Friday, April 17, 2015
Professional Sports
Sei Young Kim takes third-round lead in Hawaii

Sei Young Kim shot a 2-under 70 on Friday in wind gusting to 30 mph to take a one-stroke lead in the Lotte Championship.

With the breeze making birdies elusive at Ko Olina, the 22-year-old South Korean player reached 12-under 204 to break out of a first-place tie with I.K. Kim.

Ricky Taylor takes pole for IMSA race at Long Beach

Ricky Taylor won the Prototype pole Friday for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship's Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach.

Driving the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP, Taylor broke the track record with a lap at 1 minute, 14.790 seconds on the downtown street circuit to edge Scott Pruett.

Royals beat Athletics 6-4 in rematch of AL wild-card game

The Royals and A's picked up right where they left off.

In their first meeting since last September's dramatic wild-card game, Paulo Orlando delivered a go-ahead triple in the eighth inning Friday night to help Kansas City to a 6-4 win over Oakland in another back-and-forth affair.

Wacha has 7 strong innings, Cardinals shut down Reds, 6-1

Michael Wacha pitched seven strong innings and Yadier Molina delivered a bases-clearing double to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

With the score 1-1, Matt Holliday led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to right field. He went to third on a one-out double by Jhonny Peralta that landed just in front of left fielder Marlon Byrd and bounced past him.

Rodriguez powers Yankees to 5-4 win over Rays

Alex Rodriguez inched closer to Willie Mays with two more home runs, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Friday night.

Rodriguez hit a solo shot in the second, driving an 0-1 pitch from Nathan Karns an estimated 471 feet to center. He connected again in the sixth, belting a two-run drive to left against Ernesto Frieri for homer No. 658 — just two shy of Mays for fourth place on baseball's career list.

NHL Playoff Capsules

Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists, and Alex Ovechkin scored once, leading the Washington Capitals and fill-in goalie Philipp Grubauer past the New York Islanders 4-3 Friday night to even their first-round playoff series at a game apiece.

After Washington's two stars — Ovechkin led the NHL in goals, Backstrom was No. 1 in assists — were reunited on the top line, both scored to erase a 3-1 deficit. Jason Chimera netted the go-ahead goal with 12 1/2 minutes left.

Royals shortstop Escobar exits, injured by late Lawrie slide

Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar was helped off the field without putting weight on his left leg Friday night after Oakland's Brett Lawrie slid into him in a play at second base.

Josh Reddick had lined a pitch off pitcher Kelvin Herrera with one out in the seventh inning, and it bounced toward third baseman Mike Moustakas. He shoveled the ball to Escobar at second, and Lawrie slid late, crossing over the bag and crunching into Escobar's leg.

Galchenyuk scores in OT, Canadiens top Senators 3-2

Alex Galchenyuk scored on a spin-around shot 3:40 into overtime, leading Montreal to a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night that gave the Canadiens a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Max Pacioretty, back from a concussion, and P.K. Subban scored in regulation for the Canadiens, while David Desharnais picked up an assist on each.

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