Sports News for Wednesday April 27, 2016

>>Clippers Lose Griffin, Paul


(Los Angeles, CA)  —  The Clippers will have to continue their postseason run without their top two stars.  Blake Griffin will miss the rest of the playoffs with a quad injury, while Chris Paul is out indefinitely after undergoing hand surgery.  LA and Portland are tied in their first-round series with Game Five tonight.


>>Raptors, Hawks Close In On Series Wins


(Undated)  —  The Raptors and Hawks are a win away from the semifinals in the NBA playoffs.  Toronto escaped with a 102-99 win over the Pacers in Game Five of their series.  Atlanta crushed the Celtics, 110-83, in Game Five of their set.


>>Cards Crush D’backs


(Phoenix, AZ)  —  Carlos Martinez fired eight shutout innings as the Cardinals crushed the Diamondbacks, 8-2, in the second installment of a four-game series at Chase Field.  Martinez gave up just three hits and a walk as he moved to 4-and-0.  Brandon Moss went 4-for-5 with a three-run homer, while Stephen Piscotty added a two-run shot and knocked in three for the Redbirds, who have won four of six.


>>White Sox Thump Toronto For Fifth Straight Win


(Toronto, Ontario)  —  The White Sox ran their winning streak to five games with a 10-1 thumping of Toronto.  Chris Sale fanned six over eight innings of one-run, four-hit ball to move to an MLB-best 5-and-0.  Chicago is 15-and-6 overall.


>>Cubs Clip Brewers


(Chicago, IL)  —  The Cubs kept on rolling with a 4-3 win over the Brewers at Wrigley Field.  Addison Russell smacked a two-run triple to help Chicago improve to 15-and-5.  Adam Warren got the win in relief and Hector Rondon [[ ron-DOAN ]] locked up his fourth save.  The second of the three-game series is tonight.


>>Mets Rally Past Reds


(Flushing, NY)  —  The Mets scored four times in the seventh to rally for a 4-3 win over the Reds.  David Wright followed up Yoenis Cespedes’ pinch-hit, three-run homer with a go-ahead RBI single.  New York has won five in-a-row.


>>Bayless Leaving ESPN


(Bristol, CT)  —  A polarizing sports pundit is leaving the top cable network in the genre.  ESPN announced yesterday that Skip Bayless is parting ways with the network after 12 years when his contract expires in August.  Multiple sources say Bayless is expected to join FOX Sports One.







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