Johnson, Palat, MacKinnon up for rookie award

NEW YORK (AP) — Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat are finalists for the NHL’s top rookie award.

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Blues C Backes scratched for Game 4

CHICAGO (AP) — St. Louis center David Backes was scratched Wednesday night for Game 4 of the Blues’ first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks due to an upper-body injury.

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Falcons open at home against rival New Orleans

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons will open the season hosting NFC South rival New Orleans on Sept. 7 and have prime-time games against Tampa Bay and Green Bay.

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Panthers have 3 nationally-televised games in 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The defending NFC South champion Carolina Panthers will play three nationally-televised games and face six playoff teams from last season, the NFL announced Wednesday.

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Astros fail to sweep Seattle, fall 5-3 in 9th

Seattle Mariners fans cheer as Houston Astros closing pitcher Josh Fields heads off the field after giving up a walk-off home run to Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager in the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Seattle. The Mariners won 5-3. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) — Josh Fields knew he wasn’t as sharp as the previous two nights, when he saved games against the Mariners.

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