Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1 (Yahoo Sports)

BOSTON (AP) -- Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night.

The right-hander was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found the substance on the right side of Pineda's neck after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked him to check. Pineda walked from the mound without protest.

Both Pineda and Davis said it was pine tar.

''When it's that obvious, something has got to be said,'' Farrell explained after the game. ''Our awareness was heightened, given what we had seen in the past.''

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Pineda and the organization were ''embarrassed.''

Pineda (2-2) had nothing on the right side of his neck in a photo of him on the mound in his tough first inning, when four of the first six batters reached on hits. He said he put it on to get a better grip on the ball.

Another photo taken in the second showed a shiny horizontal substance on his upper neck below his right ear. After Pineda struck out the first two batters and had a 1-2 count on Grady Sizemore, Farrell talked to Davis. The umpire went to the mound, looked at the ball then touched the substance on Pineda's neck with his right index finger. Then he gestured with that same finger, indicating Pineda's ejection.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi called it ''an error in judgment'' and a ''little bump'' and ''poor judgment.''

''He had a hard time gripping the baseball. Unknown to us, he put it on and went out there,'' Girardi said. ''It's a young kid. I don't think he's trying to do anything, cheat. I think he's just trying to go out there and compete.''

Rule 8.02(b) says a pitcher shall not ''have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance. For such infraction of this section the penalty shall be immediate ejection from the game. In addition, the pitcher shall be suspended automatically.''

''We will talk to the umpires tomorrow and review their report before taking any action,'' Major League Baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said.

In recent suspensions of pitchers for pine tar, Tampa Bay's Joel Peralta was penalized eight games in 2012, the Los Angeles Angels' Brendan Donnelly 10 days in 2005 and St. Louis' Julian Tavarez 10 days in 2004. The suspensions of Donnelly and Tavarez were cut to eight days after they asked the players' association to appeal, and Peralta dropped his challenge with no reduction.

In Pineda's previous start against the Red Sox, a 4-1 Yankees win in New York on April 10, television cameras caught Pineda with what appeared to be sticky pine tar on his hand on a cool night. Farrell didn't see a photograph of Pineda's hand until the fourth inning; when Pineda came out to warm up for the fifth, his hand was clean.

Pineda said the dark substance was dirt but it sparked debate about pitchers' use of sticky substances to get a better grip on cool nights.

On Wednesday, with the game time temperature at 50 degrees, Sizemore started the first with a triple and scored on Dustin Pedroia's single. With one out, Mike Napoli singled Pedroia to third. After Mike Carp flied to left, A.J. Pierzynski singled up the middle, scoring Pedroia.

After Pineda's ejection, David Phelps came in and completed the strikeout of Sizemore.

John Lackey (3-2) allowed one run and seven hits in eight innings with 11 strikeouts and no walks. Koji Uehara struck out three in the ninth in a non-save situation.

The previous time Lackey faced the Yankees he allowed four homers in a 7-2 loss on April 12. On Wednesday, he struck out the side in the third then had two strikeouts in each of the next two innings.

Mike Napoli had three hits and Boston scored two runs in the first and two more in the third. The Yankees scored on Alfonso Soriano's sacrifice fly in the sixth.

NOTES: Girardi pushed a television camera focusing on Pineda in the tunnel. Girardi called it a ''private area'' and said ''the camera is meant for the dugout and not the tunnel,'' adding ''all I did was turn it.'' ... Boston Marathon men's champion Meb Keflezighi threw out the ceremonial first pitch wearing a Red Sox jersey with the name ''MEB'' and the number ''26.2'' on the back, the mileage distance of the race. ... Ortiz played in his 1,643rd game as a designated hitter, matching Harold Baines' major-league record. ... Boston sent OF Daniel Nava to Triple-A Pawtucket and recalled RHP Alex Wilson. ... Mark Teixeira struck out four times. ... Derek Jeter was 0 for 4, ending his 11-game hitting streak. ... In the finale of the three-game series Thursday night, New York's CC Sabathia (2-2) pitches against Felix Doubront (1-2).

Keith Thurman isn’t sulking after falling victim to boxing politics (Yahoo Sports)

In a lot of ways, boxing is a lot more like a political campaign than a sporting event. Name recognition and powerful alliances are a key ingredient to success.

When he debuted on HBO in 2012 with an impressive victory over Orlando Lora, Keith Thurman called out the sport's biggest names in his post-fight interview with Max Kellerman.

