Padres nearly had their first ever no-hitter

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Padres nearly had their first ever no-hitter

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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Edinson Volquez has only his glove to blame for falling just short of the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres history. Volquez threw a one-hitter -- an infield single in the fourth inning that bounced off his glove -- for the first complete game and shutout of his career as the Padres beat the Houston Astros 1-0 on Thursday night. Alexi Amarista doubled and Logan Forsythe singled in the first inning for the Padres, who won three of the four games in the series and have won five of six overall. "I had a few in the minor leagues, but right now that doesn't count," Volquez said of complete games. "To do it in the major leagues, complete game, one-hit shutout, that was good." Volquez shut down the Astros except for the infield single by Matt Downs, who hit a comebacker to the left side of the mound. Third baseman Chase Headley and Volquez converged on the ball but Volquez opted to attempt to snare the ball but dropped it. Volquez did not attempt to throw out Downs at first base. "I've got to work on my backhand," Volquez said. "I was supposed to catch that ball. I've got fielding practice tomorrow, I've got to work on that. He hit it in the right spot." Downs was just glad to avoid history. "You look back and you're glad he didn't no-hit you," Downs said. In becoming the first Padres pitcher to throw a one-hitter at Petco Park, Volquez struck out five and walked three, throwing 118 pitches, 76 for strikes. It was the Padres' second complete game of the season and sixth shutout. "He's been pretty good lately," Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal said. "Sometimes the walks kill him, but that was one thing he didn't do tonight was walk too many guys. It seemed like every time he fell behind he came back, so that's something he needs to keep doing. He's a really good pitcher when he allows himself to be." Volquez is the third Padrer to throw a shutout at Petco Park. Jake Peavy did so on Aug. 23, 2005 also against Houston, and Ismael Valdez did on June 5, 2004, against Milwaukee. "A couple of hiccups with maybe a couple of walks, but his stuff was good," Padres manager Bud Black said. "They didn't hit many balls hard. He was in command of the game. Those are tough games, because when the score is 1-0, every pitch is critical." The win improved Volquez's career record against the Astros to 6-0. "I think we had four or five well-hit balls, right on the button -- and that happens," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "At the same time, you would like to get something started against him." Rookie Lucas Harrell (7-7), who threw a shutout against San Diego on June 27 in Houston, gave up four hits and struck out six while walking one in seven innings. "With our offense, I feel like we can score enough runs if I can keep it close," Harrell said. Amarista, playing in center field for the injured Cameron Maybin, has hit safely in 16 of 17 games, batting .387 over that stretch. Forsythe nearly started a triple play in the second inning. Scott Maxwell hit a line drive that the second baseman leaped to catch. He threw to Everth Cabrera to double up J.D. Martinez at second and Cabrera threw to first but Downs dived to beat the ball to the base and prevent the triple play. Houston is batting .197 over the past 15 games and the club has had five hits or fewer 10 times in its last 18 games. The Astros were the victim when Matt Cain threw a perfect game on July 13 in San Francisco. "It's going to turn here, and it's going to turn here quick," Mills said. "We're looking forward to it turning tomorrow night in Arizona." This game marked the last non-interleague meeting between the Astros and Padres as Houston will move to the American League West in 2013. NOTES: Mills said C Jason Castro, who is on the DL, had "really good range of motion" after his swollen knee was drained Wednesday. ... Maybin was out of the lineup for the second straight game because of a sore wrist. Black said he doubts Maybin will be a candidate for the DL ... Bud Norris will pitch for Houston when they open a three-game series in Arizona on Friday against Trevor Cahill (7-8, 3.71). San Diego's Jason Marquis (2-5, 3.62) will pitch in the opener of a three-game series against Colorado's Drew Pomeranz (1-4, 3.79).

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NHL Trade Deadline: Lightning trade franchise saves leader Ben Bishop to Kings

NHL Trade Deadline: Lightning trade franchise saves leader Ben Bishop to Kings

The NHL trade deadline takes place on Wednesday, March 1 at 3:00 p.m., and it already looks like the three-ring circus that was the 2016 trade deadline could be back in town.

On Monday, the Tampa Bay Lightning traded goaltender Ben Bishop, the franchise's all-time saves leader and two-time Vezina Trophy runner-up, to the Los Angeles Kings for goalie Peter Budaj, prospect Erik Cernak, a seventh round draft pick and a conditional 2017 NHL Draft pick.

TSN's Bob McKenzie was first to report.

The Kings also received the Lightning's fifth-round pick in 2017.

Bishop has long been rumored to be on the move this season, although a December injury put talks on the shelf as he recovered from the lower leg injury. But with Andrei Vasilevskiy becoming more reliant in net, the Lightning were keen on making the move. Bishop will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, which means the Kings will have an interesting decision to make.

Jonathan Quick missed four months with a groin injury, but recently returned to action. The organization must have concerns about his longevity if they were to trade for a half-season rental. 

The Lightning currently sit at 27-25-8 and have 62 points, five points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the final playoff spot in the east. The Kings are in a similar position. At 30-27-4, and have 64 points, they are currently three points behind the St. Louis Blues for the final spot in the west.

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Ranking Maryland's best basketball flash mobs

Ranking Maryland's best basketball flash mobs

Some things never get old.  Like flash mobs.

The Maryland Terrapins surprised us once again with their annual choreographed dance moves, despite their loss against Iowa.  This is the fifth year they have taken over their court to pump up the audience and show school spirit like no other.

See the tweet and video here.

It’s only right to compare the flash mobs of ghosts past to see if the Terps are getting better and better with every year. So here are the rankings:

5. 2014 vs. Syracuse

Though the choreography was tight, it lacked creativity.

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4. 2013 vs. Wisconsin

Considering it was their first one, they get a leg up for the idea in and of itself.

3. 2015 vs. Wisconsin

Viewers are introduced to the t-shirt color transformation, leaving us to think how it was possible to coordinate that many bodies.

2. 2017 vs. Iowa

They took the “shirt transformation” to a whole new level as the crowd was the biggest yet.

1. 2016 vs. Wisconsin

Terps Mascot, Testudo led the crowd as Darth Vader after defeating storm troopers. Who doesn’t like Star Wars?

But, these are just flash mobs. At the end of the day, what brings them together is basketball.

May the force be with Maryland as they vie to take back their spot in the Top 25.