|May 1|| Duke freshman Winslow to enter NBA draft|
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Justise Winslow is entering the NBA draft after one season at Duke, coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday.
The forward said in a statement issued by the school that "my dreams and aspirations have literally come true" while winning the national title in his only season in college.
He says he believes "it is time to take the next step on my career path and play at the highest level."
Winslow averaged 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while helping Duke win its fifth national title.
The announcement came less than a week after the same decision from teammate Jahlil Okafor, the first freshman selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the year.
And just as Okafor's was, Winslow's choice wasn't much of a surprise.
"He had a sensational year, both on and off the court," Krzyzewski said. "He was an amazing factor for our success in winning the national championship.
"From everything we have found out, Justise is projected to be a high lottery pick and we believe that to be true. This is a great time to take advantage of this opportunity. We're behind him all the way and love him and his family."
He arrived at Duke last summer as one of the nation's top recruits and ended up ranking third on the team in scoring and second in rebounding.
He started every game - even as he fought through a cracked rib midway through the season - and scored in double figures in all but one since Jan. 28.
His move from the wing to power forward allowed the Blue Devils (35-4) to switch to a smaller lineup that wound up being tough to beat. Duke won 18 of its final 19 games while claiming its fifth national title since 1991.
Winslow averaged 14.0 points and 9.3 rebounds in six NCAA Tournament games, including a 21-point, 10-rebound performance against Utah in a regional semifinal in his hometown, Houston.
He became the seventh player to go one-and-done at Duke, and the fifth since 2011. T
|Apr 29|| Maple Leafs clean house, firing GM, interim coach, staff|
TORONTO (AP) Changes were expected from the Toronto Maple Leafs after their worst season in almost 20 years.
Team President Brendan Shanahan didn't waste any time making them.
The Leafs fired general manager Dave Nonis and interim coach Peter Horachek and his entire staff Sunday, beginning a tumultuous offseason that could also bring wholesale roster changes.
Nonis was fired with three years left on his contract after the Leafs went 30-44-8 to finish with 68 points, the fewest in an 82-game season since 1996-97.
Shanahan and the players are set to address reporters Monday at Air Canada Centre.
Toronto was in a playoff position in early January when Nonis announced the firing of coach Randy Carlyle and subsequently replaced him with Horachek. At the time, Nonis blamed inconsistency for the firing and said he is "never worried about" his own job security.
"You make your decisions on what's best for the team and that's not going to change," Nonis said Jan. 6. "We're going to do the things that we need to do as a group in order to move this team forward."
From that day until the season ended Saturday night, the Leafs went 9-28-5 to finish 27th in the NHL. The only silver lining to that is a 9.5 percent chance of winning the draft lottery and a chance to draft top prospect Connor McDavid to jump-start the rebuilding effort.
Horachek's dismissal was expected. This is the second straight season he took over as interim coach (2013-14 with Florida Panthers) and was let go.
"You want to see more success, obviously," Horachek said after the Leafs' season-ending 4-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. "If you don't get it, you have to keep trying in different directions and different manners of motivation and where you're going to go.
"It's evident that there's lots of changes that have to happen, and the direction has to be in a different direction."
In addition to Horachek, assistants Steve Spott, Ch
|Apr 29|| Buffalo Sabres fire coach Ted Nolan|
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Two last-place finishes and an imperfect working relationship led Sabres general manager Tim Murray to the conclusion to fire coach Ted Nolan on Sunday.
The decision was made after a lengthy evaluation which ended with Murray's exit interviews with Sabres players, a day after Buffalo (23-51-8) closed its season with a 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh.
"I don't think it was a bad fit. I don't think it was a great fit," Murray said. "Maybe it's just chemistry. Maybe it's just two different personalities."
Murray also felt the move to fire Nolan, a little more than a year after the coach signed a three-year contract, was needed to improve a team in the midst of a rebuilding process.
"I know this isn't a popular thing," Murray said. "To me, it's about getting better. I feel this was an opportunity for us to improve and keep improving. And that's certainly no disrespect to Ted."
Nolan was in good spirits but declined comment when reached by The Associated Press. "I'm just going to reflect on it and come out with a statement in the next couple of days," Nolan said.
Nolan is out for a second time in Buffalo, after he spent two seasons coaching the team in the mid-1990s. Nolan's first tenure ended after winning NHL coach of the year honors in 1997. He left while feeling disrespected by then-GM Darcy Regier, who offered Nolan a one-year contract extension.
Nolan returned to Buffalo on an interim basis in November 2013 when Ron Rolston was fired as part of a front-office shakeup. Regier was fired at the same time, and former Sabres captain Pat LaFontaine was brought in as president of hockey operations.
