by Calgary and the New York Islanders.

The Islanders still have the option of relinquishing their pick to the Sabres as part of a deal that sent Matt Moulson to Buffalo for Thomas Vanek last October.


Orange forward to bolt program for pros... Wolverines lose two to the pros

UNDATED (AP) — The Syracuse men's basketball team is losing another player as sophomore forward Jerami Grant is entering the NBA draft. Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis announced last month that he was going to enter the draft.

The 6-foot-8 Grant started 20 of 32 games for the Orange this season, averaging 12.1 points and a team-leading 6.8 rebounds.


— Michigan sophomores Nik Stauskas and Glen Robinson III have decided to enter the NBA draft. The Wolverines lost Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway to the NBA last year as underclassmen, but retooled well enough to win the Big Ten title and advance to an NCAA tournament regional final.

— But there's good news for Michigan State fans. The Spartans 6-foot-5 junior forward Brenden Dawson, who scored a career-best 26 in an NCAA tournament victory over Harvard, says he's returning for Tom Izzo's club for a senior campaign.

— Starting guard Royce Woolridge and reserve center James Hunter have left the Washington State basketball program, while recruit Jermaine Morgan has been released from his letter of intent. New coach Ernie Kent says Woolridge wants to play his final season of college basketball closer to his family in Arizona. Woolridge averaged 7.3 points per game as a junior last season.

— California has hired Tennessee's Cuonzo (KAHN'-zoh) Martin as its men's basketball coach. He replaces Mike Montgomery, who retired last month after six seasons in Berkeley. Martin went 63-41 in three seasons at Tennessee, including a 24-13 mark and an appearance in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament this season.

— Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian is up and moving around at a Las Vegas hospital and could go home this weekend after suffering a heart attack and contracting pneumonia. Tarkanian's son-in-law, Zafi Diamant, said Tuesday that the 83-year-old Tarkanian was feeling better and has been walking around Valley Hospital. Doctors determined that Tarkanian did have a heart attack.


Tigers hire first female AD

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Mollie Marcoux (mahr-KOO') has been hired as Princeton's athletic director, leaving her job as a sports management executive and returning to the school where she starred in two sports.

She succeeds Gary Walters, who said last fall he would be retiring after 20 years. Marcoux is Princeton's first female athletic director since the position was first held in 1941.

For the past 19 years, Marcoux worked at Chelsea Piers Management, which owns sports complexes in New York and Connecticut. She's a 1991 Princeton grad.


Increase in the French Open purse

PARIS (AP) — A record amount of money will be available to the world's top tennis players when the French Open starts next month. Officials have announced that the overall purse has been increased to more than $34.5 million from last year, an increase of $4.1 million. The individual winners will each receive just over $2.2 million each.

The tournament begins on May 25.


Red Bull rejected

PARIS (AP) — Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciarod (rih-KAR'-doh) finished second in the season-open Formula 1 race in Australia. Not long after the results were announced he was disqualified for a rules violation and the points he earned were stripped away. Not pleased with the ruling Red Bull appealed to the International Court of Appeals and that appeal has now been rejected.