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Angels pitcher JC Ramirez’s rise has been due to a curveball of sorts

Only one major league starter throws harder than the Angels’ JC Ramirez: New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard. But it is not Ramirez’s powerful velocity that has fueled his rise into the Angels’ rotation. It is his development of a second breaking pitch, a curveball, to accompany his longstanding...

Woman swept up in massive cocaine bust in L.A. now faces deportation, spurring protests and anger

Dozens of people gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday to protest the detention of a 54-year-old woman who now faces deportation for living in the country illegally. Teresa Vidal-Jaime was picked up by federal authorities Monday after a massive drug bust at a Boyle Heights apartment complex...

NBA: James Harden and the Rockets eliminate Thunder, 105-99

James Harden had 34 points and his supporting cast helped Houston overcome a 47-point game by Russell Westbrook to get a 105-99 victory over Oklahoma City on Tuesday night to advance to the Western Conference semifinals. The Thunder head home a year after advancing to the Western Conference finals...

Trump to reconsider national monuments created by Obama, Bush and Clinton

The fierce debate over public land in the West is expected to intensify following an executive order President Trump plans to sign Wednesday that could lead to the reduction or elimination of some national monuments. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who announced the order Tuesday, said Trump asked...

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Cavs trade Harris to Magic, trim luxury tax bill

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Ovechkin, Melo take chance at Powerball score

Ovechkin, Melo take chance at Powerball score

Wizards G Wall to have precautionary knee MRI

Wizards G Wall to have precautionary knee MRI

Wizards' Gortat to be checked for staph infection

Wizards' Gortat to be checked for staph infection

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Marchand breaks late tie, Bruins top Senators 2-1 in Game 1 (Yahoo Sports)

Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins made their limited chances count. Marchand broke a tie with 2:33 left and the Bruins - held without a shot in the second period - held on to beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Marchand scored off the rebound of Patrice Bergeron's shot.

Fleury makes late start, Penguins rush by Blue Jackets 3-1 (Yahoo Sports)

Marc-Andre Fleury spent the regular season saying all the right things - and just as importantly, doing all the right things - while watching Matt Murray take his job. Never complaining about playing time and doing his best to help the 22-year-old Murray adjust to the grind during his first full season in the NHL. The Penguins held on to Fleury at the trade deadline, keenly aware that the time may come when they would need him to coax a little more magic out of his No. 29 sweater.

Glass, Lundqvist help Rangers beat Canadiens 2-0 in Game 1 (Yahoo Sports)

Henrik Lundqvist got over his troubles with the Montreal Canadiens in a hurry. The New York goalie survived a shaky first period to make 31 saves in the Rangers' 2-0 victory Wednesday night in their playoff opener. It will be up to the Canadiens to come up with an answer in Game 2 on Friday night at Bell Centre, or risk heading to New York down two games in the best-of-seven series.

Weight loses interim status, becomes coach of Islanders (Yahoo Sports)

Doug Weight said he hadn't thought about whether he wanted to return as coach of the New York Islanders while the season was winding down, but hoped to make a quick decision. The Islanders announced Wednesday that Weight, promoted from assistant coach to interim head coach in January, was a permanent hire. ''I talked about it a lot with friends and obviously my family, people within the organization,'' Weight said on a conference call with the Islanders' beat writers.

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Stroman’s double leads to Toronto win in 11th

After squandering away three leads earlier in the night, the Blue Jays finally held onto one to escape Busch Stadium with a 6-5, 11-inning win in their series opener against the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Roaring Tigers offense scores 19 to rout M’s

The Tigers teed off for four home runs and 24 hits Tuesday in a 19-9 runaway over the Mariners, knocking Felix Hernandez out after just two innings in the process as they rolled to their third consecutive win.

Trea-cycle: Young Nat uses wheels for feat

Nationals shortstop Trea Turner had a career night Tuesday, hitting for the cycle while driving in seven runs against the Rockies at Coors Field. Turner singled to right field in the first inning, doubled to left in the second to drive in two, knocked a two-run homer to right in the sixth and knocked a bases-loaded triple into the right-field corner in the seventh.

Felix’s early exit caused by arm fatigue

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is headed back to Seattle to see the team's physician on Tuesday night after feeling tightness in his right shoulder and being removed after two innings in a 19-9 loss to the Tigers.

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