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Kuchar rallies from 4 back to win RBC Heritage

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Matt Kuchar knew his next victory was coming, he just wasn't sure when.

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Sharks take 2-0 series lead with 7-2 win vs. Kings

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The San Jose Sharks got a spark from an unusual place and turned a close game into another laugher against Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings.

Aldridge leads Portland over Houston 122-120 in OT

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LaMarcus Aldridge had just fouled out late in overtime after scoring a career-high and franchise playoff-record 46 points when he went to Portland teammate Damian Lillard with a simple message.

After bombs, Boston Marathon under tight security

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For years, state and local officials have conducted a "tabletop exercise" before the Boston Marathon, a meeting that allows them to study a map of the 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Boston's Copley Square and plan...

Kuchar rallies from 4 back to win RBC Heritage

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Matt Kuchar saw his well-struck 5-iron on the 18th hole at the RBC Heritage come up way short of the target and settle in a front bunker.

Nene dominates, Wizards rally past Bulls, 102-93

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Nene started thinking about how it would all unfold in the middle of the night. No way could he have scripted it any better than this.

Prizefighter Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

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By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many...

Brewers win in 14th after early brawl with Pirates

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Ryan Braun homered in the ninth inning to tie it, then Khris Davis hit a home run in the 14th that put Milwaukee ahead for good.

Jimenez closes with 67 to win Greater Gwinnett

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Miguel Angel Jimenez quickly shifted his focus back to the Ryder Cup after winning his first Champions Tour event.

Prizefighter Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

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By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many...

James, Wade lead Heat past Bobcats 99-88 in Game 1

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Each of the last two Miami championship runs has been highlighted by moments where a sharpshooter enters a game and immediately provides a surprise spark.

Popovich to Sager: 'I promise I'll be nice'

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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says he looks forward to sideline reporter Craig Sager's return and "I promise I'll be nice."

Duncan scores 27 points, Spurs beat Mavs 90-85

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The Spurs rode the wide shoulders of Tim Duncan to victory.

NBA: Refs missed foul call in Warriors-Clippers

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The NBA said referees missed a foul call late in the Warriors' Game 1 win that would have given the Clippers a chance to tie the score.

Flyers rally to beat Rangers 4-2, even series

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This win was three years in the making for backup goalie Ray Emery and the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Gomez, Snider ejected after Brewer-Pirates brawl

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Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Travis Snider were ejected Sunday after a shouting match quickly escalated into a full-scale brawl.

Harper back in Nationals lineup

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Bryce Harper will start Sunday in for the Nationals a day after he was replaced in the sixth inning for lack of hustle.

Blackhawks D Seabrook suspended for hit on Backes

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Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has been suspended for three games for his hit on Blues center David Backes during their first-round playoff series.

Wawrinka beats Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters

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Stanislas Wawrinka showed that his first Grand Slam title wasn't a fluke, upstaging his more illustrious countryman to add a maiden Masters trophy in Monte Carlo on Sunday.

Big names among prospective Buffalo Bills buyers

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Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is prepared to make a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills. Donald Trump's on board, too.

Ferrari's Alonso: 'We're still in the fight'

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Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso said his struggling team is "still in the fight" after he finally got on the podium for the first time this season, finishing third at the Chinese Grand Prix.

Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix.

Vettel asked to make way for teammate again

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Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel isn't used to being asked to step aside for a teammate. Now it's happened twice in two races.

Westwood wins Malaysian Open

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Lee Westwood ended a two-year winless drought with a seven-shot victory at the Malaysian Open on Sunday.

Hopkins wins split decision over Shumenov

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Bernard Hopkins made some more boxing history, and did it in rather easy fashion.

MacKinnon helps Avs to 4-2 win over Wild

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Teenager Nathan MacKinnon is growing up fast. Almost as fast as he skates.

Durant leads Thunder past Grizzlies 100-86

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Kevin Durant put a dazzling end to Memphis' gritty comeback.

13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

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Nepal's authorities temporarily halted climbing on Mount Everest while search teams dug through snow and ice Sunday for three Sherpa guides missing in the deadliest avalanche on the world's highest peak that killed...

Wie shoots 67, wins LPGA LOTTE Championship

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Michelle Wie rallied from four strokes back entering the day to shoot a 5-under 67 on Saturday and win the LPGA LOTTE Championship.

