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APNewsBreak: Dodgers, Yankees cut projected luxury tax bills

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are cutting payroll and their luxury tax bills _ just as Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and perhaps Clayton Kershaw near the free-agent market after the 2018 season. More>>

Mike Brown is more than capable of leading the Warriors

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With coach Steve Kerr ailing, the Golden State Warriors are in capable hands with assistant Mike Brown. More>>

LEADING OFF: MLB sorts out trouble in Baltimore, Minnesota

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LEADING OFF: MLB sorts out trouble at Camden Yards and Target Field, Rizzo tries to extend homer streak, Royals hope Perez heals. More>>

Johnson scores 28, Jazz beat Clippers 105-98 to even series

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Joe Johnson scored 28 points, and the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-98 to even their first-round playoff series at 2-all. More>>

Senators survive another OT to advance in NHL playoffs

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Clarke MacArthur scored a power-play goal with 6:30 gone in overtime and the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 to win their first-round playoff series in six games. More>>

Tim Tebow has his best week in minors with 6 hits

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Tim Tebow showed some consistency at the plate this week with two multi-hit games for the Columbia Fireflies. More>>

Westbrook goes on rant defending Thunder teammates

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Thunder guard Russell Westbrook went on a rant defending his team's play when he rests after Sunday's loss to the Houston Rockets. More>>

Caps win tight series over Leafs to set up rematch with Pens

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The Capitals won a razor-thin series against the Maple Leafs to set up another second-round rematch with the Penguins. More>>

Cavaliers looking forward to respite before conference semis

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The Cleveland Cavaliers can finally take a break after a first-round sweep of the Indiana Pacers. More>>

Absences of Marte, Bumgarner could shake up NL

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants will both have to overcome some significant adversity to contend for the postseason after losing two of the National League's top players this past week. More>>

James helps Cavs hold off Pacers, earn sweep into 2nd round

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LeBron James made a 3-pointer with 68 seconds left Sunday and the Cleveland Cavaliers hung on for a 106-102 series-clinching victory at Indiana. More>>

Thomas scores 33, Celtics beat Bulls 104-95 to tie series

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Isaiah Thomas scored 33 points, and the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 104-95 to tie their first-round playoff series at 2-all. More>>

Nene's 28 lead Rockets past Thunder for 3-1 series lead

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Nene scored 28 points on perfect shooting from the field, and the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-109 to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round series. More>>

Johansson's OT goal gives Capitals series win at Toronto

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Marcus Johansson stuffed his second goal of the game past Frederik Andersen at 6:31 of overtime, lifting the Washington Capitals to a series-winning 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6. More>>

Westbrook clinches triple-double in first half vs. Rockets

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Thunder guard Russell Westbrook notched a triple-double in the first half of a playoff game against the Houston Rockets. More>>

MacArthur returns, scores for Sens to beat Boston 3-2 in OT

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Clarke MacArthur scored a power-play goal with 6:30 gone in overtime and the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Sunday to win their first-round playoff series in six games. More>>

Murphy, Scherzer slam Mets as Nats win 7th straight, 6-3

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Daniel Murphy hit an early grand slam against his former team, Max Scherzer pitched eight fiery innings and the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 6-3 for their seventh straight victory. More>>

Ailing Kerr won't coach Warriors in Game 4

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Ailing Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he won't be on the sidelines for Game 4 on Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers. More>>

Aaron Hernandez's Connecticut hometown prepares for funeral

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Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez's Connecticut hometown is preparing for his funeral. More>>

Rockets' Beverley fined $25,000 for confronting fan

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The NBA has fined Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley $25,000 for confronting a fan after Game 3 of the team's first-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. More>>

Bulls' Rondo fined for attempting to trip Celtics' Crowder

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The NBA has fined Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo $25,000 for attempting to trip Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder from the bench in Game 3 of their first-round series. More>>

Machado in center of bad blood as Red Sox beat Orioles 6-2

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A tempestuous three-game series between the Red Sox and Baltimore wound up with Matt Barnes being ejected for throwing a fastball behind the head of Orioles star Manny Machado in Boston's 6-2 victory. More>>

John Stevens promoted to head coach by Los Angeles Kings

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A person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Kings will name John Stevens their next head coach. More>>

