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The Dodgers and Padres weren't about to pace themselves. The NL West rivals have 19 games scheduled against each other this season, and if the first three were any indication, that should be a treat. The Dodgers took two of three — and there was no shortage of entertainment in this pulsating series that featured star power and hostility. In the opener Friday night, the Dodgers prevailed 11-6 in 12 innings. Los Angeles led 5-3 in the eighth before the Padres tied it on a two-run double by Jurickson Profar. Both teams scored a run in the ninth. Then San Diego left the winning run on third in both the 10th and 11th before Los Angeles broke through. Saturday night's matchup pitted Clayton Kershaw against Yu Darvish, and the Dodgers won 2-0. At one point, Kershaw and Profar started yelling at each other over a disputed play involving catcher's interference, and Los Angeles didn't wrap up the win until Mookie Betts' diving catch in right-centre field for the final out — after the Padres put men on second and third. San Diego salvaged the final game Sunday, scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth to win 5-2. The teams meet again in a four-game set in Los Angeles starting Thursday night. AT THE BOTTOM On the other coast, the New York Yankees were swept in a three-game home series against Tampa Bay. The Yankees have the worst record in the American League at 5-10, and while there's no need for panic just yet, the home fans didn't seem to be enjoying themselves. Fans threw balls on the field in Friday night's game, causing a brief stoppage. New York manager Aaron Boone had a meeting with his players after that 8-2 loss, but the Yankees dropped the next two as well. They've lost five straight overall. TRIVIA TIME Sean Kazmar Jr. made his first big league appearance in about 12 1/2 years when he entered Saturday's game for the Atlanta Braves as a pinch-hitter. His previous major league game was Sept. 23, 2008, with San Diego. That was a different era for the Padres. Who led San Diego in home runs that year? HIGHLIGHT Ronald Acuña Jr. came within three steals of a 40-40 season in 2019, and the Atlanta outfielder is already showing off his speed this year. On Monday against Miami, he tagged up and scored from third on a popout to the second baseman. Ozzie Albies' popup in the third inning carried out into short centre field. When Jazz Chisholm Jr. made the catch, his momentum was taking him away from the infield, and that gave Acuña the chance to score relatively easily. Honourable mention: Cincinnati's Joey Votto caught a line drive, tagged a runner who had been on first and then threw to third to double off another runner for a triple play in Saturday's game against Cleveland. LINE OF THE WEEK Carlos Rodón threw the season's second no-hitter Wednesday night when the Chicago left-hander blanked Cleveland 8-0. Rodón came within two outs of a perfect game before hitting a batter in the ninth. The White Sox declined to offer Rodón a contract in December, but he eventually re-signed with them and has now brightened what has been a so-so start for Chicago. COMEBACK OF THE WEEK With one out in the top of the seventh Tuesday, Oakland trailed Arizona 5-1. The Athletics had just a 3.9% chance of winning, according to Baseball Savant. Then Oakland got hits from four of the next five hitters, including a three-run homer by Jed Lowrie that tied the game. Seth Brown led off the eighth with a homer to put the A's ahead, and they went on to win 7-5. TRIVIA ANSWER Adrian Gonzalez led the Padres with 36 homers in 2008. They finished last in the NL West. ___ Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtrister ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Noah Trister, The Associated Press
Like many young football players growing up in North Carolina, Chase Rice had his sights set on the NFL. After an outstanding sophomore season with the Tar Heels, that goal seemed realistic. Then the linebacker who tore up the ACC in 2006 tore up his left ankle in the season opener as a junior. Though he returned in 2007, Rice already knew pro football player was not going to be on his resume. Country music star would be. But when draft time approaches, Rice recalls those days on the field, and his hopes of reaching football's highest level. “I certainly felt headed in that direction,” Rice says. "My (2006) year I was the only player who didn’t come off the field, I could play inside and outside, and it was looking good. Then I only got a quarter and a half in my junior year, and that would have been my year and hopefully we were headed for the top of the ACC. “The next year the ankle was not the same, and I wasn’t the same player.” During the 2009 draft, five Tar Heels were selected, including wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to the Giants in the first round. Nicks won a Super Bowl for the 2011 season with New York. Tight end Richard Quinn and wideout Brandon Tate went in the second round; tackle Garrett Reynolds, one of Rice's closest friends today, was selected in Round 5, as was receiver Brooks Foster. “I was up there playing the calibre of football those guys were and that is why I can say I think I was up there to get drafted had I not been injured," Rice says. “Obviously, you've got to get in the games and show up and get your experience. I felt I was right up with those guys and certainly do believe I had the chance. It didn’t work out that way.” It worked out pretty well for Rice in another area of entertainment. His current hit is a pairing with Florida Georgia Line: “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen.” Rice also co-wrote the No. 1 song “Cruise” for that duo, which Florida Georgia Line also re-released as a remix featuring Nelly. On his own, Rice has had two top five hits and a double-platinum No. 1 in “Eyes On You.” Some of his songs reflect on his days as an athlete, particularly "Beats A Million Bucks" and “Carolina Can,” which has become something of an anthem for not only Tar Heels