Blue Jackets edge Penguins 4-3 in double overtime

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Matt Calvert's first career playoff goal gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a badly needed boost. His second ended 4,493 days of futility for a franchise that is quickly morphing from laughingstock to something...

FSU's Martin becomes third D-I coach to win 1,800

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Florida State's Mike Martin became the third baseball coach in Division I history to reach 1,800 wins, earning the milestone with the Seminoles' 4-3 victory over Wake Forest in 13 innings Saturday night.

Hawks take 1-0 lead by rolling past Pacers 101-93

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Atlanta's Jeff Teague demolished the Pacers' grand playoff plan.

Donald shoots 66, takes lead at RBC Heritage

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Luke Donald believes he's got the right game on the right course - and is ready to make up for so many near-misses at the RBC Heritage.

Warriors beat Clippers 109-105 in playoff opener

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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.

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

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Vladimir Tarasenko and St. Louis were in trouble Saturday before a vicious hit by Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook provided an opening for the Blues.

Hometown favorite wants to win Boston, for Boston

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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.

Harper pulled for not hustling, Nats fall to Cards

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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.

Raptors GM Ujiri uses profanity about Nets

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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.

Williams scores 24 as Nets beat Raptors 94-87

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The Brooklyn Nets made a case for the important of playoff experience in their opening victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Federer beats injured Djokovic to reach final

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Roger Federer ousted defending Monte Carlo Masters champion Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 Saturday, and the second-ranked Serb said he plans to take a break to let his injured wrist heal.

Heat open quest for another title vs Bobcats

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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.

5 things to know about Mavericks-Spurs series

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By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer While San Antonio Spurs steamrolled toward their fourth 60-win season in 11 years, coach Gregg Popovich was asked if there is a secret formula for the...

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

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At one end of the ice, Jimmy Howard made his best save of the game. At the other, Pavel Datsyuk scored the only goal.

Ryan Getzlaf leads Ducks past Stars 3-2 in Game 2

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Ryan Getzlaf wore the strain all over his exhausted face. In the past 51 hours or so, he had taken a slap shot to the jaw, attended the birth of his third child and propelled the Anaheim Ducks to two gritty playoff victories.

Loney has 4 RBIs, Rays beat Yankees 11-5

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James Loney and the Tampa Bay Rays ended their four-game slide with a late-inning comeback.

Pujols hits 497th homer, Angels beat Tigers 11-6

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Albert Pujols is quietly closing in on 500 home runs.

Datsyuk's late goal lifts Detroit over Boston 1-0

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The Boston Bruins worked all season to get home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

Mets trade 1B Ike Davis to Pirates

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The New York Mets traded slumping first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night, parting ways with a power hitter who proved to be too inconsistent at the plate.

Canadiens top Lightning again for 2-0 series lead

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The Montreal Canadiens are gaining confidence with every playoff victory.

Harang pulled with no-hitter, Braves beat Mets 6-0

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Aaron Harang knew the score, he'd done this before: No hits, too many tosses.

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

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Rescuers were searching through piles of snow and ice on the slopes of Mount Everest on Saturday for four Sherpa guides who were buried by an avalanche that killed 12 other Nepalese guides in the deadliest disaster on the...

76ers owner Harris calls 19-win season 'success'

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Billions of dollars couldn't console Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris this season. Ok, maybe just a little.

TNT's Sager to miss NBA playoffs due to leukemia

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TNT analyst Craig Sager will miss the NBA playoffs as he undergoes treatment for leukemia.

Choi leads rain-delayed RBC Heritage

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K.J. Choi's early tee time and quick start moved him to the top of the rain-delayed RBC Heritage on Friday.

Tulsa hires Frank Haith as new hoops coach

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Tulsa hired Frank Haith of Missouri as its men's basketball coach Friday, landing a major-conference coach to lead the Golden Hurricane's transition from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference this summer.

NBA playoffs looking more wide-open than expected

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Before the season started, a poll suggested that the Miami Heat were the overwhelming favorite to win the NBA title, collecting a whopping 76 percent of ballots cast.

Nadal loses in quarterfinals in Monte Carlo

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Rafael Nadal's mastery of the Monte Carlo clay courts seems to be over.

