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Goran Dragic <a href=#7 of the Miami Heat drives on Jeremy Lin #7 of the Charlotte Hornets during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 1, 2016 in Miami, Florida" align="left" title="Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat drives on Jeremy Lin #7 of the Charlotte Hornets during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 1, 2016 in Miami, Florida" border="0" />The Miami Heat rallied to eliminate the Charlotte Hornets and advance to the second round of the playoffs in the first of two decisive NBA game sevens on Sunday. The Heat routed the Hornets 106-73 in Miami to improve to 6-3 overall in game sevens after trailing at one point in the series three games to two. Point guard Goran Dragic had a game-high 25 points for the Heat who never trailed and will now face the winner of Sunday&#039;s game seven between the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers.


NBA: Playoffs-Charlotte Hornets at Miami Heat(The Sports Xchange) - Point guard Goran Dragic had a game-high 25 points as the Miami Heat advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals, routing the Charlotte Hornets 106-73 in Game 7 in Miami on Sunday. Miami, which never trailed, also got 15 points from Luol Deng, 12 points from Dwyane Wade and 10 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks from Hassan Whiteside. The Heat will play the winner of Sunday night&#039;s Game 7 between the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers. Charlotte, which just a few days ago had a 3-2 series lead, failed to close out the Heat. ...


Li Haotong kept the China Open title in local hands for the second year in a row by conjuring up his best round of the week, a bogey-free 64, to clinch his maiden European Tour title by three shots on Sunday. The 20-year-old Hunanese began the final round two shots behind overnight leaders Felipe Aguilar (69) and Lucas Bjerregaard (70) but carded a blemish-free round for a winning total of 22-under at the Topwin Golf and Country Club. Li became followed in the footsteps of Wu Ashun, who became the third Chinese winner of the country's oldest professional tournament last year.
May 1 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour China Open at the par-72 course on Sunday in Beijing -22 Li Haotong (China) 69 67 66 64 -19 Felipe Aguilar (Chile) 68 65 67 69 -18 Lucas Bjerregaard (Denmark) 68 67 65 70 Marcel Siem (Germany) 68 67 69 66 Richard Bland (Britain) 69 67 68 66 -17 Peter Hanson (Sweden) 66 71 67 67 Richie Ramsay (Britain) 68 70 67 66 Scott Hend (Australia) 71 68 68 64 -16 Fabrizio Zanotti (Paraguay) 66 71 67 68 David Lipsky (U.S. ...

Dion Waiters of the Oklahoma City Thunder has his shot blocked by Kyle Anderson of the San Antonio Spurs during game one of the Western Conference Semifinals for the 2016 NBA PlayoffsLaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 38 points in just three quarters as the San Antonio Spurs stormed to a 124-92 victory over Oklahoma City in game one of their NBA playoffs second-round series. The Spurs built a 23-point lead in the first quarter -- when they connected on 81.8 percent of their shots -- and the rout was on in game one of the Western Conference semi-finals in San Antonio. Kawhi Leonard added 25 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Spurs, who never trailed and led by as many as 43.


LPGA: ANA Inspiration - Second Round(Reuters) - American Gerina Piller produced another ball-striking clinic in the third round at the Texas Shootout on Saturday to earn a two-shot lead and put herself in position for her first LPGA title. The world number 20, in her sixth LPGA season, hit 18 greens in regulation for the second straight day, en route to a bogey-free four-under-par 67 at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving. Piller, winless in 123 career LPGA starts, has top-six finishes in her past three starts, including a tie for third in San Francisco last Sunday.


American Gerina Piller produced another ball-striking clinic in the third round at the Texas Shootout on Saturday to earn a two-shot lead and put herself in position for her first LPGA title. The world number 20, in her sixth LPGA season, hit 18 greens in regulation for the second straight day, en route to a bogey-free four-under-par 67 at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving. Piller, winless in 123 career LPGA starts, has top-six finishes in her past three starts, including a tie for third in San Francisco last Sunday.

Brian Stuard, seeking his first professional victory, finished off a four-under-par 68 in round two to take a one-stroke leadBrian Stuard and the other leaders never hit a third-round shot as the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was halted by thunderstorms, raising the chance of a Monday finish for the event. Stuard, seeking his first professional victory, finished off a four-under-par 68 in round two on Saturday morning, making four birdies while closing on the front nine to take a one-stroke lead over Jamie Lovemark and Venezuela&#039;s Jhonattan Vegas. Lovemark carded a 66 and Vegas a 69 -- both wrapping up their second rounds on Friday, when there was no weather delay but darkness stopped play in a tournament still trying to catch up from a delay on Thursday.