LaFontaine then hired Murray in January, before stepping down abruptly after a little more than three months on the job. Nolan lost his biggest backer in LaFontaine. Murray provided the coach an opportunity by signing him to a contract extension despite having no previous working relationship with Nolan.
|Apr 29|| Column: A special win for a special player at the Masters|
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) About the only thing missing was a new scoring record. Not to worry, because odds are Jordan Spieth will set a bunch of them by the time he is done.
The odds are equally good that the green jacket he put on Sunday night outside the Augusta National clubhouse won't be his last.
The Masters was the tournament he dreamed about growing up beating balls on the range in Texas. The people who run the Masters could only dream of having a new champion who could stare down an all-star field of challengers, then remember to thank everyone from the kitchen staff to the chairman for giving him the chance to do just that.
He's a special talent who yells at his ball and plays with a steely intensity. He's also a special person, the son of athletic parents who still dates his high school sweetheart and is a loving brother to a younger sister with neurological difficulties that place her on the autism spectrum.
On an overcast day at Augusta National, Spieth finished off a wire-to-wire win that was so utterly dominant it never seemed really in doubt. That he bogeyed the last hole to miss setting a scoring record set by another 21-year-old named Tiger Woods in 1997 did nothing to make the day any less sweet.
His family and friends gathered behind the 18th green hugging each other even before Spieth dropped the short bogey putt to finish off his day. Everyone important in his life was there, except the one person who may be most important.
His sister, who is seven years younger, doesn't come to many tournaments. Ellie Spieth likes to yell her brother's name and cheer at what should be quiet times, and the Masters would not be the place for that.
But Spieth would be calling, and they would talk about him winning his first major championship.
"When I speak to her she's going to probably tell me to just bring something home, bring a present home to her," Spieth said. "I'm sure she was watching and was excited wh
|Apr 28|| Garcia beats Peterson by majority decision|
NEW YORK (AP) In their last appearances in Brooklyn, unified junior welterweight Danny Garcia and light welterweight Lamont Peterson disappointed fans by beating underwhelming opponents.
On Saturday night, Peterson and Garcia finally had their anticipated fight and did not disappoint.
Garcia beat Peterson by majority decision night at the Barclays Center in a non-title fight.
Garcia (30-0) remained unbeaten by getting scores of 115-113 from Kevin Morgan and Steve Weisfeld. Don Ackerman ruled the fight was a draw with a 114-114 score.
"That was a war," Garcia said. "That's what fans want to see. He stuck to his game plan and moved a lot. He did a good job and I did a good job."
Garcia won eight rounds on Morgan's scorecard and seven on Weisfeld's. Ackerman had Garcia winning six of the first seven rounds before awarding the final five rounds to Peterson.
"I don't know what that judge was thinking when he saw a draw," said Angel Garcia, the fighter's trainer and father.
In their last appearances in the building on Aug. 9, Garcia easily had a second-round knockout over Rod Salka while Peterson (33-3-1) went 10 rounds with Edgar Santana before the fight was stopped. Both sides had expressed the hope that they would fight each other sometime last year or this year.
That fight was announced on Jan. 14 as part of NBC's prime-time boxing series, but about a month ago, Garcia said that he did not have sufficient time to make the mandatory 140-pound weight. That resulted in Garcia's fourth fight in this building also being his second straight non-title fight since winning majority decision over Mauricio Herrera in Puerto Rico in March 2014.
Even if there was not a title on the line, Garcia had the backing of most of the crowd, who watched him come on strong with right hands and combinations in the early rounds.
In the fourth round, he smirked at Peterson as if saying, "Come on hit me." By the middle roun
|Apr 28|| Cards ace Adam Wainwright out for season with torn Achilles|
The St. Louis Cardinals say injured ace Adam Wainwright is out for the season because of a torn left Achilles.
General manager John Mozeliak made the announcement Monday at Busch Stadium. Wainwright will have surgery later this week.
Wainwright was hurt while batting Saturday in Milwaukee.
This is the second major injury of Wainwright's career. The right-hander missed the 2011 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The Cardinals have made it to the NL Championship Series in each of the last four seasons. They lead the NL Central this year.
|Apr 27|| Wall, Beal lead Wiz past Raptors 125-94 in Game 4 for sweep|
WASHINGTON (AP) When Paul Pierce headed to the sideline with the Wizards leading the Raptors by 23 points in the third quarter, making Game 4 - and the series - all but over, he saw a standing ovation and waved, requesting more noise.