Not surprisingly, his phone did not ring.

Thurman had next-to-no name recognition and he was far too dangerous for big-time opposition to seriously consider him as an opponent. It was a case of far too much risk weighed against much too little reward.

"Boxing doesn't work the way it used to," said Thurman, an unbeaten 25-year-old welterweight with an engaging personality and a mule-kick of a punch. "After my HBO debut, I called out several names. I did it knowing people didn't know who I was, but I did so trying to make a statement about where I'm going to go.

"I'm going to the top and I was making the point that I'm willing to climb the ladder and take out these individuals to prove it."

On Saturday, Thurman will headline a Showtime-televised card against Julio Diaz at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Diaz is a tough, hard-nosed fighter, but he's past his prime and has struggled in recent years.

Thurman insists he's taking Diaz as seriously as he would someone like Shawn Porter, but he admits it's disappointing he hasn't gotten the big-name opponent he desires.

This is a high-risk, low-reward type of bout for Thurman, but he's not a woe-is-me kind of a guy.

Diaz isn't a major name these days, but that doesn't concern Thurman. Diaz will have a pair of gloves on his hands and will be looking to do him harm.

"He has way more to gain and I have way more to lose, but that doesn't matter," Thurman said. "I'm here to win. I know that if I knock him out in the first round, second round, third round, [the critics will say], 'Oh, that's what Thurman is supposed to do.'

"Yeah, that might be what Thurman was supposed to do, but remember, Shawn Porter didn't do it. Remember, Amir Khan didn't do it. So I have a little bit to gain from this fight, especially if I put Julio Diaz down. Each right hand, each left hook that I take in the fight is an opportunity for them to discredit me. Stay tuned, because I have a lot to show."

Thurman, who is 22-0 with 20 knockouts, had hoped for a bigger name for this fight. He said he expressed that sentiment to promoter Richard Schaefer and manager Al Haymon after his exciting victory over Jesus Soto Karass in San Antonio in December.

There were talks, he said, but nothing came of them.

He had hoped to get Marcos Maidana after that Dec. 14 show in which Maidana defeated Adrien Broner, but Maidana landed a May 3 match against Floyd Mayweather.

He has a good relationship with Porter and his team, but Thurman said he was told Porter wasn't interested.

Porter, the IBF welterweight champion, made himself a hot commodity by beating Devon Alexander in December and then even moreso by stopping Paulie Malignaggi in the fourth round last week.

A Thurman-Porter fight is one of the most entertaining fights that could be made in the sport, and Thurman doesn't get why it didn't occur.

He knows the public would eat up a match between Porter and himself and he's disappointed that, at least for the time being, it's not happening.

"Me and Team Porter have been in camps together and we know each other very well," Thurman said. "Shawn's a great fighter. He was a top amateur like myself. He had a great performance against Paulie. He looked fantastic. But the only thing I say about that is, for those who may have recorded it, re-watch the fight. Not to take away from Shawn's performance, but Paulie didn't have his hands up at any point in the fight. Paulie didn't block one punch.

"I think Paulie highly underestimated Shawn Porter and thought that because he was the faster guy, he would be able to see everything and his reflexes would do the job. He's 33, and 33 isn't old in this sport, but everybody has their due date and Shawn fought with the tenacity I knew he would."

Thurman is wise beyond his years and understands that it might be a while before he gets the big fight he yearns for.

But he insists he'll never get complacent and never look past anyone, even someone seemingly overmatched or on the down side.

"I have fights that I want and that I want very badly in this sport," he said. "But I get how the business works. I'm just 25 years old and there are a lot of these guys who are in their 30s. In three, four, maybe five years, a lot of them or maybe even all of them won't be around, but I still will be.

"Every guy who gets in front of me, whether he is a big name or not, is a threat because he can take me out and that could cost me. I can't afford to have a slip or a lapse and I'm going to do everything in my power, and then some, to make certain it never occurs."

Brewers bats wake up at home to beat Padres 5-2 (Yahoo Sports)

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jean Segura hit a three-run homer, and the Milwaukee Brewers broke out of an offensive slumber at home to support Kyle Lohse in a 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.

Segura homered for a 4-1 lead in the second. Khris Davis added a solo shot for the Brewers, who have won five of six and are a big league-best 16-6.

Lohse (4-1) allowed five hits and no walks in seven innings. Brewers batters backed him with nine hits at Miller Park, where the team had been averaging just two runs and six hits entering the night.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save, his 313th over 12 full big league seasons.

