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  • Colts 2014 schedule released

    Colts 2014 schedule released

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:43 AM EDT2014-04-24 05:43:19 GMT
    The Indianapolis Colts 2014 schedule, released Wednesday by the NFL: Preseason Aug. 7, at New York Jets, 7 p.m. Aug. 16, New York Giants, 7 p.m. Aug. 23, New Orleans, 8 p.m. Aug. 28,More >>
    The Indianapolis Colts 2014 schedule, released Wednesday by the NFL.More >>
  • Cards come up short against Mets

    Cards come up short against Mets

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:42 AM EDT2014-04-24 05:42:41 GMT
    Lucas Duda hit a long home run and the New York Mets threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth inning to hold off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Wednesday night with a stiff wind whippingMore >>

    Lucas Duda hit a long home run and the New York Mets threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth inning to hold off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Wednesday night with a stiff wind whipping through Citi Field.More >>

  • Hamels loses to Dodgers in 1st start of season

    Hamels loses to Dodgers in 1st start of season

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:40 AM EDT2014-04-24 05:40:58 GMT
    Zack Greinke outpitched Cole Hamels with seven strong innings, Hanley Ramirez homered and Yasiel Puig drove in two runs for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on WednesdayMore >>
    Zack Greinke outpitched Cole Hamels with seven strong innings, Hanley Ramirez homered and Yasiel Puig drove in two runs for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.More >>

PACERS-HAWKS

Pacers head south after breaking out of swoon

ATLANTA (AP) - After finally looking like a top seed, the Indiana Pacers are heading to a place where they haven't had much success.

The Pacers have won only twice in Atlanta since December 2006, though one of those victories wrapped up their playoff series against the Hawks a year ago.

Indiana still has plenty of work to do before it can think about escaping the first round. The Hawks swiped the home-court edge with a stunning win in the opener, and the series is tied 1-1 as it shifts to Philips Arena for the next two contests.

Game 3 is Thursday night.

At least the Pacers are feeling better about themselves. A dominant third quarter carried Indiana to a 101-85 victory in Game 2, stifling the incessant criticism of the team's recent play.

SCRAPPY PACERS

Pacers say practice got physical before Game 1

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Pacers guard Lance Stephenson acknowledged Wednesday that he and Evan Turner got into a practice "scuffle" last week before Game 1 against Atlanta but denied the two threw any punches.

Coach Frank Vogel and Indiana's players concurred with Stephenson's version of events, though the descriptions were different. Yahoo! Sports first reported that Turner had to be "dragged out of practice" last week after the argument and that fists were flying.

Turner denied that, saying simply that they got tangled up but that there was no fight. Vogel and All-Star center Roy Hibbert said every team has similar scrapes during practice but neither considered it a fight.

The series is tied 1-1 with Game 3 in Atlanta on Thursday night.

COLTS SCHEDULE

Colts open season against Manning's Broncos

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indianapolis will open this season at AFC champion Denver in a Sunday night showdown pitting quarterback Peyton Manning against his former team.

It's the second time Manning has faced the Colts. Indy won the first meeting, 39-33, in October.

It's one of four prime-time games for the defending AFC South champs, who received their schedule Wednesday.

Indy opens the season Sept. 7, then hosts Philadelphia in a Monday night game Sept. 15. The Colts will play at Houston in a Thursday night game Oct. 9 and will host New England in another Sunday night game on Nov. 16.

The Colts also are scheduled for two late afternoon games, at Pittsburgh on Oct. 26 and at Dallas on Dec. 21.

COLTS INJURIES

Injured players eager to get to work with Colts

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Andrew Luck is eager to see some old faces on the practice field.

It's not just because Indianapolis' offseason workouts opened this week, either. The Colts' quarterback likes seeing everyone healthy.

Luck & Co. spent much of last season patching holes after starting tight end Dwayne Allen, starting running back Vick Ballard, Ballard's replacement, Ahmad Bradshaw, starting guard Donald Thomas and Pro Bowl receiver Reggie Wayne all sustained season-ending injuries. On Wednesday, all five were back in the locker room, hopeful of being ready for the start of training camp.

Some of the players have already been cleared to practice.

But team doctors are taking a cautious approach with all five.

WNBA TOURNAMENT

4 WNBA teams to play 2-game preseason tourney

NEW YORK (AP) - Four WNBA teams will take part in a preseason tournament in Orlando over Mother's Day weekend.

The Indiana Fever will play the Chicago Sky in the opener May 9, with the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury set to meet in the second game of the doubleheader. The two winners and two losers will play each other two days later.

Along with the tournament, the teams will conduct a full slate of clinics, practices and autograph sessions in conjunction with an AAU girls basketball tournament that is taking place that weekend featuring over 1,500 players.

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