Anaheim Ducks clinch Pacific Division title, rout Oilers 5-1 (Yahoo Sports)

Anaheim Ducks' Corey Perry, left, and Ryan Getzlaf celebrate the team's 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers in an NHL hockey game Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Andrew Cogliano and Francois Beauchemin each had a goal and an assist, and the Anaheim Ducks clinched their third straight Pacific Division title with a 5-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night. Corey Perry, Nate Thompson and Simon Despres also scored in the fourth straight win for the NHL-leading Ducks, who became the first team to wrap up a division race with their eighth victory in 10 games overall. Frederik Andersen made 22 saves, and Jakob Silfverberg had a career-high three assists in a dominant effort by the Ducks, who lead Nashville by four points for home-ice advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs.

Serena Williams earns 700th win to reach Miami Open semis (Yahoo Sports)

Serena Williams waves to the crowd after defeating Sabine Lisicki during their quarterfinal match at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Key Biscayne, Fla. Williams won the match 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-3. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Serena Williams abused her racket, scolded herself and even made angry faces at the sun. The seven-time Key Biscayne champion overcame her annoyance and shaky play Wednesday for her 700th career victory, beating Sabine Lisicki 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the Miami Open. ”I just told myself, I’m not serving the way I normally serve and hitting the way I normally would hit, so at this point all I can do is just fight and try to give 200 percent instead of 100 percent.” The No. 1-seeded Williams’ opponent Thursday night will be No. 3 Simona Halep, who beat unseeded American Sloane Stephens 6-1, 7-5. Two-time champion Andy Murray advanced to the men’s semifinals by rallying past unseeded Dominic Thiem 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Final Four coaches attack ‘discrimination’ ahead of Indiana games

  • Kentucky, Duke, Michigan State and Wisconsin release statement
  • Religious Freedom Restoration Act has attracted criticism

The coaches of the remaining teams in the NCAA Tournament Final Four have issued a joint statement clarifying their position on Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Kentucky’s John Calipari and Bo Ryan of Wisconsin issued the statement during a press conference ahead of the Final Four, which takes place on Saturday.

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Kell Brook lays out plans for two fights before summer is out

• First outing might be as early as May at O2 Arena
• Juan Manuel Márquez and Brandon Rios could be in the frame
Amir Khan ‘would love’ to fight Kell Brook but tells him to get in line

Kell Brook hopes to make the first of two defences of his IBF welterweight title before the end of the summer.

The Sheffield fighter retained his world crown with a four-round demolition of the mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan last Saturday, his first bout since being stabbed in the leg last September.

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Ex-NFL star handled gun that may have been murder weapon: friend

Former New England Patriots football player Hernandez and his attorney Rankin listen as prosecution witness Alexander Bradley is questioned at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall RiverBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) – A former friend of Aaron Hernandez testified on Wednesday that he saw the ex-New England Patriots player handle a gun similar to the one prosecutors contend he used to murder an acquaintance, and that Hernandez had a distrustful nature. Alexander Bradley, who had been friends with the former tight end, was permitted to tell jurors that Hernandez had access to the type of pistol he is accused of using to murder semipro football player Odin Lloyd, but not about a separate 2013 incident in which Bradley contends Hernandez shot him in the face. Hernandez, 25, is charged with killing Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee’s sister. Lloyd was found shot dead in June 2013 in an industrial park near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.

Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon to start season on DL (Yahoo Sports)

Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon plays in the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Mets, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon will start the season on the disabled list because of a sprained left knee Rendon was hurt March 9 diving for a ball in the field. The Nationals expected Rendon to return within a week, but pain lingered. He was diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament and was examined this week by Drs. James Andrews and Steven Singleton. ”He’s missed so much time, it will be a fairly lengthy one, I’m sure, to get him back in shape,” manager Matt Williams said Wednesday.

Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon to start season on DL (Yahoo Sports)

Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon plays in the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Mets, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon will start the season on the disabled list because of a sprained left knee Rendon was hurt March 9 diving for a ball in the field. The Nationals expected Rendon to return within a week, but pain lingered. He was diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament and was examined this week by Drs. James Andrews and Steven Singleton. ”He’s missed so much time, it will be a fairly lengthy one, I’m sure, to get him back in shape,” manager Matt Williams said Wednesday.