Tyson Ross (2-3) allowed a season-high five earned runs in six innings.

Ross regressed after striking out nine and shutting out the Giants over eight innings in his previous start last week. He had little to celebrate Wednesday, a day after he turned 27.

Milwaukee was aggressive from the outset and made solid contact early in counts. Ryan Braun doubled home a run in the first on a 1-1 pitch, the same count on which eighth-place hitter Segura hit a 385-homer off the green facade over the left-field wall.

Waiting in the on-deck circle, Lohse pumped his right fist in the air as Segura's drive cleared the fence. On the mound, the right-hander held the Padres to one earned run until the bullpen shut down San Diego over the final two innings.

San Diego took a 1-0 lead in the first off of Seth Smith's sacrifice fly, but was otherwise limited until pinch-hitter Nick Hundley's RBI single with two outs in the seventh.

After four straight one-run games, the Brewers got a relative breather. Manager Ron Roenicke said it was only a matter of time before his squad broke out of its hitting slump at home - and his players backed him up with four runs and five hits in the first two innings.

Getting the 24-year-old Segura going will help. Segura, who was dropped from second to eighth in the order after starting the season hitting .232, hit his first homer since July 30, spanning 269 plate appearances.

NOTES: A fan sitting in the front row next to the Brewers dugout left with an ice pack on her right wrist after apparently being hit by a bat that flew out of the hands of Padres pinch-hitter Yasmani Grandal in the seventh on a strikeout. ... Padres manager Bud Black said RHP Josh Johnson is scheduled for elbow ligament-replacement surgery for the second time in his career and will miss the entire season. Johnson was placed on the DL before the season began. ... Brewers RHP Brandon Kintzler (rotator cuff) had a 40-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday and appears on track to return from the DL on Friday. The setup man has been sidelined since April 9. ... The Padres will send LHP Eric Stults (1-2) to the hill when they begin a three-game series in Washington on Thursday. ... The Brewers are off Thursday and plan to start RHP Matt Garza (0-2) at home against the Cubs on Friday.

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Ebola outbreak death toll in West Africa over 140

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 140 people.

The Ebola disease causes a high fever and internal and external bleeding. There is no cure and no vaccine and it has a high fatality rate.

In a statement on its website Tuesday, the U.N. health agency said at least 230 suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola have been recorded so far in Guinea and Liberia. Most of the cases are in Guinea.

The statement said 129 deaths in Guinea and 13 in Liberia have been linked to the disease.

The outbreak is highly unusual as the disease is typically found in central or eastern Africa.

Ferry toll hits 156 as search gets tougher

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll neared 160 and relatives of the more than 140 still missing pressed the government to finish the grim task of recovery soon.

At a port on this island near the scene of divers' efforts, relatives lined up for a daily ritual, crowding around a large signboard to read updates about bodies found overnight and the search plan for the day. Volunteers posted messages of support: "Please come back home," one of the messages said. "We pray for you."

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Navy divers Thursday were searching the rear of the ferry's fourth floor, officials posted on a sign board. The coast guard and a rescue company were searching the middle section of the same floor, and another team was to search the front and middle of the fourth floor. Officials also posted new numbers at the port: 159 dead; 143 missing.

As divers plunge deeper into the ferry, the work gets harder as they find they have to rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.

Looming in the background is a sensitive issue: When to bring in the cranes and begin the salvage effort by cutting up and raising the submerged vessel.

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"Now we think we have to deal with this realistically," said Pyun Yong-gi, whose 17-year-old daughter is among the missing.

"We don't want the bodies to decay further, so we want them to pull out the bodies as quickly as they can," Pyun said on Jindo island, where recovered bodies are taken for families to identify.

That view is not shared among all relatives of the missing, however. One of them, Jang Jong-ryul, was sensitive about the mere mention of the word "salvage" and said most families don't want to think about it.

The number of corpses recovered has risen sharply since the weekend, when divers battling strong currents and low visibility were finally able to enter the submerged vessel. But the task is becoming more difficult.

"The lounge is one big open space, so once in it we got our search done straight away. But in the case of the cabins, we will have to break down the walls in between because they are all compartments," said Koh Myung-seok, spokesman for the government-wide emergency task force.

The government has not said when it intends to begin the salvage effort, though it has said it will be considerate of the families of the missing.

For some relatives of the missing, speed in recovering the dead is becoming more important.

