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Thomas scores 53, Celtics beat Wizards in OT

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Isaiah Thomas had 33 points and nine assists, and the Boston Celtics made 19 3-pointers to beat the Washington Wizards 123-111 Sunday and take a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup. He not only guts it out, he ends up with 50". Celtics outscored Washington 36-16 in the third quarter, in which they seized their first lead at 73-71 and stretched it to 95-80 entering the fourth. Read More »

The 3 plays in sports everybody will be talking about today

Leonard rolled his ankle at the 5:42 mark of the fourth quarter when he stepped on James Harden's foot while planting to run up-court. Ginoboli was the star of the night and his fellow National Basketball Association players who watched the game cheered for him from afar during the last minutes of the game. Read More »

Spurs keep finding ways to win no matter who is playing

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Leonard had 22 points and 15 rebounds in 38 minutes before leaving the game with an injured right ankle. This is Popovich adapting to personnel, not forcing players to fit his system. Kawhi Leonard is questionable or probable for Game 6 depending on what website you look at. It was probably the most fun I've ever had watching basketball, and that's coming from a guy who had no fewer than seven Yao Ming posters on display in 2007. Read More »

Penguins just now finding their groove going into East final

The T-shirt, purchased at the long-since demolished Capital Centre, remains in impeccable condition. All-day rain was in the forecast as the faithful woke up to face the hangover of playoff losses by the Capitals and Wizards. The Flyers accumulated 96 points in the regular season, three more than Detroit. The win tied the series. Getzlaf ended a monster series without a point on his 32nd birthday, but he contributed to a stellar defensive effort against National Hockey League scoring ... Read More »

Arsenal kept alive their hopes of a top-four Premier League

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On the face of it, that should be the bare minimum for a club of Arsenal's stature, but it is all about timing and perception and Wenger knows that better than most. A strong performance today. But let's not go too quickly to conclusions. But it is too early to say whether the England global will be back in time for the FA Cup final against Chelsea on May 27. Read More »

Spurs beat Arsenal for 1st finish above neighbor in 22 years

The one certainty under Wenger has been Champions League qualification. Tottenham has only played in the Champions League twice, including a feeble group-stage exit this season. While Arsenal fans are vexed that they haven't won the Premier League since 2004 - the third success under Wenger - Tottenham's title drought goes back to 1961. Read More »

No suspension warranted after Crosby's concussion

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Once again, the Capitals are facing elimination heading into game 5 which takes place on Saturday Night in Washington. With Murray injured in Game 1 of the first round, Fleury has come in and played as well as anyone could expect. If Sidney Crosby felt like he was good to skate, he's free to exercise that choice. But the way things worked out, it...nearly seemed like karma? "Sid skated this morning". Read More »

Rockies hold on to top Dodgers

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The Colorado Rockies are a solid 16-4 this season when scoring more than three runs. Hoffman became the third Rockies rookie starter to win a game in impressive fashion this week. In a five-run second, Carlos Gonzalez , finally showing signs of busting out of his early-season funk, ripped a two-run double to right. The slumping Gonzalez retreated to the batting cage after going 0 for 4 on Wednesday, believing he had uncovered a tiny glitch in his swing. Read More »

DeRozan scores 37 points, but Raptors fall to 3-0 against Cleveland

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However, after getting completely shut down in Game 2 , his backcourt partner DeMar DeRozan re-emerged by scoring 21 points during the first two quarters and finishing with 37 points. He might have been Toronto's bright spot in Game 2 with 22 points in 25 minutes, and he'll have to play a big role in Game 3 if the Raptors are going to make this a series. Read More »

James Harden's triple-double isn't enough in Game 5 loss

He played half of the fourth quarter but did not take the court for overtime. The Spurs already were without Tony Parker , who will miss the rest of the playoffs after surgery to fix a ruptured left quadriceps tendon. "I was trying to keep them in front of me", Harden said. "No matter what it was, we just didn't have it tonight". The Ottawa Senators eliminated the New York Rangers and advanced to the Eastern Conference final with a 4-2 win in Game 6 . Read More »

Juve's Higuain: Alves assist was 'beautiful'

