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Posted on April 21, 2013 at 11:01 AM


Coyotes beat Blackhawks 3-2 in shootout

CHICAGO (AP) — Mikkel Boedker and David Schlemko scored shootout goals to lift Phoenix to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night, snapping the Coyotes' three-game losing streak and preserving their fading playoff hopes.

Schlemko beat Corey Crawford with a high shot for the deciding score in the third round of the tiebreaker to end Chicago's seven-game winning streak

Rostislav Klesla and Radim Vrbata scored in the first period for Phoenix.

Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook scored two power-play goals in regulation for his first two-goal game this season and second of his career.

Despite the loss, league-leading Chicago has points in 11 straight games (9-0-2).


De La Rosa pitches Rockies past Diamondbacks

DENVER (AP) — Jorge De La Rosa pitched six innings of two-hit ball, Michael Cuddyer homered and the Colorado Rockies won their season-high eighth in a row by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Saturday night.

De La Rosa (2-1) won for the first time at Coors Field since returning late last year from reconstructive surgery on his pitching (left) elbow. And he resumed his mastery at home of the Diamondbacks, improving to 7-0 with a 1.38 ERA in eight career starts against Arizona at Coors Field.

He struck out four and walked two and didn't allow a run in a second consecutive six-inning outing as the Rockies ran their home record to 8-0. Colorado is the only team in the majors without a loss at home.

Cuddyer connected for his fourth homer of the season in the sixth, driving the first offering from Trevor Cahill (0-3) into the left field bleachers.


Griner ready for Mercury's tempo

PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner couldn't stop smiling at her introductory news conference with the Phoenix Mercury.

Griner said Saturday she wishes she could move in tomorrow and start playing.

One of the most dominating players in the history of women's college basketball, Griner was selected by the Mercury with the No. 1 overall pick in Monday's WNBA draft.

The 6-foot-8 center brings with her a cache of talents, including scoring, rebounding, shot blocking and, most famously, dunking with ease.

Griner comes to the desert with the benefit of not having to carry a team as the No. 1 pick, joining a team that includes former league MVP Diana Taurasi and All-Stars Penny Taylor and Candice Dupree.


Bombings fail to slow Pat's Run participants

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Boston Marathon bombings did nothing to slow the participants of Pat's Run.

Five days after a pair of bombs killed three people and injured more than 180 others, nearly 30,000 people ran, jogged and walked Saturday in the race that honors NFL star-turned-soldier Pat Tillman.

Law enforcement officials increased security for the 4.2-mile run through the streets of Tempe, adding officers on foot, horseback and motorcycles along the route.

They went mostly unnoticed and participants seemed to have extra resolve to finish the race after the Boston bombings.

Many runners paid tribute to Boston, wearing Red Sox jerseys and shirts, making signs and writing messages on their arms and legs.