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 on: Today at 02:09:29 am 
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NEW YORK, N.Y. - New Orleans forward Anthony Davis was chosen Friday to replace the injured Kobe Bryant in the NBA All-Star game that will be played in his home city. "Its a great opportunity for me. Im excited to play in the game," said Davis, who was informed hed been added to the Western Conference roster by Pelicans coach Monty Williams. "When coach said it. I was speechless. I didnt know what to say. Im glad they chose me. Ill try to go out and represent New Orleans and the Pelicans." Davis was nearly chosen as a reserve, but missed by one spot in voting by Western Conference head coaches, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because vote totals were not released. Speaking before the Pelicans hosted the Minnesota Timberwolves, Davis acknowledged he was disappointed when he was initially left off the roster. "I was down, but I moved on. I understand that I have a lot more opportunities to try to get in the game," Davis recalled. "Today, it was great." The 2012 U.S. Olympian ended up getting into the Feb. 16 game at Smoothie King Center when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver chose him to replace Bryant, who was voted by fans to start but is still recovering from a broken knee. Davis is averaging 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and a league-leading 3.3 blocks for the Pelicans. Davis, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, is also scheduled to play in the Rising Stars Challenge for rookies and second-year players next Friday. Davis confirmed he still intended to play in that game as well, but Williams was gratified he got into the main event as well. Williams said he thought Davis had worked so hard and was having such a stellar season that he had taken the unusual step of lobbying the coaches he knows best to vote for Davis as a reserve. "I cant tell you how happy I was to be able to tell him the news after having to tell him the first time that he didnt make it. It was a cool moment. I cant express that enough, how happy I am for him," Williams said. "He thought I was joking. He said, Not a game, coach? And I was like, No, not a game. You made it. And he was speechless and laughing. You know, hes 20. I didnt expect a poem or anything. "I thought he deserved it the first time," Williams added. Minnesota coach Rick Adelman agreed. "He certainly deserves it. Hes the leading shot-blocker in the league," Adelman said. "I had a feeling hed be the one they would chose and rightfully so, getting a representative from New Orleans in the game. Hes certainly worth it." Western Conference coach Scott Brooks of Oklahoma City will decide who replaces Bryant in the starting lineup. <a href="http://www.theraidersofficialshop.com/black-friday-derek-carr-jersey/">Derek Carr Black Friday Jersey</a>. 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SAN ANTONIO -- Portland coach Terry Stotts is running out of adjectives and analogies to describe the San Antonio Spurs dominance in the second quarter. Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points, Tony Parker had 16 points and 10 assists, and San Antonio rolled to a 114-97 victory over the Trail Blazers on Thursday night for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. After being struck by a "tidal wave" during the second quarter of the opener, Portland took on even more water in Game 2. "The onslaught at the beginning of the second quarter was obviously the turning point in the game," Stotts said. Boris Diaw scored six straight points to ignite a 23-8 run that gave San Antonio a 54-36 lead with 7 minutes remaining in the first half. The Spurs outscored the Trail Blazers 41-25 in the second quarter, raising their advantage to 77-48 in that period in winning the first two games of the best-of-seven series convincingly. Nicolas Batum scored 21 points for the Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard had 19 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points and 10 rebounds, but the Trail Blazers All-Star duo put up 43 shots. Aldridge was 6 for 23, missing back-to-back dunks in the second quarter. "We missed a lot of shots," Aldridge said. "I definitely wasnt in a good rhythm tonight. I missed two dunks and four or five layups, so if those shots go in, then the whole game is different." The Trail Blazers host Game 3 on Saturday night. Manu Ginobili added 16 points, Marco Belinelli scored 13 and Diaw had 12 as San Antonios reserves outscored Portlands 50-19. Making matters worse for the Trail Blazers, reserve Mo Williams was limited to 9 minutes due to a groin injury. He finished with four points. "Our bench is coming alive," Parker said. "They had a hard first round. They had a hard time against Dallas, but the last two games the bench is playing well." The Trail Blazers, who found a snake in their locker room before the game, had a much better start than in Game 1. Batums 3-pointer gave Portland its first lead of series at 7-4 with 9:47 remaining in the first quarter. It lasted for 16 seconds before Leonards 3 tied it. San Antonio soon began using the quicker pace to force turnovers and find open shooters. The Spurs had 17 fast-break pooints in the first half compared to two by the Trail Blazers.dddddddddddd. Wesley Matthews was clearly frustrated, taking his mouthpiece out and looking upward in frustration before glaring at his teammates. Matthews responded by scoring 10 straight points in the third quarter while San Antonio went scoreless for 4 minutes, pulling Portland within 81-69 with 2 minutes remaining in the third. After losing 116-92 in the opener, Portland was sparked by greater activity by Robin Lopez, who had six rebounds and a blocked shot in the opening six minutes. He struggled once Diaw entered the game. Portland did not allow any fast-break points in the second half, closing within 10 points midway through the final quarter. Lillards 18-foot jumper pulled the Blazers within 92-80 with 9:17 remaining and his driving layup a minute and half later cut the margin to 94-84. Batum, who was 1 for 5 on 3-pointers in Game 1, hit his third of the game to cut the lead to 99-91 with 5:37 remaining. "The first two games, they went on a big run in the first half of both games," Lillard said. "Then in the second half, we come out and make those adjustments and those corrections and clean things up and then we play a much better half. We have to do a better job of taking away those second chances." The Trail Blazers had a chance to close within seven inside 5 minutes, but Leonard blocked Matthews layup from behind to maintain the Spurs advantage at 102-93. Parker followed with a jumper in the lane on Lillard, and Leonard and Ginobili hit back-to-back 3s to put San Antonio up 110-93 and put the game out of reach. NOTES: Portlands Thomas Robinson found the snake two hours before tipoff when he reached for a bag in his locker. The team initially thought it was a baby rattlesnake, but stadium officials later determined it was a non-venomous snake. The snake was estimated between 3 to 4 feet in length. ... Spurs general manager R.C. Buford was honoured before the tip after being awarded NBA Executive of the Year on Wednesday. Buford, who won the award for the first time in his 12th season as the teams general manager, received a rousing ovation from the sell-out crowd. ... Parker had to towel off after having beer spilled on his left leg when he tumbled into the courtside seats 2 minutes into the game. ' ' '

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 on: Today at 02:01:54 am 
