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May 18, 2012

Two blowouts last night in the NBA postseason…

On the court in Indiana, George Hill poured in 20 points, Roy Hibbert added 19 points and grabbed 18 boards, as the Pacers pasted the Heat 94-75.  Miami was again without Chris Bosh, who’s sidelined with a strained abdominal muscle, and his absence showed.  Mario Chalmers led the Heat with 25 points, Lebron James had 22, and Dwayne Wade scored just 5 points in the loss.  Indianapolis, who leads the series two-games-to-one, hosts Game 4 Sunday afternoon.

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May 17, 2012

Well the Devils have evened the Eastern Conference finals at a game apiece…

On the ice last night in New York, David Clarkson's tip-in at 2:31 of the final period proved to be the game-winner, as the Devils grabbed home-ice advantage from the Rangers, beating the Blueshirts 3-2.  Sound courtesy of NBC.  Game 3 is Saturday afternoon in New Jersey.

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May 15, 2012

Well the Rangers opened the Eastern Conference Finals with a shutout win…

On the ice last night in New York, Chris Kreider ripped a snap shot past Martin Brodeur, one of three third period goals scored by the Rangers, as they shutout the Devils 3-0.  Sound courtesy of NBC.  Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves for the Rangers, who’ll host the Devils in Game 2 tomorrow night. 

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May 14, 2012

Well the Los Angeles Clippers have won their third postseason series in 41 years – their second since relocating from Buffalo…

On the hardwood yesterday in Memphis, Chris Paul shook off a strained hip flexor to score a team-high 19 points, as the Clippers knocked out the Grizzlies in Game 7 82-72.  Los Angeles advances to take on San Antonio in the Western Conference semifinals.

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May 11, 2012

Well the Celtics have knocked out the Hawks…

Game 6 on the hardwood last night in Boston, Kevin Garnett scored 28 points, draining a go-ahead jumper with 31 seconds left, to lead the Celtics to an 83-80 series-clinching win over Atlanta.    

Boston advances to take on Philadelphia Saturday night at TD Garden.  The 76ers reached the Eastern Conference semis by becoming just the fifth No. 8 seed to knock out a No. 1 seed after eliminating Chicago 79-78.  Andre Iguodala clinched the series by knocking down a pair of free throws with 2.2 seconds left – he finished with 20. 

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May 10, 2012

Well the Rangers are heading back to New York.  The only problem?  They’re bringing the Capitals with them!

Game 6 on the ice last night in Washington D.C., Alex Ovechkin and Jason Chimera both scored and Braden Holtby made 30 saves, as the Capitals skated past the Rangers 2-1 to force a decisive Game 7 back in New York Saturday night.  The winner advances to take on New Jersey in the Eastern Conference finale. 

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May 9, 2012

Well the Hawks have forced a Game 6 against the Celtics…

On the hardwood last night in Atlanta, Al Horford netted 19 points and grabbed 11 boards, as the Hawks got by the Celtics 87-86.  Boston, who still leads three-games-to-two, will host Game 6 tomorrow night.

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May 8, 2012

Well a dramatic comeback win lifts the Rangers over the Capitals…

Game 5 on the ice last night in New York, Marc Staal's goal at 1:35 of overtime capped the Rangers’ rally as they skated past the Capitals 3-2.  Sound courtesy of the NHL.  Staal’s overtime winner came after Brad Richards tied the game with just seven seconds remaining.  The Rangers, who now lead the series 3-2, can finish off the Capitals tomorrow night in Washington D.C. 

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May 7, 2012

Well the Knicks have staved off elimination…

Yesterday Game 4 in New York, Amare Stoudemire returned to the lineup, netting 20 points, in guiding the Knicks to an 89-87 win over the Heat.  Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 41.  The win snaps the Knicks' NBA-record 13-game postseason losing streak.  Game 5 is Wednesday. 

Game 4 in Boston, Paul Pierce dropped in 24 in just 18 minutes, as the Celtics opened up a 37-point third-quarter lead, coasting past the Hawks 101-79.  Boston, who leads three-games-to-one, can finish off Atlanta in Game 5 tomorrow. 

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May 4, 2012

Well now would be a good time to push, not punch, the panic button…

On the court last night in New York, Lebron James poured in 32 points, Dwayne Wade added 20, as the Heat rolled over the Knicks 87-70 to take a three-games-to-none series lead. The Knicks are setting all sorts of records that nobody wants, shooting a franchise-playoff record low 32 percent from the floor in dropping their 13th straight postseason game dating back to 2001.  Miami can finish off New York Sunday afternoon at the Garden.

