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Pollock’s two homers lift D-backs to 11th straight win over Dodgers

MLB

LOS ANGELES — A.J. Pollock homered twice while Paul Goldschmidt and Alex Avila also went deep as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Los Angeles 9-1 on Saturday night, continuing their recent dominance over the Dodgers.

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Roundup: Ramirez, Red Sox get to 12-2, best start in team history

MLB

CHICAGO — Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-3 on Saturday to get to 12-2 — the best start in their 118-year history.

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Roundup: Warriors back to dominant selves, top Spurs 113-92 in Game 1

NBA: Playoffs

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant helped the defending champions get defensive in a hurry, finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Golden State Warriors returned to their old dominant selves at playoff time to beat the cold-shooting San Antonio Spurs 113-92 on Saturday.

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Roundup: David Pastrnak has hat trick, 3 assists for Bruins

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs

BOSTON — David Pastrnak had a hat trick and three assists to help Boston blow out the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second straight game, leading the Bruins to a 7-3 victory Saturday night and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series.

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Preview: 10 things to know about the NBA playoffs

NBA

With the NBA playoffs starting Saturday, here are 10 things to know:

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In a thriving league, tanking is the problem Silver can’t solve

NBA

NEW YORK — Adam Silver sees successes all around the NBA, yet can’t stop thinking about the teams who aren’t successful.

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Roundup: Flyers beat Penguins in Game 2 to tie series

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs

PITTSBURGH — His team embarrassed by the defending Stanley Cup champions in a lopsided playoff-opening loss, Philadelphia Flyers coach Dave Hakstol could have panicked. Instead, he doubled down.

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Descalso drives in 4 runs in Arizona's 8-7 win over Dodgers

MLB

LOS ANGELES — Daniel Descalso homered and drove in four runs, and the Arizona Diamondbacks held off the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 on Friday night for their 10th straight regular-season victory over their NL West rival.

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Wrong Birdie: Kraft hits a bird in flight at Heritage

PGA Tour

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Kelly Kraft got a birdie, just not the one he wanted at the RBC Heritage.

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DeChambeau shoots career-best 64 to take Harbour Town lead

PGA Tour

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Bryson DeChambeau shot a career-best 7-under 64 on Friday to take the lead into the weekend at the RBC Heritage Classic.

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Hornacek fired as Knicks coach after chaotic, 53-loss season

NBA

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The New York Knicks are preaching patience but looking for progress.

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Warriors, Cavs vulnerable, or headed for NBA Finals Round 4?

NBA: Playoff Preview

Maybe this is the year. Maybe the Golden State Warriors, opening the postseason without Stephen Curry or any momentum, won't be the best of the West, ...

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Sabbatini with early RBC Heritage lead, Johnson 5 shots back

PGA Tour

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Rory Sabbatini shot a 7-under 64 for his lowest round ever at Harbour Town Golf Links and a two-stroke lead Thursday in the RBC Heritage, with top-ranked Dustin Johnson five shots behind.

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Magic fire coach Vogel after 6th straight losing year

NBA

Frank Vogel was brought to Orlando two years ago with hopes he could get the Magic back to the playoffs, and stop the spinning of the revolving door to their coaches' office.

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Preview: Penguins defense quietly doing its job against Flyers

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs

PITTSBURGH — Lost amid Sidney Crosby's latest attempt to win the NHL batting title and Evgeni Malkin's one-on-three brilliance during the Pittsburgh Penguins' clinical dismantling of the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 is this: The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions played pretty well in their own end, too.

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NASCAR docks Chase Elliott, suspends crew chief for 2 races

NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR has suspended Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Alan Gustafson for two races after Chase Elliott's car was found to have an illegal rear window during the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend.

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Tony Stewart, Ward family settle wrongful death lawsuit

NASCAR

UTICA, N.Y. — Tony Stewart and the parents of Kevin Ward Jr. have agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family against the former NASCAR champion for his role in the death of their son on a dirt track in New York more than three years ago.

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Coyotes sign former Notre Dame defenseman Jordan Gross

NHL

GLENDALE — The Arizona Coyotes signed former Notre Dame defenseman Jordan Gross to a two-year, entry-level contract Thursday. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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Goldschmidt, Murphy homer as Diamondbacks beat Giants

MLB

SAN FRANCISCO — Paul Goldschmidt left his slump in San Francisco.

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Phoenix Suns pledge upgrade in talent, experience after awful season

NBA

PHOENIX — Maybe, just maybe, the worst is behind the Phoenix Suns.

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Roundup: Timberwolves beat Nuggets in OT to reach playoffs

NBA

MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler scored 31 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 14 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves ended the NBA's longest-running playoff drought, beating the Denver Nuggets 112-106 in overtime Wednesday night in the first final-day play-in game in the league in 21 years.

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Roundup: Crosby has hat trick, Penguins rout Flyers 7-0

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby had his third career postseason hat trick, Evgeni Malkin added a highlight-reel goal and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins opened the playoffs with a 7-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.

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Preview: Crunching the numbers for the Stanley Cup playoffs

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs

DENVER — Pittsburgh Penguins right winger Josh Jooris wears No. 16. That happens to be the total wins necessary for the team to retain the Stanley Cup for a third straight season.

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It's the last day of the NBA season, with much to decide

NBA

MIAMI — The end has arrived.

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Preview: Predators, Golden Knights reflect change of NHL West’s guard

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Predators have the Presidents’ Trophy, and the NHL-expansion Golden Knights carry the buzz entering the Western Conference playoffs, which have the potential of resembling nothing from the past.