Chappell edges Koepka by 1 stroke to win Texas Open

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Kevin Chappell made an 8-foot putt on the final hole to win the Valero Texas Open by one stroke. More>>

Predators rested, ready to face Blues in surprising semi

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The Nashville Predators finally get a new opponent in the postseason after their surprising sweep of the Western Conference's No. 1 seed. More>>

Tigers OF Jones says he's feeling OK after being hit in face

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Detroit Tigers outfielder JaCoby Jones says he is feeling lucky a day after being hit in the face by a pitch that later sparked a benches-clearing tussle between the Tigers and Minnesota Twins. More>>

End of Sharks season could bring end to Thornton-Marleau era

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The end of another season in San Jose could be the end of an era after the Sharks were eliminated in Game 6 of the first round Saturday night with a 3-1 loss to Edmonton. More>>

Rangers advance to 2nd round for 5th time in 6 years

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The New York Rangers get a couple days to regroup for the next round after pulling out a tough first-round series with three straight wins. More>>

Alonso embracing challenges of his 'Indy 500 adventure'

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Fernando Alonso is embarking on what he calls his "Indy 500 adventure," and it's clearly a labor of love and ambition. More>>

Guardiola's 1st season at Man City to end without a trophy

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Pep Guardiola's first season in English soccer with Manchester City will end without a trophy and he's even facing a battle just to qualify for the Champions League. More>>

Rites of postseason: LeBron looks for sweep, Clippers ailing

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LeBron James is going for another playoff sweep, and the Clippers are dealing with the loss of Blake Griffin. More>>

Rain washes out NASCAR race at Bristol until Monday

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NASCAR has postponed the Monster Energy Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway because of heavy rain that is not expected to let up on Sunday. More>>

Michigan football team arrives in Italy

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The Michigan football team has arrived in Italy for its eight-day blitz of Rome. More>>

Warriors take 3-0 series lead over Blazers with 119-113 win

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Stephen Curry scored 34 points, Klay Thompson added 24 and the short-handed Golden State Warriors overcame a slow start to take a 3-0 lead in their playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers with a 119-113 victory. More>>

Tied at 2: Gasol lifts Grizzlies past Spurs 110-108 in OT

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Marc Gasol hit a 12-foot floater with 0.7 seconds left in overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the San Antonio Spurs 110-108 to even up their first-round series at 2-2. More>>

Hawks deliver early playoff KO, romp past Wizards 116-98

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Paul Millsap scored 29 points, Dennis Schroder added 27 and the Atlanta Hawks delivered an early knockout blow against Washington, cruising to a 116-98 victory that sliced the Wizards' lead to 2-1 in the opening-round playoff series. More>>

Martial, Rooney leads United to 2-0 win at Burnley in EPL

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Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney made the most of rare starts by scoring first-half goals in Manchester United's 2-0 win at Burnley in the Premier League, lifting the team to within a point of the Champions League qualification positions. More>>

Nastase suspended by ITF for hurling abuse during Fed Cup

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Romania Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase has been provisionally suspended from the competition after abusing players and the umpire during the playoff match against Britain. More>>

Oilers eliminate Sharks with 3-1 win in Game 6

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Leon Draisaitl and Anton Slepyshev scored on breakaways in the opening minutes of the second period and the Edmonton Oilers advanced to the second round of the playoffs with 3-1 victory in Game 6 over the San Jose Sharks. More>>

Hernandez's body brought to Connecticut funeral home

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Aaron Hernandez's family is planning a private funeral for the former NFL star in his Connecticut hometown. More>>

Mary Keitany breaks a marathon record with 3rd London win

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Mary Keitany of Kenya has broken Paula Radcliffe's women-only marathon world record by winning the London event for a third time. More>>

LEADING OFF: Twins-Tigers scrap; Scherzer on Sunday night

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LEADING OFF: Twins-Tigers resume series after scrap, Scherzer gets Mets on Sunday night, Jays feeling very blue, Nova faces Yanks in Pittsburgh. More>>

Clippers' Griffin to miss rest of playoffs with toe injury

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is out for the remainder of the playoffs with a toe injury suffered in Friday night's win against the Utah Jazz. More>>

Barcelona leaves Neymar out of 'clasico' against Madrid

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Barcelona has decided to leave Neymar out of the decisive "clasico" against Real Madrid because of the legal uncertainty over an appeal to overturn his suspension. More>>

