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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin says he will play in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals even though Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said the decision will be made today. Griffin said Monday he feels about “75 to 80” percent healthy after a sprained left knee sidelined the All-Star for nearly the entire fourth quarter in a Game 7 victory at Memphis on Sunday. He says rest is the only cure, but that’s a luxury the Clippers don’t have. Game 1 against the San Antonio Spurs is tonight ( 6:30, TNT). Del Negro said Griffin’s injury is the kind that might sideline him for a week if this were the regular season. – Associated Press



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Seahawks trade down, draft San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny in first round of NFL Draft

UPDATED: 10:10 p.m.

As just about everybody figured they’d do, the Seahawks on Thursday night traded their original first round pick, No. 18 overall, to Green Bay, getting the Packers’ pick at No. 27.as well as picks in the third round (76) and sixth round (186). Seattle then used the 27th pick to take running back Rashaad Penny of San Diego State, a 5-foot-10, 220-pounder who figures to compete immediately at a position of obvious need for the Seahawks.