Neuvirth, making his 28th appearance of the season and first since March 25, appeared to be unconscious for a brief time, but began moving his arms and legs and sat up in his crease before being placed on a stretcher and carted off the ice.Neuvirth stopped six shots before the incident and did not appear to have any unusual contact in the crease prior to his collapse. The Flyers were leading 1-0 at the time.He was replaced in goal by Anthony Stolarz, who was called up from Lehigh Valley of the AHL earlier in the day when starting goalie Steve Mason was ill. Neuvirth was the goalie for the Capitals in that game. Flyers athletic trainer Jim McCrossin quickly ran onto the ice to attend to the 29-year-old and was joined by three other team doctors. Stolarz did not arrive at the Wells Fargo Center until just before the start and did not take warmups before the game.Neuvirth’s collapse was eerily similar to the one by former Atlanta Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec in a 2010 game against the Washington Capitals. Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth was awake and alert and being taken to Pennsylvania Hospital after collapsing in his crease early in Saturday night’s game against the New Jersey Devils, according to Flyers general manager Ron Hextall.Neuvirth was awaiting a faceoff at the far end of the ice about 7 1/2 minutes in when he fell backward and landed on his back.
He left for the last 5 minutes of the half, but Collins picked him up, finishing with 8 points at halftime.BIG PICTURESouth Carolina: The Gamecocks entered the tournament having last won a game in 1973. Collins also had six blocks. 2, 3 and 4 seeds in the East region.Gonzaga: The Bulldogs had made three Elite Eights without advancing to the Final Four.UP NEXTGonzaga meets the winner of the North Carolina-Oregon for the national championship on Monday night. He made the first and missed the second on purpose. The seventh-seeded Gamecocks scored 5 straight to get within 74-72 with just over 2 minutes left.PJ Dozier led the Gamecocks with 17 points and Thornwell, the leading scorer in the NCAA Tournament at 25.8 points per game, finished with 15 on 4-for-12 shooting after starting slow.Karnowski went down on the court in the first half after being hit in the face as he took a shot underneath the basket. Killian Tillie rebounded for Gonzaga, was fouled and made two free throws with 2.2 seconds left to cement the game.Williams-Goss, a second-team All-American, led the Bulldogs to a 14-point lead in the second half but it disappeared quickly as the Gamecocks (26-11) went on a 14-point run to grab a 67-65 lead with 7:06 to play.Collins and Karnowksi then accounted for the next 7 points, including a 3-pointer by Collins and a thundering dunk by Karnowski.Still, South Carolina wasn’t done. They had four wins to reach the Final Four, including victories over the Nos. Gonzaga (37-1) will face the winner between North Carolina and Oregon for the national championship on Monday night.Williams-Goss missed a shot with 12.7 seconds left and South Carolina rebounded and called a timeout trailing 75-72. South Carolina passed the ball around and Gonzaga fouled Sindarius Thornwell with 3.5 seconds left. Nigel Williams-Goss scored 23 points, Gonzaga’s big men combined for 27 and the Bulldogs used some last-second strategy for a 77-73 victory over South Carolina on Saturday in a matchup of first-time teams at the Final Four.The Bulldogs’ 7-footers, senior Przemek Karnowski and freshman Zach Collins, took care of things on both ends of the court as they combined for 18 rebounds.