Coach Massimiliano Allegri said his side will need "two great performances" to reach the final, while Monaco boss Jardim said Juve's "winning culture" made them tough opposition. Even Cristiano Ronaldo might not be able to breach this most resolute rearguard. While Buffon marshalled a mean back-line comprising Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini , natural full-back Dani Alves was pushed forward and duly delivered the two assists for Higuain's goals. Read More »

Wizards use 26-0 run to rout Celtics, tie series

Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site. The Wizards and Celtics were tied coming out of halftime and Washington quickly found themselves down five points after Amir Johnson hit two free throws and a 3-pointer. At this stage, we hold these truths to be self-evident: the Celtics have better coaching, more structure. He's one of the best defenders in the league. Read More »

Upton, Fulmer lead Tigers to rare win at Angels, 7-1

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The center fielder was a late scratch for a home game against the Astros. His two walks and one hit batter all came with two outs and nobody on, preventing him from going deeper in the game. "We need to keep him loose between at-bats. This way he doesn't have to expand his trying to run balls down gap to gap". Ramirez retired 10 straight Tigers and allowed just one runner past first base in his final five innings. Read More »

Penguins skate by Caps in Game One

Like in Game 1, Washington was the more aggressive team from the start but struggled to turn that into goals. The teams traded power play goals in the middle frame. "Bones is a guy that's a high-stakes player", coach Mike Sullivan said. Sullivan called Fleury the Penguins' best player, and even with Crosby's four points through two games he's not wrong. Read More »

Mets' Harvey returns from suspension, apologizes

Mets: RHP Matt Harvey (2-2, 5.14 ERA) pitches Friday in Milwaukee, his first start since serving a three-day suspension imposed by the team for skipping Saturday's game against Miami following a late night on the town. The Amazins hurler reportedly blew off a mandatory team workout after calling it quits with Polish gal pal Cywinska in 2015 - although their eight-month relationship lasted longer than most of Harvey's trysts. Read More »

Jose Mourinho labeled a conman in the Times

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Arsenal fans sang about winning the league in Manchester 15 years ago but, for the first time in 20 years, they'll likely have to consider a season without Champions League football and their annual round-of-16 elimination. "I don't ever see United playing the way certain supporters want (with wingers providing width)", former Arsenal and England defender Nigel Winterburn told Sky Sports . Read More »

Cozart's clutch hit helps Reds top Giants, 3-2

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The Reds pounced on Hunter Strickland (L, 0-1, 1.50 ERA) in the eighth. The Giants are now 12-24 this season. Left-hander Wandy Peralta (2-0), the third Reds pitcher, held the Giants scoreless in the eighth before closer Raisel Iglesias stranded the potential tying run at third base in the ninth for his seventh save. Read More »

Ducks beat Oilers to reach NHL West finals

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Connor McDavid, for instance, said it would take some time to get over the loss, while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins called it frustrating to be so close only to watch the series slip away. When he didn't produce, a number of important role players filled in admirably. "But I think there are a lot of positives we can take from this year". Read More »

Sleepwalking on defense puts Wizards on brink of elimination vs. Celtics

The Boston Celtics continued their home court mastery over Washington, taking charge early and going on to beat the Wizards 123-101 Wednesday to grab a 3-2 lead in the second round series. The Celtics got on an early 16-0 run and never looked back. "We had no answers for those guys". The Celtics did everything they didn't do in Washington. Read More »

Rangers make three transfer bids, Caixinha asks board for 12 new players

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You have to find money to pay these guys off. He said: "Celtic are so far ahead it's incredible and Saturday's game perfectly portrayed the vast difference between the sides". Ex-Ibrox midfielder Alex Rae, who was interviewed for the assistant coach position before Rangers opted for Jonatan Johansson, believes Mark Warburton and former chief scout Frank McParland have left Caixinha with a squad lacking the strength and ability to succeed. Read More »

West Ham's Antonio signs new four-year contract

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West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate has dedicated last Friday's 1-0 victory over Tottenham to Slaven Bilic, insisting the players have the backing of the manager. "He's a lovely man and thanks very much". One striker West Ham attempted to sign last summer was Michy Batshuayi, but Chelsea ended up outbidding them to sign the Belgian from Marseille, after hitting 23 goals in 50 games last season. Read More »