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LeBron wary of Cavaliers' playoff i...

LeBron wary of Cavaliers' playoff inexperience

LeBron wary of Cavaliers' playoff inexperience
Rangers won't meddle with Wilson's ...

Rangers won't meddle with Wilson's NFL career

Rangers won't meddle with Wilson's NFL career
Rose stars in playoff return: 'Felt...

Rose stars in playoff return: 'Felt good, normal'

Rose stars in playoff return: 'Felt good, normal'
Ventura ejected as A's-Royals spat ...

Ventura ejected as A's-Royals spat spills over

Ventura ejected as A's-Royals spat spills over
Ohio St. draws 99,391 to set spring...

Ohio St. draws 99,391 to set spring game record

Ohio St. draws 99,391 to set spring game record
Fight of year? Matthysse defeats Pr...

Fight of year? Matthysse defeats Provodnikov

Fight of year? Matthysse defeats Provodnikov

MSNBC

Crosby, Penguins get even with 4-3 ...

Crosby, Penguins get even with 4-3 win over Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) Sidney Crosby scored twice and the Pittsburgh Penguins evened their first-round playoff series with the New York Rangers with a 4-3 win Saturday night.

The Rangers won Game 1 by making Crosby virtually invisible and keeping Evgeni Malkin out of the danger zone. On Saturday, both of them and the Penguins as a whole showed more jump, possessing the puck and keeping New York off-balance. Forcing turnovers in the decisive second period, shutting down the Rangers' power play and generally controlling the pace, the Penguins got even.

Crosby, naturally, was at the center of the turnaround. He broke a 1-1 tie by knocking in a rebound of Patric Hornqvist's shot in the second period. Then Crosby made a diving deflection past Henrik Lundqvist of a pass from Chris Kunitz on the right wing boards following a Rangers giveaway in their zone.

Game 3 is Monday night in Pittsburgh.

Lightning rebound to even series ag...

Lightning rebound to even series against Red Wings

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop stopped 24 shots for his first NHL playoff victory Saturday, a 5-1 win over Detroit that evened their opening-round Eastern Conference series at one game apiece.

Tyler Johnson had two goals for the Lightning, who dropped Game 1 while outplaying the Red Wings for most of a 3-2 loss. Alex Killorn and Andrej Sustr scored in second period before Johnson's breakaway goal finished a three-goal flurry that put Tampa Bay up 4-0.

Bishop lost his bid for a shutout when Detroit's Tomas Tatar scored at 5:49 of the third period. The 6-foot-7 goaltender won a career-best 40 games during the regular season and is one of the reasons the Lightning feel good about their chances of making a deep run in the playoffs.

Despite the loss, the Red Wings return home for Game 3 on Tuesday night feeling fortunate the series is tied. They did not play particularly well in either of the two games at Amalie Arena, but escaped with the opener thanks to an outstanding playoff debut by young goalie Petr Mrazek.

The 23-year-old Mrazek was pulled Saturday after Tampa Bay's three-goal second period, replaced by the struggling, but much more experienced Jimmy Howard, who gave up Tampa Bay's final goal to Valtteri Filppula on a power play in the closing minutes.

Johnson scored on the power play just over three minutes into the game, giving Tampa Bay its first lead of the series. He beat Mrazek again in the second period, less than five minutes after Sustr's first career playoff goal made it 3-0.

The Lightning, who haven't won a playoff series since 2011, ended a six-game postseason losing streak after dominating the series opener - outshooting the Red Wings 46-14 - but also going 0 for 7 on the power play and yielding a short-handed goal that proved to be the difference in a 3-2 loss.

Detroit was outshot 30-24 this time, but still didn't put much pressure on the Lightning defense.

Mrazek was superb in his NHL playoff debut with 44 saves, but couldn't replicate that success again, stopping just 14 of 18 shots in the first two periods.

