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Pujols' 500th HR helps Angels beat Nationals 7-2

Albert Pujols hits 499th, 500th homers in same game to help Angels beat Nationals 7-2
Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Heading toward the plate after the 500th homer of this career, Albert Pujols glanced ahead and saw a throng of Los Angeles Angels teammates waiting right there to greet him.

He was pleased by the outpouring of support. He also had a message.

"I was pretty emotional running the bases and when I ... looked at all these guys coming out, it was hard," Pujols said. "But I just told them, 'We've got a game to win.'"

Blue Jays use long ball in 9-3 win over O's

Encarnacion, Lawrie and Cabrera hit three-run homers in Jays' 9-3 win over O's
Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The series opener between the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles was a pitcher's duel for the first five innings.

It turned into a power game after that and Toronto's boppers were up to the task.

Bruins beat Red Wings 3-0 in Game 3, take 2-1 lead

Bruins take advantage of mistakes to beat Red Wings 3-0 in Game 3, taking 2-1 lead in series
Larry Lage, The Associated Press

DETROIT - The Boston Bruins took full advantage of Detroit's mistakes, and their stellar goaltender's flawless performance.

Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Caron scored in the first period after the Red Wings had miscues on the ice and Tuukka Rask finished with a 23-save shutout, giving Boston a 3-0 win over the Red Wings and a 2-1 series lead in their first-round series.

Patrice Bergeron added an empty-net goal late in the third period, sealing the lopsided game.

Raptors coach focuses on game, not the hype

Raptors coach Dwane Casey focuses on game, not the hype of the playoffs
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Drake sits just down to his left. The front row is celebrity central. And Tuesday night, Mayor Rob Ford was wearing Raptors red.

Toronto coach Dwane Casey is only watching what's happening on court, however.

Cherry has "no excuse" for Cooke's hit

Don Cherry calls Matt Cooke's hit on Tyson Barrie "absolutely ridiculous"
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Don Cherry says he can't justify the hit Matt Cooke laid on Colorado's Tyson Barrie during Monday's playoff game between the Avalance and Minnesota Wild.

Cooke, who took out Barrie with a knee-on-knee hit in the second period of the Wild's 1-0 overtime win, was given a two-minute penalty on the play, but was later summoned for a hearing at the NHL office in New York.

"I have no excuse for Matt Cooke doing this. ... He sticks his knee out, plants his knee," Cherry said on his Coach's Corner segment of Hockey Night in Canada Tuesday as video of the hit was shown.

Defensive Chelsea holds Atletico in scoreless draw

Defensive Chelsea holds Atletico to 0-0 draw in 1st leg of Champions League semifinal
Paul Logothetis, The Associated Press

MADRID - Chelsea's defensive game plan worked perfectly as it held Atletico Madrid to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Tuesday.

Jose Mourinho's ultra-defensive tactics succeeded at the Vicente Calderon Stadium despite the exit of goalkeeper Petr Cech to injury in the 18th minute. Mark Schwarzer came on, with Cech's long-term replacement — Thibaut Courtois — playing in the opposite goal, on loan from Chelsea.

New Brunswick to have combat sport commission

New Brunswick introduces legislation to create combat sport commission
The Canadian Press

FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick government has introduced legislation to create a commission to regulate combat sports such as mixed martial arts.

Dorothy Shephard, the province's healthy and inclusive communities minister, says the Combat Sports Act would govern professional and amateur combat sport events.

The legislation would establish a commission that would be responsible for making sure fighters are licensed and officials are qualified.

Kevin Martin thought others would retire too

Kevin Martin thought others would retire from curling as well this year
Scott Edmonds, The Canadian Press

When Kevin Martin decided to retire this year, he thought he'd have plenty of company.

The dean of Canadian curlers — with four national titles, a world championship, both a gold and silver at the Olympics and a record 18 Grand Slams on the World Curling Tour — looked around and saw plenty his age or older holding brooms.

Russian earns 3-2 shootout win over Canada

Pilipenko scores to earn Russia 3-2 shootout win over Canada at under-18 event
The Canadian Press

IMATRA, Finland - Canada lost more than just its final preliminary-round game at the world under-18 hockey tournament Tuesday.

Kirill Pilipenko scored in the shootout to earn Russia a 3-2 win over Canada, the defending champions' first defeat at the event. But the Canadians also lost forward Brayden Point to an upper-body injury in the first period that's expected to sideline him for the reminder of the tournament.

Report: Allen retires after in-game stroke

Report: Jaguars linebacker Allen retires after concussion, stroke in game
The Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Russell Allen, a former linebacker with the Jacksonville Jaguars, will retire after suffering a concussion and a stroke in a game last December.

Allen told MMQB.si.com he has a dead spot — no bigger than a dime — on his cerebellum. The cerebellum controls motor movement and co-ordination.

The Jaguars released Allen last week after his personal physician consulted with Jacksonville's medical staff before a scheduled physical.

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