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Associated Press

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 18 at 8:35 AM


Playoffs start Saturday

UNDATED (AP) — The NBA playoffs will open Saturday with New York hosting Boston, and Chicago visiting Brooklyn. Defending champion and top-seeded Miami hosts Milwaukee on Sunday, and the Hawks visit the Indiana Pacers.

In the West, the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder play the Houston Rockets, San Antonio hosts the L.A. Lakers, Denver is home against Golden State and the L.A. Clippers have the home-court edge against Memphis.


Lakers earn seventh seed in playoffs...Curry sets 3-point record...Anthony takes scoring title

UNDATED (AP) — Zach Randolph had 25 points and 19 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies ended Utah's playoff hopes with an 86-70 victory over the Jazz. The Grizzlies' victory means the Los Angeles Lakers are assured of making the playoffs.

The Lakers moved up to the seventh seed in the West by outlasting Houston 99-95 in overtime behind Steve Blake's 24 points. Pau Gasol (pow gah-SOHL') had 17 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists.

In other NBA action on the final night of the regular season:

— Stephen (STEH'-fihn) Curry set an NBA single-season record for 3-pointers with 272 and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 99-88.

— Jamal Crawford scored 24 points, and the L.A. Clippers locked up home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, holding off the Sacramento Kings 112-108.

— The Denver Nuggets secured the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs by routing the Phoenix Suns 118-98 behind 21 points from Wilson Chandler and 20 from Andre Iguodala (ihg-woh-DAH'-lah).

— Chris Copeland scored 33 points on a night that belonged to the benches, and the New York Knicks wrapped up their winningest season in 16 years by beating the Hawks 98-92 for their 54th win. Carmelo Anthony sat out along with most starters from both teams.

— Rookie John Henson scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, Brandon Jennings had 17 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 95-89. Needing to score 70 points to surpass New York's Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant conceded the NBA scoring title and sat out the finale.

__ Dwyane (dawn) Wade scored 21 points and handed out 10 assists, Mike Miller added 21 points and the Miami Heat wrapped up the regular season with a 105-93 win over the Orlando Magic.

__ Carlos Boozer hit for 19 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in the Chicago Bulls' 95-92 win over Washington. Chicago clinched the fifth seed in the East.

__ Brook Lopez scored 20 points and reserve Andray Blatche added 15 as the playoff-bound Brooklyn Nets held off the Detroit Pistons 103-99

__ Kemba Walker had 24 points and seven assists, and the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-98.

— Darren Collison scored 25 points, Dirk Nowitzki (noh-VIHT'-skee) added 16 and the Dallas Mavericks finished their worst season in 13 years on a winning note, beating New Orleans 99-87. The Mavs finished 41-41, missing the playoffs.

__ Derrick Williams had 21 points to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Spurs 108-95 to end a 16-game losing streak at San Antonio.

__DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Rudy Gay had 19 points and nine rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors routed the Boston Celtics 114-90.

__ Dorell Wright scored 23 points and Evan Turner added 16 Wednesday night, leading Philadelphia to a 105-95 victory over short-handed Indiana in what was likely Doug Collins' final game as the 76ers coach. The Sixers have called a morning news conference today.


GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — New York Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace, who returned to the game at the start of the season after being retired for two years, has retired again.

Knicks head coach Mike Woodson says Wallace has continued to have pain in his surgically repaired left foot.

The 38-year-old Wallace returned to the game in part to play for Woodson, who had been an assistant coach when Wallace was a key player off the bench for the Detroit Pistons in their 2004 NBA title run.


Trying to get back to normal in the Hub

BOSTON (AP) — Emerging from a moment of silence with a deafening cheer, fans at the Bruins-Sabres NHL game paid tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing with a stirring national anthem and a thunderous chant of "U.S.A.!"

The sold-out crowd at the first major sporting event in Boston since Monday's attack lined up for metal-detecting wands and random car inspections to get into the TD Garden.