With Pierce helping show his younger teammates how to win, Washington emphatically completed the first sweep of a seven-game series in club history. And just as Pierce had hoped, the Wizards won't need to pull out their passports again.
The Wizards finished off the Raptors in four games by winning 125-94 Sunday night to quickly close the first-round Eastern Conference series, getting 21 points and 11 rebounds from Marcin Gortat, and 14 points and 10 assists from John Wall.
Six Wizards scored in double figures, including Bradley Beal with 23 points and Pierce with 14, and that duo made seven of the Wizards' team playoff-record 15 3-pointers.
After both Games 2 and 3, Pierce - the 37-year-old with an NBA championship ring from his days in Boston - declared that he didn't want to have to deal with going through U.S. Customs again, a reference to wanting to avoid having to travel back to Toronto for Game 5.
Not a problem.
Washington led by 16 in the first quarter, 20 in the second and by a whopping 32 - 102-70 - entering the fourth.
Washington has reached the second round of the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since getting to the NBA Finals in 1979, a year after winning the title. And the sellout crowd of 20,356 kept rising to cheer every made 3, salute every player who left for a substitute, yell "Sweep! Sweep!" - and, in not-so-diplomatic moments, occasionally chant "USA! USA!"
Next up for the No. 5 seed Wizards will be No. 1 Atlanta or No. 8 Brooklyn. Those teams play their Game 4 on Monday, with the Hawks up 2-1.
Toronto went 3-0 against Washington in the regular season, but failed to find any consistency from quarter to quarter in the playoffs. Kyle
|Apr 27|| Paul, Clippers even series with 114-105 win over Spurs|
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Chris Paul had 34 points and seven assists, Blake Griffin added 20 points and 19 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs 114-105 on Sunday to even their first-round series at two games apiece.
J.J. Redick scored 17 points for the Clippers and Austin Rivers provided an unexpected boost off the bench with a postseason career-high 16 points.
The Clippers, who bounced back from a 100-73 loss in Game 3, host Game 5 on Tuesday. This is the only series that is tied after four games.
Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points, Tim Duncan had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Tony Parker added 18 points, but Paul proved too much.
Paul hit jumpers over Parker and Duncan in scoring six straight points for the Clippers beginning midway through the fourth quarter. He then drove the lane and kicked out to Redick, who drained a 3-pointer for a 106-92 lead.
Leonard followed with consecutive 3s to pull within 106-98, but Paul settled the Clippers with a pair of free throws.
The game grew tense in the opening minutes as Parker hit the floor on a drive and screamed for a foul on Paul, yelling, "I'm bleeding! I'm bleeding!" and pointing to a cut along his left eyebrow. Parker and San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich's tirades led Paul to scream for a technical that wasn't called.
"It's the champs, so no tech," Paul said.
Paul charged into Duncan off an inbounds two possessions later, drawing a blocking foul on the Spurs veteran. Both players stared angrily at each other, with Duncan rising and telling an official, "He kicked me! He kicked me!" after the foul.
The exchanges energized the lethargic Spurs, especially Parker, who keyed a run. Parker, who was limited to 17 points on 7-for-28 shooting in the first three games, had eight points in the opening 8 minutes.
Paul didn't need any added incentive, pushing his way into the chest of every defender the Spurs threw at him large or small to c
|Apr 27|| Cards ace Wainwright on 15-day DL, could be out much longer|
Adam Wainwright was a cheerleader on the St. Louis Cardinals' 2011 World Series title team, out the entire year following reconstructive elbow surgery, suiting up and slapping fives in the dugout.
The staff ace of the NL Central leaders might be reduced to that status again from an injury that came with him batting.
The two-time 20-game winner was set to undergo an MRI exam Monday to determine the extent of an injury to his left Achilles and ankle. He's already on the 15-day disabled list and the team was bracing for bad news, leaving the 6-foot-7 right-hander to put a brave face on a dire scenario.
"There's nothing I can do about it, so might as well not be nervous about it or worried about it," Wainwright said after Sunday's 6-3 loss at Milwaukee. "Worry doesn't do anybody any good."
The 33-year-old Wainwright had to be helped off the field after getting injured stumbling out of the batter's box after popping out in the fifth inning Saturday, saying the "foot just shut down on me."
"Unfortunately, it is not great news," general manager John Mozeliak said in a video on the Cardinals' website. "Any way you slice it, he is going to be missed for a while and potentially losing the season is very real."
Several published reports said the Cardinals expect Wainwright to be out for the season. Manager Mike Matheny would only say the pitcher will be examined when the team returns to St. Louis.
