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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: 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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


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, …


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 …


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, …


Lakers stand pat during trading season

LOS ANGELES – The trade deadline came and went Thursday. The Los Angeles Lakers stuck with what they had all along. Were they close to a deal?


Numerous big men shuffled around in NBA trades

Big bodies replaced big names on the final day of the NBA’s trading season. Boston traded starting center Kendrick Perkins, while Hasheem Thabeet, Nenad Krstic, Joel Przybilla and Nazr Mohammed …


Knicks get Carmelo

The New York Knicks have agreed to a trade with the Denver Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press on Monday night.


Knicks, Nets continue to pursue trade for Carmelo Anthony

LOS ANGELES – The New Jersey Nets still believe they are in the race for Carmelo Anthony, and if not, owner Mikhail Prokhorov thinks at least they made it harder …


Newsmakers

Tagged The New England Patriots have reportedly placed the franchise tag on All-Pro offensive lineman Logan Mankins, who held out the first seven games of the 2010 season in a …


Boston beats Miami for third time this season

LeBron James and the Miami Heat couldn’t win in Boston in the regular season. And now they might have to do it in the playoffs. Rajon Rondo had a triple-double, …


Cavs beat Clippers, end record losing streak

NBA: Nearly two months after it started innocently, the Cleveland Cavaliers stopped their NBA-record losing streak at 26 games Friday night with a 126-119 win in overtime against the visiting …


Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan steps down

Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan stepped down Thursday after 23 seasons and 1,127 wins as head coach of the Utah Jazz.