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Associated Press

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 8:36 AM


Clippers go 2-up...Bulls get even

UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers are heading to Memphis after grabbing a two-games-to-none lead in the NBA's Western Conference quarterfinals.

Chris Paul hit a floater with 0.1 seconds left to give the Clippers a 93-91 victory over the Grizzlies. Paul scored the last eight Clippers points and finished with team highs of 24 points and nine assists.

Blake Griffin finished with 21 points and eight rebounds for Los Angeles, which blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Marc Gasol's dunk tied the game at 91 with 13.9 seconds left before Paul allowed the Clippers to retain home-court advantage.

Mike Conley had 28 points and nine assists for Memphis, which hosts Game 3 on Thursday.

The Chicago Bulls have evened their NBA first-round series at a game apiece by becoming the first road team to win this postseason.

Luol Deng (LOO'-ul dehng) had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Bulls beat the Nets 90-82 in Brooklyn. Carlos Boozer finished with 13 points and 12 boards for the Bulls, who saw a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead trimmed to 80-76 with 4:12 remaining before holding the Nets to two baskets the rest of the way.

Joakim (JOH'-kihm) Noah gutted his way through a foot injury to make three fourth-quarter baskets and finish with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Nets hit just two field goals in the third period and shot 35 percent for the game. Brook Lopez had a game-high 21 points for Brooklyn, but Deron Williams finished with just eight on 1-of-9 shooting.

Game 3 is Thursday in Chicago.


J.R. Smith honored...Josh Smith sits...Suns fire GM

UNDATED (AP) — It was a rewarding day for Knicks guard J.R. Smith, a painful one for Hawks forward Josh Smith and a bitter one for Suns general manager Lance Blanks.

J.R. Smith is the winner of the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award, receiving 72 first-place votes and 484 points in the balloting of sports reporters. The eight-year veteran averaged 18.1 points in 80 games off the bench.

Jamal Crawford of the Clippers was second in the voting with 352 points and 31 first place nods.

Josh Smith missed Monday's practice because of a sprained right ankle. Smith received treatment on the ankle, and the team is hopeful he will be able to go in Game 2 against Indiana on Wednesday.

Coach Larry Drew says Smith sustained the injury late in Game 1 while scoring 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Atlanta's 107-90 defeat.

Blanks is out after three seasons as GM of Phoenix. The Suns finished 25-57 this season, the second-worst record in franchise history behind the 16-66 effort in their inaugural season in 1968-69.


A banner day for Ducks and Canucks

UNDATED (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks have become the third and fourth NHL teams to clinch a division title.

Viktor Fasth (fahst) picked up his fourth shutout of the season by making 24 saves in the Ducks' 3-0 win at Edmonton. Ryan Getzlaf (GETS'-lahf), Radek Dvorak (duh-VOHR'-ak) and Sami Vatanen (VAH'-tah-nehn) scored for the Ducks, who captured their first Pacific Division title since 2007 by winning back-to-back games in Edmonton.

The Canucks are Northwest Division champions for the fifth consecutive year after Daniel Sedin (seh-DEEN') provided a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win over Chicago. Jannik (YAH'-nik) Hansen and Zack Kassian also scored, and Henrik Sedin (seh-DEEN') collected two assists.

Also on ice, Dustin Jeffrey had a goal and an assist in the first period of Pittsburgh's 3-1 victory at Ottawa. Tomas Vokoun (voh-KOON') stopped 33 shots against the Senators, who remain tied with the New York Rangers for seventh place in the East.

Antti Miettinen (AN'-tee MYEH'-tih-nehn) fired a shot that trickled between the legs of goaltender Jhonas (YOH'-nas) Enroth with 7:36 left to give Winnipeg a 2-1 win at Buffalo. That leaves the Jets one point behind the Southwest Division-leading Capitals and one point in back of the Senators and Rangers in the battle for the last two Eastern Conference playoff berths.

Jimmy Howard handled 34 shots and Johan Franzen scored the first and last goals of Detroit's 4-0 shutout of Phoenix. Henrik Zetterberg had three assists for the Red Wings, who climbed to within one point of Minnesota and Columbus in the scramble for the final two Western Conference playoff berths.


Brewers' streak reaches eight...Giants rally...Rays beat Yanks again

UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers still own the majors' longest current winning streak.

Ryan Braun smacked a two-run homer and Yuniesky (yoo-NEHS'-kee) Betancourt added a three-run blast while the Brewers were scoring five times in the first inning of a 7-1 win at San Diego. Braun and Betancourt each finished with three RBIs as Milwaukee won its eighth in a row.

Kyle Lohse (lohsh) picked up his first win since joining the Brewers during spring training, allowing a run and five hits in five innings to lower his ERA to 2.52.

In other major league action, San Francisco completed a 5-4 comeback win on Brandon Belt's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. The Diamondbacks led 4-2 in the eighth until Buster Posey hit a two-run homer.

Cincinnati scored three times in the bottom of the 13th to send the Cubs to their fourth straight loss, 5-4. Jay Bruce hit a tying double and scored on a single by Cesar Izturis (ihz-TOOR'-ihs) after Luis Valbuena's two-run homer put the Cubs ahead 4-2 earlier in the inning.

Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-ehr) singled home the tiebreaking run to back Shelby Miller in the Cardinals' 3-2 win at Washington. Allen Craig hit a two-run double to to back Miller, who's 3-1 after holding the Nationals to two runs and four hits while fanning eight in 6 2/3 innings.

Jonathan Pettibone looked good in his major league debut but settled for a no-decision after allowing two runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings of Philadelphia's 3-2 win against Pittsburgh. Jimmy Rollins snapped a 2-2 tie with an RBI single in the sixth after Pettibone gave up solo homers by Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin.

Matt Moore became the first Tampa Bay pitcher to win his first four starts in a season, allowing a run and two hits while striking out nine over eight innings of a 5-1 win over the New York Yankees. Ryan Roberts went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers as the Rays beat the Yanks for the 12th time in their last 14 meetings in St. Petersburg.

Mike Napoli (NAP'-uh-lee) belted a grand slam and had five RBIs as Boston outscored Oakland 9-6. Will Middlebrooks added a three-run homer for the Red Sox, who bounced back from Sunday's doubleheader loss to the Royals and won for the eighth time in 10 games.

A.J. Pierzynski's solo homer in the ninth inning completed the Rangers' comeback in a 7-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels. The Rangers trailed 6-3 until Pierzynski lined an RBI single to ignite a three-run seventh.

Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY'-kihs) poked a walk-off single with two out in the bottom of the ninth to give Baltimore a 2-1 win over Toronto. Markakis had two of the Orioles' five hits.

Felix Hernandez struck out nine and scattered five hits in six shutout innings to lead Seattle's 7-1 win at Houston. Kyle Seager, Jesus Montero and Kendrys Morales homered to help Hernandez pick up his 100th career victory.

Matt Thornton's throwing error set up Asdrubal (as-DROO'-bul) Cabrera's go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning of Cleveland's 3-2 triumph over the White Sox. Chicago collected just five hits in losing their fourth in a row and 10th in their last 13.

Another snowstorm in Denver has forced postponement of the Rockies' game against Atlanta, creating a day-night doubleheader tomorrow. The postponement was the third in eight days at Coors Field because of snow.

The Twins and visiting Marlins will also play a split doubleheader on Tuesday after their game was postponed due to inclement weather. Four of Minnesota's last eight scheduled games have been wiped out before they began because of weather problems, including three at home.


Deal between A's and Jays...Orioles send down struggling Arrieta

UNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is denying any involvement with a South Florida clinic under investigation by Major League Baseball.

ESPN has reported that the spokeswoman for Cano's foundation is listed as having been a client of Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed anti-aging clinic. The spokeswoman told ESPN she did not receive anything from the clinic and said Cano never did, either.

In other baseball news:

— Cleveland Indians right-hander Brett Myers is expected to miss about a month due to tendinitis and a mild ligament sprain in his right elbow. Myers pitched five innings of three-run ball against Houston on Friday, then said he had been dealing with a problem with the flexor tendon in his arm since spring training.

— Baltimore optioned right-hander Jake Arrieta to the minors, one day after he walked five and hit a batter over four-plus innings in a 7-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Baltimore recalled right-hander Alex Burnett from Norfolk to fill out a weary bullpen.

— Toronto Blue Jays right-hander R.A. Dickey expects to make his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Orioles despite being bothered by soreness in his neck and back.

— The Oakland Athletics have bought outfielder Casper Wells from the Toronto Blue Jays. Wells spent spring training with Seattle but did not make the team. The Blue Jays claimed him off waivers April 10 and he did not play a game before being designated for assignment.


New cornerback says Bucs will "make a lot of noise"

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Darrelle Revis walked into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers weight room and received a round of applause from some of his new teammates.

The three-time All-Pro may have left the New York Jets feeling underappreciated, but he's a welcome addition to a defense that ranked last in the NFL last season and is expected to help transform the Bucs into a playoff team.

And, the well-paid Revis is confident he's up to the task. Revis says the Bucs are "going to make a lot of noise. Don't worry about that."

The star cornerback acquired from the Jets said he's going to "do my best" to play up to expectations that come with a new six-year, $96 million contract.


NFL veteran retires, in Peru

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Scott Fujita (foo-JEE'-tah), a Super Bowl-winning linebacker who was involved in the Saints bounty scandal, has retired after signing a one-day contract with New Orleans.

Fujita finished his career with the Cleveland Browns, but was implicated and suspended for one game last season for his role in the Saints bounty scandal. He was later essentially absolved by former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue (TAG'-lee-uh-boo).


New coach at Niagara

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Niagara University has hired Long Island University Post's Chris Casey to take over the school's men's basketball program. The Division II Pioneers went a combined 62-25 in three years under Casey, including an 18-9 finish last season. He will replace longtime coach Joe Mihalich (MEH'-ah-lihk), who left to take over at Hofstra two weeks ago.


NCAA lifts ban

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The NCAA has granted Central Florida's appeal of a one-year postseason ban in football. The move makes the school bowl-eligible as it moves into the American Athletic Conference this season.

UCF was originally issued the ban as part of sanctions levied last July for major recruiting violations in football and basketball. It also received a one-year postseason ban in basketball, $50,000 fine, five years' probation, reduction of basketball scholarships, and limits on football recruiting.


Man-U wraps up 20th English League crown

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United won its record 20th English league title, beating Aston Villa 3-0 Monday night on Robin van Persie's first-half hat trick to clinch the championship with four games to spare.