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5 things to know about Mavericks-Spurs series

AP Photo/Eric Gay While San Antonio Spurs steamrolled toward their fourth 60-win season in 11 years, coach Gregg Popovich was asked if there is a secret formula for the franchise’s almost unfathomable run of excellence. “Yes there is,” said Popovich, in typical...
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Detroit gains home-ice advantage, tops Boston 1-0

AP Photo/Winslow Townson BOSTON (AP) — At one end of the ice, Jimmy Howard made his best save of the game. At the other, Pavel Datsyuk scored the only goal. All within 30 seconds. Datsyuk’s goal with 3:01 left gave the Detroit Red Wings a 1-0 win in their playoff...
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Ryan Getzlaf leads Ducks past Stars 3-2 in Game 2

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist while wearing a facemask over his lacerated jaw, Corey Perry scored his first playoff goal in three years, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in...
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Datsyuk’s late goal lifts Detroit over Boston 1-0

AP Photo/Winslow Townson BOSTON (AP) — Pavel Datsyuk scored at 16:59 of the third period, moments after Jimmy Howard’s best save of the game, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the top-seeded Boston Bruins 1-0 in the opener of their Eastern Conference playoff series...
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Canadiens top Lightning again for 2-0 series lead

AP Photo/Chris O’Meara TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Rene Bourque had two goals and David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher also scored Friday night, helping the Montreal Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Carey...
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Mets trade 1B Ike Davis to Pirates

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have traded slumping first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named. The Mets announced the move just minutes before they played Atlanta on Friday...
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Choi leads rain-delayed RBC Heritage

AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The second round of the RBC Heritage was cut short because of rain Friday, with K.J. Choi shooting a 4-under 67 for a one-stroke lead over Robert Allenby. Allenby was among 65 players left on the course when the...

Correction: Boston Marathon-Field story

BOSTON (AP) — In a story April 17 about the Boston Marathon field, The Associated Press erroneously referred to Tom Grilk as the Boston Athletic Association president. He is the B.A.A. executive director. A corrected version of the story is below: Boston Marathon makes room...
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Nadal loses in quarterfinals in Monte Carlo

AP Photo/Michel Euler PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal’s mastery of the Monte Carlo clay courts seems to be over. The top-ranked Spaniard hopes his confidence isn’t gone, too. Nadal lost to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 7-6 (1), 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Monte...
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NBA playoffs looking more wide-open than expected

AP Photo/Eric Gay MIAMI (AP) — It’s hardly a certainty that the No. 1 seeds in the conference playoffs will reach the NBA Finals. It’s happened that way only 11 times in the last 35 years. These playoffs might be about parity as well. It’s probably...