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Monday's Results

Major League Baseball

National League

Brandon Phillips broke a tie with a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth
inning, and the Cincinnati Reds ended a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win
over the Philadelphia Phillies at Great American Ball Park.

Elsewhere in the NL:

St. Louis Cardinals 10, Pittsburgh Pirates 6
Washington Nationals 10, Miami Marlins 3
San Diego Padres 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 3
New York Mets at Colorado Rockies, postponed

American League

Mike  Napoli's  double off the Green  Monster brought home the winning run, as
the  Boston  Red Sox earned  a Patriots'  Day win with  a 3-2 triumph over the
Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Dustin Pedroia reached base with a one-out walk
in  the bottom of the ninth and sprinted all the way around when Napoli ripped
a  Joel Peralta  (0-1) fastball  off the  wall. The  Red Sox  swept the  rain-
shortened three-game set and have won five of their last seven.

Elsewhere in the AL:

Toronto Blue Jays 4, Chicago White Sox 3
Minnesota Twins 8, LA Angels of Anaheim 2
Oakland Athletics 11, Houston Astros 2

National Basketball Association

Ty  Lawson's runner  with 9.3 seconds remaining lifted the Denver Nuggets to a
112-111  win  over the Milwaukee  Bucks at the  Bradley Center to clinch home-
court advantage in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs.  Monta Ellis, who
dropped a game-high 38 points on 14-of-25 from the field, put the Bucks  up by
one with a four-point play with 14.2 left on the clock before Lawson came back
down and won it for Denver.  J.J. Redick's 3-point try  at the buzzer  was off
the mark.

Elsewhere in the NBA:


Charlotte Bobcats 106, New York Knicks 95
Miami Heat 96, Cleveland Cavaliers 95
Chicago Bulls 102, Orlando Magic 84
Brooklyn Nets 106, Washington Wizards 101
Detroit Pistons 109, Philadelphia 76ers 101
Memphis Grizzlies 103, Dallas Mavericks 97
Utah Jazz 96, Minnesota Timberwolves 80
Oklahoma City Thunder 104, Sacramento Kings 95
Phoenix Suns 119, Houston Rockets 112
Golden State Warriors 116, San Antonio Spurs 106

National Hockey League


R.J.  Umberger  forced overtime  with  a  late  goal  in regulation  and  Nick
Foligno's  tally  with 29 seconds  remaining gave  the Columbus Blue Jackets a
much-needed  two  points in a 4-3  comeback win over the Colorado Avalanche at
Pepsi  Center. Blake Comeau and Mark Letestu also scored in regulation for the
Blue  Jackets, who pulled  even with the Detroit Red Wings for the eighth seed
in the Western Conference thanks to their fourth consecutive victory.

Elsewhere in the NHL:


Toronto Maple Leafs 2, New Jersey Devils 0
Philadelphia Flyers 7, Montreal Canadiens 3
Chicago Blackhawks 5, Dallas Stars 2
Vancouver Canucks 5, Nashville Predators 2
Minnesota Wild 4, Calgary Flames 3
San Jose Sharks 4, Phoenix Coyotes 0
Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins, postponed

NEWS

Police  say at least  three people have been killed in the explosions near the
finish  line  of the Boston  Marathon. The two  blasts marred Patriots' Day in
Boston,   transforming  a  celebratory  atmosphere  during  one  of  the  most
prestigious  races into  a  chaotic scene.  Police  commissioner Edward  Davis
confirmed  at a news conference that, at 2:50 p.m. ET, there were simultaneous
explosions  along the route of the Boston Marathon. "These explosions occurred
50  to 100  yards apart and each scene resulted in multiple casualties," Davis
said. More than 125 people were reportedly injured in the blasts.

NBA

Tuesday's  NBA contest between the Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers at TD
Bank  Garden has been canceled due to the tragic events that took place during
Monday's  Boston  Marathon. The  game will  not be  rescheduled. Boston is the
seventh  seed in  the Eastern Conference, eight games behind Indiana, which is
locked in the third spot. Both teams conclude the regular season on Wednesday,
with Boston visiting Toronto and Indiana hosting Philadelphia.

NHL

Monday's  game between  the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators was postponed in
the  aftermath  of the  explosions that occurred  at Monday afternoon's Boston
Marathon.  The contest  will be  rescheduled,  with the  date and  time to  be
announced at a later date.

The  Edmonton Oilers  have fired  general manager  Steve Tambellini  and named
former  player  and coach Craig  MacTavish to the  post. Tambellini was in his
fifth  season as  Oilers GM. He was  hired in July 2008 and the club's 38-35-9
mark in his first season of 2008-09 was its best during his tenure. The Oilers
are  16-18-7 and sit 12th in the Western Conference with seven games remaining
in  the truncated  2013 season. The Oilers last reached the playoffs after the
2005-06  season,  when they  made a  surprising run to  the Stanley Cup finals
under  MacTavish, who  guided the  team  to a  record of  301-252-82 in  eight
seasons  behind  the bench.  He was  dismissed after  the 2008-09 campaign and
returned  to the organization last summer as a senior vice president of hockey
operations.

BASEBALL

The  Cincinnati  Reds have placed pitcher  Johnny Cueto on the 15-day disabled
list.  Cueto, 27,  was diagnosed  with  a strained  right lat.  He started  in
Saturday's  3-1 loss against Pittsburgh but was taken out of the game with one
out  in the fifth  inning. The right-handed pitcher is 1-0 with a 2.60 ERA and
has 18 strikeouts in three starts this season.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel has decided to enter the NBA Draft. Noel's only
season  at Kentucky was  cut short in February by a torn ACL in his left knee.
He  averaged 10.5 points  in 24 games and led the SEC in rebounding at 9.5 per
game  while  leading the  nation in  blocked shots  at 4.4  per outing. The 6-
foot-10 forward/center is considered one of the top prospects and could be the
No. 1 overall pick in June's draft.

Georgetown  sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. announced on Monday that he will
enter  this year's NBA draft and will forego his  final two seasons of college
eligibility.  A first-team All-American,  Porter averaged 16.2 points  and 7.5
rebounds, and was named the Big East Player of the Year. He also led the Hoyas
in steals (1.8) and was third in assists (2.7).

WNBA

The Phoenix Mercury selected Brittney Griner  with the top overall pick in the
2013  WNBA  Draft on Monday. Griner,  a center from Baylor University, led the
Bears  to their  second national title in  2012 with a perfect 40-0 record and
finished  her illustrious career with an NCAA record 736 blocked shots in both
men's and women's college basketball. The 6-foot-8 Griner ranks second in NCAA
women's  basketball with 3,283 career points and is a two-time national player
of  the  year and three-time  consensus All-America selection. With the second
pick  in  the draft, the  Chicago Sky  selected University of Delaware forward
Elena  Delle  Donne. The Tulsa Shock  selected Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins
with the third overall pick.

 

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