Braves pull Kimbrel, hold off Mets 7-5
NEW YORK (AP) - Jordan Walden got the final out with the bases loaded after Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez pulled star closer Craig Kimbrel, and the Braves held off the New York Mets 7-5 Saturday night.
Freddie Freeman had three hits and hustled his way through a weird play that brought the Braves two runs when the Mets were unable to challenge a costly incorrect call.
Justin Upton hit a three-run homer in the ninth to make it 7-3.
The Mets scored twice off Kimbrel, who loaded the bases with a two-out walk to Lucas Duda. That's when Gonzalez went to the mound and lifted Kimbrel, who didn't look happy about it. He waited for an extra moment or two before reluctantly handing over the ball.
Walden retired Travis d'Arnaud on a grounder to end it. Gold Glove shortstop Andrelton Simmons was shading toward the hole and made a strong throw to get d'Arnaud.
Hanigan, Archer key Rays 16-1 win over Yankees
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Ryan Hanigan homered twice and had six RBIs, and Chris Archer continued his dominance over the Yankees as the Tampa Bay Rays routed New York 16-1 on Saturday night.
Hanigan drove in his final two runs with a single off Yankees infielder Dean Anna, who gave up two runs and three hits in the eighth inning.
Archer (2-1) allowed one run and three hits in 6 2-3 innings. He has won all four career starts against the Yankees, allowing four earned runs in 28 2-3 innings.
Wil Myers and Evan Longoria both drove in four runs for the Rays.
Yankees starter Ivan Nova (2-2) gave up a career-high four home runs before leaving in the fifth with right elbow soreness. The right-hander allowed eight runs and eight hits in four-plus innings.
Williams scores 24 as Nets beat Raptors 94-87
TORONTO (AP) - Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 24 points, Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 94-87 Saturday in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.
Shaun Livingston scored 10 points and Kevin Garnett had five as the Nets won despite making 4 of 24 3-pointers.
Kyle Lowry scored 22 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Raptors.
Valanciunas is the second Raptors player to have a double double in his postseason debut. Tracy McGrady had 25 points and 10 rebounds against New York in his first playoff game in 2000.
Valanciunas also set a Raptors record for playoff rebounds by surpassing Keon Clark, who had 16 against Detroit in 2002.
Raptors GM Ujiri uses profanity about Brooklyn
TORONTO (AP) - Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri let loose a profanity during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of Raptors fans outside Air Canada Centre before Saturday's opening game of the NBA playoffs.
Several hundred fans gathered outside the downtown arena for a party and to watch the game on a huge screen above the west entrance.
Ujiri, the NBA's reigning executive of the year, apologized in a brief press conference at halftime, saying he was "just trying to get our fans going."
Asked if the profanity represented his feelings about the Nets, who've been accused of tanking in order to face Toronto in the first round, Ujiri said: "You know how I feel. I don't like them, but I apologize."
Flyers G Mason to sit out Game 2 vs. Rangers
NEW YORK (AP) - Steve Mason still isn't feeling well enough to play, so Ray Emery will be back in the net for the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2 against the New York Rangers.
Mason has been sidelined for a week because of an undisclosed upper-body injury after he was knocked over and hit his head on the ice against Pittsburgh. He and the Flyers have declined to say whether the goalie sustained a concussion.
Mason was back at practice with his teammates at Madison Square Garden on Saturday after working out alone Friday, but wore down near the end of the 45-minute session. After he spoke with coach Craig Berube and general manager Paul Holmgren, it was decided that Mason would sit out again Sunday.
Big names among prospective Buffalo Bills buyers
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is prepared to make a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills. Donald Trump's on board, too.
Don't discount the family of Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs. And include New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi's name for added spice.
It's not every day - or every year - an NFL franchise goes on the market as the Bills are, following owner Ralph Wilson's death last month.
Wilson's wishes to have the team sold rather than passed on to his family raise the possibility of the Bills relocating from the city that's been home for more than 50 years. Toronto and Los Angeles are potential landing spots because owners would have an opportunity to make more money than in Buffalo, the NFL's second-smallest market.
La Verdad wins Big A's Distaff Handicap
NEW YORK (AP) - La Verdad dominated the $200,000 Distaff Handicap, winning by 3½ lengths on Saturday at Aqueduct.
The consistent New York bred 4-year-old earned her first open stakes victory. And she did it impressively as the 2-1 favorite.
Breaking alertly with Jose Ortiz aboard, La Verdad was the clear leader on the run down the backstretch. Bridgehampton ranged up to challenge midway on the turn and was easily rebuffed. From there, it was clear sailing for La Verdad.
She sprinted clear by five lengths at the top of the lane and cruised home to her seventh win in nine starts for trainer Linda Rice.
The time was a quick 1:09.10 for the six furlongs.
La Verdad paid $6, $3.40 and $2.50. Kauai Katie got second, returning $4.20 and $2.60. My Pal Chrisy paid $2.30 to show.
Syracuse scrimmage spirited; 4 QBs see action
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Syracuse coach Scott Shafer loves competition, so he took a look at four quarterbacks in Saturday's annual spring game in the Carrier Dome.
Terrel Hunt, Mitch Kimble, Austin Wilson and freshman AJ Long displayed their talents as the offense beat the defense 34-27. The four combined to go 35 of 46 for 413 yards passing with one interception in the Orange's version of up-tempo football.
The 6-foot-3, 233-pound Hunt is the incumbent starter and played the first half of the 72-play scrimmage. He was 12 of 15 for 95 yards.
Kimble finished 7 of 10 for 112 yards and one TD, Wilson was 6 of 6 for 124 yards and two scores, and Long was 10 of 15 for 82 yards and one touchdown.
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