NFL: Los Angeles Rams-Jared Goff Press Conference(The Sports Xchange) - One of the most dramatic drafts in NFL history wrapped up in Chicago on Saturday with the team that started the spectacle ahead of schedule by trading the No. 1 overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams two weeks earlier. Likely to be remembered for the social media fireworks and ensuing drama surrounding Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and his tumble to the middle of the first round, the 2016 NFL Draft ended with the Tennessee Titans announcing Mr. Irrelevant, Southern Miss cornerback Kalan Reed, as the 253rd and final pick. Cal quarterback Jared Goff was the No. 1 pick Thursday night and plans are for him to start early for the Los Angeles Rams.


Gerina Piller looks over the 10th green with her caddie Brian Dilley during the third round of the Texas Shootout at Las Colinas Country Club on April 30, 2016 in Irving, TexasGerina Piller shot a four-under par 67 to hold off a raft of South Korean challengers, taking a two-stroke lead after 54 holes of the LPGA Tour Texas Shootout. Piller shot her second straight bogey-free round for a 14-under par total of 199. Five South Koreans are among the players hot on her heels, including Amy Yang and Hur Mi-Jung -- who share second on 201.


PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans - Second Round(Reuters) - Third-round play at the weather-disrupted Zurich Classic of New Orleans was suspended for the day after just 75 minutes of action on Saturday, setting up the possibility of a Monday finish at the TPC Louisiana. The golfers were called off the course at 2:15 p.m. ET (1815 GMT) because of approaching thunderstorms and four hours later officials abandoned any further prospect of play after 1.2 inches (30 millimetres) of rain had drenched the already sodden course. The tournament has been severely behind schedule since the opening round on Thursday when nearly five hours of play was wiped out by thunderstorms.


Li Haotong of China hits a shot on his way to winning the China Open in Beijing on May 1, 2016China&#039;s Li Haotong surged to victory in the China Open on Sunday, the second successive home winner of the tournament. Aguilar held a two-shot lead at the turn with four birdies, but Li made gains on the third and fifth holes.


Third-round play at the weather-disrupted Zurich Classic of New Orleans was suspended for the day after just 75 minutes of action on Saturday, setting up the possibility of a Monday finish at the TPC Louisiana. The golfers were called off the course at 2:15 p.m. ET (1815 GMT) because of approaching thunderstorms and four hours later officials abandoned any further prospect of play after 1.2 inches (30 millimetres) of rain had drenched the already sodden course. The tournament has been severely behind schedule since the opening round on Thursday when nearly five hours of play was wiped out by thunderstorms.

Tiger Woods watches his shot after teeing off on the 2nd hole in the final round of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament in Gainesville, VirginiaTiger Woods has made accommodation plans for the Memorial tournament in Ohio, sources have told Reuters, suggesting the Jack Nicklaus-hosted event could mark the former world number one&#039;s PGA Tour return from back surgery. Although Woods has made no commitment to the Memorial, and his plans remain fluid as he rehabilitates his body, it makes sense that he would want to compete in at least one tournament before the year&#039;s second major, the U.S. Open. The Memorial tournament, to be played from June 2-5 on the Muirfield Village course in Dublin, a suburb of state capital Columbus, is held two weeks before the U.S. Open.


Minnesota Vikings players celebrate at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, MinnesotaThe Minnesota Vikings made German wide receiver Moritz Boehringer the first European drafted directly to the NFL on Saturday, taking him in the sixth round. Boehringer got interested in the gridiron game five years ago at the age of 17 -- when he saw a video of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. "I can&#039;t describe how I feel right now, just happy to be drafted," said Boehringer, who played four years in a German league but unlike the other Europeans who have made it to the NFL has never played in North America.


PGA: The Barclays-Third Round(Reuters) - American journeyman Brian Stuard birdied four of his last nine holes to seize a one-shot lead when the weather-delayed second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was completed on Saturday. Seeking his first PGA Tour victory, Stuard continued to benefit from a putter he picked up last week in San Antonio as he fired a flawless four-under-par 68 on a rain-softened layout at the TPC Louisiana. Americans Harold Varner III (67), Daniel Berger (65), Chad Collins (64), Charles Howell III (69) and Patrick Rodgers (69), and South Korean An Byeong-hun (68), were tied for fourth at eight under.