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PITTSBURGH -- Josh Harrison got the game-winning hit and yet all anyone wanted to ask him about was how he wriggled out of that wild rundown an inning earlier. Harrisons double with two outs in the 11th gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night. "The rundown was fun, but the hit was more exciting because it meant the game was over and we won," Harrison said. Jordy Mercer hit a two-run single for the Pirates (41-39), who moved two games above .500 for the first time since April 10. They have won the first two games of the four-game series. Pinch-hitter Clint Barmes drew a one-out walk from former Pittsburgh reliever Vic Black (1-2) in the 11th. Mercer struck out before Harrison hit a drive to the 375-foot sign in right-centre, scoring Barmes without a throw. Harrison entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh and squirmed his way out of a long rundown in the 10th. The play drew an argument from Mets manager Terry Collins, who thought Harrison should have been ruled out for running outside the baseline. Harrison twice avoided a tag by hitting the ground and popping back up. "Like I learned in middle school -- stop, drop and roll," he said. Harrison eventually scrambled into third, putting two Pirates runners in scoring position with none out. Jenrry Mejia pitched out of the jam by getting two strikeouts and a fly to right. Black, acquired from the Pirates late last season in a trade, wasnt as fortunate in the 11th. Harrison and teammate Russell Martin each had two hits. Jared Hughes (4-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Lucas Duda hit a two-run single and rookie Travis dArnaud had three hits for the Mets, who played without seven-time All-Star David Wright. The third baseman was scratched about 90 minutes before the first pitch with a sore left shoulder and will return to New York on Saturday for an MRI. Wright, riding a 10-game hitting streak, said the shoulder has been nagging him for a couple of weeks. "Any loss is going to be tough," said Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, who had two hits. "Mejia did a great job right there that inning. Its a loss. Losses are tough. I dont know any other way to describe it." Neither rookie starter figured in the decision but both pitched well. New Yorks Jacob deGrom gave up two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. Pittsburghs Brandon Cumpton allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. Cumpton is 3-0 with a 2.97 ERA in five June starts after giving up 11 runs in 3 2-3 innings on May 31 in a loss at Dodger Stadium. "He continues to go out there and compete," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "He keeps going out there and getting things done." NOTES: Pittsburgh traded RHP Jason Grilli to the Los Angeles Angels for RHP Ernesto Frieri. Both pitchers were removed as their teams closer on May 20. ... Pittsburgh will activate RHP Gerrit Cole (6-3, 3.64 ERA) from the disabled list Saturday to start against LHP Jonathon Niese (4-4, 2.78). Cole has been sidelined since June 4 with right shoulder fatigue. ... Pirates LF Starling Marte did not start for a third straight game because of a jammed right middle finger, but he pinch-ran in the seventh inning and will likely start Saturday. ... Mets OF Chris Young went 0 for 5 in an increasingly rare start against a right-handed pitcher, playing left field in place of Eric Young Jr. Collins wanted to get Young in the lineup after he hit three home runs in two games against Oakland this week. ... Pittsburgh is 5-4 in extra innings. 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The St. Louis Cardinals were scheduled to arrive in Boston in time for a workout on Tuesday afternoon. Much of Mondays discussion focused on Bostons lineup considerations as the series progresses, specifically when the venue shifts to St. <a href="http://www.thelionsshoponline.com/Youth-Glover-Quin-Lions-Jersey/">Glover Quin Jersey</a>. The Arena das Dunas in the northeastern city of Natal sustained minor damage during the protests, but demonstrators stayed away on Sunday and officials said the stadium passed its first test, with only minor adjustments needed going forward.CALGARY -- Ryan Smyth didnt need a stick to score the goal that mattered to Edmonton. The Oilers used a 27-save save shutout by Devan Dubnyk and a pair of goals by Smyth to beat the Calgary Flames 2-0 on Friday. Smyth, who also scored into an empty net with six seconds left, had a fortunate bounce to open the scoring in the first period. With Smyth stationed at the top of the goal crease, Ales Hemsky fired puck from the corner that hit Smyth in the chest and bounced past Calgarys Reto Berra. There was a lengthy video review but the goal was upheld. "When you get a goal like that, light the light and keep them at zero," said Dubnyk. "We did a good job, especially toward the end of game when they were pushing to get one, we didnt give them much." It was Smyths first goals in 14 games. "Smitty battled throughout the game tonight, I thought he was really working," said Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins. Less than three minutes before Smyths goal, it appeared Calgary had taken the first lead when Mark Giordano fired a shot through the pads of Dubnyk. However, as the Flames celebrated the goal, the cheers from the sell-out crowd of 19,289 quickly turned to boos when the goal was being waved off for incident contact with the goalie by Flames six-foot-five centre Joe Colborne. "Its a great call," said Dubnyk. "I know, obviously being here, nobody likes it, but it would have been an easy one for him to let go because it wasnt too noticeable, but he comes through the crease and spins me sideways on the original play. "If he hadnt of done that, then I wouldnt have been sprawling and stretching, and it wouldnt have gone under my arm." Colborne didnt see the play unfold in quite the same way. "To tell you the truth, I didnt even notice touching the goalie. I thought Gio made a really nice fake and because Dubynk was screened, he bit on it then needed to reset himself so he was kind of scrambling and Gio got off a good shot," Colborne said. "To get that first goal of the game was pretty big and were coming back to celebrate with the rest of our team and then you see them waving it off. Its frustrating but regardless, you have to score more than one goal ussually anyway so even if that one counted, we still have to go out and play the rest of the game.dddddddddddd" Dubnyk recorded his second shutout of the season and eighth of his career. "Its always fun to play here," said Dubnyk, who played his minor hockey in Calgary. "Ive lived a lot of years here and its always fun to win. This is the first shutout here, so its extra special." Edmonton (13-24-3), which won consecutive games for the first time in over a month, will go for three victories in a row Saturday night when they host the Philadelphia Flyers. Calgary (14-18-6) has split the first two games in its five-game home stand. Next up is the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. "The bottom line is we didnt play a very good game. We didnt give ourselves a chance to win. Heres one game that I didnt think we had our usual jump," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. Edmonton moves to within five points of the Flames in the Western Conference standings. "You have to give them credit, they are a hard-working team, but by no means are we going to lay down and be pushed over," Smyth said. "Were a team thats going to fight and claw and try and get ourselves bumping up in the standings, one game at a time and we did it tonight." It was the third meeting between the two provincial rivals and the third straight goaltending duel between Dubnyk and Berra. They had split the first two. Six minutes into the third period, Giordano nearly tied the game but had his shot from the point go off Dubnyks glove and then hit the crossbar. "We didnt get the bounces tonight but we werent good enough. We have to generate more and find ways to score," said Giordano. "For too long of periods of time, we were standing around and not moving our feet enough." Berra had 26 saves to fall to 5-9-2. All five of his wins have come in overtime or a shootout. Notes: Flames RW Lee Stempniak has no goals in nine games and two in 21 games since returning from a foot injury. He had four goals in 10 games when he got hurt ... Edmonton D Andrew Ference played in NHL game No. 800 ... Neither C Roman Horak or D Martin Marincin, recalled from Oklahoma City on Thursday, were in Edmontons lineup. ' ' '

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 on: Today at 01:59:48 am 