The Boston Fire Department Honor Guard brought out the U.S. flag to honor the first responders who rushed to the aid of the three killed and more than 170 injured by the twin bombs at the marathon finish line.

Longtime Boston Garden troubadour Rene Rancourt took his place for the "Star-Spangled Banner." But he sang only the first few lines, allowing the crowd to carry the tune while he pumped his fist to keep time.

The Buffalo Sabres edged the Bruins 3-2 in a shootout.


Penguins close in on top seed in East

UNDATED (AP) — Brenden Morrow scored two goals for the second straight game and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-4 to move closer to clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Brandon Sutter added two goals for Pittsburgh, and newly acquired Jarome Iginla (juh-ROHM' ih-GIHN'-luh) and Doug Murray also scored for the Penguins, who had little trouble with the Canadiens despite playing without injured stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Marc-Andre Fleury (marhk-ahn-dray FLOOR'-ee) stopped 31 shots and Pittsburgh dominated in racing to a quick 4-0 lead over the Habs, who've lost three straight.

In other NHL action:

__ Steve Begin (BAY'-gihn) scored two goals in the third period, and the Calgary Flames held on to hand the playoff-hopeful Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 loss.

— Fedor Tyutin (FEH'-duhr TYOO'-tihn) scored 2:19 into overtime, and the Columbus Blue Jackets moved into eighth place in the Western Conference with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.


Five straight for the Red Sox

UNDATED (AP) — Converted closer Alfredo Aceves coasted through five innings, Mike Napoli (NAP'-oh-lee) and Daniel Nava drove in two runs apiece and the Boston Red Sox struck quickly against Justin Masterson and beat the Cleveland Indians 6-3 for their fifth straight win.

Aceves, who began the season in Boston's bullpen, took a shutout into the sixth before giving up three runs. Andrew Bailey, filling for injured closer Joel Hanrahan, worked the ninth for his first save.

Cleveland has lost three in a row.

In other baseball action:

__ Josh Reddick doubled in two runs during a six-run first and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 7-5 to complete another three-game sweep. Bartolo Colon (bar-TOH'-loh koh-LOHN') hurled six strong innings for the win. The A's also swept the 'Stros the first week of the season.

__ Nearly 12 years after throwing a no-hitter, Pittsburgh's A.J. Burnett took a no-hitter in the seventh inning and left allowing one hit over seven frames in the Pirates' 5-0 win over St. Louis. Carlos Beltran broke up the no-hit bid with a double.

__ Washington downed Miami 6-1. Catcher Kurt Suzuki had a big game with a home run, a triple, a sacrifice fly and two RBIs.

__Jay Bruce singled with the bases loaded in the bottom of ninth inning on, sending Cincinnati to a 1-0 victory over Philadelphia in a game suspended overnight because of rain. Bruce's single off Phillippe Aumont came only 9 minutes and 19 pitches after play restarted. In the regularly scheduled game, Bruce hit another bases-loaded single to highlight a five-run second inning in an 11-2 rout of the Phillies.

__ Chris Denorfia, Everth Cabrera and Kyle Blanks homered in San Diego's 7-2 rout of the L.A. Dodgers.

— Pinch-hitter Blake Lalli's single in the bottom of the ninth inning sent the Milwaukee Brewers past the San Francisco Giants 4-3.

__Kelly Johnson and Shelley Duncan homered, James Loney had three RBIs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 to snap a four-game skid.

__Kansas City got five-hit ball over seven innings from Wade Davis in a 1-0 win over Atlanta that snapped the Braves 10-game winning streak. Davis walked none and struck out seven against an Atlanta line-up that smacked five home runs in a win over the Royals. Jeff Francoeur (fran-KOOR') applied all the offense the Royals would need with an RBI single in the fourth.

__Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer and Jose Quintana pitched 6 2/3 innings to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 7-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

__ In the interleague game, the New York Yankees nipped Arizona 4-3. Travis Hafner had a pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning to make a winner of CC Sabathia (suh-BATH'-ee-uh), who improved to 3-1.