On the bench, you can feel the atmosphere.”While the Leafs skated hard in the first period, the Wings had the better scoring chances and emerged with a 1-0 lead on a goal from Gustav Nyquist. That set up the wild finish, as James van Riemsdyk and Matthews, with his 38th of the season, scored within 77 seconds.“In the second half of the year, we started to not shoot ourselves in the foot as much, making the right play, making the high-percentage play,” Van Riemsdyk said. The Leafs, though, with goaltender Frederik Andersen stepping up again (he faced 42 shots in total), hung on for the win to leave their record in their last 12 games at 10-2-1.“That’s the thing we’re doing a lot better now, just creating offence when we’re up, not being scared and sitting back, letting them come to us,” said another of the rookies, Mitch Marner, who finished with a goal. “Back and forth, go Leafs go. You’re not chasing games as much. His 66 points are now tied with Peter Ihnacak (1982-83) for most points in one season by a rookie.“That would be awesome,” Matthews said of the prospect of hitting 40 goals, which would top Sidney Crosby’s rookie total by one, although he was quick to add it is not a priority. “You definitely learn from your mistakes.“I think we’ve come a long way from the first couple of months of the season. The Leafs took a 3-1 lead by 15:08 on goals from Marner and William Nylander, the second time this season all three star rookies scored in one game.But the Red Wings fought back to tie the score with Nick Jensen scoring late in the second and Niklas Kronwall providing the tying goal at 14:41 of the third period. “We’re taking it to them still. There’s always room for improvement, always things we can get better at. In the remarkable space of about three months, the Toronto Maple Leafs have morphed from the Panic Attack Kids to the Cardiac Kids.The third period of every game is still a wild adventure but now the baby Leafs, led by their remarkable crop of rookies, are skating out of the chaos with wins rather than blowing leads. “You play the right way and that kind of stuff takes care of itself.” Both teams have five games left in the regular season, but the Leafs officially sit in second place because they have one more regulation or overtime win than the Sens.The usual crowd of Leafs fans made the cross-border trek to The Joe, which will fall to the wrecker’s ball after the Wings move to their new arena next season, so there was a distinct postseason atmosphere for the game. “I think this is a good time of year for us to be playing well and for our whole team to be getting hot,” said the leading man in the Leafs’ rookie class, Auston Matthews, who scored twice and added an assist to tie a franchise record for points by a rookie in one season at 66. But the adventure wasn’t over, as the Wings pulled goaltender Jimmy Howard and stormed the Leafs end, with Mike Green scoring with 45 seconds left. Thanks to Saturday night’s heart-stopping 5-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings, in the Leafs’ final game at Joe Louis Arena, they landed in second place in the NHL’s Atlantic Division with a tenuous grasp on home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs. That’s what we’ve got to do more of.”By the end of the night, the Leafs were tied in points with the Ottawa Senators, who lost 4-2 to the Winnipeg Jets, at 91 points. We’ve got guys that have been coming through, delivering in the big moments in games.”None have been coming through more than Matthews, who ended a seven-game stretch without a point on March 18. Since then, he has seven goals and four assists in eight games. But Matthews tied the score early in the second with his first goal of the game on a power play. At this point of the season, when we can close out these games, that’s definitely a good sign.”What a ride it was until Matthews’s second goal of the game, with one minute 19 seconds left in the third period, seemingly put the game out of reach for the Red Wings. “When you’re not giving away those free goals, it makes a huge difference in the game. Duelling chants were the main feature from the crowd, with the Leafs fanatics adding a quick “Go Leafs Go!” to the end of every “Let’s Go Red Wings!” chant, making them sound as one.“It was crazy,” Marner said.
… Montreal C Torrey Mitchell didn’t play due to illness. The forward has four goals in 17 career games.I think we played better in the third period, and I think that was the game we should brought right away the first period,“ Gourde said.Danault put a back-hander past Vasilevskiy with 5:36 left in the second to open the scoring after Hedman lost the puck near the Lightning net. Pacioretty got his 200th assist with Montreal on Danault’s goal.A potential go-ahead goal by Montreal’s Jeff Petry with 3:38 left in the third was disallowed due to incidental conduct by Andreas Martinsen on Vasilevskiy. Andrew Shaw hit the crossbar earlier in the period.Vasilevskiy stopped Dwight King’s breakaway shot early in the first, and Brendan Gallagher’s in-close chance during a second-period power play.Montreal outshot the Lightning 17-6 during the second.Price had a nice save on Nikita Kucherov’s rebound try in the second, and turned aside Brayden Point’s breakaway shot later in the period.Kucherov, who has 38 goals and 80 points, returned after missing Thursday’s 5-3 win over Detroit with illness.NOTES: Tampa Bay C Steven Stamkos, out since right knee surgery in November, continues practicing and remains day to day. “There’s not much wiggle room left but not getting a point out of that game would have been devastating.”Tampa Bay has five games left, one more than the Bruins.Gourde got a goal in his third straight game, coming on a redirection of Victor Hedman’s shot tying it at 1 at 11:38 of the third. The Canadiens were locked in Saturday after securing a post-season berth with a 6-2 win Thursday over Florida.“You don’t know what to expect in that situation but it definitely was no letdown,” said Montreal’s Max Pacioretty, who had two assists. Tampa Bay dropped four points behind Boston for the second Eastern Conference wild-card.“I just look at it as a complete positive because we got a point out of a game that they were better than us,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. To come out tonight and kind of put that behind us, just worry about our own game, it’s pretty impressive.”Radulov scored from the right circle on the game-winner. 2, 2008.“I think we played a good game and deserved to win,” Radulov said.Yanni Gourde scored for the Lightning and Andrei Vasilevskiy had 34 saves. It was his first NHL overtime goal since Feb. Two days after clinching a playoff spot, the Montreal Canadiens virtually locked up a division title.Alexander Radulov scored 51 seconds into overtime to lift the Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.Phillip Danault also scored and Carey Price stopped 21 shots for the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens, who hold an eight point advantage over Toronto and Ottawa entering the final week of the regular season. “Responded well to an emotional night. … Lightning C Tyler Johnson sat out his 11th consecutive game with a lower-body injury.UP NEXTCanadiens: Play the second of three straight road games Monday night at Florida.Lightning: Complete a four-game homestand Sunday night against Dallas.
