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LeBron: 'I think about every loss I've ever had'

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Kings' Stoll arrested, suspected to have drugs

Kings' Stoll arrested, suspected to have drugs
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Pacers survive scare with 99-95 dou...

Pacers survive scare with 99-95 double OT win over Wizards

INDIANAPOLIS -- C.J. Miles scored 25 points, George Hill added 24 and together they keyed a 7-2 spurt to open the second overtime Tuesday night as Indiana kept its playoff hopes alive with a 99-95 victory over Washington.

The Pacers (38-43) have won six straight and will make a fifth straight playoff appearance if they win at Memphis - or if Brooklyn loses to Orlando - on the final night of the regular season.

Marcin Gortat and Bradley Beal each scored 19 points for the Wizards (46-35).

It was a grind for the Pacers, who struggled shooting all night and trailed 70-61 deficit with 7:07 left.

They rallied to take a late 79-75 lead, then Washington forced overtime. Indiana didn't lead again until Hill's mid-range jumper 23 seconds into the second overtime made it 87-85. And Hill finally sealed it with a 3 with 27.8 seconds left.

Now, after a game that took nearly 3 1/2 hours to complete, the Pacers must fly to Memphis and play in less than 22 hours and grind out another win to make the playoffs.

For most of the night, Indiana couldn't seem to do anything right.

Dunks were blocked. Long-range shots turned into air balls. Mid-range shots bounced hard off the backboard.

Yet, somehow, the Pacers found a way to overcome all those problems when they needed it most.

The Wizards broke a 61-61 tie by scoring nine straight points midway through the fourth quarter. That's when the Pacers finally started landing scoring punches.

Hill's 3-pointer cut the lead to 73-70. Miles' three-point play made it 75-74, and Hill scored on a layup to give Indiana a 76-75 lead. When Roy Hibbert scored on a putback off a missed free throw, the Pacers led 79-75 with two minutes left in regulation.

Washington rallied, tying the score at 81 on John Wall's runner with 51.7 seconds left, then had two shots to win it at the end of regulation.

The Wizards didn't trail again until Hill's shot to start the second overtime. After that, the Wizards never led again.

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TIP-INS

Wizards: With the No. 5 seed in the East locked up, Washington decided to give big man Nene the night off. He twisted his right ankle in Friday's loss to Brooklyn then played 27 minutes Sunday in a win over Atlanta. But with the playoffs starting this weekend, the Wizards asked Nene to rest.

Pacers: Indiana wasn't just off from the field, it nearly blew the game at the free-throw line, where it was 10 of 17.

UP NEXT

Wizards: host Cleveland on Wednesday.

Pacers: visit Memphis on Wednesday.

Hawks' Sefolosha blames NYC police ...

Hawks' Sefolosha blames NYC police for 'significant injury'

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha said Tuesday he is in "great pain" and blamed New York City police for causing a "significant injury" that knocked him out for the season.

The backup forward sustained a fractured right lower leg and ligament damage while being arrested with teammate Pero Antic outside a Manhattan nightclub while the Hawks were in the city to face the Brooklyn Nets last week.

Sefolosha won't return until next season, costing the top-seeded Hawks a strong perimeter defender heading into the playoffs.

"On advice of counsel, I hope you can appreciate that I cannot discuss the facts of the case. Those questions will be answered by my attorney in a court of law," Sefolosha said after practice, reading from a statement in his first public comments since the incident. "I will simply say that I am in great pain, have experienced a significant injury, and that the injury was caused by the police."

He also said this "has been a difficult time for me and I truly appreciate the support I have received from everyone. I am extremely disappointed that I will not be able to join my teammates on the court during the playoffs and apologize to them for any distraction this incident has caused. I will be cheering for them every step of the way and will be diligent in my rehabilitation."

Antic and Sefolosha were at the scene early last Wednesday when Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed outside the nightclub. The Hawks players were charged with obstructing authorities and disorderly conduct, though Antic said they weren't even with Copeland when the stabbing occurred.

