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PICK SIX-BREAKOUT DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
Looking for the next Malik Hooker or Jonathan Allen in 2017? Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary, Florida State defensive end Josh Sweat or Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans could be college football's breakout defensive players this season. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.
CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving scored 42, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied for a 112-99 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Cavs are one win from a third straight Finals matchup against Golden State. Irving tweaked his left ankle in the third quarter but stayed in and scored 19 points in less than five minutes. By Tom Withers. SENT: 850 words, photos.
— BKN--CELTICS-THOMAS — Celtics All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas has visited one hip specialist and will see others before it's decided whether he needs surgery. SENT: 150 words, photos.
OTTAWA, Ontario — Mike Hoffman scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins and force a decisive Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals. SENT: 700 words, photos.
OLY--TIM DAHLBERG-OLYMPIC WOES
Just hosting the Olympics took everything out of Rio, and trying to recover from them may be impossible. Those struggles show that for all but the wealthiest cities, the smart thing is to say no to the Olympics. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 a.m.
A look at what happening all around the majors. UPCOMING: 250 words, photos by 3 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson left a game against the St. Louis Cardinals after a frightening collision with Yasiel Puig on the warning track. Just before crashing into Pederson, Puig sprinted from right field to right-center and caught Yadier Molina's long flyball to end the 10th inning. Puig's left elbow appeared to knock Pederson on the side of his head, and Pederson's hat and glove went flying as he slammed face-first into the outfield wall. SENT: 200 words, photos.
ATLANTA — The Braves said an equipment malfunction was the source of confusion in the top of the third when an emergency alarm sounded in the ballpark and a disturbing message was posted on the scoreboard. By George Henry. SENT: 200 words, photos.
ATLANTA — Matt Adams singled in the winning run with about 200 fans left in the stands for the ninth inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves over the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 in a game delayed over three hours by rain. By George Henry. SENT: 700 words, photos.
The Orlando Police Department has confirmed that Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy has died. Police say the 48-year-old Kennedy was found dead in Orlando. Police public information officer Wanda Miglio says the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown but that there is nothing suspicious about his death. By Tim Booth. SENT: 950 words, photos.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets' starting quarterback job is up for grabs, meaning it will be a three-man competition this spring between Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 800 words, photos.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — NaVorro Bowman insists he will be starting at inside linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers come the regular season, even if he has to compete for the job under new coach Kyle Shanahan after another injury-shortened season. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 650 words, photos.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Veteran tight end Martellus Bennett is getting acclimated quickly to his new teammates with the Green Bay Packers. Bennett signed with Green Bay as a free agent in the offseason. He adds spice to an offense that already features Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb Davante Adams at receiver. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 550 words, photos.
OLY--RIO OLYMPICS-FAULTY MEDALS
More than 80 American athletes have sent medals they won at the Rio Olympics to U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters to be shipped to games organizers, who will replace them due to flaking, black spots and other damage. By Luke Meredith and Eddie Pells. SENT: 650 words, photos.
SYDNEY — Rio Olympics 100-meter freestyle gold medalist Kyle Chalmers has withdrawn from July's world swimming championships to undergo surgery for a worsening heart condition. SENT: 250 words, photos.
SATL LAKE CITY — Former Utah forward Kyle Kuzma has seen his draft stock rise after a strong performance at the NBA combine and individual workouts. The versatile forward is confident that he made the right decision to leave school early. By Kareem Copeland. SENT: 700 words, photos.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Jeff Weltman didn't wait long to make his first move as the Orlando Magic's president of basketball operations. Hours after the Magic formally announced they had hired Weltman, he named longtime NBA executive John Hammond as the club's new general manager. By Terrance Harris. SENT: 800 words, photos.
CAR--INDY 500-ANDRETTI'S 6-PACK
INDIANAPOLIS — Michael Andretti's busiest month could turn into his best Indianapolis show. He has four cars in the front three rows for Sunday's Indianapolis 500. Andretti also has a past Indy winner, a past Indy contender and a promising rookie in the mix. All that's left for Andretti's six-pack is a drive through victory lane. By Michael Marot. SENT: 800 words, photos.
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Wednesday's Time Schedule (EDT)
Minnesota at Baltimore, 12:35 p.m.
Toronto at Milwaukee, 1:10 p.m.
Miami at Oakland, 3:35 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Arizona, 3:40 p.m.
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.
Kansas City at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Seattle at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Colorado at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
San Diego at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Texas at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.
San Francisco at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.
Detroit at Houston, 8:10 p.m.
St. Louis at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
Washington at Chicago, 12:30 p.m.
Los Angeles at Indiana, 7 p.m.