Kershaw starts strong for Dodgers
UNDATED (AP) — It only seemed fitting that Clayton Kershaw tossed a gem on opening day at Dodgers Stadium after Sandy Koufax threw the ceremonial first pitch to fellow Cy Young Award winner Orel Hershiser.
A one-time Cy Young winner himself, Kershaw hit his first career home run to break a scoreless tie in the eighth inning, then finished off a four-hitter in a 4-0 win over San Francisco. Kershaw became the first pitcher to throw a shutout and hit a home run in an opener since Bob Lemon for Cleveland in 1953, STATS said.
Kershaw struck out seven, walked none and retired World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval on a grounder to end it.
The career .146 hitter sent the first pitch from George Kontos over the center-field wall, triggering a standing ovation and prolonged roar from the sellout crowd of 53,000.
In other opening day action in the majors;
— Justin Verlander won on opening day for the first time in six tries, pitching five shutout innings at frosty Target Field as the Tigers topped the Twins 4-2. The game time temperature was 35 degrees with 17 mph winds.
— Bryce Harper hit a pair of home runs to back the seven-inning, three-hit pitching of Stephen Strasburg as Washington opened with a 2-0 win over Miami.
— Ian Kennedy struck out eight while allowing two runs and five hits in seven innings of Arizona's 6-2 win over St. Louis. Rookie A.J. Pollock was 3 for 4, including a two-run double
— Chris Sale allowed just seven hits and struck out seven while walking one in 7 2/3 innings to pitch the White Sox past Kansas City and James Shields 1-0. Tyler Flowers homered.
— Seattle earned a 2-0 win at Oakland as Felix Hernandez struck out seven over 7 2/3 innings.
— Jeff Samardzija (sah-MAR'-juh) struck out nine in eight nearly flawless innings to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 3-1 season-opening victory over Pittsburgh. The right-hander allowed just two hits and walked one, while Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer.
— Freddie Freeman hit one of three Atlanta home runs and drove in three runs as the Braves topped Philadelphia 7-5.
— Collin Cowgill hit a grand slam to cap a productive opening day for the Mets in an 11-2 win over San Diego. Starter Jonathan Niese (nees) pitched into the seventh inning for the win and added two hits and a walk at the plate.
— Off-season acquisition Shane Victorino drove in three runs to pace Boston to an 8-2 win over the Yankees. The victory marked a successful debut by John Farrell as Red Sox manager.
—Jonathan Lucroy hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-4 victory over Colorado, ruining the first game for new Rockies manager Walt Weiss.
— Chris Iannetta singled with the bases loaded in the 13th inning to provide the Angles with a 3-1 win over Cincinnati. Iannetta also homered.
Andrus strikes it big
UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says two-time All-Star shortstop Elvis Andrus has reached an agreement on a $120 million, eight-year extension with the Texas Rangers.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal won't be finalized until after a physical. That likely won't happen until Thursday, the day before the team's home opener.
Ludwick injures shoulder
CINCINNATI (AP) — Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick dislocated his right shoulder while sliding into base in the third inning of their season opener against the Los Angeles Angels. His right arm caught in the dirt on a headfirst slide.
Ludwick was safe, but immediately grabbed the side of his shoulder. He left the game for an examination. He'll have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the shoulder injury.
Cubs place second baseman on DL
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have placed second baseman Darwin Barney on the 15-day disabled list because of a laceration on his left knee. He injured the knee while trying to track down a pop-up during Saturday's exhibition against Houston. The 27-year-old hit .239 in spring training after hitting .254 with seven home runs and 44 RBIs in 156 games for the Cubs in 2012.
Hawks improve positioning
UNDATED (AP) — Mike Conley drove for a layup with 0.6 seconds left to give Memphis a 92-90 win over Western Conference leading San Antonio for their third straight victory. The Spurs have dropped two in a row.
The Grizzlies matched their franchise record with their 50th win this season, and they won their 12th straight at home.
Conley scored the final five points and finished with 23.
Tony Parker had 25 points for the Spurs. He tried to beat the buzzer with a jumper that was too late.
In other NBA play;
— Omer Asik matched his career high with 22 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead Houston over the Orlando Magic 111-103. The Rockets managed to win despite being without two top scorers James Harden and Chandler Parsons who were sidelined for health reasons.