fans but the state itself. Rice sought out Scooter Carusoe, who had written several hit songs, for “Carolina Can.” “I knew of him living in Carolina, and 'Anything But Mine' (video) would pop up on TV,” Rice says of the Kenny Chesney megahit. “I dreamed of writing with Scooter. This was the first time I'd ever written that I wanted to write a song about going home, a place very special. He knows a lot about Chapel Hill and Asheville, and we started talking about my history with Carolina. But we didn’t really have a hook. As we're driving to lunch, he looks at me with this smile and just says: 'When I need someone to remind me who I am, Carolina Can.' “It was written in a second after that; we had a purpose of why we write. It's one of my favourites of all time ... I've seen boats named after that, and people scream it at the concert. I played the Azalea Festival in Wilmington and didn’t have to sing one word. I will play in Washington state and they are all singing it. Everybody can relate to it. Every place has their own story.” The story for all musical artists during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the same — trying to get their work out to fans while not being able to play live concerts. Along with headlining his own tours, Rice has opened for Garth Brooks and Chesney — at NFL venues. After performing at a gala for Super Bowl champion coach Bruce Arians' foundation celebrity golf classic on Sunday, Rice can't wait to get back on the road. “On a football field it is different because you are running out with your team,” Rice says. "My band and crew are my team, but always there's that moment I am by myself before I walk onstage. It is an awesome feeling, but it can also be lonely. When you're standing by yourself, it shows the definitive difference of running with a team and running out by yourself. And it is pretty intense. “I was telling one of my buddies in 2017 that it broke my heart I never got a chance to play in the NFL,” Rice recalls, “and he didn’t say anything and I was expecting a response. And then he goes, 'Didn’t you just tell me you played with Kenny Chesney at Lucas Oil Stadium? Is that not an NFL stadium? "That is a perspective right there; dreams in a weird way have absolutely come true.” ___ More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Barry Wilner, The Associated Press
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SANDY, Utah — Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos dedicated the team's season-opening victory to all the fans back in Vancouver who could not be in attendance. The Whitecaps kicked off the new Major League Soccer season and 2021 Cascadia Cup with a 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers. It was technically a home game for Vancouver, which scheduled its home games at Real Salt Lake’s Rio Tinto Stadium through at least the end of June. "I really want this win [for] the Vancouver fans and everybody that is home, not being able to be at a stadium, not being able to be with us," said Dos Santos. "When you play Portland and you win, you can only remember all the fans in Vancouver. "That one is for them." After Andy Rose nearly scored in the 48th minute for Vancouver, Cristián Gutiérrez sent the resulting corner to the far post and the unmarked Lucas Cavallini headed it home for the Whitecaps in the 49th. "As a striker, scoring goals always boosts your confidence," said Cavallini. "But not only that, just the extra shifts, putting in the work for the boys, the pressure, not making them attack our lines easily. The goal was extra but our effort today was outstanding." Diego Chara created the Timbers’ best scoring chance in the 89th minute with a pass from midfield that connected with Felipe Mora in the 18-yard box. But goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau deflected Mora’s shot over the crossbar to help preserve the win for Vancouver. "Max is a 'keeper with a lot of quality," said Dos Santos of the Quebec-born Crepeau. Portland goalkeeper Steve Clark left the game in the 78th minute due to an apparent injury. No additional information has been released. The Cascadia Cup is between the Timbers, Seattle Sounders, and Vancouver and is awarded each season to the best soccer team in the Pacific Northwest. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
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CALGARY — Brendan Bottcher beat Kevin Koe 6-2 in another big all-Alberta game on Sunday to book a spot in the men's final of the Humpty's Champions Cup, while Ottawa's Rachel Homan secured a berth in the women's championship. Bottcher also knocked off Koe in the same venue earlier this year to win the Canadian men's championship. Bottcher will face Bruce Mouat of Scotland in the final of the Grand Slam of Curling event on Monday. Mouat edged Brad Gushue of St. John's 5-4 in the other semifinal. Bottcher is the defending Champions Cup champion, having won the event the last time it was played in 2019. On the women's side, defending champ Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland will meet 2018 winner Homan in the final Monday. Homan exacted some revenge on Kerri Einarson of Gimli, Man., beating her 5-3 in the semis. Einarson topped Homan in the final of the Canadian women's championship earlier this season. Tirinzoni beat Tracy Fleury's Manitoba rink 7-4 in the other semi. The Champions Cup is the first of two Grand Slams and the fifth curling event held in a spectator-free, controlled environment to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Grand Slams featuring domestic and international teams offer a combined $560,000 in prize money. Einarson will represent Canada at both the women's world championship April 30 to May 9 in Calgary, and the world mixed doubles championship later that month in Aberdeen, Scotland with Gushue. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 18, 2021. The Canadian Press
The Braves launch four home runs in the 1st inning, plus Bryce Harper demolishes a towering long ball on this edition of FastCast