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NBA playoffs looking more wide-open than expected
MIAMI (AP) -- Before the season started, a poll suggested that the Miami Heat were the overwhelming favorite to win the NBA title, collecting a whopping 76 percent of ballots cast....

Nadal loses in quarterfinals in Monte Carlo
PARIS (AP) -- Rafael Nadal's mastery of the Monte Carlo clay courts seems to be over....

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Several more were injured....

Tulsa hires Frank Haith as new hoops coach
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Tulsa hired Frank Haith of Missouri as its men's basketball coach Friday, landing a major-conference coach to lead the Golden Hurricane's transition from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference this summer....

Clippers-Warriors series billed as must-see TV
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Forget the Showtime Lakers or the Sacramento Kings of past decades....

Kawhi Leonard waits for Spurs spotlight
The tone in Kawhi Leonard's voice never changes....

Wizards' fast-moving John Wall makes playoff debut
WASHINGTON (AP) -- John Wall talks as fast as he plays. That makes him entertaining to be around, even when the ball gets thrown out of bounds, or when the sentences come out a bit funky....

Larrazabal jumps into water to escape hornets
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Pablo Larrazabal couldn't believe what was coming his way. He was playing in the second round of the Malaysian Open on Friday when a swarm of hornets "three times the size of bees" began an assault....

Strong makes Texas debut with spring scrimmage
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- For the first time since 1997, the Texas Longhorns will suit up for a game without Mack Brown on the sideline....

Obama presents Navy with football trophy, again
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the Navy football team not only had to overcome tough opponents to win the Commander-in-Chief trophy this year but a government shutdown as well....

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