Orioles hit 3 HRs in 6-3 win over Yankees
BALTIMORE (AP) - Chris Davis went 4 for 4, including his AL-leading 14th homer, and the Baltimore Orioles got a three-run shot from Matt Wieters in a 6-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.
Nick Markakis added a solo home run for the Orioles, who took 2 of 3 from New York to pull within three games of the first-place Yankees in the AL East.
Curtis Granderson homered, doubled and singled for New York. Needing a triple to reach the cycle, he drew a walk in the seventh inning.
David Adams hit a ninth-inning homer for the Yankees, his second in three games. The teams combined for 13 home runs in the series, including five in the finale.
Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda left in the third with a bruised right calf, one inning after he was struck in the leg by a line drive off the bat of Manny Machado. Kuroda (6-3) allowed five runs and eight hits in two-plus innings.
Phillips' strange double lifts Reds over Mets 7-4
NEW YORK (AP) - Brandon Phillips bounced a bizarre double over first base to snap a ninth-inning tie, and the Cincinnati Reds completed a 3-game sweep of the struggling New York Mets with a 7-4 victory Wednesday.
Joey Votto homered and Zack Cozart had a career-high four hits, all off Matt Harvey, in a game that featured a little bit of everything - including a testy exchange in the dugout between Cincinnati starter Mat Latos and teammate Jay Bruce.
Still, the Reds regrouped and won for the 10th time in 12 games. They finished a 7-2 trip against the bottom three teams in the NL East, moving a season-best 11 games over .500 at 29-18.
Harvey appeared headed for his first defeat of the season before the Mets rallied in the seventh. But they fell to 2-11 in their last 13 home games.
Relaxed Bruins look to finish Rangers in Game 4
NEW YORK (AP) - The Boston Bruins are on the brink of the Eastern Conference finals, and they got there on the backs of their suddenly offensive defensemen and a potent fourth line of forwards.
They have outclassed the New York Rangers all over the ice in surging to a 3-0 lead in a series that could be over Thursday.
If the Bruins start firing on all cylinders, the Rangers will have little hope of even forcing a Game 5 let alone entertaining thoughts of matching the greatest comeback in sports.
The Bruins could afford to relax Wednesday, and many of them did, as the team held an optional practice at Madison Square Garden - the site of Boston's 2-1 comeback win a night earlier that pushed the Rangers within one loss of elimination.
Giants kick off OTA without WRs Cruz and Nicks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Coach Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants knew Victor Cruz wouldn't show up for the organized team activity without a contract, so his absence was expected.
Not so with fellow receiver Hakeem Nicks.
Nicks surprised Coughlin Wednesday when he failed to show up for the team's first voluntary workout. The coach was given no explanation.
Nicks' agent, Peter Schaffer, did not immediately return an email by The Associated Press seeking comment.
Nicks had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in the offseason so it is doubtful he would have been able to participate fully in the workout anyway. Louis Murphy played well with Cruz and Nicks missing.
Also, fullback Henry Hynoski hurt a knee early in the workout and did not return.
Jets' Sanchez, Smith not sharp early in QB battle
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Mark Sanchez threw three interceptions and Geno Smith talked about having to improve "every single thing."
This New York Jets' quarterback competition sure has a long way to go.
The two quarterbacks considered the front-runners for the starting job didn't exactly impress Wednesday during the Jets' first practice of organized team activities open to the media. And, count coach Rex Ryan among those who wasn't particularly thrilled at what he saw.
While it's early in the offseason program and Ryan says both Sanchez and Smith did "good things," the Jets coach added that it's "disappointing" to see the veteran turn the ball over. On one interception, Sanchez was picked off by big defensive lineman Damon Harrison.
Smith threw one interception that was tipped, and said he's trying to "get better."
Jets QB Geno Smith picks Jay-Z's agency as new rep
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith has chosen hip-hop star Jay-Z's new sports agency to represent him.
Smith, who slipped out of the first round last month and fell to the Jets in the second round at No. 39 overall, fired his agents - Select Sports - shortly after the NFL draft. The former West Virginia star met with a handful of agents before announcing Wednesday that he had chosen Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports, which is partnered with Creative Artists Agency.
Kimberly Miale, recently hired by Jay-Z, whose given name is Shawn Carter, will serve as Smith's contract agent.
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and former Notre Dame star Skylar Diggins, drafted No. 3 overall by the WNBA's Tulsa Shock, have also recently signed with Roc Nation.
Jets' Goodson pleads not guilty to charges in NJ
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - New York Jets running back Mike Goodson has pleaded not guilty to drug and weapons charges in New Jersey.
Goodson appeared in court in Morristown on Wednesday morning.
He was arrested early last Friday along with a friend after they were found in a car stopped on Interstate 80. The men were charged with marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and weapons offenses stemming from a 45-caliber semi-automatic handgun that included a hollow-point bullet found in the vehicle.
Goodson's attorney said Wednesday his client realizes he was at the wrong place at the wrong time and is remorseful.
The 25-year-old Goodson played three seasons for Carolina and one for Oakland before the Jets signed him to a 3-year, $6.9 million deal, which includes a $1 million signing bonus, in March.
Jaworski serious about Tebow in AFL
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Could it be Tebow Time in the Arena Football League?
Philadelphia Soul part owner Ron Jaworski says he's serious about his offer to former New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow to join the AFL team.
Jaworski, a former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, reached out to Tebow a day after the Jets released him in April. Jaworski has yet to hear from Tebow, but expects to eventually.
Tebow was brought to New York to be a dynamic addition to the offense, a complement to Mark Sanchez and a merchandising touchdown for the Jets. Instead, he attempted just eight passes for 39 yards and rushed 32 times for 102 yards - and no touchdowns.
Jaworski says Tebow's "in a funk" right now and needs to consider his career path back to the NFL.
Ex-US captain Reyna to direct NYC soccer team
NEW YORK (AP) - Former U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna has been hired as director of soccer for the New York City FC of MLS.
Reyna played from 2003-07 with Manchester City, which is partnering with the New York Yankees to launch the new team. It will begin play in 2015.
He has been youth technical director of the U.S. Soccer Federation the past two years. Reyna was captain of the U.S. team at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.
He grew up in New Jersey and lives in suburban New York.
Laimbeer, new-look Liberty ready for a fresh start
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - When the New York Liberty open the regular season May 25 in Connecticut, you might not recognize them.
They have a new coach, many new players, and perhaps more, important, a new outlook on the game they love.
Coach and general manager Bill Laimbeer, in his first season with Liberty, has brought a defense-first approach to a team that went 15-19 last season. And to help matters, he drafted several players who should help balance a lineup that still includes All-Star guard Cappie Pondexter.
It's hard to argue with his success, and Laimbeer is intent on changing the culture around the franchise. He brings an impressive resume with him. With the Detroit Shock, Laimbeer made six consecutive playoff appearances and won three league titles. He was with Detroit for eight seasons.
COUNTRY CLUB AUCTION
Southern NJ property to remain golf course
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) - The development firm that bought a 155-acre property in the thick of southern New Jersey's Philadelphia suburbs says it will keep it a golf course.
What was known as Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill was auctioned off earlier this week.
Two bidders promised to keep it a golf course and the county government planned to make it into open space.
But the eventual winner, First Montgomery Group, did not divulge plans before winning the auction with a bid of more than $10 million.
Many in the community worried that the group would seek to redevelop the land, largely because its main business is building apartment complexes.
Officials at the Marlton-based firm now say they'll change the club's name to the Village at Woodcrest.
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