Kane leads Blackhawks past Blues, 4-3 in OT
CHICAGO (AP) - Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.
Kane carried the puck down the left side as teammates Ben Smith and Brandon Saad rushed toward the net, and beat Ryan Miller with a well-placed wrist shot for his 32nd career postseason goal.
Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell also scored for defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago, which blew a 2-0 second-period lead. Jonathan Toews had two assists and Corey Crawford made 30 saves.
Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is Friday night in St. Louis.
Mets cut down tying run, hold off Cardinals 3-2
NEW YORK (AP) - Lucas Duda hit a long home run and the New York Mets threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth inning to hold off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Wednesday night with a stiff wind whipping through Citi Field.
Jonathon Niese earned his first win of the season, and shortstop Ruben Tejada cut down Matt Carpenter for the second out of the ninth on a strong relay from center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny challenged the call, which was upheld following a replay review of 1 minute, 20 seconds that showed catcher Travis d'Arnaud nicked Carpenter with a sweep tag near his armpit.
Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha set career highs with 10 strikeouts and five walks in the shortest of his 14 regular-season starts in the majors. A bizarre outing if ever there was one - but it was that sort of night.
Indians trip Royals 5-3
CLEVELAND (AP) - Jason Kipnis drove in Nick Swisher with a two-out double in the seventh inning, sending the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
Kipnis ripped his double off Kelvin Herrera into the gap in right-center, deep enough to easily score Swisher, who reached on a two-out single. The Indians tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall's bloop RBI single.
Bryan Shaw finished the seventh and got one out in the eighth. Cody Allen retired two, and John Axford worked the ninth for his AL-leading eighth save.
Michael Bourn had three hits and two RBIs for the Indians.
Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas hit back-to-back homers in the second for Kansas City.
Royals coach has surgery on broken arm
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kansas City Royals first-base coach Rusty Kuntz had surgery on his broken left arm, an injury he sustained when he was hit by a line drive during pregame batting practice.
Kuntz had the operation Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic. He was struck before Monday's series opener by a ball off the bat of Salvador Perez.
Kuntz was standing behind a protective net in shallow center field when he was hit. Kuntz was able to poke fun at himself afterward, saying it was the first time he had broken a bone.
He was replaced for the past two games at first by coach Mike Jirschele, who is expected to fill in while Kuntz recovers.
The 59-year-old Kuntz is in the third year of his second stint with the Royals. He played in the majors for the White Sox, Twins and Tigers.
Blues C Backes scratched for Game 4
CHICAGO (AP) - St. Louis center David Backes has been scratched for Game 4 of the Blues' first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks due to an upper-body injury.
Backes did not participate in St. Louis' morning skate, but coach Ken Hitchcock did not rule him out for Wednesday night's game. The final word came when Backes was on the list of scratches on the pregame roster report.
Forward Brenden Morrow also was scratched after Hitchcock said earlier in the day that he would miss the rest of the series. Morrow missed the final three games of the regular season with a foot injury. He played in Games 1 and 3 against the Blackhawks.
Backes missed Game 3 after he absorbed a big hit from Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook in the third period of the Blues' 4-3 overtime victory Saturday.
Chiefs to open season Sept. 7 vs Tennessee
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Chiefs will have to get used to playing away from Arrowhead Stadium.
Kansas City opens the season at home against Tennessee on Sept. 7, and then has just one more home game over the first seven weeks - the Patriots visit on Sept. 29.
Otherwise, the Chiefs will be taking trips to Denver, Miami, San Francisco and San Diego along with having a week off during the first half of the season.
The NFL announced the schedules for all teams Wednesday night.
If the Chiefs can navigate their early road swing, they'll have an opportunity to finish strong at home. They welcome cross-state rival St. Louis on Oct. 26, and play home games against Seattle, Denver and Oakland before wrapping the regular season against San Diego on Dec. 28.
Rams to play 49ers on Monday night
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Rams will open their 2014 schedule at home against the Minnesota Vikings and will host two prime-time games, including a Monday night game against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 6.
The Rams also will play the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night in Week 15 at the Edward Jones Dome. They have a bye in Week 4.
For the fourth time in five years, the Rams open at home and wrap up the regular season at Seattle.
In addition to the NFC West schedule, the Rams will play the Vikings, Cowboys, Broncos, Raiders and Giants at home.
The Rams also announced dates and times Wednesday for preseason games. They host the Saints Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. and the Packers Aug. 16 at 3 p.m., with night games Aug. 23 at Cleveland and Aug. 28 at Miami.
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