— Nikola Pekovic bruised and battered the overmatched Boston front line for 29 points to lead Minnesota to a 110-100 victory over the Celtics. Avery Bradley scored 19 points for Boston, which was playing without Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
— Roy Hibbert delivered 26 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out in Indiana's 109-106 win at the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul George added 22 points for the Pacers, who picked up their fifth straight win to move a half-game ahead of New York for second place in the East. The Clippers failed to clinch the Pacific Division.
— Larry Sanders had a career-high 24 points and 13 rebounds as Milwaukee cruised to a 131-102 victory over Charlotte. Monta Ellis had 19 points, a career-high 14 assists and six steals to help Milwaukee pull 1 1/2 games behind seventh-place Boston in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
— Al Jefferson scored 24 points and Mo Williams hit six 3-pointers to send Utah to a 112-102 win over Portland. The Jazz extended their winning streak to a season-best five games. Trail Blazers rookie standout Damian Lillard added 17 points, including three 3-pointers to break the NBA's single-season rookie record for 3s with 166.
— Devin Harris scored a season-high 25 points and Josh Smith just missed a triple-double as Atlanta beat Cleveland 102-94 to improve their chances of securing home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Smith had 18 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists to help the Hawks (42-33) pull within one game of Brooklyn (42-31) for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
— Greg Monroe scored 24 points, Jose Calderon had 19 points and nine assists against his former team, and the Detroit snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Toronto 108-98.
Rangers come up big
UNDATED (AP) — Derek Stepan scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-2 victory over Winnipeg.
Ryan Callahan had a goal and three assists as the Rangers snapped a two-game losing streak, picking up two vital points in their fight to hold onto a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. New York started the night clinging to eighth place.
The Southeast Division-leading Jets got goals from Nik Antropov and Zach Bogosian in their third straight loss. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 31 shots for Winnipeg.
In other hockey action;
— Michal Rozsival scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of the shootout to give Chicago a 3-2 win over Nashville.
— Viktor Fasth made 26 saves for his third shutout of the season as Anaheim dumped Dallas 4-0. Bobby Ryan had a goal and an assist in the win
— Jaden Schwartz and Andy McDonald each had a goal and an assist to help St. Louis snap a three-game losing streak by beating Minnesota 4-1.
— Andrew Desjardins (day-zhahr-DAN'), Joe Thornton and Logan Couture (koo-CHOOR') scored during a 2:13 span of the second period to give San Jose a 3-0 lead in a 3-2 win over Vancouver.
— Josh Bailey, Travis Hamonic and John Tavares scored goals to lead the Islanders to a 3-1 win over New Jersey. The Islanders continued their playoff push with their fourth win in five games.
— Dan Cleary scored the go ahead goal and Damien Brunner ended his 15-game scoring drought to help Detroit edge Colorado 3-2.
— Jeff Halpern put Montreal ahead in the second period and Max Pacioretty provided insurance with two third-period goals to lead Montreal to a 4-1 win over Carolina.
— Edmonton picked up its fourth straight win as Justin Schultz had a goal and two assists in a 4-1 verdict over Calgary.
Blues get Bouwmeester
UNDATED (AP) — The Calgary Flames traded defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues. In return, the Flames got a first-round pick and two prospects — defenseman Mark Cundari and goaltender Reto Berra.
If St. Louis does not qualify for this year's playoffs, the Flames will receive St. Louis' fourth-round selection in this summer's draft, with the first-round pick being deferred to 2014.
— Los Angeles has acquired defenseman Robyn Regehr (reh-GEER') from Buffalo for two second-round draft picks. The deal is contingent on the 13-year veteran passing a medical exam.
Louisville's Ware recovering
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware was up and walking a day after having surgery for a compound fracture of his right leg.
Coach Rick Pitino visited Ware again Monday morning in the hospital. He says doctors are watching to make sure an infection doesn't develop. Pitino says if all goes well Ware should be released Tuesday.
Doctors reset Ware's broken tibia and inserted a rod into the bone Sunday after he suffered the injury in the Cardinals win over Duke in the NCAA Midwest Regional.
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Pac-12 clears Rush
PHOENIX (AP) — The Pac-12 has determined coordinator of officials Ed Rush was not serious when he told officials to target Arizona coach Sean Miller during internal meetings before the conference tournament.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said on Monday that the conference investigated a CBS Sports report that Rush offered a group of officials $5,000 or a trip to Cancun if they hit Miller with a technical foul or ejected him during the tournament.
