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Columbus Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky, left, of Russia, and Brandon Dubinsky celebrate their win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets beat the Lightning 7-3. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
April 17, 2019 - 1:50 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets were clinging to a 4-3 lead and the Tampa Bay Lightning's high-scoring stars were swarming around Sergei Bobrovsky, as the clock ticked down in what would be a history-making playoff game. The Blue Jackets' goaltender stood tall, as he had the entire...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, center, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
April 17, 2019 - 1:50 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — CJ McCollum likes when games get gritty. The guard scored 33 points as the Portland Trail Blazers took a 2-0 lead in their playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 114-94 victory on Tuesday night. Tense at times with plenty of jawing back-and-forth between the...
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Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore, left, embraces goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury after the team's win over the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
April 17, 2019 - 1:50 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury said his toughest task in the playoffs is simply finding the puck against a heavy-shooting team like the San Jose Sharks. He found all 28 shots fired at him Tuesday night, and the 15-year veteran added another spotless performance to his storied postseason career...
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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) scores on a layup past Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 17, 2019 - 12:27 am
TORONTO (AP) — Kept off the scoreboard in a Game 1 defeat, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry was "at his finest" in Game 2, at least in the eyes of coach Nick Nurse. Fellow All-Star Kawhi Leonard wasn't too bad, either. Leonard scored 37 points, Lowry bounced back with 22 and the Raptors routed the...
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Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig, back, hugs guard Jamal Murray after he hit a shot late in the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 114-105. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 17, 2019 - 12:17 am
DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray just couldn't get the bad taste out of his mouth, and even a bite of pretzel he poached from a kid after tumbling into the stands in the third quarter wasn't exactly satisfying. "It was really dry," Murray said. Maybe it was just what Murray needed, however, helping spark...
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New York Islanders' Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his empty-net goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The Islanders won 3-1, sweeping the series. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
April 16, 2019 - 10:49 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Barry Trotz had questions when he took over the New York Islanders last summer. About the defense. About the goaltending. About where the scoring would come from if star John Tavares bailed in free agency. One by one over the last 10 months, the Islanders have answered them all...
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New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
April 16, 2019 - 9:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — James Paxton and Chris Sale came out firing in this year's first edition of baseball's biggest rivalry. Paxton pumping 99 mph, and Sale nearing 98. Only one of those hard-throwing lefties got results to match. Paxton struck out 12 in his first pinstriped clash with Boston, Sale...
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Columbus Blue Jackets' Oliver Bjorkstrand, of Denmark, celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
April 16, 2019 - 9:03 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning ended up on the wrong side of NHL history, getting swept in the first round of the playoffs after one of the best regular seasons ever. The Columbus Blue Jackets capped a stunning sweep of the Presidents Trophy winners with a 7-3 victory Tuesday night...
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Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving drives on Indiana Pacers' Domantas Sabonisn during the second quarter in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
April 16, 2019 - 7:08 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics are preparing for their Game 2 matchup with the Pacers aware their series-opening win was notable more for its ugliness more than the outcome. Meanwhile, the Rockets and Bucks are heading into their respective Game 2s with the Jazz and Pistons expecting more competitive...
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FILE -- In this March 28, 2019, file photo, Tennessee coach Rick Barnes calls a play during the first half of a men's NCAA tournament college basketball South Regional semifinal against Purdue in Louisville, Ky. Barnes believes he'd be settling in as UCLA's coach right about now if buyout negotiations hadn't broken down. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
April 16, 2019 - 6:23 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Rick Barnes believes he would be settling in as UCLA's coach right about now if buyout negotiations hadn't broken down. Barnes' contract requires Tennessee to receive approximately $5 million if he leaves for another job with five years remaining on his deal...
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