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Tuch scores 2, Golden Knights beat Sharks 5-3 in Game 5

By W.G. RAMIREZAssociated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) – After a lackluster loss two nights earlier, the Vegas Golden Knights responded with an energetic performance in Game 5 to move one victory away from their second playoff series win, and a berth in the Western Conference final in their inaugural season. …

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Cole fans career-high 16 in 1-hitter, Astros rout D-backs

By BOB BAUMAP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) – Gerrit Cole called his gem Friday night “probably my best” of his 134 career major league starts. The best of a lot of very good ones lately. Cole struck out a career-high 16 in a one-hitter and the Houston Astros routed the …

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Buehler, bullpen through 8 hitless for Dodgers in Mexico

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) – Walker Buehler and two relievers have combined for eight hitless innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a neutral-site game against the San Diego Padres. Buehler pitched six hitless innings Friday night in his third major league start. The touted rookie right-hander struck out eight and …

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Shaquem Griffin ready to have focus on football in Seattle

By TIM BOOTHAP Sports Writer RENTON, Wash. (AP) – The number was different on Friday – No. 49 instead of No. 18. So were the colors, trading black and gold for dark blue and white. The effort and excitement from Shaquem Griffin? That remained the same. “We had to slow …

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Harper homers twice, Nationals beat Phillies 7-3

By HARVEY VALENTINEAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Bryce Harper wasn’t impressed to learn the distance of his mammoth home run in Friday night’s 7-3 win over the Phillies. Told his second homer of the game had travelled 473 feet, Harper replied: “It’s not how far. It’s how many.” He’s doing …

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Tigers place Cabrera on DL with right hamstring strain

By DAVE SKRETTAAP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera was so clearly frustrated when he hobbled off the field with a strained hamstring that manager Ron Gardenhire let him cool off a while before finally talking to him. Gardenhire was a bit worried about …

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Malnati leads Wells Fargo as Woods survives the cut

By DOUG FERGUSONAP Golf Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Peter Malnati and Tiger Woods both had reason to celebrate on the ninth green at Quail Hollow at the end of their rounds. Malnati was coming off two straight birdies to take the lead Friday in the Wells Fargo Championship when …

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Bucks beginning coaching search, with Prunty in pool

By GENARO C. ARMASAP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks’ coaching search is underway, with interviews starting as early as this weekend. “For us we’re on a really thought-out process,” general manager Jon Horst said Friday. “It will start out immediately and we’ll hopefully get to a great …

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LEADING OFF: Mets part with Matt Harvey, MLB in Mexico

By The Associated Press A look at what’s happening around the majors Saturday: A KNIGHT’S TALE Matt Harvey will be designated for assignment by the Mets after he refused a minor league assignment. The 29-year-old right-hander, nicknamed the Dark Knight of Gotham, lost his spot in the rotation last month …

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