Sunday's Results

National Basketball Association Playoffs

The  San Antonio Spurs ended  the Los Angeles Lakers'  drama-filled season  in
sweeping  fashion. Tony  Parker  had 23  points and  the  Spurs dominated  the
Lakers,  103-82,  on Sunday  to  sweep  their first-round  Western  Conference
playoff series.

Elsewhere in the NBA playoffs:

Western Conference Quarterfinals (Best-of-seven)

Golden State Warriors 115, Denver Nuggets 101 (Warriors lead, 3-1)

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (Best-of-seven)

Boston Celtics 97, New York Knicks 90 (OT) (Knicks lead, 3-1)
Miami Heat 88, Milwaukee Bucks 77 (Heat win, 4-0)

Major League Baseball

National League

Carl  Crawford hit  two home runs and Clayton Kershaw pitched eight innings of
scoreless  baseball, as the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the Milwaukee Brewers,
2-0, in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Elsewhere in the NL:

Miami Marlins 6, Chicago Cubs 4
Philadelphia Phillies 5, New York Mets 1
Cincinnati Reds 5, Washington Nationals 2
Pittsburgh Pirates 9, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Arizona Diamondbacks 4, Colorado Rockies 2
San Diego Padres 6, San Francisco Giants 4

American League

Lyle  Overbay  belted a go-ahead two-run  homer in the seventh inning, lifting
the  New York  Yankees to a 3-2 win  over the Toronto Blue Jays and a sweep of
the four-game series at Yankee Stadium.

Elsewhere in the AL:

Boston Red Sox 6, Houston Astros 1
Tampa Bay Rays 8, Chicago White Sox 3
Kansas City Royals 9, Cleveland Indians 0 (Game 1)
Cleveland Indians 10, Kansas City Royals 3 (Game 2)
Minnesota Twins 5, Texas Rangers 0
Oakland Athletics 9, Baltimore Orioles 8 (10 innings)
Seattle Mariners 2, LA Angels of Anaheim 1


Detroit Tigers 8, Atlanta Braves 3

National Hockey League

Jean-Gabriel  Pageau  scored the game-winning goal  with 3:34 left to lead the
Ottawa  Senators past the Boston Bruins, 4-2, in the regular-season finale for
both  teams. With the win, the Senators secured the seventh seed and the right
to  face the No. 2 Montreal Canadiens in the quarterfinal round of the Eastern
Conference  playoffs. Erik Condra, Jared Cowen and Kyle Turris also scored for
Ottawa,  which finished the season with a 25-17-6 record. Robin Lehner made 34
saves  in  the win. Rich Peverley  and Dennis Seidenberg scored for the Bruins
(28-14-6),  who dropped to fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Boston will
meet  the  fifth-seeded Toronto  Maple  Leafs  in  the  opening round  of  the
playoffs. Tuukka Rask made 18 saves in the setback.


A quartet of Game 4s were on Sunday's NBA playoff schedule.

After  being pushed around  by the New York Knicks in the first three games of
their  Eastern Conference  quarterfinal series, the Boston Celtics showed some
fight.  Jason  Terry scored Boston's  final nine points of overtime, beginning
with  a tie-breaking  3-pointer with  1:32 left,  and the  Celtics staved  off
elimination  with  a hard-earned  97-90 Game  4 decision over  the Knicks at a
raucous TD Garden.

The  Heat recorded their first series sweep in the playoffs since LeBron James
and  Chris Bosh  joined Dwyane Wade in  Miami. But the Heat didn't need Wade's
services  in Game  4 of  their first-round  Eastern Conference  playoff series
against the Milwaukee Bucks. James led the way with 30 points, eight rebounds,
seven  assists and  three steals as Miami  took down the Bucks, 88-77, to post
the franchise's fourth postseason series sweep.

In  the West, the San Antonio Spurs ended the Los Angeles Lakers' drama-filled
season  in sweeping fashion. Tony Parker had 23 points and the Spurs dominated
the  Lakers, 103-82,  on Sunday to sweep their first-round playoff series. The
Lakers  had never  been  swept  in a  first-round  series  since the  playoffs
expanded  to  16 teams during  the 1983-84 season.  Los Angeles was swept just
once previously in an opening-round playoff series in franchise history (1967,
0-3 to San Francisco).