"I don't like to speculate until you have the full information, but if you ask me how I feel ... not good," Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "All those rumors floating around seem to have some validity to them."
Lefty Marco Gonzales, coming off a strong finish to his rookie season, is the likely long-term rotation replacement. But the 23-year-old Gonzales is also on the DL at Triple-A Memphis with tightness in his shoulder after making three minor league starts.
"I don't think he's going to be ready right out
|Apr 27|| Cavs' Kevin Love out after hurting shoulder in first quarter|
BOSTON (AP) Kevin Love dislocated his left shoulder Sunday on what he said was a "bush-league" play.
Cleveland's power forward was injured in the first quarter of the Cavaliers' 101-93 victory that completed a four-game sweep when he and Boston's Kelly Olynyk chased a loose ball into the left corner after Jae Crowder of the Celtics missed a 3-pointer.
Olynyk's right arm became entangled with Love's left arm. Love then grabbed his arm and kept running toward the Cleveland bench before going to the locker room, where he iced his shoulder. Olynyk was charged with a non-shooting foul.
"I thought it was a bush-league play," Love said after the game while wearing a sling.
"I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose," Love said. "Olynyk was in a compromising position, had no chance to get the ball, and it was just too bad that he would go to those lengths to take somebody out of a game."
Boston coach Brad Stevens didn't think Olynyk hurt Love on purpose.
"That's not the type of person he is," Stevens said. "I hope Kevin's OK to play, whenever they play next, because you want everybody out there to finish the game."
Love said he intends on returning to the playoffs this season and wants the NBA to review the play.
"Oh, the league will take a look at it," he said, "and it better be swift and just."
The Cavaliers said Love would return to Cleveland with the team and receive additional examination, imaging and evaluation at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health over the next 24 hours before his status is updated.
Love averaged 18.3 points in the first three games and scored the first basket Sunday.
The Cavaliers would be off until at least Saturday before opening the Eastern Conference semifinals against either Chicago or Milwaukee. The Bulls lead that series 3-1.
|Apr 27|| Canadiens advance with 2-0 win over Senators|
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Carey Price made 43 saves, Brendan Gallagher scored in the first period, and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-0 Sunday night to advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs.
Max Pacioretty sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 1 second remaining.
Montreal won the best-of-seven series in six games, but lost two in a row after taking a 3-0 series lead - and Ottawa nearly sent it to a deciding seventh game.
Price, nominated for the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalie, rebounded after allowing five goals in Game 5 with a masterful effort as the Senators outshot the Canadiens 43-20.
Montreal, which reached the Eastern Conference finals last spring, is in the second round for a second consecutive year for the first time since 1992 and `93.
|Apr 26|| Baseball fans asked to stay at stadium after violent protest|
BALTIMORE (AP) Fans at the Baltimore Orioles-Boston Red Sox baseball game were briefly asked to stay inside the stadium toward the end of the game after a small group of Freddie Gray protesters became violent.
The protesters blocked an intersection near Oriole Park at Camden Yards for several hours and had a tense standoff with police Saturday night. The protesters were eventually cleared.
In the middle of the ninth inning, the public address announcer told fans that city officials requested no one leave because of "ongoing public safety issues." They were later allowed to leave but advised to avoid certain areas of the city. The Orioles won 5-4 in 10 innings.
The attendance was 36,757.
Demonstrators are angry Gray, a black man, died in police custody after suffering an unexplained spinal injury.
|Apr 26|| Calgary Flames advance to 2nd round for 1st time in a decade|
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) With a chance to clinch in their grasp, the Calgary Flames stayed determined.
Down 3-0 early and 4-3 midway through the second period, they turned a switch and beat the Vancouver Canucks 7-4 on Saturday to take the series and advance to the second round of NHL playoffs for the first time in over a decade.
Calgary will face the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference semifinal.
Matt Stajan scored the winner at 15:43 of the third period to give the Flames a 4-2 series win.
"Things happen so quickly out there and even when I go home, I'll probably blink my eyes and still have to pinch myself to realize what happened," said Stajan. "That's why we play the games. This is a special moment."
Jiri Hudler and Michael Ferland each had a pair of goals including empty-netters in front of a delirious Scotiabank Saddledome. Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary.
The Flames last advanced beyond the opening round in 2004 when they reached the Stanley Cup final and lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"What about the crowd?" Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "The crowd never left us. We were down 3-zip and we felt their support. What a great story."
The Flames' opponent, the Ducks, have had a few days rest already.
