Sports News for Friday April 15, 2016

>>Titans Trade Top Pick To Rams
(Los Angeles, CA) — The Rams are making a big splash in their first season back in Los Angeles. They have traded up with the Titans for the number-one pick in this month’s NFL Draft. The Rams are expected to take a quarterback with the pick.
>>NFL Schedule Unveiled
(Undated) — The complete 2016 NFL schedule has been unveiled. The season kicks off with a rematch of Super Bowl 50 between the Panthers and Broncos in Denver. Opening night is Thursday, September 8th.
>>Cardinals Blank Brewers Behind Garcia
(St. Louis, MO) — Jaime [[ HIGH-may ]] Garcia stuck out 13 in a complete-game one-hitter as the Cardinals blanked the Brewers 7-0 at Busch Stadium. Randall Grichuk [[ GRITCH-ick ]] and Jeremy Hazelbaker hit two-run homers for St. Louis, which has won five-of-six since an 0-and-3 start.
>>Cardinals Host Reds Tonight
(St. Louis, MO) — The Cardinals welcome the Reds to Busch Stadium tonight for the start of a three-game series. Carlos Martinez starts for St. Louis and Tim Melville for Cincinnati. First pitch is at 7:15 p.m. Players, coaches and umpires will all wear number-42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day.
>>Cubs Complete Sweep Of Reds
(Chicago, IL) — The Cubs are off to their best start since 1969 after beating the Reds, 8-1, at Wrigley Field. Kris Bryant homered and Dexter Fowler had three hits and two RBI to help the Cubs improve to 8-and-1. Jason Hammel fired six shutout innings for his first win. The Cubs start a three-game home series with Colorado tonight.
>>White Sox Keep Twins Winless
(Minneapolis, MN) — Mat Latos [[ LAY-tose ]] and four relievers combined on a four-hitter as the White Sox kept the Twins winless with a 3-1 victory at Target Field. Latos allowed three hits and one run over six innings to move to 2-and-0. David Robertson fanned two in the ninth en route to his fifth save.

>>Sox Square Off With Rays
(St. Petersburg, FL) — The White Sox and Rays begin a three-game series at Tropicana Field tonight. Chicago has won four straight to enter the set 7-and-2. Chris Sale gets the ball for the White Sox. Tampa Bay is scheduled to send out Jake Odorizzi.

>>Blues Host Blackhawks In Game Two Tonight
(St. Louis, MO) — The Blues resume their first-round playoff series with the Blackhawks tonight. Game Two at Scottrade Center is at 7 p.m. St. Louis got the jump in the series with a 1-0 win on Wednesday when David Backes [[ BACK-iss ]] scored in overtime. The series shifts to Chicago on Sunday.
>>SCS Heads To Bristol
(Bristol, TN) — The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500. Qualifying takes place early this evening, with the 266-and-a-half-mile, 500-lap race to follow Sunday afternoon. Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag in last year’s race.
>>NBA Playoffs Tip Off Tomorrow
(Undated) — The NBA playoffs tip off with four games tomorrow. The record-breaking Warriors begin their quest for a second straight championship against the Rockets. LeBron James and the Cavaliers are off until Sunday.
>>Staples Center Sets One-Day Merchandise Record
(Los Angeles, CA) — Kobe Bryant’s final game is in the record books for NBA merchandise sales. AEG tells ESPN that STAPLES Center sold 1.2-million dollars worth of Kobe merchandise during Wednesday’s game. That’s a single-day sales record for any arena in the world, surpassing the previous mark of one-million dollars set by the band Led Zeppelin at London’s O2 Arena in 2007.

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