"I've seen the bodies and they are starting to smell. It inflicts a new wound for the parents to see the bodies decomposed," Pyun said.

He and other relatives have set a deadline of Thursday for the government to recover all the bodies, though he concedes they have no way to enforce it. "We are not the ones who are actually doing it, so we know that there is nothing we can do," Pyun said.

A man reads messages wishing for safe return of passengers aboard the sunken ferry boat Sewol, at a gymnasium where relatives of passengers wait for their missing loved ones in Jindo, South Korea, Wednesday, April 23, 2014.AP Photo: Ahn Young-joon

A man reads messages wishing for safe return of passengers aboard the sunken ferry boat Sewol, at a gymnasium where relatives of passengers wait for their missing loved ones in Jindo, South Korea, Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

The victims of the April 16 disaster are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board survived.

The funeral halls in Ansan are already full, and Oh Sang-yoon of the task force center said in a statement that the center "is taking measures to accommodate additional bodies by placing mortuary refrigerators at the funeral halls in Ansan," and directing mourning families to funeral homes in nearby cities.

Twenty-two of the 29 members of the ferry's crew survived, and 11, including Capt. Lee Joon-seok, have been arrested or detained in connection with the investigation. Two of the crew were arrested Wednesday, senior prosecutor Ahn Sang-don said.

Ahn said an analysis of photos and video on the ship before its sinking showed the captain and other arrested crew members didn't rescue passengers, though it was their duty. Ahn said the crew members were at the ship's steering room or engine room together before fleeing the Sewol earlier than passengers.

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The captain initially told passengers to stay in their cabins, and waited about half an hour to issue an evacuation order. He has said he waited because the current was strong, the water was cold and passengers could have drifted away before help arrived. But maritime experts said he could have ordered passengers to the deck — where they would have had a greater chance of survival — without telling them to abandon ship.

It was not the crew but a passenger who first alerted authorities that the boat was in distress, the coast guard confirmed Wednesday.

An emergency call was made 8:52 a.m. last Wednesday to the Jeonnam 119 fire department, which transferred the call to the Mokpo coast guard office, the coast guard said in an emailed statement. The ferry made its first distress call three minutes later.

Yonhap news agency reported that the caller was a student from Ansan, and remains missing.

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The cause of the disaster is not yet known. Ahn said investigators are considering factors including wind, ocean currents, freight, modifications made to the ship and the fact that it turned just before it began listing.

Tracking data show that the ship made a 45-degree turn, and that it turned about 180 degrees in the course of about three minutes around the time the vessel began to list.

A maritime professor who spoke with the Sewol's third mate, who is among those arrested and was steering the ferry before it sank, said he suspects a problem with the steering gear caused the sinking.

Professor Kim Woo-Sook of Mokpo National Maritime University said he spoke to Park Han-gyeol, a former student, at a Mokpo detention facility. He says she told him she ordered a helmsman to make just a 5-degree turn, but the steering gear turned too far and the helmsman could not turn it back.

Kim said the steering gear would not have been enough alone to capsize the ship, but he suspects it caused poorly secured freight to shift, making the vessel unbalanced. He said he told her he believes she didn't make any mistakes in steering the ship, but that was wrong to have followed the captain in escaping the ship without protecting the passengers.

Senior prosecutor Yang Jung-jin said government investigators have not confirmed problems in the steering gear of the Sewol.

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Drouin-Keith wrote from Seoul. Associated Press writers Jung-hee Oh and Kyeongmin Lee in Jindo, Chang Yong-jun in Ansan, and Youkyung Lee, Hyung-jin Kim, Foster Klug and Jung-yoon Choi in Seoul contributed to this report.

Ferry disaster: Searchers and divers look for people believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, April 22.AP Photo: Korea Pool

Searchers and divers look for people believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97 (Yahoo Sports)

MIAMI (AP) -- LeBron James drove to the rim as time was winding down, got clobbered by Josh McRoberts and sat on the hardwood gathering himself for a few seconds afterward.

It was fitting. Miami took Charlotte's best shot, and survived.

James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points and the Heat wasted two big leads before hanging on to beat the Bobcats 101-97 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

''We can play better basketball,'' James said. ''We haven't played our best basketball.''

Dwyane Wade scored 15 points, and had a steal in the final seconds to seal the win for Miami. He stripped the ball from Chris Douglas-Roberts with the Heat protecting a three-point lead with about 3 seconds left, and the Bobcats never got another shot off.