Obama presents Navy with football trophy, again

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President Barack Obama says the Navy football team not only had to overcome tough opponents to win the Commander-in-Chief trophy this year but a government shutdown as well.

Strong makes Texas debut with spring scrimmage

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For the first time since 1997, the Texas Longhorns will suit up for a game without Mack Brown on the sideline.

Larrazabal jumps into water to escape hornets

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Pablo Larrazabal couldn't believe what was coming his way. He was playing in the second round of the Malaysian Open on Friday when a swarm of hornets "three times the size of bees" began an assault.

Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs

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In the first period, Ryan Miller looked like the goalie who limped home 0-5. For the final 80 minutes, 26 seconds, the St. Louis Blues saw the cool, confident backstop they acquired to make the deep playoff run they've...

Clippers-Warriors series billed as must-see TV

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Forget the Showtime Lakers or the Sacramento Kings of past decades.

Stastny leads Avs to 5-4 OT win over Wild

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Paul Stastny sweated out the trade deadline, wondering if his big, expiring contract and Colorado's desire to beef up its blue line might lead to his departure from Denver.

Stastny leads Avs to 5-4 OT win over Wild

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Patrick Roy showed as much boldness behind the bench as he once did as a Hall of Fame goaltender.

Sharks beat Kings 6-3 in Game 1

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The San Jose Sharks spent seven games struggling to get the puck past Jonathan Quick in a playoff loss a year ago.

Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs

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The St. Louis Blues went the distance, and then some, to get the jump on the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks

Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's...

Stanford takes 1-shot lead over Wie at LPGA LOTTE

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Angela Stanford shot an 8-under 64 on a wind-swept course to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship on Thursday.

Rangers score 3 in 3rd, top Flyers in opener 4-1

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Carl Hagelin's contribution to the New York Rangers' playoff-opening win was etched all over his busted-up mouth.

Ex-quarterback McNabb spends day in Arizona jail

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Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was released Thursday from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year.

Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West?

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By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and...

Power briefly goes out ahead of Sharks-Kings game

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Power went out briefly at the SAP Center less than an hour before the scheduled start of Thursday night's playoff opener between the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings.

Sharper loses Arizona bid to be released on bail

Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper lost his bid Thursday to be released on bail in a sexual assault case after an Arizona judge found there's enough evidence to move forward with charges against him in that state.

10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos

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By The Associated Press Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.

Kuchar builds on Masters momentum

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There were no major letdowns for Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage on Thursday.

Minnesota State team to return under Hoffner

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Minnesota State football players ended their boycott of spring practice and said Thursday they will play for coach Todd Hoffner, who was reinstated after being exonerated of having child pornography on his cellphone.

Duke freshman Jabari Parker declares for NBA draft

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By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke's latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

Wildcats G James Young to enter NBA draft

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Kentucky guard James Young will enter the NBA draft, becoming the first of the Wildcats' heralded freshmen to turn pro.

Shumenov gets big chance against ageless Hopkins

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The garage of Beibut Shumenov's waterfront mansion is filled with brand-new boxing gloves he likes to collect. There's a hyperbaric chamber in the master closet, and weights and machines are jammed into a large room.

Montreal team sign Chad Johnson to 2-year contract

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Former NFL star Chad Johnson will make his return to the gridiron in the Canadian Football League.

Affidavit: Smuggler threats follow Puig from Cuba

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The smugglers who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig, according to court documents.

Pistorius trial: Prosecutor chides defense witness

An expert witness for the defense at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius was supposed to help the athlete's assertion that he killed his girlfriend by mistake last year, but he ended his testimony on Thursday amid...

Sponsorship woes put Swan Racing future in doubt

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By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer Swan Racing is reviewing its ability to compete in NASCAR because of difficulty securing corporate sponsorship for the two-car operation.

War of words in Northwestern-athletes' union fight

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Northwestern University and a group trying to unionize college athletes are trading accusations as the National Labor Relations Board considers the school's appeal of a federal ruling that scholarship athletes...

LeBron still No. 1 with NBA's most-popular jersey

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LeBron James' jersey remains the most popular in the NBA.

