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Memphis forces Game 7 by defeating Oklahoma City

NBA: Zach Randolph had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies avoided elimination by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 95-83 Friday night in Memphis, Tenn., to push their …


In brief: Miami Heat close out Boston in Eastern semifinal

NBA: Not only have the Miami Heat caught the Boston Celtics – they have officially gone past them, and into the Eastern Conference finals. Vanquishing the team they couldn’t beat …


Mavs blow out Lakers, send Jackson to retirement

DALLAS — Phil Jackson walked off the court with a tight smile, shaking hands and accepting congratulations like he has after so many series-ending playoff games. Never like this, though. …


In brief: Memphis defeats Oklahoma City to seize 2-1 series edge

NBA: Zach Randolph had 21 points and a franchise-record 21 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies rallied from a 16-point deficit to stun the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-93 in overtime Saturday …


Potential NBA lockout could leave marginal draft picks in cold

PHOENIX – Derrick Williams only briefly considered the NBA’s murky labor situation when deciding to leave Arizona after his sophomore season. The way the agile power forward looked at it, …


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

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 …


In brief: Price Huskies No. 1 QB for now

Football: Washington coach Steve Sarkisian announced that sophomore Keith Price (pictured) will be the Huskies’ starting quarterback following the conclusion of spring practice. Sarkisian made the announcement Wednesday as the …


Heat ask fans to sing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’

Basketball: For the Miami Heat, one national-anthem performer will not be enough tonight. They want thousands.


Thibodeau named NBA coach of year

Tom Thibodeau waited about two decades to become an NBA head coach. It didn’t take him long to be recognized as one of the best once he got the chance. …


Spurs avoid elimination with late 3-pointer

NBA: Gary Neal caught an inbounds pass with 1.7 seconds left and forced overtime with a 3-point heave as time expired, and the San Antonio Spurs staved off elimination by …


Vancouver beats Chicago in Game 7 overtime thriller

NHL: Alex Burrows scored his second goal 5:22 into overtime, Roberto Luongo made 31 saves and the Vancouver Canucks avoided an historic playoff collapse by knocking the defending Stanley Cup …


In brief: Roy’s bank shot caps Trail Blazers’ rally past Dallas

NBA: Brandon Roy’s go-ahead bank shot with 39.2 seconds left capped Portland’s 23-point second-half comeback and the Blazers beat the visiting Dallas Mavericks 84-82 on Saturday night, evening the first-round …


Blazers won’t buy Dallas’ underdog status

PORTLAND – Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan is dismissing any debate over the “underdog” in the series between Portland and the Dallas Mavericks. Simply put, there isn’t one, McMillan asserted …


In Brief: Wizards hand resting Celtics overtime loss

NBA: The Boston Celtics didn’t play four of their usual starters, essentially setting aside their bid for a better playoff seed for the chance to give their top players some …


In brief: Big Three all reach 30 in Heat win

NBA: LeBron James had 33 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, Chris Bosh added 31 points and 12 rebounds, and the Miami Heat set a franchise record in beating the …


In brief: Woodland clutch in win at Innisbrook

Golf: At Palm Harbor, Fla., Gary Woodland’s only par on the back nine Sunday gave him his first PGA Tour victory. Woodland surged into the lead with birdies, fell back …


In brief: Flyers defeat Dallas to clinch NHL playoff berth

NHL: Ville Leino scored in the sixth round of the shootout and the Philadelphia Flyers clinched a playoff spot with a 3-2 victory over the host Dallas Stars on Saturday …


Thrashers defeat Flyers to improve playoff chances

NHL: Rob Schremp and Blake Wheeler scored for Atlanta in the shootout, giving the Thrashers a crucial 4-3 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers after squandering three leads Thursday night. …


In brief: Durant guides way as Oklahoma City shuts down Miami

NHL: Kevin Durant scored 29 points on 12-for-21 shooting, Russell Westbrook added 18 and Oklahoma City frustrated Miami’s offense all night on the way to a 96-85 victory over the …


Heat blow out NBA-leading San Antonio

NBA: Chris Bosh scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 29 and the Miami Heat avenged their worst loss of the season by rolling past the NBA-leading …


In brief: Vargas adds to scoreless streak

Baseball: Jason Vargas pitched four innings of three-hit ball, extending his spring scoreless string to seven innings, and the Seattle Mariners beat a Los Angeles Angels split squad 2-0 Sunday …


In brief: Kings’ last-minute goal tops Stars

NHL: Michal Handzus scored the tiebreaking goal with 20.8 seconds remaining and the visiting Los Angeles Kings stretched their winning streak to three with a 3-2 victory over the Dallas …


Trail Blazers cruise past struggling Miami Heat

NBA: Shortly after LeBron James called LaMarcus Aldridge one of the top All-Star “snubs” in NBA history, he scored 26 points and led the Portland Trail Blazers to a 105-96 …


Newsmakers

Fired Texas Tech has fired men’s basketball coach Pat Knight. School spokesman Blayne Beal said Monday that Knight will coach the Red Raiders at this week’s Big 12 tournament and …


Lakers dominate Spurs in San Antonio

Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, Pau Gasol had 21 and the visiting Los Angeles Lakers embarrassed the NBA-best San Antonio Spurs for their seventh consecutive victory, 99-83 on Sunday. Tony …


Fifty victories part of San Antonio Spurs’ routine

A 50-victory season has pretty much been the standard of excellence for National Basketball Association teams over the years. The San Antonio Spurs know a little something about that.


North Carolina defeats Duke for ACC title

Men’s basketball: Harrison Barnes scored 18 points to help No. 13 North Carolina beat No. 4 Duke 81-67 on Saturday night in Chapel Hill, N.C., clinching the Atlantic Coast Conference …


No. 20 Kentucky defeats No. 21 Vanderbilt

Men’s basketball: Brandon Knight scored 17 points and No. 20 Kentucky finally found a way to win a close game, edging No. 21 Vanderbilt 68-66 on Tuesday night in Lexington, …


James started something in NBA … migration eastward

The wake of “The Decision” is still wreaking havoc on multinational corporations, professional basketball franchises and itinerant announcers: Months after LeBron James’ one-man lottery played out on live cable TV, …


Unranked Kansas State knocks off No. 7 Texas

Men’s basketball: Rodney McGruder scored 22 points and surging, unranked Kansas State muscled past slumping No. 7 Texas 75-70 on Monday night, the Wildcats’ fifth straight win. Jacob Pullen scored …