''A very instinctual, high-risk play,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''The ball's there and you know you have an opportunity to get it when most people can't get that, and that saved the game.''

Game 3 is Saturday in Charlotte. The Heat were the NBA's only higher-seed to open the playoffs with two home wins.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 22 points for Charlotte, which got 18 points and 13 rebounds from Al Jefferson, who played through a left plantar fascia strain and shot 9 for 23.

Jefferson said he felt the tear worsen early on in the game, said it was ''a lot of pain'' but again insisted he would keep playing.

''He's not anywhere close to 100 percent,'' Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said. ''But we can play through him. ... You've got to respect the fact he's out there battling. He has no mobility, basically. Limited mobility and yet he had 18 and 13, and he fought hard.''

So was McRoberts - maybe too hard for Miami's liking.

Miami's lead was 97-94 with 50 seconds left when James drove and was met at the rim by McRoberts, whose right elbow struck the four-time NBA MVP around his chin. James immediately began grabbing at his throat and needed much longer than he usually does to get up after a hard foul, which was not called flagrant.

''I don't need to see it again,'' James said. ''Most important thing is we won the game.''

Said McRoberts, who insisted it wasn't intentional: ''It looked a lot worse than what it was.''

James hit the second of his two free throws, making it a two-possession game - and that was critical. Kemba Walker made a 3-pointer with 11.9 seconds left to get Charlotte within one, but the Bobcats didn't score again.

''I think we're still really confident,'' Walker said. ''We just have to learn from our mistakes. ... I think we have a chance, man.''

Walker finished with 16 and Gerald Henderson scored 15 for the Bobcats. Mario Chalmers scored 11 for Miami.

So while the Heat were saying that all they have done was hold serve at home, it's hard to find a real silver lining for Charlotte. Not only have the Bobcats now lost 18 consecutive games against Miami, but the Heat have never dropped any of the previous 11 postseason series in which they've grabbed a 2-0 series lead.

James, between his time in Cleveland and Miami, is 11-0 in such situations. Wade has been part of nine previous 2-0 leads with the Heat, and six of those series ended in no more than five games.

''They're going to keep coming at us,'' Wade said. ''And that's good.''

Miami's lead was 91-77 midway through the fourth, and after blowing a big first-half lead, it appeared as though the Heat finally had some breathing room. A few minutes later, it looked a whole lot different.

Walker, Kidd-Gilchrist and Douglas-Roberts combined on a 10-0 run, getting the Bobcats within 91-87. But Bosh scored on consecutive possessions, pushing the Heat lead to eight with 3:36 remaining.

''We got out of our here with the win, but we're going to have to tighten up a little bit,'' Bosh said. ''We had a little bit of slippage today.''

Miami led 57-47 at the half, and the Bobcats - who missed 17 of their first 22 shots - were fortunate, after facing a 16-point deficit at one point in the early going.

And while Charlotte kept coming back, it never led in the final 41 minutes.

NOTES: Jefferson has not shot a free throw in the series. ... James has signed with William Morris, which will represent him in entertainment-related projects. ... Game 3 will be Charlotte's first playoff home game since April 26, 2010, against Orlando. No current Bobcats appeared in that game - but Heat F Rashard Lewis did, for Orlando.

Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st home playoff win (Yahoo Sports)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit for their first home playoff victory in the franchise's 13 seasons, sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday night tied 2-2.

Craig Adams, Chris Kunitz, James Neal scored in a span of 5:01 of the first period to stake the Penguins to a 3-0 lead. But Ryan Johansen and Dubinsky each had a goal and an assist and Boone Jenner also scored for Columbus, making only its second postseason trip.

It was the fourth time in the series that the team that scored first - and also went on to hold a 3-1 lead - lost.

With the Penguins hanging on to a 3-2 lead in the third period, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made a big save on Matt Calvert's second shot in a flurry. Calvert later got behind Brooks Orpik on a breakaway and his forehand clanged off the crossbar, setting off a loud groan in the arena.

But Fleury was the culprit when he went behind the cage to handle Jack Johnson's pass around the boards in the final minute. He whiffed trying to handle the puck and was stuck out of position, allowing Johansen to slide a centering pass through the crease where Dubinsky netted it with 22.5 seconds left.

What followed was the loudest sound heard in the Blue Jackets' mostly dismal 13 seasons.

In the overtime, the Blue Jackets had the best of it - as they had for all but the start.

Foligno carried the puck through the neutral zone and was just across the blue line when he fired a low wrister that he tucked under Fleury's glove. As the players piled on top of Foligno, the crowd went crazy.

