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 Angels rookie killed in car crash

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels' have postponed tonight's game against visiting Oakland following the death of rookie Nick Adenhart early Thursday morning.

The 22-year-old pitcher was a passenger in a car that police say was struck by a motorist who ran a red light. Two other people in the car also died and another was injured. Adenhart started for Los Angeles just a few hours earlier and threw six shutout innings in his 2009 debut.

The right-hander from Silver Spring, Md., earned a spot in the starting rotation on an injury-plagued Angels staff by impressing manager Mike Scioscia late in spring training.

Jays and Mariners win...Reds avoid sweep

(AP) - Ricky Romero outpitched Rick Porcello in the first matchup of former first-round draft picks making their major league debuts against each other, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 6-2 to take the season-opening 4-game series 3-1. Marco Scutaro hit a two-run homer, and Aaron Hill and Adam Lind added solo shots off Porcello.

After homering in the first three games, Detroit's Brandon Inge went 0 for 3 with a walk.

Also in the AL this afternoon:

Seattle's Jarrod Washburn picked up his first win since July 27, limiting Minnesota to five hits over eight innings of a 2-0 shutout of the Twins. Adrian Beltre and Rob Johnson had RBI singles to help the Mariners gain a split of the 4-game set.

In NL play:

Joey Votto continues to swing a hot bat. The Reds outfielder had a three-run homer and four RBIs in Cincinnati's 8-6 victory over the Mets that avoided a 3-game series sweep. Votto went 7 for 13 against New York, with a pair of 3-run homers and seven RBIs.

An international leaderboard early in Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Japan's Shingo Katayama has taken the lead in the opening round of the Masters. He fired a 5-under-par 67 on a day for going low at Augusta National. It's Katayama's first sub-70 round in eight trips to the year's first major championship.

South Africa's Tim Clark opened with a 4-under-par 68 on a warm and sunny day with a slight breeze blowing through the Georgia pines.

Clark took top prize in Wednesday's Par-3 tournament and no winner of the nine-hole preliminary has ever gone on to win a green jacket the same year.

Tiger Woods is playing in his first major since winning last summer's U.S. Open on a bum left knee. The top-ranked golfer is in the next-to-last group, just behind a threesome that includes defending champion Trevor Immelman.

Padraig Harrington is gunning for a third straight victory in a major. He won the British Open and PGA Championship titles last year while Woods was recovering from knee surgery.

Lynch suspended...Owens baffled

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Bills running back Marshawn Lynch will miss the first three games of the regular season after being suspended without pay by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

The NFL announced the suspension a month after Lynch pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge in Los Angeles. It was the player's second run-in with the law, following a hit & run accident in Buffalo in May.

The suspension means the Bills will be without the 2007 first-round draft pick for their prime-time season-opener at New England Sept. 14. The rest of the Bills schedule has not been released.

Under league rules, the suspension takes effect after the Bills final preseason game, and Lynch will be allowed to take part in the team's offseason programs, including training camp.

Lynch, who apologized for his actions, and anticipated he'd be suspended after meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last month, has the option to appeal the ruling.

Terrell Owens can't understand why everyone made such a big deal out of him missing the start of the Bills voluntary workout program last month.

He's with the team now, and intends to take part in all of the team's voluntary minicamps once they open next month.

Owens says he's frustrated and labels the criticism "unfair." He says he's "not the only guy out of 32 teams that didn't show up."

After being acquired in free agency last month, the Bills receiver took part in several workouts this week, saying it was important for him to start meeting his new teammates.

Owens also had a message for anyone questioning whether he'll be a disruption. Breaking into a smile, Owens said: "No worries."

Curry undecided about turning pro

(AP) - Former NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry says his son, Stephen is still undecided on whether to leave Davidson early for the NBA. The elder Curry says his son is in "pause mode," and indicates a decision could come next week. The deadline to declare for the draft is April 26.

Curry led the nation in scoring last season at 28.6 points per game for the Wildcats. A year earlier, he led Davidson within a missed 3-pointer of the Final Four.

The 6-foot-3 Curry is projected as a first-round pick.

If Curry returns for his senior season, he'd have an outside shot at eclipsing Pete Maravich's NCAA Division I career scoring record.


Miami junior forward Dwayne Collins has declared for the NBA draft but could return to the Hurricanes next season because he has not hired an agent. The 6-foot-8 Collins was Miami's second-leading scorer and leading rebounder last season.