Ottawa is already without defencemen Marc Methot and Erik Karlsson.“We’re gonna have to recall somebody for sure,” said Boucher.Ottawa went into the game winning all six games the team had played at MTS Centre since the Jets return to Winnipeg for the 2011-12 season.The Senators led 1-0 after the first period and the game was knotted 2-2 following the second.A Jets turnover in their own end led to Hoffman’s 24th goal of the season at 16:15 of the first, a high shot over Hellebuyck’s blocker.The Senators took the 1-0 lead into intermission after a period in which both teams had eight shots on goal.Winnipeg tied the game early in the second, but it didn’t last long.An Ottawa turnover sent the puck to the corner of the net and Wheeler tapped in his 25th goal at 3:29, extending his point streak to five games with three goals and four assists.But 11 seconds later, Brassard was credited with his second goal after the puck went off the stick of Little into the net at 3:40.Twelve seconds after an Ottawa tripping penalty expired, Lowry notched his career-high 15th goal off a rebound at 10:43 to even it up 2-2.The Senators travel to Detroit for a game Monday. The Winnipeg Jets have their first four-game win streak of the season after a 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.Mathieu Perreault took a pass from Bryan Little at 7:46 of the third period and fired a shot past goalie Mike Condon, who had Jets forward Patrik Laine standing in front of him with the screen, to make it 3-2. Mike Hoffman scored twice for the Senators to give him 25 goals on the season.Hellebuyck made 29 saves for the Jets (37-35-7). Boucher said post-game that Ceci won’t dress Monday when the Senators face Detroit. Winnipeg starts a two-game road trip Tuesday in St. Condon had 24 stops for the Senators (41-27-9), who were playing the fourth game in a season-high, five-game road trip.Ottawa defenceman Cody Ceci left the game in second period with a lower-body injury and didn’t return. With Condon pulled for an extra attacker and just over a minute left, Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck whipped out his glove to snag a Kyle Turris blast, preserving the victory.Blake Wheeler, Adam Lowry and Nikolaj Ehlers, into an empty net, also scored for Winnipeg. Louis. Little picked up a pair of assists.It was Ottawa’s fourth straight loss (0-3-1) and leaves the club tied with the Maple Leafs for second in the Atlantic Division with 91 points. Both teams have five regular-season games remaining.
