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Warriors beat Clippers 109-105 in playoff opener (Yahoo Sports)  

19 Apr 2014, 8:21 pm

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers looks on during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at STAPLES Center on April 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Golden State Warriors stumbled out of the gate, missing their first eight shots while falling behind by 11 points and forcing coach Mark Jackson to call two timeouts to steady his young team. Stephen Curry glanced at the clock and realized there was still plenty of time left to knock off the Los Angeles Clippers. Klay Thompson scored 22 points, spiking the ball as time expired, and Golden State beat Los Angeles 109-105 after getting Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday. We're not going to quit.'' David Lee had 20 points despite his own foul trouble and Curry scored 14 for the Warriors, who rallied in the third when Griffin and Paul were on the bench together.


 

 

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Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in OT, take 2-0 lead (Yahoo Sports)  

19 Apr 2014, 8:03 pm

St. Louis Blues' Barret Jackman (5) is congratulated by teammates Adam Cracknell, right, and Roman Polak (46), of the Czech Republic, after his game-winning goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during overtime in Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

Vladimir Tarasenko and St. Louis were in trouble Saturday before a vicious hit by Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook provided an opening for the Blues. That little crack was all St. Louis needed to put another dent in the Blackhawks' bid for a second straight Stanley Cup title. Seabrook's blow to the head of David Backes led to a 6-on-4 power play for St. Louis that ended with Tarasenko's tying goal with 6.4 seconds left in regulation, and low-scoring defenseman Barret Jackman ended the game with a drive through traffic, giving the Blues their second straight 4-3 overtime victory over the Blackhawks and a 2-0 series lead.


 

 

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Strong era begins at Texas with shaky QB play (Yahoo Sports)  

19 Apr 2014, 6:51 pm

Texas coach Charlie Strong calls out to his players during the first half of the team's Orange and White spring NCAA college football game, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

The Charlie Strong era began at Texas with a shaky performance at quarterback and few questions answered about just how quickly the Longhorns can rebound in the Big 12 under their new coach. With next season's presumed starter David Ash not playing because of a foot injury, Tyrone Swoopes took all the snaps with the first-team offense in the Longhorns' annual spring scrimmage. Swoopes rallied from a poor start to finish with 229 yards and three touchdowns against the second-team defense.


 

 

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Buehrle dominates, Blue Jays blank Indians 5-0 (Yahoo Sports)  

19 Apr 2014, 6:11 pm

Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Reyes watches his RBI single off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber in the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Cleveland. Brett Lawrie scored. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Mark Buehrle has a simple explanation for his unbeaten record. ''The slower you throw the better off you are,'' he said after pitching the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. I'm going to go out there and run with it and see what happens.'' Jose Reyes hit an RBI single in his first game since opening day, when he strained his left hamstring in his first at-bat of the season and went on the disabled list. Dioner Navarro drove in three runs.


 

 

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Scherzer, Tigers end 10-game skid against Angels (Yahoo Sports)  

19 Apr 2014, 6:05 pm

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Max Scherzer gave Detroit's beleaguered bullpen a bit of a breather. Scherzer struck out nine in seven innings - fanning Mike Trout three times in the process - and the Detroit Tigers finally managed to beat the Los Angeles Angels, 5-2 on Saturday. Detroit had dropped 10 straight to the Angels, including an 11-6 loss the previous night in which Los Angeles battered the Tigers with 10 extra-base hits.


 

 

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Harper pulled for not hustling, Nats fall to Cards (Yahoo Sports)  

19 Apr 2014, 6:00 pm

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta jumps over Washington Nationals' Denard Span at second base, watching his throw to first to complete a double play on Bryce Harper during the first inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Bryce Harper hit the ball to the mound, jogged to first base and took a right turn to the dugout before getting halfway down the basepath. That would be his final play in the Washington Nationals' 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. First-year manager Matt Williams will tolerate physical miscues, such as the error that provided St. Louis three unearned runs, but he won't take the nonchalance that the normally aggressive Harper displayed during his sixth-inning jog. That's why he came out of the game,'' Williams said.


