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Last Update on April 18, 2015 00:47 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Kris Bryant made his major league debut this afternoon as the much-ballyhooed slugger batted cleanup and played third for the Chicago Cubs against San Diego. He received a standing ovation from fans at Wrigley Field before striking out on three pitches in the first inning. Bryant also fanned in the fourth and whiffed in the fifth before grounding into a force-out to end the seventh.

Bryant played flawlessly at third, but the Cubs absorbed a 5-4 loss to the Padres on Wil Myers' three-run homer in the seventh. Will Middlebrooks hit a two-run shot and Scott Shields improved to 2-0. Shields struck out nine and allowed three earned runs and five hits in six innings.

Elsewhere in the majors:

-- Detroit is 9-1 after Jose Iglesias hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Tigers a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) hit a solo homer and David Price had to settle for a no-decision after giving up a run and four hits with nine strikeouts in eight innings.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington Nationals reliever Craig Stammen could miss the rest of the season following his surgery Sunday to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm. He worked four scoreless innings in five appearances this season before being diagnosed with the injury.

Stammen says there's no timetable for his return.


MILWAUKEE- (AP) -- Brewers All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez has been placed on the 15-day disabled retroactive to Thursday because of a strained right hamstring. Gomez left Wednesday's game in St. Louis with the injury and returned to Milwaukee to be examined.

The leadoff man is hitting .235 with a homer and six RBIs in eight games.


UNDATED (AP) -- Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby is not starting Game 2 of the Stanley Cup first round series against the New York Islanders because of an illness. The Capitals recalled rookie netminder Phillipp Grubauer from Hershey of the AHL and started him against the Isles. Grubauer's only NHL experience this season was a 3-2 shootout win over Anaheim on Feb. 6.

Holtby allowed three goals on 23 shots in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Islanders.

In Montreal, Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH'-tee) and Ottawa forward Mark Stone are in action for Game 2. Pacioretty missed the series opener and the Habs' last three regular season games due to an upper-body injury. Stone suffered a microfracture of his right wrist when he was slashed by Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban (SOO'-ban) in Game 1.

The Canadiens took the opener 4-3.

Also tonight, Chicago visits Nashville and Calgary is at Vancouver. The Blackhawks erased a 3-0 deficit and beat the Predators 4-3 in double-overtime. The Flames pulled out a 2-1 victory on Kris Russell's goal with just under 30 seconds to play.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Flyers have fired head coach Craig Berube (beh-ROO'-bee) after the team missed a playoff berth this season with a 33-31-18 record. Berube went 75-58-28 with the Flyers and took them to the playoffs last season. He had one season left on his contract.

Flyers players gave, at best, lukewarm reviews this week of Berube.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is recovering after undergoing quadruple coronary bypass surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Thursday.

Dr. Richard Shemin performed the surgery and said the 68-year-old former NBA and UCLA star is expected to make a full recovery.

The NBA's all-time leading scorer issued a statement before the surgery, saying he's looking forward to getting back to his usual activities soon and he asks that people cherish and live life to the fullest.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA could extend the season by a week next season to build in more rest for players.

Commissioner Adam Silver is committed to reducing the number of times teams have to play four times in five nights or on back-to-back nights. He thinks ending the season a week later next year could help, and says a decision should be made by early May.

He says that owners also had their first serious discussion about the playoff format, after the Oklahoma City Thunder missed the playoffs in the West with a 45-37 record that would've been sixth-best in the East.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa State says coach Fred Hoiberg has undergone open-heart surgery to replace the aortic valve.

His doctor said the operation was a success, adding that "Hoiberg is in recovery and doing very well himself."

Hoiberg retired from the NBA following the 2004-05 season because of heart issues. He just completed his fifth season at Iowa State, leading the Cyclones to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') has expressed remorse and asked for privacy following a 10-week stay in rehab.

In his first public comments since he entered a treatment facility on Jan. 28, Manziel apologized to the Browns and their fans and acknowledged he has a long way to go to win back people's respect.

Manziel was discharged on April 11 and has not publicly disclosed what he sought treatment for.


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- Troy Merritt matched the course scoring record with a 10-under 61 to take a four-shot lead over Matt Kuchar and John Merrick at the midway point in the PGA's RBC Heritage at Hilton Head. Merritt tied David Frost's tournament mark set in 1994 and topped the leaderboard at 12-under 130, a stroke off the 36-hole event record shared by Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson.

Graeme McDowell, Jim Furyk (FYOOR-ihk) and Kevin Kisner are five shots back.

Merritt's record-tying round came after Masters champ Jordan Spieth (speeth) fired a 62 to move back into contention, six shots back. Spieth opened with a 74 on Thursday, ending a string of 16 straight rounds below par.


KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) -- Sei Young Kim and I.K. Kim headed into today's third round of the LPGA's Lotte Championship with a share of the lead at 10 under. They enjoy a three-shot edge over Inbee Park. Six of the top seven on the leaderboard are from South Korea. The only exception is Paula Creamer, who is in a group four shots off the pace.


GWINNETT, Ga. (AP) -- Ian Woosnam was tied for the lead at 4 under with five holes left when first-round play in the Champions Tour's Greater Gwinnett Championship was suspended because of rain. Tommy Armour III, Joey Sindelar, Gary Hallberg and Olin Browne were part of the five-way tie.

The round is scheduled to be completed Saturday morning at TPC Sugarloaf, followed by the second round. There is more rain in the forecast this weekend in Georgia.


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Just two weeks before the big bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao (PAK'-ee-ow) bout, tickets for the most anticipated fight in recent times have yet to go on public sale. The two camps and the MGM Grand are locked in a standoff over allotments.

Mayweather's promoter said Tuesday that tickets would go on sale this week for the May 2 fight. But MGM officials have been tight-lipped about their availability. The hotel issued a statement saying there would be a "limited number of tickets available for sale" and that it is working with promoters to finalize a date for their release.


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