Fleury had been brilliant throughout the third period, finishing with 42 saves. His Columbus counterpart, Sergei Bobrovsky, also was spectacular at times with 22 saves.

The Penguins rolled to a quick 3-0 lead and ended up with a dreaded 3-1 lead after a period - and once again it vanished.

Just 11 seconds after Jussi Jokinen was called for hooking, the Penguins took advantage of a James Wisniewski turnover near the blue line with Brandon Sutter carrying the puck through the neutral zone on a 2-on-1 break with Adams. Sutter flipped a backhander to Adams, whose rising shot from the right circle beat Bobrovsky high on the stick side at the 6:09 mark.

Pittsburgh quieted a loud capacity crowd with two goals in the span of 33 seconds in the middle of the opening period.

While on the power play after Derek MacKenzie went off for roughing, Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby won a faceoff in the offensive zone and Niskanen's rocket from the right point was redirected by Kunitz.

Before the details of that goal could be announced, the Penguins won another faceoff in the offensive zone and Jokinen then beat the Blue Jackets' R.J. Umberger to a loose puck. He tapped the puck with his outstretched stick toward the right hash mark where Neal unloaded a hard one-timer past Bobrovsky.

It was the first goals of the series for Adams, Kunitz and Neal, who combined for 67 goals in the regular season.

The Blue Jackets played well to close out the period. Their kill unit held off the Penguins on just over a minute of 5 on 3 and killed off two more penalties.

Then at the 16:39 mark, former Penguin Mark Letestu's shot from the high slot was tipped in by Jenner, who had his back to Fleury as he muscled the puck past him.

Columbus dominated the second period, scoring the only goal and outshooting the Penguins 18-6.

A double-minor penalty on Lee Stempniak for high sticking eventually led to the Blue Jackets scoring again, this time with a two-man advantage. The Penguins killed the first 2 minutes of the 4-minute penalty, but picked up another minor penalty when Sutter was called for delay of game. From low on the right wing, Brandon Dubinsky slid a centering pass that Artem Anisimov was able to deflect toward the goal line, with Johansen jamming in the loose puck at the 14:20 mark.

On yet another power play with just 5 seconds left in the period, the Blue Jackets almost got the tying goal but the puck bounced over Cam Atkinson's stick when he had a wide open net.

From the time the Penguins built their 3-0 lead until the end of the second period, they were outshot 25-8.

Notes: The NHL announced earlier Wednesday that Game 5 will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Pittsburgh. ... Columbus was without rookie D Ryan Murray, who was wearing a boot after being hit with a puck in practice. Veteran Nick Schultz took his spot. ... Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said he was hopeful C Marcel Goc (ankle) may be able to play in the series. ... Likely NHL MVP Crosby has not scored a goal in his last nine playoff games and Evgeni Malkin hasn't found the net in his last eight.

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This 12-room inn is a former medieval convent in the ancient, pedestrians-only Italian town of Pienza. La Bandita Townhouse wins praise for family friendly policies that include feeding and mopping up after kids at no extra charge.This 12-room inn is a former medieval convent in the ancient, pedestrians-only Italian town of Pienza. La Bandita Townhouse wins praise for family friendly policies that include feeding and mopping up after kids at no extra charge.
Conde Nast Traveler says Park Hyatt wins dining accolades for its restaurant's art deco ambiance and fusion food -- but not for the KFC poster that three of its rooms look out onto.Conde Nast Traveler says Park Hyatt wins dining accolades for its restaurant's art deco ambiance and fusion food -- but not for the KFC poster that three of its rooms look out onto.
The Fogo Island Inn is described as a destination in itself. It's remote -- on Canada's east coast -- but this homage to Newfoundland's fishing culture pairs guests with a "community host" to show them around.The Fogo Island Inn is described as a destination in itself. It's remote -- on Canada's east coast -- but this homage to Newfoundland's fishing culture pairs guests with a "community host" to show them around.
  • Condé Nast Traveler says this year's list of 33 new hotels is its most selective yet
  • Categories include beach, family, food, bargain, design and "way-out-there"
  • Editors tried out 510 hotels from 400 cities to narrow the list

(CNN) -- The gold -- no, scratch that -- platinum envelopes have been opened to reveal Condé Nast Traveler's 18th annual "hot list," highlighting what it says are the best hotels to debut in the past year.

