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Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez throws against the Rays during first inning MLB action in Toronto on Sunday, April 30, 2017. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press)

Sanchez lasts one inning, but Jays win

Just as the baseball gods were in the process of finishing off April with another hit from the middle finger, Jose Bautista and the struggling Blue Jays offence fired back.

Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Carl Hagelin, of Sweden, chases the puck against Washington Capitals centre Marcus Johansson, also of Sweden, and centre Lars Eller, of Denmark, during the first period of Game 2 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Saturday, April 29, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Pens down Caps in Game 2

When Sidney Crosby wasn’t beating the Washington Capitals putting the puck through his legs, he was doing it belly down on the ice.

Devils goaltender Cory Schneider makes a save against the Oilers during NHL action in Edmonton on Jan. 12, 2017. The Devils won the NHL draft lottery on April 29, 2017 and will have the first-overall pick in at the draft in late June. (Ian Kucerak/Postmedia Network/Files)

Devils win NHL draft lottery

On the outside, a gracious Trevor Linden wore the sincerest of grins as he extended his hand in congratulations to Ray Shero, whose New Jersey Devils had just won the NHL draft lottery on Saturday night.

Hendrick Motorsports says Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire at the end of this season. (John Amis/AP Photo/Files)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire

Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season Tuesday, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as the series scrambles to rebuild its fan base.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) tends the net against Canadiens centre Tomas Plekanec (14) during the third period of Game 6 of their first-round NHL playoff series at in New York on Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Mary Altaffer/AP Photo)

Surprising first round of NHL playoffs

Chicago and Montreal failed to advance past the first round. The Penguins survived the first round without their starting goalie. And Connor McDavid and Zack Kassian temporarily swapped roles for the Oilers.

Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl scores on San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones during Game 6 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday, April 22, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (Tony Avelar/AP Photo)

Oilers win opening round series

Not looking for any bulletin-board stuff or a screaming 'guaranteed win' quote that would be all over Twitter, the careful Edmonton Oilers were saying all the right things Saturday morning about how the San Jose Sharks were two wins away from winning the Stanley Cup last spring.

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