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3 Yavapai Soccer Club teams take 1st place at Cup tourney

Local Sports in Brief

Three teams for the Yavapai Soccer Club took first place at the annual Yavapai Cup Tournament April 7 and 8 in Prescott. The 2002 boys, coached by Robert Gittins, took first place in the gold bracket.

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Johnson: Hiking the urban, wildland interface on the Iron King Trail

Column: Hiking Arizona

Two hikers expressed concern, maybe alarm, over the apparent demise of their beloved Iron King Trail. When a new housing development gets plopped down in the middle of a trail you frequently utilize, such concern is understandable. So, one damp day I decided to check it out.

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Belt homers as Giants beat D-backs 4-3

MLB

PHOENIX — Brandon Belt's 100th career homer was one timely shot for San Francisco.

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Roundup: James leads Cavaliers past Pacers; Jazz top OKC Thunder

NBA: Playoffs

CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 46 points and added 12 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from a poor performance in the opener by holding off the Indiana Pacers 100-97 on Wednesday night to even their Eastern Conference series at one game apiece.

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Roundup: Crosby helps Penguins beat Flyers 5-0 for 3-1 series lead

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs

PHILADELPHIA — Sidney Crosby scored his fifth goal of the series and became the Pittsburgh Penguins’ career postseason points leader in a 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

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Diamondbacks’ Walker out for season with UCL tear

Sports in Brief

PHOENIX — Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker is headed for season-ending surgery to repair a partial elbow ligament tear.

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Chino Valley tops Kingman for 5th straight win

Prep Baseball

CHINO VALLEY — At this stage of the season, seeding into the 3A state tournament becomes a priority for teams such as Chino Valley’s baseball squad, which would, at the least, prefer to host a state play-in tournament game on Friday, April 27.

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Cougars’ golf posts win over Bagdad, Camp Verde in Prescott

Prep Golf

PRESCOTT — Chino Valley’s golf team defeated friendly rivals Bagdad and Camp Verde in a home meet Tuesday afternoon at Antelope Hills Golf Course, delighting Cougars coach Jerry Behm.

Kobritz: Baseball brawls will continue until the end of time

Column: Beyond the Lines

Two weeks into the 2018 baseball season and two trends have dominated the headlines. The first one concerns hit batsmen. Batters are being hit (HBP) at a historically high rate, a total of 149 batters or 0.42 per game.

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Swofford expects ‘substantive’ findings from Rice commission

College Basketball

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford says he expects “substantive” recommendations from the committee seeking ways to reform college basketball amid a federal investigation of corruption in the sport.

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Belt’s checked swing ruins Corbin’s no-no, D-backs 1-hit Giants

MLB

PHOENIX — Patrick Corbin had hitters chasing sliders in the dirt and made up a 65 mph pitch on the fly. Arizona’s defense had a pair of spectacular plays behind him, the kind that end up in the highlight reel when history is made.

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Roundup: Brown helps Celtics to 2-0 lead in series over Bucks

NBA: Playoffs

BOSTON — Jaylen Brown had a playoff career-high 30 points and the Boston Celtics pulled away into second half to earn a 120-106 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

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Roundup: Eller, Capitals beat Blue Jackets in 2OT to tighten series

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lars Eller scored 9 minutes into the second overtime and the Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in Game 3 on Tuesday night to tighten up the their first-round playoff series.

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Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald still highly motivated entering his 15th season

NFL

TEMPE — As the Arizona Cardinals gathered at midfield near the start of their first minicamp of the year, Larry Fitzgerald stood with his arm around the shoulder of team President Michael Bidwill. After all, they’ve been together quite a while.

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Coyotes’ Panik arrested on trespassing charge at bar

NHL

SCOTTSDALE — Authorities say Arizona Coyotes forward Richard Panik has been arrested for trespassing for refusing to leave the entrance of a bar.

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Jones brilliant again, but Badgers fall to No. 9 Mingus 1-0

Prep Baseball

PRESCOTT — Kody Jones followed up his one-hit shutout victory from a week ago with another gem, pitching a complete game and allowing only one run in a tough 1-0 loss to first-place Mingus on Monday afternoon.

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Gameday Glance: Central Arizona College at Yavapai College

Junior College Baseball

Roughrider baseball gameday glance for Tuesday, April 17.

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Gameday Glance: Chandler Gilbert CC at Yavapai College

Junior College Softball

Roughrider softball gameday glance for Tuesday, April 17.

Howard: What’s it take to play the clay court season?

Column: My Point

It’s begun — clay court season, at least for the men’s ATP and WTA tennis tours. From April 9 to the end of the French Open, June 4th, the top men and women players in the world of tennis will be making their debut on the red sliding clay events throughout Southern USA, Morocco, Monaco, Spain, Hungary, Portugal, Italy, many other countries and ending with the French Open.

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Roundup: Heat snap 76ers 17-game winning streak, even up series

NBA: Playoffs

PHILADELPHIA — Dwyane Wade turned in a vintage performance, scoring 28 points to end the 76ers’ 17-game winning streak and lead the Miami Heat to a 113-103 Game 2 win over Philadelphia on Monday night and even the first-round playoff series.

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Roundup: Matthews, Marleau help Maple Leafs beat Bruins in Game 3

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs

TORONTO — Auston Matthews got the go-ahead goal in the second period, Patrick Marleau scored twice, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Monday night in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

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Roundup: Didi hits 2 HRs, Stanton hitless vs Marlins, Yanks romp 12-1

MLB

NEW YORK — Didi Gregorius homered twice for the second time this season, Gary Sanchez had three hits and three RBIs, and the New York Yankees romped to a 12-1 victory over Derek Jeter’s Miami Marlins on Monday night.

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Former ASU runner Linden wins Boston Marathon, 1st US woman since ‘85

Running

BOSTON — After slogging through just a few miles of icy rain and a near-gale headwind that made her feel like she was running in place, Desiree Linden decided she’d seen enough of the Boston Marathon for another year.

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Preview: Spurs, Heat looking for bounce-back efforts in Game 2

NBA: Playoffs

Gregg Popovich and Erik Spoelstra have copious amounts of championship jewelry in their possessions, and their teams committing to the level of defense necessary to win in the postseason is a major reason why that's the case.

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Jordan Rainwater wins junior dragster event in Tucson

Local Sports in Brief

Jordan “Horsepower” Rainwater of Chino Valley recently competed at a junior dragster event in Tucson and took first place in her age group April 8 at Tucson Dragway.

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