They rallied from a deficit to win all four games of their series against the Winnipeg Jets, capped by a 5-2 victory in the clincher on Wednesday night in Winnipeg. Anaheim led for less than 39 total minutes of the four-game series.
Michael Ferland and Jiri Hudler each scored twice, and Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau added goals for Calgary. Hudler tied it at 4 with a power-play goal at 6:14 of the third period.
Canucks coach Willie Desjardins gave the Flames all the credit on their comeback.
"They found ways all year and they found a way again tonight," he said. "I'm proud of our guys. One hundred and one points this year was a good r
|Apr 26|| Curry leads Warriors to 109-98 win and sweep of the Pelicans|
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Stephen Curry had 39 points, eight rebounds and nine assists and Golden State cruised to 109-98 victory over New Orleans on Saturday night, completing a sweep of their first-round playoff series.
Klay Thompson added 25 points for the Warriors, the NBA's top overall seed, who will wait to host Game 1 of their second-round series against the winner of the Portland-Memphis matchup.
Draymond Green added 22 points and 10 rebounds for Golden State, which led 67-54 at halftime and widened the gap to as many as 24 points in the second half before the Pelicans briefly cut the deficit to single digits in the final minutes.
Anthony Davis had 36 points and 11 rebounds for the Pelicans and Eric Gordon had 29 points.
Golden State shot 50.6 percent from the field, including 13 of 24 from 3-point range. Curry was 6 of 8 from deep, while Thompson was 4 of 7 and Green 3 of 6.
BUCKS 92, BULLS 90
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Jerryd Bayless made a layup at the buzzer off an inbounds pass to draw Milwaukee within 3-1 in the Eastern Conference playoff series.
With 1.3 seconds left, Jared Dudley threw a high-arcing pass toward the basket from side court. Bayless caught the ball and quickly threw up the layup for the game-winning basket.
Bulls guard Derrick Rose walked away in frustration after trying to guard Bayless. The Bucks won their first playoff game in five years.
Chicago had a chance to win with the game tied at 90. But Milwaukee's Khris Middleton tipped a dribble away from Rose to force a steal. Bucks coach Jason Kidd called a timeout to set up the final play.
Game 5 is Monday in Chicago.
Jimmy Butler had a playoff career-high 33 points for the Bulls. Rose finished with 14 points, while Pau Gasol had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
O.J. Mayo finished with 18 points, including a 3-pointer with 1:42 left, while Dudley had 13 points and five assists while Bayless had 10 points.
NETS 91, HAW
|Apr 26|| Embarrassed early, Blackhawks hit their stride just in time|
CHICAGO (AP) It smacks of desperation. And it's more a hunch than a real strategy.
But when pressed, most coaches will admit few things motivate pro athletes better than embarrassing them.
Ask the Chicago Blackhawks, who overcame another big first-period deficit and then a goalie swap for the second time against the Nashville Predators. The result was another 4-3 win Saturday night that closed out their first-round playoff series in six games and left Chicago awaiting the winner of the Minnesota-St. Louis matchup.
As they had for most of the series, the Blackhawks started sloppy and paid the price. Predators winger James Neal notched two quick goals, and then teammate Matt Cullen picked defenseman Duncan Keith's pocket along the left boards and put Nashville ahead 3-1 just past the midway mark in the first.
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, experiencing something very much like deja vu, had seen enough. In the opening game of the series at Nashville, he pulled Corey Crawford after he gave up three goals on just 12 shots and replaced him with rookie Scott Darling. The Hawks roared back from a 3-0 deficit to win in double overtime.
After Darling started Game 6 by surrendering three goals on the same number of shots, Quenneville pulled the switch again. Chicago didn't need any extra periods to shake the Predators this time. It was 3-3 by the end of the first.
"It's never a situation you want to be in, but you might be right that it's a wake-up call," Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said. "We know we can't hang our goaltenders out to dry the way we have numerous times in this series."
"But when we get that first or second goal, especially at home," he added, "I think there's that feeling across our lineup that we can take control of a game."
Before that could happen, though, Crawford needed a confidence boost of his own. He came in cold with just less than nine minutes left in the first and almost immediately face
|Apr 24|| Eagles personnel chief says Tebow has improved|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ignore the hype. Tim Tebow is just another guy competing for a roster spot on the Philadelphia Eagles.
"Obviously, we were intrigued with what we saw there," Eagles personnel chief Ed Marynowitz said Thursday. "We saw a player who improved from the last time we saw him live, which was when he was here with New England. We had some conversations and some discussions, and we felt that it was an opportunity to bring in someone who could compete for a spot.
"Look, we've got 68 players who are on our football team right now. And Tim's one of them. He'll have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot. And his role will be determined by his performance and it's as simple as that."
