Hawks beat Wizards, even series

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Shortly before tipoff, the Atlanta Hawks learned that John Wall wouldn’t be playing for the Washington Wizards in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. That should have made things a lot easier for top-seeded Atlanta, right?...

Conley leads Grizzlies past Warriors 97-90

By ANTONIO GONZALEZ AP Basketball Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The masked man came to the rescue for the Memphis Grizzlies. Mike Conley returned just eight days after having facial surgery to score 22 points, and the Grizzlies used a smothering defensive effort to beat the...

Blackhawks take 3-0 lead over Wild

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Patrick Kane has been playing like he never left. Corey Crawford has resolutely rebounded from being benched. The Chicago Blackhawks have only begun to rev up their game, and the Minnesota Wild have lost their touch at the...

OT goal lifts Flames over Ducks 4-3

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mikael Backlund didn’t need to see the biggest goal of his NHL career go in. The crowd and the rest of the Calgary Flames told him he’d scored the winner. Backlund scored on a delayed penalty call in overtime, lifting the late-charging Flames over the...
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Rose, Gasol pace Bulls to 99-92 win over Cavs

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Chicago Bulls came in oozing with confidence, unafraid of LeBron James and convinced they could keep their playoff momentum rolling. Derrick Rose made sure they did. Looking like the league MVP he was before being slowed by...
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Griffin’s triple-double lifts Clippers over Rockets

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers knew no one player could make up for Chris Paul’s absence. So they all chipped in to fill the void. Blake Griffin had 26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists for his second straight triple-double to lead six...

Beagle’s goal lifts Caps over Rangers 1-0

‚‚By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Braden Holtby stood in a corner of the Washington Capitals’ locker room, his arms folded across his chest, his voice low and monotone, his demeanor as steady and calm as when he was protecting the net. “At times, I felt...

FBI investigated accused Texas gunman for years

By EILEEN SULLIVAN, ERIC TUCKER and RYAN VAN VELZER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Since 2006, the FBI had been investigating Elton Simpson — one of the men suspected in the Texas shootings outside a contest featuring cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. Agents recorded...

Ex-Christie allies plead not guilty in bridge case

By DAVID PORTER and JILL COLVIN Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two former political allies of Gov. Chris Christie pleaded not guilty Monday to charges they were involved in politically motivated lane closures of the George Washington Bridge, and the attorney for one vowed...