Notes: The Lightning went 32-8-1 at home during the regular season. ... Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos had two assists. ... Howard had 11 saves in the final period for Detroit. ... The Red Wings were 0 for 4 on the power play after scoring two goals on special team in the opener.

Blues whip Wild 4-1, even series at...

Blues whip Wild 4-1, even series at game apiece

ST. LOUIS (AP) Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals in the first period and then had an empty-netter for his first career playoff hat trick, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday that evened their playoff series at a game apiece.

Tarasenko had an assist and no shots in a 4-2 loss in Game 1, but responded with an impressive performance more in line with his play in the regular season. The dynamic winger ran his playoff total to seven goals in nine games.

Patrik Berglund's unassisted goal past Devan Dubnyk made it a two-goal cushion with 1:58 to go for the Central Division champions, who will carry momentum to Minnesota for Game 3 on Monday night.

Oilers win NHL draft lottery and ch...

Oilers win NHL draft lottery and chance to select McDavid

The Edmonton Oilers won the Connor McDavid sweepstakes.

The Oilers bucked the odds Saturday night in Toronto by winning the NHL draft lottery for the No. 1 pick.

The former World Hockey Association franchise, which introduced Wayne Gretzky to the NHL in 1979, is in position to draft the Erie Otters center described as a once-in-a-generation talent.

"I can't tell you how exciting it is for us to win this lottery," Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish said during a telephone conference call. "Any team would be just over the moon about winning the lottery. We're the same. It's a game-changer."

The Oilers had an 11.5 percent chance of winning based on their 28th-place finish this season. At 20 percent, the Buffalo Sabres had the best odds to win, followed by the Arizona Coyotes at 13.5 percent among the 14 non-playoff teams

The Sabres will pick second and the chance to land a highly touted consolation prize in Boston University freshman center Jack Eichel. Arizona will pick third.

McDavid was first and Eichel second in the final rankings of North American skaters issued by the NHL's Central Scouting bureau 10 days ago.

Oilers assistant general manager Bill Scott declined several chances to guarantee Edmonton would select McDavid at the NHL draft in Sunrise, Florida, on June 26. He explained he wants the player and his family to have the chance to enjoy the draft process and hear his name called.

MacTavish said there was "zero" chance he'd entertain trading the No. 1 pick.

"It's an amazing organization and a true honor to be going there," said McDavid said, who noted he was nervous while NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly was revealing the draft order. "When they were pulling up the cards, I think that was as fast as my heart's ever beated. It was sure exciting."

This marked the second straight year Buffalo lost the lottery, after Florida won last year.

The Oilers will pick first for the fourth time in six years.

They drafted Taylor Hall in 2010, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in 2011 and Nail Yakupov in 2012.

Despite all that top-end talent, the Oilers missed the playoffs for a ninth straight season, a drought that dates to 2006, when they lost in the Stanley Cup finals to Carolina.

"It's been some pretty lean times over the last number of years," MacTavish said. "But this is going to go a long way of ending those."

The Oilers have the go-ahead to build a new arena which is scheduled to open in downtown Edmonton for the start of the 2016-17 season.

The last-place-finishing team has won the first pick six times in the 20 years the lottery was held. Edmonton in 2010 was the last to do so, capping a three-year run of 30th-place teams landing the No. 1 pick.

At 6 feet and 195 pounds, McDavid is regarded as a more talented and creative play-maker than Eichel, who brings a more physical element to his game with a 6-2, 200-pound frame.

Central Scouting director Dan Marr called McDavid "a craftsman with the puck."

"His hockey sense with his vision, his anticipation, his sense of timing and the ability to do those things at top-end speed: You're looking at the best skilled player in the draft."

McDavid had 44 goals and 120 points in just 47 games with Erie this season. He still finished third in the Ontario Hockey League scoring race despite missing a few weeks with a hand injury, and another few weeks to help Canada win the world junior tournament in January. He has added 11 goals and 23 points in nine playoff games - including a five-goal outing April 10.

