National Basketball Association

Dirk  Nowitzki scored eight of Dallas' 12 points in overtime, as the Mavericks
kept  their playoff push going with a crucial 109-102 win over the Los Angeles
Clippers  at  American Airlines  Center. Nowitzki finished  with 33 points and
nine  rebounds  in leading the Mavericks  to their third straight win, putting
them one game behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth seed in the Western
Conference standings.

Elsewhere in the NBA:

New York Knicks 100, Boston Celtics 85
Minnesota Timberwolves 105, Detroit Pistons 82

National Hockey League

Sidney  Crosby scored the game's only goal, Marc-Andre Fleury and Tomas Vokoun
teamed up for a 37-save shutout and the Pittsburgh Penguins extended their win
streak  to 13 games with a hard-earned 1-0 verdict over the Montreal Canadiens
at CONSOL Energy Center.

Elsewhere in the NHL:

Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Florida Panthers 2
New York Islanders 3, Washington Capitals 2
Winnipeg Jets 4, Carolina Hurricanes 1
New York Rangers 5, Philadelphia Flyers 2
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Buffalo Sabres 1
Edmonton Oilers 3, St. Louis Blues 0
Chicago Blackhawks 2, Calgary Flames 0
Vancouver Canucks 1, Columbus Blue Jackets 0 (SO)


The  New  England Patriots have  re-signed offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer.
Terms  of the  deal for the unrestricted  free agent were not disclosed, but a
Boston  newspaper  has reported it to  be a four-year contract for $17 million
with $8.5 million guaranteed and incentives could make the total package worth
$27  million. Vollmer  has started 44 of  the 51 games he has played since New
England made him a second-round pick in the 2009 draft. He started 15 games at
right  tackle  last season and  both playoff  games. The 28-year-old native of
Germany was a Second-Team All-Pro in 2010.


St.  Louis  Cardinals third baseman David  Freese will start the season on the
disabled list because of a lower back strain. The move is retroactive to March
23,  which  will make him eligible  to return April  7 and the club is hopeful
the 2011 NLCS and World Series MVP will return for the home opener on April 8.
Freese  has been battling  back pain since March 4 when he fell into the seats
while  chasing a  foul pop. He had an  MRI exam on Monday and also received an
injection  for inflammation in the back. Freese was selected to his first All-
Star  team last year and batted .293 with 20 homers and 79 runs batted in over
a career-high 144 games.

The  New  York Yankees  completed their  trade with the  Los Angeles Angels of
Anaheim  for Vernon Wells on Tuesday, with the Bronx Bombers sending a pair of
minor  leaguers to  the Angels  in exchange  for the  veteran outfielder.  The
Angels  will also pay a portion of the $42 million that Wells is owed over the
next  two years.  The New York Daily  News reported on Monday that the Yankees
are  expected  to receive around $29  million in the transaction. Anaheim will
obtain  outfielder  Exicardo Cayones  and left-handed  pitcher Kramer Sneed in
exchange  for  Wells, a three-time Gold  Glove recipient who has posted a .361
batting average with four homers and 11 RBI in 36 at-bats this spring.


The  Los Angeles Lakers announced Tuesday that forward Metta World Peace has a
lateral  meniscus tear  in his  left  knee. World  Peace, who  was injured  in
Monday's  loss  at Golden  State, underwent  an MRI  on Tuesday in Minneapolis
which revealed the tear. The 33-year-old veteran will return to Los Angeles on
Wednesday and will be examined by team doctor Steve Lombardo. A time table for
his return will be issued after the examination. Through 70 games this season,
World Peace is averaging 12.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest.


Former  Duke standout Bobby  Hurley was named the new head coach at Buffalo on
Tuesday. The former Blue Devils' All-American, a part of back-to-back national
championship squads in 1991 and 1992 and the NCAA Division I's all-time assist
leader,  had  spent this past season  as an associate head coach alongside his
brother,  Dan, at  Rhode Island.  Hurley, who also served two seasons as an
assistant  at  Wagner, takes over for  Reggie Witherspoon after the latter was
fired following a 14-20 finish for the Bulls in 2012-13.


Two-time  reigning Miami  champ Novak Djokovic was upended in straight sets in
Tuesday's  fourth round,  while former champion and 2012 runner-up Andy Murray
advanced  comfortably  at the Sony  Open, an  ATP Masters 1000 tournament. The
Australian  Open champion  Djokovic, who titled here in 2007 and was the Miami
runner-up  to Murray in 2009, was ousted by 15th-seeded German Tommy Haas in 1
hour,  20  minutes on Day  7 of this 12-day  event. Djokovic saved just 5-of-9
break point opportunities, allowing Haas to move into the quarterfinals with a
6-2,  6-4 decision.  Meanwhile, the  second-seeded U.S.  Open champion  Murray
handled   16th-seeded  Italian   Andreas  Seppi  6-2,  6-4  to  advance  to  a
quarterfinal matchup with ninth-seeded Marin Cilic, who outlasted sixth-seeded
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-6 (7-4).

Top-seeded  and five-time  Miami  champion  Serena Williams  was  a Sony  Open
quarterfinal  winner on Tuesday, ousting fifth-seed Li Na, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). The
American  and current  World No. 1 is  in search of her sixth title here after
losing  in the  quarterfinal of this event  last year. She will take Agnieszka
Radwanska  in the  round of  four, as  the Pole  defeated 30th-seeded  Kirsten
Flipkens  4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in 2 hours, 1 minute. The fourth-seeded 2012 Wimbledon
runner-up  Radwanska is  the reigning Miami champ, having beaten recent Indian
Wells  winner and four-time Sony Open runner-up Maria Sharapova in last year's
finale here.


The  United States  earned  a valuable  point  on the  road  on Tuesday  after
battling  Mexico to  a scoreless stalemate in 2014 World Cup qualifying at the
Azteca  Stadium.  The result  leaves  the  United  States, which  will  resume
qualifying  on June  7 against Jamaica, in  third place in the group with four
points,  while  Mexico has  three draws  from three matches  and sits in fifth
place.  The U.S.  entered the match with  an 0-13-1 all-time mark in World Cup
qualifiers in Mexico.


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