Editors from the luxury vacation mag examined hundreds of swanky venues from Beijing to the Big Apple to pinpoint their favorites, a tough job after which they likely deserve a well-earned vacation.

This year's list of 33 finalists is described as the most selective ever.

It certainly seems that way -- in 2013 no fewer than 154 were chosen.

Some 510 hotels from 400 cities and 93 countries were scored for "sense of place," "personality" and "intuition" -- which apparently means meeting your needs before you know what your needs are.

The venues were split into seven categories, including the best beach hotels, family hotels, design hotels and "way-out-there" remote hotels.

The list also celebrates "over-the-top" establishments, such as Venice's Amal Canal Grande.

It also includes "bargain hotels" -- but this being Condé Nast Traveler, slumming it means you still won't get much change out of $300 a night.

Best beach hotels

Andaz Maui at Wailea (Hawaii)

Splurge worthy: St. Petersburg\'s Four Seasons Lion Palace.
Splurge worthy: St. Petersburg's Four Seasons Lion Palace.

Mukul Resort (Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua)

Nizuc Resport and Spa (Cancún, Mexico)

Point Yamu by COMO (Phuket, Thailand)

Salt House Inn (Provincetown, Massachusetts)

Best family hotels

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo (Costa Rica)

La Bandita Townhouse (Tuscany, Italy)

Palihouse Santa Monica (Los Angeles)

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba (Aruba)

Best food hotel

Domaine de la Baume (Tourtour, France)

Park Hyatt Siem Reap (Cambodia)

Thompson Chicago (Chicago)

The Vines Resort & Spa (Tunuyán, Argentina)

The Wild Rabbit (Kingham, England)

Zero George Street (Charleston, South Carolina)

Best bargain hotels

American Trade Hotel (Panama City, Panama)

The Dean (Providence, Rhode Island)

The Line Hotel (Los Angeles)

The Marlton Hotel (New York)

The Temple Hotel (Beijing)

Best design hotels

The Fogo Island Inn is modeled on the homes of Newfoundland fishermen.
The Fogo Island Inn is modeled on the homes of Newfoundland fishermen.

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles)

Hotel B (Lima, Peru)

Hotel d'Angleterre (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai (Shanghai)

The London Edition (London)

Best over-the-top hotels

Aman Canal Grande Venice (Italy)

Cheval Blanc Randheli (Maldives)

Four Seasons Lion Palace St. Petersburg (Russia)

The Chedi Andermatt (Switzerland)

Rosewood London (London)

Best way-out-there hotels

Amanoi (Nui Chua National Park, Vietnam)

Fogo Island Inn (Newfoundland, Canada)

Segera Retreat (Laikipia Plateau, Kenya)

Wild’s Matt Cooke gets 7-game suspension from NHL (Yahoo Sports)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The NHL cracked down hard on Matt Cooke, suspending the Minnesota Wild left wing for seven games Wednesday for his knee-to-knee hit that injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie.

Cooke was at the league office in New York for a hearing about the incident, and his punishment finally was announced more than eight hours later. The Avalanche lead the Wild 2-1 with Game 4 looming Thursday, so Cooke will be out for this first-round series and more. If the term of the ban isn't finished during the playoffs, Cooke must complete it at the beginning of the next regular season.

He played a key part for the Wild in Game 3 in quieting Avalanche stars Nathan MacKinnon, Paul Stastny and Gabe Landeskog, matching up against that line often. Cooke was all over the ice Monday, colliding with almost every white Colorado jersey he could get close enough to and providing Minnesota plenty of energy in a game it had to win.

But Cooke crossed the line, the league ruled, by sticking out his knee to clip Barrie in open ice early in the second period. Barrie, who ducked to his right in attempt to avoid the collision, tumbled over in immediate pain. He suffered a medial collateral ligament injury to his left knee and will need four to six weeks to recover.

''I think everyone is pretty informed on what he does out there and what he's done in the past, and I think that speaks for itself,'' Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson said Wednesday before the punishment was levied. ''There's no place for that in the game. Look at the guy who he hit: one of our top 'D.' He's going to be out for the foreseeable future.''

Added Johnson: ''I don't even know if there's a place for him in this game. It's disgusting what he's done to guys' careers.''

This is Cooke's sixth career suspension for various player safety violations, bringing his total of games banned to 34, including playoffs. He has also been fined four times. Four of his suspensions came between 2008 and 2011, his first three years with Pittsburgh, but since vowing to change his style his penalty minutes have dropped sharply. This was his first banishment in more than three years, meaning he wasn't considered a repeat offender according to the collective bargaining agreement.

