FRIDAY, APRIL 18
Milwaukee (Lohse 2-1) at Pittsburgh (Morton 0-1), 7:05 p.m.
Philadelphia (Pettibone 0-0) at Colorado (Chatwood 0-0), 8:40 p.m.
Rangers score 3 in 3rd, top Flyers in opener 4-1
NEW YORK (AP) - Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart in the third period, and the New York Rangers beat Philadelphia 4-1 in the playoff opener on Thursday night to stretch their home-winning streak over the rival Flyers to nine games.
The teams were locked in a 1-1 tie when Jason Akeson - playing in just his third career NHL game - was given a double high-sticking penalty for clipping Rangers forward Carl Hagelin with 7:35 remaining.
New York quickly took advantage.
Richards gave the Rangers their first lead of the night when a rebound of Martin St. Louis' shot came to him, and he fired it in from the right circle, punctuating the moment with an emphatic fist pump at 8:22.
Richards and St. Louis hooked up again to help set up Stepan's insurance goal. New York worked the puck around the Philadelphia end, and Richards faked a drive. He instead sent a hard pass to Stepan for a shot into the open left side.
Revere's RBI single lifts Phillies over Braves 1-0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ben Revere's RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday afternoon.
A.J. Burnett tossed three-hit ball over seven innings to outpitch Alex Wood (2-2). Atlanta's Julio Teheran beat Cliff Lee 1-0 less than 24 hours earlier.
Dominic Brown led off the bottom of the eighth with a single. He advanced to second on a sacrifice and scored on Revere's hit up the middle.
Antonio Bastardo (2-1) worked the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon finished off the four-hitter with a perfect ninth for his fourth save in five tries.
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg successfully challenged a call in the fifth inning when Andrelton Simmons was ruled out trying to steal second base.
McCutchen, Alvarez lead Pirates over Brewers
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss, 11-2 on Thursday night.
Harrison's two-run drive down the left field line was the second of his career as a pinch hitter. It stared Pittsburgh's nine-run outburst over the seventh and eighth innings that was capped by Alvarez's sixth of the year.
McCutchen, last year's NL MVP, hit a two-run homer in the first inning in his 57th at-bat.
Gaby Sanchez also connected while Alvarez, Starling Marte, Russell Martin and Jordy Mercer each had two of the Pirates' 12 hits.
Edinson Volquez (1-0) gave up two runs in seven innings for his first win with the Pirates, scattering eight hits.
Brewers put Overbay on paternity leave list
PITTSBURGH (AP) - First baseman Lyle Overbay has been placed on the paternity leave list by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Milwaukee recalled infielder-outfielder Elian Herrera from Triple-A Nashville before Thursday's game against Pittsburgh.
Overbay can spent up to three consecutive days on the list under major league rules. He is hitting .100 with three RBIs in 10 games.
Herrera hit .250 with two RBIs and two stolen bases in 12 games for Nashville. The Brewers claimed him off waivers Nov. 4 from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
76ers look toward future after dismal season
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia 76ers opened the season with a win against Miami and they beat the Heat again in the finale.
It was the rest of the league that gave the Sixers fits.
The Sixers entered this season in clear rebuild mode and they staggered to a 19-63 record that included a 26-game losing streak.
The Milwaukee Bucks were the only team with a worse record. But this season was all about the future. Because of a trade, the Sixers likely will have two lottery picks in this year's draft and hope to build around rookie of the year contender Michael Carter-Williams and injured rookie Nerlens Noel.
Under first-year coach Brett Brown, the Sixers believe they have the pieces in place to become contenders in another two or three seasons.
NFL CONCUSSION LAWSUIT
NFL, lawyers at work on $765M concussion deal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A judge overseeing thousands of NFL concussion-linked lawsuits says lawyers are still working to address her concerns about a proposed $765 million fund.
U.S. District Judge Anita Brody says she fears the fund may not be large enough to cover up to 20,000 retired players for 65 years.
Lawyers have given her more data to weigh since she rejected the deal on a preliminary basis in January.
The judge says in a Thursday order the parties are continuing to work with the court "to address the issues." She also has clarified an order this week denying approval of the deal was not a new ruling. She says she was simply adding the January ruling to some case files.
The judge is expected to hold hearings in the case this year.
Ex-quarterback McNabb spends day in Arizona jail
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb has been released from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year.
Records released by West Mesa Justice Court show the 37-year-old McNabb served his time Wednesday and was released Thursday morning.
McNabb was arrested Dec. 15 on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. He pleaded guilty on March 27 and nine days of his sentence was suspended.
McNabb's lawyer Stephen Benedetto didn't immediately return a call Thursday seeking comment.
McNabb played 13 years in the NFL after being drafted with the second overall pick in 1999.
He led the Philadelphia Eagles to four straight NFC championship games from 2001 to 2004 and one Super Bowl berth before retiring after the 2011 season.
9 Pennsylvania colleges target of gender complaint
WASHINGTON (AP) - A women's legal organization claims that nine universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education have repeatedly failed to provide equal athletic opportunities for female students.
The Title IX discrimination complaints by the Women's Law Project were submitted Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Education. The group cites data from each of the universities showing significant gaps between enrollment of female students and their participation rates in athletic programs.
The complaints were made against nine of the 14 schools in the Pennsylvania system: Bloomsburg, Cheyney, Clarion, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville and Shippensburg.
Kenn Marshall, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania system, says each of the universities remains committed to providing equal opportunities for female students.
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