Raptors beat Bucks 87-76 in slugfest, tie series at 2-2

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DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 87-76 in a defensive slugfest to tie their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at two games apiece. More>>

Yeo, Blues prep for Predators after five-game win over Wild

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The first postseason matchup for Mike Yeo against his former team couldn't have been better for the St. Louis coach, who spent almost five years on the job in Minnesota. More>>

Jones hit in face by pitch, Tigers and Twins scrap on field

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Twins slugger Miguel Sano punched Tigers catcher James McCann in the chest protector and mask during a bench-clearing scrap in the fifth inning of Detroit's 5-4 victory over Minnesota. More>>

Zuccarello, Rangers beat Canadiens 3-1 to reach East semis

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Mats Zuccarello scored twice in the second period and the New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in Game 6 to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. More>>

Warriors' Durant and Kerr out for Game 3 against the Blazers

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Golden State's Kevin Durant won't play in Saturday's Game 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers because of a strained left calf. More>>

Nurkic to start for Portland in Game 3 against the Warriors

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Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic will start for Portland in Game 3 of the playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. More>>

Paajarvi's OT goal gives Blues 4-3 win to oust Wild in 5

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Magnus Paajarvi scored at the 9:42 mark in overtime, giving the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of their playoff series. More>>

Pedroia still ailing, Farrell complaining over Machado slide

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A day later, Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and manager John Farrell were still sore about Manny Machado's spikes-up slide. More>>

Tigers CF Jones hit in face by pitch, taken to hospital

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Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones has been taken to a hospital after getting hit in the face by a pitch. More>>

LEADING OFF: Twins-Tigers scrap; Scherzer on Sunday night

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LEADING OFF: Twins-Tigers resume series after scrap, Scherzer gets Mets on Sunday night, Jays feeling very blue, Nova faces Yanks in Pittsburgh. More>>

Contreras' slam powers Arrieta, Cubs to 12-8 win over Reds

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Wilson Contreras hit his first career grand slam and Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward added three-run shots, powering the Chicago Cubs to a 12-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. More>>

Warriors' Kerr out for Game 3 vs Blazers with illness

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Steve Kerr won't coach the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of their playoff series because of an illness. More>>

Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Rockets 115-113

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Russell Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Houston Rockets 115-113 on Friday night to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the first-round Western Conference playoff series. More>>

Paul scores 34, Clippers beat Jazz 111-106 to take 2-1 lead

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Chris Paul scored 34 and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied for a 111-106 victory over the Utah Jazz to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series. More>>

Horford, Thomas lead Celtics over Bulls 104-87 in Game 3

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Al Horford had 18 points and eight rebounds, Isaiah Thomas scored 16, and the top-seeded Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 104-87 Friday after dropping the first two games of their opening-round series at home. More>>

Siniakova, Vandeweghe win; Czechs tie US in Fed Cup semis

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CoCo Vandeweghe beat Marketa Vondrousova in straight sets to give the United States a 1-0 lead over the Czech Republic in their Fed Cup semifinal. More>>

Leafs are down but not out of tight series against Capitals

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The Maple Leafs are down but not out of their tight first-round series against the Capitals as they face elimination in Game 6 in Toronto. More>>

Philly set to welcome NFL draft in grand way

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When the NFL chose Philadelphia to host the 2017 draft, it quickly became clear one of the world's most famous movie locations would be the perfect site to hold the three-day extravaganza. More>>

Nastase ejected from Romania Fed Cup tie after tirade

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Romania Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase was thrown out of the venue hosting Saturday's World Group II playoff against Britain after abusive comments led to the playoff being suspended. More>>

Madison Bumgarner lands on DL after dirt bike accident

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Giants ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner has been put on the disabled list for the first time in his big league career after a dirt bike accident that sent him to a hospital with bruised ribs and a sprained joint in his pitching shoulder. More>>

Attorneys review applications for 'Las Vegas Raiders' name

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A handful of people paid up to $275 for the "Las Vegas Raiders" trademark when news of the team's potential move from Oakland surfaced in January 2016. More>>