"We don't have nothing to do with what happened with that," Antic said last week. "We weren't together. We didn't even see the guy and whatever happened, happened way before."

Copeland, his girlfriend and another woman were stabbed. Copeland underwent surgery and a 22-year-old suspect was taken into custody.

Sefolosha declined to answer most questions from reporters after his statement. When asked about a video that surfaced online allegedly showing the police striking him in the leg with a baton, he said, " I don't want to go into details on anything but I think the video speaks for itself."

Sefolosha said he will undergo surgery in the next few days and had a better timetable on his return for next season.

"I am disappointed that I will miss the playoffs. I hate this feeling that I'm letting my teammates down," he said. "At the same time, I can't speak too much on it. I just hate the bad look it gives on the team."

Antic, a backup center, said he and Sefolosha were not trying to shield police or onlookers from Copeland.

"I would say that it's a pure example of being in the wrong place at the wrong time," Antic said. "I mean, people know Thabo for so many years in the league. He's probably one of the greatest guys."

The NBA players union said it was investigating the arrests. An attorney for the players, Alex Spiro, said they did nothing wrong and that he expects the charges to be dropped.

Both were released without bail. Sefolosha was limping noticeably during his court appearance.

"The players union is concerned about the circumstances of Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic's arrest," National Basketball Players Association spokeswoman Tara Greco said.

The Hawks (60-21) have set a franchise record for wins and have the top seed in the conference playoffs for only the second time since moving to Atlanta in 1968. The loss of Sefolosha came with the Hawks already dealing with the loss of All-Star forward Paul Millsap with a sprained right shoulder.

Millsap practiced Tuesday and may be able to play in the regular-season finale Wednesday at Chicago.

The Hawks will host Game 1 of the playoffs either Saturday or Sunday.

Indians' Carlos Carrasco hit by lin...

Indians' Carlos Carrasco hit by line drive, bruises jaw

CLEVELAND (AP) Carlos Carrasco's face was swollen. His jaw was sore. His head hurt.

He was lucky.

Carrasco didn't sustain any major injuries after being struck on the right side of the face with a line drive hit by Chicago's Melky Cabrera in the first inning of Cleveland's 4-1 loss to the White Sox.

Carrasco was carted off the field after he was flattened by the liner that glanced off his glove and right hand before smacking him on the right side of the face. The right-hander crumpled to the ground in front of the mound with his legs spread wide as manager Terry Francona and a trainer quickly raced out to check on him.

Following the game, Francona said X-rays and a CT scan on Carrasco were negative and he only suffered a bad bruise. Carrasco felt good enough to return to Progressive Field before the game ended. He'll be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

"In the big picture, we dodged a really big bullet," Francona said. "Really fortunate."

With his concerned teammates gathered around him, Carrasco stayed on the ground for several minutes. Cabrera, holding his batting helmet, came out to the side of the mound to check on Carrasco as well, and White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton dropped to one knee at second base in prayer.

Carrasco was helped to his feet by two Indians trainers before walking slowly to the cart holding the left side of his face. As he was driven off, he was given a warm ovation by Cleveland fans following the scary incident.

"It was a very tough moment," said Cabrera, who was relieved to learn Carrasco was not hurt seriously. "It was real scary because it hit his face, but it's baseball. You can't control it once you hit the ball. I felt bad."

Francona said Carrasco was not initially responsive when he was being checked. The trainers wanted to keep him as still as possible in case he had a neck or back injury. But after a few moments, Carrasco came around.

"It's hard to evaluate how much you care, but when you see him moving his legs, as bad as you want to win every single game, when you see him moving his legs and everything, it's like `OK, he's going to be be OK,"' Francona said.

Zach McAllister replaced Carrasco, who signed a four-year, $22 million contract last week. He was one of the AL's best pitchers in the second half last season and the Indians rewarded the 28-year-old with a long-term deal.

