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ATHLETICS 8, WHITE SOX 1

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Daniel Mengden carried a shutout into the ninth inning in his best start of the season and Oakland won 8-1 before another sparse crowd at the Coliseum. Matt Olson homered, Jed Lowrie drove in three runs and Stephen Piscotty had two hits and an RBI for the A's. Oakland has won consecutive games for the first time this season. Mengden (2-2) had allowed three earned runs or more in each of his first three starts but was dominant against Chicago. Reynaldo Lopez (0-2) allowed a leadoff homer to Olson in the fourth and gave up two runs over six innings.

REDS 10, BREWERS 4

ROCKIES 6, PIRATES 2

the cubs vs cardinals and kansas city vs toronto were both cancelled while cleveland, detroit and minnesota all had the day off.

PUERTO RICO HOMECOMING

The Twins and Indians begin a two-game series in Puerto Rico, a day after several players spent the off day with kids on the storm-ravaged island. Cleveland star Francisco Lindor went back to his first school in his hometown, and Minnesota pitcher Jose Berrios visited a children's hospital in San Juan with many of his teammates.

BASEBALL

TORONTO (AP) – Even moving indoors couldn’t get the Blue Jays back on the field. Toronto postponed Monday’s series opener against Kansas City after chunks of ice crashed down from the nearby CN Tower following a weekend of freezing rain, including one that punctured a hole in the Rogers Centre roof. Andrew Miller, the Blue Jays’ executive vice president of business operations, was standing in the infield with two colleagues around 10:00 a.m. Monday, examining existing damage, when a falling piece of ice tore a hole about three feet by five feet in the PVC roof over right field, sending ice and pieces of insulation crashing onto the turf. It’s the first postponement at Rogers Centre since a game against the Royals was called off following a collision between two panels of the stadium’s moving roof on April 12, 2001. The teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday.

nascar

Kyle Busch has won the rain-delayed Cup Series race on a cold, dark day at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch passed Kyle Larson with five laps remaining to win his second straight Cup Series race. It is Busch's 45th career Cup win and marks the fifth time in his career that he has won back-to-back races; he won last week at Texas. It also was Busch's seventh victory at Bristol. Larson finished second while Jimmie Johnson finished third to claim his first top-five finish of the season. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was fourth and Alex Bowman finished fifth. Larson led 200 of the 500 laps but had to hold off Busch and Stenhouse after a restart with 22 laps remaining in the race.

RUNNING

BOSTON (AP) Desiree Linden splashed her way through icy rain and a near-gale headwind to win the Boston Marathon, the first victory for an American woman since 1985. The two-time Olympian and 2011 Boston runner-up pulled away at the end of Heartbreak Hill to win in 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds. That was more than four minutes better than second-place finisher Sarah Sellers – one of seven Americans in the top 10 – but the slowest time for a women’s winner in Boston since 1978.  Yuki Kawauchi passed defending champion Geoffrey Kirui as they passed through Kenmore Square with a mile to go to win the men’s race in 2:15:58 and earn Japan’s first Boston Marathon title since 1987.

PRO FOOTBALL

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) – Defensive lineman Aaron Donald has skipped the start of the Los Angeles Rams‘ voluntary offseason workouts. The Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year wasn’t at the Rams’ training complex Monday while most of his teammates began strength and conditioning work. Last season, Donald was absent from most of the Rams’ offseason program, all of training camp and the preseason while seeking a new contract. He also missed the first game of the regular season after ending his holdout one day beforehand, yet still produced another dominant season for the NFC West champions. Coach Sean McVay says Donald’s current absence particularly doesn’t concern him compared to last year. The Rams and Donald’s representatives have been discussing a lavish new contract for many months.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – James Harrison is taking another shot at retirement, and this time it’s likely to stick for the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker. The five-time Pro Bowler, two-time All Pro and 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year announced on Instagram early Monday he is stepping away from the game following a 15-year career that saw him go from undrafted free agent to one of the most feared players in the league. Harrison, 39, posted a collage of pictures of his two sons and noted he’s ”missed way too much for way too long … and I’m done.” Harrison played nearly his entire career with the Steelers, collecting 80.5 of his 84.5 career sacks while wearing black and gold, a franchise record. He spent the 2013 season in Cincinnati and signed with New England late last season, appearing in all three playoff games for the Patriots, including their Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia.

CLEVELAND -- Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will make $790,000 next season after signing with the club as an exclusive rights free agent. Gordon returned to the Browns and played five games last season following an NFL suspension and a lengthy rehab stint. Gordon, 27, is expected to report for the team's offseason workout program Monday. He's eligible to be a restricted free agent in 2019. Gordon has cost himself multi-million dollar contracts because of his addictions to drugs and alcohol. He led the league with 1,646 yards receiving in 2012 and was an All-Pro in 2013, but he's played just 10 games over the past four seasons. The Browns are hoping Gordon can stay clean, contribute and pair with newly signed Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who signed a five-year, $75 million contract Friday. After being re-instated last season, Gordon caught 18 passes for 335 yards and one touchdown.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Duke forward Wendell Carter Jr. is leaving for the NBA Draft after one season in college. Carter announced his decision Monday through the school, and team spokesman Mike DeGeorge says Carter plans to hire an agent. Carter averaged 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and a team-best 2.05 blocks as part of a one-two punch in the low post with fellow freshman Marvin Bagley III. Carter becomes the fourth member of Duke’s freshman class to turn pro this offseason, joining Gary Trent Jr., Trevon Duval and Bagley. He becomes the 16th one-and-done in program history. His decision means the Blue Devils must replace the entire starting five from their regional final loss to Kansas.

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