Philadelphia's new vice president of player personnel was the first member of the organization to publicly discuss Tebow since the Eagles signed the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner to a one-year contract on Monday. Neither Tebow nor coach Chip Kelly has been available to the media.
Tebow was 9-7 as a starter for Denver in 2010-11, including playoffs. He threw just eight passes for the New York Jets in 2012 and also lined up as a punt protector.
Marynowitz said Tebow is here to play quarterback, not another position. Still, the innovative Kelly could try various ways to get Tebow involved in the offense. Sam Bradford, acquired in a trade from St. Louis, is penciled in as the starting QB. Mark Sanchez is the backup. Tebow is competing with Matt Barkley for the No. 3 job. G.J. Kinne also is on the roster.
Tebow has worked with former Texas Rangers pitching coach Tom House on his mechanics. The Eagles were impressed with his improvement during a private workout in March. Tebow's career completion percentage is 47.9.
|Apr 24|| Daniel Sedin scores tiebreaker to lift Canucks past Flames|
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Daniel Sedin scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the Vancouver Canucks avoided elimination Thursday night with a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames in Game 5 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.
Nick Bonino had the other goal for Vancouver, and Ryan Miller had 19 saves in his first start in the series after replacing Eddie Lack in Game 4.
David Jones scored for the Flames and Jonas Hiller stopped 41 shots.
Game 6 of the best-of-seven series is Saturday night at Calgary.
After the Flames were whistled for icing in the opening minutes of the third period, the Canucks put out their top line for the offensive-zone faceoff. Daniel Sedin took advantage, shoveling Dan Hamhuis' rebound through Hiller's pads at 1:47 for his second goal of the series.
|Apr 24|| Rose scores 34, Bulls hold off Bucks 113-106 in double OT|
MILWAUKEE (AP) Derrick Rose scored 34 points, Jimmy Butler added 24 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-106 in double overtime on Thursday night to take a 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.
Jimmy Butler got the second overtime off to a rousing start, intercepting a backcourt pass from Giannis Antetokounmpo and racing in for a layup. It set the tone for an 8-0 run that gave Chicago a 109-101 lead with 2:44 left to finally shake the pesky Bucks.
Rose atoned for a missed free throw with 4 seconds left in regulation that left the game tied. He scored six points in the second overtime, including a layup off an offensive rebound with 2:15 left for a 10-point lead.
Milwaukee went scoreless for more than 6 minutes between the first and second overtimes.
Game 4 is Saturday at Milwaukee.
|Apr 24|| Johnson, Lightning rally past Detroit 3-2 in OT, tie series|
DETROIT (AP) Tyler Johnson led a stirring Tampa Bay rally late in regulation, then scored 2:25 into overtime to lift the Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night, evening their playoff series at 2-2.
The Red Wings led 2-0 in the third period before Johnson scored with 5:26 remaining. He then assisted on Ondrej Palat's tying goal 77 seconds later.
Early in the extra session, defenseman Victor Hedman led an odd-man rush from the right side and slid the puck across the goal mouth. It deflected ever so slightly off goalie Petr Mrazek, but Johnson was able to shoot into an open net from a tough angle for his fourth goal of the series.
Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson scored in the second period for Detroit. Andersson's goal came in fluky fashion when goalie Ben Bishop knocked it in off the crossbar.
|Apr 24|| Warriors erase 20-point hole, beat Pelicans 123-119 in OT|
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Stephen Curry scored 40 points, including a 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation to complete a 20-point, fourth-quarter comeback, and the Golden State Warriors beat New Orleans 123-119 in overtime Thursday night to take a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Curry hit seven 3s in all, including one to start overtime that gave the Warriors the lead for good.
Klay Thompson had 28 points for the Warriors, who trailed 89-69 after three quarters, then outscored New Orleans 39-19 over the next 12 minutes.
Anthony Davis had 29 points and 15 rebounds for the Pelicans, but his missed free throw with 9.6 seconds left - as the crowd chanted "M-V-P!" - allowed Curry's late 3 to tie it.
Davis had a chance to tie it in the final seconds of overtime, but Warriors center Andrew Bogut forced him into a difficult driving shot, which missed badly.
|Apr 20|| Grizzlies never trail, rout Trail Blazers 100-86 in Game 1|
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Reserve Beno Udrih scored 20 points and the Memphis Grizzlies never trailed in routing the Portland Trail Blazers 100-86 on Sunday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round series.
Zach Randolph had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Marc Gasol added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Mike Conley finished with 16 points and didn't play the fourth quarter. Jeff Green had 11.
LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 32 points while taking more shots than anyone had ever taken against Memphis in the postseason, going 13 of 34. Damian Lillard added 14 points, shooting 5 of 21 overall and 0 of 6 beyond the arc. Nicolas Batum had 15 points. The Trail Blazers have lost five straight overall.
The Grizzlies swept Portland during the regular season and have won 10 of the last 11, including the first playoff game between the teams.
Game 2 is Wednesday night in Memphis.
Memphis started the postseason with home-court advantage for only the second time in franchise history, thanks to finishing with four more wins than Northwest Division champion Portland. The Grizzlies blew a 27-point lead in 2012 before losing that series to the Clippers, and they topped that lead going up by 29 late in the third quarter.
The banged-up and short-handed Trail Blazers proved no threat to make that kind of comeback with Aldridge doing everything he could to keep them in the game.
Portland looked out of synch from the start with Aldridge and Lillard combining to shoot 3 of 15 in the first quarter, and Aldridge even fell to the court when missing a dunk off an inbound lob at one point. It didn't get much better as Batum threw the ball to the sideline missing Robin Lopez in the third.
Memphis led 25-15 at the end of the first quarter and 58-39 at halftime. They grabbed their biggest lead with Randolph hitting a pair of free throws with 1:56 left in the third quarter at 82-53.
Trail Blazers: Aldridge topped
|Apr 20|| Brodie leads Flames past Canucks 4-2 in Game 3|
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) TJ Brodie had a goal and an assist, and the Calgary Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Brandon Bollig, Sam Bennett and Sean Monahan also scored for the Flames, who host Game 4 on Tuesday night.
Shawn Matthias and Jannik Hansen had goals for the Canucks.
Calgary's Jonas Hiller and Vancouver's Eddie Lack each stopped 23 shots.
|Apr 20|| Tavares scores early in OT in Isles' 2-1 win over Caps|
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Islanders captain John Tavares scored 15 seconds into overtime to lift New York to a 2-1 win in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series over the Washington Capitals on Sunday.
Kyle Okposo also scored for the Islanders, who took a 2-1 series lead.
The game was decided quickly in the extra period, and after the Islanders allowed the Capitals to tie the game on Nicklas Backstrom's goal with 6:06 remaining in the third.
In overtime, Nikolay Kulemin's initial shot was stopped by Braden Holtby, who then tried to direct the rebound into the right corner. The puck went directly to Tavares, who shoveled it in before Holtby could cover the right post.
Game 4 is at Long Island on Tuesday.
|Apr 20|| Korver scores 21, Hawks hold off pesky Nets 99-92 in Game 1|
ATLANTA (AP) Kyle Korver scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, and the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks held off the pesky Brooklyn Nets 99-92 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoff series Sunday night.
The Hawks led nearly the entire game and pushed the margin as high as 16 points, but the Nets kept coming back.
Finally, Jeff Teague dropped in a floater coming off the left wing, giving Atlanta a 95-89 lead. Joe Johnson missed a 3-pointer from the corner for Brooklyn, and Teague made a pair of free throws with just under a minute remaining to essentially seal it.
Teague and DeMarre Carroll scored 17 points apiece.
Eighth-seeded Brooklyn finished 22 games behind the Hawks and slipped into the playoffs on the final day. But, with Johnson and Brook Lopez each scoring 17 points, they didn't look overmatched by a team that won the season series 4-0.
|Apr 20|| Jim Furyk tops Kevin Kisner in playoff to win RBC Heritage|
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Jim Furyk won his first PGA Tour event in five years, making birdies on both playoff holes to outlast Kevin Kisner at the RBC Heritage on Sunday.
Furyk had a one-stroke lead when Kisner birdied the 72nd hole to force the playoff, the fourth one at Harbour Town Golf Links in the last six tournaments. On the first extra hole, Kisner rolled in a second straight birdie putt on the 18th to put pressure on Furyk. But the former U.S. Open champion answered with a birdie of his own.
After Kisner missed his birdie try on No. 17, Furyk sank a 12-foot birdie putt for his 17th PGA Tour career victory.
Furyk shot a 63 in the final round and Kisner a 64, leaving them at 18-under 266. Masters winner Jordan Spieth shot a 70 and was eight shots back.
|Apr 20|| CP3, Griffin lead Clippers past Spurs 107-92 in opener|
LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul scored 32 points, Blake Griffin added 26 points and 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers surged in the second half for a 107-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night in their first-round playoff series opener.