 

 

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Raptors GM Ujiri uses profanity about Nets (Yahoo Sports)  

19 Apr 2014, 5:43 pm

TORONTO, CANADA - April 19: Fans of the Toronto Raptors gather togeter during Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2014 NBA playoffs on April 19, 2014 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NBAE via Getty Images)

Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri let loose a profanity about the Brooklyn Nets during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of fans outside Air Canada Centre before Saturday's opening game of the NBA playoffs. Ujiri, the NBA's reigning executive of the year, apologized in a brief news conference at halftime, saying he'd made the ''wrong choice of words'' and was ''just trying to get our fans going.'' Asked if the profanity represented his feelings about the Nets, who have been accused of tanking in order to face Toronto in the first round, Ujiri said: ''You know how I feel. I don't like them, but I apologize.'' Raptors coach Dwane Casey said he had no problem with Ujiri's colorful language. ''It doesn't offend me whatsoever,'' Casey said after the Nets won 94-87 in Game 1.


 

 

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Williams scores 24 as Nets beat Raptors 94-87 (Yahoo Sports)  

19 Apr 2014, 5:25 pm

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 19: Paul Pierce #34 of the Brooklyn Nets plays against the Toronto Raptors in Game One of the NBA Eastern Conference play-off at the Air Canada Centre on April 19, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Nets defeated the Raptors 94-87 to take a 1-0 series lead. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The Brooklyn Nets made a case for the important of playoff experience in their opening victory over the Toronto Raptors. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each had 24 points, Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and the Nets beat the Raptors 94-87 Saturday in Game 1 of their first round series. Playing in his 137th career postseason game, Pierce connected on four of his five shot attempts in the fourth as the Nets kept the Raptors at bay. I just try to stay calm and bring my calmness to the game.'' Nets coach Jason Kidd said Williams ''set the tone'' by scoring 18 points in the first half.


 

 

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Sunderland dents Chelsea's title hopes (Yahoo Sports)  

19 Apr 2014, 4:45 pm

Chelsea's Gary Cahill remains on the pitch following their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at the Stamford Bridge ground in London, Saturday, April 19, 2014. Sunderland won the match 2-1. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

In another twist to this unpredictable English Premier League season, last-place Sunderland damaged Chelsea's title hopes with a 2-1 upset at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. After surprise losses to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace in recent weeks, Chelsea again stuttered against weaker opposition, as Jose Mourinho's 77-match unbeaten home run as Chelsea boss came to an end in a major boost for league leader Liverpool. Chelsea could not hold onto its lead after Samuel Eto'o opened the scoring, as Connor Wickham leveled from the rebound six minutes later following Marcos Alonso's long-range effort.


 

 

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Big names among prospective Buffalo Bills buyers (Yahoo Sports)  

19 Apr 2014, 2:31 pm

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2014 file photo, Donald Trump is seen in Manchester, N.H., where he was the guest speaker at the Politics and Eggs breakfast, a regular meeting with New Hampshire's business leaders at Saint Anselm College. Trump has joined some other big names prepared to make a bid for the Buffalo Bills football franchise. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is prepared to make a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills. And include New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi's name for added spice. It's not every day - or every year - an NFL franchise goes on the market as the Bills are, following owner Ralph Wilson's death last month. Toronto and Los Angeles are potential landing spots because owners would have an opportunity to make more money than in Buffalo, the NFL's second-smallest market.


 

 

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Sports News Headlines - Yahoo! News  

Warriors beat Clippers 109-105 in playoff opener  

19 Apr 2014, 8:20 pm

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Golden State Warriors stumbled out of the gate, missing their first eight shots while falling behind by 11 points and forcing coach Mark Jackson to call two timeouts to steady his young team.


 

 

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Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in OT, take 2-0 lead  

19 Apr 2014, 8:02 pm

Chicago Blackhawks' goalie Corey Crawford, right, makes a glove-save against St. Louis Blues' David Backes (42) during the second period in Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko and St. Louis were in trouble Saturday before a vicious hit by Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook provided an opening for the Blues.