They need to win their quarter-final Tuesday, instead of getting a bye to the semifinals as they have for years.Canada lost 2-0 to the Americans to open the tournament Friday. We’re just really struggling right now.“This is a really resilient group. Maschmeyer allowed three goals on 11 shots, while Lacasse turned away 14-of-15 in relief.Canada had a power play in the final minute and pulled Lacasse for a sixth skater, but couldn’t produce another equalizer.Johnston pulled Canada even 36 seconds into the third period, scoring five-hole on Raty.Tapani re-directed a shot by Maschmeyer at 6:49 of the second to pull ahead 3-2. Marie-Philip Poulin, Blayre Turnbull and Rebecca Johnston replied for Canada.Lacasse replaced Maschmeyer after Finland’s third goal. We’re pretty neutral,” Raty said. Hakala deflected Tapani’s shot from the point upstairs on Maschmeyer at 18:42 of the first period.Canada tied it 17 seconds later when Poulin buried a rebound on an Erin Ambrose shot.The U.S. “We’re giving it our all right now and we’re not clicking. (2-0).The Canadians now face a longer route to Friday’s gold-medal game. Finland (1-1) takes on defending champion U.S. Those are two games where we just struggled to find the chemistry.”The Finns have been closing the gap on the Canadians the last two years, engaging them in all three zones, instead of putting all their efforts into defence and hoping for a lucky goal as once did.Finland went for an upset of Canada in last year’s semifinal in Kamloops, B.C., pulling their goalie for an extra attacker on three power-play chances in the third period before falling 5-3.A costly turnover by Canada in the first period and a soft goal by starter Emerance Maschmeyer in the second opened the door for Finland, who led 3-2 heading into the third.Susanna Tapani, Petra Nieminen and Sanni Hakala also scored for the Finns, with Raty making 35 saves for the win. “We’ve known it’s close, but it’s just been close. The Finns mobbed goaltender Noora Raty for a team hug after the game, but their celebration was curiously short-lived after an historic win.“The Finns are kind of never too high, never too low. I think we’re going to find a way to come back, but it doesn’t feel great right now. Her shot squeaked under the pad of Genevieve Lacasse as the Canadian goaltender slid toward her right post. We finally did it, so now we know we can do it.“We’re not just saying we can beat them because we actually beat them.”Canada (0-2) concludes the preliminary round in Pool A on Monday against Russia (1-1). Against the Finns, Canada again didn’t pay the physical price to get to the net enough.“I don’t even think we were thinking about the historical aspect of it,” forward Brianne Jenner said. Sweden edged Switzerland 2-1 in regulation putting both teams at 1-1. before at the 2008 world championship and also in a pre-Olympic tournament game in 2009.The Canadians had been tough to topple because of their strong team game, Raty said.“It’s huge for our confidence,” said the 13-year veteran of the Finnish team. Finland believed they could beat Canada in women’s hockey.They proved it Saturday with a 4-3 upset of the Canadians at the women’s world hockey championship.The closest Finland had come previously to victory was a 6-6 tie in an exhibition game in 1999.Ronja Savolainen scored the winner at 18:19 of the third period. blanked Russia 7-0 for their second shutout in as many days.Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Brianna Decker and Kendall Coyne each scored twice and Amanda Kessel also had a goal for the defending champions.Madeline Rooney stopped all 14 shots she faced, while Maria Sorokina turned away 27 shots for Russia.Promoted Germany won its second straight game Saturday, topping the Czech Republic 2-1 in Pool B. Canada’s Turnbull dropped to one knee and blasted the puck high over Raty at 4:21.Nieminen skated out from the boards and rifled a sharp-angled shot by Maschmeyer’s shoulder for a power-play goal at 1:01.The Finns struck first when Jenner turned the puck over in Canada’s zone. “We don’t show much emotions, whereas North Americans are really rowdy and loud and that’s their style.”Finland has beaten the U.S.
No surprise there, either.Meeks, the only Tar Heel who could shoot straight Saturday night, grabbed the game-saving offensive rebound in a 77-76 victory over Oregon after the ice-cold Tar Heels missed their fourth straight free throw down the stretch. And after Keith Smith’s layup pulled Oregon within one with 7 seconds left, it looked like it would come down to free throws.It did, and it wasn’t pretty.First, Meeks got fouled, stepped to the line and calmly bricked two. Justin Jackson was one of the few to break through. North Carolina missed the shots. All part of a career night for the North Carolina senior, who was on the bench last year when Villanova devastatingly ended the Tar Heels’ chance at a title with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.In this one, Meeks finished 11 for 13 for 25 points and 14 rebounds, none more important than the last one.The rest of his team: 14 for 55 from the floor. He had 22 points on 6-for-13 shooting.“If it wasn’t for Kennedy Meeks, we wouldn’t have been in the basketball game,” Carolina coach Roy Williams said.Dylan Ennis of Brampton, Ont., and Tyler Dorsey scored 21 and 18 points for the Ducks. Dillon Brooks of Mississauga, Ont., had a rough night for Oregon, making 2 of 11 shots and committing five turnovers before fouling out.In some ways, losing this one might have felt every bit as bad as the Villanova loss last year for this, a team on a mission with only one acceptable destination.Mostly on grit, rebounding and Meeks, North Carolina (33-6) led this game the entire second half and appeared poised, time after time, for a knockout of the never-say-die Ducks (32-7).Never happened. No surprise there.Kennedy Meeks saved the game. But Theo Pinson got inside and batted the ball back out to Joel Berry II, who got fouled with 4 seconds left.Berry missed both, too. But Meeks outmuscled Jordan Bell for that final rebound, threw it outside, and this ugly affair was over.“My main focus was, if Joel missed the second free throw, to hit the offensive glass hard,” Meeks said.
