1:46 AM EDT, Sun April 20, 2014
Toronto Sun 1 hour ago
Raptors point guard Greivis Vasquez helps team stay close to Nets in Game 1

Raptors point guard Greivis Vasquez helps team stay close to Nets in Game 1

All season long Greivis Vasquez has told anyone who would listen he is not afraid of the big moment.
Nets Blog | ESPN New York 6 hours ago

Notebook: Shot-clock madness

TORONTO -- The first game of the Nets-Raptors series took on a bizarre twist when both shot clocks malfunctioned and went out. The Nets and Raptors played most of the second half without a shot clock and had to rely on the public address announcer to announce the time of the shot clock at intervals...
Toronto Sun 7 hours ago

Raptors all-star DeMar DeRozan fails to deliver in Game 1 of playoffs against Nets

In the uncomfortable silence of the losing locker room, DeMar DeRozan sat slumped in his chair, still dressed in his uniform, not moving, staring at a post-game statistics sheet.
Raptors HQ 7 hours ago

Rapid Recap: Nets Lock Down on D for 94 - 87 Win Over Raptors in Game One

The Toronto Raptors couldn't get their offense going this afternoon and dropped a 94 to 87 decision to the Brooklyn Nets in game one of their playoff series. Game 1 is officially in the books. The bad news, for fans of the Toronto Raptors at least, is that their team's first playoff action in six years...
New York Daily News 10 hours ago
Paul Pierce buries the Raptors as Nets take Game 1

Paul Pierce buries the Raptors as Nets take Game 1

Dubbed a "Dinosaur" on the front page of the local Toronto paper because of his age, Pierce buried the Raptors in Game 1 of the opening round, scoring nine of his 15 points in the final three minutes of a wild 94-87 victory that started with a profane insult from Toronto's GM and ended with a broken shot clock.
Toronto Sun 5 hours ago

Nets' Paul Pierce steps up late in Game 1 win over Raptors

The Truth hurts and when a game needs to be won, when an impression needs to be left in the opening round of a series, when a number gets called and stepping up is required, Paul Pierce delivers.
Nets Blog | ESPN New York 6 hours ago

Old man Pierce delivers playoff daggers

TORONTO -- Paul Pierce has played in 137 playoff games, pressure-packed Game 7’s and has experienced the intense spotlight of the NBA Finals. But he experienced a postseason first on Saturday in Toronto. The shot clocks malfunctioned and both the Nets and Raptors had to play most of the second half...
Chicago Sun-Times 1 hour ago

Tom Thibodeau unconcerned that Joakim Noah missed practice

Joakim Noah has said on several occasions that this was the toughest NBA season he’s ever gone through. It didn’t get any easier for the Bulls center last week. Noah returned to practice Saturday after missing practice Friday. The All-Star center flew to New York to mourn the passing of his mentor, Tyrone Green. Noah was unavailable for comment after practice Saturday, but he released a statement about Green’s passing. “I am saddened by the passing of Mr....
Nick Friedell / Chicago Bulls Blog | ESPN Chicago 2 hours ago

Noah, mentor shared special bond

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Joakim Noah could do no wrong in Tyrone Green's eyes. Green, Noah's beloved mentor who died earlier this week, knew his prized pupil wasn't perfect all the time -- but he loved him. He always saw the good in Noah's heart and defended him when people doubted the lanky big man running...
Nick Friedell / Chicago Bulls Blog | ESPN Chicago 12 hours ago

Noah practices, still mourning loss of mentor

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was back at practice Saturday after being excused from Friday's practice for bereavement. Noah flew to New York to mourn the passing of his mentor, Tyrone Green. Noah did not speak to reporters after Saturday's practice, but he did release a statement...
Miami Herald 7 hours ago

Comparisons between LeBron James, Michael Jordan inevitable in Heat-Bobcats series

Although LeBron James and Michael Jordan won’t be on the court doing battle, the playoff series offers an opportunity to compare and contrast two of the NBA’s greatest ambassadors.
Heat Index | ESPN 6 hours ago

Are the Heat more vulnerable than ever?

MIAMI -- LeBron James has little interest in knowing the official human odometer reading. But the physical and psychological wear and tear accumulated from his championship journeys with the Miami Heat certainly have added up over the years. Considering three straight runs to the NBA Finals through...
Chronicle-Telegram 1 hour ago

Too early to be facing Mark Buehrle: Struggling offense no match for veteran left-hander as Blue Jays blank Indians

CLEVELAND — Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle is drinking from the Fountain of Youth at age 35. The Indians, meanwhile, are struggling to tread water. The veteran left-hander scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings Saturday afternoon, allowing Toronto to coast to a 5-0 win at Progressive Field. Cleveland failed to get a runner past Read More...The post Too early to be facing Mark Buehrle: Struggling offense no match for veteran left-hander as Blue Jays blank Indians appeared first on Chronicle-Telegram.Click here to read this story on The Chronicle-Telegram.Content copyright The...
Newsday 2 hours ago
Ivan Nova shelled for four HRs as Rays rout Yanks, 16-1

Ivan Nova shelled for four HRs as Rays rout Yanks, 16-1

It is too early in his career to affix the label, but some Yankees fans likely already have.