 

 

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Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Heritage Classic scores  

19 Apr 2014, 7:51 pm April 19 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Heritage Classic at the par-71 course on Saturday in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 205 Luke Donald (Britain) 70 69 66 207 John Huh (U.S.) 71 68 68 208 Jim Furyk (U.S.) 71 66 71 Ben Martin (U.S.) 69 68 71 Nicholas Thompson (U.S.) 70 70 68 Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 70 70 68 209 Brian Stuard (U.S.) 69 72 68 Brian Harman (U.S.) 69 71 69 Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 66 73 70 Matt Every (U.S.) 69 70 70 Russell Knox (Britain) 69 72 68 210 Scott Brown (U.S.) 70 69 71 Ted Potter Jr. (U.S.) 70 69 71 Richard Lee (U.S.) 70 69 71 Jason Kokrak ...  

NBA Warriors hold off Clippers in post-season opener  

19 Apr 2014, 7:37 pm

David Lee of the Golden State Warriors (L) scores under pressure from DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, California on April 19, 2014The Golden State Warriors overcame 21 turnovers to edge the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on Saturday and snatch home court advantage in their NBA Western Conference first-round series. Klay Thompson scored 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds as the Oakland, California-based Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. David Lee added 20 points for the Warriors and Stephen Curry added 20. The game was tied 52-52 at halftime, but the sixth-seeded Warriors outscored the Clippers 35-27 in the third quarter and led by as many as 11 in the fourth period.


 

 

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Donald shoots 66, takes lead at RBC Heritage  

19 Apr 2014, 7:37 pm

Luke Donald, of England, chips onto the seventh green during the third round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Luke Donald shot a 66 to take a two-stroke lead over John Huh after three rounds of the RBC Heritage on Saturday.


 

 

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Hometown favorite wants to win Boston, for Boston  

19 Apr 2014, 7:22 pm

FILE - In this April 15, 2013, file photo, Shalane Flanagan approaches the finish line to finish fourth in the women's division of the Boston Marathon in Boston. Flanagan is more determined than ever to win the race for her battered hometown. The Marblehead, Mass., native would be the first American winner since 1985. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)BOSTON (AP) — Shalane Flanagan grew up in nearby Marblehead with a reverence for the Boston Marathon and dreamed, like many locals and foreign runners alike, that she would win the race someday.


 

 

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Raptors drop expletive and game to Nets in playoff opener  

19 Apr 2014, 6:38 pm

NBA: Playoffs-Brooklyn Nets at Toronto RaptorsBy Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - Sparked by a stinging expletive the NBA playoffs got off to an explosive start as the Brooklyn Nets landed the first blow in a suddenly bitter Eastern Conference first round match-up with a 94-87 win over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. Out of the playoffs since 2008, Toronto's return to the postseason was both eventful and controversial, upping the ante in the best-of-seven series. With A list celebrities, including rappers Drake, Jay-Z and Beyonce, occupying courtside seats, an embarrassing technical malfunction and a jaw-dropping expletive delivered by Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri to thousands of frenzied supporters at a pre-game pep rally, the first game of the NBA postseason offered a little bit over everything. A super-charged atmosphere greeted players and fans after allegations that the experienced Nets had tanked their final few regular season games to get a preferred match-up with the youthful Raptors rather than face the Chicago Bulls.


 

 

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Raptors exec apologizes for crude dig at Nets  

19 Apr 2014, 6:03 pm

A young Raptor fan performs during a timeout between the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors in game one of the NBA Eastern Conference play-off at the Air Canada Centre on April 19, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, CanadaToronto (Canada) (AFP) - Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri apologized Saturday for a foul-mouthed, fan-baiting speech at a rally prior to the Raptors' NBA playoff opener against the Brooklyn Nets. Ujiri, a Nigerian who was the first African-born general manager in the NBA and earned GM of the Year honors while with Denver, said he was trying to whip up the crowd outside the Air Canada Centre prior to Saturday's Eastern Conference clash when he concluded his remarks by shouting "F--- Brooklyn!"


 

 

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Harper pulled for not hustling, Nats fall to Cards  

19 Apr 2014, 5:59 pm

dWashington Nationals' Bryce Harper sits on the bench during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Washington. The Cardinals won 4-3. Harper was pulled early from a game after Washington manager Matt Williams said the young outfielder didn't hustle. Harper was taken out after six innings. The 21-year-old Harper is a two-time All-Star known for his aggressive play. But in the sixth inning, he hit the ball to the mound, jogged to first and took a right turn to the dugout before getting halfway down the basepath. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper hit the ball to the mound, jogged to first base and took a right turn to the dugout before getting halfway down the basepath.


