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CHICAGO - The way this series is turning out, it's hard to believe the Miami Heat ever trailed the Chicago Bulls. They're running away with the Eastern Conference semifinals, and another performance like this will end it. By Andrew Seligman.
HKN--MAPLE LEAFS-BRUINS FOLO
BOSTON - Patrice Bergeron put the winning touch on an extraordinary comeback, then raced into the arms of smiling teammate Zdeno Chara. Boston rallied from a three-goal deficit with 11 minutes left in the third period and beat Toronto 5-4 on Bergeron's goal at 6:05 of overtime Monday night to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals starting Thursday night at home against the New York Rangers. By Howard Ulman.
CHICAGO - The little engine that could finally threw a gear. It was always a matter of when - not if - the chronically short-handed Chicago Bulls would fall apart. It happened in the third quarter of their Eastern Conference semifinal Monday night against the Miami Heat. It was just about as ugly as you'd expect. By Sports Columnist Jim Litke.
The lawsuit doesn't read nearly as well as the story, which laid bare the life of an NHL enforcer for all to see. The way John Branch wrote about Derek Boogaard in the New York Times should have been enough to cause even the most hardcore hockey fan to reconsider the peculiar role that goons play in the sport. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Tony Allen scored on a driving layup to open overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies held off the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-97 Monday night to push the defending Western Conference champs to the edge of elimination. By Teresa M. Walker.
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- INDIANAPOLIS - BKN--Knicks-Pacers. By Michael Marot.
- OAKLAND, Calif. - BKN--Warriors-Spurs. By Antonio Gonzalez.
- ATLANTA - BKN--Hawks Coach. By Paul Newberry.
HKN--NHL ORIGINAL SIX
The NHL has an Original Six matchup in each conference after the opening round of the playoffs for the first time since 1992 with Chicago facing Detroit and Boston playing the New York Rangers. The other two second-round series feature the defending champion Los Angeles Kings and San Jose along with Pittsburgh and Ottawa. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage.
WASHINGTON - Midway through the third period of an anticlimactic - and unprecedented - Game 7 road victory for his New York Rangers, goalie Henrik Lundqvist fell forward while smothering a puck to stifle yet another chance for the Washington Capitals. Chants of "Hen-reeek! Hen-reeek!" poured forth from the Rangers supporters in the stands, no longer outnumbered because thousands of Capitals fans already had headed for the exits. By Howard Fendrich.
MINNEAPOLIS - Derek Boogaard's family sues the NHL, blaming the league for brain damage the enforcer sustained as a player and for his addiction to prescription painkillers. The case follows a similar suit filed by thousands of former players against the NFL. By Jon Krawczynski. Sent.
- CHICAGO - HKN--Red Wings-Blackhawks. By Jay Cohen.
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- EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - HKN--Sharks-Kings. By Greg Beacham.
- PITTSBURGH - HKN--Penguins-Unlikely Stars. By Will Graves.
- HKN--NHL Playoff Preview Capsules. By Ira Podell.
- MAGNITOGORSK, Russia - HKO--Keenan-Russia.
For one day, the U.S., Russia and Iran will be allied in a common cause - Olympic wrestling. The three powerhouse nations of the sport will hold an exhibition in Grand Central on Wednesday, stressing their joint objection to the sport being dumped from the Olympic roster. By Luke Meredith.
LOS ANGELES - Bryce Harper put a scare into himself and his Washington Nationals teammates after his latest violent collision with an outfield wall. He received 11 stitches in his chin and jammed his shoulder, but didn't sustain a concussion after slamming into the wall in right field on Monday night in the fifth inning of the Nationals' 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. By Beth Harris. Sent.
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- DETROIT - BBA--Astros-President Resigns. By Noah Trister.
- ARLINGTON, Texas - BBA--Rangers-Ryan's Role.
- LOS ANGELES - BBN--Dodgers-Greinke.
- DETROIT - BBA--Tigers-Jackson.
- CHICAGO - BBN--Cubs-Rizzo.
- ST. LOUIS - BBN--Mets-Ankiel. By R.B. Fallstrom.
BALTIMORE - Just like last year, Doug O'Neill was the first trainer to bring his Kentucky Derby entrant to Pimlico Race Course for the Preakness. The similarity ends there. By David Ginsburg.
LONDON - Manchester City fired manager Roberto Mancini on Monday, exactly one year after he delivered the club's first English league title in 44 years. The Italian coach, who had four years remaining on his contract, was dismissed just as players from rival Manchester United were being cheered through the streets while they paraded the Premier League trophy that they recaptured from their neighbors. By Rob Harris. Sent.
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- PARIS - SOC--PSG-Violence. By Jerome Pugmire.
- MILAN - SOC--Italy-Racism.
- LONDON - SOC--England-Racism. By Rob Harris.
- MANCHESTER, England - SOC--Man United-Parade. By Steve Douglas.
GLF--ON GOLF: TIGER ON SUNDAY
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus have never had a conversation longer than a couple of minutes, and rarely about golf. Maybe it's because they already think along the same lines when it comes to winning. The Players Championship was another example of how Woods rarely beats himself. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. Sent.
LAS VEGAS - A weary-looking O.J. Simpson, weighed down by shackles and more than four years in prison, shuffled into a Las Vegas courtroom Monday hoping to eventually walk out a free man. His arrival to ask for a new trial in the armed robbery-kidnapping case that sent him to prison could be heard before he was seen - as a loud rattling of the chains that bound his hands to his waist and restrained his feet. By Linda Deutsch and Ken Ritter. Sent.
SAN DIEGO - Philip Rivers thought Manti Te'o had a decent first interaction with San Diego Chargers veterans. "It didn't seem like he was lost or anything ... he didn't stand out, which was a good thing," Rivers said after the first practice of organized team activities, which are practices in helmets, jerseys and shorts, but no pads. Te'o did get matched up with star tight end Antonio Gates a few times, which was "a quick welcome, Day 1," Rivers said. By Bernie Wilson. Sent.
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- JACKSON, Miss. - FBN--Jimmy Smith-Prison Sentence.
- ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - FBN--Bills-Nix. By John Wawrow.
- JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - FBN--Jaguars-Blackmon. By Mark Long.
- MINNEAPOLIS - FBN--Vikings Stadium. By Dave Campbell.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. - One week into their first training camp under Bill Laimbeer, the New York Liberty are full of excitement and optimism. After struggling to a .500 record the last two years, expectations are sky-high for a roster with a mix of veterans and young players, led by a foursome that played on the Detroit Shock's three championship teams under Laimbeer. By Vin A. Cherwoo.
- CHARLOTTE, N.C. - SWM--US Swimming-After Phelps. By Paul Newberry.
- INDIANAPOLIS - CAR--Indycar-Indy 500-Foyt's Back. By Michael Marot.
- SYDNEY - TEN--Tomic's Father.
- ROME - TEN--Italian Open. By Andrew Dampf.
- LOS ANGELES - USC-Kiffin. By Ralph Russo.
- PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Brown Student-Assault.
- CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - BKC--Chattanooga-Wade.
- MONTREAL - OLY--WADA Code.
- MOSCOW - Russia-Visa Waiver.
Tuesday's Time Schedule
New York at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Golden State at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m.
Ottawa at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
San Jose at Los Angeles, 10 p.m.
Seattle at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
San Diego at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Cleveland at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
San Francisco at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Houston at Detroit, 7:08 p.m.
Cincinnati at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Colorado at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.
Atlanta at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.
Kansas City at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.
Texas at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.
Washington at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.