Carrasco's injury is another early-season blow to the Indians. On Sunday, catcher Yan Gomes was placed on the disabled list with a sprained knee and could miss two months. Also, All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley missed his fifth straight game with a bad back.

Carrasco had a breakout season in 2014, going 8-7 with a 2.55 ERA in 40 games. He started the season in Cleveland's rotation but struggled and was moved to the bullpen. The Indians returned him to the rotation late in the year, and he went 5-3 with a 1.30 ERA in his final 10 starts.

He revealed after signing his new contract that he underwent a heart procedure at the Cleveland Clinic following last season. He experienced heart palpitations and the surgery was done to increase blood flow.

Duke freshman Winslow to enter NBA ...

Duke freshman Winslow to enter NBA draft

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Justise Winslow is entering the NBA draft after one season at Duke, coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday.

The forward said in a statement issued by the school that "my dreams and aspirations have literally come true" while winning the national title in his only season in college.

He says he believes "it is time to take the next step on my career path and play at the highest level."

Winslow averaged 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while helping Duke win its fifth national title.

The announcement came less than a week after the same decision from teammate Jahlil Okafor, the first freshman selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the year.

And just as Okafor's was, Winslow's choice wasn't much of a surprise.

"He had a sensational year, both on and off the court," Krzyzewski said. "He was an amazing factor for our success in winning the national championship.

"From everything we have found out, Justise is projected to be a high lottery pick and we believe that to be true. This is a great time to take advantage of this opportunity. We're behind him all the way and love him and his family."

He arrived at Duke last summer as one of the nation's top recruits and ended up ranking third on the team in scoring and second in rebounding.

He started every game - even as he fought through a cracked rib midway through the season - and scored in double figures in all but one since Jan. 28.

His move from the wing to power forward allowed the Blue Devils (35-4) to switch to a smaller lineup that wound up being tough to beat. Duke won 18 of its final 19 games while claiming its fifth national title since 1991.

Winslow averaged 14.0 points and 9.3 rebounds in six NCAA Tournament games, including a 21-point, 10-rebound performance against Utah in a regional semifinal in his hometown, Houston.

He became the seventh player to go one-and-done at Duke, and the fifth since 2011. That club already includes Kyrie Irving, Austin Rivers, Jabari Parker and, of course, Okafor.

Another player - guard Tyus Jones, selected the most outstanding player at the Final Four - could become the third member of that star-packed freshman class to turn pro.

The fourth member of that class - tournament breakout star Grayson Allen - has already said he will be back for his sophomore season.

Johnny Manziel at Rangers game days...

Johnny Manziel at Rangers game days after leaving rehab

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who left a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center over the weekend, was at Tuesday night's Texas Rangers game in Arlington.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M sat in the front row in a VIP area at Globe Life Park. He was between home plate and the home-team dugout down the first-base line for the game against the Los Angeles Angels.

Manziel was drafted 22nd overall in 2013. He made five appearances as a rookie, the last two as a starter in Cleveland losses.

It's expected Manziel will report to the Browns' next offseason session, scheduled to begin April 20.

The popular player was released from the undisclosed facility Saturday after more than 10 weeks being treated for an unspecified problem, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Column: A special win for a special...

Column: A special win for a special player at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) About the only thing missing was a new scoring record. Not to worry, because odds are Jordan Spieth will set a bunch of them by the time he is done.

The odds are equally good that the green jacket he put on Sunday night outside the Augusta National clubhouse won't be his last.

The Masters was the tournament he dreamed about growing up beating balls on the range in Texas. The people who run the Masters could only dream of having a new champion who could stare down an all-star field of challengers, then remember to thank everyone from the kitchen staff to the chairman for giving him the chance to do just that.

He's a special talent who yells at his ball and plays with a steely intensity. He's also a special person, the son of athletic parents who still dates his high school sweetheart and is a loving brother to a younger sister with neurological difficulties that place her on the autism spectrum.