American journeyman Brian Stuard birdied four of his last nine holes to seize a one-shot lead when the weather-delayed second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was completed on Saturday. Seeking his first PGA Tour victory, Stuard continued to benefit from a putter he picked up last week in San Antonio as he fired a flawless four-under-par 68 on a rain-softened layout at the TPC Louisiana. Americans Harold Varner III (67), Daniel Berger (65), Chad Collins (64), Charles Howell III (69) and Patrick Rodgers (69), and South Korean An Byeong-hun (68), were tied for fourth at eight under.

Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark watches his ball during round three of the Volvo China Open at the Topwin Golf and Country Club in Beijing on April 30, 2016Denmark&#039;s Lucas Bjerregaard joined Chilean Felipe Aguilar at the top of the leaderboard after the third round of the Volvo China Open in Beijing Saturday, boosting his chances of securing a first European Tour win. A win for Bjerregaard -- currently ranked 134 in the world -- would be his first on the European Tour. World number 477 Aguilar, who started the day with a one shot lead, recorded a five under par 67 to remain at the top alongside Bjerregaard.


Mason Plumlee (L) of the Portland Trail Blazers celebrates with Allen Crabbe after grabbing a rebound in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Los Angeles ClippersThe Portland Trail Blazers closed out the shorthanded Los Angeles Clippers in six games, while the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat both lived to fight another day. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 46 points to lead the Trail Blazers past the Clippers 106-103 at Portland&#039;s Moda Center. Lillard scored 26 points and McCollum added 20 as the Trail Blazers closed out the Clippers in six games in their first-round NBA playoff series.


NBA: Playoffs-Los Angeles Clippers at Portland Trail Blazers(The Sports Xchange) - Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 46 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers past the Los Angeles Clippers 106-103 Friday night at the Moda Center. Lillard scored 26 points and McCollum added 20 as the Trail Blazers closed out the Clippers in six games in their first-round playoff series. Mason Plumlee contributed nine points -- including the deciding three free throws in the final 14.7 seconds -- and grabbed 14 rebounds for Portland, which opens Western Conference semifinals play Sunday at Golden State.


NBA: Playoffs-Miami Heat at Charlotte Hornets(The Sports Xchange) - When the Miami Heat needed someone to step up at crunch time Friday, Dwyane Wade delivered. As a result, the Heat have forced a deciding Game 7 in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Charlotte Hornets. Wade scored 23 points and hit two crucial baskets in the final minute as the Heat held off the Hornets 97-90 to even the series 3-3.


NBA: Golden State Warriors at Milwaukee Bucks(Reuters) - Luke Walton, the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, will leave the league&#039;s hottest team to take charge of an acclaimed NBA franchise that has fallen on hard times and currently occupies the other end of the spectrum. Currently in his second season as assistant coach at the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors, Walton was confirmed as Byron Scott&#039;s replacement on Friday. Scott was ditched after the Lakers went 17-65 in the recently-completed season, otherwise known as the Kobe Bryant farewell tour.


NBA: Playoffs-Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers(The Sports Xchange) - When the Indiana Pacers are more than All-Star forward Paul George&#039;s prolific scoring, they usually are difficult to beat. George had a game-best 21 points and 11 rebounds Friday, but the Pacers used smothering defense, solid rebounding and a dominating second half to defeat the Toronto Raptors 101-83 in Game 6, tying the best-of-seven series 3-3 and forcing Game 7 on Sunday in Toronto. After leading 65-64 late in the third quarter, Indiana used a 32-5 run to increase its lead to 97-69 with 3:02 remaining.


Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela tees off on the 15th hole during the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on April 29, 2016 in Avondale, LouisianaVenezuela&#039;s Jhonattan Vegas shot a three-under 69 to grab a share of the clubhouse lead after the second round of the rain-delayed Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Friday. Vegas is tied with American Jamie Lovemark at 11-under as the second round of the USPGA Tour event was suspended because of darkness. Lovemark carded a six-under-par 66 in the second round after finishing the final nine holes of the first round in the morning for a 36-hole score of 133 at TPC Louisiana.