Kuraly's 2nd goal of game lifts Bruins past Senators in 2OT

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Sean Kuraly's second goal of the game at 10:19 of the second overtime gave the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators in Game 5, avoiding elimination in the first-round series. More>>

Williams the OT hero as Caps beat Leafs in Game 5

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Justin Williams scored the overtime winner as the Washington Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round series. More>>

Holder Lyon beats Man City 3-1 in Women's Champs League SF

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Saki Kumagai scored a penalty inside two minutes to set holder Lyon on its way to a 3-1 victory over Manchester City in the first leg of their Women's Champions League semifinal on Saturday. More>>

Ramos-Vinolas beats Pouille to reach Monte Carlo final

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Albert Ramos-Vinolas has beaten Lucas Pouille 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 to reach the clay-court Monte Carlo Masters final on Saturday. More>>

LEADING OFF: Mets banged up already, Cubs unis a big sell

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LEADING OFF: Mets banged up early in season, Cubs jerseys a big sell year after Series win, Braves' Howard starts at Triple-A, Arrieta going on extra rest. More>>

Former Giro winner Scarponi dies after collision with van

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Former Giro d'Italia winner Michele Scarponi has died after being hit by a van while training. More>>

Diamondbacks score 9 runs in 8th, rout Dodgers 13-5

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Paul Goldschmidt, Yasmany Tomas and Chris Iannetta each drove in two runs in a nine-run eighth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks turned a close game into a 13-5 rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers. More>>

Bautista homers in 13th, Blue Jays escape jam to beat Angels

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Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer in the 13th inning, Joe Biagini escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-7. More>>

Bautista homers in 13th, Jays hang on to beat the Angels 8-7

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Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer in the 13th inning, Joe Biagini escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the inning before the Toronto Blue Jays held off the Los Angeles Angels 8-7. More>>

Germany: Suspect bet against Dortmund then bombed its bus

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Prosecutors say a 28-year-old German-Russian citizen has been arrested on suspicion of carrying out the bomb attack against a bus carrying members of the Borussia Dortmund soccer team. More>>

Ovechkin brushes off hit from Kadri, returns to Caps' win

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Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin has left Game 5 against the Toronto Maple Leafs after taking a hit from Nazem Kadri. More>>

Cards' Wainwright has HR, 4 RBIs in first win of season

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Adam Wainwright homered and drove in four runs while getting his first victory of the season, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3. More>>

Blake Griffin leaves Game 3 with bruised right big toe

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Clippers forward Blake Griffin has left Game 3 against the Jazz with a bruised right big toe and will not return. More>>

AP Exclusive: SEC's Sankey refuses to step down in UNC case

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Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey has denied a request seeking his removal as head of the NCAA infractions panel handling North Carolina's ongoing academic case. More>>

Kluber throws 3-hitter, Indians beat White Sox 3-0

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Corey Kluber pitched a three-hitter and faced two over the minimum, leading the Cleveland Indians over the Chicago White Sox 3-0. More>>

Judge orders evidence preserved in Hernandez prison suicide

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The family of Aaron Hernandez is asking a judge to order Massachusetts prison officials to preserve evidence after the former New England Patriots player committed suicide while serving a life sentence for murder. More>>

Bulls guard Rajon Rondo out indefinitely with broken thumb

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Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely with a broken right thumb. More>>

Iowa A.D. Gary Barta details damaged relationship with Meyer

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Iowa athletic director Gary Barta testifies his relationship with former administrator Jane Meyer deteriorated after Barta informed her she wouldn't be considered for a top role during a planned reorganization of the Hawkeyes' athletic department. More>>

LEADING OFF: Mets banged up already, Cubs unis a big sell

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LEADING OFF: Mets banged up early in season, Cubs jerseys a big sell year after Series win, Braves' Howard starts at Triple-A, Arrieta going on extra rest. More>>

Rangers release Josh Hamilton after another knee injury

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The Texas Rangers have released Josh Hamilton from his minor league contract after another knee injury, perhaps signaling the end of the 2010 AL MVP's career. More>>

CONCACAF sues 2 ex-officials charged in FIFA bribery scandal

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The soccer federation covering North and Central America and the Caribbean has sued two defendants in the FIFA (FEE'-fuh) bribery scandal. More>>