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Charleston, SC - Former runner-up Lucie Safarova and 15th- seeded American Madison Keys were a pair of opening-round winners, while 10th- seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko was sent packing Monday at the Family Circle Cup tennis event. The ninth-seeded Safarova doused Swede Johanna Larsson 6-2, 6-3 on the green clay at Family Circle Tennis Center. The Czech player was a finalist here two years ago and captured back-to-back doubles titles in 2012 and last year. Making her 2014 season debut, the former world No. 5 Kirilenko succumbed to Swiss qualifier Belinda Bencic 6-1, 7-5. Kirilenko had been sidelined since the end of last season because of a knee injury. The 19-year-old Keys, meanwhile, advanced by sneaking past Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (7-3). In other action involving Americans, Lauren Davis leveled German Dinah Pfizenmaier 6-1, 6-4; Russian Alla Kudryavtseva dismissed Christina McHale 6-3, 7-5; South African Chanelle Scheepers overcame Alison Riske 4-6, 6-2, 6-3; and Czech Petra Cetkovska topped Varvara Lepchenko 6-1, 2-6, 6-0. Davis will face former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic in the second round. Also advancing on Day 1 were Frances Virginie Razzano, Brazils Teliana Pereira, Kazakhstans Yaroslava Shvedova, Croat Ajla Tomljanovic, and Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens. Serena Williams has won the last two titles and is a three-time Charleston champ. The world No. 1 star topped the 2007 titlist Jankovic in last years finale. Last weeks Miami champion Williams and Jankovic are this weeks top seeds. <a href="http://www.thesaintsofficialshop.com/black-friday-drew-brees-jersey/">Drew Brees Black Friday Jersey</a>. PAUL, Minn. <a href="http://www.thesaintsofficialshop.com/black-friday-kenny-vaccaro-jersey/">Kenny Vaccaro Black Friday Jersey</a>. -- Brandon Jennings made the most of his first game with the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. <a href="http://www.thesaintsofficialshop.com/black-friday-curtis-lofton-jersey/">http://www.thesaintsofficialshop.com/black-friday-curtis-lofton-jersey/</a>. Coverage kicks off from Philadelphia on Thursday as Hustler and Lawless tee up the action with a preview show. First round coverage starts on Friday at 3pm ct, as Hustler and Lawlesss and the Illegal Curve Hockey Show are live from the draft floor and continues on Saturday of rounds two through seven at 9am ct. <a href="http://www.thesaintsofficialshop.com/black-friday-josh-hill-jersey/">Josh Hill Jersey</a>. -- The basic role that Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito shared as offensive linemen for the Miami Dolphins was protecting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. <a href="http://www.thesaintsofficialshop.com/black-friday-shayne-graham-jersey/">Shayne Graham Saints Jersey</a>. Then Ryan Raburn came to the plate and did what he usually does against the Chicago White Sox. Raburn hit a tiebreaking single and David Murphy drove in four runs, leading the Indians to a 12-6 victory over the White Sox.BERLIN -- Wladimir Klitschko will defend his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles against Australian challenger Alex Leapai in Oberhausen, Germany, on April 26. Klitschkos management company says the bout will be the Ukrainian fighters 25th world championship fight. The 1.83-meter (6-foot) Leapai defeated the previously unbeaten Denis Boytsov in November to become the WBOs mandatory challenger. The 34-year-old, who was born in Samoa, haas a 30-4-3 record with 24 knockouts since turning professional in 2004.dddddddddddd Leapai says, "Ill beat Wladimir and it wont even be my toughest fight." The 37-year-old Klitschko, who comfortably defeated Alexander Povetkin of Russia in Moscow last October, is 61-3 with 52 KOs. Klitschkos older brother Vitali, the former WBC champion, stepped back from boxing to concentrate on politics in their native Ukraine. ' ' '

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 on: Today at 01:56:54 am 
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IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys decided one year with Monte Kiffin as defensive co-ordinator and Bill Callahan as play-caller was enough. Kiffin was demoted Tuesday in favour of defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, and Scott Linehan was hired as the passing game co-ordinator who will call plays. The staff shuffling -- the second in as many years -- comes after the Cowboys gave up the most yards in franchise history and finished last in the NFL in total defence and had their worst offensive output in yardage since 2005. "If you look at staffs around this league and rosters all around this league, theres change from year to year," Garrett told The Associated Press. "And the teams that embrace the change are the ones that have the most success and again we feel like from a system standpoint, the systems on offence and the systems on defence, remain in place." Kiffin and Marinelli came to Dallas together last year after the Cowboys fired defensive co-ordinator Rob Ryan and decided to switch to a four-man front with three linebackers following nearly a decade in the 3-4 defence. Quarterback Tony Romo will have his third play-caller in as many seasons after Garrett had that role in 2012. There was even a change in the middle of this past season when Garrett reinserted himself by relaying the calls from Callahan to Romo. "Its not really a concern at all," Garrett said. "Weve had the same offensive system in place here for seven years. We feel like the transition will be really relatively smooth for everybody." Garrett is entering the final season of his contract and is coming off three consecutive 8-8 seasons that extended the clubs playoff drought to four straight years. Garrett said Callahan will remain on staff in 2014, also the final year of his contract. He will keep his titles of offensive co-ordinator and offensive line coach. "Just like you would with a player, guys are always in roles that tend to evolve and change," Garrett said. "If you have the right kind of guys on your team, they embrace those roles, understand the objective is to try to help our team first and foremost. Bill knows that." Linehan, the former St. Louis coach who was Detroits offensive co-ordinator the past five seasons, gave Garrett his first coaching job in the NFL in 2005 when he was offensive co-ordinator in Miami. Garrett was his quarterbacks coach that season. "He and I have a real comfort level with each other," Garrett said. "Philosophically, were on the same page. He has a comfort level with our system of football. The other thing hell bring is some new blood and some freshness to it." The Lions finished sixth or higher each of the past three years in total offence, while the Cowboys slipped to 16th, their lowest since 2002. While improving dramatically in takeaways on defence under Kiffin, the Cowboys gave up the first two 600-yard games in franchise history and surrendered 40 first downs for the first time in league history. Their 6,645 yards allowed were almost 1,000 more than the previous club record from 2012. Garrett said Kiffin, who will turn 74 next month, will serve more as a mentor who will "help coach coaches and coach players" after spearheading the transition to the 4-3 defence. Marinelli was Chicagos defensive co-ordinator for three years under Lovie Smith before Smith was fired in 2012, when the Bears led the league in interceptions (24) and takeaways (44) and were third in points allowed. "The success he had in Chicago as a co-ordinator speaks for itself," Garrett said. "To have him as a point person is exciting and to have Kiff in the overseeing role is again something we think is good for our team." The Cowboys now have three former head coaches on the staff in Callahan, Marinelli and Linehan, who was 11-25 in two-plus seasons as coach of the Rams. He was fired after an 0-4 start in 2008 and joined the Lions a year later when Jim Schwartz was hired as head coach. Schwartz was fired last month. <a href="http://www.thetexansofficialshop.com/black-friday-johnathan-joseph-jersey/">Johnathan Joseph Black Friday Jersey</a>.J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his left knee. <a href="http://www.thetexansofficialshop.com/black-friday-ryan-fitzpatrick-jersey/">Ryan Fitzpatrick Jersey</a>." 