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Rangers shut down Penguins 2-1 to reclaim momentum (Yahoo Sports)  

New York Rangers' Chris Kreider (20) celebrates with teammates after his goal during the second period of a first-round NHL playoff hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh Monday, April 20, 2015.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

There is nothing poetic or necessarily pretty about the way the New York Rangers play, particularly on the road. It's a formula that led New York to the league's best record, one they returned to while restoring order in their first-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Choking off the passing lanes and the open ice where Penguins' stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin thrive, New York built an early lead behind goals from Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider then held on for a 2-1 win in Game 3 on Monday night to take a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is Wednesday in Pittsburgh.


 

Ducks rally for 5-4 OT win, lead series 3-0 (Yahoo Sports)  
Fired up for the first NHL playoff game in town in 19 years, Winnipeg Jets fans booed Corey Perry off the ice in warmups and cheered every icing call against the Anaheim Ducks. They went silent when the Ducks scored. The raucous ''whiteout'' crowd left on a somber note when Anaheim's Rickard Rakell scored at 5:12 of overtime to beat the Jets 5-4 Monday night at MTS Centre and take a 3-0 series lead. ''I personally have never had anything like that before, and we certainly fed off the energy,'' Jets winger Lee Stempniak said.  

Warriors beat Pelicans 97-87 to take 2-0 series lead (Yahoo Sports)  
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr likes to say his team teeters on ''explosive and careless'' basketball, pulling off an astonishing play one moment and a perplexing one the next. Klay Thompson scored 26 points, Stephen Curry had 22 points and six assists and the Warriors regrouped from an early deficit to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 97-87 and take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. ''It's what makes us who we are.'' The top-seeded Warriors fell behind by 13 points in the first quarter after a strong start by Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon quieted an announced sellout crowd of 19,596 wearing golden yellow shirts. Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Thursday night in New Orleans.  

Desisa wins 119th Boston Marathon; Rotich takes women's race (Yahoo Sports)  

Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, crosses the finish line to win the Boston Marathon, Monday, April 20, 2015, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Lelisa Desisa ran through the rain to earn a second Boston Marathon victory and his first chance to enjoy it. The 25-year-old Ethiopian broke the tape again on Boylston Street on Monday as the world's most prestigious marathon tried to return to its routine two years after Desisa's first Boston win was overshadowed by the twin explosions at the finish line. ''Lelisa did not get to have the kind of victory celebration that a champion of the Boston Marathon should have,'' Boston Athletic Association spokesman Jack Fleming said, interrupting the post-race news conference to place the champions' trophy at Desisa's side. ''I took off my hat and started waving my hands because I love the Boston people.'' Kenya's Caroline Rotich won the women's race, beating Mare Dibaba in a shoulder-to-shoulder sprint down Boylston to win by 4 seconds on a cold and rainy day that thinned the crowds but didn't lessen their enthusiasm for the city's signature sporting event.


 

Bryant's 3 RBIs lead Cubs over Pirates 5-2 (Yahoo Sports)  
Kris Bryant had so much fun rounding the bases that the star rookie felt like he was a kid again. Bryant turned his tiebreaking two-run double into a Little League homer with some heads-up baserunning, and had three hits and three RBIs Monday night to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bryant's double off the base of the left-center field fence in the seventh inning snapped a 1-all tie. He advanced to third base on the throw home and raced across the plate when catcher Francisco Cervelli missed the throw for an error.  

Pominville, Parise give Wild 3-0 win over Blues (Yahoo Sports)  

Minnesota Wild right wing Jason Pominville, right, and teammate Zach Parise, left, celebrate Pominville's goal on St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series game in St. Paul, Minn., Monday, April 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

The St. Louis Blues have been busy trying to agitate the Minnesota Wild into costly mistakes. With a sarcastic smile here and a timely goal there, the Wild have kept their cool and taken the series lead. Devan Dubnyk made 17 saves, Jason Pominville and Zach Parise scored in the second period and the Wild cruised to a 3-0 victory over the Blues in Game 3 on Monday. ''That stuff after the whistle doesn't win you games, so we're just focused on playing our game and playing it smart.'' Mikael Granlund had two assists, Nino Niederreiter added an empty-netter and the Wild had the edge in every way, without being drawn into a single trip to the penalty box.


 

Butler scores 31, Bulls beat Bucks 91-82 to go up 2-0 (Yahoo Sports)  

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 20: Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls goes up for a shot over Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks on his way to a game-high 31 points during the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 20, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Bucks 91-82. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jimmy Butler was simply following orders from Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. Butler set a playoff career-high for the second straight game with 31 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks 91-82 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. After scoring 25 points in Game 1, Butler trumped that with another terrific performance. Noah grabbed 19 rebounds and the third-seeded Bulls dominated on the glass 64-48 while taking a commanding lead in the series.


 

McLellan out after 7 years as coach of San Jose Sharks (Yahoo Sports)  

FILE - In this March 29, 2015, file photo, San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan, stands behind his bench during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. The Sharks announced Monday, April 20, 2015 that they had agreed to part ways with the winningest coach in franchise history after the team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

After seven years of great regular-season success and playoff disappointments, coach Todd McLellan and the San Jose Sharks decided it was time for a change. The Sharks announced Monday that they had agreed to part ways with the winningest coach in franchise history after the team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003. With the Sharks committed to a youth movement and McLellan having just one year on his contract, the two sides agreed it was time to make a change. ''This team is clearly in a rebuild,'' McLellan said.


 

Eagles sign quarterback Tim Tebow to 1-year contract (Yahoo Sports)  

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2014, file photo, Tim Tebow speaks during an SEC television broadcast in Atlanta. Tebow is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, April 20, 2015 according to three people familiar with the deal. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Eagles have signed quarterback Tim Tebow to a one-year contract, giving the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner his first shot in the NFL since the Patriots cut him before the 2013 season.


 

Eli Manning comfortable playing last year of Giants contract (Yahoo Sports)  

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning runs off the field at the end of the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning believes current work rules that force him to work out with his receivers away from the New York Giants' training facilities are absurd. Speaking Monday as the team started voluntary offseason workouts, Manning said the collective bargaining agreement makes it difficult for him to work out with teammates without violating league rules. Earlier this month, Manning went to Duke with NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle for three days of throwing, going over the offense with the receivers and getting a jump start on organized team activities.


 

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