On an overcast day at Augusta National, Spieth finished off a wire-to-wire win that was so utterly dominant it never seemed really in doubt. That he bogeyed the last hole to miss setting a scoring record set by another 21-year-old named Tiger Woods in 1997 did nothing to make the day any less sweet.

His family and friends gathered behind the 18th green hugging each other even before Spieth dropped the short bogey putt to finish off his day. Everyone important in his life was there, except the one person who may be most important.

His sister, who is seven years younger, doesn't come to many tournaments. Ellie Spieth likes to yell her brother's name and cheer at what should be quiet times, and the Masters would not be the place for that.

But Spieth would be calling, and they would talk about him winning his first major championship.

"When I speak to her she's going to probably tell me to just bring something home, bring a present home to her," Spieth said. "I'm sure she was watching and was excited when she saw how happy I was there with my family at the end. Probably a little jealous at that point."

If so, she's not the only one. Who wouldn't be jealous of a player who refused to yield an inch all week, yet was so gracious he gave playing partner Justin Rose a thumbs up after he made a remarkable recovery shot on the seventh hole?

Who wouldn't be jealous of a player who kept the same four-shot lead he teed off with under the intense pressure of a final round at the Masters?

And who wouldn't be jealous of a young man who, after hugging his caddie, parents and girlfriend, applauded the fans who came to watch as he took a victory lap around the 18th green?

"I don't know what could make you more proud," his father, Shawn, said. "But God-given gift to be able to play the game like that, we're just probably more proud of him for the kind of person he is and the way he handles himself and treats everybody. ... He makes us really, really proud."

Spieth almost became the youngest Masters champion ever last year in his first go around at Augusta National, only to lose the two-shot lead he held after seven holes of the final round to Bubba Watson. He was determined to come back and win the green jacket, and he seized control of the Masters with a first round 64 and never looked back.

"He wanted badly to get back after last year," his father said.

He'd be a college senior if he stayed at the University of Texas, where he played for a year before taking a chance and playing his way onto the PGA Tour. But he looked like a seasoned veteran as he played his way around Augusta National, sealing the deal with an 8-footer for par on the 16th hole even as Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson made late moves.

"He's just fiery," said caddie Michael Greller, who was a sixth grade teacher before hooking up with Spieth. "He's got that kliller instinct. You have to have tunnel vision when you're out there, but you have to really appreciate the roars."

Spieth has a lot to appreciate, even if he admitted he wasn't sure just what winning the Masters would mean. Spieth hasn't had that much experience winning in his short career, though he won once and finished second twice in his last three tournaments.

The last one was in Houston last week, where after every round he would go home and Ellie would say, "Jordan, did you win? Did you win?"

"I said, `Not yet, not yet, no,"' Spieth said, laughing. "I can tell her I won now."

Maybe he can bring home a present, too. A nice green jacket will do.

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Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg

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Pierce leads Wizards past Raptors i...

Pierce leads Wizards past Raptors in OT in Game 1 (Yahoo Sports)

Paul Pierce beat the Raptors with a veteran mix of brains and baskets. Pierce scored five of his 20 points in overtime, Nene had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat Toronto 93-86 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. ''It takes the pressure off us and puts it on them now,'' Pierce said of winning on the road to start the series. Pierce hit a 3-pointer, his fourth of the game, to begin the extra session, further tormenting a Raptors team he eliminated with Brooklyn in last year's playoffs, then derided this week by saying, ''I don't feel they have the 'It' that makes you worried,'' in an interview with ESPN.
LA Kings' Jarret Stoll released aft...