The conference concluded that Rush's statements were made in jest and that the officials in the room realized the offers were not serious.
Miller was hit with a technical foul during the tournament semifinals against UCLA and later fined $25,000 for confronting an official on the floor and confronting a staff member after the game.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-HALL OF FAME
Keady, Rollie head class
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Longtime coaches Gene Keady (kay'-DEE) and Rollie Massimino, and former U.S. congressman Tom McMillen, headline the 2013 class that will be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
Keady went 512-270 during 25 years at Purdue, while Massimino spent 30 years coaching Stony Brook, Villanova, UNLV and Cleveland State.
McMillen starred for Maryland in the 1970s before serving in Congress from 1987-93.
Joining them in the Hall of Fame will be George Ravling of Nike, Bob Hopkins of Grambling, George Killian of FIBA and the 1963 team from Loyola University of Chicago, which broke through racial boundaries and defeated Cincinnati in the national championship game.
Huskies reach Final Four
UNDATED (AP) — Connecticut and California have rolled into the NCAA women's basketball Final Four.
Breanna Stewart scored 21 points and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 17 to help top-seed UConn rout Kentucky 83-53 and advance to the semifinals for a record sixth-straight year.
The Huskies will face either Notre Dame or Duke in the national semifinals on Sunday in New Orleans. The Irish and Blue Devils play Tuesday night.
Cal is in the Final Four for the first time after LAyshia Clarendon scored 17 of her 25 points after halftime to rally the Bears past Georgia 65-62. The Golden Bears trailed by 10 with under seven minutes left.
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AP releases annual All-America team
UNDATED (AP) — Creighton's Doug McDermott is an All-America for the second straight year while Trey Burke of Michigan and Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown tied as the leading vote-getters for The Associated Press' first team. Victor Oladipo (oh-luh-DEE'-poh) of Indiana and Kelly Olynyk (oh-LIHN'-ihk) of Gonzaga are the other players on the team.
Burke, a guard, and Porter, a forward, both received 62 first-team votes and 319 points from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.
Trojans hire Enfield
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California has hired Andy Enfield as men's basketball coach after he took Florida Gulf Coast to the round of 16 of the NCAA tournament.
Athletic director Pat Haden says Enfield's success at FGCU wasn't a flash in the pan and that his up-tempo style and stingy defense will be fun for both the Trojans players and fans.
The 43-year-old coach was 41-28 in his two seasons at the Fort Myers, Fla., school. He led the Eagles to a school-record 26 wins this season, including upsets of No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 7 seed San Diego State as a 15th-seed in the NCAA tourney.
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Report: Smith has a new job
UNDATED (AP) — Tubby Smith is reportedly going to Texas Tech to try to turn the men's basketball program around.
A person with knowledge of the deal says Smith has agreed to terms with Tech. The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made. Athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal said there was no agreement in place.
Smith will take over for interim coach Chris Walker, who went 11-20 this season and 3-15 in Big 12 play. Smith was fired by Minnesota last week after six seasons.
N.C. State and Kentucky losing players
UNDATED (AP) — North Carolina State's C.J. Leslie says he's skipping his final season to enter the NBA draft. The 6-foot-9 forward was the preseason Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year. He averaged a team-high 15 points to go with 7.4 rebounds while shooting nearly 52 percent from the floor. He was a third-team all-ACC pick by both the media and the coaches.
A person familiar with the situation says North Carolina State freshman Rodney Purvis plans to transfer. The guard was one of three McDonald's All-Americans to join the Wolfpack this season. He started 23 games and averaged 8.3 points, though his minutes fell off late in the year.
— Kentucky has announced that Archie Goodwin is leaving early for the NBA. Goodwin averaged a team-best 14 points for the Wildcats.
NFL suspends Thompson
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens special teams player Christian Thompson has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Thompson played in seven games as a rookie last season before being placed on injured reserve on Nov. 17 with a knee problem.
HOUSTON (AP) — Jack Pardee (par-DEE'), an All-Pro linebacker and an NFL coach, has died, University of Houston spokesman David Bassity said. Pardee was 76.
Bassity said Monday that Pardee's son Ted confirmed the death to him.
Pardee's family announced that he had gall bladder cancer that had spread to other organs and that he had six to nine months to live in November.
Pardee was one of Bear Bryant's "Junction Boys" at Texas A&M. He was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.