That didn't mean the NHL couldn't account for that past pattern, however.

In an explanatory video posted on the league website, it cited Cooke's history in determining the punishment in addition to the position of his knee, his intent to make contact, the amount of force he applied and the significance of the injury to Barrie.

Cooke began striding toward Barrie well before they collided and had the play entirely in front of him. Cooke further extended his knee after Barrie released the puck. Though the NHL acknowledged Barrie's attempt to evade contact might have worsened his injury, it said that ''should have been entirely predictable to Cooke.''

The Wild will replace Cooke on the third line centered by Erik Haula and flanked by Justin Fontaine with Nino Niederreiter, whose place on the fourth line will be taken by Kyle Brodziak, a healthy scratch in Game 3.

''As the year's gone on, we've lost some guys here and there and we've always had guys step up so that's been the strength of our team,'' Haula said after practice Wednesday in anticipation of Cooke's absence. ''I don't have any doubt that it'll happen again.''

Said captain Mikko Koivu of Cooke: ''He's a big piece of this team. The way he plays, he gives confidence to the whole team. But we're going to support him whatever happens. Now it's a chance for somebody else to come into the lineup and do that job for us . in a different way.''

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Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian officials said Thursday that after examining detailed photographs of unidentified material that washed ashore in the southwestern part of the country they are satisfied it is not a clue in the search for the missing Malaysian plane.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has advised search coordinators that the material, which washed ashore 10 kilometers (6 miles) east of Augusta in Western Australia, is not from missing Flight 370, according to a statement from the Joint Agency Coordination Centre.

Photos: Missing Malaysia Airlines jet

Martin Dolan, chief commissioner of the safety bureau, told The Associated Press Wednesday that an initial analysis of the material — which appeared to be sheet metal with rivets — suggested it was not from the plane.

"We do not consider this likely to be of use to our search for MH370," he said.

Augusta is near Australia's southwestern tip, about 310 kilometers (190 miles) from Perth, where the search has been headquartered.

The search coordination center also said Thursday a robotic submarine, the U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21, had scanned more than 90 percent of the 310-square kilometer (120-square mile) seabed search zone off the Australian west coast, creating a three-dimensional sonar map of the ocean floor, but had found nothing of interest.

The 4.5-kilometer (2.8-mile) deep search area is a circle 20 kilometers (12 miles) wide around an area where sonar equipment picked up a signal on April 8 consistent with a plane's black boxes. But the batteries powering those signals are now believed dead.

Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the lost jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials plan soon to bring in more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper beneath the Indian Ocean.

Defense Minister David Johnston said Australia was consulting with Malaysia, China and the United States on the next phase of the search for the plane, which disappeared March 8. Details on the next phase are likely to be announced next week.

Johnston said more powerful towed side-scan commercial sonar equipment would probably be deployed, similar to the remote-controlled subs that found RMS Titanic 3,800 meters (12,500 feet) under the Atlantic Ocean in 1985 and the Australian WWII wreck HMAS Sydney in the Indian Ocean off the Australian coast, north of the current search area, in 2008.

While the Bluefin had less than one-fifth of the seabed search area to complete, Johnston estimated that task would take another two weeks.

Abbott said the airliner's probable impact zone was 700 kilometers (430 miles) long and 80 kilometers (50 miles) wide. A new search strategy would be adopted if nothing is found in the current seabed search zone.

"If at the end of that period we find nothing, we are not going to abandon the search, we may well rethink the search, but we will not rest until we have done everything we can to solve this mystery," Abbott told reporters.

The focus of the next search phase will be decided by continuing analysis of information including flight data and sound detections of the suspected beacons, Johnston said, adding that the seabed in the vicinity of the search was up to 7 kilometers (4 miles) deep.

The search center said Thursday an air search involving up to 11 planes was planned to examine an area of nearly 50,000 square kilometers centered about 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) northwest of Perth. The center said it would first assess weather conditions, which have hampered aerial searches over the past two days. The center said 11 ships would also join the search.

Radar and satellite data show the jet veered far off course on March 8 for unknown reasons during its flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing. An analysis indicates it would have run out of fuel in the remote section of ocean where the search has been focused. Not one piece of confirmed debris has been found since the massive multinational hunt began.

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Associated Press writers Kristen Gelineau in Sydney and Nick Perry in Wellington, New Zealand, contributed to this report.