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Devils rally past Rangers, 3-2, tie series, 1-1

May 17, 2012

By IRA PODELL, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers don't like being all even after two games, but they sure are used to it.

For the third straight series, the Eastern Conference's top-seeded team has failed to build on an opening-game win, and now they have yielded home-ice ...

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Thunder rally to edge Lakers 77-75 in Game 2

May 17, 2012

By JEFF LATZKE, Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Down in desperation time, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks called on Kevin Durant to show that he's more than just a three-time scoring champion. And that meant guarding one of the NBA's all-time best.

Durant was up to the challenge,

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5 horses with chance vs. Derby champ in Preakness

May 17, 2012

By RICHARD ROSENBLATTT, Associated Press

All eyes will be on Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another when an 11-horse field lines up for the $1 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. A victory, and I'll Have Another will have a chance to become the first Triple Crown champion ...

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Brees critical of Saints in radio interview

May 17, 2012

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees said in a radio interview Wednesday night that he is frustrated by what he views as a lack of communication with the New Orleans Saints in his ongoing contract negotiations, adding the club should have shown more urgency to get a long-term deal done.

"It's been ...

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Hellickson keys Rays' 2-1 win over Boston

May 17, 2012

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A scary situation involving Tampa Bay second baseman Will Rhymes overshadowed another strong outing by Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.

Rhymes left in the eighth inning of the Rays' 2-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night after being hit by a pitch ...

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Celtics top 76ers 107-91 in Game 3 for 2-1 lead

May 16, 2012

By DAN GELSTON, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kevin Garnett yapped his way down the court after big baskets and clearly enjoyed taking it to the 76ers.

Rajon Rondo pushed the ball and relentlessly attacked the lane.

Paul Pierce gutted out a knee injury and grinded his way to the free ...

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Eli Manning, Giants get latest Super Bowl rings

May 16, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Like a little kid with a brand new toy, Eli Manning couldn't wait.

"You're up on stage getting the box," Manning said Wednesday night, "and you wonder how quickly you can get off stage and open the box and get the ring on."

Manning and his New York Giants teammates received their ...

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Column: Return of Manny Ramirez is big con

May 16, 2012

By TIM DAHLBERG, Associated Press

The state of Rhode Island is having trouble collecting some of the millions it lent former pitcher Curt Schilling, another reminder why chasing celebrity is almost always a bad thing.

Schilling met with the state's governor on Wednesday to ask for even more help,

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Manny Pacquiao denounces anti-gay allegations

May 16, 2012

By GREG BEACHAM, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Manny Pacquiao says he loves and supports gays and lesbians, even though he does not approve of gay marriage.

The world champion boxer and Filipino congressman has been criticized ever since he was quoted in an interview on the examiner.com ...

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Heat regroup, heading to take on confident Pacers

May 16, 2012

By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were not carrying "Help Wanted" signs around the Miami Heat practice floor on Wednesday. The mood was not grim, voices were not hushed and scowls were not prominent.

The way the Heat see it, their series with Indiana begins anew ...

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Kings bring dominant playoff run back home

May 16, 2012

By BETH HARRIS, Associated Press

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have maintained their discipline and cool during a dominant playoff run that has them two wins away from the team's first Stanley Cup finals appearance since 1993 with Wayne Gretzky.

They've frustrated the Phoenix ...

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Bodemeister 8-5 morning line favorite in Preakness

May 16, 2012

By DAVID GINSBURG, Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — Just like in the Kentucky Derby, Bodemeister is the favorite in the Preakness.

This time, Bob Baffert intends to justify the odds.

Despite finishing second in the Derby, Bodemeister was installed as the 8-5 favorite for Saturday's second leg ...

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Lawrie joins list of baseball's wildest rants

May 16, 2012

By BEN WALKER, Associated Press

Helmet tossing and bat banging have become all the rage, it seems. Yet suspended Toronto infielder Brett Lawrie and injured Washington teen phenom Bryce Harper still have a long way to go before hitting our list of baseball's wildest rants and raves.

These guys all ...

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Arbitrator hears arguments on NFL player penalties

May 16, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Arbitrator Shyam Das heard arguments Wednesday from NFL and players union lawyers on whether Commissioner Roger Goodell can discipline players for actions that occurred before the league's current labor agreement was signed last August.

The hearing, which stemmed from the NFL's ...

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Newgarden tops speed chart again at Indy practice

May 16, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Josef Newgarden is getting used to finishing first.

The American rookie topped the Indianapolis 500 speed chart Wednesday, posting the fastest lap of the day at 222.785 mph. It's the third time he has led in five practice sessions.

Marco Andretti was second at 222.108. He has ...

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MLB announces Mets as 2013 All-Star host

May 16, 2012

By RONALD BLUM, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Mr. Met stood near the podium with baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, Mets owner Fred Wilpon and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"Thanks for bringing your boss along," Bloomberg said to the mascot. "Does he pay you well?"

After more than ...

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Pacers' Larry Bird is NBA Executive of the Year

May 16, 2012

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, Associated Press

Everything always seemed to come so easily for Larry Bird on a basketball court.

The way the ball appeared almost destined to swish through the net every time he finished his lightning-quick release with a flick of his right wrist. The way he could suck a ...

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Delany: National title game likely to be bid on

May 16, 2012

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — How about a national championship game in Detroit? Or Minneapolis? What about Boston or New York?

With college football headed toward a playoff, Big Ten administrators this week came out in favor of staging those games in bowls, a step that ...

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Jays' Lawrie suspended 4 games for ump altercation

May 16, 2012

TORONTO (AP) — Brett Lawrie heard the penalty, then expressed just one regret about his tantrum: that his batting helmet bounced up and hit an umpire.

Major League Baseball suspended Lawrie for four games and fined him an undisclosed amount Wednesday, a day after the Toronto third baseman got into ...

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Study links vets to brain disease seen in athletes

May 16, 2012

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small study raises more concern about the long-term consequences of brain injuries suffered by thousands of soldiers — suggesting they may be at risk of developing the same degenerative brain disease as some retired football players.

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