Wake Forest sophomore James Johnson has declared for the NBA draft and hired an agent. The 6-foot-9 forward was the Demon Deacons' top rebounder last season with 8.5 per game and second on the team in scoring at 15.8 points. He's been projected to be a first-round pick in most mock drafts.

Bulls Magic No. is 2

(AP) - Chicago can inch closer to a return to postseason play following a 1-year absence when it hosts Philadelphia tonight. A sixth straight home victory by the Bulls, coupled with a Charlotte loss to Oklahoma City tomorrow night and the Bulls would be in. The playoff-bound 76ers have lost their last three road games.

Houston can take over sole possession of first place in the Southwest Division race with a win at Sacramento. The Rockets are tied with idle San Antonio atop the standings. And Houston is dead even with the Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers in the race for the third seed in the Western Conference, 2 1/2 games behind Denver.

The Nuggets bring an 8-game winning streak into Los Angeles to face a 62-16 Lakers team that's won four in a row and has already nailed down the top seed in the conference playoffs. The Lakers are one game behind East leader Cleveland in the race for best record in the league. The Cavaliers have the night off.

Williams rejoins Cavaliers...Knicks sign Sene

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cavaliers have signed forward Jawad Williams. He fills the roster spot left open by the loss of Eric Snow, who was released last week because of a career-ending knee injury. Williams played in nine games for Cleveland earlier this season.

After his second 10-day contract expired in February, Williams played in 19 games for Rio Grande of the NBA's Development League. The 6-foot-9 Cleveland native averaged 25.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists with the Vipers.

Elsewhere around the league:

In desperate need of a shot blocker, the New York Knicks have signed former lottery pick Mouhamed Sene. The 7-footer from Senegal was taken by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 10th pick in the 2006 draft and played in 46 NBA games before Oklahoma City waived him Feb. 19.

Sene has averaged 10.0 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.7 blocks this season for Albuquerque of the NBA Development League.

McCoughtry goes No. 1

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) - The Atlanta Dream selected Louisville forward Angel McCoughtry with the first pick in the WNBA draft. She recently led the Cardinals to the NCAA championship game where they lost to Connecticut.

Washington took Maryland's Marissa Coleman with the No. 2 pick, and Terrapins teammate Kristi Toliver was selected next by Chicago.

The Minnesota Lynx picked Connecticut's Renee Montgomery with the fourth pick. Montgomery played a big role in helping the Huskies finish the season 39-0 for their sixth national championship.

Opportunity knocking

(AP) - The Canadiens and Rangers will take the ice this evening looking to secure playoff berths.

Montreal needs to beat the Bruins in Boston, or get the game into overtime, in order to earn a spot in postseason play.

New York starts its game against visiting Philadelphia sitting eighth in the East, one point behind Montreal, and needing a win to get in.

Nashville is ninth in the West heading into its outing at Detroit. The Predators are two points behind Anaheim and St. Louis in the race for the conference's final two playoff berths with two games to play. The Ducks and Blues are idle.

Also on the NHL ice tonight, Carolina hosts Buffalo, Florida is at Atlanta, Ottawa entertains New Jersey, Pittsburgh is home to the New York Islanders, Washington plays at Tampa Bay, Colorado hosts Dallas, L.A. is at Vancouver and West champion San Jose hosts Phoenix.

U.S. will play final against familiar foe

HAMEENLINNA, Finland (AP) - Natalie Darwitz and Hilary Knight each scored hat tricks to lead the defending champion United States past Finland 7-0 to reach the final of the women's hockey world championship.

The Americans will face Canada in Sunday's finale. Finland was eliminated in the three-team round-robin.

It will be the 12th consecutive final featuring the North American hockey powers. Canada leads 9-2 overall.

Churchill Downs receives NTRA accreditation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Churchill Downs is the first thoroughbred track in the country to become fully accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety & Integrity Alliance.

Inspectors had been at the track in Louisville since Monday checking everything from the starting gate to the testing barn.

The track hoped to be accredited by next month's Kentucky Derby.

The alliance is part of an initiative to give racing a national set of ground rules.

Dog toy maker sued

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's attorney general is suing a company that makes a dog toy that looks like Michael Vick and is named after the suspended NFL star.

The lawsuit claims Showbiz Promotions said it would give proceeds from the sale of the dog chew toy to animal shelters, but never made any donations.

Vick is serving prison time for bankrolling a dogfighting operation in Georgia and Virginia.

The lawsuit claims the Jacksonville-based company also sold a doll named for slain toddler Caylee Anthony and promised to give proceeds to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The lawsuit says only $10 has been donated.

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