LA Kings' Jarret Stoll released after arrest in Las Vegas (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll skates with the puck during the first period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series Anaheim Ducks, in this May 5, 2014 file photo taken in Anaheim, Calif. Stoll was arrested Friday April 17, 2015 for suspected cocaine possession at the MGM Grand Hotel's Wet Republic pool complex. Las Vegas police Lt. Michael Mauntel said Stoll is being held at the Clark County Detention Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll has been released from jail after his arrest on a felony drug charge at a Las Vegas resort. Stoll was released on $5,000 bond from the Clark County Detention Center on Friday night. Stoll's attorney, David Chesnoff, urged ''everyone not to prejudge the circumstances'' surrounding the two-time Stanley Cup champion's arrest late Friday afternoon at the MGM Grand Hotel's Wet Republic pool complex. We'll be able to comment more at a later date.'' Stoll is expected to appear in a Las Vegas courtroom within several weeks.

Injury keeps Weber from traveling t...

Injury keeps Weber from traveling to Chicago with Predators (Yahoo Sports)

Nashville finished off a 6-2 victory Friday night, tying the series at 1-1. Game 3 is Sunday in Chicago, and a team spokesman said Saturday an update on Weber's status will be made Wednesday, the day after Game 4 in Chicago. Chicago's Brandon Saad checked Weber into the boards in the left corner of the Nashville zone At 9:17 of the second. We were able to find success doing that.'' Either Anton Volchenkov or Victor Bartley will step into the lineup for Weber.
Rookie G Darling to start for Black...

Rookie G Darling to start for Blackhawks in Game 3 vs Preds (Yahoo Sports)

Chicago rookie Scott Darling will start in goal in place of Corey Crawford for the Blackhawks against the Nashville Predators in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said his decision was strictly performance-driven with the series tied 1-1 heading into Sunday's game in Chicago. ''Scotty's coming of a spectacular outing and I think his play is deserving of getting a start here at home,'' Quenneville said in a conference call Saturday. So, it's one of those situatons where both guys are getting consideration for the net.'' Crawford allowed three goals on 12 shots in the first period of Game 1 on Wednesday night in Nashville.
Raptors GM uses expletive before pl...

Raptors GM uses expletive before playoff opener with Wizards (Yahoo Sports)

TORONTO (AP) -- Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri used an expletive Saturday talking about Washington forward Paul Pierce when addressing fans before the Raptors playoff opener.
Abreu, LaRoche lead White Sox to 12...

Abreu, LaRoche lead White Sox to 12-3 win against Tigers (Yahoo Sports)

Despite their early season struggles, the players who make up the middle of the Chicago White Sox batting order knew what they could do. Jose Abreu hit a grand slam, Adam LaRoche added a three-run homer and four RBIs, and the White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 12-3. Chicago, which set a season high for runs, scored 11 runs in the third and fourth innings combined and collected a season-high 17 hits for the game. Abreu and LaRoche had three hits apiece, and Melky Cabrera matched a career high with four hits and knocked in two runs.

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Rosenthal: Tanaka to Yankees restor...

Rosenthal: Tanaka to Yankees restores natural order in baseball

Japanese ace Tanaka agrees to 7-yea...

Japanese ace Tanaka agrees to 7-year, $155 million deal with Yankees

The New York Yankees and prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka agreed Wednesday to a $155 million, seven-year contract.
Aussie Open: Federer ousts Murray, ...

Aussie Open: Federer ousts Murray, will face Nadal in semis

Roger Federer regained his dominance over Andy Murray in Grand Slam matches and advanced to his 11th consecutive Australian Open semifinal with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 win Wednesday.
Red-hot Durant scores 46, leads Thu...

Red-hot Durant scores 46, leads Thunder past Trail Blazers

Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 46 points in the final 3:23 to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-97 on Tuesday night.
Browns to interview Bills' Pettine ...

Browns to interview Bills' Pettine with Broncos' Gase out of running

Adam Gase has told the Browns not to wait for him.
Players reportedly wanted A-Rod kic...

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Several angry major league players wanted Alex Rodriguez kicked out of their union after he sued it last week, but staff lawyers told them expulsion was not allowed.

