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    Wade misses Heat practice with migraine

    MIAMI – One of Dwyane Wade’s biggest rivals is back, at the worst possible time for the Miami Heat. Wade did not practice Sunday because of symptoms of a migraine, a problem that has plagued him for years and kept him out of a game earlier this season. His status for Game 2 of Miami’s Eastern Conference first-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday is unclear, prompting at least some...

    Samuelsson, Luongo lift Canucks

    CHICAGO – All night long the Chicago Blackhawks seemed to have extra men on the ice. Seven power plays gave the defending Stanley Cup champions plenty of scoring chances in a game they desperately needed to win. It’s just that Vancouver goalie Robert Luongo was there to turn most of those opportunities away. Luongo finished with 30 saves Sunday night and the Canucks beat the Blackhawks 3-2 to take a...

    .Arsenal will fight to the finish, vows Wenger

    LONDON (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has asked his Arsenal players to fight until the end in the Premier League title race after suffering a huge blow to their hopes during a controversial 1-1 draw against Liverpool. Wenger’s team had to settle for a point as Dirk Kuyt’s penalty, with the last action of the game at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, cancelled out Robin van Persie’s stoppage-time spot-kick. It...

    Paul leads Hornets past Lakers in stunning opener

    LOS ANGELES – Chris Paul and a few teammates sneaked across the street from their hotel to Staples Center the night before the New Orleans Hornets began the postseason, eagerly hoisting up a few shots in the shadows of the Lakers’ imposing championship banners. With their tumultuous regular season finally a memory, Paul said the Hornets were almost unbearably eager for the playoffs to start. Maybe that’s...

    Celtics beat Knicks 87-85 on Allen’s 3-pointer

    BOSTON – Ray Allen hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, Paul Pierce shut down Carmelo Anthony and the Boston Celtics rallied to beat the New York Knicks 87-85 in their playoff opener on Sunday night. New York led 85-84 before Anthony was called for an offensive foul for pushing Pierce with 21 seconds remaining. Allen, who led the Celtics with 24 points, sank the decisive basket from beyond the left...

    Aggies beat Notre Dame 76-70 for 1st NCAA title

    INDIANAPOLIS – Scoring at will, grabbing boards and making a key steal, Danielle Adams saved her best game for the biggest stage and gave Texas A&M its first national championship. Adams scored 22 of her 30 points in a dominating second half and answered the Fighting Irish basket for basket Tuesday night to help the Aggies bring a title to the former all-male military academy with a thrilling 76-70 victory...

    Attacking mentality paid off, claims Rangnick

    MILAN, Italy (AFP) – Schalke 04 coach Ralf Rangnick claimed his side had been rewarded for their attacking mentality as they stunned the reigning champions Inter Milan 5-2 at the San Siro. Inter boss Leonardo admitted the tie was as good as over as he saw his side slump to their second heavy defeat in three days as they flopped again at the most crucial stage of the season. On Saturday they lost 3-0 to bitter...

    Winless Red Sox lose 4th straight, 3-1 to Indians

    CLEVELAND – Four games into the season, the team that was supposed to win it all hasn’t won at all. This isn’t what the Red Sox expected. Josh Tomlin outpitched Boston’s Josh Beckett, Cleveland came up with just enough timely hits and the Indians kept the Red Sox winless so far this season with a 3-1 victory Tuesday night over the team many predicted would make it to the World Series this...

    Gallardo 2-hits Braves in 1-0 victory

    MILWAUKEE – Yovani Gallardo needed little help to give new Brewers manager Ron Roenicke his first win. The 25-year-old right-hander threw a two-hitter and scored the only run as the Brewers beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 on Tuesday night to snap Milwaukee’s four-game losing streak to begin the season. “I’m amazed,” Roenicke said. “Knowing when to throw offspeed pitches, knowing when...

    Fan beaten at Dodger game may have brain damage

    LOS ANGELES – A San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten at Dodger Stadium after last week’s opening game shows signs of brain damage and remains in critical condition, a doctor said Tuesday. Meanwhile, detectives were looking into unconfirmed reports that the same suspects struck other Giants fans minutes before the attack that left Bryan Stow in a coma. Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic and father of two...

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