 

 

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Raptors GM Ujiri uses profanity about Nets  

19 Apr 2014, 5:42 pm

FILE - In this June 4, 2013, file photo, Toronto Raptors new general manager Masai Ujiri gestures during an NBA basketball news conference in Toronto. Raptors general manager Ujiri let loose a profanity during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of Raptors fans outside Air Canada Centre before a Saturday, April 19, 2014, opening game of the NBA playoffs. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette, File)TORONTO (AP) — Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri let loose a profanity about the Brooklyn Nets during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of fans outside Air Canada Centre before Saturday's opening game of the NBA playoffs.


 

 

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Williams scores 24 as Nets beat Raptors 94-87  

19 Apr 2014, 5:20 pm

Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas shoots against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Toronto on Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)TORONTO (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets made a case for the important of playoff experience in their opening victory over the Toronto Raptors.


 

 

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Nets dump Raptors in NBA playoff opener  

19 Apr 2014, 3:55 pm

Joe Johnson (L) of the Brooklyn Nets plays against Terrence Ross of the Toronto Rapters in game one of the NBA Eastern Conference play-offs at the Air Canada Centre on April 19, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, CanadaToronto (Canada) (AFP) - Paul Pierce found his form in the final minutes, sparking the Brooklyn Nets over the Toronto Raptors 94-87 Saturday in the opening game of their NBA first-round playoff series. Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Nets took a road win to launch the best-of-seven Eastern Conference matchup. Kevin Garnett, who won an NBA crown with Pierce in Boston and joined him in being traded to Brooklyn, scored his first basket of the game with 3:38 remaining to give the Nets a 79-76 lead. Pierce followed with a 3-pointer and the 36-year-old playmaker added a layup and a pair of jumpers, scoring nine Nets points in a row as part of a game-ending 19-11 run for the triumph.


 

 

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Cuban Cepeda signs pro deal with Japanese team  

19 Apr 2014, 3:53 pm

Cuba's Cepeda reacts after hitting an RBI double against Japan in the fourth inning at the WBC qualifying first round in FukuokaLeading outfielder Frederich Cepeda has become the first player from the Cuban baseball league to sign for a Japanese professional team since the communist government relaxed its player rules last year. The 34-year-old Cepeda, who has played in three World Classics, is set to travel to Tokyo next month after signing a one-year contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League, Cuban state Radio Rebelde said on Saturday. "During the national series, the (Japanese) team's manager (Tatsunori Hara) saw me playing here as an outfielder.


 

 

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Raptors GM Ujiri uses profanity about Brooklyn  

19 Apr 2014, 2:21 pm TORONTO (AP) — Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri let loose a profanity during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of Raptors fans outside Air Canada Centre before Saturday's opening game of the NBA playoffs.  

Americans Furyk and Martin join Choi in Heritage lead  

19 Apr 2014, 1:25 pm

U.S. golfer Jim Furyk hits his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta(Reuters) - Americans Jim Furyk and Ben Martin joined South Korean K.J. Choi in the lead when the second round of the $5.8 million RBC Heritage was completed on Saturday. Furyk and Martin, among half the field unable to finish the round on Friday before bad weather struck, took advantage of favorable scoring conditions at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island. With the course softened by torrential rain Friday and overnight and with the wind down, 2010 champion Furyk carded a bogey-free five-under-par 66, while Martin shot a 68. They matched Choi, who finished his round on Friday, at five-under 137, two shots ahead of a large group including joint first round pacesetter Matt Kuchar and England's Luke Donald (69).


 

 

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Golf-Americans Furyk and Martin join Choi in Heritage lead  

19 Apr 2014, 1:21 pm Americans Jim Furyk and Ben Martin joined South Korean K.J. Choi in the lead when the second round of the $5.8 million RBC Heritage was completed on Saturday. Furyk and Martin, among half the field unable to finish the round on Friday before bad weather struck, took advantage of favorable scoring conditions at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island. With the course softened by torrential rain Friday and overnight and with the wind down, 2010 champion Furyk carded a bogey-free five-under-par 66, while Martin shot a 68. They matched Choi, who finished his round on Friday, at five-under 137, two shots ahead of a large group including joint first round pacesetter Matt Kuchar and England's Luke Donald (69).  