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The club has already announced the signing of Defoe, with the 31-year-old Spurs star set to be unveiled at a news conference Monday morning at the huge high-tech sports bar owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment across the street from the Air Canada Centre. <a href="http://www.thetexansofficialshop.com/black-friday-johnathan-joseph-jersey/">Johnathan Joseph Texans Jersey</a>. "Its huge," Casey said of Torontos matchup with the fifth-place Hawks, who sit 1.5 games behind the Raptors for third place in the Eastern Conference. "Its not like in the past where games dont matter. In the past we were building, getting guys experience.PHILADELPHIA -- Jordan Zimmermann is disappointed that he likely wont be able to pitch in the All-Star game. The Washington Nationals right-hander hopes thats the worst of what comes out of Friday nights outing. Zimmermann abruptly left his start in the fourth inning of a 6-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies with a right biceps injury. Zimmermann, who is scheduled to participate in his second straight All-Star game, will be evaluated further on Saturday but isnt expected to pitch Tuesday in Minneapolis, according to manager Matt Williams. Zimmermann (6-5), who had Tommy John surgery in August 2009, called the Nationals training staff out after he threw a pitch to Cameron Rupp with one out in the fourth. He showed no obvious discomfort, but left the mound after a short discussion with the training staff and Williams. He doesnt feel the problem is related to his shoulder or elbow. "It was gradually getting worse with every pitch," he said. "I knew something wasnt right. I didnt want to push it too far." He said not pitching in the All-Star game would be a disappointment. "Obviously, you want to go," he said. "I had all my plans made and I wanted to pitch in front of my family. But the main thing is to get healthy." Zimmermann left after allowing four runs and six hits. He threw 53 pitches, 36 for strikes. "I feel OK now," he said. "I dont think its anything major. Hopefully, the MRI comes out good." Bryce Harper homered for the Nationals, who have lost three of four. Zimmermann has a 1.26 ERA since June 1 with 46 strikeouts and seven walks in 50 innings over seven starts. But he gave up four runs and six hits in 3 1-3 innings against the Phillies. Jimmy Rollins homered twice and A.J. Burnett pitched 7 2-3 strong innings to lead the Phillies to their fifth straight victory. Burnett (6-8) allowed two runs and five hits while striking out six and walking four. He improved to 10-4 with a 3.37 ERA in 19 career starts against Washington. "Hes been tough on us and he was good tonight," Williams said. "He had everything working, and he knows how to pitch." Domonic Brown doubled and drove in two runs for Philadelphia, which matched its longest winning streak of the season. It has been a surprising run for the Phillies, who had lost 113 of 16 before a four-game sweep of the NL Central-leading Brewers in Milwaukee.dddddddddddd Philadelphia hasnt lost since general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. predicted changes, calling the teams offence "poor." The hitters have responded by averaging 6.2 runs over the winning streak. Brown gave Philadelphia the lead with a two-run double in the second and the first of Rollins homers, a two-run shot to right, put Philadelphia in front 4-0. Rupps RBI double off Craig Stammen in the sixth put Philadelphia ahead 5-0 before Harper broke out of a 1-for-22 slump by leading off the seventh with a homer to deep right to pull Washington within 5-1. It was just the second homer of the season for Harper, who missed 57 games due to a thumb injury. Rollins got the run back in the bottom of the inning, just clearing the wall in right for his ninth career multi-homer game. "Were playing good ball," Burnett said. "Its good to see this team clicking on all cylinders." As with the rest of the starters, Burnett has been a victim of lack of run support this season. So the recent outburst is nice to see. "You go about your business the same, but its definitely better to get some runs," he said. Batting leadoff and playing centre field, Grady Sizemore went 1 for 4 with a single in his first game with the Phillies after being called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The three-time All-Star whose career was derailed by injuries had been released by the Red Sox last month after batting .216 with two homers and 15 RBIs in 52 games. The 31-year-old missed all of the 2012 and 2013 seasons due to an assortment of injuries. After leaving Thursdays game at Baltimore after getting hit by a pitch on his right thumb, Washingtons Ian Desmond didnt play Friday. Desmond entered Friday leading all shortstops in the majors with 55 RBIs. NOTES: Philadelphia improved to 19-27 at Citizens Bank Park, where they have struggled this season. ... Rollins last hit two homers in a game on Aug. 1, 2012, at Washington. ... Washingtons Wilson Ramos extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a fifth-inning single. ... The Phillies also won five straight from June 16-20 at Atlanta and St. Louis. ... Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-6, 3.47) opposes Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (3-5, 2.87) on Saturday night. ' ' '

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Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Chad Billingsley overcame a mediocre effort on the mound with a big day at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBI to carry the Dodgers to a series win over the Reds with Sundays 9-6 victory. Anything I can do to make a difference in the outcome of a game, I try to do it, said Billingsley (5-4), who went the minimum five innings to earn the win, surrendering four runs on eight hits and three walks. Matt Kemp added a two-run shot a day after his two-homer, six-RBI performance helped even the three-game set in an 11-8 comeback win in 11 innings. Travis Wood (4-4) gave up a career-high eight runs on eight hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings for the Reds, who have split the first six games of their nine-game homestand to remain at .500 for the season. I think were a lot better than that. I should say I know were a lot better than that, said Cincinnatis Chris Heisey. We played better than that last year and I think were going to continue finding ways to improve. Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto each drove in two in a losing cause. Cincinnati had the bases loaded and no outs in the ninth, but Josh Lindblom limited the damage to Heiseys sacrifice fly to seal the win. The Dodgers knocked Wood around early and often. Jamey Carroll led off the game with a walk and later scored on Andre Ethiers sacrifice fly, and Kemp followed with his 16th home run of the year for a 3-0 cushion. I feel really good right now. I feel real comfortable. I think a lot of us are at the plate, Kemp said. Drew Stubbs opened the bottom half with a long ball, only to get countered in the second by Billingsley, who took his counterpart over the wall in left on the 11th pitch of the at-bat for his second career homer. Billingsley loaded the bases in the home turn and gave up a two-run single to Phillips before retiring the final two batters to maintain a 4-3 lead. Wood couldnt keep the Reds close, yielding three more runs in the third on a two-RBI double to Rod Barajas and a bases-loaded walk to Billingsley. Votto pulled the Reds within 7-4 with a run-scoring groundout in the fourth, but Billingsley got the run back in the fifth with an opposite-field double that one-hopped the wall in right and plated James Loney. Jerry Sands single to center scored Ethier in sixth, and Votto knocked in Phillips with a base hit to right in the bottom half. John Ely, in his first career appearance out of the bullpen, allowed the latter run, then pitched the next two innings. He was pulled after giving up a leadoff walk in the ninth. GAME NOTES:Wood was unbeaten in his previous six outings...The Dodgers left 14 runners on base to Cincinnatis 13...Paul Janish had three hits for Cincinnati...Over the last 15 games, the Reds bullpen has pitched 65 innings...The Reds host the Cubs to close their homestand, while the Dodgers head to Philadelphia to start a three-game series on Monday...Since 2006, the Dodgers are 28-10 against the Reds...Game time: 3:50. <a href="http://www.thebroncosstoreonline.com/Youth-Von-Miller-Broncos-Jerseys/">Von Miller Womens Jersey</a>. Howard had 19 points and nine rebounds in his first game since signing a four-year, $88 million deal with the Rockets in the off-season. 