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Thursday's Scoreboard

Thursday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Thursday's Games

NHL Playoffs

Anaheim 2 Chicago 1

(Anaheim leads series 2-1)

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AHL Playoffs

Manchester 3 Hartford 2

(Manchester leads series 1-0)

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NBA Playoffs

Golden State 99 Houston 98

(Golden State leads 2-0)

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MLB

American League

Toronto 8 L.A. Angels 4

Baltimore 5 Seattle 4

Detroit 6 Houston 5 (11 innings)

Tampa Bay 3 Oakland 0

Texas 3 Boston 1

Cleveland 5 Chicago White Sox 2

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National League

Arizona 7 Miami 6

Blue Jays dump Angels 8-4 to salvage split

Encarnacion homers and Dickey goes the distance as Blue Jays dump Angels 8-4
Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey made some adjustments to his delivery Thursday night and it paid off with his first complete game of the season.

The veteran knuckleballer said he slowed the tempo down and it helped give the pitch some late movement. It left the Los Angeles Angels largely befuddled in Toronto's 8-4 victory at Rogers Centre.

NHL salary cap will climb to $71 million next season

Commissioner fields questions about salary cap, concussions in impromptu session
The Associated Press

CHICAGO - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman expects the salary cap for the 2015-16 season to settle in around $71 million, depending on the fluctuations of the Canadian dollar.

Appearing between the first and second periods of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night between the Anaheim Ducks and hometown Blackhawks, the commissioner said he expects it to climb five per cent from this year's cap figure of $69 million.

Jeff Gordon to join Fox as full-time analyst in 2016

Retiring Jeff Gordon to join Fox's 3-man booth as NASCAR analyst in 2016
Jenna Fryer, The Associated Press

Jeff Gordon will join Fox as a full-time analyst in 2016, teaming with Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip in the three-man booth.

Gordon is retiring at the end of this season and signed a multi-year contract with Fox. The four-time NASCAR champion is in 23rd full-time year in the Sprint Cup Series.

Sharper set to plead in federal rape case May 29

Former NFL star Sharper set to plead in federal rape case May 29
The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - Former NFL star Darren Sharper, who already has pleaded guilty or no-contest to sexual assault charges in three states, is set to enter a new plea in a federal case on May 29 in New Orleans.

Sharper has entered a not-guilty plea to federal charges that he drugged women with the intent to rape them. But he has long been expected to plead guilty as part of a multi-jurisdiction deal announced in March. On Thursday a change-of-plea hearing was set for May 29 before U.S. District Judge Jane Triche (trish) Milazzo (mih-LAH'-zoh).

Hernandez sports tattoo at latest court hearing

Ex-NFL star Hernandez sports new tattoo at hearing in witness intimidation case
Denise Lavoie, The Associated Press

BOSTON - Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, sporting a new neck tattoo while making his first court appearance since being sentenced to life in prison for murder, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a charge he tried to silence a witness in a separate double murder case by shooting him in the face.

The tattoo, on the right side of his neck, includes the word "Lifetime" above a star. The bottom portion of the tattoo was obscured by his shirt collar.

Judge: Convicted killer Aaron Hernandez can't sell Hummer

Judge: Former NFL star, convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez cannot sell Hummer, keep proceeds
The Associated Press

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - A judge has extended a restraining order barring former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who was recently convicted of murder, from selling his 2005 Hummer and keeping the money.

Bristol County Superior Court Judge Richard Moses advised attorneys for both sides Thursday to agree within 60 days on the sale of the vehicle and place the proceeds with the court.

Hernandez was convicted last month of the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd.

Canadian sevens captain suffers rib injury

Canadian rugby sevens captain John Moonlight suffers rib injury in London
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Canadian captain John Moonlight, one of the best rugby sevens players on the world circuit, injured his rib on the weekend at the London Sevens.

Moonlight was hurt in the Cup quarter-final loss to the United States, exiting at halftime with what Canadian coach Liam Middleton called a "significant rib injury."

"He was in a bad way," Middleton said in an email.

Moonlight did not play in Canada's final game against New Zealand.

Next year's dog sled race could less prize money

Members say debt for Yukon Quest could reduce purse for winner in 2016
Marcel Vander Wier, Whitehorse Star, The Canadian Press

WHITEHORSE - The winning musher at next year's Yukon Quest sled dog race could take home less prize money because the event is more than $51,000 in debt, an annual general meeting has heard.

A draft budget for next year's race means the purse may drop to $100,000, from $127,000.

Despite the projected reduction, the 2016 race is expected to run a deficit of at least $14,000, board members heard Wednesday.

Aaron Hernandez sports neck tattoo at latest court hearing

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez sports new neck tattoo at hearing in witness intimidation case
Denise Lavoie, The Associated Press

BOSTON - Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, sporting a new neck tattoo while making his first court appearance since being sentenced to life in prison for murder, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a charge he tried to silence a witness in a separate double murder case by shooting him in the face.

The tattoo, on the right side of his neck, includes the word "Lifetime" above a star. The bottom portion of the tattoo was obscured by his shirt collar.

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