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Grizzlies avoid elimination, beat Clippers 92-80

May 10, 2012

By TERESA M. WALKER, Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have the Los Angeles Clippers frustrated and hurting.

Blake Griffin sprained his left knee, Chris Paul went to the Clippers' bench with a sore right hip and another late comeback fizzled against a Memphis team that ...

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Heat advance to face Indiana, topping NY 106-94

May 10, 2012

By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James was still on the court, enjoying the moment after ousting the New York Knicks, when the first questions came about what's next for the Miami Heat.

For one day, Indiana can wait.

Having Thursday off from practice is Miami's first playoff ...

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Rangers, Capitals headed to another Game 7

May 10, 2012

By HOWARD FENDRICH, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — It makes perfect sense that the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals are heading to a Game 7.

In many ways, these teams are mirror images of each other.

Neither scores much. Neither allows opponents to, either. They play every game ...

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Ovechkin helps Caps beat Rangers 2-1, force Game 7

May 9, 2012

By HOWARD FENDRICH, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin rebounded from a rare zero-shot performance by scoring after 88 seconds Wednesday night, Braden Holtby made 30 saves, and the Washington Capitals recovered from a potentially devastating loss by beating the top-seeded New York ...

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James scores 29, Heat oust Knicks 106-94

May 9, 2012

By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James decided not to play in New York two summers ago. He won't be playing there any more this season, either.

The Knicks have been put away, and the Miami Heat are headed to the second round of the NBA playoffs.

James had 29 points, eight ...

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Peterson progressing; Vikings stress caution

May 9, 2012

By DAVE CAMPBELL, Associated Press

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings were running sprints during one of their workouts a couple of weeks ago, and Adrian Peterson was watching off to the side.

Salivating like a kid asking his dad if they can stop for ice cream on the drive home,

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Hamilton low key about 4-HR game, future in Texas

May 9, 2012

By DAVID GINSBURG, Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — If the Hall of Fame ever comes calling for the last baseball Josh Hamilton hit over the wall on Tuesday night, the Texas Rangers slugger might need some time to track it down.

Hamilton became the 16th player in major league history to hit four ...

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Yankees closer Rivera has blood clot in calf

May 9, 2012

By MIKE FITZPATRICK, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Mariano Rivera hobbled up to the podium on a pair of crutches he's quickly grown tired of, ready to reveal more news about his health.

This time, it was something more serious than a torn knee ligament.

Rivera has a blood clot in his right ...

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Ex-dealer defends inconsistencies at Clemens trial

May 9, 2012

By JOSEPH WHITE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to explain why his book suggested one thing and his testimony said something else, convicted drug dealer Kirk Radomski held up a copy of his 246-page tome called "Bases Loaded" while on the witness stand and gave as good as he got from one ...

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ACC, ESPN agree to extension through 2026-27

May 9, 2012

By AARON BEARD, Associated Press

For the Atlantic Coast Conference, more teams and more games means a lot more TV money.

The ACC and ESPN have extended their television deal through the 2026-27 season.

A person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press that it's worth $3.6 billion ...

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Finchem says Masters 'too important' to ignore

May 9, 2012

By DOUG FERGUSON, Associated Press

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said Wednesday the Masters is "too important" for the tour to take it off its official schedule, even though Augusta National has never had a female member in its 80-year history.

"We have ...

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Still No. 2? City plays for Premier League title

May 9, 2012

By STUART CONDIE, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Manchester City always seems to be second best in its own backyard, like a little brother overshadowed by his bigger and stronger sibling.

He's already done the things you want to do, and has done them better anyway. And when you finally do ...

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Donald, McIlroy face off in long battle for No. 1

May 9, 2012

By DOUG FERGUSON, Associated Press

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Golf's world ranking has been more like a game of musical chairs with the most turnover at the top in the 26-year history of the ranking. Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald would like the music to stop playing for good sometime this year,

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Federer rallies past Raonic, Nadal wins in Madrid

May 9, 2012

By PAUL LOGOTHETIS, Associated Press

MADRID (AP) — Roger Federer rallied to beat Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) at the Madrid Open on Wednesday to narrowly avoid his earliest tournament exit in two years.

Federer hasn't been eliminated in the second round of a tournament since the 2010 Rome ...

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Euro 2012 a political headache for Ukraine

May 9, 2012

By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The June Euro 2012 football championship was Ukraine's chance to shine: forge closer ties with the West, boost its international standing and aid its struggling economy.

Instead, it's turned into a major headache.

In a move reminiscent of ...

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Olympic flame lighting rehearsal for London Games

May 9, 2012

By DEMETRIS NELLAS, Associated Press

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — The final rehearsal for the lighting of the flame that will burn at the London Olympics went off without a hitch under sunny skies in the birthplace of the Ancient Games.

Standing in front of the 2,600-year-old Temple of Hera, an ...

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British archer Williamson makes her 6th Olympics

May 9, 2012

LONDON (AP) — British archer Alison Williamson will compete at the Olympics for a sixth time.

The 40-year-old Williamson was given the final discretionary place on the squad for London after missing out on an automatic qualifying spot, making her only the third Briton after javelin thrower Tessa ...

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World champion Spain leads FIFA rankings

May 9, 2012

ZURICH (AP) — World champion Spain remains No. 1 in FIFA's monthly rankings ahead of Germany and Uruguay, followed by the Netherlands and Portugal.

The only change among the top 10 in the May rankings is Argentina swapping places with Denmark to occupy spot No. 9.

Only eight international ...

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Partying and pain on one day at 1972 Olympics

May 9, 2012

By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press

It began as a glorious late summer's day — clear blue sky, shorts and shirt-sleeve kind of weather. Sunlight twinkled off the acrylic glass at the Olympic stadium. Tourists lounged beneath the umbrellas of outdoor cafes, chatting and sipping beer.

The scene in ...

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3 Serie A clubs to answer for match-fixing

May 9, 2012

ROME (AP) — Serie A clubs Atalanta, Novara and Siena are among the 22 Italian teams being notified that they are being investigated by sports authorities in a massive match-fixing scandal.

The other clubs named on Wednesday by the Italian soccer federation are: AlbinoLeffe, Ancona, Ascoli, Avesa,

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