Luke Walton served as the interim coach for Golden State at the start of the season and led them to a 39-4 recordThe Los Angeles Lakers reached an agreement to hire Luke Walton as their new coach, making the former player and current assistant with Golden State the 26th coach in franchise history. The 36-year-old Walton will remain with the Warriors until the end of the current season. Walton served as the interim coach for Golden State at the start of this season and led them to a 39-4 record, including an NBA-record 24-0 start.


LPGA: ANA Inspiration - Second Round(Reuters) - American Gerina Piller continued her sizzling recent form with a ball-striking clinic, hitting every green in regulation on her way to the second-round clubhouse lead at the Texas Shootout in Irving on Friday. On a day when half the field did not complete the round due to fierce afternoon thunderstorms, Piller posted a 10-under 132 halfway total, one stroke ahead of South Korean Ji Eun-hee (66). Piller, who lives in nearby Fort Worth, is enjoying sleeping in her own bed this week, albeit without her husband, PGA Tour player Martin Piller, who is competing in New Orleans.


Linebacker Myles Jack (L) of the UCLA Bruins, ranked one of the five best players in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com, missed most of last season at UCLA after undergoing knee surgeryThe NFL dream was still alive for linebackers Jaylon Smith and Myles Jack, who were selected on the second day of the draft despite concerns over knee injuries that disrupted their college football careers. Smith was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the 34th overall selection, a higher spot than many expected because of the major knee injury he suffered playing for Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on January 1. University of California at Los Angeles linebacker Myles Jack&#039;s agonizing wait ended when the Jacksonville Jaguars added to their offseason overhaul on defense by drafting him 36th overall.


Gerina Piller signs an autograph for a fan after finishing with a six-under par 65 during the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout at Las Colinas Country Club on April 29, 2016 in Irving, TexasGerina Piller tapped in for birdie at the final hole on Friday to take a one-shot second-round lead in the weather-disrupted LPGA Texas Shootout in Dallas. Overnight leader Hur Mi-Jung of South Korea had three birdies in her first 12 holes and was alone in third place at eight-under with six holes remaining when play was suspended for the day. Piller, a native of nearby Fort Worth, was pleased to complete her round before the weather hit.


Laremy Tunsil said he took money from a coach at his former college Ole Miss, a stunning admission in the world of US collegiate sportsThe turmoil around Laremy Tunsil&#039;s arrival in the NFL continued to reverberate as his former college Ole Miss vowed to "aggressively investigate" his admission he took money from a coach there. A video of Tunsil smoking from a marijuana pipe made in part from a gas mask, which mysteriously appeared on the player&#039;s own Twitter account as the draft began, was just the beginning. The video was enough to see the 21-year-old offensive tackle drop from a likely top-five pick to 13th overall, where he was taken by the Miami Dolphins.


PGA: Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard(Reuters) - American Jamie Lovemark produced sizzling form on the greens as he charged into a tie for the lead midway through the second round of the weather-disrupted Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Friday. Seeking his first victory on the PGA Tour, Lovemark ended a marathon day of golf by firing a six-under-par 66 on a rain-softened layout at the TPC Louisiana to post an 11-under total of 133. The 28-year-old Californian racked up seven birdies and a lone bogey to finish level with Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela, who followed his opening 64 with a 69.


Injured Stephen Curry <a href=#30 of the Golden State Warriors on the bench with Shaun Livingston #34 and Anderson Varejao #18 during their game against the Houston Rockets in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs" align="left" title="Injured Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors on the bench with Shaun Livingston #34 and Anderson Varejao #18 during their game against the Houston Rockets in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs" border="0" />Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry said Friday he&#039;s confident he&#039;ll be back from a sprained right knee within the two-week time frame originally given by doctors. "Having talked to the doctors, athletic training staff and all the experts, that two-week timeline is an educated guess based on other cases and the recovery time they had," Curry said in his first public comments since he was hurt last Sunday. With Curry sidelined, the Warriors kept their hopes of successfully defending their NBA title on track with a 114-81 rout of the Houston Rockets on Wednesday that sent Golden State into the second round of the playoffs.


American Jamie Lovemark produced sizzling form on the greens as he charged into a tie for the lead midway through the second round of the weather-disrupted Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Friday. Seeking his first victory on the PGA Tour, Lovemark ended a marathon day of golf by firing a six-under-par 66 on a rain-softened layout at the TPC Louisiana to post an 11-under total of 133. The 28-year-old Californian racked up seven birdies and a lone bogey to finish level with Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela, who followed his opening 64 with a 69.