__ More snow in Denver forced the postponement of the Mets-Rockies game. The Mets have now had game postponed by bad weather three of the last four days.

__ The Los Angeles Angels at Minnesota Twins game has been postponed by rain. No makeup date has been announced.

__The game between the Texas Rangers and the Cubs in Chicago has been rained out. No makeup date has been announced.


Penske hammered by NASCAR

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — NASCAR came down hard on Penske Racing, with six-race suspensions for seven crew members of defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano. The team was also assessed $200,000 in fines for bringing unapproved parts to Texas Motor Speedway for last weekend's race.

Each driver and car owner was docked 25 championship points, dropping Keselowski from second to fourth in the Cup standings and Logano from ninth 14th.

Penske Racing has vowed to appeal, a move that would put any suspensions on hold.


Staying put in Stillwater...AP source: Lakers' Jordan to meet with Rutgers officials

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Big 12 player of the year Marcus Smart is bucking the trend of one-and-done in college basketball, opting instead to return to Stillwater for his sophomore season at Oklahoma State. Smart says that, while some may think he's making a mistake by passing up the NBA draft, he's a "Cowboy at heart."

Smart was considered a likely top-five NBA draft pick. He averaged a team-best 15.4 points and 4.2 assists while leading the Cowboys to the NCAA tournament, where they lost to Oregon in their tourney opener.

In other college hoops news:

— L.A. Lakers assistant coach Eddie Jordan is returning to New Jersey for what might be a final round of talks with Rutgers about taking over its beleaguered basketball program. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that Jordan planned to meet with Rutgers officials Thursday in an attempt to reach an agreement on a contract to replace the fired Mike Rice. Jordan is a Rutgers graduate and former star guard for the Scarlet Knights, leading them to the Final Four in 1976. He has been a head coach for three NBA teams.

__ Florida Gulf Coast names Kansas assistant coach Joe Dooley as its new basketball coach. Dooley replaces Andy Enfield, who left earlier this month to take a head coaching job at Southern California, after helping FGCU to become the first No. 15 seed to reach the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.

__ Grant Jarrett has declared himself eligible for the NBA after one season at Arizona. A 6-foot-10 freshman, Jarrett averaged 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds a game.


Teen-ager leads in Hawaii

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — A 17-year-old from Thailand, Ariya Jutanugarn, shot an 8-under 64 at breezy Ko Olina to take a one-stroke lead over Suzann Pettersen and Hee Kyung Seo (soh) after the first round of the LPGA Lotte Championship.


Nadal, Djokovic advance

MONACO (AP) — Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') has now won 43 straight matches at the Monte Carlo Masters. He upped the count by cruising past Marinko Matosevic 6-1, 6-2 in second round play. Top seeded Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) needed more than 2 hours to beat Mikhail Youzhny 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.


Costa Rica wants it cozy for US

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica wants to move a World Cup soccer qualifying game against the Unites States to cozy old Ricardo Saprissa.

The Sept. 6 match was originally scheduled to be held at the National Stadium, which opened in 2011. But the Costa Rican Soccer Federation is trying to move it to Saprissa, an old, smaller stadium with artificial turf. At Saprissa, the fans are right behind the benches and have thrown urine bags and other projectiles at opponents.

Eduardo Li, president of the Costa Rican Soccer Federation, says the move is what the Costa Rican people want.


Cyclist Hoy retires after winning 6 Olympic golds

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Chris Hoy, Britain's most decorated Olympian with six golds medals, is retiring from cycling after a 13-year career at the top of the sport.

The 37-year-old Scot has spearheaded Britain's surge to the forefront of world track cycling, winning his first Olympic gold in Athens in 2004 and capturing three more in Beijing in 2008 and a further two at his home games in London last year.

His haul of six golds is one more than British rowing great Steve Redgrave, who won five from 1984-2000. Hoy also won a silver medal at the 2000 Games in Sydney.

Hoy, who won 11 world titles, decided against extending his career through to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, held in Glasgow in his native Scotland.