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Column: NBA playoffs are wide open — for once

By Paul Newberry AP Sports Columnist Hey, here’s something we haven’t heard before. The NBA playoffs are wide open. At perhaps no other time in the league’s history have so many teams gone into the postseason with a real shot at hoisting the trophy at the end of this two-month ...

Scherzer dominates, Nats end 3-game skid, beat Rockies 6-2

WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer dominated after an early hiccup, striking out 11 and retiring his final 20 batters as the Washington Nationals ended a three-game skid by beating the Colorado Rockies 6-2 on Saturday. Scherzer (3-1) issued a one-out walk in the first inning and Charlie Blackmon ...

Cards win 6-1, Reds have worst start since Great Depression

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds sunk to their worst start since 1931, losing their seventh in a row when Greg Garcia hit two home runs for the first time in his career and led the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-1 win Saturday. The Reds fell to a major league-worst 2-12. Not since the Great ...

Hobbled Celtics expect challenge from Giannis, Bucks

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — By now, the Boston Celtics have come to expect adversity. They were barely five minutes into the season when Gordon Hayward’s gruesome ankle injury offered the first collective gasp in what would be an 82-game schedule replete with more ...

Column: NBA playoffs are wide open — for once

By Paul Newberry AP Sports Columnist Hey, here’s something we haven’t heard before. The NBA playoffs are wide open. At perhaps no other time in the league’s history have so many teams gone into the postseason with a real shot at hoisting the trophy at the end of this two-month ...

Stand by your man: Flyers, Caps riding same goaltenders

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer By sticking with Philipp Grubauer in net for Game 2, the Washington Capitals are taking a page from the Philadelphia Flyers’ most recent goaltending decision. Of course, it was an entirely different book after the Pittsburgh Penguins chased Brian Elliott ...

Thunder look to live up to high expectations vs. Jazz

By Cliff Brunt AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The last time Carmelo Anthony was in the playoffs, he was with the New York Knicks facing rising star Paul George and the Indiana Pacers back in 2013. Now, Anthony and George are teammates with the Oklahoma City Thunder. They join ...

AP source: Reynolds, Nationals agree to minor league deal

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent Mark Reynolds and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a minor league contract and the first baseman would get a $1.5 million, one-year deal if added to the 40-man roster. The person spoke to The ...

Cowboys release Dez Bryant, look to catch salary-cap relief

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys released Dez Bryant on Friday, deciding salary-cap relief and the star receiver’s declining production outweigh the risk of him returning to All-Pro form with another team. Bryant never lived up to the $70 million, five-year contract he signed after ...

Blue Jays place 3B Josh Donaldson on DL

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have placed third baseman Josh Donaldson on the 10-day disabled with right shoulder inflammation. Donaldson, the AL’s Most Valuable player in 2015, is batting .239 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 12 games. He’s been dealing with the injury ...

Process no more: 76ers’ awaited playoff push starts vs. Heat

By Dan Gelston AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Opera Philadelphia took a break from its rehearsal for "Carmen" to record an a capella version of the Philadelphia 76ers' catchy retro anthem , "Here Come the Sixers." Philly can belt out the words . "No. 1, Philadelphia. Here they ...

5 years later, Boston Marathon survivors, responders move on

By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — One was an attacker. One was a volunteer first responder. One lost her leg. Another lost his little boy. And a police officer very nearly lost his own life. Half a decade ago, these five lives probably never would have intersected. Then ...

In your face! Giannis reaches new heights for Bucks

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo's meme-worthy scowl started with a look in the mirror. The Milwaukee Bucks All-Star was an NBA rookie then, trying to come up with a look he could flash after making a big play. Antetokounmpo thought about the glare ...

LEADING OFF: Mets try to continue fast start

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ NEW YORK GROOVE Riding an eight-game winning streak that has lifted them to the top record in the majors, the surprising New York Mets try to extend the best start in franchise history to 11-1 when they open ...

Forsberg scores twice in 3rd as Preds rally, beat Avs 5-2

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville forward Filip Forsberg stunned his teammates and the Colorado Avalanche with one dazzling sequence. Forsberg passed the puck to himself through his own legs and rookie defenseman Samuel Girard's legs on his way to his ...

Artemi Panarin lifts Blue Jackets past Capitals in OT

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Artemi Panarin scored 6:02 into overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Panarin made an incredible individual move to drive by fellow ...

Polanco homers twice to power Pirates past Cubs 6-1

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Gregory Polanco and the Pittsburgh Pirates wasted no time in bouncing back from a rout to make an early statement in the National League Central. Polanco homered twice to help back a third straight solid start by Trevor Williams, and ...

Knicks fire coach Jeff Hornacek after 2 seasons

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks will open their offseason with a coaching search. The team fired coach Jeff Hornacek early Thursday, making the decision shortly after beating Cleveland on Wednesday night to finish a 29-53 season. They lost more ...

Without Curry or top seed, Warriors face different playoffs

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry on the sidelines again, this time with a hurt knee. No longer the sure-thing No. 1 seed. Steve Kerr piecing together rotations based on who's available through illness and injury. It hasn't exactly been an easy course ...

Crosby has hat trick, Penguins rout Flyers 7-0

By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby had his third career postseason hat trick, Evgeni Malkin added a highlight-reel goal and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins opened the playoffs with a 7-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday ...

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