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Geno Smith: It’s Still ‘My Team’

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) — The New York Jets drafted quarterback Geno Smith two years ago and could be drafting another quarterback this week. But Smith, who has struggled during his two seasons in New York, is confident moving into the summer that he’ll still be the one calling the plays.

“You have to expect anything, but going out there I believe this is my team,” Smith said Wednesday. “I go out there and I work hard and try to lead the guys the best way that I can. I’m not going to sit here and talk about it. I want to lead this team the right way and I want to continue to get better as a player.”

Smith is already anticipating a potential quarterback battle after the Jets added veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in March.

Smith doesn’t mind if the Jets go ahead and draft another quarterback after the organization met with all the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft.

“There’s always other guys. That’s the nature of the business,” Smith said. “There’s always going to be competition. I’ve always welcomed it and I still do.”

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Diamondbacks Place Pitcher Archie Bradley on 15-Day DL

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(PHOENIX) — The Arizona Diamondbacks placed pitcher Archie Bradley on the 15-day disabled list after he was struck in the head by a line-drive in the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Rockies.

Bradley was able to get up and walk off the mound, but suffered a sinus fracture in the right side of his face.

“I think I’m going to take a couple of days off and then try to get back into it,” Bradley said. “Once the swelling goes down, I can get back into strenuous activity.”

Rockies outfielder Carlos Gomez texted Bradley after the game was over to make sure he was okay.

“I just thought it was a really classy move for him to reach out to me,” Bradley said of the text message.

The Diamondbacks are 10-11 and sit three games back of the N.L. West leading Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Bob Baffert’s Happy with Favorites Postings for Kentucky Derby

Rob Carr/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Trainer Bob Baffert has two horses that are among the favorites to win Saturday’s 141st Kentucky Derby.

American Pharoah, who is a 5-2 favorite, got the No. 18 post on Wednesday and has won four races headed into Churchhill Downs.

Baffert’s other horse, Dortmund received the 8th post and is a 3-1 favorite after being undefeated in six races, including the 4 1/4-length Santa Anita Derby.

“I did not like the way it was playing out. I just couldn’t believe they hadn’t called one of my horses,” Baffert said on Wednesday. “A lot of the holes were being taken that I sort of like, and then I was really relieved to get 18 so I was happy with that.”

“I’m just glad it’s over,” Baffert added. “It’s probably the last stressful part of the whole Derby. We have the holes and hopefully our name will be hanging up there in the winner’s spot.”

Mr. Z, Keen Ice, War Story, and Ocho Ocho Ocho are 50-1 favorites. Post time is 6:34 p.m. on Saturday.

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Bears Decline Option on LB Shea McClellin

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Chicago Bears declined their fifth-year option on linebacker Shea McClellin, general manager Ryan Pace said Wednesday.

McClellin would have earned $7.715 million in 2016 if the option was picked up. He will earn $775,600 base salary and a $741,227 roster bonus this season, the final year of his original rookie contract.

McClellin was selected by the Bears with the 19th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Since then, he’s played in 40 regular season games, recording 80 tackles and 7.5 sacks.

McClellin played his first two seasons as a defensive end before moving to outside linebacker last season. That may work out in his favor this season, because under new head coach John Fox, the Bears have instituted a 3-4 defensive scheme — the same scheme McClellin played in college at Boise State.

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Price, Tavares, Ovechkin Named Hart Trophy Finalists

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, New York Islanders center John Tavares, and Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin were named the finalists for the Heart Memorial Trophy, which is given to the NHL’s most valuable player.

The finalists are determined by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, who submit ballots at the end of the regular season.

Price became the first goalie since Ed Belfour in 1990-91 to lead the NHL in wins (44), save percentage (.933), and goals-against average (1.96).

Ovechkin, who has already won the award three times, led the NHL in goals (53) for the third straight season and finished with 81 points.

Tavares led the Islanders to the playoffs and finished second in the NHL in points (86).

The winner will be announced at the league’s awards ceremony in Las Vegas on June 24.

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Keuchel Shines, Astros Win Sixth Straight

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — Dallas Keuchel pitched eight innings allowing three hits, one run, and no walks while striking out four to lead the Houston Astros to their sixth straight win — this one over the San Diego Padres 7-2 — on Wednesday.

The Astros (14-7) now have a major league best 10-2 road record after going 8-1 on this West Coast trip.

“It’s time to go home, but what a great trip,” Astros skipper A.J. Hinch said. “Good baseball, good adjustments on the fly, a lot of winning baseball, which is all you can ask for. I’m proud of these guys for the way they’re playing.”

Keuchel (3-0) raised his ERA from .62 to .73 in the win.

Houston’s offense was powered by Colby Rasmus and Jose Altuve. Rasmus hit a two-run homer off Padres starter Andrew Cashner in the fourth inning, while Altuve went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, extending his hitting streak to eight games.

The Padres (11-12) have lost three straight and seven of their last 10.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 4/29/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —NBA Playoffs: Atlanta Hawks 107 – Brooklyn Nets 97 (Hawks lead series 3-2)

Memphis Grizzlies 99 – Portland Trail Blazers 93 (Grizzlies win series, 4-1)

NHL Playoffs: Tampa Bay Lightning 2 – Detroit Red Wings 0 (Lightning win series, 4-3)

MLB: Baltimore Orioles 8 (10-10) – Chicago White Sox 2 (8-10)

Detroit Tigers 10 (15-7) – Minnesota Twins 7 (9-12)

Tampa Bay Rays 3 (12-10) – New York Yankees 2 (13-9) *F/13

Milwaukee Brewers 8 (5-17) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (10-11)

Houston Astros 7 (14-7) – San Diego Padres 2 (11-12)

Cleveland Indians 7 (7-13) – Kansas City Royals 5 (14-7)

Boston Red Sox 4 (12-10) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (10-12)

Washington Nationals 13 (9-13) – Atlanta Braves 4 (10-11)

Miami Marlins 7 (10-12) – New York Mets 3 (15-7)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (14-6) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (8-14)

Pittsburgh Pirates 8 (12-10) – Chicago Cubs 1 (12-8)

Seattle Mariners 5 (10-11) – Texas Rangers 2 (7-14)

Arizona Diamondbacks 9 (10-11) – Colorado Rockies 1 (11-10)

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (13-8) – San Francisco Giants 3 (9-13)

Los Angeles Angels 6 (10-11) – Oakland Athletics 3 (9-13)

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Orioles Top White Sox with No Fans in Attendance

iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — In what was believed to be the first major league game played without fans in attendance, Chris Davis hit a three-run homer in a six-run first inning Wednesday as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox, 8-2.

The gates at Camden Yards were locked because of concern for fan safety following recent rioting in Baltimore.

Both teams lined up for the national anthem, music played in between innings and the seventh-inning stretch was noted with the traditional John Denver song.

The Orioles and White Sox played their game in two hours and three minutes. Baltimore won its third straight game.

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Masahiro Tanaka Headed to 15-Day DL

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Yankees placed pitcher Masahiro Tanka on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.

Tanaka will be out at least a month with right wrist tendinitis and a mildly strained forearm, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced Tuesday.

“We want to make sure this does not lead to more horrific problems,” Cashman said at a news conference.

Tanaka missed 10 weeks last season due to a small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and was aware of the injury. Still, he doesn’t think his elbow led to further health issues.

“I went out and played light catch on that day, which was yesterday. I woke up this morning and felt it a little more than the day before, so that’s why I went over to Steve [Donohue], our trainer, and told him about it,” Tanaka said through a translator. “Personally, I don’t think that it has anything to do with my elbow.”

Tanaka was 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA and had 24 strikeouts.

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