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In brief: Mavericks head to Dallas with 2-0 edge on Lakers

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks drives toward the basket against the Lakers’ Pau Gasol. (Associated Press)
Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks drives toward the basket against the Lakers’ Pau Gasol. (Associated Press)

NBA: Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, Shawn Marion added 14 and the Dallas Mavericks stunned the erratic Los Angeles Lakers 93-81 in Game 2 on Wednesday night, taking a 2-0 second-round lead over the two-time defending champions with consecutive road wins.

Kobe Bryant scored 23 points for the Lakers, who hadn’t lost the first two games of a playoff series since the 2008 NBA finals – also the last series they lost. Only three NBA teams have come back to win a best-of-7 series after losing the first two at home.

Game 3 is Friday night in Dallas.

Bulls even series with Atlanta: Newly crowned MVP Derrick Rose scored 25 points, Joakim Noah added 19 points and 14 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls beat the visiting Atlanta Hawks 86-73 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday night to tie the series.

Hot Lightning cap sweep of Capitals

Hockey: Sean Bergenheim scored two goals and Dwayne Roloson stopped 33 shots as the surging Tampa Bay Lightning completed a series sweep of the top-seeded Washington Capitals with a 5-3 victory in Game 4 at Tampa, Fla.

The Lightning extended their winning streak to seven games and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.

Sharks put Detroit in 3-0 hole: Devin Setoguchi scored 9:21 into overtime to finish a hat trick, and the San Jose Sharks took a commanding 3-0 lead over the host Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference semifinals with a 4-3 win.

Bruins seize 3-0 edge: Zdeno Chara and David Krejci scored in the opening 63 seconds, and the Boston Bruins added two goals in a 95-second span in the second period to beat the visiting Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 and take a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Sweden defeat U.S. team: Patrik Berglund scored twice to help Sweden wrap up the group stage of the world hockey championship with a 6-2 victory over the United States at Kosice, Slovakia.

Swedish topped Group C with seven points, one more than the United States. The U.S. faces Canada on Friday.

Source: Dodgers won’t make payroll

Baseball: Major League Baseball believes the Los Angeles Dodgers do not have enough money to make their end of May payroll, a person familiar with the team’s finances told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because MLB’s investigation of the team’s finances under owner Frank McCourt is ongoing.

Rangers finalize contract with defector: Cuban defector Leonys Martin finalized a $15.5 million, five-year contract with the Texas Rangers, and the speedy center fielder could be in their lineup before the end of this season.

Mendenhall ‘clarifies’ tweets on bin Laden

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall wrote a “clarification” of his comments made Monday on Twitter regarding the death of Osama bin Laden.

In a new tweet, Mendenhall wrote that he does not support bin Laden, and that he aimed to clear things up, for not only himself, but also the Steelers.

On Monday, Pittsburgh’s leading rusher caused enough of a stir with his tweets that the Steelers felt compelled to release a statement.

PGA may suspend Sabbatini for tirade

Golf: Rory Sabbatini could face suspension from the PGA Tour for what was described as a profanity-laced argument with Sean O’Hair during last week’s Zurich Classic in New Orleans.

According to multiple players and officials, it was the second time this year that Sabbatini has run into trouble because of his behavior on the golf course.

Manchester United will meet Barcelona

Soccer: Antonio Valencia and Darron Gibson got early goals, Anderson scored twice and Manchester United beat Schalke 4-1 at Manchester, England, for a 6-1 aggregate victory in the most one-sided Champions League semifinal in 22 years. Manchester United plays Barcelona at Wembley on May 28.

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