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Royals rally, beat Astros 6-4 in 11 innings

Mike Moustakas’ home run in the 11th inning broke a 4-4 tie and the Royals won a wild game at Houston on Wednesday night. The Royals won for the second night in a row. With a victory on Thursday night, they can exit a road that begin in such hellish fashion with a .500 record.

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NASCAR’s Kyle Larson thrives while doing double duty

Kyle Larson moved full time into the Sprint Cup series this season, taking over the No. 42 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing, and he’s 14th in the Sprint Cup standings. He’s also competing in Nationwide series races for Turner Scott Motorsports and has finished fourth or better in five of seven starts, including a win at Auto Club Speedway in California.

Outdoors

Fishing report for April 17

Brent’s best bet: The spring fishing is heating up at Table Rock Lake. The bass fishing has been outstanding this week, with fish being caught on wobblehead jigs with plastic crawdad trailers. The fishing for crappies and white bass also has been good, especially in the river arms where the fish are spawning.

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National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Mike Conley corralled a Monta Ellis miss with seven seconds remaining in overtime and took off the other way. Like a running back, he put his head down, tried to split four Mavericks on a drive to the basket and drew a foul. Conley hit the subsequent free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining in overtime Wednesday to lift the Memphis Grizzlies to a 106-105 win over Dallas that clinched them the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Following a Dallas timeout, Ellis, who scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, hit the back of the rim on a jumper from the top of the key at the buzzer. Memphis (50-32), which began the season 13-17 while dealing with a plethora of injuries, finished 37-15 and will face the second-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round. The Grizzlies knocked off the Russell Westbrook-less Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals last season before getting swept by San Antonio in the West Finals. Zach Randolph had 27 points and 14 rebounds, Marc Gasol tallied 19 points, nine boards and nine assists and Conley added 22 points and five helpers in the triumph. Dallas (49-33), meanwhile, will clash with their in-state rival Spurs in the first round. Dirk Nowitzki netted a game- high 30 points in defeat.

Cavaliers conclude on a high note

For all that the Cavaliers endured this season, coach Mike Brown didn't want the final impression of this team to be the way it gave up over the last week after it was officially eliminated from postseason contention.

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Penguins hold off Blue Jackets in Game 1

The Penguins got a stiff test from the Columbus Blue Jackets but prevailed, 4-3, in the opening game of their best-of-seven, first-round playoff series on Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center

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Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot from the left circle 8:18 into the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

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A two-time winner, Tom Watson returns to the Heritage

Tom Watson is going back this week to a place he’s had quite a bit of success. Watson will be playing in the RBC Heritage tournament in Hilton Head, S.C. Watson is a two-time winner of the event, having captured the title in 1979 and 1982.

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