National Basketball Association Playoffs
Andre Iguodala tallied 25 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in the Denver
Nuggets' 107-100 wire-to-wire win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of
their Western Conference first-round series.
Elsewhere in the NBA playoffs:
Western Conference Quarterfinals (Best-of-seven)
Memphis Grizzlies 103, Los Angeles Clippers 93 (Grizzlies lead, 3-2)
National Hockey League Playoffs
Alexander Steen scored twice, including the game-winner with 6:34 left in
overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 victory over the defending
champion Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal
series from Scottrade Center.
Elsewhere in the NHL Playoffs:
Western Conference Quarterfinals (Best-of-seven)
Chicago Blackhawks 2, Minnesota Wild 1 (OT) (Blackhawks lead, 1-0)
Anaheim Ducks 3, Detroit Red Wings 1 (Ducks lead, 1-0)
Major League Baseball
Travis Hafner went 3-for-4 with three RBI, Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven
scoreless innings and the New York Yankees downed the Houston Astros, 7-4, in
the middle portion of a three-game series.
Elsewhere in the AL:
Toronto Blue Jays 9, Boston Red Sox 7
Detroit Tigers 6, Minnesota Twins 1
Texas Rangers 10, Chicago White Sox 6
Kansas City Royals 8, Tampa Bay Rays 2
Oakland Athletics 10, LA Angels of Anaheim 6
Baltimore Orioles 7, Seattle Mariners 2
Pablo Sandoval hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth and the San Francisco
Giants edged the Arizona Diamondbacks, 2-1, in the middle portion of a three-
game series. Angel Pagan singled to lead off the inning and stole second base.
With J.J. Putz (2-1) pitching with one out, Sandoval knocked the ball deep
over the right field wall to put the Giants on top. Putz absorbed the loss and
dealt with his fourth blown save of the season.
Elsewhere in the NL:
Atlanta Braves 8, Washington Nationals 1
Miami Marlins 2, New York Mets 1
San Diego Padres 13, Chicago Cubs 7
Milwaukee Brewers 12, Pittsburgh Pirates 8
St. Louis Cardinals 2, Cincinnati Reds 1
Los Angeles Dodgers 6, Colorado Rockies 2
Cleveland Indians 14, Philadelphia Phillies 2
The NHL playoffs got underway Tuesday with a trio of games in the Western
Conference. Bryan Bickell's overtime tally lifted the Presidents' Trophy-
winning Chicago Blackhawks over the Minnesota Wild in the opener, while in St.
Louis, Alexander Steen scored twice, including a short-handed marker in the
extra session to boost the Blues over the defending champion Los Angeles
Kings. In the nightcap, Teemu Selanne scored the game-winner early in the
third period to lift the Pacific Division champion Anaheim Ducks over the
Detroit Red Wings.
The chase for the Stanley Cup continues Wednesday with a trio of tilts,
including two from the Eastern Conference. A pair of Original Six teams square
off in the opener, as the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Boston Bruins at TD
Garden. The top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins host the New York Islanders in the
second game, while the nightcap comes from the Western Conference, as the
Northwest Division champion Vancouver Canucks welcome the San Jose Sharks to
Tuesday's NBA playoff schedule featured a pair of Game 5s from the Western
Conference. Down 3-1 in the series, the Denver Nuggets forced a Game 6 with a
hard-fought win over the Golden State Warriors. In the nightcap, Zach Randolph
and Marc Gasol guided the Memphis Grizzlies past the Los Angeles Clippers to
take a 3-2 lead in the series.
A trio of Game 5s are on tap for Wednesday's NBA playoff slate, including a
pair from the Eastern Conference. The Boston Celtics will look to stave off
elimination again after avoiding a sweep in Game 4 when they visit the New
York Knicks. Also in the East, the Atlanta Hawks will try to earn their third
straight victory and take a 3-2 series lead as they take on the Pacers in
Indiana. The nightcap comes from the Western Conference, as Oklahoma City will
take its second shot at closing out the Rockets after Houston held off the
Thunder in a Game 4 victory.
The New York Yankees have placed infielder Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day
disabled list with a lumbar spine sprain. Youkilis had missed six games last
week battling the injury, but did play on Saturday, before sitting out on
Sunday and Monday. An MRI on Monday came back negative, but Youkilis is
scheduled to receive an epidural injection of a pain killer on Tuesday.
Over 17 games this season, Youkilis is batting .266 with two home runs and
Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has been placed on the 15-day
disabled list because of a strained right hamstring. Stanton was hurt during
the 10th inning of Monday's game against the Mets while trying to beat out a
tapper in front of the plate. He pulled up after he crossed first base and
fell to the ground in pain before walking off under his own power. Stanton,
who also missed about a week with a shoulder issue earlier this season, is
batting .227 over 20 games with three homers and nine runs batted in.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended without
pay for the team's first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating
the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Blackmon caught 64 passes
for 865 yards and five touchdowns during his rookie season in 2012. The 23-
year-old Blackmon will be eligible to return to the Jaguars' active roster on
September 30 following the team's September 29 game against the Indianapolis
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced on Tuesday that the tour has
dropped its case against Vijay Singh, meaning the player will not be
suspended. Singh had admitted to using deer antler spray in a "Sports
Illustrated" story in January. Deer antler spray is known to contain IGF-1, a
growth factor listed on both the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and PGA Tour
Prohibitive Lists, which the tour warned players about in August 2011. The PGA
Tour had issued a sanction against Singh, and he later appealed the sanction.
Denny Hamlin revealed on his Twitter account Tuesday that he has been
medically cleared to at least start Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at
Talladega Superspeedway. Hamlin has missed the last four Sprint Cup races --
Martinsville, Texas, Kansas and Richmond -- due to a compression fracture in
his lower back, an injury he sustained during an accident on the final lap of
the March 24 event in California. He will be able to start the race, thereby
receiving the full points based on where the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing car
finishes, but will be replaced by a yet to be determined driver some time
during the race. He has dropped from 10th to 28th in the point standings.