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Sunday's Results

National Basketball Association Playoffs
With the Los Angeles Lakers saddled without their top player,  the San Antonio
Spurs  drew first blood  in their  opening-round  playoff series  with vintage
performances from  their three best. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili
combined for 53 points and the Spurs pulled away in the second half to  record
a 91-79  victory over  the Lakers in  Game 1  of a marquee  Western Conference
quarterfinal matchup  from the AT&T Center.  Duncan notched  his 139th  career
playoff  double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds,  with Parker  adding 18
points  and  eight  assists  while  coming up  with  three  steals.  Ginobili,
sidelined  by a  strained hamstring  down the stretch  of the  regular season,
showed  little  discomfort  in  putting  up  18 points  off  the  bench  while
connecting on 3-of-5 shots from 3-point range.

Elsewhere in the NBA playoffs:

Western Conference Quarterfinals (Best-of-seven)
Oklahoma City Thunder 120, Houston Rockets 91 (Thunder lead, 1-0)

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (Best-of-seven)
Indiana Pacers 107, Atlanta Hawks 90 (Pacers lead, 1-0)
Miami Heat 110, Milwaukee Bucks 87 (Heat lead, 1-0)

National Hockey League
Ryan  Johansen's goal late in regulation lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets over
San  Jose,  4-3, at HP Pavilion.  Mark Letestu tallied twice and Vinny Prospal
once  for  the Blue Jackets,  who pulled  into a tie  for seventh place in the
Western  Conference  alongside Minnesota. The  Wild lost to Calgary earlier on
Sunday. Sergei Bobrovsky remained strong in net, stopping 32 pucks.

Elsewhere in the NHL:
Boston Bruins 3, Florida Panthers 0
New York Rangers 4, New Jersey Devils 1
Carolina Hurricanes 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 2
Calgary Flames 4, Minnesota Wild 1
Colorado Avalanche 5, St. Louis Bruins 3
Anaheim Ducks 3, Edmonton Oilers 1
Los Angeles Kings 4, Dallas Stars 3 (OT)

Major League Baseball

National League
Ben  Revere  hit the go-ahead single  and Erik Kratz provided insurance with a
three-run  homer as  part  of a  four-run eighth  inning  in the  Philadelphia
Phillies'  7-3 win  over the St. Louis  Cardinals in the finale of a four-game

Elsewhere in the NL:
Cincinnati Reds 10, Miami Marlins 6
New York Mets 2, Washington Nationals 0
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Atlanta Braves 2
Milwaukee Brewers 4, Chicago Cubs 2
San Francisco Giants 5, San Diego Padres 0
Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Colorado Rockies 4

American League
Mark  Trumbo hit a  leadoff home run in the bottom of the 13th inning, and the
Los  Angeles  Angels of  Anaheim completed  a three-game  sweep of the Detroit
Tigers with a 4-3 victory on Sunday. Trumbo sent a 3-1 offering from Phil Coke
(0-2) over the left-field wall, lifting the Angels to their fifth straight win
at home.

Elsewhere in the AL:
Toronto Blue Jays 8, New York Yankees 4
Kansas City Royals 4, Boston Red Sox 2 (Game 1)
Kansas City Royals 5, Boston Red Sox 4 (Game 2 - 10 innings)
Tampa Bay Rays 8, Oakland Athletics 1
Minnesota Twins 5, Chicago White Sox 3
Cleveland Indians 5, Houston Astros 4
Texas Rangers 11, Seattle Mariners 3

Los Angeles Dodgers 7, Baltimore Orioles 4

=== As of 7:45 a.m. (et) ===

=== NFL ===

The  Tampa Bay Buccaneers have acquired cornerback Darrelle Revis from the New
York  Jets. The  Buccaneers will  send  their first-round  pick in  Thursday's
draft,  the  13th overall selection,  and their  fourth-round pick in 2014 for
Revis,  who also agreed to a new contract. The fourth-round choice will become
a  third-round  pick if Revis is  on the Bucs' roster  on the third day of the
2014 league year. Revis is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his
left knee, an injury he suffered in Week 3 last season against Miami. The Jets
granted  the Bucs permission  to give Revis a physical on Sunday. The Bucs and
Revis then agreed to a six-year contract, reportedly worth $96 million.

=== NBA ===

It was a quartet of routs on the second day of the NBA playoffs Sunday.


Fueled  by a triple-double from Paul George, the Indiana Pacers took the early
upper  hand  in their Eastern  Conference quarterfinal series with the Atlanta
Hawks  by  coming through  with a  107-90 victory  at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
George  amassed 23  points, 12 assists and  11 rebounds to lead Indiana to its
first  Game  1 triumph  in a  playoff set  since 2006.  The Pacers' four other
starters  also scored  in double  figures,  with George  Hill contributing  18
points and Roy Hibbert 16 to the near wire-to-wire win.