Furyk, Martin match Choi for PGA Heritage lead  

19 Apr 2014, 1:20 pm

Ben Martin at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, on April 19, 2014Hilton Head Island (United States) (AFP) - Americans Jim Furyk and Ben Martin matched South Korea's K.J. Choi for the lead on Saturday after the conclusion of the storm-halted second round of the $5.8 million US PGA Heritage tournament.


 

 

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Heat open quest for another title vs Bobcats  

19 Apr 2014, 12:30 pm

FILE - In this June 18, 2013 file photo, San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker, right, and Miami Heat small forward LeBron James collide during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Miami. A rematch of last year's thrilling NBA Finals finish is possible, but the Spurs and Heat would have to get through tough paths to get there. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)MIAMI (AP) — If the Miami Heat are going to watch their season and reign atop the NBA end at the hands of the Charlotte Bobcats, then fates of the franchises will have to change in a hurry.


 

 

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Golf-European Tour Malaysian Open scores  

19 Apr 2014, 3:48 am April 19 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Malaysian Open at the par-72 course on Saturday in Kuala Lumpur 202 Lee Westwood (Britain) 65 66 71 203 Andy Sullivan (Britain) 70 67 66 206 Julien Quesne (France) 68 69 69 207 Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium) 66 69 72 208 Rikard Karlberg (Sweden) 72 69 67 Ricardo Santos (Portugal) 67 71 70 Masahiro Kawamura (Japan) 68 70 70 Danny Willett (Britain) 70 66 72 Eduardo De La Riva (Spain) 69 68 71 Garth Mulroy (South Africa) 71 68 69 209 Tom Lewis (Britain) 70 71 68 Scott Jamieson (Britain) 68 71 70 Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 72 68 69 210 ...  

Detroit gains home-ice advantage, tops Boston 1-0  

19 Apr 2014, 3:13 am

Detroit Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk (13) is congratulated by teammate Johan Franzen after scoring against Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, left, during the third period of Detroit's 1-0 win in Game 1 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series, in Boston on Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON (AP) — At one end of the ice, Jimmy Howard made his best save of the game. At the other, Pavel Datsyuk scored the only goal.


 

 

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Memphis guard Calathes hit with 20-game doping ban  

19 Apr 2014, 1:17 am

Goran Dragic (on ground) of the Phoenix Suns attempts to control the ball under pressure from Nick Calathes of the Memphis Grizzlies at US Airways Center on April 14, 2014 in Phoenix, ArizonaNick Calathes, a Greek rookie backup guard for the Memphis Grizzlies, was suspended 20 games without pay Friday by the NBA for a doping violation, the league announced. Only minutes before the opening day of the playoffs, the NBA revealed that Calathes would be banished after testing positive for tamoxifen, a banned substance found in a supplement he had been taking. The suspension for Calathes will begin with Saturday's playoff opener for the Grizzlies at Oklahoma City. Last season, Memphis upset Oklahoma City in the playoffs.


 

 

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Heat seek Three-peat but Spurs, Pacers top seeds  

18 Apr 2014, 11:40 pm

LeBron James of the Miami Heat steals a pass from Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets during a game at AmericanAirlines Arena on April 8, 2014 in Miami, FloridaLeBron James and his Miami Heat teammates seek their third title in a row and fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals starting with their playoff opener Sunday against Charlotte. But it will be the league-best San Antonio Spurs and Eastern Conference pace-setter Indiana that carry the top seedings and home-court edges throughout the NBA playoffs that begin Saturday. Attention will focus on four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James and Miami's bid to defend the crown once again.


 

 

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Korean K.J. Choi beats bad weather to take Heritage lead  

18 Apr 2014, 6:04 pm (Reuters) - South Korean K.J. Choi wielded a hot putter to vault into the lead before torrential rain and strong winds halted the second round at the $5.8 million RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Friday. Choi made use of his advantageous early tee time, holing out three times from outside 20 feet on his way to a four-under-par 67 to post a five-under 137 halfway total at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island. Australian Robert Allenby was best of those whose rounds were interrupted, one stroke behind Choi after completing just five holes. His halfway score was two shots better than Englishman Luke Donald (69) and Americans Billy Hurley (69) and Scott Langley (73).  

