Walker leads Bobcats over Bulls in OT, 91-86
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kemba Walker scored eight of his 22 points in overtime to help the Charlotte Bobcats defeat the Chicago Bulls 91-86 Wednesday night and finish the season with eight wins in their final nine games.
Al Jefferson added 10 points and 18 rebounds for Charlotte, and Chris Douglas-Roberts finished with 13 points after being held scoreless for the first three quarters.
Josh McRoberts made a key play in overtime, blocking D.J. Augustin's 3-point attempt. Walker grabbed the loose ball and raced the length of the court for a layup that gave the Bobcats an 88-81 lead with 1 minute left.
Augustin had 17 points for the Bulls, who are locked into the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. They will play either Brooklyn or Washington in the first round.
RED SOX-WHITE SOX
Bradley leads Red Sox past White Sox in 14 innings
CHICAGO (AP) - Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run double off Chicago infielder Leury Garcia in the top of the 14th inning and the Boston Red Sox outlasted the White Sox 6-4 in a game that lasted 5 hours and 17 minutes Wednesday night.
With the score tied at 4 after 13 innings, the White Sox ran out of pitchers after Daniel Webb threw 59 pitches in three innings, so manager Robin Ventura turned to Garcia to start the 14th. Garcia is the first White Sox position player to take the mound since Casper Wells pitched a scoreless inning last June.
Garcia retired the first two batters, but then walked Daniel Nava and Jonathan Herrera, and Bradley followed with his big hit.
Chris Capuano pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to get the win. Burke Badenhop got the final out for his first save of the season.
White wash: Yanks sweep Cubs 3-0, 2-0
NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Pineda followed an overpowering outing by Masahiro Tanaka with one of his own, pitching six innings of four-hit ball as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0 on a bitterly cold Wednesday night to complete its first doubleheader shutout sweep since 1987.
Tanaka struck out 10 and allowed just two bunt hits - one replay aided - over eight innings in a 3-0 win in the opener of the day-night twinbill. Carlos Beltran homered for a third straight game, off Jason Hammel in the first inning of the Cubs' first regular-season game at the current Yankee Stadium.
Brett Gardner and Scott Sizemore had RBI singles off Travis Wood in the nightcap, helping the Yankees win for the fifth time in six games and handing Chicago its fourth straight loss.
New York had not won by shutout twice in one day since April 9, 1987, against Kansas City, according to STATS, and no tea, in the major leagues had done it since Minnesota swept Oakland on June 26, 1988.
The Cubs had not been blanked twice on the same day since Larry Gibson and Ray Sadecki pitched complete games for St. Louis on June 27, 1962.
Peralta helps Brewers beat Cards 5-1 and stop skid
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Wily Peralta allowed one run in 6 1-3 innings and the Milwaukee Brewers turned two errors into four unearned runs Wednesday in a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals that ended a two-game losing streak.
Milwaukee, which came into the series with a nine-game winning streak, salvaged the finale of the three-game set.
Peralta allowed six hits and struck out three, and three relievers combined for scoreless relief.
Cardinals starter Joe Kelly gave up an unearned run and three hits in four innings.
Illinois shows off new-look uniforms, logo
URBANA, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois has introduced a new look for its football, basketball and other teams.
The Nike-designed uniforms were unveiled Wednesday at a campus event. Images of some of the uniforms were leaked earlier.
The football and most of the men's basketball options aren't drastically different than those seen in recent years. But school officials say a silver basketball uniform is still on the way.
The school will keep its Block-I logo and add a second, shield-shaped logo on some uniforms.
Running back Donovonn Young says Wednesday the uniforms are a little like Oregon's and should help Illinois develop a cool image.
Most Illini fans who shared opinions on Twitter seemed to approve. A few complained the new look could have been more bold.
RED SOX INJURIES
Napoli sits as Pedroia returns to Red Sox lineup
CHICAGO (AP) - While Dustin Pedroia returned to Boston's starting lineup, Mike Napoli dropped out.
The first baseman didn't start Wednesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox because of a dislocated ring finger on his left hand.
Napoli was injured during a headfirst slide on Tuesday. Napoli wasn't sure when he would be able to return, saying he would see how he feels each day.
Pedroia missed two starts at second base because of inflammation of the left wrist and has a cortisone shot. He was a pinch runner Tuesday, and doubled and scored in his first at-bat Wednesday.
Hitchcock: Blues chances hinge on Miller
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Just like last spring, the St. Louis Blues have the higher seed but the unenviable task of facing the defending Stanley Cup champion in the first round of the playoffs.
For the Blues to prevail against the Chicago Blackhawks in a matchup of 100-point teams, coach Ken Hitchcock says they'll need standout play from goalie Ryan Miller. St. Louis lost in six games to the Kings and Jonathan Quick last year and acquired Miller in hopes of making a deep run.
Hitchcock anticipates game-time decisions for the opener Thursday night, with a roster hit hard by injuries during a six-game losing streak to end the regular season.
Blackhawks stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are back from lengthy injury layoffs.
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