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Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols (5) steps out of the visitors' dugout to acknowledge the applause from the crowd after hitting his career 500th home run, off Washington Nationals' Taylor Jordan in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Washington, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)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 Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) shoots between Washington Wizards forward Nene Hilario (42) and Marcin Gortat during the first half of Game 2 in an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — This one looked like it was slipping away from the Washington Wizards. Then, in a flash everything changed.


Members of the San Jose Sharks, left, celebrate a game-winning goal by center Patrick Marleau as Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli, right, looks on during the overtime period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Sharks won 4-3. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)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.


Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel calls a play during the first half in Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Pacers got tired of talking trash.


Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, left, drives over Brooklyn Nets forward Andray Blatche to score during the second half of Game 2 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan put his playoff jitters aside and turned in an All-Star performance for the Toronto Raptors.


New York Rangers' Derek Stepan, right, gets the puck past Philadelphia Flyers' Ray Emery, left, for a goal during the first period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)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.


Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) is mobbed by teammates after scoring the winning goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during third period National Hockey League Stanley Cup playoff action on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) scores the winning goal against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Kristers Gudlevskis (37) during third period National Hockey League Stanley Cup playoff action on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens swept their way into the second round of the NHL playoffs, and now look forward to some rest.


Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton reacts after scoring during the first period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — The Boston Bruins took full advantage of Detroit's mistakes, and their stellar goaltender's flawless performance.


PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday for his guilty plea to a charge that he assaulted a former girlfriend who is the mother of his daughter.

Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls fouls Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the United Center on April 22, 2014Bradley 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 in franchise history that Washington won the first two games on the road to open a series and the first time since 1982 they won the first two games in a playoff series. East top seed Indiana and Toronto each won at home Tuesday to level their first-round matchups, with the Pacers beating Atlanta 101-85 and Toronto downing Brooklyn 100-95 to deadlock each series at 1-1.


NBA: Playoffs-Brooklyn Nets at Toronto RaptorsBy 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 for Game Three on Friday level at 1-1. "We're going to be the underdog again and we have to do the same thing there." The series is clearly defined, a classic matchup pitting Brooklyn's veteran savvy against the young Raptors enthusiasm. The Nets won Game One when future Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett stepped up late in the match but on Tuesday the Raptors' young guard DeMar DeRozan showed the way with 30 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter.


MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Washington Nationals(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 the Washington crowd saluted the 34-year-old with a standing ovation. After the game, Pujols took to Twitter to thank his fans and followers.


Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Fenway Park on April 22, 2014New 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 helped the Red Sox win two World Series titles in seven years with Boston, went 2-for-5 with a triple and a double and drove in two runs in his first Fenway appearance for the Yankees, who signed the star outfielder to a seven-year deal for $153 million.


Bernalillo County Public Safety/Metropolitan Detention Center photo of Crusoe GongbayBy 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, Lieutenant Tim Stump of the university police said. Head Football Coach Bob Davies suspended Gongbay, a 5-feet 11-inch (1.8-meter), 205-lb (93-kg) running back from Rockville, Maryland.


Martin Maldonado of the Milwaukee Brewers poses for a portrait on photo day at the Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training Complex in Maryvale, Arizona on February 23, 2014Major 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 was banned for two games for his role in the scrap at the Pirates' home ballpark. Milwaukee outfielder Carlos Gomez, who flipped his bat and stood at home plate to admire the ball he had hit off Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole to thereby spark the major fight, was suspended for three games.


Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on January 26, 2014 in Miami, FloridaGregg 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 with 339 points and 37 first-place nods with Chicago's Tom Thibodeau third on 159 points with 12 first-place votes.


NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at San Antonio Spurs(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 Pat Riley as a three-time recipient. After steering the Spurs to a 15th successive season with 50 or more wins, Popovich totaled 380 points, including 59 first-place votes, from a panel of 124 sportswriters from the United States and Canada.


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 880 15. John Senden (Australia) 844 16. Kevin Na 834 17. Brian Stuard 801 18. Matt Jones (Australia) 798 19. Graham DeLaet (Canada) 777 20. Jason Day (Australia) 769 (Compiled by Caroline Helly)
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 Old Course. The R&A organises The Open Championship, golf's oldest Major, and assumes responsibility, along with the USGA, of the rules of the game. ...