'Renaissance man' Gasol happy to control his own destiny  

18 Apr 2014, 5:01 pm

NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles LakersBy Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Considered by many to be the 'Renaissance man' in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Spanish forward Pau Gasol is delighted finally to be the sole architect of his 'revival' as he eyes his playing future. The 33-year-old from Barcelona has faced more than his fair share of trade rumors since joining the Los Angeles Lakers in February 2008 but now he can plot his own way forward with free agency looming in July. Gasol has long been regarded as one of the most skilled and versatile players in the league but he endured a frustrating 2013-14 campaign during which he and Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni repeatedly disagreed on team strategy. "I'm in charge of my future and destiny and I will listen to the possibilities on the table," double NBA champion Gasol, who had his Lakers exit interview at the team's El Segundo practice facility on Thursday, told reporters.


 

 

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Lakers, Knicks, Celtics miss playoffs, seek help  

18 Apr 2014, 2:56 pm

Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni reacts during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 6, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CaliforniaFor the first time in NBA history, the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are all absent from the playoffs in the same season. While that will not break any hearts for the 16 clubs who begin their championship quests this weekend, it does leave three of the most iconic franchise in NBA history struggling in search of a new direction. "As a whole, the season was very disappointing for everybody," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. The Lakers went 27-55, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2005 and only the sixth season in team history.


 

 

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Sharp-shooting Westwood stretches lead in Malaysia  

18 Apr 2014, 9:49 am

Lee Westwood lines up a putt on the fifteenth hole during the second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur on April 18, 2014Lee Westwood stretched his lead at the Malaysian Open on Friday, putting on a clinic with his irons as the Englishman moved closer to ending a nearly two-year title drought. Westwood notched a six-under 66 on day two to move to 13-under at the tournament's half-way point, four strokes clear of Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts and Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines. Precise wedge play put Westwood in position to sink five birdie putts from within four feet (one metre) on the front nine at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. "I'm playing a lot better since I started working with Mike Walker about six or seven weeks ago.


 

 

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Westwood surges clear in Malaysia as Larrazabal dives for cover  

18 Apr 2014, 7:11 am

Britain's Lee Westwood hits his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta(Reuters) - Lee Westwood surged four shots clear at the halfway stage of the European Tour's Malaysian Open on Friday after an eventful second round where Spain's Pablo Larrazabal was forced to dive into a lake to avoid a swarm of hornets. Filipino Antonio Lascuna and Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts were his nearest challengers at nine-under. Westwood matched his eight-birdie opening round again on Friday but was pulled back by a double-bogey on the 11th hole at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club with his tee-shot ending in the water. The water proved a haven for Spain's Larrazabal, though, as he encountered the "scariest" moment of his career when he had to dive into a lake after being attacked by hornets on the fifth hole.


 

 

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Golf-Westwood surges clear in Malaysia as Larrazabal dives for cover  

18 Apr 2014, 7:08 am Lee Westwood surged four shots clear at the halfway stage of the European Tour's Malaysian Open on Friday after an eventful second round where Spain's Pablo Larrazabal was forced to dive into a lake to avoid a swarm of hornets. Filipino Antonio Lascuna and Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts were his nearest challengers at nine-under. Westwood has been without a win since claiming the 2012 Nordea Masters in Sweden and the trophy-less spell has seen his world ranking slip to 36. Westwood matched his eight-birdie opening round again on Friday but was pulled back by a double-bogey on the 11th hole at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club with his tee-shot ending in the water.  

