WASHINGTON (AP) — Albert Pujols smiled as he explained why he felt the need to apologize to his wife for hitting homer No. 500 so quickly after No. 499.
CHICAGO (AP) — This one looked like it was slipping away from the Washington Wizards. Then, in a flash everything changed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After Patrick Marleau's fourth career playoff overtime goal silenced Staples Center for maybe the next-to-last time this season, the veteran San Jose Sharks forward attributed his knack for postseason heroics to one simple trait.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Pacers got tired of talking trash.
TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan put his playoff jitters aside and turned in an All-Star performance for the Toronto Raptors.
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the deaths of 16 of their colleagues in an avalanche exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — While his teammates mobbed him after a late goal, Dan Carcillo trash-talked with Flyers fans through the glass before hitting the bench for a celebration.
DETROIT (AP) — The Boston Bruins took full advantage of Detroit's mistakes, and their stellar goaltender's flawless performance.
MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens swept their way into the second round of the NHL playoffs, and now look forward to some rest.
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Bradley Beal scored a game-high 26 points to spark Washington over Chicago 101-99 in overtime, giving the Wizards their best NBA playoff start in 32 years. Brazilian forward Nene scored 17 points Tuesday and John Wall added 16 as the Wizards seized a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series with games three and four Friday and Sunday in Washington. It's the first time
By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - The Toronto Raptors have promoted their return to the NBA postseason after a six-year absence as a 'Northern Uprising' and on Tuesday they backed up the marketing campaign with a 100-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets. The victory was the Raptors' first in the post-season since 2008 and sends the best-of-seven Eastern conference first round series back to Brooklyn
(Reuters) - Albert Pujols belted two homers to reach the 500 home run milestone as he powered the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-2 win over Washington at Nationals Park on Tuesday. Pujols drilled a three-run shot over the fence in the first inning for his 499th then added the landmark blast on a two-run drive in the fifth. He became the 26th player in Major League history to reach the milestone and t
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was a winner in his first Major League Baseball game against the archrival Boston Red Sox, striking out seven in 9-3 victory. Tanaka surrendered his only runs on back-to-back home runs by David Ortiz and Mike Napoli in the fourth inning Tuesday and improved to 3-0 in the young season with his first triumph at historic Fenway Park. Jacoby Ellsbury, who hel
By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - A University of New Mexico football player has been arrested on suspicion of raping and kidnapping a fellow student, officials said on Tuesday. Crusoe Gongbay, 20, surrendered to university police on Monday and faces two counts of second-degree criminal sexual penetration and one count of kidnapping. He is being held on $50,000 bond, Lieutena
Major League Baseball issued suspensions Tuesday to two players each from the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers after their benches-clearing brawl during the third innings of a game last Sunday. Brewers reserve catcher Martin Maldonado was handed the worst penalty, a five-game ban, after knocking Pittsburgh outfielder Travis Snider with a right cross to the face during the melee. Snider w
Gregg Popovich, who guided the San Antonio Spurs to the league's best record this season, was named Tuesday as the NBA Coach of the Year for the third time in his career. The Spurs, sparked by big man Tim Duncan and backcourt stars Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, finished with a 62-20 regular-season mark to claim a home-court edge throughout the NBA playoffs. Jeff Hornacek of Phoenix was second w
(Reuters) - Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs was voted NBA Coach of the Year, becoming the third three-time winner of the award, the National Basketball Association announced on Tuesday. Popovich's Spurs posted the NBA's best record at 62-20 to secure homecourt advantage through the postseason as he claimed the coaching honor for the second time in three seasons and joined Don Nelson and
April 22 (Reuters) - European Ryder Cup points table on Tuesday: World points list 1. Sergio Garcia (Spain) 203.86 2. Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) 157.41 3. Luke Donald (England) 130.28 4. Ian Poulter (England) 122.96 5. Justin Rose (England) 102.97 European points list 1. Victor Dubuisson (France) 2,297,434 2. Jamie Donaldson (Wales) 2,165,473 3. Thomas Bjorn (Denmark) 1,932,606 4. ...
April 22 (Reuters) - PGA Tour 2014 FedExCup points table onTuesday (U.S. unless stated): 1. Jimmy Walker 2,046 points 2. Bubba Watson 1,840 3. Matt Kuchar 1,436 4. Patrick Reed 1,364 5. Dustin Johnson 1,334 6. Harris English 1,290 7. Jordan Spieth 1,173 8. Chris Kirk 1,152 9. Matt Every 1,051 10. Zach Johnson 1,040 11. Webb Simpson 971 12. Kevin Stadler 936 13. Ryan Moore 902 14. Will MacKenzie 88
LONDON, April 22 (Reuters) - Peter Dawson will retire next year as chief executive of the Royal and Ancient (R&A), the body which governs golf outside the United States said on Tuesday. Dawson, who has led the R&A for 16 years, will step down in September 2015 and also relinquish the role of secretary of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, a members club whose headquarters overlook the
Oklahoma City (AFP) - Zach Randolph scored eight of his 25 points in overtime to spark the Memphis Grizzlies over Oklahoma City 111-105, equalizing their NBA playoff series at one win each.
Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri was fined $25,000 by the NBA for using obscene language in public before a playoff game against Brooklyn, league commissioner Adam Silver said. Ujiri apologized for his pre-game profanity to Toronto fans outside the Air Canada Centre, where the visiting Nets beat the Raptors 94-87 in the opener of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round seri
(Reuters) - Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was named the National Basketball Association's defensive player of the year on Monday, the first player from the franchise to earn the award since Michael Jordan in 1988. Noah, whose father Yannick won the 1983 French Open tennis championship, was the centerpiece of a Chicago defense which held opponents to a league-low 91.8 points per game during th
As young Cuban slugger Yasiel Puig is earning millions on the baseball field with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a bizarre story of how the talented player escaped from the Communist-ruled island country is unfolding in U.S. court documents. Puig ran a gauntlet of fast boats, Mexican drug smugglers and even death threats in his 2012 flight from Cuba, according to a $12 million lawsuit filed by a man w
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, the mainstay of a team that kept foes to a league-low 91.8 points a game, was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year on Monday. The son of French tennis legend Yannick Noah and former Miss Sweden Cecilia Rodhe averaged 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.5 blocked shots and 1.2 steals a game for the Bulls this season. Noah, 29, became the first Bulls player to win
(Reuters) - The Utah Jazz are beginning a search for a new head coach after deciding not to offer Tyrone Corbin a new contract, the NBA team said on Monday following a last-place finish in the Western Conference. "This has not been an easy decision, but after a thorough review process, we as an organization feel that this is the best decision for our franchise moving forward." Corbin took over a
(Reuters) - Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman announced his retirement from coaching in the NBA on Monday after 23 seasons in the league calling the shots for five different teams. Adelman, who ranks eighth in wins on the National Basketball Association all-time list and twice took teams to the NBA Finals, will remain with the Wolves as a consultant. "I think it's time for me to ste
The New York Knicks fired head coach Mike Woodson on Monday as new president Phil Jackson made the first big move to put his stamp on the National Basketball Association team. Jackson, hired last month to turn around the struggling franchise, said in a statement that the entire coaching staff had been relieved of their duties. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entir
The New York Knicks on Monday fired head coach Mike Woodson after the team missed the NBA playoffs, team president Phil Jackson said. The Knicks went 109-79 in three seasons under Woodson, twice making the playoffs before slumping to 37-45 this season. Jackson, who has coached a record 11 NBA championship teams, was brought in by owners last month to start to rebuild the Knicks. "I have a tremen