Overall, McDavid has 285 points (97 goals, 188 assists) in 166 career games with Erie.

Erie has advanced to face Sault Ste. Marie in the OHL semifinals, which open Thursday.

Eichel showed no signs of youth playing against older players during his freshman season at Boston University. He led the nation with 71 points (26 goals, 45 assists) in becoming college hockey's second freshman to win the Hobey Baker award on April 10.

The only other freshman to do it was former NHL star forward Paul Kariya in 1993 with Maine.

"He is proving to be such an amazing game-breaker," Marr said of Eichel. "He's relentless and driven on the play and has the smarts, speed and skills to deliver a needed scoring drive to tie up or win a game."

Eichel missed an opportunity to win an NCAA title last weekend, when Boston University lost 4-3 to Providence.

Eichel intends to wait until after the draft to determine whether he'll return to school or make the jump to the NHL.

"It's my dream to play in the NHL, but I don't think there's a rush to go anywhere," he said.

As for the potential of playing in Buffalo: "Nothing's set in stone right now. But obviously, it would be really nice to play there. There's so much tradition there."

Silfverberg's last-minute goal puts...

Silfverberg's last-minute goal puts Ducks past Jets 2-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Jakob Silfverberg scored the tiebreaking goal with 21 seconds to play, and the Anaheim Ducks rallied from another third-period deficit for a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night, taking a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

Patrick Maroon scored the tying power-play goal midway through the third period and Frederik Andersen made 28 saves for the top-seeded Ducks, who came back from a final-period deficit for the second straight game and the 14th time this season.

Silfverberg sealed it moments before overtime, taking a puck off the boards and wheeling into the faceoff circle for a shot past Ondrej Pavelec, who stopped 37 shots in an outstanding performance.

Game 3 on Monday night will be the first NHL postseason game in Winnipeg since 1996.

Adam Pardy scored his first NHL goal in more than four years in the second period for the Jets, but they're still looking for the first playoff victory in the history of a franchise that moved north to Winnipeg in 2011 after 11 fruitless seasons as the Atlanta Thrashers.

Pardy's first career playoff goal ended his personal 172-game goal drought and put the Jets in front in a tense game, but the Ducks finally were rewarded for another productive offensive effort.

Cam Fowler's long shot deflected off Maroon's body to even it with 9:17 left. Silfverberg then finished it with his fifth career playoff goal.

After a bone-jarring series opener, neither team let up at all in the rematch. A series between two large, bad-tempered teams produced bruising hockey from the opening faceoff, with Winnipeg's hulking defensemen delivering an array of brutal hits and the Ducks answering every time.

The Jets shut out Corey Perry after his four-point performance in Game 1, but captain Ryan Getzlaf picked up an assist, giving him four points in two games.

Pardy was an unlikely offensive hero for the Jets after being a healthy scratch in Game 1. The defenseman with four career goals in 315 regular-season games got the start in Game 2 largely for his penalty-killing acumen.

Instead, he put the Jets ahead with an astonishing skill move by a sometimes lumbering defenseman who hadn't scored since Jan. 26, 2011, when he was with Calgary - three uniforms ago in his peripatetic career.

Pardy nimbly circled the Anaheim net, avoided Hampus Lindholm and slid the puck just inside Andersen's post.

He also got help from Lee Stempniak, who had been inside Andersen's net an instant earlier after contact with Ryan Kesler. Stempniak appeared to impede Andersen's left skate while leaving the crease, but the goal stood after a lengthy review.

The Ducks pressed with their usual third-period ferocity, but Pavelec made several outstanding saves before captain Andrew Ladd took a high-sticking penalty with 10:15 left. When Fowler flung a shot into traffic on the ensuing power play, the puck pinballed through the crowd and deflected off the body of Maroon, the big power forward screening Pavelec.