Zach Randolph (R) of the Memphis Grizzlies blocks the shot by Thabo Sefolosha of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of their Western Conference quarter-finals, during the NBA Playoffs, at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, on April 21, 2014Oklahoma 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.


Mirza Teletovic (R) of the Brooklyn Nets defends against Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, on April 19, 2014Toronto 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 series.


Chicago Bulls center Noah and Chicago Bulls guard Belinelli celebrate after they beat Brooklyn Nets to advance to next round in Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York(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 the 2013-14 regular season. The 29-year-old received 555 out of a possible 1,125 points, including 100 first-place votes, from a panel of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and ...


Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig attempts to make a diving catch of a fly ball off the bat of Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips during their MLB Cactus League spring training baseball game in GlendaleAs 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 who accuses the ballplayer of informing on him to Cuban authorities. Puig has declined to comment on the allegations and his lawyer has filed a motion to have the case dismissed. "I'm only focused on being a productive teammate and helping the Dodgers win games," Puig was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his agent.


Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls blocks a shot by Rodney Stuckey of the Detroit Pistons at the United Center on April 11, 2014 in Chicago, IllinoisChicago 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 the award since Michael Jordan in 1988. The Bulls are in the first round of the NBA playoffs, having lost their opener to the Washington Wizards, and Noah stressed he owes the honor to the work of his team-mates as well as himself.


Utah Jazz head coach Corbin directs his team during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Salt Lake City, Utah(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 as head coach on February 10, 2011, following the resignation of longtime coach Jerry Sloan. Prior to his promotion, Corbin served as an assistant coach for the Jazz under Sloan from 2004-2011. The decision to part ways with Corbin means Utah will be one of at least three teams who will have new coaches next season as the New York Knicks fired Mike Woodson earlier on Monday and Rick Adelman retired as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.


Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman gestures during a practice session in Mexico City(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 step aside," said Adelman, 67. We're looking forward to that." Adelman, who was named head coach of the Timberwolves ahead of the 2011-12 season, took over a team that had won 15 and 17 games the prior two seasons.


NBA: Golden State Warriors at New York KnicksThe 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 entire staff," said Jackson, who won a record 11 NBA titles as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers in the previous two decades. "But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond." Despite a late surge in which the Knicks won 16 of their last 21 games, New York finished the season with a 37-45 record and missed the playoffs by one game after winning the division title last year and reaching the Eastern Conference semi-finals.


New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson pictured during the game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York City on April 15, 2014The 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 tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff," Jackson said.


Carlos Gomez of the Milwaukee Brewers is restrained by Homeplate Umpire Fieldin Culbreth during the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 20, 2014 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaA verbal exchange between Pittsburgh pitcher Gerrit Cole and Milwaukee outfielder Carlos Gomez sparked a brawl that saw Gomez tossed from their Major League Baseball game. "It's too hard for me to see exactly what happened," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. Pittsburgh's Travis Snider also was thrown out of the game and Pirates catcher Russell Martin was shepherded back to the dugout by a teammate. Gomez was replaced by Elian Herrera in center field for the rest of the game, which the Brewers won 3-2 in 14 innings.


Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Bobcats drives against Dwyane Wade (R) and Chris Andersen of the Miami Heat during Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarter-finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, at American Airlines Arena in Miami, on April 20, 2014LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 50 points to lead two-time defending NBA champions Miami to a 99-88 victory over Charlotte in their post-season opener. James on Sunday made four of the Heat's 11 three-pointers and finished with 27 points and nine rebounds as the Heat seized the advantage in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series. Wade added 23 points and five assists for the Heat, who are trying to become the first club to win three straight NBA titles since the Los Angeles Lakers did it 2000, 2001 and 2002.