Raiders want resolution on Marshawn Lynch before draft

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Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie would like some resolution on whether running back Marshawn Lynch wants to come out of retirement and be traded to the Raiders before the draft next week. More>>

Kevin Durant still questionable for playoff Game 3 Saturday

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Kevin Durant participated in a light practice with the Golden State Warriors and was still listed as questionable to play in Game 3 of the playoffs Saturday at Portland because of a strained left calf. More>>

Blazers big man Nurkic upgraded to 'doubtful' for Game 3

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The Portland Trail Blazers upgraded center Jusuf Nurkic to doubtful for Game 3 of their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors. More>>

Allen Crabbe knows it's time to step up against Warriors

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It's clear to just about everyone who's watching that the Portland Trail Blazers bench needs to do more against the Golden State Warriors. More>>

Kris Bryant of Cubs has baseball's most popular jersey

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Kris Bryant has baseball's most popular jersey, leading parade of Cubs after title season. More>>

Ailing Mets put 1B Duda, INF Flores on DL; deGrom scratched

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The banged-up New York Mets have scratched pitcher Jacob deGrom from his start and also put first baseman Lucas Duda and infielder Wilmer Flores on the 10-day disabled list. More>>

Ronda Rousey announces engagement to fighter Travis Browne

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Forget the octagon, Ronda Rousey is buzzing about a ring after announcing her engagement to fellow MMA fighter Travis Browne. More>>

Coyle, Wild aim to keep pressure on Blues with 3-1 deficit

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Charlie Coyle has helped keep the Wild alive against St. Louis, with two of the team's five goals in the series. More>>

Flower Power: Fleury thriving in familiar spot for Penguins

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Marc-Andre Fleury is the biggest reason the Pittsburgh Penguins are heading to the second-round of the playoffs. More>>

Tim Howard blasts MLS, Rapids after suspension

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Longtime US national team star Tim Howard blasted the Colorado Rapids and Major League Soccer over his three-game suspension. More>>

Researchers to look for CTE evidence in Hernandez's brain

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Boston University researchers will study Aaron Hernandez's brain to determine if the former NFL star suffered from the same degenerative brain disease as Hall of Famer Junior Seau and former Bears defensive back Dave Duerson, who also took their own lives. More>>

Pat's Run shadow runs expand to 32 cities to honor Tillman

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Shadow runs allow runners to feel a connection to Pat's Run by running 4.2 miles at locations across the country. More>>

Oscar Valdez is the main event under Carson's outdoor lights

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Oscar Valdez defends his featherweight title against Colombia's Miguel Marriaga on Saturday night at the outdoor ring in Carson, California. More>>

Rutgers tells NCAA 'violations occurred' in football

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Rutgers says "violations occurred" with football program, recommends self-imposed sanctions. More>>

AP Explains: How suspected bus bomber hoped to make millions

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The man who bombed the bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund soccer team allegedly hoped to make money off an expected slump in the team's share price by using a financial trade called a "put option.". More>>

James, Cavs come from 26 down, beat Pacers to take 3-0 lead

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LeBron James finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers set an NBA postseason record by erasing a 25-point halftime deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 119-111 and take a 3-0 lead. More>>

Spoils for a champion: Patriots open season hosting Chiefs

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One of the spoils of being champion: The New England Patriots will kick off the NFL season on Sept. 7 by hosting the Kansas City Chiefs. More>>

Loud sex sounds interrupt pro tennis match in Florida

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An outdoor professional tennis match in Florida came to a brief halt Tuesday night amid sounds of loud sex. More>>

25 years for ex-Saint's killer in 'profoundly sad' case

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A Louisiana judge has sentenced a 29-year-old New Orleans man to 25 years in prison for killing former Saints star Will Smith and wounding Smith's wife after an April 2016 traffic crash. More>>

Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey faces domestic violence probe

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Police in California are investigating an allegation of domestic violence against Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey. More>>

Brooklyn Nets owner Prokhorov says he's selling 49pc stake

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Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has told Russian media he's selling a 49 percent stake in the club. More>>

Woods has 4th back surgery; likely to miss majors this year

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Woods says he has a 4th back surgery to alleviate pain; 2 days earlier he said back was progressing. More>>

In final hours, Hernandez thought of family, not football

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Aaron Hernandez's death in prison _ just days after the former NFL star was cleared of additional murder charges _ remains shrouded in mystery. More>>