Former Ducks center Mathieu Perreault returned to Winnipeg's lineup after a lower-body injury kept him out of Game 1. He went to the Jets' dressing room early in the third period after colliding with Pavelec's post while clearing the puck, but returned 10 minutes later.

NOTES: The Jets scratched D Ben Chiarot to make room in the lineup for Pardy. ... The Ducks lost rookie center Chris Wagner at the start of the second period due to an upper-body injury. Anaheim already is playing without third-line center Nate Thompson, who has missed both playoff games with an injury. ... The Ducks recalled D Josh Manson from their AHL affiliate in Norfolk during the game.

Pierce leads Wizards past Raptors i...

Pierce leads Wizards past Raptors in OT in Game 1

TORONTO (AP) Paul Pierce scored five of his 20 points in overtime, Nene had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 93-86 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Pierce hit a 3-pointer, his fourth of the game, to begin the extra session, further tormenting a Raptors team he eliminated with Brooklyn in last year's playoffs, then derided this week by saying, "I don't feel they have the `It' that makes you worried," in an interview with ESPN.

Bradley Beal scored 16, while John Wall and Kevin Seraphin each had 10 for the Wizards.

Amir Johnson scored 18 points and DeMar DeRozan had 15 for the Raptors, who have yet to win the opening game of a first-round series in seven postseason appearances.

Toronto hosts Game 2 on Tuesday night.

Washington held a double-digit lead in the second half, but Greivis Vasquez, who took over after All-Star Kyle Lowry fouled out, tied it at 82-all by hitting a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left.

Neither team scored again until Pierce made a 3-pointer 36 seconds into overtime, the first basket in a 7-0 Wizards run. Toronto missed seven straight shots before DeRozan's dunk with 29 seconds left.

The Raptors' only Game 1 win came over Philadelphia in the second round of the 2001 playoffs.

Lou Williams, Patrick Patterson and Vasquez each had 10 for the Raptors, whose bench outscored the starting five 48-38.

DeRozan, Lowry and Terrence Ross shot a combined 11 for 41, including a 0-for-11 performance from 3-point range.

Three of the past five meetings between the Wizards and Raptors have gone into overtime, including one triple-overtime game.

Both teams struggled with their shooting in the first quarter. Washington missed 10 of its first 11 attempts and trailed 23-19 after one.

Pierce scored nine points in a 14-2 Wizards run late in the second, including a pull-up jumper that gave Washington its first lead of the game. Pierce scored 10 in the quarter as the Wizards led 46-42 at halftime.

Beal and Pierce each scored five points in the third as Washington took a 65-56 lead into the fourth.

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Raptors: Tyler Hansbrough started in place of Johnson, who missed four of Toronto's final seven games with a sore right ankle.

Wizards: Washington out rebounded Toronto 61-48. ... The Wizards won in Toronto for the first time since a 134-129 triple OT victory

Yahoo

Curry scores 34, Warriors beat Peli...

Curry scores 34, Warriors beat Pelicans 106-99 in Game 1 (Yahoo Sports)

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 18: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the New Orleans Pelicans during the NBA Playoffs on April 18, 2015 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Stephen Curry carried the Golden State Warriors to a huge lead, waving his arms and flexing his muscles with one acrobatic shot after another. Every time the New Orleans Pelicans pulled closer, Curry came back even better. Curry scored 34 points with an MVP-worthy performance, and the Warriors went up big before holding off the Pelicans 106-99 in their playoff opener Saturday. They smothered Anthony Davis and the Pelicans early on with the league's best defense, thrilling a gold shirt-wearing sellout crowd of 19,596 that rocked and roared most of the afternoon.

Rose scores 23, Bulls beat Bucks 10...