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His father, Matjaz, is the national teams coach. <a href="http://www.thebroncosstoreonline.com/Youth-Britton-Colquitt-Broncos-Jerseys/">Britton Colquitt Jersey</a>. - Alex Gordon went from a bust to busting the bank. <a href="http://www.thebroncosstoreonline.com/Youth-Demaryius-Thomas-Broncos-Jerseys/">Demaryius Thomas Broncos Jersey</a>. For Kyle Lowry, its become an accepted reality. He will be traded. The question is, when and where? The Raptors point guard is widely believed to be next on general manager Masai Ujiris chopping block after the first domino - Rudy Gay, Lowrys best friend - fell last week.SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Khari Stephenson broke a nearly yearlong scoring drought with two goals to help the San Jose Earthquakes beat the Houston Dynamo 3-0 on Sunday night. Stephenson, who last scored June 8 for Real Salt Lake, converted off a rare indirect free kick from deep inside Houstons penalty area in the first half, then converted from the penalty spot in the second half. Atiba Harris knocked in the rebound of his own header off the post for the clincher. It was the Earthquakes highest-scoring performance since their season opener. San Jose (3-4-4), which came into the game ranked 18th out of 19 MLS teams at 1.00 goals per match, won for the second time in three games. Houston (5-7-2) dropped its second straight game, both on the road. Riddled with injuries and national team absences, the Dynamo were playing for the fourth consecutive game with less than a full complement of 18 players. Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Halll made a pair of uncharacteristic mistakes to help San Joses cause.dddddddddddd In the 36th minute, Hall picked up a back pass from teammate David Horst, giving the Earthquakes an indirect free kick just outside Houstons 6-yard box. Shea Salinas touched the ball into the path of Stephenson, who blasted home to the far post. Stephenson scored again in the 58th minute after teammate Steven Lenhart, making his first appearance since March 29 due to a sprained knee ligament, drew a penalty on Houston defender Corey Ashe. Harris finished the scoring in the 70th minute, taking advantage after Hall was caught outside of his own box trying to clear a long pass forward by San Jose defender Jordan Stewart. Harris outjumped Hall to head to ball toward goal, then won the race to touch home the rebound for his first goal since June 29. San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch made six saves for his fourth shutout of the season. ' ' '

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DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle were fined by the NBA on Friday for their actions after becoming upset with the officiating during a game earlier in the week. Cuban was handed a US$75,000 penalty for his critical remarks about the officiating following a 95-86 home loss to Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. Carlisle was fined $35,000 for kicking a ball into the stands with 9:34 left in the fourth quarter against the Thunder. He was ejected and apologized to Cuban and the fans right after the game. "I think its fair. Its irresponsible for a ball to go in the stands. Youre subject to a fine," Carlisle said during the shootaround before Friday nights game against Indiana. "So I accept it and regret that the situation happened even though it was accidental." Right after the game against the Thunder, Carlisle said the "incident where the ball got kicked into the stands, that cant happen." 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By the time the Los Angeles Angels finished throwing the ball all over Comerica Park, Kinsler had scored one of the wackiest runs hes ever been a part of. "It was an unusual play," Kinsler said. "Ive never seen it before." Kinsler scored in the first inning when the Angels made three errors on one play, and the Detroit Tigers went on to beat Los Angeles 2-1 on Sunday. The Angels made another error in the sixth, helping Detroit score its second run. Rick Porcello pitched seven sharp innings for the Tigers. The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Howie Kendrick, then let the Tigers tie it in the bottom of the inning in slapstick fashion. Kinsler was on first and began running on a 3-2 pitch to Miguel Cabrera. It was ball four, but catcher Hank Conger threw to second anyway, and the ball sailed into centre field. Kinsler went to third, and when centre fielder Mike Trouts throw back to the infield went past the second baseman and shortstop, the Detroit runner tried to score. It looked as if the Angels would have a play on Kinsler, but pitcher Hector Santiago picked up the ball near the mound and threw wildly to the plate. Kinsler scored and Cabrera went to second. "Im not sure I would have wanted him to go home," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "But it worked out for us today, and Ive said this on a number of occasions when baserunning mistakes have cost us a baserunner: Id rather they err on the side of being aggressive." Conger, Trout and Santiago were all charged with errors on the play. "That was a lot happening on one play, and it was obviously a strange one. We thought we had Cabrera struck out, and all of a sudden they had a run in and a runner on second base," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia, a former catcher. "When you are a catcher, you cant wait for the ump to make the call on that pitch. You know where the ball was, and you knoww what the call should be.dddddddddddd Hank thought it was strike three, and hes following through with the throw. After that, things didnt go well." In the sixth, Conger threw wildly to first trying to pick off Austin Jackson. It was his second error of the game, and Jackson went to second. Nick Castellanos followed with an RBI single to put Detroit ahead 2-1. Porcello (2-1) allowed a run and five hits, striking out four and walking one. Three relievers finished, with Joe Nathan pitching the ninth for his third save in five chances. Santiago (0-3) allowed two unearned runs and two hits in 5 2-3 innings. He walked five and struck out seven. Santiago threw 119 pitches and was wild throughout, but the Tigers never really solved him. He was lifted after walking Jackson with two outs in the sixth. Reliever Kevin Jepsen came in and was victimized by Congers error and Castellanos single. Porcello was pitching exactly one year after allowing nine runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Angels -- and he also gave up seven runs to Los Angeles in a start last June. On Sunday, he allowed three straight singles in the first inning but kept the Angels quiet after that. Albert Pujols hit a first-inning single but remains at 498 homers as Los Angeles heads to Washington to play a three-game series against the Nationals. Trout, who struck out four times Saturday, went hitless Sunday and grounded out with the tying run on second in the eighth. NOTES: The last time a team made three errors on one play was on April 16, 2007, according to STATS. Baltimore made three errors on one play in the third inning against Tampa Bay. ... Kendrick had three hits. ... Rajai Davis and Alex Avila struck out three times each for Detroit. ... The Tigers begin a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Monday night. Detroit RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-1) faces Chicago LHP John Danks (1-0). Los Angeles RHP Garrett Richards (2-0) starts against Nationals RHP Tanner Roark (1-0). ' ' '