PGA: PGA Championship - First Round(Reuters) - Media speculation that Tiger Woods would make his PGA Tour return at next week&#039;s Wells Fargo Championship proved false when his name was not included in the official field for the event after Friday&#039;s deadline. Players had until 5 p.m. EDT to register for the May 5-8 tournament at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina and Woods was a conspicuous absentee when the PGA Tour eventually released the full field. A few hours earlier on the opposite side of the country, Woods gave a strong indication that even he did not know when he would be making his competitive comeback as he continues his recovery from back surgeries.


PGA: PGA Championship - Second RoundBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III says he will cheer on assistant captain Tiger Woods to give him reason to put him on the team as a player once the former world number one returns to competition. Speculation has been mounting that 14-times major champion Woods could soon be returning to competitive golf after a long layoff recovering from back problems. "He wants to be there and wants to be part of the team," Love told Reuters in an interview promoting the next Ryder Cup, which starts on Sept. 30 at Minnesota&#039;s Hazeltine course.


Media speculation that Tiger Woods would make his PGA Tour return at next week's Wells Fargo Championship proved false when his name was not included in the official field for the event after Friday's deadline. Players had until 5 p.m. ET (2100 GMT) to register for the May 5-8 tournament at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina and Woods was a conspicuous absentee when the PGA Tour eventually released the full field. A few hours earlier on the opposite side of the country, Woods gave a strong indication that even he did not know when he would be making his competitive comeback as he continues his recovery from back surgeries.

Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland tees off on the 18th hole during the first round of the SMBC Singapore Open golf tournament at Sentosa&<a href=#039;s Serapong golf course in Singapore" align="left" title="Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland tees off on the 18th hole during the first round of the SMBC Singapore Open golf tournament at Sentosa&#039;s Serapong golf course in Singapore" border="0" />By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Ryder Cup often produces magical golf, team captains Davis Love III and Darren Clarke concur, but for 20 years it has mainly been European players wielding the magic wand. "It&#039;s just special, isn&#039;t it," Europe captain Clarke told Reuters in promoting on behalf of sponsors Standard Life Investments this year&#039;s competition to be played at Minnesota&#039;s Hazeltine course from Sept 30-Oct 2. "We saw a different Payne Stewart, a different David Duval when the Ryder Cup matches came around," added Love, summoning heroes of the past.


PGA: The Players Championship-Final Round(Reuters) - Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela surged into a share of the lead at the weather-hit Zurich Classic of New Orleans when the thunderstorm-delayed first round was finally completed on Friday. In pursuit of his second victory on the PGA Tour, the 31-year-old from Maturin birdied four of his last nine holes to shoot an eight-under-par 64 on a rain-softened layout at the TPC Louisiana. Veteran South African Retief Goosen opened with a 65, Swede Henrik Norlander returned a 66 and Australian Geoff Ogilvy was among a group of 12 players bunched at 67.


PGA: The Barclays - Second Round(Reuters) - Jim Furyk will end a wrist injury absence of nearly eight months when he returns to competition at next week&#039;s Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, the PGA Tour announced on Friday. The 45-year-old American, a 17-times winner on the U.S. circuit, will also tee it up the following week at the PGA Tour&#039;s flagship Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. "I think the recovery has been pretty good," Furyk told pgatour.com.


Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins was handed an 80-game ban by Major League Baseball for a positive test for steroidsThe Miami Marlins&#039; National League batting champion Dee Gordon said Friday he won&#039;t appeal an 80-game ban handed down by Major League Baseball for a positive test for steroids. Major League Baseball announced the ban shortly after Gordon and the Marlins defeated the Dodgers 5-3 in Los Angeles late Thursday night -- shortly after 0100 local time in New York.


Pak Se-Ri of South Korea tees off the 18th hole during the LPGA KIA Classic on March 28, 2015 in Carlsbad, CaliforniaSouth Korean superstar Pak Se-Ri pulled out of the LPGA Texas Shootout in the second round on Friday with a burn on her leg caused by hot tea. Pak, the Hall of Fame-bound legend who has announced this will be her final season on the LPGA tour, opened the tournament with a one-over 72 on Thursday and was one-over for the tournament when she withdrew. The LPGA confirmed on Twitter that she had pulled out "citing an accidental hot tea burn to her lower leg".


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