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Rockets advance with 105-99 win over Thunder
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Rockets are headed to the Western Conference semifinals after using strong defense and a balanced scoring attack to overcome another big game by Russell Westbrook and eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 105-99 victory in Game 5 on Tuesday night....

Eric Thames bashes his way into Brewers' record book
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Eric Thames is bashing his way into the Milwaukee Brewers' record book....

NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire after season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- It's never easy to be the son of a legend, especially when he is a tough-as-nails hero and the most feared man in his profession....

Saints, 32-year-old Adrian Peterson agree on 2-year contract
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Adrian Peterson, the NFL's most productive running back for much of the past decade, has decided to head into the twilight of his career as a potential backup in New Orleans' pass-happy offense....

Turner hits for cycle, Nationals beat Rockies 15-12
DENVER (AP) -- Trea Turner hit for the third cycle in Nationals history and drove in a career-high seven runs, helping Washington to a 15-12 win over the Colorado Rockies on a frigid Tuesday night....

DEFENSE, DEFENSE: This draft crop is loaded on that side
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- DE-FENSE, DE-FENSE....

Coghlan's leap, Stroman's hit lift Blue Jays over Cards 6-5
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Toronto's Chris Coghlan called it instinct. It was more like a leap of faith....

Golf's ruling bodies move to limit video evidence
In a swift response to increasing debates over television reviews, golf's ruling bodies issued a new decision on the Rules of Golf that limits the use of video evidence and could spare players from being penalized even if they violated a rule....

Penalties in golf start with the player, not the TV viewer
Television viewers who call in a rules violation have never cost anyone a golf tournament....

Felix Hernandez has 'dead arm,' will be checked by doctors
DETROIT (AP) -- Mariners star Felix Hernandez was set to return to Seattle to have a stiff right shoulder checked by team doctors after he lasted only two innings in his start at Detroit on Tuesday night....

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