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Red Wings outlast Lightning for 1-0 victory in shootout

UNDATED (AP) — Sam Gagner scored to end an eight-round shootout and Thomas Greiss (grys) stopped 33 shots, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning were in control all afternoon, but it didn’t show up on the scoreboard in regulation or overtime. Both teams scored with their first two shooters before four in a row were denied in the shootout.

Greiss helped his rebuilding and banged-up team beat one of the best in the league. Tampa Bay’s Curtis McElhinney made 15 saves over three periods and overtime.

Elsewhere in the NHL:

— Craig Smith scored three goals to help the Boston Bruins complete their season-series dominance over the Buffalo Sabres with a 6-2 victory Saturday. With its ninth victory in 11 games, Boston slipped into third place in the NHL’s East division, a point ahead of the Islanders. Nick Ritchie added a goal and an assist, and Sean Kuraly (kah-RA’-lee) and Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhehr-ahn) also had a goal for Boston. Rookie goalie Jeremy Swayman made 17 saves in his eighth start, and David Krejci (KRAY’-chee) had three assists — all on Smith’s goals.


Canucks’ Virtanen on leave amid sexual misconduct inquiry

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks have placed right wing Jake Virtanen on leave following allegations of sexual misconduct hours before his team plays the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

The team said Saturday that it “does not accept sexual misconduct of any kind and the claims as reported are being treated very seriously.” The Canucks add there will be an independent investigation.

The NHL says it is aware of the unspecified allegations and will not comment until the investigation is complete.


Corbin ends 10-game skid, pitches Nationals past Marlins 7-2

UNDATED (AP) — Patrick Corbin ended his 10-game losing streak, pitching seven solid innings and leading the Washington Nationals over the Miami Marlins 7-2. Josh Bell hit a bases-loaded double and drove in four runs, Yan Gomes had a two-run homer and Josh Harrison had three hits as Washington won its third in a row.

Corbin, who opened the season on the COVID-19 injured list, began the afternoon with a 10.47 ERA in four starts. He limited the Marlins to two runs and four hits, striking out four and walking four. Corbin posted his first win since last August.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Andrew Benintendi hit two homers, Salvador Perez homered and drove in three runs, and the Kansas City Royals cruised to an 11-3 win over the Minnesota Twins. Danny Duffy continued his strong start to the season in helping the AL Central-leading Royals bounce back from Friday night’s 9-1 loss. He allowed one run and two hits in seven innings, striking out seven and exited with an 0.60 ERA. Alex Kiriloff homered for the second straight day for Minnesota and Nelson Cruz added his 425th career homer.

— Jameson Taillon earned his first win in exactly two years, Aaron Judge had three hits and three RBIs, and the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 6-4. Gleyber Torres also drove in three runs as the Yankees won for the sixth time in seven games and improved to 13-14. Taillon allowed one run, three hits and struck out eight over five innings. The Yankees had lost in each of his four previous starts.


Season of the Slump: Baseball keeps swinging and missing

UNDATED (AP) — Major league batters are hitting just .232 overall through April, down from .252 two years ago and under the record low of .237 set in the infamous 1968 season that resulted in a lower pitcher’s mound.

Strikeouts have averaged 9.06 per team per game, on pace to set a record for the 13th consecutive full season — up from 8.81 two years ago and nearly double the 4.77 in 1979. Strikeouts already are 1,092 ahead of hits, just three years after exceeding hits for the first time over a full season.

Hits are averaging a record-low 7.63 after fluctuating from 8 to 10 from 1937 through last year, excepting 1968′s dip to a then-alarming 7.91.

While it’s a bear market for batters, pitchers are on bull runs. Joe Musgrove of San Diego and Carlos Rodón of the Chicago White Sox became the second pair of pitchers in a half-century to throw April no-hitters, the first since Atlanta’s Kent Mercker and Minnesota’s Scott Erickson in 1994. Arizona’s Madison Bumgarner pitched another, but the shortened seven-inning gem in a doubleheader was not recognized by MLB.

