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On Basketball: This first round sorely lacks playoff drama

Apr. 22, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If there was a silver lining for Indiana fans after the Pacers were the first team to be bounced from the 2019 NBA playoffs, it's this: They won't have to watch any more first-round games. For that, they should be thankful. Drama is in very short supply so far in these playoffs. Close...

AP/CP Survey: 48 percent of NHLPA reps favor playoff change

Apr. 22, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

Hockey players are conditioned to think that winning the Stanley Cup means going through the best teams to be the best team. That doesn't mean they are blind to some of the inequalities of the NHL's current divisional playoff format. An Associated Press/Canadian Press survey of NHLPA representatives from all 31...

Boston avoids big early hole with sweep of Rays

Apr. 22, 2019 2:04 AM EDT

Hold off — for now — on the panic in Boston. The Red Sox are indeed off to a poor start in defense of their World Series title. They have a 9-13 record and baseball's third-worst run differential. But after sweeping a three-game series with first-place Tampa Bay, Boston has avoided the worst-case...

Leonard scores 34, Raptors top Magic 107-85 for 3-1 lead

Apr. 21, 2019 10:26 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard missed the NBA playoffs last season, in multiple ways. He wasn't playing the games. He wasn't feeling the games, either. That's not a problem this season for the 2014 NBA Finals MVP. Healthy and happy, Leonard has the Toronto Raptors one win away from the second round. He...

Smoak nabbed after Laureano overthrow, but Jays sweep A's

Apr. 21, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics caught Justin Smoak early, ending a wild sequence that began with another eye-popping play by center fielder Ramon Laureano. But the A's couldn't totally stop Smoak and the Toronto Blue Jays, who finished off a three-game sweep with a 5-4 victory Sunday. "Over...

Vela, LAFC hand Sounders first loss of season, 4-1

Apr. 21, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carlos Vela scored two goals, Mark-Anthony Kaye had three assists and Los Angeles FC beat Seattle 4-1 on Sunday to hand the Sounders' their first loss of the season. Vela leads MLS with 10 goals and is tied for the assists lead at five with Toronto FC's Alejandro Pozuelo. Kaye cut back...

Blue Jays pitcher Shoemaker has torn ACL, out for year

Apr. 21, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Matt Shoemaker had to choke back tears after tests revealed a torn ACL in his left knee Sunday, cutting short yet another promising season for Toronto's oft-injured right-hander. Standing in the clubhouse following a 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, Shoemaker's voice...

Marchand helps Bruins beat Maple Leafs 4-2 to force Game 7

Apr. 21, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Facing elimination, Boston didn't panic when it fell behind halfway through the first period. The Bruins kept their focus, quickly tied it and took the lead, and then held off the Toronto Maple Leafs to force a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series. Brad Marchand had two goals and an...

Brett Anderson leaves A's start with left ankle sprain

Apr. 21, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics pitcher Brett Anderson was pulled from his start against Toronto with a left ankle sprain he injured running off the mound in the third inning. Randal Grichuk hit a slow infield grounder in between third base and the mound. Anderson quickly moved to field the ball,...

Biologist study finds mercury in predator peregrine falcons

Apr. 21, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada wildlife researcher has found that not even the fastest bird on Earth can escape mercury contamination. The toxic element is turning up in feathers of peregrine falcons from coast to coast, including those at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, state Department of Wildlife...