We battled back, battled with them all night, and found a way to win a hockey game,” McDavid said. “Ever since the calendar turned over to March, it has just seemed like everything is rolling in the right direction for us, from the goaltending to the defensive play and guys stepping up offensively. They’re fighting for their lives, too. His league-leading 92nd point extended his current point streak to 10 games.The Ducks pulled even on the power play early in the second when Getzlaf beat a screened Talbot with a blast from the point for his 15th goal.Anaheim defenceman Sami Vatanen left the game in the second with an upper-body injury and did not return.Ducks forward Ryan Kesler had a wide-open net to shoot for four minutes into the third, but rang it off the crossbar.Anaheim took a 2-1 lead nine minutes into the third on the power play, as the Oilers got caught running around and Antoine Vermette was left alone in front to dish it to Eaves at the side of the net for his 29th goal.Edmonton tied it back up with a power-play goal of its own with 1:58 remaining when Lucic scored from in tight on the rebound of a Draisaitl shot, whose assist also gave him a 10-game point streak.With his 40th win of the campaign, Talbot tied Grant Fuhr for the most wins by an Oilers goalie in a season.“Any time your name is anywhere near Grant Fuhr’s name, that’s pretty special,” he said.The Ducks are back at it on Sunday night as they travel to Calgary to face the Flames. The energy has been ramping up as we get closer to playoffs and that is important to us.”Ryan Getzlaf and Patrick Eaves replied for the Ducks (42-23-13), who have lost two in a row on the heels of a five-game winning streak.“We didn’t play 60 minutes of hockey tonight,” Getzlaf said. The crowd, too. Edmonton starts a three-game road trip in Los Angeles on Tuesday.Notes: Gibson, who has been sidelined with a lower-body injury, made his first start since March 10 It was Todd McLellan’s 700th game as an NHL head coach. Edmonton’s 44 wins are the most the team has had in a season since the Oilers won the Stanley Cup in 1987-1988.“It’s a good spot for us to be in with four games left,” Lucic said. But, we played a good hockey team. “It’s taken us a long time to figure out how to play against this team.”McDavid also scored and finished with two assists and Milan Lucic had the other goal for the Oilers (44-25-9), who have won five games in a row and nine of their last 10. Edmonton and Anaheim each have 97 points, with four games remaining for each club. We’ve got to be able to finish games like that.”Anaheim had the best early chance six minutes in, but Oilers goalie Cam Talbot made a huge glove save on a point-blank shot by Corey Perry.Edmonton finally broke the deadlock with 49 seconds left in the opening frame as Patrick Maroon’s nice individual effort set up McDavid’s 29th goal of the season, sending it past Ducks starter John Gibson. The Edmonton Oilers continue to look like a playoff-ready team.Leon Draisaitl scored in overtime as the Oilers vaulted into a tie for first place in the Pacific Division with Anaheim with a 3-2 victory over the Ducks on Saturday.The winner came 1:26 into overtime as Connor McDavid fed it to Draisiatl on a 2-one-1. “I thought that first period, we sat back a lot. The Oilers currently hold the tiebreaker.“A great win.