Atlanta lands MLS expansion team for 2017

Arthur Blank donned traditional soccer garb to mark his newest venture - an MLS team for Atlanta.

Anaheim Ducks hold off Stars 4-3 in series opener

The Anaheim Ducks roared to a big early lead before blowing three-quarters of it. They skated circles around the Dallas Stars early, only to hold on by their fingernails late.

Let the (real) games begin: It's NBA playoff time

Finally, the NBA playoffs are set.

Angels beat A's 5-4 on Iannetta's HR in 12th

Chris Iannetta swung the bat like a guy who definitely didn't want to catch one more inning.

At Boston Marathon, a chance to finally finish

Just one tiny misstep at mile 15 of the Boston Marathon last spring ruined any chance of amputee runner Jeff Glasbrenner breaking four hours.

Bradley leads Red Sox past White Sox in 14 innings

The Boston Red Sox used patience and 15 walks to rally and force extra innings.

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Sandoval's single lifts Giants past Dodgers, 2-1

The swing that Pablo Sandoval hopes snaps him out of his early season slump is not the kind the San Francisco Giants have grown accustomed to seeing from the 2012 World Series MVP.

Anaheim Ducks hold off Stars 4-3 in series opener

Ryan Getzlaf spent the final seconds of the Anaheim Ducks' playoff opener in the dressing room with a large ice bag pressed to a nasty cut on his left cheek.

Grizzlies grab 7th seed, beat Dallas 106-105 in OT

The Memphis Grizzlies had every reason to ease up in the regular season finale after pushing hard the past three months to reach the postseason.

Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111

The Detroit Pistons had Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Oklahoma City Thunder had Kevin Durant. Even on a career night for Caldwell-Pope, advantage Oklahoma City.

Weise's OT goal lifts Canadiens over Lightning 5-4

Down one goal, Montreal battled back - twice. Up one, it faltered - twice. Dale Weise then put the Tampa Bay Lightning away for the night.

White wash: Yanks sweep Cubs 3-0, 2-0

There was nothing mysterious about Michael Pineda's performance this time. Masahiro Tanaka's dominant outing was pretty straight forward, too.

Penguins nip Blue Jackets 4-3 in series opener

Columbus coach Todd Richards insists his upstart team isn't in the playoffs "just to go to school."

Weise's OT goal lifts Canadiens over Lightning 5-4

Dale Weise scored 18:08 into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening game of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series on Wednesday night.

Jets sign former Titans RB Chris Johnson

Always fast on the field, Chris Johnson is looking to quickly prove his critics wrong.

Hopes high Negro Leagues stadium makes comeback

The light touch of a paint roller is enough to dislodge a chunk of plaster from the crumbling walls of Hinchliffe Stadium.

Real Madrid wins 19th Copa del Rey title

Gareth Bale raced down the field, avoided a defender and rolled the ball under goalkeeper Jose Pinto in the 90th minute, giving Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Barcelona on Wednesday night and its 19th Copa del Rey title.

Bucks owner Herb Kohl reaches deal to sell team

Bucks owner Herb Kohl was well past retirement age and realized it was time to secure the future of the franchise. He had one big caveat for any potential investors: Keep the team in his hometown of Milwaukee.

Officer: Sharper's DNA found on 1 Arizona victim

Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper's DNA was found in an examination of one of two women who accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them at a Tempe apartment, a detective said Wednesday.

Bucks owner Herb Kohl reaches deal to sell team

Bucks owner Herb Kohl has reached a deal to sell the franchise to New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for about $550 million.

Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

Oscar Pistorius' lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete's shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own...

Manning holds on to heartache of Super Bowl

Broncos fans may want to move on from Denver's Super Bowl debacle. Not Peyton Manning. He's holding on to the heartache to stoke his competitive fire.

A look at the NBA playoff picture

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with one day remaining in the regular season:

Sanchez lifts Giants over Dodgers 3-2 in 12

Hector Sanchez had his wife and young daughter waiting in the parking lot. He had to do something to end the game.

Gaborik adds scoring to LA Kings' playoff plans

Marian Gaborik's new teammates with the Los Angeles Kings initially wondered whether such a talented goal-scorer could fit into a defense-dominated team when he arrived in a trade last month.

