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Colts avoid key injuries as defense steals show

Colts avoid key injuries as defense steals show

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts tight end Coby Fleener could return to practice after this week after an MRI on his knee during Sunday night’s 20-12 victory at New York.

Following the game, the Colts said he had a minor knee sprain. Coach Chuck Pagano said Monday that Fleener could return to practice Thursday.

Linebacker Lawrence Sidbury injure his shoulder in the game & is listed as day to day.

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Luck throws 2 TDs as Colts rebound vs. Giants

Luck throws 2 TDs as Colts rebound vs. Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Andrew Luck threw for 107 yards & two touchdowns & the Indianapolis Colts responded to criticism by owner Jim Irsay with a 20-12 exhibition victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night.

Irsay used Twitter to apologize to fans for the Colts’ abysmal showing in a 44-20 loss to Buffalo last week, & the Colts (1-1) improved markedly, with some assist from the bubbling & suddenly injury-concerned Giants (1-1).

New York wide receiver Victor Cruz (bruised heel) & starting center David Baas (sprained knee) left the game & the Giants did little on offense.

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Will Venable homers in 9th, Padres beat Mets 4-3

Will Venable homers in 9th, Padres beat Mets 4-3

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Will Venable hit a leadoff homer in the ninth inning to donate the San Diego Padres a 4-3 victory over the New York Mets on Sunday.

Venable sent a 1-2 pitch from Pedro Feliciano (0-2) just inside the right-field foul pole for his team-high 17th home run, increasing his career high. Venable, who moreover drove in a run in the fifth, extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games, the longest active streak in the majors.

Huston Street (1-4) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

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Wozniacki hoping to claim 5th New Haven title

Wozniacki hoping to claim 5th New Haven title

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki is pleased to be back in Connecticut as she tries to re-establish herself as an elite player in women’s tennis.

The former No. 1 player in the world was in danger of falling out of the WTA’s top 10 before making it to the quarterfinals last week in Cincinnati.

She’s hoping to build on that momentum in New Haven, where she has won four of the last five titles. Her lone loss came when she was forced to withdraw from last year’s semifinals with a knee injury.

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Lackey sharp into 7th as Red Sox beat Yankees 6-1

Lackey sharp into 7th as Red Sox beat Yankees 6-1

BOSTON (AP) — John Lackey’s won-loss record hardly shows how satisfactory he’s been for the Red Sox this season.

The team’s most dependable starter, Lackey held down New York’s resurgent offense & helped Boston break a three-game skid by beating the Yankees 6-1 on Saturday.

”I think in this case the record doesn’t show how well he’s pitched & how consistent he’s been,” manager John Farrell said. ”In a couple of occasions he’s pitched on the wrong day & gone up against a starter that’s held us in check. To his credit, he’s earning everything that he’s getting right now due to the commitment he’s made in the offseason & how well he’s pitched.”

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Lackey (8-10), who missed last season while rehabbing from elbow surgery, has held opponents to three or fewer runs while pitching at least six innings in 14 starts, the most such outings on the club.

”You can’t do a whole lot approximately that,” he said of his losing record. ”You’ve just received to go out & keep the game close. The record’s kind of out of my hands.”

Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, David Ortiz homered & the Red Sox rebounded from a 10-3 loss with 14 hits.

”The biggest thing is our pitching & defense,” shortstop Stephen Drew said. ”If we have that, we have a chance to win every day.”

But on Saturday, Lackey received some extra run support, too. Four times in his previous seven starts, Boston didn’t score while he was in the game.

”Lackey was outstanding today,” said Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, booed loudly again during each at-bat. ”Threw the ball very well. He’s having a huge year for them. And Papi, he’s the heart & soul of that team. Obviously had another huge day.”

Ortiz, Shane Victorino, Will Middlebrooks, Mike Carp & Daniel Nava each had two hits for the AL East leaders, who won for only the third time in nine games.

Lackey relied mostly on his fastball, slider & changeup. He gave up one run & six hits while walking three over 6 2-3 innings to halt a four-game losing streak, the longest of his career. He was 0-4 with a 4.96 ERA in his previous five starts.