Stanford seizes LPGA lead with eight-under 64  

18 Apr 2014, 2:18 am

Angela Stanford hits her first shot on the 5th hole during the second round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf on April 17, 2014 in Kapolei, HawaiiKapolei (United States) (AFP) - Angela Stanford nabbed eight birdies in an eight-under par 64 to grab the second-round lead at the LPGA Lotte Championship. Stanford, a five-time LPGA Tour winner, improved her score from the first round by eight shots, her eight-under par total of 136 giving her a one-stroke lead over fellow American Michelle Wie. World number one Park In-Bee of South Korea, seeking her first title of 2014, carded a 68 to head a group on 138 that also included seventh-ranked South Korean Ryu So-Yeon, 16-time LPGA winner Cristie Kerr and South Korea's Kim Hyo-Joo, who is playing on a sponsor's exemption. Stanford strung together five straight birdies on the third through seventh holes, then bagged another three straight birdies at 11, 12 and 13 en route to the halfway lead in the $1.7 million tournament.


 

 

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South Korean MLB prospect Choi banned for doping  

18 Apr 2014, 1:28 am (Reuters) - Seattle Mariners prospect Choi Ji-man has been suspended for 50 games after the first baseman tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, Major League Baseball said on Thursday. South Korean Choi was on the Mariners' 40-man roster and was hitting .394 with one home run and five RBIs in 10 games for the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate Tacoma this season. The 22-year-old, who signed with the Mariners in 2009, tested positive for methandienone and his suspension was effective immediately, MLB said. "I do not know what I could have taken that caused me to test positive," Choi said in a statement.  

Masters contender Kuchar shares PGA Heritage lead  

18 Apr 2014, 1:22 am

Matt Kuchar hits a tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 17, 2014 in Hilton Head Island, South CarolinaHilton Head Island (United States) (AFP) - Matt Kuchar carried on his good form from the Masters to fire a five-under par 66 for a share of the first-round lead at the $5.8 million US PGA Heritage. Fellow Americans Scott Langley and William McGirt, each seeking a first tour triumph, were level with Kuchar after 18 holes at Harbour Town, two shots ahead of Harris English. Jordan Spieth, the 20-year-old talent who shared second-place honors at Augusta National last week, was in a pack of 15 players on 69. Four days after briefly sharing the lead in the final round of the Masters with Spieth and eventual winner Bubba Watson, world number six Kuchar was back in contention just a few hours down the road.


 

 

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Quo Vadis? An apt query for frustrated Lakers fans  

17 Apr 2014, 7:15 pm

Clippers forward Griffin leaps for a dunk against the Lakers during first half NBA game in Los AngelesBy Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The title of the historical novel "Quo Vadis" is an apt question for frustrated Los Angeles Lakers fans to ask of players and coaches after the team's nightmare 2013-14 NBA campaign came to an end. Written by Pole Henryk Sienkiewicz in 1895, the novel borrows its title from the biblical query "Quo vadis Domine?", Latin for "Where are you going, Lord?", and the future destination of the Lakers franchise is certainly up for debate. Granted the team were severely hampered by multiple injuries throughout the season but, as 16-time NBA champions, they are held to a lofty standard by their supporters who could not believe their eyes as one low after another was posted. The Lakers plunged embarrassing new depths as they finished the regular season well under .500 with a 27-55 record, having never before lost so many games in a single campaign, and they were eliminated from playoff contention a month ago.


 

 

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Kuchar shrugs off Masters fade, ties Heritage lead  

17 Apr 2014, 6:54 pm

Matt Kuchar of the U.S. hits from the sand on the 16th hole during the third round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin(Reuters) - Matt Kuchar shrugged off his Masters near-miss last week to share the lead after the opening round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Thursday. Kuchar, who contended in Sunday's final round at Augusta National before slipping back into a tie for fifth, put that disappointment behind him and shot a five-under-par 66 on a cool, breezy morning at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island. "Once I got out there this morning, I was ready to go," the six-times PGA Tour winner told Golf Channel after finishing in style with a 15-foot birdie on his final hole, the par-four ninth. Kucher ended the round level with fellow Americans William McGirt and Scott Langley, both of whom played in the warmer and less difficult conditions of the afternoon.