The Latest: Dortmund bus attack suspect bet against the team

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German prosecutors say the 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attacking the Borussia Dortmund team bus had taken out a five-figure loan to bet on a drop in the clubs' stock. More>>

Next step for Predators: Getting beyond second round

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Predators know they still have plenty of work to do after completing stunning first-round sweep of Blackhawks. More>>

Grizzlies pull within 2-1 of Spurs with 105-94 win

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Mike Conley scored 24 points and handed out eight assists as the Memphis Grizzlies snapped a 10-game postseason skid against San Antonio by routing the Spurs 105-94. More>>

Widow of Saints star Will Smith upset at killer's 25 years

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The defense gets a chance to make its case for leniency in the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith. More>>

Penguins eliminate Blue Jackets with 5-2 win in Game 5

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Sidney Crosby and Scott Wilson scored 51 seconds apart in the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminate the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 5-2 win in Game 5 of their first-round series. More>>

Mets closer Familia makes season debut after 15-game ban

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Mets closer Jeurys Familia has rejoined the team after serving a 15-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. More>>

Predators beat Blackhawks 4-1 to complete sweep

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Roman Josi scored twice and Pekka Rinne recorded 30 saves Thursday as the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 to complete a surprising four-game sweep of the Western Conference's top seed. More>>

Ex-commissioner David Stern tells AP he's bullish on NBA

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David Stern hasn't left the NBA far behind. More>>

Sabres clean house by firing GM Murray and coach Bylsma

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The Buffalo Sabres have fired general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma after the youthful team missed the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season. More>>

LEADING OFF: Hamels looks for 1st decision; Cubs in Cincy

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LEADING OFF: Hamels looks for 1st decision; Cubs back in Cincinnati's friendly confines;. More>>

Ex-Iowa official says she took "don't ask, don't tell" stand

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The former top female athletic administrator at the University of Iowa testified Thursday that she functioned with a "don't ask, don't tell" mentality while maintaining a decade-long relationship with the Hawkeyes' field hockey coach. More>>

White Sox rookie has good company in hunt for first hit

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Jacob May is 0 for 24 to start his major league career, but the White Sox center fielder has a close reminder that it could be worse. More>>

Raiders exercise fifth-year option on star defender Mack

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Menacing pass rusher Khalil Mack had his fifth-year contract option exercised by the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, presumably keeping him with the team through the 2018 season. More>>

Patriots hit back at New York Times over White House tweet

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The New England Patriots are taking issue with a New York Times photo comparison that suggested a smaller turnout for Wednesday's Super Bowl celebration at the White House with President Donald Trump than one two years ago with President Barack Obama. More>>

Former VCU basketball player agrees to NFL deal with Colts

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The agent for former VCU basketball forward Mo Alie-Cox says his client has agreed to terms with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts. More>>

Olympic athlete Germaine Mason killed in crash in Jamaica

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Police in Jamaica say that Olympic-medal winning athlete Germaine Mason has died in an early-morning motorcycle crash. More>>

Kentucky Derby season draws warnings of human trafficking

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Kentucky's attorney general is urging people to pay attention to more than the horses as the Kentucky Derby approaches. More>>

NFL draft prospects thumbnail scouting reports

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Deshaun Watson leads a quarterback class that has not wowed scouts, so Leonard Fournette could be the first offensive player off the board when the NFL drafts from April 27-29 in Philadelphia. More>>

Tom Fleming, twice NYC Marathon champ, dies coaching at meet

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Tom Fleming, a two-time winner of the New York City Marathon, died Wednesday while coaching a New Jersey middle school team at a meet. More>>

Trotz: Caps victim of 'strange goals' as series shifts to DC

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Barry Trotz says the Capitals have been a victim of some strange goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs. More>>

In Zimbabwe, boys are offered boxing instead of despair

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In Zimbabwe, where unemployment is rife and the young are increasingly taking to drugs and alcohol, a former boxing champion hopes a makeshift ring will keep some boys off the streets. More>>

Love game for Serena: Spox says Williams is pregnant

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A spokeswoman for Serena Williams confirms that the tennis player is pregnant. More>>

