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Grizzlies blow big lead, beat Thunder 98-95 in OT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Grizzlies know they have to stop blowing fourth-quarter leads. Consecutive overtime wins makes the needed corrections much easier for Memphis....

Northwestern players vote on union question
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Northwestern football players will file into an on-campus hall adjacent to their home stadium to cast secret ballots Friday on whether to form the nation's first union for college athletes....

Pacers on the ropes after another loss to Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers are questioning their toughness and dealing with speculation about a lineup change....

Phelps tries sprinting in 2nd event of comeback
MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Michael Phelps is going short, really short, in the second event of his comeback....

Bruins beat Red Wings 3-2 in OT, up 3-1 in series
DETROIT (AP) -- The Boston Bruins took a couple punches, then hit back hard and put the Detroit Red Wings on the brink of elimination....

Clippers beat Warriors 98-96 for 2-1 series lead
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Paul pounded his chest and shouted toward the Golden State Warriors' bench. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan high-fived, and the Los Angeles Clippers soaked in the silence of the once-roaring, gold-shirt wearing crowd as they walked off the court together....

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Pineda banned 10 games for pine tar, won't appeal
BOSTON (AP) -- Michael Pineda says he was just trying to get a better grip on the ball....

LA Kings avoid elimination in 6-3 win over Sharks
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dustin Brown figured his Los Angeles Kings had climbed too many postseason obstacles over the past two seasons to end their current playoff run without even a single victory....

Column: 'There's better ways to conceal it.'
The thing that has baseball folks riled up about Michael Pineda isn't that he was trying to cheat. Everybody does that....

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