 

 

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Golf-Kuchar shrugs off Masters fade, ties Heritage lead  

17 Apr 2014, 6:52 pm * Kuchar fires a 66 for three-way tie at the top * Is only morning starter to break 69 (Updates at end of round) April 17 (Reuters) - Matt Kuchar shrugged off his Masters near-miss last week to share the lead after the opening round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Thursday. Kuchar, who contended in Sunday's final round at Augusta National before slipping back into a tie for fifth, put that disappointment behind him and shot a five-under-par 66 on a cool, breezy morning at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island. "Once I got out there this morning, I was ready to go," the six-times PGA Tour winner told Golf Channel after finishing in style with a 15-foot birdie on his final hole, the par-four ninth.  

Mariners' Choi hit with 50-game doping ban  

17 Apr 2014, 6:30 pm

Choi Ji-Man of the Seattle Mariners poses for a portrait during spring training photo day on February 20, 2014 in Peoria, ArizonaSeattle Mariners first baseman Choi Ji-Man was suspended for 50 games without pay by Major League Baseball on Thursday after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance. Choi was added to the Mariners' 40-man roster in November but has started this season with Seattle's top developmental club, the Tacoma Rainiers, based near the Mariners in Washington state. In 10 games this season, Incheon-born Choi batted .394 with one home run and five runs batted in while walking seven times and striking out six in 33 plate appearances. The Mariners fell to 7-8 this season with an 8-6 loss Thursday at Texas, their third loss in a row to the Rangers.


 

 

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US college stars Parker, Young declare for draft  

17 Apr 2014, 4:38 pm

Jabari Parker of the Duke Blue Devils during the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, on March 21, 2014US college freshman stars Jabari Parker and James Young said Thursday they will skip their final three seasons of collegiate play and declared themselves eligible for June's NBA Draft. Parker, a forward, led Duke University to a 26-9 season, averaging 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocked shots a game. He became the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounds for a season. He is the epitome of what you would want a basketball player to be," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.


 

 

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Man arrested in connection with ex-NFL star's murder trial  

17 Apr 2014, 3:54 pm

Aaron Hernandez, former player for the NFL's New England Patriots football team, attends a pre-trial hearing at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall RiverA man in Florida has been charged with witness tampering and obstruction of justice in a gun-trafficking case linked to the murder trial of ex-National Football League star Aaron Hernandez, authorities said on Thursday. Oscar Hernandez, who is not related to former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, was arrested on Wednesday and will be brought to Massachusetts to face the charges, the U.S. attorney's office in Boston said in a statement. Aaron Hernandez has been in jail since June on charges he and two associates fatally shot semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd near his home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Authorities investigating Lloyd's murder found three guns that they determined were bought in Florida in April 2013.


 

 

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Schedule of games for first round of NBA playoffs  

17 Apr 2014, 3:51 pm (Reuters) - Following is the schedule for the first-round, best-of-seven series in the National Basketball Association playoffs (prefix number denotes seeding, *-if needed): EASTERN CONFERENCE 1-Indiana Pacers vs. 8-Atlanta Hawks Game 1 - April 19 at Indiana Game 2 - April 22 at Indiana Game 3 - April 24 at Atlanta Game 4 - April 26 at Atlanta Game 5 * April 28 at Indiana Game 6 * May 1 at Atlanta Game 7 * May 3 at Indiana - - 2-Miami vs. ...  

Profiles of NBA Western Conference playoff teams  

17 Apr 2014, 3:51 pm (Reuters) - Brief profiles of the eight Western Conference teams that qualified for the 2014 National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs: SAN ANTONIO SPURS Regular season record: 62-20 How they qualified: Won Southwest Division Head coach: Gregg Popovich Top scorer: Tony Parker (16.7 points per game) Top rebounder: Tim Duncan (9. ...  

Profiles of NBA Eastern Conference playoff teams  

17 Apr 2014, 3:51 pm (Reuters) - Brief profiles of the eight Eastern Conference teams that qualified for the 2014 National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs: INDIANA PACERS Regular season record: 56-26 How they qualified: Won Central Division Head coach: Frank Vogel Top scorer: Paul George (21.7 points per game) Top rebounder: Lance Stephenson (7.2 rebounds per game) NBA titles: None Joined NBA: 1976 - - MIAMI HEAT Regular season record: 54-28 How they qualified: Won Southeast Division Head coach: Erik Spoelstra Top scorer: LeBron James (27.1 points per game) Top rebounder: LeBron James (6. ...  

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