Donaldson, A's rally in 11th to beat Angels again

Even after every momentum swing, dramatic hit and terrible relief performance in an 11-inning game, the Oakland Athletics still were unshakably confident somebody would pull them through.

A good read: Bucks' Udoh draws fans for book club

Epke Udoh will leave one positive lasting impression from this dreary season for the Milwaukee Bucks, and it has nothing to do with basketball.

Clippers beat Nuggets 117-105 for record 57th win

Blake Griffin won't be playing in Portland, regardless of whether his 16th technical of the season is rescinded.

White Sox slip past Red Sox 2-1 on error in 9th

Alexei Ramirez is finding different ways of helping the White Sox earn dramatic victories.

Benches clear in Nationals-Marlins game

Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond and Miami Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia got into a heated, nose-to-nose conversation at home plate, prompting both benches to clear during the fourth inning.

Fielder ends HR drought, Rangers beat M's 5-0

Prince Fielder ended his Texas home run drought, and Robbie Ross finally got some help from the offense as a starter.

Leake's HR leads Reds over Pirates 7-5 for split

Mike Leake still thinks of himself as a hitter. He's even holding a bat on one of his 2014 baseball cards.

Marlins snap 8-game skid by beating Nationals 11-2

Stephen Strasburg against the woebegone Miami Marlins figured to be no contest, and it was.

More former players sue NHL regarding concussions

Another group of former NHL players has joined the fight for compensation for head injuries they say they incurred while playing, while at the same time targeting the violence of the game that they believe brought about...

Panthers jump Sabres to win NHL draft lottery

By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer NHL draft lottery losers last year, the Florida Panthers had their number come up this year.

White Sox wear Boston Strong on 1-year anniversary

The Chicago White Sox have paid tribute to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing before their game against the Red Sox.

Ex-Minnesota State, Mankato coach returning to job

The football coach fired from Minnesota State, Mankato announced Tuesday that he will return to the job after an arbitrator ruled he was wrongfully terminated, saying the decision wasn't easy but that it would help him...

Injured Anthony will sit out Knicks' last 2 games

Carmelo Anthony's will miss the final two games with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, ending his first playoff-less season and potentially his New York Knicks career.

MLB marks 67th anniversary of Robinson debut

Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in minority opportunities over the past...

Moore to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore will miss the remainder of the season after opting to have elbow-ligament replacement surgery.

A quiet post-Masters for Watson, with a surprise

Bubba Watson decided to keep his post-Masters victory more low key this year. Instead of going to New York for a media tour, he headed home to Orlando, Fla., and kept plans for a five-day vacation with his wife.

Michigan losing Stauskas and Robinson to NBA

Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III are skipping their last two seasons at Michigan to enter the NBA draft and chase a dream they've had since they were kids.

AP Sources: Cup sailor de Ridder suspended 5 years

America's Cup sailor Dirk de Ridder has been suspended from sanctioned events for five years by sailing's international governing body, two people with knowledge of the decision said Tuesday.

Defense gets its turn in Pistorius murder trial

For five days, Oscar Pistorius endured a withering cross-examination at his murder trial from a prosecutor who pounced on apparent inconsistencies in his testimony. Yet, legal analysts said Tuesday, expert witnesses who...

Bud Selig calls replay start 'remarkable'

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport's new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.

Obama has silent moment for Boston bombing

President Barack Obama is paying tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on its first anniversary with a moment of silence in the Oval Office.

Va. State player pleads in opposing QB assault

A Virginia State football player pleaded guilty Tuesday to assaulting Winston-Salem State's starting quarterback during a November luncheon, the day before the teams were going to play for the league championship.

Va. State player pleads in opposing QB assault

A Virginia State football player has pleaded guilty to assaulting Winston-Salem State's starting quarterback during a luncheon before their game in November.

Hockey title puts tiny Union on the sports map

After tiny Union College toppled the heavyweights of hockey for the national title, its president, Stephen Ainlay, couldn't resist a little cheerleading.

A look at the NBA playoff picture

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with two days remaining in the regular season and all 16 teams that will head to the postseason this weekend...

Olympic great Michael Phelps to swim again

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer Don't expect the same Michael Phelps in his return to swimming after a nearly two-year retirement.

Randolph scores 32, Grizzlies clinch playoff spot

The Memphis Grizzlies are back in the playoffs and the upstart Phoenix Suns are staying home.