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May 3, 2012

Well the Rangers and Capitals needed triple overtime…

Last night in Washington, D.C., Marian Gaborik's goal at 14:41 of the third overtime lifted the Rangers to a 2-1 win and to a 2-1 lead in the series.  Sound courtesy of the NHL.

Elsewhere on the ice, Pekka Rinne made 32 saves, pitching a shutout in Nashville’s 2-0 win over Phoenix.  The Coyotes still lead the series 2-1. 

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May 2, 2012

No Rondo.  No Allen. Big problem for Boston, right?

Last night in Atlanta, with Rajon Rondo suspended and Ray Allen sidelined, the Celtics rode Paul Pierce, who poured in a game-high 36 points, as they stunned the Hawks 87-80 to even the Eastern Conference quarterfinal at one game apiece.  Sound courtesy of CSN.     

In Chicago, Jrue Holiday poured in 26 points for the 76ers, who shot a scorching 59 percent from the field, as they routed the Derrick Rose-less Bulls 109-92. This series is even at 1. 

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May 1, 2012

Well in case of an emergency, break glass!

Last night in Miami, Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire hit six of nine field goal attempts, but the last thing he hit may’ve taken him out of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. 

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Apr 30, 2012

Well the Clippers have opened their first NBA postseason in six years with an incredible comeback…

Yesterday on the court in Memphis, Nick Young drained three three-pointers during a one minute stretch to rally the Clippers, who trailed by as many as 27 points before closing on a 28-3 run, to knock off the Grizzlies 99-98.  The Clippers will play Game 2 Wednesday without Caron Butler, who broke his left hand in the second half. 

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Apr 27, 2012

Well the Rangers and Devils have both advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals…

Game 7 on the ice last night in New York, Marc Staal and Dan Girardi both scored, Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves, as the Rangers ousted the Senators 2-1.  New York will face the Washington Capitals in Round 2.

Meanwhile in Game 7 from Florida, Adam Henrique scored at 3:47 of double overtime, as the Devils eliminated the Panthers 3-2.  New Jersey gets the Philadelphia Flyers in the conference semis. 

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Apr 26, 2012

Well the defending Stanley Cup champions can no longer defend their title…

On the ice last night in Boston, Joel Ward stuffed a rebound past Tim Thomas at 2:57 of overtime, as the Capitals eliminated the Bruins, winning Game 7 2-1.  Sound courtesy of the NHL.  Washington won’t know its second round matchup until the conclusion of tonight’s games.  Two more Game 7s in the Eastern Conference:  The Rangers will host the Senators in New York, and the Devils will skate against the Panthers in Florida.    

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Apr 25, 2012

Well the Devils have forced a Game 7…

On the ice last night in New Jersey, Travis Zajac tallied the game-winning goal nearly six minutes into overtime, as the Devils skated past the Panthers 3-2.  Sound courtesy of TSN.  The two will tangle in Game 7 tomorrow night in Florida.

To the NBA, Utah clinched the final playoff berth in the West by beating Phoenix 100-88, Oklahoma City rumbled past Sacramento 118-110, Boston bounced Miami 78-66, Atlanta knocked off the Clippers 109-102, and New Orleans got by Golden State 83-81.

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Apr 24, 2012

Well the Rangers have forced a Game 7…

Last night in Ottawa, Boston College rookie Chris Kreider scored that goal on the power play, capping a three-goal second period, as the Rangers staved off elimination with a 3-2 win over the Senators.  Sound courtesy of MSG.  The series returns to Madison Square Garden for Game 7 Thursday night. 

In Chicago, Mike Smith made 39 saves and the Coyotes scored three times in the final period to finish off the Blackhawks 4-zip.  Phoenix advances to take on Nashville in the second round. 

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Apr 23, 2012

Well the defending Stanley Cup champions are still alive…

Yesterday in Washington D.C., Tyler Seguin's tally just over three minutes into overtime gave the Bruins a 4-3 win over the Capitals to send the best-of-seven first round series to a decisive Game 7 Wednesday night in Boston.  Sound courtesy of NBC.   

In Philadelphia, the Flyers have advanced to the second round… Claude Giroux scored 32 seconds into Game 6 and Philadelphia never looked back, finishing off the Penguins 5-1.

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Apr 20, 2012

A historic night for Old Faithful.

Last night in New Jersey, Martin Brodeur bounced back from his shortest postseason performance with a record-setting 24th Stanley Cup playoff shutout, making 26 saves in leading the Devils to a 4-0 win over the Panthers, evening their first-round series at two-all.

In Washington D.C., Alexander Semin's second period power play goal proved to be the game-winner, as the Capitals skated past the Bruins 2-1 to even their series at two games apiece. 