Stephen  Curry's sore  left ankle didn't seem to affect his shooting on Sunday
night.  The  Golden State sharp-shooter  scorched the  nets for a game-high 31
points,  including  22 in the  third quarter, as  the Warriors surged past the
Denver Nuggets, 115-101, to grab a 3-1 series lead in their Western Conference
quarterfinal matchup at Oracle Arena. Curry went just 1-for-3 for seven points
in  the  first half,  but finished 10-for-16  from the floor  to go with seven
assists  in helping the Warriors earn their third straight victory.  Ty Lawson
led  the Nuggets  with 26 points and  six assists  and Andre Iguodala added 19
points and eight rebounds,  but it wasn't enough  to keep Denver  from finding
itself in a do-or-die situation on Tuesday in Game 5 at the Pepsi Center.

The  NBA playoffs continue  Monday with a trio of tilts, including a pair from
the Eastern Conference. The Chicago Bulls hold a 3-1 series lead over Brooklyn
and will look to close out the series on the road after outlasting the Nets in
a  three-overtime thriller in Game 4. Also in the East, the Hawks will attempt
to  earn  their second straight victory  and even their series against Indiana
after  routing the Pacers in Atlanta in Game 3. In the lone Western Conference
matchup, the Oklahoma City Thunder will try to complete a sweep of the Houston
Rockets,  thanks in  large  part  to Kevin  Durant's  41-point  effort in  the
Thunder's Game 3 victory.


The  NHL playoff schedule was released on Sunday and the chase for the Stanley
Cup  begins  on Tuesday with  three games.  The defending champion Los Angeles
Kings finished fifth in the Western Conference rather than eighth, as they did
last  season,  and will take on  the fourth-seeded St. Louis Blues starting on
Tuesday  at  8 p.m. ET. The  top-seeded  Chicago Blackhawks,  who captured the
Presidents'  Trophy  with  77  points,  will open  the  playoffs  against  the
Minnesota  Wild on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Detroit earned the No. 7 seed in the West
and  will open against  the second-seeded  Anaheim Ducks,  who won the Pacific
Division  title,  on Tuesday at 10:30  p.m. The Eastern Conference doesn't get
started until Wednesday, with Boston and Toronto squaring off at 7 p.m. before
top-seeded Pittsburgh hosts the New York Islanders at 7:30 p.m.

The  Colorado  Avalanche missed  the playoffs for  a third consecutive season,
leading  to  the dismissal  of head  coach Joe Sacco  on Sunday. The Avalanche
finished  the truncated  campaign  at  the bottom  of  the Western  Conference
standings  with  a 16-25-7  record. Only  the Florida  Panthers (36) had fewer
points  then  Colorado's 39.  Sacco spent  four years at  the helm in Colorado
and finished  with  a record of 130-134-30,  including a playoff appearance in
his first season.

Dallas missed  the playoffs for a fifth straight season  and began a potential
housecleaning Sunday  with the dismissal of general manager Joe Nieuwendyk.  A
star  of  Dallas'  Stanley Cup  championship  team  in  the  spring  of  1999,
Nieuwendyk  just  completed  his fourth season  as the  club's GM.  The  Stars
finished  the shortened campaign at 22-22-4, losing their last five games. The
team  already has  a new general manager  in place and will introduce him at a
Monday news conference. Reports indicated that Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill
is the choice.


Rafael  Nadal continued his dominance at the Barcelona Open, winning the title
for  the eighth  time with a straight-set victory over fellow Spaniard Nicolas
Almagro  in Sunday's final. Nadal, whose eight-year reign at Monte Carlo ended
last Sunday with a loss to Novak Djokovic in the final, claimed a 6-4, 6-3 win
this Sunday for his fourth title of 2013. He improved to 10-0 all-time against
Almagro  and has never  lost to a Spaniard opponent in an ATP World Tour title
match in 13 tries.


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