In other baseball news:

— The Los Angeles Dodgers will offer fully vaccinated-only sections for each game during their upcoming nine-game homestand against the Mariners and Diamondbacks starting May 11. Seats will be located on the right field side in the loge and reserve levels, and to encourage area residents to get vaccinated the Dodgers are offering a 20% discount.


Ball returning to starting lineup after missing 21 games

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LaMelo Ball is ready to return to the Charlotte Hornets’ starting lineup following a 21-game absence. Hornets coach James Borrego said the NBA rookie of the year candidate will start in tonight’s home game against the Detroit Pistons.

Ball has not played since breaking his wrist on March 20 and undergoing surgery to repair the issue.

Guard Malik Monk will also return after missing 15 games with an ankle injury.


Packers CEO acknowledges meeting Rodgers to discuss concerns

UNDATED (AP) — Green Bay Packers CEO Mark Murphy says he is “very much aware” of quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ concerns with the organization and acknowledges team officials have flown out to meet with the reigning MVP on multiple occasions.

General manager Brian Gutekunst said Thursday night he has no plans to trade Rodgers and that he remained confident the three-time MVP would play for the Packers again.


Chiefs use modest number of draft picks to address big holes

UNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs made the most of their modest number of draft picks by filling the biggest holes remaining on their roster. With their first two picks, both in the second round, they grabbed Missouri linebacker Nick Bolton and Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey.

They added Florida State pass rusher Joshua Kaindoh in the fourth and Duke tight end Noah Gray and Clemson wide receiver Cornell Powell in the fifth.

They also used their first-round pick as part of a trade package with Baltimore earlier in the week that landed them two-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Orlando Brown.

Elsewhere in the draft:

— The Ravens took wide receiver Rashod Bateman with the 27th overall pick and Penn State defensive end Odafe Oweh at No. 31. Bateman should help Baltimore’s beleaguered passing attack.

— Four of the Falcons’ final six picks were defensive players — cornerbacks Darren Hall of San Diego State and Avery Williams of Boise State and defensive linemen Ta’Quon Graham of Texas and Ade Ogundeji of Notre Dame.


Palou on pole for IndyCar at Texas after qualifying canceled

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Alex Palou and Will Power will start on the front row for the IndyCar Series’ first oval race this season. The field for Saturday night’s race at Texas was set by owner points after qualifying was canceled.

Overnight rain and morning mist delayed practice because of a damp track. The start of Saturday’s 318-mile race was moved up a half hour because rain chances are forecast to increase later in the evening. A 372-mile race is set for Sunday.


Bottas takes pole for Portuguese GP, denies Hamilton 100th

PORTIMAO, Portugal (AP) — Valtteri Bottas has grabbed the pole position for the Portuguese Grand Prix, denying Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton a record-extending 100th Formula One pole.

Bottas clinched the 17th of his career and a much-needed one after he crashed in the last race and scored no points. He was .007 seconds ahead of Hamilton and .34 ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.


China’s Lin Xiyu has 1-stroke 54-hole lead at LPGA Singapore

SINGAPORE (AP) — China’s Lin Xiyu has a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the LPGA Tour’s HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore. Lin tapped in on the 18th hole, her fourth birdie of the back nine, for a 5-under 67 and a 54-hole total of 14-under 202.

Hannah Green shot her second consecutive 66 to move into a share of second place with world No. 2-ranked Inbee Park. Park shot 70 with a birdie on the 18th after a double-bogey 7 on the 16th cost her the lead. Park led by one stroke after the first round and was tied for the lead after two.


Pine Valley to allow female members by end of the year

PINE VALLEY, N.J. (AP) — More than 100 years after Pine Valley Golf Club opened in southwestern New Jersey, the private club long considered among the best in the world has decided to allow women to join.

Club president Jim Davis wrote to members on Friday that trustees and members of the club had voted unanimously “to remove all gender-specific language from our bylaws.”

Pine Valley, designed by Philadelphia hotelier George Crump, is located about 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia and long has been rated, with a few exceptions, the No. 1 course in America.

Women previously could play only as guests on Sunday afternoon. There was a time when women were not even allowed on the property.