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AP Top Sports News At 7:20 p.m. EDT

Nets beat Hawks 91-83, pull within 2-1 in series
NEW YORK (AP) -- They were beaten badly in the regular season and were losing by a little in the playoffs....

7 players from Royals, White Sox punished by MLB for brawl
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox each lost Saturday without playing a game....

The 1st round of NBA playoffs seems way too easy for LeBron
The first round of the NBA playoffs seems too easy for LeBron James....

King James nails full-court shot at TD Garden
BOSTON (AP) -- LeBron James looked more like a quarterback than a basketball player, nailing a full-court shot Saturday afternoon at TD Garden....

Mavs' Carlisle fined $25,000 for criticizing refs after loss
DALLAS (AP) -- Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was fined $25,000 on Saturday for criticizing officials after a loss to Houston that left Dallas trailing 3-0 in a first-round playoff series....

Rain postpones NASCAR race at Richmond until Sunday
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Weather disrupted NASCAR's top series for a second consecutive week when Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series race was postponed because of persistent rain at Richmond International Raceway....

Several Kentucky Derby hopefuls get workouts in before rain
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- One week ahead of the Kentucky Derby, several horses completed their workouts at Churchill Downs before the rain came down....

Leonard leads Spurs to 100-73 win over Clippers and 2-1 lead
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Kawhi Leonard has a passion for playing defense, but the San Antonio Spurs forward does not want to be regarded a one-dimensional player....

Pierce, Wall get Wiz past Raptors 106-99 for 3-0 series lead
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After hitting a 3-pointer to double the Washington Wizards' lead with 16.3 seconds left, Paul Pierce turned to the stands with arms aloft, nodded and yelled, "That's why I'm here!"...

Harden, Howard lead Rockets to 130-128 win, 3-0 lead on Mavs
DALLAS (AP) -- James Harden deferred to Dwight Howard and his role players when Houston swept two games at home to open a first-round series against Dallas....

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