Game 7’s to decide Miami-Charlotte, Toronto-Indiana series

MIAMI (AP) — The mere mention of Game 7 got Dwyane Wade’s undivided attention. He knows there’s nothing better. There were two ultimate games in the entirety of the 2015 NBA Playoffs, and there will be two on Sunday alone as the first round of this postseason...

Chase Elliott wins pole at Talladega 30 years after his dad

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Chase Elliott won his second career Sprint Cup Series pole by taking the top spot in qualifying Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway, where his father started from the pole in this race 30 years ago. Elliott turned a lap at 192.661 mph to put his...

Raiders trade up to take QB Cook in fourth round

CHICAGO (AP) — Connor Cook set Michigan State records for passing touchdowns and yards through the air while becoming the winningest quarterback in school history. It didn’t mean very much in the NFL draft. Cook was selected by Oakland with the second pick of the...

Derby 2016: Undefeated Nyquist headlines Kentucky Derby

A year after American Pharoah thrilled the sports world by winning horse racing’s first Triple Crown in 37 years, here comes Nyquist. The colt named for Detroit Red Wings player Gustav Nyquist is looking like a worthy successor to a sport eager to retain the new fans it...

Penguins and Capitals expect Crosby to respond in Game 2

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Step it up, Sidney Crosby. The Pittsburgh Penguins can’t win this playoff series without you. Crosby was ineffective offensively and on the ice for three Washington Capitals goals Thursday night in the Penguins’ 4-3 overtime loss in Game 1....

Blazers advance 4-2 with 106-103 victory over the Clippers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 28 points and the Portland Trail Blazers advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by holding off the resilient Los Angeles Clippers 106-103 on Friday night to claim the first-round playoff series 4-2. Portland will open the...

Joel Ward leads Sharks past Predators 5-2 in Game 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joel Ward scored the tiebreaking goal against his former team with 8:11 remaining in regulation to help the San Jose Sharks rally past the Nashville Predators 5-2 on Friday night in Game 1 of their second-round series. Ward also set up Tomas...

Conley pulled in 8th with no-hit bid, Miami hangs on

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly said it was an easy decision to pull Adam Conley after 116 pitches despite the lefty having not allowed a hit for 7 2/3 innings. Conley exited with a no-hit bid intact, drawing boos from the crowd at Miller Park, and...

Faksa has goal and assist, Stars beat Blues 2-1 in Game 1

DALLAS (AP) — The kid is all right for the Dallas Stars. Radek Faksa, the rookie center who split his season between the AHL and the NHL, scored the winning goal off a rebound with 4:44 to play and had an assist on the Stars’ other goal in a 2-1 victory over the St....

Marlins’ Conley pulled in 8th with no-hit bid, Brewers rally

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marlins lefty Adam Conley threw no-hit ball for 7 2/3 innings before being pulled by manager Don Mattingly after 116 pitches, and Miami’s bullpen wound up holding off the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 Friday night. Jonathan Lucroy blooped a single with one...