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APNewsBreak: Dodgers, Yankees cut projected luxury tax bills
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are cutting payroll and their luxury tax bills - just as Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and perhaps Clayton Kershaw near the free-agent market after the 2018 season....

Cavaliers looking forward to respite before conference semis
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers finally caught a break....

Westbrook goes on rant defending Thunder teammates
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Thunder guard Russell Westbrook went on a rant defending his teammates after Sunday's 113-109 loss to the Houston Rockets....

LEADING OFF: MLB sorts out trouble in Baltimore, Minnesota
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:...

Mike Brown is more than capable of leading the Warriors
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- With coach Steve Kerr ailing, the Golden State Warriors are in capable hands with assistant Mike Brown....

Tim Tebow has his best week in minors with 6 hits
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- An update on Tim Tebow's first season with the Columbia Fireflies, the New York Mets' Class A affiliate. This week, Tebow and the Fireflies completed two series, the first a three-game set in Rome (Georgia) before returning home for four games with Lexington (Kentucky)....

Absences of Marte, Bumgarner could shake up NL
The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants are both in last place, and that's not even their biggest problem at the moment....

Caps win tight series over Leafs to set up rematch with Pens
On paper, it looked as if the Washington Capitals could cruise past the Toronto Maple Leafs as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets beat each other up on the other side of the bracket....

Senators survive another OT to advance in NHL playoffs
BOSTON (AP) -- After five extra periods in four overtime games, the Ottawa Senators will get a chance to rest before meeting the New York Rangers in the second round of the NHL playoffs....

Johnson scores 28, Jazz beat Clippers 105-98 to even series
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Joe Johnson saved the Utah Jazz - again....

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