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NBA:

LeBron James poured in 35 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals for the third straight year by clobbering the Celtics, 135-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. James drained a 3-pointer in the third quarter to pass Michael Jordan as the NBA's all-time scoring leader in postseason play. Kyrie Irving finished with 24 points to help the defending champs earn a third straight finals meeting with the Golden State Warriors, the 2015 titlists.

Game 1 is next Thursday in Oakland.

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Hal Childs, a former assistant general manager for the New York Knicks and public relations director for the Golden State Warriors and Seattle Mariners, has died due to complications from heart disease. He was 84. Childs' wife, Jacqueline, says her husband died Sunday at his home in Dublin, California.

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Milwaukee Bucks are opening up their search for a new general manager after John Hammond left to join the Orlando Magic. Assistant GM Justin Zanik was believed to be the heir apparent to Hammond when he left the Utah Jazz to join the Bucks. Zanik will interview for the position, but outside candidates will also be considered.

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The Boston Celtics erased a 21-point deficit in the second half and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 111-108 on Avery Bradley's 3-pointer with less than one second remaining. The Celtics ended the Cavaliers NBA record-tying 13-game playoff winning streak and pulled within 2-1 in the Eastern Conference finals. Bradley finished with 20 points and Marcus Smart scored 27 points while Boston held LeBron James to 11 points on 4 of 13 shooting.

Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas has been ruled out for the remainder of the postseason with a hip injury. Coach Brad Stevens said at Sunday's shootaround that Thomas might need surgery for the hip impingement, which has bothered Thomas since March. The injury was so severe that Stevens said he was surprised Thomas was able to play Game 7 of Boston's semifinal series against Washington.

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Houston Rockets guard James Harden have been selected to the NBA All-Star First Team and are joined by were Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard and New Orleans' Anthony Davis. James is a first-teamer for a record-tying 11th time after finishing eighth in the league in scoring and sixth in assists. Harden was the lone unanimous First Team selection, while James and Westbrook each received 99 of 100 votes.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers took Game 1 of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals by building a 26-point lead in the first half of a 117-104 rout of the Celtics in Boston. LeBron James had 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Cavaliers improved to 9-0 in the postseason. Kevin Love shot 6-for-9 from 3-point range and finished with a playoff career-high 32 points and 12 boards.

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The Boston Celtics have won the NBA draft lottery, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago. The Los Angeles Lakers were other big winners. They moved up one spot to second to hold onto their pick. They would have had to trade it if it fell outside the top three. Philadelphia picks third in the June draft.

Stephen Curry delivered 29 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in just three quarters as the Golden State Warriors blasted the San Antonio Spurs, 136-100 to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA's Western Conference finals. Kevin Durant added 16 points for the Warriors, who had assists on 30 of their first 38 baskets while building a huge lead. Draymond Green did a bit of everything in contributing 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks.

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The Boston Celtics have advanced to the NBA's Eastern Conference finals against Cleveland as Isaiah Thomas and Kelly Olynyk led them past the Washington Wizards, 115-105 in Game 7. Thomas got hot late in the second half and finished with 29 points and 12 assists. Olynyk added a career playoff-high 26 points and helped Boston's bench outscore the Wizards' reserves 48-5.

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The Golden State Warriors trailed by 25 before taking Game 1 of the NBA's Western Conference finals, a 113-111 decision over the visiting San Antonio Spurs. Stephen Curry scored 19 of his 40 points in the third period and hit a game-tying 3-pointer before Draymond Green followed with a three-point play that put Golden State ahead to stay.

Kevin Durant scored 10 straight during a key fourth-quarter stretch on his way to 34 points. The Spurs finished Sunday's playoff game without forward Kawhi Leonard, who re-injured his ankle in the third quarter. Leonard originally sprained the ankle during the conference semifinals and re-injured it after providing 26 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes. Leonard's status for the remainder of the best-of-seven series is in question.

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It will be the San Antonio Spurs taking on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA's Western Conference finals. LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs have advanced to the NBA's Western Conference finals by slamming the Rockets, 114-75 in Houston. Aldridge had a season-high 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who led by 19 at halftime and outscored the Rockets 27-11 in the fourth quarter. Jonathan Simmons had 18 points while starting in place of Kawhi Leonard, who sat out with a sprained ankle suffered in Game 5 on Tuesday.