A winner again, Colby Lewis touched by standing ovation

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The ovation from the 44,811 at Globe Life Field framed Colby Lewis’ night perfectly. Many in the crowd were standing before Rangers manager Ron Washington reached the mound to take the ball from Lewis after a solid second start in what could develop into quite a comeback story. “I’d take 30 more of them just like that when you get that kind of love and support from the fans," the 34-year-old said. “The reaction was awesome.
Los Angeles Times 2 hours ago

Clippers' Blake Griffin makes a splash, but not on the court

Griffin spends most of the Clippers' Game 1 loss to the Warriors on the bench in foul trouble, and he fouls out in crunch time.There was less than a minute remaining, the score was tied, and where was the Clippers' most valuable player, biggest star and human billboard?

Time for Lucas Duda to prove he belongs

NEW YORK -- Lucas Duda knows his job isn't really safe. It’s a little safer than it was prior to Friday, when the New York Mets traded Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates and thus made it official that Duda is their chosen first baseman. But if the Mets thought the trade would take away any pressure Duda felt, well, it may not work. "Maybe a little bit," Duda said Saturday afternoon, before the Mets played the Atlanta Braves. "But I still have to produce.

Kidd: D-Will 'set the tone' in Game 1

Coming off a subpar regular season by his standards, Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams said he was “motivated” going into the 2013-14 playoffs. It showed in Game 1 of his team’s first-round Eastern Conference postseason series with the Toronto Raptors. Deron Williams #8 PGBrooklyn Nets 2014 STATS GM64 PPG14.3 RPG2.6 APG6.1 FG%.450 FT%.801 Williams scored 11 of his team-high tying 24 points in the first quarter, galvanizing the Nets in their 94-87 victory over the Raptors on Saturday afternoon at Air Canada Centre.
Detroit News 9 hours ago
Max Scherzer recovers from early homer, Tigers rally past Angels

Max Scherzer recovers from early homer, Tigers rally past Angels

Scherzer gave up a home run to lead off the game, but bounced back — quickly — and led the Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the Angels on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park. The win ends the Angels' 10-game win streak in the head-to-head series.

Warriors vs. Clippers: Game 1 pre-tipoff notes

PrintAs expected, Jermaine O’Neal will replace Andrew Bogut (rib) in the Warriors’ starting lineup Saturday, and Clippers swingman Danny Granger (strained left hamstring) will be available after missing the past six games. Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said Draymond Green will get a lot of minutes, and Marreese Speights will see some time at center. The coach even mentioned Hilton Armstrong and Ognjen Kuzmic as the Warriors prepare to play without Bogut. “We’re going to keep on moving along as if he’s not here – as far as being on the basketball floor. He’s in serious...

Clippers reserves come up short against Warriors

Jamal Crawford and other backups score only 26 points in playoff loss.Jamal Crawford made a three-point basket from half court to beat the first-quarter buzzer, giving the Clippers a five-point lead, sending the crowd at Staples Center into a frenzy.
ESPN 9 hours ago
Video: Jamal Crawford Half-Court Buzzer-Beater #SCtop10

Watch: Jamal Crawford Half-Court Buzzer-Beater #SCtop10

Jamal Crawford buries the buzzer-beater to end the first quarter.
Chicago Sun-Times 1 hour ago
White Sox recall Andre Rienzo, put Felipe Paulino on 15-day DL

White Sox recall Andre Rienzo, put Felipe Paulino on 15-day DL

ARLINGTON, Texas — ­Andre Rienzo was brought up from Class AAA Charlotte on Saturday, and Tommy Hanson was also on the move in the wake of Felipe Paulino’s woeful start in which he gave up 10 runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 12-0 loss to the Texas Rangers on Friday. Paulino, 30, signed as a free agent during the offseason to fill a spot at the back of the White Sox’ rotation, was put on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right rotator cuff. He...

Denard Span returns from concussion

Nationals center fielder Denard Span came off the seven-day disabled list after clearing tests and successful rehab following a concussion he suffered last weekend. “He feels good this morning, so we’ve got him in the lineup,” Manager Matt Williams said. The Nationals optioned outfielder Steven Souza Jr. back to Class AAA Syracuse to make roster […]
Will teams keep pitching to Giancarlo Stanton? It may not matter (plus Saturday notes, lineups)

Will teams keep pitching to Giancarlo Stanton? It may not matter (plus Saturday notes, lineups)

According to reporter who spoke with him, Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon believed Friday’s game against Miami “was pretty much over” in the ninth inning when Giancarlo Stanton stood in with the bases loaded. “I’m glad he has so much confidence in our hitter,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Saturday, when he was informed of that comment. These days it’s hard to doubt Stanton, whose walk-off grand slam gave Miami an 8-4 win Friday in the series opener between the teams. After 17 games, he is on pace for 57 homers and 248 RBI – and a whole bunch of zeroes in his next...
Ottawa Citizen 8 hours ago
Boston's Milan Lucic fined $5,000 by NHL for spearing Detroit's Danny DeKeyser in Game I

Boston's Milan Lucic fined $5,000 by NHL for spearing Detroit's Danny DeKeyser in Game I

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Boston forward Milan Lucic has been fined $5,000 for spearing Detroit defenceman Danny DeKeyser during their opening playoff game.

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