NFL draft prospects thumbnail scouting reports

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Myles Garrett is the likely No. 1 overall pick in an NFL draft that probably will be dominated by defensive players in the first round. More>>

Rockets overcome Westbrook's 51, take 2-0 lead over Thunder

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James Harden scored 35 points and the Houston Rockets overcame 51 points from Russell Westbrook in a triple-double, clawing back from a double-digit deficit for a 115-111 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. More>>

Warriors take 2-0 series lead on Blazers, win without Durant

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Stephen Curry scored 19 points on an off night,. More>>

Trump congratulates Patriots, doesn't mention Hernandez Video included

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The Super Bowl-champion New England Patriots are visiting the White House to accept congratulations from President Donald Trump for another NFL title. More>>

Murray loses to Ramos-Vinolas at Monte Carlo Masters

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Top-seeded Andy Murray threw away a 4-0 lead in the deciding set of his third-round match on Thursday as 15th-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas won 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 at the Monte Carlo Masters. More>>

Phelps on possible comeback: 'We'll see if I get that itch'

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Michael Phelps hasn't gotten the urge to return to swimming, but the winningest athlete in Olympic history still wonders if he'll 'get that itch again.'. More>>

In court, strong emotions from coach, family of slain Saint

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Defense lawyers for the man who killed former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith have filed a motion for a new trial based on "new evidence.". More>>

LEADING OFF: Familia returns, Valdez back in majors

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LEADING OFF: Familia returns from domestic violence suspension, Correa back from injury and perhaps Kemp, Valdez in major leagues for 1st time since 2010. More>>

AP source: Jeter, Bush join forces in bid to buy Marlins

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A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush have joined forces in their attempt to buy the Miami Marlins. More>>

Ducks sweep away Flames with 3-1 win in Game 4

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Patrick Eaves, Nate Thompson and Ryan Getzlaf scored, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Calgary Flames 3-1 for a sweep of their first-round playoff series. More>>

Von Miller recovers his Super Bowl 50 helmet

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FBI agents deliver Von Miller's missing helmet to the Super Bowl 50 MVP. More>>

Dubnyk, Wild beat Blues 2-0 to avoid elimination

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Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves to record his second career playoff shutout, and the Minnesota Wild avoided elimination with a 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series. More>>

Capitals beat Maple Leafs 5-4, tie series at 2 games apiece

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Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie each scored two goals, and the Washington Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 to tie their first-round playoff series at two games apiece. More>>

Harper hits 2 HRs, drives in 5, as Nats slam Braves 14-4

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Bryce Harper had two homers, including a grand slam, among four hits and the Washington Nationals overwhelmed Julio Teheran and the Atlanta Braves 14-4 on Wednesday night. More>>

Kevin Durant won't play for Warriors in Game 2 of playoffs

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Kevin Durant is out for the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of their playoff series with Portland on Wednesday night. More>>

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez hangs himself in his prison cell

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Massachusetts prison officials say former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital. More>>

Senators beat Bruins 1-0, take 3-1 lead in series

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Bobby Ryan scored early in the third period, Craig Anderson stopped 22 shots and the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 1-0 for a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. More>>

Vargas pitches Royals to 2-0 win over Bumgarner, Giants

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Jason Vargas dazzled for the third straight start, the Royals finally scored off Giants ace Madison Bumgarner and Kansas City beat San Francisco 2-0 on Wednesday night to split their two-game series. More>>

Falcons look to move on after epic Super Bowl collapse

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MVP quarterback Matt Ryan admits he went to a "dark place"' after Atlanta's epic collapse in the Super Bowl. More>>

Trump pick for Commerce's No. 2 withdraws, blames conflicts

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President Donald Trump's pick for deputy commerce secretary has withdrawn from consideration. More>>

Paul George insists comments intended to motivate Pacers

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Indiana Pacers star Paul George believes critics of his recent postgame comments are off base. More>>

Browns zero in on No. 1 pick, trade for veteran QB unlikely

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The Cleveland Browns have received calls from other teams about the No. 1 pick in next week's NFL draft. More>>

Iowa administrator testifies fired coaches often gay

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An ex-University of Iowa athletic administrator says during her tenure she became concerned after noticing female coaches who were fired often were gay and had become more open about their sexuality. More>>