Tonight, the Celtics take on Washington at 8 p.m. in Game 6. Boston leads the series 3-2.

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Avery Bradley scored 25 of his playoff career-high 29 points while the Boston Celtics dominated the first half of a 123-101 drubbing of Washington. Bradley hit four 3-pointers and shot 12-for-19 overall as the Celtics took a three-games-to-two lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals. Al Horford delivered 19 points on 8 of 9 shooting and had seven assists and six rebounds for the Celts.

Boston guard Isaiah Thomas has been fined $25,000 for inappropriate language toward a fan during the Celtics' Game 4 loss at Washington. The NBA announced the fine yesterday.

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Danny Green scored seven of his 16 points in overtime as the San Antonio Spurs downed the Houston Rockets, 110-107 to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA's Western Conference semifinals. Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 15 rebounds in 38 minutes before sitting out much of the fourth quarter and all of overtime with an ankle injury. James Harden had 33 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Rockets, who host Game 6 on Thursday.

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The Golden State Warriors finished a four-game sweep of Western Conference rival Utah, defeating the Jazz 121-95 in Salt Lake City. The Warriors and the team they lost to in last year's championship series, the Cleveland Cavaliers, have coasted through the playoffs, with each going undefeated in two 4-0 series sweeps in the quarter- and semi-finals.

Houston faces San Antonio tonight at 8 p.m. in Game 5, the series is tied at 2 games apiece.

NHL:

In the Stanley Cup playoffs, Nashville bested St. Louis 3-1 to win the series 4-2 and advance to the conference finals and it was Edmonton over Anaheim 7-1 to bring the series to a final game 7.

Tonight Washington faces Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m.

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In the NBA playoffs, Isaiah Thomas had 33 points and nine assists, and the Boston Celtics made 19 3-pointers to beat the Washington Wizards 123-111 Sunday and take a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup. Thomas played just a day after attending the funeral for his sister, who died in a car accident earlier this month outside of Tacoma, Washington.

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The Cleveland Browns used the first pick in the NFL draft to select Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. The Chicago Bears moved up to the No. 2 slot and grabbed junior quarterback Mitchell Trubisky of North Carolina. The San Francisco 49ers made their selection after swapping picks with Chicago, choosing sophomore defensive end Solomon Thomas of nearby Stanford with the third choice.

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In the NBA playoffs, Washington topped Atlanta 103-99 to lead the series 3-2 and Boston won against Chicago 108-97 to take a 3-2 series lead.

Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has been fined $100,000 by the NBA for confronting a referee during live game action. Byron Spruell, the NBA's president of league operations, announced Alexander's fine Wednesday. The incident occurred Tuesday in the final minute of the first quarter during the Rockets' 105-99 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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The Houston Rockets have found a way to stop Russell Westbrook from getting triple-doubles - by ending the Oklahoma City Thunder's season. The Rockets have advanced to the NBA's Western Conference semifinals by knocking off the Thunder, 105-99 in Game 5. James Harden had 34 points and Lou Williams added 22 to help Houston reach Round 2 for the second time in three seasons. Williams scored the last eight points in a 10-2 spurt that put the Rockets ahead 86-81 with nine minutes remaining.

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Stephen Curry delivered 37 points and nine assists as the Golden State Warriors crushed the Trail Blazers, 128-103 in Portland to complete a four-game sweep in the NBA first-round series. The Warriors tied a league playoff record for most points in a first quarter to take a 45-22 lead. Klay Thompson finished with 18 points and Kevin Durant had 10 in his first action since missing two games with a calf injury.

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has become the first player in NBA history to be part of 10 different four-game sweeps during his career. James dropped in 33 points and nailed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining before the Cavs held on to top the Pacers, 106-102 at Indiana. The Cavaliers squandered a 96-83 lead in the fourth quarter and trailed 102-100 before James hit his only trey of the game.