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Apr 19, 2012

Well 60 minutes of hockey wasn’t enough for the Rangers and Senators…

Last night in Ottawa, Kyle Turris netted the game-winning tally just over two minutes into overtime, as the Senators skated past the Rangers 3-2 to even the series at two games apiece.  Sound courtesy of the NHL.       

In Philadelphia, Jordan Staal’s hat trick helped the Penguins pummel the Flyers 10-3.  Philadelphia still leads the series 3-1. 

In Los Angeles, Cory Schneider made 43 saves to lead the Canucks to a 3-1 win over the Kings.  Los Angeles leads this series 3-1.   

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Apr 18, 2012

Well the Devils scored three goals in the first six minutes to chase Florida net-minder Jose Theodore, and they lost!

Last night in New Jersey, Brian Campbell’s second period tally completed the rally, as the Panthers came back to beat the Devils 4-3 and take a two-games-to-one lead in the series.  Sound courtesy of the NHL.   

In Detroit, Pekka Rinne stopped 40 shots between the pipes, as the Predators skated past the Red Wings 3-1 to take a three-games-to-one series lead.

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Apr 17, 2012

Well the Rangers have regained home-ice advantage…

Last night in Ottawa, Brian Boyle's goal proved to be the only tally of the contest, as the Rangers shutout the Senators in Game 3 1-0.  Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves for the Rangers, who now hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven first round series.

In Washington D.C., Zdeno Chara buried the tiebreaking tally with less than 2 minutes left, as the Bruins beat the Capitals 4-3 to take a 2-1 series lead.

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Apr 16, 2012

Well the Devils and Panthers are tied at one game a piece...

Last night in Florida, Marcel Goc netted the game-winning goal, as the Panthers skated past the Devils 4-2. The two tangle in Game 3 tomorrow. 

In Philadelphia, Danny Briere, Matt Read, and Max Talbot each scored twice, as the Flyers pasted the Penguins 8-4.  Philadelphia leads the series 3 games to none.

In Detroit, Shea Weber tallied in the first to put the Predators ahead for good, as they beat the Red Wings 3-2.  Nashville leads the series 2-1.   

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Apr 13, 2012

Well the top-seed Rangers opened their first-round series with a win…

Last night in New York, Brian Boyle's wrist shot broke the game open, as the Rangers breezed past the Senators 4-2.  Sound courtesy of the NHL.  The two tangle in Game 2 tomorrow.

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Apr 12, 2012

Well the NHL playoffs are underway and Philadelphia is off to a 'Flying' start...

Last night in Pittsburgh, Jakub Voracek's tally at 2:23 of overtime completed the rally, as the Flyers stormed back from a three-goal deficit to beat the Penguins in the series opener 4-3.  Game 2 is tomorrow. 

In Nashville, Gabriel Bourque scored twice, as the Predators took their series opener from the Red Wings 3-2.  Game 2 is Friday. 

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Apr 10, 2012

Well the Yankees and Red Sox both picked up their first wins of 2012…

Last night in Baltimore, Ivan Nova allowed two runs on ten hits over seven strong innings, as the Yankees clipped the Orioles 6-2, averting the franchise’s first 0-4 start since 1973.     

In Toronto, Ryan Sweeney singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, as the Red Sox rallied to beat the Blue Jays 4-2, avoiding the first back-to-back 0-4 starts in team history. 

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Apr 9, 2012

Well Bubba Watson beat Louis Oosthuizen by a stroke on the second playoff hole to win the 2012 Masters...

Trapped among the trees 155 yards from the hole and unable to see the green, Watson hit a huge hook Sunday and landed the ball safely on the 10th green. Watson two-putted for par, which was good enough when Oosthuizen bogeyed the hole. That gave Watson his first major victory.

Phil Mickelson, Peter Hanson, Lee Westwood, and Matt Kuchar finished in a four-way tie for third at 8-under. Tiger Woods finished the tournament 5-over.

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Apr 6, 2012

Well the first round of the Masters is in the books...

Yesterday in Augusta, Georgia, England's Lee Westwood fired an opening round 4-under-68, and holds a one-shot lead over South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen and Sweden's Peter Hanson.  Tiger Woods opened with an even par 72.  Three-time winner Phil Mickelson is at 2-over.

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Apr 5, 2012

Well the Spurs snapped the Celtics five game winning streak...

Last night in San Antonio, Tim Duncan netted 10 and grabbed 16 boards, as the Spurs recovered after blowing a 17-point lead to beat the Celtics 87-86.  San Antonio's won nine straight.