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Pineda banned 10 games for pine tar, won't appeal (Yahoo Sports)
4/24/2014 8:10:16 PM

In this April 23, 2014 photo taken from video and provided by ESPN, home plate umpire Gerry Davis touches the neck of New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda in the second inning of the Yankees' baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston. Pineda was ejected after umpires found a foreign substance on his neck. (AP Photo/ESPN)

Michael Pineda says he was just trying to get a better grip on the ball. A day after being caught using pine tar on the mound, the New York Yankees pitcher was suspended for 10 games by the commissioner's office on Thursday. Pineda said he won't appeal, costing him two starts before he can return May 5 at the Los Angeles Angels. ''I accept it,'' Pineda said before Thursday night's game at Fenway Park.


Teague, Korver lead Hawks past Pacers 98-85 (Yahoo Sports)
4/24/2014 10:17:35 PM

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 24: Jeff Teague #0 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts after hitting a running three-point basket against Luis Scola #4 of the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 24, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Jeff Teague flung in a wild 3-pointer after the officials missed him stepping out of bounds, and Kyle Korver finished off Indiana from beyond the arc to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 98-85 victory Thursday night and another lead in the series with the top-seeded Pacers. Hardly playing like a No. 8 seed that finished six games under .500 during the regular season, the Hawks took control in the third quarter - the decisive period in all three games - and held off the Pacers to go up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Saturday in Atlanta. The Hawks were up 84-78 with the shot clock running down when Teague launched a running shot from the wing - after his foot clipped the line.


Woman sues Reds pitcher Simon, alleges sex assault (Yahoo Sports)
4/24/2014 9:24:59 PM

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Alfredo Simon delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

A woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon sexually assaulted her in a Washington hotel when the team was in town to play the Nationals. According to a suit filed Thursday in D.C. Superior Court, the woman, identified as Jane Doe, is seeking $15 million from Simon over the alleged attack in April 2013. The 32-year-old Simon played for the Orioles for parts of four seasons from 2008 to 2011.


NFL plans to look at bigger playoffs, longer PATs (Yahoo Sports)
4/24/2014 5:52:14 PM

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a news conference at the NFL football annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The NFL will discuss expanded playoffs at the owners' meetings next month in Atlanta. Commissioner Roger Goodell told a gathering of Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday that a vote is uncertain on the proposal to add two teams to the postseason. ''We want to make sure we do it in the right way.'' The NFL also will experiment with snapping the ball from the 15-yard line on extra points in the first two weeks of the preseason to make them more challenging. Blandino added that veteran referees Scott Green and Ron Winter have retired, and will be replaced by Craig Wrolstad and Ronald Torbert.


Bobcats' McRoberts fined $20,000 for LeBron foul (Yahoo Sports)
4/24/2014 5:39:35 PM

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 23: Josh McRoberts #11 of the Charlotte Bobcats during a game against the Miami Heat in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2014 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida on April 23, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Thursday for making unnecessary and excessive contact with Miami Heat forward LeBron James.


Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg in lineup for Game 4 (Yahoo Sports)
4/24/2014 9:30:29 PM

Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg waits for a face-off during the first period of Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Boston Bruins in Detroit, Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Henrik Zetterberg is in the lineup for the Detroit Red Wings in Game 4 against the Boston Bruins. Jonas Gustavsson is, too. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told reporters that doctors would ultimately decide if Zetterberg could play Thursday night for the first time since having back surgery Feb. 21. Zetterberg has been skating this week with his teammates.


Michael Phelps loses to Lochte in comeback meet (Yahoo Sports)
4/24/2014 9:47:21 PM

Michael Phelps speaks to the media after the 100-meter butterfly at the Arena Grand Prix swim meet, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz. It is Phelps' first competitive event after a nearly two-year retirement. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Michael Phelps is 0 for 1 in his comeback to the pool. The 22-time Olympic medalist lost to Ryan Lochte in the 100-meter butterfly final at the Arena Grand Prix on Thursday night. Phelps took second in 52.13 in his first meet since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics. Olympian Jason Dunford of Kenya finished third in 53.08.


NCAA board endorses more power for big schools (Yahoo Sports)
4/24/2014 6:19:39 PM

FILE - In this April 4, 2013 file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert speaks at a news conference in Atlanta. It's been a tough few months for Emmert. He's presided over an embarrassing enforcement scandal, was involved in a contentious news conference at the Final Four and has seen some of the reforms he's championed put on hold. On Thursday, May 2, 2013, when the NCAA's board of directors meets, the embattled president hopes to get his agenda back on track. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

The NCAA's board of directors took the first step toward shifting power to the five largest football conferences on Thursday, endorsing a 57-page plan that calls for giving 65 of the nation's biggest schools more autonomy in how to fund scholarships, handle health care and decide other increasingly hot-button issues involving their athletes. If approved later this year, schools in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC could implement some rules on their own and would get more voting power over legislation that would affect every NCAA member school. ''We (the big schools) have some issues we've got to deal with, but you've got to get a way to get the issues into the process,'' Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke said. NCAA President Mark Emmert this week suggested the changes within the NCAA will address some of the issues raised by those backing the unionization effort.


Nova to undergo season-ending elbow surgery (Yahoo Sports)
4/24/2014 8:09:12 PM

New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova has decided to have season-ending Tommy John surgery for a partially torn elbow ligament. The operation is scheduled for next Tuesday by Dr. James Andrews. ''I think it's the right decision,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Thursday night's game against the Boston Red Sox. And it seems what it does is (it) just delays the inevitable that's going to happen and instead of maybe missing a year and a little bit of time, you miss a couple of years.'' Nova left last Saturday's 16-1 loss at Tampa Bay in the fifth inning after allowing eight runs and eight hits, including four homers.


Kosar believes he's off TV for slurred speech (Yahoo Sports)
4/24/2014 7:07:03 PM

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2013 file photo, former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, left, speaks at a news conference with Dr. Rick Sponaugle, in Middleburg Heights, Ohio . Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Kosar believes he's been unfairly sacked as a TV broadcaster. Kosar contends he's been removed because of slurred speech he attributes to

Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar believes he has been unfairly sacked as a TV broadcaster. Kosar has been removed as a color commentator for Cleveland's preseason games by the team. The Browns said Wednesday night he was being replaced by Solomon Wilcots, who will work with play-by-play announcer Jim Donovan. Kosar contends he's been removed because of slurred speech he attributes to ''a direct result of the many concussions I received while playing in the NFL.'' ''This is very unfortunate,'' he said in a statement, ''as I believe my football acumen and ability to describe what is happening on the field, has been well received by Cleveland Browns fans.'' WKYC-TV issued a statement disputing Kosar's assertions.