”He seemed to obtain the huge out when he needed to,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ”We received some baserunners on him, yet he seemed to obtain the huge out when he needed to.”

Alfonso Soriano extended his hitting tear with two singles in four at-bats for the Yankees, yet was held without an RBI after matching a major league record with 18 over his previous four games. He is 15 for 22 (.682) in his last five games with five homers & nine runs scored.

The Yankees had scored 10 or more runs in three of their last four. New York lost for just the second time in seven games.

Hiroki Kuroda (11-8) matched a season high by giving up five runs – three earned – & 11 hits. He struck out six & did not walk a batter in 5 2-3 innings. The 38-year-old right-hander was 4-1 with a 0.94 ERA in his previous seven starts.

Leading 3-1 in the sixth, Boston added two runs & chased Kuroda. Jarrod Saltalamacchia had an RBI single & scored on Ellsbury’s double off the base of the right-field wall. Ortiz homered into the center-field seats off reliever Adam Warren in the seventh.

The Red Sox took advantage of an error & a missed call to jump ahead 3-0 in the fourth. With runners at the corners & one out, first baseman Lyle Overbay fielded Drew’s grounder & fired wide of second. Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez had to jump to catch the ball & threw late to first, with Ortiz scoring from third to make it 1-0.

Carp, who was safe at second, then stole third on the front end of double steal, though replays showed Rodriguez made the tag in time. Umpire Bill Welke, who ejected Carp for arguing a called third strike Friday night, pointed that he was safe. Middlebrooks & Ellsbury followed with consecutive RBI singles.

”With the runners on, I wanted to minimize the damage,” Kuroda said through a translator. ”But I couldn’t do that. … It was a offensive outing.”

Ichiro Suzuki’s run-scoring grounder cut it to 3-1 in the fifth. New York had runners on second & third with none out after a single by Overbay & a double by Chris Stewart, yet Lackey retired the next three hitters on grounders.

NOTES: Kuroda allowed a season-high 11 hits. … Robinson Cano went 0 for 4, snapping his 11-game hitting streak. … Yankees SS Derek Jeter, on the 15-day DL with a strained right calf, continued taking batting practice & fielding grounders at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., yet is not running the bases. … Boston 1B Mike Napoli was scratched from the original lineup because of a sore left foot. Farrell had planned to donate Victorino the day off because he’s had a sore hamstring, yet decided to play him with Napoli sidelined. The switch-hitting Victorino continued to hit right-handed against right-handed pitching due to the sore leg. … Boston 2B Dustin Pedroia turned 30. He fouled a ball off his left foot in the eighth & limped for a bit before finishing the at-bat. He was replaced on defense. Farrell said Pedroia was sore, yet a scan at the ballpark came back ”negative.” … Boston sends RHP Ryan Dempster (6-8, 4.50 ERA) to the mound against LHP CC Sabathia (10-10, 4.66) in the series finale Sunday night.

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Sanchez has 5 scoring drives, Jets top Jags 37-13

Sanchez has 5 scoring drives, Jets top Jags 37-13

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Mark Sanchez might have left the door open a bit for Geno Smith with another up-and-down performance for the New York Jets.

Blaine Gabbert, meanwhile, might have settled the Jacksonville Jaguars’ quarterback competition – as long as his thumb is OK.

Sanchez led the Jets on five scoring drives through three quarters in a 37-13 victory over the Jaguars on Saturday night. Trying to fend off Smith to keep his starting job, Sanchez threw a touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland, yet moreover had an interception at the goal line that cost New York a scoring opportunity.

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MacMath, Union grab 0-0 tie against Red Bulls

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Goalie Zac MacMath came up with the huge saves that allowed the Philadelphia Union to escape with a scoreless draw against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night.

MacMath had a strong game from the beginning to the end, saving Dax McCarty’s point-blank header in injury time inches from the goal line.

Philadelphia (10-7-8) came close to giving up a winning goal in the 63rd minute, yet was bailed out when MacMath leaped in front of Peguy Luyindula & grabbed Tim Cahill’s header near the goalmouth. MacMath made two huge saves in the first half as well. He shares the MLS lead for clean sheets (9).

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