Yankees starter contender Bryan Mitchell feeling pressure, struggles | Rapid reaction

Mitchell had a bad outing Sunday in the Yankees’ 7-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. TAMPA — The pressure of fighting for one of those two open spots in the Yankees’ starting rotation got the better of Bryan Mitchell on Sunday. The right-hander had a pretty decent spring training going until his latest start, a three-run, three-plus-inning outing in the Yankees’ 7-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Yankees: Who’s hot, who’s cold Mitchell gave up six hits, walked three and struck out three on a day in which his Grapefruit League ERA shot up from 3.86 to 4.57. “I think the results sting a little right now,” Mitchell… Read More

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Danny Blind fired as coach of Dutch soccer team

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch football association fired national coach Danny Blind on Sunday, a day after his team’s humiliating 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier in Sofia. KNVB director Jean Paul Decossaux said in a statement that Blind was removed because of poor results under his leadership. Blind said he believed the team was on the right path and that the Bulgaria defeat was “an incident.” “It’s a shame it ends here,” he added. The KNVB said it will now start the search for a permanent replacement. Blind’s assistant, Fred Grim, will temporarily replace him when the Netherlands plays Italy in a friendly on Tuesday… Read More

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New Jersey Devils vs. Dallas Stars: LIVE score updates and chat (3/26/17)

When: 5 p.m. Eastern, Sunday, March 26, 2017 Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey TV: MSG+ Live stream: Keith Kinkaid, Taylor Hall, John Quenneville and the New Jersey Devils will aim to snap a two-game losing streak when they host Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and the Dallas Stars at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, at the Prudential Center. The Devils won the first meeting between the teams this season, with Adam Henrique scoring the overtime winner in a 2-1 game in Dallas. Watch video NEWARK — Keith Kinkaid, Taylor Hall, John Quenneville and the New Jersey Devils will aim to snap a two-game losing streak when they host Tyler… Read More

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Lopez has 23 points as Nets top slumping Hawks

ATLANTA — Brook Lopez scored 23 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat Atlanta 107-92 on Sunday, handing the short-handed Hawks their seventh straight loss. Lopez became the Nets’ career leader in field goals, passing Buck Williams, made when he sank a 10-foot jumper with less than five minutes remaining. Jeremy Lin had 19 points for the Nets (16-57), who have won three of four and are 7-8 in March to improve their league-worst record. The Hawks began the day tied with Milwaukee for fifth in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta continued to struggle without All-Star Paul Millsap, who missed his fifth straight game with left knee tightness. The Hawks also were… Read More

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Athanasiou scores in OT as Red Wings beat reeling Wild

DETROIT — Andreas Athanasiou scored 1:52 into overtime and lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win Sunday over the reeling Minnesota Wild. Jimmy Howard made the game-winning goal possible by making one of his 24 saves. Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist got the rebound and made a long pass to set up Athanasiou, who faked out Devan Dubnyk with a move before flipping the puck in the net. The Wild have lost eight of nine and are 3-10-1 in March. They still clinched a playoff spot late Saturday night when the Los Angeles Kings lost to the New York Rangers. The Wild extended their post-season streak to five… Read More

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Walker scores 31, Hornets beat struggling Suns

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker had 31 points and nine assists, and the Charlotte Hornets handed the Phoenix Suns their eighth straight loss with a 120-106 victory on Sunday. Devin Booker, who became the sixth player in NBA history to score 70 points in a loss Saturday night to the Boston Celtics, got off to a slow start but finished with 23 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the field. TJ Warren had 21 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Marvin Williams added 21 points and Nic Batum chipped in with 18 points and 10 assists for the Hornets, who have won four of their last… Read More

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