9:21 AM EDT, Sun April 20, 2014
Toronto Sun 13 hours ago
Nets' Paul Pierce steps up late in Game 1 win over Raptors

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 14 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...

Granderson, Valverde roles about to change

NEW YORK -- It could have been one of the best wins of the season, a game that would have been replayed for years on SNY. Instead, there's this: By Sunday morning, the New York Mets could have a new cleanup hitter and a new closer. Is that good? Saturday night's 7-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves wasn't even that bad a game for the Mets, who knocked Braves closer Craig Kimbrel out and nearly beat him in the ninth inning. But it was another terrible game for Curtis Granderson, the $60 million cleanup man, and for Jose Valverde, the fill-in closer.
MetsBlog 2 hours ago

Granderson may soon be moved from clean-up spot

Terry Collins is considering moving Curtis Granderson out of the cleanup spot, the manager said after Saturday’s game. Granderson, who signed a four-year, $60 million deal this past winter, went 0-for-5 earlier in the night. He left six runners on base. He is now batting .140 with four RBI. He has struck out in nearly 30% of his […]
Los Angeles Times 10 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?
The Point Forward | SI.com 14 hours ago

Clippers’ Blake Griffin fouls out, douses Warriors fan with water

After fouling out of Game 1 against the Warriors, Clippers forward Blake Griffin spilled water on a Warriors fan seated courtside as he reacted to a JumboTron replay of his sixth foul. The water-logged fan’s companion immediately began laughing at him following the sequence, which ended with Griffin tossing his cup towards the sideline.

NBA Playoffs 2014: Jeff Teague leads Atlanta to rout in Game 1

Jeff Teague set a playoff career-high with 28 points as the Atlanta Hawks steal Game 1 from the Indiana Pacers. For Atlanta things couldn't have gone any better. For the Pacers this may be rock bottom. Atlanta used a 16-2 run in the first quarter to grab an early lead and then delivered the knockout punch in the third quarter of a 101-93 win in Game 1 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The importance of Jeff Teague to Atlanta's success has been mentioned over and over but it was on no better display than in Game 1 Saturday night. Teague torched the Pacers for 28 points and five assists going 9-19...
Rotoworld 11 hours ago

Teague, Millsap destroy Pacers in Game 1 - Jeff Teague (G) Atlanta Hawks

Jeff Teague hit 9-of-19 shots, a 3-pointer and 9-of-10 free throws for 28 points, three rebounds, five assists and a steal in Saturday's Game 1 101-93 win over the No. 1 seeded Pacers in Indy.
South Side Sox 2 hours ago

Adam Eaton flirts with death, then strains hamstring

White Sox' outfield depth tested further with injury described as "mild" Adam Eaton left Saturday night's game against the Texas Rangers with what the White Sox are describing as a "mild" strain of his left hamstring. He pulled up about halfway down the first base line on an inning-ending groundout to second: Robin Ventura expects him to be out three days. Eaton hopes to only miss one game, but when it comes to visible muscle strains, I tend to bet the over, despite Eaton's attempt to downplay it: "I need to make sure that I take care of the body a little better and we'll be just fine,"...
NetsDaily 48 mins ago
Arena officials promise shot-clock will be back Tuesday

Arena officials promise shot-clock will be back Tuesday

Air Canada Centre promises things will work on Tuesday. In a statement, managers of the 15-year-old downtown facility blamed a "signal path failure" that led to all the shot clocks failing midway through the third quarter, and promising a return to professionalism in arena management by the next game in the Nets-Raptors series The failure led to a makeshift arrangement that harkened back to the days shortly after Dr. James Naismith nailed a peach basket to a wall in Springfield, Mass. "New cables will be run to ensure no issues arise on Tuesday, and the NBA will inspect both the fixed and...
Mets Blog | ESPN New York 14 hours ago

Lannan headed to Vegas

NEW YORK -- John Lannan will go to Las Vegas. Lannan, the 29-year-old left-hander who was outrighted by the New York Mets on Wednesday, could have elected to become a free agent. Instead he will report to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51's. Lannan pitched only four innings for the Mets after signing with the team as a free agent during the winter. He gave up seven runs on seven hits, including three home runs.
Miami Herald 14 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.
Oklahoman 8 hours ago
OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook makes a difference

OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook makes a difference

By Jenni CarlsonRussell Westbrook hurled himself through the lane toward the basket and hit one of those crazy circus shots that we’ve seen him make a million times. But when he turned and ran up court, there was a little hitch in his get-along.Read more on NewsOK.com
Chicago Sun-Times 8 hours 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....
Los Angeles Times 10 hours ago
Clippers reserves come up short against Warriors

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.
Mets Blog | ESPN New York 15 hours ago
Time for Lucas Duda to prove he belongs

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.
Newsday 10 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.

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