(Reuters) - Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez made his Champions Tour debut in style when he won the Greater Gwinnett Championship by two strokes over Germany's Bernhard Langer in Georgia on Sunday. A week after finishing fourth at the Masters, Jimenez became the 18th player to win in his first start on the senior American circuit and only the third to lead from start to finish in a Champions Tour debut. But the 20-time European Tour winner indicated afterwards that he would focus primarily on his home tour for the rest of the season as he tries to qualify for the Ryder Cup in September. "I'm playing very well and now you don't know what to do, but I need to do my points for the Ryder Cup," Jimenez told the Golf Channel.
(Reuters) - American Matt Kuchar ended a frustrating run of close calls in spectacular style when he holed a bunker shot on his final hole to win the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Sunday. Minutes after three-putting the 17th from four feet, Kuchar responded emphatically by sinking a 20-yard sand shot for birdie at the par-four 18th to beat third round leader Luke Donald by one stroke at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island.
* Almost squanders another shot at victory * Donald narrowly misses chip at last hole (Adds detail, quotes) April 20 (Reuters) - American Matt Kuchar ended a frustrating run of close calls in spectacular style when he holed a bunker shot on his final hole to win the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Sunday. Minutes after three-putting the 17th from four feet, Kuchar responded emphatically by sinking a 20-yard sand shot for birdie at the par-four 18th to beat third round leader Luke Donald by one stroke at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island.
April 20 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Heritage Classic at the par-71 course on Sunday in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 273 Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 66 73 70 64 274 Luke Donald (Britain) 70 69 66 69 275 John Huh (U.S.) 71 68 68 68 Ben Martin (U.S.) 69 68 71 67 277 Brian Stuard (U.S.) 69 72 68 68 Scott Brown (U.S.) 70 69 71 67 278 Brian Harman (U.S.) 69 71 69 69 Jim Furyk (U.S.) 71 66 71 70 279 William McGirt (U.S.) 66 76 71 66 Russell Knox (Britain) 69 72 68 70 Rory Sabbatini (South Africa) 69 72 70 68 280 Stuart Appleby (Australia) 73 73 67 67 Jordan Spieth (U.S. ...

Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs passes the ball while being defended by Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks at the AT&T Center on April 20, 2014 in San Antonio, TexasThe San Antonio Spurs, led by Tim Duncan's 27 points, rallied for a 90-85 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday to open their NBA playoff series. The Spurs, trying to get back to the NBA finals after falling to the Miami Heat in last year's championship series, trailed 81-71 with 7:45 left to play, but closed the game on a 19-4 scoring run to secure the win. They host game two of the best-of-seven Western Conference set on Wednesday. Duncan added seven rebounds for the Spurs, whose All-Star point guard Tony Parker added 21 points, six assists and four rebounds as San Antonio notched their 10th straight victory over their intra-state rivals.


Lee Westwood tees off on the 11th hole during the final round of the Malaysian Open golf tournament in Kuala Lumpur on April 20, 2014Lee Westwood ended a two-year wait for a title with an emphatic seven-stroke victory to clinch the rain-soaked Malaysian Open in style on Sunday. A four-hour delay due to torrential rain at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club did nothing to deter the former world number one, who carded two birdies after the delay.


Britain's Lee Westwood hits his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta(Reuters) - A four-hour weather delay was the only obstacle for Lee Westwood as the Englishman cantered to a seven-stroke win in the European Tour's Malaysian Open on Sunday to end an almost two-year trophy drought. The former world number one, leading by a stroke ahead of compatriot Andy Sullivan, carded a bogey-free final round of four-under-par 68 for a four-day total of 18-under. Austrian Bernd Wiesberger (67), South African Louis Oosthuizen (68) and Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts (70) finished tied for the second spot at 11-under. Once the 27-year old Sullivan found water at the second hole for a triple bogey seven, there was no catching Westwood, whose last triumph came at the 2012 Nordea Masters in Sweden.


April 20 (Reuters) - Japanese 15-year-old amateur Minami Katsu became the youngest winner on the Japan LPGA Tour by claiming the Vantelin Ladies Open on Sunday. The first-year student from Kagoshima High School hit five birdies and a bogey for a four-under-par 68 and three round total of 11-under to finish a stroke ahead of South Korea's Lee Bo-mee. South Korean Kim Hyo-joo, at 16, was the previous youngest winner in Japan when she won the Suntory Ladies Open in 2012. ...

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