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DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle were fined by the NBA on Friday for their actions after becoming upset with the officiating during a game earlier in the week. Cuban was handed a US$75,000 penalty for his critical remarks about the officiating following a 95-86 home loss to Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. Carlisle was fined $35,000 for kicking a ball into the stands with 9:34 left in the fourth quarter against the Thunder. He was ejected and apologized to Cuban and the fans right after the game. "I think its fair. Its irresponsible for a ball to go in the stands. Youre subject to a fine," Carlisle said during the shootaround before Friday nights game against Indiana. "So I accept it and regret that the situation happened even though it was accidental." Right after the game against the Thunder, Carlisle said the "incident where the ball got kicked into the stands, that cant happen." 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By the time the Los Angeles Angels finished throwing the ball all over Comerica Park, Kinsler had scored one of the wackiest runs hes ever been a part of. "It was an unusual play," Kinsler said. "Ive never seen it before." Kinsler scored in the first inning when the Angels made three errors on one play, and the Detroit Tigers went on to beat Los Angeles 2-1 on Sunday. The Angels made another error in the sixth, helping Detroit score its second run. Rick Porcello pitched seven sharp innings for the Tigers. The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Howie Kendrick, then let the Tigers tie it in the bottom of the inning in slapstick fashion. Kinsler was on first and began running on a 3-2 pitch to Miguel Cabrera. It was ball four, but catcher Hank Conger threw to second anyway, and the ball sailed into centre field. Kinsler went to third, and when centre fielder Mike Trouts throw back to the infield went past the second baseman and shortstop, the Detroit runner tried to score. It looked as if the Angels would have a play on Kinsler, but pitcher Hector Santiago picked up the ball near the mound and threw wildly to the plate. Kinsler scored and Cabrera went to second. "Im not sure I would have wanted him to go home," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "But it worked out for us today, and Ive said this on a number of occasions when baserunning mistakes have cost us a baserunner: Id rather they err on the side of being aggressive." Conger, Trout and Santiago were all charged with errors on the play. "That was a lot happening on one play, and it was obviously a strange one. We thought we had Cabrera struck out, and all of a sudden they had a run in and a runner on second base," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia, a former catcher. "When you are a catcher, you cant wait for the ump to make the call on that pitch. You know where the ball was, and you knoww what the call should be.dddddddddddd Hank thought it was strike three, and hes following through with the throw. After that, things didnt go well." In the sixth, Conger threw wildly to first trying to pick off Austin Jackson. It was his second error of the game, and Jackson went to second. Nick Castellanos followed with an RBI single to put Detroit ahead 2-1. Porcello (2-1) allowed a run and five hits, striking out four and walking one. Three relievers finished, with Joe Nathan pitching the ninth for his third save in five chances. Santiago (0-3) allowed two unearned runs and two hits in 5 2-3 innings. He walked five and struck out seven. Santiago threw 119 pitches and was wild throughout, but the Tigers never really solved him. He was lifted after walking Jackson with two outs in the sixth. Reliever Kevin Jepsen came in and was victimized by Congers error and Castellanos single. Porcello was pitching exactly one year after allowing nine runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Angels -- and he also gave up seven runs to Los Angeles in a start last June. On Sunday, he allowed three straight singles in the first inning but kept the Angels quiet after that. Albert Pujols hit a first-inning single but remains at 498 homers as Los Angeles heads to Washington to play a three-game series against the Nationals. Trout, who struck out four times Saturday, went hitless Sunday and grounded out with the tying run on second in the eighth. NOTES: The last time a team made three errors on one play was on April 16, 2007, according to STATS. Baltimore made three errors on one play in the third inning against Tampa Bay. ... Kendrick had three hits. ... Rajai Davis and Alex Avila struck out three times each for Detroit. ... The Tigers begin a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Monday night. Detroit RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-1) faces Chicago LHP John Danks (1-0). Los Angeles RHP Garrett Richards (2-0) starts against Nationals RHP Tanner Roark (1-0). ' ' '

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LOS ANGELES -- When the nets finally cooled down at Staples Center, the Houston Rockets had a choice. They could be excited about their highest-scoring game of the year, or dismayed at their worst defensive effort in more than five months. James Harden and the Rockets chose to draw motivation from both sources for their playoff push after a prolific night against the Los Angeles Lakers. Terrence Jones and Harden scored 33 points apiece, and the Rockets beat the Lakers 145-130 on Tuesday night for their third straight victory. Chandler Parsons scored 19 points for the Rockets, who used a 49-point third quarter to solidify their hold on fourth place in the Western Conference standings despite their second-worst defensive performance of the year. Still, Houston won the opener of a three-game road trip without injured Dwight Howard and Patrick Beverley, scoring with stunning ease against the Lakers laughable defence. "We had it going," said Harden, who had 12 assists and hit three 3-pointers. "We still gave up too many points, more than we wanted to, but we still got it going. Tonight was a tough game, a weird game." Jones scored 23 points during a dominant first half, while Harden contributed 18 points during an overwhelming third quarter for the Rockets, who made 18 of their 24 shots and hit seven 3-pointers to go ahead 115-90. Jones, who limped off the court with cramps, and Harden both sat out the fourth quarter of the Rockets third win over the Lakers this season. Rookie Isaiah Canaan matched his career high with 15 points for Houston (52-25), which leads Portland by 2 1/2 games with a game in hand for fourth place in the West. "When you go up like that, its hard to stay locked in (defensively)," Parsons said. "But we can do a better job of that. Weve just got to keep going and lock up homecourt advantage and get ready for the playoffs." Steve Nash moved into third place on the NBAs career assists list for the miserable Lakers (25-53), who tied the franchise record for losses in a single season with their worst defensive performance of the year. Afterward, Nash said his season might be over after playing through another twinge of pain in his troublesome hamstrings. "I just wanted to hang on and get this over with," the two-time NBA MVP said. "All of this is beyond my aspirations and wildest dreams. To be in that company is phenomenal." After matching the 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers 53 losses in a 72-game season, coach Mike DAntonis injury-riddled team will finish with the clubs most losses since moving to Los Angeles in 1960. Nick Young scored 32 points and Jodie Meeks added 30 for the Lakers, who have lost five straight. Jordan Farmar had 15 points and eight assists in his return from a 10-game injury absence with a strained groin for the Lakers, who allowed 143 points by Minnesota 11 days ago. "We talk about schemes and different ways to play things, but it just seems like guys on other teams score too easily," Farmar said. "It just comes down to heart. It comes down to pride. Guys have to want it." Howard, nursing a sprained left ankle, didnt play in the Rockets second visit to the Lakers home court since he spurned the 16-time NBA champions as a free agent last summer for less money in Houston. The fans still booed and shouted "Coward!" at Howard, who came out to the Rockets bench late in the first quarter wearing bright pink pants. The home crowd gave a standing ovation to Nash when he passed Mark Jackson late in the first half with a long outlet pass to Meeks for his 10,335th career assist. The 40-year-old Nash, who is expected to return to the Lakers next season, trails only assists leader John Stockton (15,806) and Jason Kidd (12,091) in league history. Nash finished with three points and five assists in 13 minutes, sitting out the second half in just his 15th game of the season. The Lakers were down to just nine healthy players for their latest loss, playing without injured Pau Gasol, Chris Kaman, Xavier Henry and Kent Bazemore. Nash, Farmar and Young played through injury problems to suit up. Nash catalyzed a 22-8 run in the second quarter by the Lakers, who briefly took the lead before Houston went into halftime up 66-61. The Rockets made a 28-6 run in the opening minutes of the third quarter. NOTES: Late in the fourth quarter, the Lakers announced general manager Mitch Kupchak has agreed to a multiyear contract extension. The clubs longtime personnel boss had one year left on his contract. ... The Clippers scored 137 points against Houston in the fourth game of the season. ... Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr. was at Staples Center to promote his rematch with Manny Pacquiao on Saturday in Las Vegas. 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The Revolution, appearing in the post-season for the first time since 2009, entered the match with a 501-minute regular season goal drought against Sporting Kansas City, a streak that reaches back to the 2011 season. The Revolution spent much of the first half trying to find their rhythm and ending the streak. "We played with a lot of discipline, and we were very well organized," Sporting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen said. "We forced their back four to play the long balls up to the striker, our centre backs won the ball, and our midfielders were good on the second balls. The Revolution had to survive an early scare before they were able to step on the gas. In the 18thh minute, Graham Zusis corner kick found Chance Myers, who headed the ball toward the goal before Lee Nguyen cleared it off the line.dddddddddddd "Some games, we put two players on the post and sometimes, we put one player on the post," Heaps said. "But tonight, we made the right call and put two players on the post." After a first half filled with erratic play from both teams, the Revolution were able to break through early in the second half. Diego Fagundez blasted a shot that was initially saved by Nielsen before the rebound fell to Juan Agudelo. The Revolution striker was able to direct on frame and Dorman tapped it through. Rowe made it a two-goal advantage 12 minutes later when Nguyen slid it toward him and his touch redirected it into the back of the net. Sporting struck back two minutes later. Amid a chaotic fight for the ball inside the Revolution box, Collin was able to steer C.J. Sapongs ball into the net. "I think we showed how strong this team is to come back, and that goal gave us a good life line," Nielsen said. The clubs will play the second leg of the series on Wednesday at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. The team with the most aggregate goals in the two matches will advance to the conference finals against the winner of the New York-Houston matchup. ' ' '

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The Boston Bruins begin their Eastern Conference title defence against an Original Six rival, as they host Game 1 of a best-of-seven series Thursday against the Detroit Red Wings. Catch the game on TSN and TSN GO starting at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. Considering the Bruins and Red Wings played in opposite conferences for decades, this playoff meeting is a rare treat for NHL fans. In fact, the last time these Original Six foes met in the postseason was in 1957 when neither clubs current coaches were born yet. Boston and Detroit have met seven times in the playoffs with the Bruins taking four of those encounters, including the 1957 semifinal round matchup. The Red Wings, however, have won three straight in the regular season against Boston and seven of the previous eight encounters. Bostons only victory in the 2013-14 season series was a 4-1 home win back on Oct. 5, while Detroit beat the Bruins as recently as April 2, when it picked up a 3-2 regulation win in the Motor City. Still, heading into the opening round of the playoffs the Bruins are once again the team to beat in the Eastern Conference and perhaps the entire NHL. Boston, which in 2011 won its first Stanley Cup since the days of Bobby Orr, is not only the defending East champions, but it also enters this postseason as winners of the 2013-14 Presidents Trophy. The clubs 117 points were the most gained by the franchise since 1971-72 (119 pts) and Boston finished as the top team in the regular season for the first time since 1989-90. Despite heading into the postseason with a ton of confidence, the Bruins know they cant afford to look past their first-round opponent. Boston made it to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in three seasons last spring, but before it fell in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Bruins nearly lost in the first round to Toronto. The Bruins blew a 3-1 series lead against the Maple Leafs and needed to overcome a 4-1 third-period deficit in Game 7 to get past Toronto. It marked fourth straight Boston was a fourth seed in last springs matchup with Toronto, but the Bs shouldnt expect their No. 1 standing in the East to instill fear in the Detroit Red Wings this time around. It marked the third straight spring Boston went seven games in the first round. The Bruins beat Montreal four games to three in 2011 en route to its Stanley Cup title, but lost in seven the following season against Washington. "I dont know, it just seems to be the biggest battle for us and the hardest one to get through," Bruins forward Milan Lucic said of his clubs tendency to play long opening-round series. "I dont think its going to be any different heading into this series. So weve got to be prepared to bring our best because you talk about the last three years, you know the other team hasnt taken us lightly at all and theyve given us their best." Boston is known best as a big, physical team that is really tough to score against, but the club made considerable strides in the offensive end in 2013-14. The Bruins averaged just 2.62 goals per game during the lockout- shortened season before upping that scoring rate to 2.96 gpg in the 2013 playoffs. This season, Boston is third in the NHL with 3.15 gpg through 82 games and hopes to maintain that goal-scoring clip in the upcoming playoffs. Six Boston forwards finished the season with over 50 points this season. Leading the way on offense were David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron, the clubs top two centermen. Krejci dished out a club-best 50 assists to help him pace the Bs with 69 points, while Bergeron had 62 points and tied winger Jarome Iginla for the club lead with 30 goals. While Bostons forwards contribute to their clubs overall stinginess on defense, immense blueliner Zdeno Chara and steady goaltender Tuukka Rask get most of the credit. Rask is coming off a Vezina-caliber season, going 36-15-6 with a 2.04 goals against average and .930 save percentage. The 27-year-old Finn is looking to follow up his award-worthy campaign with another strong postseason. Rask was the anchor for Bostons run to the Cup Finals last spring, recording a 1.88 GAA and .940 save percentage in 22 playoff games. The 6-foot-9 Chara is a unique talent who combines size and skill to create havoc at both ends of the ice. The 2008-09 Norris Trophy winner has a booming slap shot and recorded 17 goals and 40 points over 77 games this season and Bostons captain has racked up 54 points (13 goals, 41 assists) over 129 career playoff games. The Red Wings may have moved from the Western Conference to the East prior to the 2013-14 campaign, but the end result was the same as Detroit qualified for the playoffs for a 23rd straight season. On paper, Detroit doesnt match up well with the mighty Bruins but the club doesnt figure to be an easy out so long as Mike Babcock is behind the bench. Babcock has been to the Cup Finals three times as a coach, winning it with Detroit in 2008, and also has led Team Canada to Olympic gold medals at the last two Winter Games. Last spring, the coach helped the seventh-seeded Red Wings eliminate the Pacific Division champion Anaheim Ducks in the first round. He also had the eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on the ropes in Round 2, but the Hawks won three straight to oust Detroit in seven games. This season, Babcock guided his club to the playoffs despite the club dealing with considerable injury problems all along the way. Detroit enters the playoffs reasonably