MIAMI -- NL home run leader Giancarlo Stanton has left the Miami Marlins game against the Chicago Cubs with a bruised left wrist but said he expects to be back in the lineup Thursday. Stanton was hurt when he hit the fence in right field chasing Chris Coghlans double in the first inning Wednesday. Stanton hit his 20th homer in the bottom of the first but said the wrist bothered him more as the game progressed, and he left after six innings. Stanton also leads the NL with 57 RBIs, and he hasnt missed a game this season.
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MADRID - Serena Williams brushed aside Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-2, 6-1 to open her defence of the Madrid Open title on Sunday, while Maria Sharapova beat Klara Koukalova 6-1, 6-2 in the first round. In the mens tournament, Novak Djokovic withdrew before the start of the event because of a right wrist injury that had already affected his play at Monte Carlo last month. "I did everything possible in order to play in Madrid," Djokovic said.
The Pittsburgh Penguins signed forward Nick Spaling to a two-year, $4.4 million contract on Thursday. The Penguins acquired the 25-year-old, as well as Patric Hornqvist, in the offseason from the Nashville Predators. Spaling was scheduled to have his arbitration hearing on Thursday. Spaling recorded 13 goals and added 19 assists over 71 games with the Predators in 2013-2014.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The shot came from NBA range, and if things play out as expected, Aaron Harrison and a lot of those Kentucky kids will be playing in that league soon enough. First, theyre heading to the Final Four -- a trip to Big D courtesy of Harrisons unforgettable big shot. The 6-foot-6 forward made a 3-pointer from about 24 feet with 2.3 seconds left Sunday to lift the Wildcats and all those freshmen to a 75-72 win over Michigan and the programs 16th trip to the Final Four. He backpedaled slowly, almost expressionless, after ball hit twine.
OAKLAND, Calif. - After reserve Marreese Speights finished a one-handed dunk over Travis Outlaw in the fourth quarter, teammates Andre Iguodala and Stephen Curry jumped off the Golden State Warriors bench and ran onto the floor in celebration. Speights stood at half court and encouraged the announced sellout crowd of 19,596 — or what was left of it, anyway — by waving his arms in the air. His teammates laughed, and so did almost everybody in the arena. Everybody, that is, except the Sacramento Kings.
Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Damian Lillard had 22 points, six rebounds and five assists and the Portland Trail Blazers overcame the loss of star forward LaMarcus Aldridge and held off the Sacramento Kings, 98-94, on Monday. Wesley Matthews added 17 points and five reserves scored at least five points to make up for the loss of Aldridge, who left the game late in the second quarter with a hand injury and was immediately ruled out. When things like this happen, guys have to be ready to step up, said Lillard. Its not like, LA is out, were not playing Wednesday.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Posting their longest winning streak since 2012 will be no easy task for the Buffalo Sabres, who shoot for a rare victory in Winnipeg on Tuesday night versus the Jets. The Sabres have seemed to turn things around since their 3-12-2 start, winning 10 of their past 13 games. That includes a season-high four in a row, a run that was extended with last nights 5-4 shootout triumph over the Ottawa Senators. Matt Moulson had a goal in regulation and netted the lone goal of the shootout, while Jhonas Enroth posted 29 saves through overtime.
Marian Gaborik is on the move once again. The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded Gaborik to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Matt Frattin, a second-round draft pick and a conditional third-round pick. Gaborik, 31, has appeared in 22 games with the Blue Jackets this season, scoring six goals and eight assists. He is currently in the final year of a five-year, $37.5 million contract he signed with the New York Rangers prior to the 2009-10 season and is slated to become an unrestricted free-agent on July 1.
Michael van Gerwen has been virtually unbeatable all season and shows no signs of letting up in Wolverhampton at the Grand Slam of Darts. MVG was up against number eight seed Robert Thornton on Wednesday night as he chased a place in Fridays quarter-final and the Scot ensured it was a tough test for the world No 1.Van Gerwen has won 23 titles this season including the World Grand Prix, World Matchplay and the Premier League, and he remained on course for a 24th with a 10-5 win, but only after a stunning maximum kickstarted his bid.
The surprising Columbus Blue Jackets will try to grab their first lead of the Eastern Conference first round series when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins for tonights Game 5 at CONSOL Energy Center. The Blue Jackets entered this series against the Metropolitan Division champions as heavy underdogs, but they sit tied with the Penguins at two wins apiece. Columbus has arrived at this point with a pair of overtime victories, including a 4-3 triumph in Wednesdays Game 4 clash at Nationwide Arena that gave the franchise its first home playoff win.