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NBA playoffs looking more wide-open than expected

San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili, of Argentina; Tony Parker, of France; Danny Green; and Marco Belinelli, of Italy, from left, take part in a team photo before an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)MIAMI (AP) — Before the season started, a poll suggested that the Miami Heat were the overwhelming favorite to win the NBA title, collecting a whopping 76 percent of ballots cast.


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Peter Moores to be unveiled as England cricket coach on Saturday
Lancashire head coach returns to job he lost in 2009
Paul Farbrace set to be named Moores's assistant
Mike Selvey on why Moores is the right choice

Peter Moores will be named England's head coach at Lord's on Saturday morning, five years and three months since his dream job was wrenched away from him after a partially successful coup by Kevin Pietersen.

Moores was originally appointed the last time England were reeling from a 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia, in early 2007, but did not have the chance to experience an Ashes series himself, with Andy Flower, who had been his batting coach, stepping up to succeed him in 2009 for the first of three consecutive series wins.

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last updated: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:18:44 GMT

Wild Card Is Westbrook’s Knee as Thunder Begin Playoffs
Title hopes in Oklahoma City hinge on Kevin Durant and the health of Russell Westbrook’s right knee, which was injured in a strange play a year ago and required three surgeries.






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last updated: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:36:09 EDT

Red Bull appeal rejected
Red Bull's appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification at last month's Australian Grand Prix has been rejected by the International Automobile Federation (FIA).

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Fox Sports Top Stories RSS feed merging with Breaking News
The Fox Sports Top Stories RSS feed is merging with Breaking News. Please use http://feeds.news.com.au/public/rss/2.0/fs_breaking_news_13.xml instead.

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last updated: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:00:00 GMT

Boxer has Father Time on ropes
BERNARD Hopkins, boxing’s oldest world champion at age 49, isn’t getting knocked out by Father Time just yet.

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last updated: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:39:51 PDT

Bubba wins second Masters in three years
Bubba Watson won the Masters for the second time in three years on Sunday, beating Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt by three shots.

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Pirates 11, Brewers 2
Wonderful start to a key homestand! Edinson Volquez pitched seven very strong innings. Through three starts each (four for Liriano), he’s easily been the Bucs’ best starter — he’s got a 1.71 ERA. Raise your hand if you saw that coming. It’s still very early, obviously, but Volquez’s resurgence looks legit so far. He is […]

Wonderful start to a key homestand!

Edinson Volquez pitched seven very strong innings. Through three starts each (four for Liriano), he’s easily been the Bucs’ best starter — he’s got a 1.71 ERA. Raise your hand if you saw that coming.

It’s still very early, obviously, but Volquez’s resurgence looks legit so far. He is keeping the ball down for the most part, his breaking ball is very sharp, and he is throwing lots of strikes – he had just one walk tonight and only four in three starts.

Volquez himself said in an interview after he came out when asked about Ray Searage: “He’s the man.”

The Pirates – once again – used the long ball to get the offense going. Andrew McCutchen hit his first of the year in the first inning for two quick runs, but the bats stalled after that. The at bats were good enough to get Yovani Gallardo over 100 pitches and out of the game after 6, though, and then the Pirates were able to tee off on the suspect back of the Brewer bullpen.

This is one of the reasons Milwaukee’s hot start may have been somewhat deceiving. They have a few good relievers, but as I’ve said, they aren’t deep at all. The key play of the game was Josh Harrison‘s tiebreaking two run homer (his first hit of the year) in the seventh off Rob Wooten — it came after Hurdle ordered up a bunt, JHay didn’t get it down, and he ended up swinging with two strikes. Lesson: don’t bunt.

The Pirates then went nuts off Brewers Rule 5 pick Wei-Chung Wang in the 8th. I talked about Wang last week – he had pitched just one inning on the year, and the Brewers are trying to hide him and only use him in “white flag’ situations. Wang is an interesting prospect but is 21 and hasn’t pitched above the Gulf Coast League, and the Brewers need to keep him in the majors all year to retain him. That inexperience was very evident as he was shelled for six runs, including homers by Gaby Sanchez and Pedro Alvarez (opposite field off a lefty — he also had a nice oppo single and two walks on the night). I don’t see this working out for the Brewers.

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