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Longoria Keeps Consecutive Games Streak Alive

Rick Yeatts/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria won’t let a bruised hip stop him from playing.

Longoria, who was hit by a pitch in the hip during Thursday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, started Friday night’s game against the New York Yankees as the Rays’ designated hitter to keep his major league-leading consecutive games played (252) streak alive.

While it’s nice that Longoria is still playing, the Rays hope to have him out in the field soon.

“Hopefully a day and he’ll be back out there,” Rays skipper Kevin Cash said. “But he got squared up pretty good in kind of an awkward spot.”

In 11 games this season, Longoria is hitting .235 with one home run, five runs scored, and a .409 on-base percentage.

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Capitals Erase 3-1 Deficit to Beat Islanders, Even Series

Len Redkoles/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists to help the Washington Capitals erase a 3-1 deficit to top the New York Islanders 4-3.

The win evens the best-of-seven first-round playoff series at a game apiece.

Washington wins despite not having starting goaltender Braden Holtby, who was sick. The Caps called up Philipp Grubauer from the minors, and he made 18 saves in the victory.

The Islanders got on the board first when Cal Clutterbuck scored 5:14 into the game. Ryan Strome then scored 3:24 into the second period to put the Islanders up 2-0. The two teams then traded goals before Alex Ovechkin scored the 32nd playoff goal of his career to make it 3-2.

Washington took advantage of an early power play in the third period when Backstrom found the back of the net to tie the game. Jason Chimera gave the Caps the lead for good less than four minutes later when he took the rebound off of his original shot and wristed the puck past Jaroslav Halak.

The series now shifts to Long Island, where Game 3 will be held on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET.

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Kris Bryant Goes Hitless with 3 Ks in MLB Debut

Chicago Cubs/MLB(CHICAGO) — Top prospect Kris Bryant made his much anticipated major league debut with the Chicago Cubs on Friday in front of a crowd of 32,138 at Wrigley Field.

Bryant went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts while batting cleanup in the Cubs 5-4 loss to the San Diego Padres.

“Sure, I could have done a little better,” Bryant said. “There’s two sides to the ball. I felt I did well on defense.”

He did. In the first inning he handled a hard-hit grounder by Derek Norris to start a double play. Then, in the fifth inning, he caught a screaming line drive with a runner on first base that possibly saved a run.

Bryant hit .321 with three home runs, 10 RBIs, and two stolen bases for Triple-A Iowa before being called up.

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Police Suspend Investigation of Aqib Talib

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(DALLAS, Tx) — Last week, Aqib Talib and his brother drew the attention of the Dallas Police Department for an assault that occurred outside of a nightclub.

The Dallas Police announced Friday that they were suspending their investigation due to a lack of leads.

On April 8, a gun was fired after an altercation outside of Club Luxx. The Talib brothers left the scene and drove to XTC Cabaret. The Dallas police took possession of the brothers Ranger Rover and Jaguar for investigation.

Talib is in the second year of a six-year contract he signed with the Denver Broncos after leaving the New England Patriots.

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Brewers Place Outfielder Carlos Gomez on the DL

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Milwaukee Brewers will have to keep their head above water in the NL Central without one of their best players for at least a couple of weeks. The team announced they’ve place outfielder Carlos Gomez on the disabled list.

Gomez will head to the DL with a slight “defect” or “tear” in his hamstring.

“When you talk about a leadoff guy who can do what he can do, and in center field, it’s concerning,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said via Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We know offensively we need to get things going and we’re losing a guy who has a chance to do a ton for you.

“When you lose Carlos, you lose a piece that’s got a chance to really get things going,” he said.

For the past couple seasons, Gomez has been a dynamic player for the Brewers. He’s made the All-Star game the past two seasons, and in 2014, Gomez hit .284 with 23 home runs ,73 RBIs, 95 runs scored, and 34 stolen bases.

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NBA to Begin Testing Players for HGH Next Season

Christpher Trottman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Beginning next season, NBA players will be tested for human growth hormone, the league has announced.

This is the first time the NBA has approved blood testing for its players. Owners and players agreed during collective bargaining negotiations in 2011 to determine a process for how HGH testing could be implemented.

Testing will begin during training camp this coming fall and players will be subjected to three random, unannounced tests annually. Players will be tested twice during the season, and once during the offseason.

Players will also be subject to reasonable-cause testing for HGH.

A player will be subjected to a 20-game suspension for his first violation, and a 45-game ban for a second positive test. If a player fails a third test, he will be dismissed and disqualified from the NBA.

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Vegas Picks Cavs as Favorites to Win NBA Title

National Basketball Association(LAS VEGAS) — The Cleveland Cavaliers may be the two-seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but that’s not stopping Vegas from making them the favorite to win the NBA title.

The Westgate SuperBook put out their opening lines after Wednesday night’s games were done. The Cavaliers were the favorites at 9-4 with the top-seed in the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors, coming in at 5-2.

The reigning NBA champion San Antonio Spurs have the third best odds at 4-1.

The Cavaliers came in at 60-1 last June, but when LeBron James returned, the Cavaliers almost instantly became the favorites.

The Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, and Brooklyn Nets which hold the sixth, seventh, and eighth seeds in the Eastern Conference respectively, all come in at 200-1 — the worst odds to win the title.

The New Orleans Pelicans, who hold the eighth seed in the Western Conference, are slated at 100-1.

Despite being the number one seed in the Eastern Conference, the Atlanta Hawks have the fourth-best odds to win at 12-1.

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ESPN: Cubs Promoting Top Prospect Kris Bryant

Chicago Cubs/MLB(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Cubs will promote top prospect Kris Bryant on Friday, according to ESPN.

The 23-year-old Bryant will take the place of third baseman Mike Olt, who will be placed on the disabled list due to a hairline fracture on his wrist.

After tearing up spring training, Bryant’s situation became controversial because the Cubs sent him to the minor leagues to retain his rights for an extra year before he would become a free agent.

Bryant, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft, won minor league player of the year last season. In six games for Triple-A Iowa this season, he hit .333 with two home runs, seven RBIs, and two stolen bases.

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Jose Reyes Leaves Game with Sore Ribs

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos Via Getty Images(TORONTO) — Another year, another injury for Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes.

On Thursday, Reyes left the team’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays after one at bat with soreness in his ribs. This injury is not a huge surprise, considering Reyes has been dealing with soreness in his left side for several days.

Reyes grounded out in his one at-bat, and after reaching the dugout, he smashed his helmet into the ground before going into the clubhouse.

Ryan Goins took over for Reyes at shortstop.

There has been no update on Reyes’ status for Friday’s game against the Atlanta Braves.

Since 2009, Reyes has missed 267 games due to injury.

In nine games this season, Reyes has hit .333 with five RBIs, one stolen base, and a .359 on-base percentage.

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