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  • Celtics have reason for optimism despite sweep by Cavs

    BOSTON (AP) — The reconstruction of the Boston Celtics is ahead of schedule. Being swept in the first round can’t brush away that reality. The Celtics were a long shot to even reach the playoffs…

  • Major League Baseball

    FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINE Washington -140 at Atlanta +130 at Miami -125 New York +115 at Cincinnati -200 Milwaukee +185 at Chicago -120 Pittsburgh +110 at St. Louis -200 Philadelphia +185 at Arizona -165 Colorado…

  • Grizzlies G Mike Conley has facial surgery

    Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley had facial surgery on Monday in Memphis after he was injured during Game 3 of the playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers. Conley was inadvertently elbowed in the face…

  • Cavaliers move on, maybe without Love and Smith

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers are bruised, not beaten or broken. Their playoff run ambles on amid uncertainty and a heaping dose of anxiety. Cleveland completed a four-game sweep in Boston on Sunday, dispatching the…

  • Major League Baseball

    FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINE at Miami -115 New York +105 Washington -130 at Atlanta +120 at Cincinnati -115 Milwaukee +105 at Chicago -130 Pittsburgh +120 at St. Louis -145 Philadelphia +135 at Arizona -125 Colorado…

  • NBA Calendar

    May 12-17 — NBA draft combine. May 19 — Draft lottery. June 4 — NBA Finals begin. June 15 — Draft early entry withdrawal deadline (5 p.m. EDT). June 25 — NBA draft.

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT

    Rescuers struggle to reach villages near Nepal quake epicenter as death toll tops 3,700 KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The death toll from Nepal’s earthquake soared past 3,700 Monday, and how much higher it would rise…

  • Buzzer-beater could bode well for future for feisty Bucks

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A win at the buzzer kept the Milwaukee Bucks alive in the playoffs for at least one more game. If the rebuilding blueprint goes according to plan in Milwaukee, the impact of…

  • Memphis’ Randolph gets nostalgic about his start in Portland

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Grizzlies’ playoff series against the Trail Blazers had Memphis forward Zach Randolph waxing a bit nostalgic. Portland is where it all began for Z-Bo, who played his first six seasons…

  • After Wizards get sweep, Pierce takes jabs at Raptors, Drake

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At age 37, Paul Pierce is having a grand ol’ time on this playoff run with the Washington Wizards. So before turning his attention to whoever his team’s second-round Eastern Conference opponent…

  • One sweep surprise: How the Wizards dispatched the Raptors

    How did the Wizards reverse course and pull off the first sweep in franchise playoff history? WTOP breaks down the keys to Washington’s success.

  • Grizzlies, Bulls wary even with big leads in playoffs

    The Grizzlies and Bulls head into their games Monday night in complete control of their respective series, needing just one more victory to advance to the next round. What’s the worst that could happen? Just…

  • Ellis, Barea keep Mavs alive with 121-109 win over Rockets

    DALLAS (AP) — J.J. Barea last started a playoff game when he helped boost Dallas’ run to a championship four years ago. Al-Farouq Aminu had never been on the floor for the opening tip in…

  • Rockets-Mavericks, Box

    HOUSTON (109) Ariza 2-10 3-3 7, Jones 5-12 3-3 13, Howard 5-7 3-13 13, Terry 1-5 0-0 3, Harden 7-15 9-9 24, J.Smith 8-10 3-6 23, Capela 1-1 2-2 4, Brewer 9-15 3-4 22, Prigioni…

  • Rockets-Mavericks, Box

    HOUSTON (109) Ariza 2-10 3-3 7, Jones 5-12 3-3 13, Howard 5-7 3-13 13, Terry 1-5 0-0 3, Harden 7-15 9-9 24, J.Smith 8-10 3-6 23, Capela 1-1 2-2 4, Brewer 9-15 3-4 22, Prigioni…