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Yankees RHP Pineda suspended 10 games

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BOSTON (AP) Michael Pineda says he was just trying to get a better grip on the ball.

Now, he won't need one for a while.

A day after being caught using pine tar on the mound, the New York Yankees pitcher was suspended for 10 games by the commissioner's office on Thursday.

Hawks take 2-1 lead on top-seeded Pacers

ATLANTA (AP) Jeff Teague flung in a wild 3-pointer after the officials appeared to miss him stepping out of bounds, and Kyle Korver finished off Indiana from beyond the arc to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 98-85 victory Thursday night and another lead in the series with the top-seeded Pacers.

Hardly playing like a No. 8 seed that finished six games under .500 during the regular season, the Hawks took control in the third quarter - the decisive period in all three games - and held off the Pacers to go up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. (MORE)

Reds' Simon accused of sexual assault

A woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon sexually assaulted her in a Washington hotel when the team was in town to play the Nationals.

According to a suit filed Thursday in D.C. Superior Court, the woman, identified as Jane Doe, is seeking $15 million from Simon over the alleged attack in April 2013. (MORE)

NFL owners to discuss expanded playoffs

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL will discuss expanded playoffs at the owners' meetings next month in Atlanta.

Commissioner Roger Goodell told a gathering of Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday that a vote is uncertain on the proposal to add two teams to the postseason. Should the owners vote on the increase in May, Goodell said the 14-team playoffs could be implemented for the upcoming season, or for 2015. (MORE)

McRoberts fined $20K for foul on James

NEW YORK (AP) Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Thursday for making unnecessary and excessive contact with Miami Heat forward LeBron James.

McRoberts' foul against James with 50 seconds remaining Wednesday night in Miami in the Heat's 101-97 playoff victory over the Bobcats also was upgraded to a Flagrant 2. (MORE)

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