healthy compared to other points of the season, but the club will begin the first round without captain Henrik Zetterberg (back surgery), fellow forwards Dan Cleary (sprained knee) Stephen Weiss (sports hernia surgery) and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (finger surgery). Star forward Pavel Datsyuk also was limited to only 45 games this season, but he returned to the lineup earlier this month and is ready to go for Round 1. The Russian has amassed 103 points (36g, 67a) over 140 career playoff games. Faced with injuries to numerous key veterans, young forwards Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar stepped up for the Red Wings in a big way down the stretch. That was particularly true of the 24-year-old Nyquist, who led Detroit with 28 goals this season in just 57 games. Nyquist has two goals and three assists over 18 career playoff games, but he could be ready for a breakout postseason after showing Babcock and the hockey world what he can do with increased playing time. Tatar, 23, added 19 goals and 20 assists in 73 games for the Red Wings this season. However, the young Slovakian winger has never skated in an NHL playoff game. As a whole, Detroits offense ranked 16th in the league this season with just 2.65 gpg. Niklas Kronwall is the clear No. 1 defenseman for Detroit in front of No. 1 goaltender Jimmy Howard. Kronwall has done a superb job of replacing fellow Swede Nicklas Lidstrom in that role. Lidstrom, of course, retired following the 2011-12 season, leaving seven Norris Trophy wins and a Hall of Fame legacy behind him. Kronwall led Detroit in average ice time with 24 minutes, 18 seconds of action a game. His 49 points (8g, 41a) more than doubled the offensive output of the clubs next- best defenseman Danny DeKeyser, who had 23 points on four goals and 19 assists. Howard, meanwhile, is coming off a mediocre regular season that saw him go 21-19-11 with a 2.66 GAA and .910 save percentage. The 30-year-old American had posted a 2.13 GAA in each of the previous two seasons and his save percentage was .920 or better in both campaigns. Over 42 career playoff games, Howard has compiled a 2.57 GAA and .918 save percentage. The injured Zetterberg led the Red Wings with three goals during the season series, while Tatar had two goals and two assists. Nyquist added two goals and a helper, while Howard was 1-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA. Rask struggled to a 1-3-0 record and 3.29 GAA in four games versus Detroit, while no Boston player had more than one goal in the series. Reilly Smith led the Bruins with four points -- all assists -- in four games. 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Lance Armstrong claims former International Cycling Union president Hein Verbruggen instigated a coverup of his doping at the 1999 Tour de France. Armstrong told Britains Daily Mail newspaper in an interview published Monday that Verbruggen insisted "weve got to come up with something" to explain his positive tests for a banned corticosteroid. Cyclings governing body, the UCI, appeared to ignore its own anti-doping rules when it accepted Armstrongs backdated prescription for a cream to treat saddle sores. That allowed Armstrong to continue in the race and he went on to win the first of his seven Tours, helping revive the sport after doping scandals wrecked the 1998 Tour. "The real problem was, the sport was on life support," Armstrong was quoted telling the newspaper. "And Hein just said, This is a real problem for me, this is the knockout punch for our sport ... so weve got to come up with something. So we backdated the prescription." Though Armstrong has acknowledged the prescription excuse in a television interview with Oprah Winfrey, he had not previously linked Verbruggen or other UCI officials with a coverup. Verbruggen, who served as UCI president until 2005, did not respond to phone messages on Monday. The Dutch official, who is still listed by the UCI as its honorary president, has long denied any collusion with Armstrong despite widespread claims the American rider was protected. Verbruggen was granted honorary membership by the IOC in 2008 after 12 years service, and will complete his duties as chairman of the Olympic Broadcasting Service after the Sochi Winter Games in February. The IOC responded cautiously to Armstrongs allegations. "It is hard to give any credibility to the claims of a cyclist who appears to have misled the world for decades," the Olympic body said in a statement Monday. 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Instead, Tim Schaller completed his third-period natural hat trick at 19:02 and Phil Varone scored the winner 15 seconds later as the Rochester Americans erased a 3-0 deficit to top the Marlies 4-3 in American Hockey League action. Rochester scored four goals on 19 third period shots while holding Toronto to just nine shots on goal in the final 40 minutes. "The challenge that I have here tonight is the guys with letters on their sweater. Our captain (Trevor Smith) had the puck on his stick, didnt get it deep, game over," said Marlies coach Steve Spott. "Thats our expectation of (Korbinian) Holzer, Trevor Smith, Jerred Smithson -- they have to be better, they know that, I called them out after the game and Im calling them out now. "They have to be better." The win stretches the Americans win streak to three games and helps them keep pace with the Charlotte Checkers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Smith, who was on the ice for three Rochester (33-27-10) goals, failed to get the puck deep off a centre ice faceoff. The Americans capitalized with Varone beating Christopher Gibson with a wrist shot for his 16th of the season just 15 seconds after Schaller had tied it. "Its disappointing. Were trying to do the best we can out there and try and lead the way for the guys and were making mistakes, were taking penalties and it wasnt a good day for our group," said Smith. "We didnt get the puck deep, it took a couple bounces, they got 40-plus shots on net, one of them is going to take a lucky bounce, I think it hit a stick and Gibby didnt even have a chance on it Schaller got Rochester on the board at 4:03 of the third one timing a Brayden Irwin pass home for his fifth of the season. At 16:40 of the final frame, Schaller poked home a lose puck, on a power play, for his sixth of the season making it a one-goal game.dddddddddddd Then, with their net empty for an extra attacker, Schaller completed the hat trick poking home a lose puck tying the game 3-3 with 58 seconds remaining. The goal was initially waved off as referee Jean-Philippe Sylvain believed the puck was head-butted in. However, upon review, Spott was told, "It went from the head, it touched Christopher Gibson and then went off one of their players stick. You have to trust the video, you have to trust the call." Irwin finished the night with four assists. Josh Leivo scored twice and Brad Ross had the other for the Marlies (41-22-6). Gibson made 39 saves in the loss. Andrey Makarov made 13 saves for his third career AHL win. Leivo gave Toronto a three-goal cushion with just 21 seconds remaining in the second period one-timing a Smith feed past Makarov for his 20th goal of the season. The Marlies scored twice, on their first two shots of the game, to open a 2-0 lead five minutes in. Ross opened the scoring backhanding a Sam Carrick feed blocker side past Makarov for his sixth of the season. It was Rosss first goal in 11 games and first in two months. Leivo made it 2-0 at 5:12, on a power play, beating Makarov with a shot from the face-off dot for his 19th goal of the season. Saturday was Leivos fourth multi-goal game of the season. "Good on him," said Spott. "We had a meeting with him this morning, he said hed rebound, he did. He played like we need him to play." Torontos Carter Ashton, who was playing in his first game since an emergency recall by the Maple Leafs on Thursday, had two assists. Notes: Frazer McLaren (hip flexor), Andrew MacWilliam (concussion) and Spencer Abbott (shoulder) all missed Saturdays game. Defenceman Zachary Yuen and forward Fabrice Herzog were healthy scratches. With goaltender Drew MacIntyre on emergency recall with the Maple Leafs, the Marlies recalled Christopher Gibson from the ECHL Friday. ' ' '

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