NBA fines Grizzlies' Fizdale $30,000 for officiating rant

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The NBA has fined Grizzlies coach David Fizdale $30,000 for his rant against the officiating in Memphis' 96-82 loss to San Antonio in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. More>>

Marc has the stats, Pau has wins in Gasols' playoff battle

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Marc is winning the individual battle while older brother Pau is walking away with the victories in the Gasols' playoff battle. More>>

The Latest: Coach Sean Payton says Will Smith 'was special'

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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has taken a front row seat alongside the family and friends of his former player Will Smith to observe the sentencing of Smith's killer. More>>

Blackhawks, Blue Jackets look to stave off elimination

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After posting two of the top four records in the NHL in the regular season, the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets both need to find out a way to get a win on the road or their playoff runs will end soon after they started. More>>

Agents to AP: Eichel not pushing for Sabres coaching change

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If Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma's job is in jeopardy, star forward Jack Eichel's representatives say their client is not the one pushing for a change. More>>

Blown leads, 11 OTs and surprises abound in NHL first round

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The Capitals are down 2-1 to Toronto and the Blackhawks and Wild are facing elimination in an unpredictable first round of the NHL playoffs. More>>

The Latest: Hernandez pal can't believe he killed himself

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Massachusetts prison officials say former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has hanged himself in his cell and has been pronounced dead at a hospital. More>>

The Latest: Trump on Pats, 'No team has been good this long'

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The New England Patriot's Rob Gronkowski paid a surprise visit to the White House briefing room during Wednesday's televised briefing. More>>

Lob City smash: Clippers beat Jazz 99-91, even series at 1-1

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Blake Griffin led a smash-mouth revival of Lob City with 24 points, DeAndre Jordan had a double-double and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Utah Jazz 99-91 to even their playoff series at 1-1. More>>

Bulls beat top-seeded Celtics 111-97 to take 2-0 series lead

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Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, Rajon Rondo finished one rebound shy of a triple-double and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 111-97 to take a 2-0 lead in their series against the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. More>>

Miami has another near-no-hitter, beats Seattle 5-0

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Wei-Yin Chen and two relievers fell two outs shy of Miami's first combined no-hitter and the Marlins one-hit the Seattle Mariners in a 5-0 victory. More>>

LEADING OFF: Keuchel in ace form, M's give Ichiro bobblehead

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LEADING OFF: Keuchel back in ace form for Astros, Mariners give Ichiro bobblehead, Tanaka and Yanks close out big homestand, Reds' Garrett rolling in first season. More>>

Rangers top Canadiens 2-1; series tied 2-2

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Rick Nash and Jesper Fast scored, Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves and the New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece. More>>

Blue Jackets beat Penguins 5-4 to avoid sweep

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Markus Nutivaara, William Karlsson and Boone Jenner each had a goal and an assist and the Columbus Blue Jackets held on to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4, avoiding a sweep in the best-of-seven playoff series. More>>

Pirates CF Starling Marte suspended 80 games for PEDs

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Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. More>>

NCAA returns events to NC after state rolls back LGBT law

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The NCAA has awarded men's basketball tournament games in 2020 and 2021 along with several other championship events to North Carolina after the state repealed elements of a law that limited protections for LGBT people. More>>

Sharks even series with 7-0 win over Oilers in Game 4

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Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored two goals and the San Jose Sharks rebounded from back-to-back shutouts in emphatic fashion, beating the Edmonton Oilers 7-0 to tie their first-round playoff series at two games apiece. More>>

Obama, former players, friends say goodbye to Dan Rooney

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President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell were among hundreds of dignitaries, family members and former NFL players on hand to say goodbye to former Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney. More>>

Lowry bounces back, Raptors edge Bucks to even series at 1-1

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Kyle Lowry scored 22 points, including the clinching basket with less than 10 seconds to play, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 106-100 on Tuesday night, evening their first-round playoff series at 1-1. More>>

Haniger doubles to end Marlins' no-hit bid with 1 out in 9th

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Miami Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen has not allowed a hit through six innings against the Seattle Mariners. More>>

Portland's Nurkic out Game 2, Warriors' Durant questionable

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Golden State's Kevin Durant missed practice because of a strained left calf and is questionable for Wednesday's Game 2 against Portland, who again will be without center Jusuf Nurkic. More>>

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