With  the Los Angeles Lakers saddled without their top player, the San Antonio
Spurs  drew first  blood in  their opening-round  playoff series  with vintage
performances  from their three best. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili
combined  for 53 points and the Spurs pulled away in the second half to record
a  91-79  victory over  the Lakers in  Game 1 of  a marquee Western Conference
quarterfinal matchup from the AT&T Center.


No  team has ever headed into the NBA playoffs on a bigger roll than the Miami
Heat.  On paper,  the defending champs are expected to wash away the Milwaukee
Bucks.  The Heat  looked like  every bit  the part  of the  favorite in  their
postseason  opener. LeBron  James had 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists
in  Miami's wire-to-wire 110-87 rout of  the Bucks  in Game 1  of this Eastern
Conference first-round series.


It  was one  of those  nights  where everyone  seemed  to be  making shots  in
Oklahoma  City.  Even a fan  nailed one from  half-court that won him $20,000.
Kevin Durant had 24 points, six rebounds and four assists in the Oklahoma City
Thunder's  120-91 wire-to-wire  rout  of  the Houston  Rockets  in  Game 1  of
this  Western  Conference first-round  series.  Russell  Westbrook tallied  19
points,  10  assists and eight  boards, while Serge  Ibaka added 17 points and
seven  rebounds for  the Thunder,  whose 29-point  margin of  victory was  the
largest  in  the postseason since moving  from Seattle. OKC shot a sizzling 53
percent (44-of-83) from the floor.


Two more playoff tilts are on tap Monday. The Chicago Bulls will try to avenge
a Game 1 playoff thrashing  at the hands  of the Brooklyn Nets  in the opener,
while the  Los Angeles Clippers will  try to take a 2-0 lead  in their Western
Conference series against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center.


The  Golden State Warriors were dealt a huge blow to their playoff aspirations
on Sunday when an MRI exam revealed that forward David Lee will not play again
this  season because  of a torn right hip flexor. Lee was originally diagnosed
with  a hip flexor  strain that caused him to exit the Warriors' 97-95 loss to
the   Denver  Nuggets  in  Saturday's  Game  1  of  their  Western  Conference
quarterfinal series early in the fourth quarter. The 29-year-old was fouled by
Denver's  JaVale McGee less than 30 seconds into the fourth quarter and landed
hard  on  his right  hip. He  remained in  the game  and split  a pair of free
throws,  but clutched  at his  hip  after hitting  the  second and  had to  be
escorted  to the bench before heading to the locker room. Over 79 games during
the  regular  season, Lee averaged 18.5  points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists
and was rewarded with a spot on the Western Conference's All-Star team.

=== BASEBALL ===

The  Los  Angeles Dodgers have  placed pitcher  Chad Billingsley on the 15-day
disabled  list  because of right elbow  pain. The move is retroactive to April
16,  the  day after Billingsley's  last start.  Billingsley, who was slated to
start  Sunday  against Baltimore, is  1-0 with a 3.00  ERA in two outings this
season. The Dodgers recalled pitcher Stephen Fife from Triple-A Albuquerque to
make  the  start Sunday. Fife was  0-2 with a 2.70  ERA in five starts for the
Dodgers last year.


The  Colorado Rockies  placed starting  pitcher Jhoulys  Chacin on  the 15-day
disabled  list Sunday.  Chacin has  a lower  back strain  and is  scheduled to
undergo  an MRI exam  on Monday. The 25-year-old was off to an excellent start
this  season, accumulating a  3-0 record with a 1.46 ERA in four starts. He is
eligible to come of the disabled list on May 5.

=== TENNIS ===

Rafael  Nadal's  luck finally ran  out in Monte  Carlo. Novak Djokovic did the
unthinkable  on  Sunday and stopped Nadal's  run of eight straight Monte Carlo
Masters  titles with a  6-2, 7-6 (7-1) victory in the final of the prestigious
clay-court  tournament.  Nadal had won 46  straight matches on the red clay of
the  Monte  Carlo Country Club and  carried a 48-1  mark into the final of the
French  Open  tune-up. The only  player ever to  beat the Spanish superstar at
this  event prior to Sunday was Guillermo Coria in the third round of the 2003
tournament.  Djokovic had  twice been  a  Nadal victim  during his  eight-year
reign, falling to the clay-court king in the 2009 and 2012 finals.


Matt Kenseth won at Kansas Speedway for the second straight time after he held
off  a hard-charging  Kasey Kahne  in the  closing laps  of Sunday's  STP 400.
Kenseth, the pole sitter, led a race-high 163 laps, including 111 of the first
112  around this fast  1.5-mile racetrack. He beat Kahne to the finish line by
just  0.15 seconds for  his second victory of the season and the 26th of his
Sprint Cup career.  Current points leader Jimmie Johnson finished third, while
Michael Waltrip Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer rounded out
the top-five.


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04-22-2013 04:53:03


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