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DeRozan scores 42 as NBA's Raptors bring down Rockets

Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan during a game at American Airlines Center on February 24, 2015DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 42 points and matched a career best with 11 rebounds as Toronto beat Houston 99-96 in a battle of NBA division leaders. DeRozan, who netted 12 points in the fourth quarter on Monday, was 14-of-27 from the court and 12-of-17 from the free throw line to power the Raptors to their eighth home win in a row over the Rockets. Atlantic division leader Toronto improved to 44-30, one game behind Chicago for the third-best record in the Eastern Conference.


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last updated: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:01:02 GMT2015-03-30T23:01:02Z

A-League tactics: Moneyball Mariners show promise of rebuilding | Richard Parkin

Central Coast may have failed to win away from home for the 10th time this season, but under Tony Walmsley are showing great improvements

In a league with 10 teams and a salary cap, you can’t afford to have three whipping boys. With the Newcastle Jets a roiling saga and Tony Popovic’s Wanderers succumbing to fatigue, post-Asia blues and the loss of Shinji Ono, Youssouf Hersi and Jerome Polenz, the competition needs the Mariners to not flounder.

Away to aspiring premiers Melbourne Victory though, Central Coast played like a side in finals contention and were hugely unfortunate not to garner a result.

Related: Melbourne Victory come from behind to beat Central Coast Mariners

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last updated: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:04:27 GMT

Father Stays on Sideline as Georgia State’s R.J. Hunter Enters the N.B.A. Draft
After a brief run at the N.C.A.A. tournament, Hunter will skip his final season at Georgia State, where his father is the coach.






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last updated: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:50:10 EDT

Tiger Woods drops out of golf's top 100
For the first time in his illustrious career, Tiger Woods is no longer considered one of the world's top 100 golfers.

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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: Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:13:00 GMT

Drug shock will ‘galvanise’ Pies
UPDATE: COLLINGWOOD coach Nathan Buckley says news of positive drugs tests by two players will “galvanise” the team for Round 1.

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last updated: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:44:39 PDT

Heat's Bosh out for season with blood clots
Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh will miss at least the remainder of the season after developing blood clots on one of his lungs, the team announced Saturday.

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Raptors' DeMar DeRozan tallies career-high 42 points in victory - CBSSports.com


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Raptors' DeMar DeRozan tallies career-high 42 points in victory
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Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan notched a career-high 42 points and tied a career-best with 11 rebounds in the Raptors' 99-96 victory over the Rockets on Monday. DeRozan shot 14 of 27 from the field and was 12 of 17 from the free throw line. The game was ...
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News and notes: Locke over Worley?
After Monday’s game, Clint Hurdle announced that Jeff Locke will open the season in the rotation, pushing Vance Worley to the bullpen. This is a pretty big surprise, and honestly, I don’t really understand it. It’s hard to make an argument that Locke has outpitched Worley in any capacity. The numbers from last year aren’t […]

After Monday’s game, Clint Hurdle announced that Jeff Locke will open the season in the rotation, pushing Vance Worley to the bullpen. This is a pretty big surprise, and honestly, I don’t really understand it. It’s hard to make an argument that Locke has outpitched Worley in any capacity. The numbers from last year aren’t close. Neither has been very good this spring, but Locke has been worse. To boot, Worley is being paid more, has more major league experience, and has only made eight career appearances out of the bullpen. Worley is probably one of the best pitchers in baseball (with starting experience) that won’t be opening the year in an MLB rotation.

Both are out of options, so in order to keep both around, the Pirates had to put one in the bullpen. You could rationalize this by saying the Pirates might be more comfortable with Worley out of the pen rather than Locke (who also barely has any bullpen experience, and would be the pen’s third lefty). I don’t really buy that, though – the loser of this battle seemed destined to be the “mop-up” man – the guy that will come out the bullpen in semi-rare situations when 4-5 innings or so are needed. Those are typically low leverage innings, so it would be silly to prioritize those over the far more significant role of a starter. Maybe they have different plans for Worley, but you’d think they’d want to keep him stretched out to be the next man up for when a starter goes down.

This probably isn’t that big of a deal – while I think there’s a decent difference between Locke and Worley, it probably isn’t a huge difference, and the decision can easily be flipped if Locke pitches poorly. Locke has also surprised us with his best work when we seem to least expect it (and his best work has come early in the last few seasons, before fading late). And the Pirates, who are actually watching and talking to these guys every day, know a whole lot more about the situation than you or I do, and they’ve been right about this stuff more often than not lately. Hopefully that’s the case again, but for now I’m a little confused.

The rotation to open the year will look like this:

  • At Reds: Liriano, Cole, Burnett
  • At Brewers: Locke, Morton, Liriano
  • …then presumably Cole, Burnett, and Locke for the first home series (vs Tigers)

Monday’s game at McKechnie was the final home contest of the spring. The Pirates set an attendance record and finished the home slate with a 18-4 thrashing of the Phillies. Pedro Alvarez homered twice, including a grand slam, and Josh Harrison, Pedro Florimon, Tony Sanchez, and Starling Marte also went deep. The bats seem to have picked up lately after a slow start to the spring, which is of course irrelevant but will probably ease the minds of some fans a bit. The game also featured bench clearings and ejections, all for seemingly no good reason (a quick pitch?). The Bucs see the Phils again for the (apparently annual now) two game series in Philly on Friday and Saturday.

I’ll have more on this later, but I’ve been working on putting together a fan guide for PNC Park. It’s not complete yet, but you can read what I have so far: sections on getting tickets, choosing where to sit, and getting to the park. Feel free to send me any feedback or tips you have!

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