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Associated Press

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 2 at 7:00 AM

CARDINALS-DIAMONDBACKS

Kennedy, D-backs beat Wainwright, Cardinals 6-2

PHOENIX (AP) — Ian Kennedy struck out eight in seven strong innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks used 15 hits to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 in their season opener Monday night.

Kennedy (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits with one walk.

St. Louis' Adam Wainwright (0-1) went six innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on 11 hits. He struck out six with no walks.

Arizona's Gerardo Parra matched his career best with four hits, three of them doubles. Rookie A.J. Pollock was 3 for 4, including a two-run double, and Martin Prado doubled twice with an RBI and two runs scored for the Diamondbacks.

Matt Holliday had an RBI double and Daniel Descalso a run-scoring single for St. Louis.

CARDINALS-SKELTON

Arizona Cardinals release QB John Skelton

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have released quarterback John Skelton, who started 17 games for the team over the past three seasons.

The move on Monday came amid reports the team was trying to work out a trade to bring quarterback Carson Palmer from Oakland.

Skelton beat out Kevin Kolb for the starting job under then-coach Ken Whisenhunt in training camp last season. He was hurt in the opener and Kolb took over.

Skelton returned as starter when Kolb was injured, but lost the job due to poor performance. The Cardinals released Kolb earlier and he has agreed to a contract with Buffalo.

Meanwhile, quarterback Brian Hoyer has signed his tender offer from the club.

Running back William Powell and defensive back Ronald Talley also re-signed with the Cardinals.

ARIZONA ST-CARSON'S FUTURE

Carson weighing NBA options

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State point guard Jahii (jah-HEE') Carson has submitted paperwork for evaluation from NBA officials, but won't make a decision on whether he's going to leave the Sun Devils for a couple of weeks.

A redshirt freshman and one of the biggest in-state recruits in Arizona State history, Carson became one of the nation's best point guards in his first season with the Sun Devils.

The speedy, 5-foot-10 guard, Carson led Arizona State with 18.5 points and 5.1 assists per game on his way to being selected the Pac-12's co-freshman of the year with UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad. Carson also set a freshman record with 34 points in a win over Stanford during the Pac-12 tournament.

Under NCAA rules, Carson has until April 16 to withdraw his draft application.

PAC-12-OFFICIAL INVESTIGATION

Pac-12 officials head cleared of accusation

PHOENIX (AP) — The Pac-12 has determined coordinator of officials Ed Rush was not serious when he told officials to target Arizona coach Sean Miller during internal meetings before the conference tournament.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said on Monday that the conference investigated a CBS Sports report that Rush offered a group of officials $5,000 or a trip to Cancun if they hit Miller with a technical foul or ejected him during the tournament.

The conference concluded that Rush's statements were made in jest and that the officials in the room realized the offers were not serious.

Miller was hit with a technical foul during the tournament semifinals against UCLA and later fined $25,000 for confronting an official on the floor and confronting a staff member after the game.

ARIZONA WRAPUP

Arizona set with a firm foundation

(AP) — Arizona's NCAA tournament run ended in heartbreak.

The rest of the season would have to be called a success.

Opening the season with high expectations, the Wildcats won their first 14 games and ended up with 27 victories, reaching the round of 16 for the second time in three years.

Arizona bowed out after Ohio State's LaQuinton Ross hit a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left in the West Region semifinals, but coach Sean Miller said after that he leaves the season with no regrets.

The Wildcats will lose seniors Solomon Hill and Mark Lyons, but athletic guard Nick Johnson will return next season, along with talented big men Brandon Ashley, Grant Jarrett and Kaleb Tarczewski.

Arizona also will have point guard T.J. McConnell, a transfer from Duquesne (doo-KAYN').

COYOTES-VITAL STRETCH

Coyotes trying for another big, late-season push

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Phoenix Coyotes need to start their playoff push now or it could be too late.

Phoenix earned four points in three road games last week, which would have been considered a solid trip in just about any other season.

But with five teams ahead of them for the final Western Conference playoff spot and 13 games left in the lockout-shortened season, the Coyotes can't afford to let any points slip away.

Phoenix routed Nashville during its road trip, but blew late leads to lose a point in loses to Minnesota and San Jose.

Now, the Coyotes face what will likely be their biggest week of the season with three home games this week before closing the season with seven of 10 games on the road.

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