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In the NBA playoffs, Cleveland beat Indiana 119-114 to put them within one game of a series sweep 3-0, Milwaukee bested Toronto 104-77 to take a 2-1 series lead, and it was Memphis over San Antonio 105-94, the Spurs lead the series 2-1. The Boston Celtics face Chicago at 7 p.m. tonight and trail in the series 2-0.

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In the Stanley Cup playoffs, Ottawa beat Boston 1-0 and the Senators lead the series 3-1, Washington edged Toronto 5-4 and are now tied at 2 games apiece, Minnesota blanked St. Louis 2-0 to narrow the series to 3-1, and it was Anaheim over Calgary 3-1 to advance to the conference semifinals after sweeping the series 4-0.

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Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence in prison for his role in the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his prison cell Wednesday morning. The Boston Globe reports that Hernandez was found hanging in his cell at approximately 3:05 a.m. State Police are currently investigating. Hernandez was recently found not guilty in a different murder case.

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In the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Rangers edged Montreal 2-1 to tie the series at 2 games apiece, Columbus skated by Pittsburgh 5-4 to narrow the gap in the series 3-1, and it was San Jose over Edmonton 7-0 to tie the series at 2 games apiece. The Bruins start game 4 tonight when they play Ottawa in Boston at 7:30 p.m. The Senators lead the series 2-1.

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In the Stanley Cup playoffs, Ottawa beat Boston in overtime 4-3 to take a 2-1 series lead, Toronto topped Washington in overtime 4-3 to lead the series to 2-1, Nashville edged Chicago in overtime 3-2 to bring it to game 4 with a 3-0 series lead, and it was Anaheim over Calgary in overtime 5-4 to lead the series three games-to-none. Montreal is in New York tonight to take on the Rangers at 7:30 p.m. The Habs lead the series 2-1.

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The NBA's No. 1 seeds opened their playoff schedules with a win by the Golden State Warriors and a loss by the Boston Celtics. The Warriors pulled out a 121-109 win over Portland as Kevin Durant provided 32 points and 10 rebounds. Jimmy Butler scored 23 of his team-high 30 points in the second half and finished with nine rebounds as the Bulls downed the Celtics, 106-102 in Boston.

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The NHL's No. 1 seeds opened their respective playoff schedules on Thursday. Washington Capitals fans went home happier than Chicago Blackhawks supporters.

Tom Wilson scored his first NHL playoff goal 5:15 into overtime as the Caps downed the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2. The Toronto native capped a rally in which the Capitals held onto home-ice advantage after falling behind 2-0.

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In the NHL playoffs, the Rangers shut out Montreal 2-0 to start the series with a 1-0 lead, Boston edged Ottawa 2-1, Pittsburgh topped Columbus 3-1, St. Louis skated by Minnesota in overtime 2-1, and it was San Jose over Edmonton in overtime 3-2.

MLB:

In Major League Baseball, Boston beat Baltimore 8-1 and the Mets blasted Philadelphia 14-4. The Yankees were off and continue their series with Tampa Bay today.

Forbes ranks the New York Yankees as baseball's most valuable team for the 20th straight year and lists the Tampa Bay Rays with the lowest valuation. Forbes estimates the Yankees are worth $3.7 billion, up 9 percent from last year. The Dodgers are next at $2.75 billion, a 10 percent increase. Boston was third at $2.7 billion.

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In Major League Baseball, Michael Pineda retired his first 20 batters before Evan Longoria lined a double down the left-field line, and he wound up pitching two-hit ball over 7 2/3 innings Monday in the New York Yankees' home opener, an 8-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Detroit edged Boston 2-1, the Mets topped Philadelphia 4-3.

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is said to be doing well after being struck in the helmet by a 94 mph fastball in the first inning and forced out of the game. It was a frightening moment in San Francisco's 4-1 victory Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks in its home opener.

Dave Smith has been named head coach for the Rensselaer Division 1 men's hockey team.
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The Masters:

Charley Hoffman owns a four-stroke lead over William McGirt through one round of the Masters. Hoffman had seven birdies in an 11-hole stretch en route to a 7-under-65 that gives him the largest first-round lead at the Masters since 1955. Lee Westwood is five shots back and one ahead of a group that included Phil Mickelson, Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.

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