Pirates, Reds hit 10 HRs before game is suspended

Maybe it's good this one got suspended. Gave everybody a chance to dry off a bit, catch their breath and let those unbelievable numbers start to sink in.

Heat lose 114-93 to Wizards; Pacers get top seed

LeBron James' only visible significant role was that of postgame heckler, interrupting Michael Beasley's interview amid a loose, upbeat locker room that normally wouldn't jibe with a 21-point loss - or throwing...

Padres, Gyorko reach deal adding $35M for 5 years

The San Diego Padres think so much of second baseman Jedd Gyorko that they gave him a hefty raise and he's only 13 games into his second full big league season.

Warriors' Bogut out indefinitely with rib fracture

The playoffs have not even begun and the Golden State Warriors are already dealing with a big blow to their postseason chances.

Sun take Ogwumike with top pick in WNBA draft

It was a busy draft night for the Connecticut Sun.

Duke's Parker to decide Wednesday on going pro

Jabari Parker says he plans to meet with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski when he returns to Durham, N.C., on Tuesday, and he will decide Wednesday whether to declare for the NBA draft or return to college for his sophomore year.

Phelps will be racing himself in swimming comeback

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer Michael Phelps will be facing quite an opponent when he returns to the pool.

GM says coach change 'wake-up call' for Predators

General manager David Poile hopes he sent the strongest message possible by making the first coaching change in Nashville's history: missing the playoffs is not acceptable for the Predators.

James, Bosh rest as Heat prepare for playoffs

Choosing rest for the playoffs over the pursuit of a top seed, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra gave LeBron James and Chris Bosh the night off Monday against the Washington Wizards.

AP Sources: Sun trade C/F Tina Charles to Liberty

People familiar with the situation say the Connecticut Sun have agreed to trade Tina Charles to New York for players to be named later and the Liberty's first round pick in 2015.

A look at 10 things to watch in the NHL playoffs

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer Here's a look at 10 things to watch when the NHL playoffs begin Wednesday with a new format, some stars returning from injuries and renewed rivalries:

Cavs, Irving staggering to finish

As this disheartening season dwindles to its final moments, Kyrie Irving stood up and took responsibility for how he and his teammates played in their past two games.

Brooks Robinson seeks $9.9M from tribe over fall

Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is seeking a settlement of $9.9 million from the Seminole Indian tribe over injuries he suffered in a 2012 fall from a stage at the tribe's South Florida casino.

Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016.

Clemson dismisses QB Kelly after sideline argument

Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly was dismissed from the team Monday, two days after he was benched for the second half of the spring game for disagreeing with coaches over whether to go for it on fourth down.

NCAA urges schools to discuss pitfalls of unions

The NCAA contends that unionization by college athletes could lead to fewer scholarships and championships as well as a drop in academic support and career counseling.

Cavs, Irving staggering to finish

Kyrie Irving doesn't want the Cavaliers' final game of this disheartening season to look anything like the team's previous two.

Brooks Robinson seeks $9.9M from tribe over fall

Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is seeking a settlement of $9.9 million from the Seminole Indian tribe over injuries he suffered in a 2012 fall from a stage at the tribe's South Florida casino.

Pistorius accused of staging outbursts at trial

Oscar Pistorius came under intense pressure Monday at his murder trial from the chief prosecutor, who dismissed his account of how he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as a flimsy web of lies and accused the Olympian of...

Dumars officially stepping down as Pistons' GM

Joe Dumars is stepping down as the Detroit Pistons' president of basketball operations.

Heisman winner Winston shines on busy weekend

Florida State's Jameis Winston racked up frequent flier miles last weekend traveling back and forth between a baseball series at Georgia Tech and the Seminoles' football spring game Saturday. The Heisman winner...

Prosecutor's unrelenting questions to Pistorius

The chief prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial continued Monday to question nearly every aspect of the Olympian's story surrounding his fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Mike Conway wins wild IndyCar race at Long Beach

What seemed to be a Ryan Hunter-Reay runaway took a strange and sudden turn on the streets of Long Beach, where tempers flared long after Mike Conway took a surprising win.

Bubba goes green for the 2nd time at Augusta

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