Rose scores 23, Bulls beat Bucks 103-91 (Yahoo Sports)

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 18: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls leaps to pass under pressure from John Henson #31 and Michael Carter-Williams #5 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 18, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Bucks 103-91. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

He played like an MVP, and if he keeps it up, the Bulls will be a tough team to knock out. Rose had 23 points and seven assists in his first postseason game in three years, Jimmy Butler scored 25 points, and Chicago opened the playoffs with a 103-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. It was quite a night for a superstar point guard making his first playoff appearance since he tore a knee ligament in the 2012 playoff opener against Philadelphia. ''You can't think that way when you're on the floor and you're in a battle,'' Rose said.

Crosby, Penguins get even with 4-3 ...

Crosby, Penguins get even with 4-3 win over Rangers (Yahoo Sports)

Sidney Crosby woke up, and so did the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby scored twice and the Penguins evened their first-round playoff series with the New York Rangers with a 4-3 win Saturday night. The Rangers won Game 1 by making Crosby virtually invisible and keeping Evgeni Malkin out of the danger zone. On Saturday, both of them and the Penguins as a whole showed more jump, possessing the puck and keeping New York off-balance.
Harden has 24 points, Rockets beat ...

Harden has 24 points, Rockets beat Mavs 118-108 in Game 1 (Yahoo Sports)

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 18: James Harden #13 and Corey Brewer #33 of the Houston Rockets celebrate after a play against the Dallas Mavericks during Game One in the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 18, 2015 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

James Harden loves games like the one Houston had Saturday night. ''They put two on the ball, me I make the pocket pass, I made the easy play and had confidence in my teammates to make the next one.'' Corey Brewer led the way in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 of his 15 points. 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.

Silfverberg's last-minute goal puts...

Silfverberg's last-minute goal puts Ducks past Jets 2-1 (Yahoo Sports)

Although Jakob Silfverberg and the Anaheim Ducks realize they probably should stop waiting to win games in the third period, they've thrived on dramatic escapes and last-minute heroics all season. In each of their first two playoff games, they fell behind early, got rolling late - and eventually ran over the Winnipeg Jets. Silfverberg scored the tiebreaking goal with 21 seconds to play, and the Ducks rallied from another third-period deficit for a 2-1 victory Saturday night, taking a 2-0 lead on Winnipeg in their first-round series. After Patrick Maroon scored the tying power-play goal midway through the third period, Silfverberg took a puck off the boards and wheeled into the faceoff circle to put a shot past Ondrej Pavelec, setting off another cacophonous celebration at Honda Center.
Bryant gets 1st hit, reaches 5 time...

Bryant gets 1st hit, reaches 5 times as Cubs beat Padres 7-6 (Yahoo Sports)

On his second day with the Cubs, Kris Bryant played like the top prospect Chicago was expecting. Bryant got a standing ovation for his first major league hit and reached base five times Saturday in a 7-6, 11-inning win over the San Diego Padres. A day after Bryant went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in his big league debut, he was 2 for 3 with a pair of singles and three walks. He was that today,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

Fox Sports

Rosenthal: Tanaka to Yankees restor...

Rosenthal: Tanaka to Yankees restores natural order in baseball

Japanese ace Tanaka agrees to 7-yea...

Japanese ace Tanaka agrees to 7-year, $155 million deal with Yankees

The New York Yankees and prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka agreed Wednesday to a $155 million, seven-year contract.
Aussie Open: Federer ousts Murray, ...

Aussie Open: Federer ousts Murray, will face Nadal in semis

Roger Federer regained his dominance over Andy Murray in Grand Slam matches and advanced to his 11th consecutive Australian Open semifinal with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 win Wednesday.
Red-hot Durant scores 46, leads Thu...

Red-hot Durant scores 46, leads Thunder past Trail Blazers

Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 46 points in the final 3:23 to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-97 on Tuesday night.
Browns to interview Bills' Pettine ...

Browns to interview Bills' Pettine with Broncos' Gase out of running

Adam Gase has told the Browns not to wait for him.
Players reportedly wanted A-Rod kic...

