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Wizards beat Bulls 101-99 in OT to take 2-0 lead

CHICAGO (AP) - Bradley Beal came on strong late in regulation to finish with 26 points, Nene scored six of his 17 in overtime and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 101-99 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

Washington rallied from 10 down in the fourth quarter after blowing a 17-point first-quarter lead.

Nene scored the first six points in overtime after being held in check by Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah in regulation, and the Wizards hung on after Kirk Hinrich failed to convert at the foul line in the closing seconds.


Hammel, Olt lead Cubs past D-backs

CHICAGO (AP) - Jason Hammel pitched seven strong innings, Mike Olt hit a three-run homer and Nate Schierholtz drove in a pair of early runs to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 9-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

Hammel allowed just one run and four hits in seven innings to lower his ERA to 2.60.

Olt still is batting below .200 for the season but has four homers and nine runs batted in.

The Cubs, who've won three of four, have won back-to-back games for the first time this season. They last won consecutive games on Sept. 9 and 10 of last season against the Cincinnati Reds. Their last consecutive home wins came on Sept. 4 and 6 against Miami and Milwaukee.

Brandon McCarthy managed to lower his ERA from 7.11 to 6.23. He allowed five runs - one earned - and seven hits in five innings.


Cabrera homers, Tigers beat White Sox 8-6

DETROIT (AP) - Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer, Justin Verlander pitched seven solid innings and the Detroit Tigers held on for an 8-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

Cabrera was 4 for 23 on this homestand before going 3 for 5 on Tuesday - including a homer and a double off Chicago's Charlie Leesman, who was called up from the minors to start in place of an injured Chris Sale.

Verlander had little to worry about after allowing a first-inning homer to Jose Abreu. He allowed two runs and eight hits, striking out seven and walking two.

Chicago's Dayan Viciedo had a career-high four hits, and Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer in the ninth to pull the White Sox within two. Joba Chamberlain got the final out for his first save, retiring Alexei Ramirez on a liner to left with one on.


Wainwright injures knee, Cardinals blank Mets 3-0

NEW YORK (AP) - Adam Wainwright threw seven neat innings before leaving with a knee injury, and Jon Jay hit a two-run single that sent the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-0 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.

Left fielder Matt Holliday robbed Chris Young of a tying homer, one night after the Mets played some dazzling defense of their own to post a shutout in the series opener.

Wainwright faced the minimum through four innings and outpitched Dillon Gee. It was the second consecutive scoreless start for Wainwright, who tossed a two-hit shutout last Thursday at Washington.


Sale relieved injury doesn't appear serious

DETROIT (AP) - Chris Sale figures his arm injury could have been a lot worse.

The Chicago White Sox believe Sale has a strained muscle in his throwing arm, and the ace left-hander was officially put on the 15-day DL on Tuesday. There does not appear to be any ligament damage.

Sale says it is similar to an issue he dealt with in 2012, and he "absolutely" expects to be back once he's eligible to come off the DL. The move is retroactive to last Friday. The White Sox recalled left-hander Charlie Leesman from Triple-A Charlotte to start in Sale's place against Detroit on Tuesday night.

Chicago also assigned right-hander Frank Francisco to Charlotte after a stint at extended spring training.


Blues hope history won't repeat against Blackhawks

CHICAGO (AP) - The St. Louis Blues don't want their recent playoff history repeating itself.

The Blues face the Blackhawks in Game 4 of their opening round series at Chicago on Wednesday night.

The Blues lost 2-0 in Game 3, but still lead the series 2-1.

But the Blues' series against the defending Stanley Cup champions seems to be unfolding as it did last season when they took a 2-0 lead against Los Angeles and then dropped the next four games.

"Within our walls, I don't think anyone is even thinking about last year," defenseman Barret Jackman said. "The media comes in and you get all the comparisons.

"But really it's about what we're doing now. We're playing good hockey. We're playing against a team that is very hungry and has a lot of good experience."


Tech boom presents new wrinkles for Wrigley Field

CHICAGO (AP) - The home of the Chicago Cubs will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its first game with a home game against Arizona on Wednesday.

Wrigley Field has been the scene of some of baseball's most memorable plays, from Babe Ruth's apparent called home run to the home run duel between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. The ballpark opened as Weeghman Park April 23, 1914.

The Cubs want to add a giant video scoreboard, raising concerns among purists who worry it will change the atmosphere at a ballpark that didn't add lights for night games until a quarter-century ago.

But Wrigley was among the first major league stadiums to offer Wi-Fi.


IHSA eliminates padded summer football practice

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois high school sports officials have voted to eliminate full pads from summer football practices.

The Illinois High School Association announced results of a vote on the issue on Tuesday. IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman says the rule revision "minimizes risk" to student athletes and is another step in making high school football "as safe as possible." Hickman says it takes safety into account "while allowing for the teaching of appropriate fundamentals."

Hickman says there were some individuals who opposed the revision, but he says a majority said the change wouldn't affect them.

The measure passed 170-87.


Illinois basketball player Paul arrested

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - University of Illinois police say basketball player Darius Paul faces preliminary charges of resisting a peace officer and unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Police say they arrested the 20-year-old sophomore early Tuesday on campus. Capt. Roy Acree Police said an officer spotted two men crossing a parking lot around 3:20 a.m. The officer lost sight of the two but from her car spotted one a short distance away.

Acree said the man turned and walked away from the car and ran when told to stop.

Another officer tackled the man. Police say he said he had been drinking.

Paul could not immediately be reached for comment. Coach John Groce said he would let the legal process play out before considering disciplinary action.

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