Once again, Toronto FC’s goal is in Alex Bono’s hands.The 23-year-old Bono, who made 16 appearances last season, will be Toronto FC’s No. Irwin briefly belonged to Atlanta after being taken in the December expansion draft but was traded back to Toronto several hours later.Toronto originally acquired the 28-year-old Charlotte native in a January 2016 trade with the Colorado Rapids. He returned to action Sept. He and Toronto’s other substitutes were just behind Irwin’s goal when the incident occurred.“It’s tough especially when the subs warming up we were right there and it was an awkward injury,” he said.The 28-year-old Irwin missed 14 games last season after suffering a quadricep strain on a routine goal kick in a loss to Orlando on June 25. 24 against Philadelphia.In all, Irwin started 19 regular-season games in 2016 while Bono started 15. The sixth overall pick in the 2015 SuperDraft was given the start over a healthy Irwin in Vancouver two weeks ago because coach Greg Vanney wanted to give Bono some minutes.That decision now seems prescient.“Obviously the last game against Vancouver helped a lot — just getting 90 minutes under my belt there,” Bono said after the game Friday. 1 for at least the next four to five weeks after starter Clint Irwin was diagnosed with a hamstring strain.Irwin went down clutching his leg in the 37th minute of Friday’s 0-0 tie with Sporting Kansas City when his left foot jammed in the wet BMO Field turf as he came out to make a save. “Coming in here felt natural, I knew exactly what I was sent out to do.”Bono has yet to give up a goal in 140 minutes this season.“Bones is big,” defender Drew Moor said of Bono. Toronto plays four times in April and six times in May, with four of those games in the first half of the month.Mark Pais (pronounced Pays), the Toronto FC 2 ‘keeper, is expected to serve as Bono’s backup.While Irwin’s talents and low-maintenance character are appreciated by the MLS club, Toronto has plenty of confidence in Bono, who is seen as a future No. “I feel for Clint … Irwin, who was able to walk off gingerly in giving way to Bono, underwent an MRI after the game. Nothing too serious, thankfully!” Irwin said via Twitter.The injury timeline of four to five weeks covers five to six league games but things get busy after that. (Bono) came up with the saves that we really needed him to (make) tonight.”Bono got a close-up view of the injury. Irwin, who was in goal for six playoff matches, finished the year with a 10-7-7 record and nine shutouts.Toronto rewarded Irwin with a new contract in February, giving him a two-year deal with an option that replaces the contract that paid him US$107,625 last season.Toronto (1-0-3) is back in action Saturday when it hosts expansion Atlanta United (2-1-1). 1. “Appreciate all the well wishes and support. You hate to see a goalie have to be subbed off but we have a lot of confidence in both our ‘keepers.
Canada’s Brad Gushue defeated Russia’s Alexey Stukalskiy 11-3 in round-robin play Sunday morning at the world men’s curling championship.The St. Gushue is a virtual lock to qualify at the end of the season thanks via ranking points. John’s, N.L., skip had hammer for the opening end and hit an open draw for a deuce. Russia got on the board with two points in the third but Gushue answered with a pair in the fourth for an 8-2 lead.Gushue scored three more points in the sixth end and the teams shook hands.Two more draws were scheduled for later Sunday at the Northlands Coliseum. John’s.Canada has won gold 35 times in the 58-year history of this event.Gushue is trying to become the first skip to win gold at the world junior championship (2001), Olympic Games (2006) and world men’s championship.A podium appearance would also give his team a berth in the Olympic Trials in December in Ottawa. Koe lost to Gushue in the Tim Hortons Brier final last month in St. Canada will play Sweden’s Niklas Edin in the late draw.Gushue and his team of vice-skip Mark Nichols, second Brett Gallant and lead Geoff Walker opened round-robin play Saturday with a 7-5 win over Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz.Round-robin play continues through Thursday and the medal games are set for next Sunday.Kevin Koe skipped Canada to a gold medal at last year’s world championship in Basel, Switzerland. The rout was on in the second end as Stukalskiy wrecked on a guard to give Canada a steal of four.
The Padres are responsible for all but $1-million of his $16.45-million salary.Toronto selected the contract of catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Triple-A and designated right-hander Mike Bolsinger for assignment. Osuna pitched a scoreless inning in Friday’s 1-1 exhibition tie with Pittsburgh. The Toronto Blue Jays finalized their opening day roster Sunday, placing closer Roberto Osuna on the 10-day disabled list with a sore neck and releasing outfielder Melvin Upton Jr.Right-hander Dominic Leone was recalled from Triple-A to take Osuna’s roster spot for Monday’s opener at Baltimore, while infielder Ryan Goins will also start the season with the Blue Jays. The right-hander, who had 36 saves in 42 chances last season, is eligible to return April 9.Upton was acquired from San Diego last July 26 and hit .196 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 57 games with the Blue Jays.
Roger Federer continued his recent mastery of Rafa Nadal when he beat his great rival 6-3 6-4 in the final of the Miami Open on Sunday.Federer, peerless this year after returning from a six-month injury absence, broke once in each set on the Crandon Park hardcourt for his fourth consecutive victory over the Spaniard. Nadal still leads their career head-to-head record at 23-14, due entirely to his superiority on clay, but Federer now leads 10-9 on hardcourt.Federer improved to 19-1 this year, winning the Australian Open in five sets over Nadal, and Paribas Open in straight sets over Stan Wawrinka.His only loss was at the hands of Russian Evgeny Donskoy in the second round in Dubai.