Reuters

Vettel hopes for Bahrain battle wit...

Vettel hopes for Bahrain battle with Mercedes

MANAMA (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton expects resurgent Ferrari to be hard to beat in Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix and Sebastian Vettel hopes to prove him right.
Djokovic sweeps Nadal aside in Mont...

Djokovic sweeps Nadal aside in Monte Carlo semi

MONTE CARLO (Reuters) - World number one Novak Djokovic laid down an early French Open marker when he reached the Monte Carlos Masters final with a comprehensive 6-3 6-3 win over eight-times champion Rafa Nadal on Saturday.
Marquez on pole in Argentina by hef...

Marquez on pole in Argentina by hefty margin

(Reuters) - MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez left his rivals trailing as he stormed to pole position for the Argentine Grand Prix on Saturday.
Pavlyuchenkova sparks Russia to 2-0...

Pavlyuchenkova sparks Russia to 2-0 Fed Cup lead over Germany

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova produced a stunning comeback to help Russia into a 2-0 lead against Germany in their Fed Cup semi-final on Saturday.
Returning Hingis loses Fed Cup tie ...

Returning Hingis loses Fed Cup tie in courageous effort

ZIELONA GORA, Poland (Reuters) - Martina Hingis has no plans of returning to play singles on the women's tour after a courageous performance in a Fed Cup defeat by Agnieszka Radwanska on Saturday in her first major match in eight years.
Hamilton on pole in Bahrain as Rosb...

Hamilton on pole in Bahrain as Rosberg slips up

MANAMA (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton drove his 'beast' of a Mercedes to a fourth successive pole position on Saturday while team mate Nico Rosberg failed to make the front row at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

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A few words with World Cup broadcas...

A few words with World Cup broadcaster Darke

The poet laureate of soccer in the United States is not an American. ESPN's Ian Darke was born on the south coast of England in the naval port town of Portsmouth and since he landed on American shores fulltime for the 2010 World Cup, his soccer calls have thrilled the American public with the most famous being his description of Landon Donovan's injury-time game-winner against Algeria during that tournament.
Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for W...

Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for World Cup, ACL recovery comes up short

Star Colombian striker Radamel Falcao will miss the World Cup after his ACL recovery falls short.
Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for W...

Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for World Cup

Seattle rises to No. 1

Seattle rises to No. 1

End of an era: Frank Lampard leaves...

End of an era: Frank Lampard leaves Chelsea

USA's first foe Ghana finalizes Wor...

USA's first foe Ghana finalizes World Cup roster

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Wetherby ready for Flat card

Wetherby ready for Flat card

Wetherby Racecourse, founded in 1891, stages Flat racing for the first time ever on Sunday April 26, with a seven-race card.
UAE plan 2021 World Cup bid

UAE plan 2021 World Cup bid

The United Arab Emirates are planning an audacious bid to host the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
Hatch suffers Ayr misfortune

Hatch suffers Ayr misfortune

Conditional jockey Ryan Hatch broke his wrist and his collar bone in a fall at Ayr on Friday.
Cadeaux eyes Criterion revenge

Cadeaux eyes Criterion revenge

Red Cadeaux and his Australian conqueror Criterion are set to clash again in the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup.
Sruthan seeking Curragh repeat

Sruthan seeking Curragh repeat

Paul Deegan's Sruthan will aim to repeat his win of last year in the Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.
Mullins - Aintree fallers fine

Mullins - Aintree fallers fine

Willie Mullins has given all his horses that ran at Aintree a clean bill of health - including Arctic Fire.

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Woman who accused Winston of rape f...