Players reportedly wanted A-Rod kicked out of MLBPA after lawsuit

Several angry major league players wanted Alex Rodriguez kicked out of their union after he sued it last week, but staff lawyers told them expulsion was not allowed.

Reuters

Kwiatkowski upsets top favorites to...

Kwiatkowski upsets top favorites to win Amstel Gold Race

VALKENBURG, Netherlands (Reuters) - World champion Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland outgunned the favorites to win the Amstel Gold Race, a 258-km hilly one-day classic race on Sunday.
Holders Czech Republic beat France ...

Holders Czech Republic beat France to reach Fed Cup final

PARIS (Reuters) - Holders Czech Republic reached their second consecutive Fed Cup final when Petra Kvitova beat Caroline Garcia 6-4 6-4 to give her team an unassailable 3-0 lead over France on Sunday.
Thai Kiradech prevails in playoff t...

Thai Kiradech prevails in playoff to win in Shenzhen

(Reuters) - Big-hitting Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat eagled the penultimate hole to force a playoff and then prevailed over Chinese teen Li Hao-tong at the Shenzhen International to claim his second European Tour title on Sunday.
Kim holes out from fairway to win L...

Kim holes out from fairway to win LOTTE Championship

(Reuters) - LPGA Tour rookie Kim Sei-Young produced a stunning turnaround to win the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii on Saturday, chipping in to force a playoff with Park In-bee before holing out from 150 yards to beat the world number three on the first extra hole.
Phelps, Lochte score wins at Mesa

Phelps, Lochte score wins at Mesa

(Reuters) - Michael Phelps closed out the Arena Pro Swim Series meet with a win in the 100 meter freestyle on Saturday, and also finished third in the 200-meter individual medley behind fellow Olympic champion Ryan Lochte.
NHL-Oilers win NHL draft lottery, c...

NHL-Oilers win NHL draft lottery, chance to draft McDavid

(Reuters) - The Edmonton Oilers won the National Hockey League's draft lottery on Saturday, giving them the opportunity to select 18-year-old phenomenon Connor McDavid with the first overall pick in June's draft.

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A few words with World Cup broadcas...

A few words with World Cup broadcaster Darke

The poet laureate of soccer in the United States is not an American. ESPN's Ian Darke was born on the south coast of England in the naval port town of Portsmouth and since he landed on American shores fulltime for the 2010 World Cup, his soccer calls have thrilled the American public with the most famous being his description of Landon Donovan's injury-time game-winner against Algeria during that tournament.
Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for W...

Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for World Cup, ACL recovery comes up short

Star Colombian striker Radamel Falcao will miss the World Cup after his ACL recovery falls short.
Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for W...

Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for World Cup

Seattle rises to No. 1

Seattle rises to No. 1

End of an era: Frank Lampard leaves...

End of an era: Frank Lampard leaves Chelsea

USA's first foe Ghana finalizes Wor...

USA's first foe Ghana finalizes World Cup roster

Sky Sports

Toure: We gave perfect response

Toure: We gave perfect response

Yaya Toure felt both he and Manchester city would continue proving the critics wrong, after providing the perfect response to losing the Manchester derby last weekend with a 2-0 win over West Ham on Sunday.
Hall way ahead in Alleged

Hall way ahead in Alleged

Parish Hall travelled well throughout on the way to landing the Alleged Stakes at the Curragh - completing a treble for trainer Jim Bolger and jockey Kevin Manning.
Tom O'Brien fails alcohol test

Tom O'Brien fails alcohol test

Tom O'Brien was prevented from taking up his only ride of the day at Stratford after failing an alcohol test.
'Kouyate intended Silva elbow'

'Kouyate intended Silva elbow'

West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate intentionally used his elbow on Manchester City midfielder David Silva, say the Sky Sports pundits.
Flight grounds Gladness rivals

Flight grounds Gladness rivals

Flight Risk sprang a 50-1 shock for trainer Jim Bolger in the Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes at the Curragh.
Man Utd make Depay approach

Man Utd make Depay approach

Manchester United have made an enquiry over the availability of the PSV forward Memphis Depay, the Dutch club has revealed.