Jamal Crawford added 17 points for the Clippers, who met the defending NBA champions' challenge in a difficult postseason-opening matchup for two powers. Griffin threw down his usual array of roof-raising dunks, while Paul quarterbacked Los Angeles to an 18-point lead in the third quarter.
Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points for the Spurs, who had won the opening game in their previous 11 playoff series. Tim Duncan had 11 points and 11 rebounds, but the Spurs couldn't rally from their hefty second-half deficit.
Game 2 is Wednesday night.
|Apr 20|| Weise lifts Canadiens over Senators 2-1 in OT|
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Dale Weise scored the tying goal late in the third period and then won it 8:47 into overtime, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory Sunday night in their first-round playoff series.
Montreal has a chance to complete a four-game sweep Wednesday, with Game 4 in Ottawa.
Weise sent the game to overtime with his goal with 5:47 remaining in the third. Torrey Mitchell assisted on both goals, and Carey Price made 33 saves.
Clarke MacArthur opened the scoring for the Senators at 11:28 of the first period. Craig Anderson, making his first start of the playoffs, made 47 saves in the loss.
Montreal dominated at times in the second and third periods, outshooting Ottawa 31-15 through the final 40 minutes of regulation.
|Apr 20|| AP Sources: Tim Tebow expected to sign with Eagles on Monday|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) It's Tebow Time in the City of Brotherly Love.
Tim Tebow is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Eagles on Monday, according to three people familiar with the deal. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the contract hasn't been finalized.
Tebow hasn't played in the NFL since 2012 with the New York Jets. He was released by the New England Patriots before the 2013 season and spent last year working in television as an analyst for the SEC Network and ESPN.
Despite being out of the league, the 27-year-old Tebow remained one of the most popular players around. He has a legion of fans who follow him because of his strong Christian beliefs.
The former Heisman Trophy winner led Florida to two national titles and was a first-round pick by Denver in 2010. He started 16 games during two seasons with the Broncos, including a playoff victory over Pittsburgh in January 2012. Tebow was traded to the Jets after Denver signed Peyton Manning.
The 27-year-old Tebow joins quarterbacks Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne on Philadelphia's roster. The addition of Tebow would be the latest move in a stunning offseason for coach Chip Kelly. He traded Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy and allowed Jeremy Maclin to leave in free agency.
Tebow worked out for the Eagles last month and Kelly later said he's always "been a fan of Tim."
Tebow had some success in Denver, but his inaccurate passing and lack of pocket presence was an issue. His strength has been running the ball or improvising. Tebow has completed just 47.9 percent of his passes for 2,422 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has 989 yards rushing, a 5.0 average yards per carry and 12 TDs.
Tebow worked with former major league pitcher Tom House on improving his mechanics. He joins the Eagles in time to start their offseason program this week.
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|Apr 19|| Bryant gets 1st hit, reaches 5 times as Cubs beat Padres 7-6|
CHICAGO (AP) Kris Bryant got a standing ovation for his first major league hit and reached base five times Saturday in the Chicago Cubs' 7-6, 11-inning win over the San Diego Padres.
A day after the prized prospect went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in his big league debut, Bryant went 2 for 3 with three walks.
He allowed Wil Myers' bouncer leading off the game to kick off his glove for his first major league error.
Bryant walked against Tyson Ross in the first and fourth innings. With the Cubs trailing 2-1 in the fifth, Bryant hit a broken-bat single off the end of his bat into short center to drive in the tying run, earning a standing ovation from the 33,958 fans at Wrigley Field.
Bryant walked in the seventh, flied out in the ninth and reached on an infield single to shortstop in the 11th against Craig Kimbrel (0-1), moving Anthony Rizzo to third with one out. Pinch-hitter David Ross walked to load the bases, bringing up Starlin Castro.
San Diego brought in Myers from center as a fifth infielder and, with all five playing in, Castro singled past third baseman Will Middlebrooks and into left field.
Zac Rosscup (1-0) allowed one hit in two scoreless innings for his second major league win.
|Apr 19|| Harden has 24 points, Rockets beat Mavs 118-108 in Game 1|
HOUSTON (AP) James Harden had 24 points and Corey Brewer scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Houston Rockets to a 118-108 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference series.
Brewer made three 3-pointers in about 3 minutes in the fourth to keep the Mavericks at bay. He added another three points when he made a layup and a free throw to give Houston a 109-95 lead with 3 minutes left.
Houston won the opener in the best-of-seven series after losing both home games last season in a first-round loss to Portland. Game 2 is Tuesday night in Houston.
Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points for the Mavericks. They are in the playoffs for the 14th time in the last 15 seasons.