Woman who accused Winston of rape files civil lawsuit

The woman who accused former?? Florida State??quarterback?? Jameis Winston??of raping her in December 2012 filed a civil lawsuit against him Thursday in a Florida state court in Orlando. In the lawsuit filed in Ninth Judicial Circuit Court, Erica Kinsman, the former FSU student who said Winston sexually assaulted her in his off-campus apartment, accused Winston of sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress. In the lawsuit, Kinsman's attorneys, David King of Orlando and Baine Kerr and John Clune of Boulder, Colorado, are demanding damages in excess of $15,000 and "the right to seek leave as to her entitlement to punitive damages." Her attorneys also demanded a jury trial. According to the lawsuit, Winston's "conduct was extreme and outrageous and caused Plaintiff to suffer severe mental anguish and suffering, including, more specifically, loss of sleep, flashbacks, severe anxiety, fear of...
Manny Pacquiao: This would be 'bigg...

Manny Pacquiao: This would be 'biggest victory of my career'

The long road to make the megafight of the 21st century, the heavily anticipated showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, took more than five years. They had negotiated on and off through the years, while continuing to fight many of the same opponents, until they finally got a deal done in late February for them to meet on May 2 on pay-per-view at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for what will be the richest fight in boxing history and one of the most hyped. While both fighters hold welterweight world titles and are widely considered the best two fighters in the world pound-for-pound -- Mayweather No. 1 and Pacquiao No. 2 -- there are still some who say the fight is happening five years too late, because neither man is still in his prime. While Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) has remained unbeaten it is obvious that he has slowed down at least a step, based on how much he was hit by Marcos Maidana in their two fights last year. Pacquiao (57-5-2,...
Worry about Phil's eye, not Melo's ...

Worry about Phil's eye, not Melo's knee

Carmelo Anthony is going to be fine, as he is the most natural scorer the New York Knicks have had since Bernard King. He will get his knee rehabilitated over the summer, and he will come back next season to score 25 a night -- and probably do some of the other things required of an NBA player who is??a little better than he is given credit for. Phil Jackson? Now there's a recovering star worthy of your concern. As a rookie team president, all Jackson did was prove that he was a hell of a head coach, and that maybe Red Auerbach had a point -- beyond his petty jealousies -- when he said the man who had replaced him as the league's all-time lord of the rings had never built anything. Jackson is the reason Anthony made a public confession Thursday that you don't often hear from big-name athletes in noisy, big-time markets. Asked if there were times during this ungodly 17-65 season when he thought he'd made a mistake sticking with the Knicks over the ...
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Love, Irving, Davis Ready for the N...

Love, Irving, Davis Ready for the NBA Playoff Debuts

Welcome to the show: Love, Irving, Davis, Greek Freak ready for their NBA playoff closeups
2 Years After Bombs, Boston Maratho...

2 Years After Bombs, Boston Marathon Looks Forward, Not Back

Bombings shape Boston Marathon's legacy, future; never left behind for city, organizers, fans

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A-Rod two behind Mays on HR list

A-Rod two behind Mays on HR list

A-Rod two behind Mays on HR list
Rodriguez powers Yankees to 5-4 win...

Rodriguez powers Yankees to 5-4 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Alex Rodriguez inched closer to Willie Mays with two more home runs, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Friday night.
Trout youngest in 100 homer/100 ste...

Trout youngest in 100 homer/100 steals club

Trout youngest in 100 homer/100 steals club
Predators beat Blackhawks 6-2, even...

Predators beat Blackhawks 6-2, even series at 1 game each

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Craig Smith scored the first two playoff goals of his career and added an assist, and the Nashville Predators cruised past the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 Friday night to tie their Western Conference opening-round playoff series at a game apiece.
Lack helps Canucks top Flames 4-1, ...

Lack helps Canucks top Flames 4-1, even series

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Eddie Lack made 22 saves and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Calgary Flames 4-1 on Friday night to even their first-round playoff series at a game apiece.
Galchenyuk scores in OT, Canadiens ...

Galchenyuk scores in OT, Canadiens top Senators 3-2

MONTREAL (AP) Alex Galchenyuk scored on a spin-around shot 3:40 into overtime, leading Montreal to a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night that gave the Canadiens a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
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