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LeBron looks forward to 'challenge'...

LeBron looks forward to 'challenge' of leading inexperienced playoff team

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Ten months have passed since LeBron James and the Miami Heat were bounced by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, losing Games 3 to 5 by an average of 19 points. While James finds himself on a new team on the eve of the Cleveland Cavaliers' playoff opener against the Boston Celtics on Sunday, that Spurs series, as well as the rest of his playoff history, is on his mind. "I'm 22-7 in the postseason," James said after Cavs practice Saturday. "So I think about every loss I've ever had, every series loss I've ever had, and all those experiences helped me get to this point. So it's definitely a different challenge for me. I'm going in with a much younger team, with a much [more] inexperienced team than I've had the last four years, but I look forward to the challenge." Two of James' seven series losses have come against the Celtics. Boston got the best of him in Game 7 of the 2008 Eastern...
Derrick Rose charged up in postseas...

Derrick Rose charged up in postseason return: 'It felt good'

CHICAGO -- In his first postseason game in almost three years, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose??scored 23 points and dished out seven assists while showing more emotion than usual in a 103-91 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Saturday night. "It felt good," Rose said of his playoff return. "It felt normal. I'm grateful to be playing again, playing with my teammates that I have right now. They're allowing me to play the way that I normally play, and it's an honor, man. I'm really fortunate because I think anywhere else it wouldn't be the same, and they're giving me motivation. They're pushing me, and it feels good." After an unremarkable six minutes in the first quarter, Rose went 5-for-5 from the field in the second -- dominating the game at times. It was Rose's first playoff action since April 28, 2012, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first round against the Philadelphia 76ers....
Ohio State sets national spring gam...

Ohio State sets national spring game record by drawing 99,391 fans

COLUMBUS, Ohio --?? Ohio State??is still the biggest draw in spring football, and the continued buzz following a national title gave it a chance to build on its own record for attendance in spring games. The Buckeyes broke their own national spring game record by drawing 99,391 fans to Ohio Stadium on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in which the Gray beating the Scarlet 17-14 seemed secondary to celebrating with the championship trophy, watching students challenge players to a footrace and getting a sneak peek at the upcoming quarterback battle with a halftime skills competition. Said Ohio State coach Urban Meyer: "99,000 people? I think I heard that over the PA system. I'm not surprised but extremely grateful to have that many come watch a scrimmage. At times it wasn't a very pleasant scrimmage. "We grab a hand after each time we come into the stadium, and we're very grateful for the blessings to be able to play this great game, first of all,...
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Curry Scores 34, Warriors Beat Peli...

Curry Scores 34, Warriors Beat Pelicans 106-99 in Game 1

Curry scores 34, Golden State Warriors beat New Orleans Pelicans 106-99 in playoff opener
Rose Scores 23, Bulls Beat Bucks 10...

Rose Scores 23, Bulls Beat Bucks 103-91

Rose scores 23, Butler adds 25 points as Bulls open playoffs with 103-91 victory over Bucks

CBS Sports

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Harden helps Rockets down Mavs in Game 1

Harden helps Rockets down Mavs in Game 1
Resurgent Rose leads Bulls to 1-0 s...

Resurgent Rose leads Bulls to 1-0 series lead

Resurgent Rose leads Bulls to 1-0 series lead
Fox Sports hires Pete Rose as studi...

Fox Sports hires Pete Rose as studio analyst

Fox Sports hires Pete Rose as studio analyst
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Yo, Pacquiao! Is Sly Stallone backing Manny?

Yo, Pacquiao! Is Sly Stallone backing Manny?
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Buffalo burned in lottery, Oilers take top pick

Buffalo burned in lottery, Oilers take top pick
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KC's Ventura tossed for beaning Lawrie
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