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LeBron, Cavaliers earn NBA Finals spot by sweeping Hawks
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The championship LeBron James craves more than any other, the one he came back home to get, is within reach....

Brassard, Lundqvist lead Rangers past Lightning 7-3
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Derek Brassard had a hat trick and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots in another season-saving performance as the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 Tuesday night to force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals....

Rockets' Howard won't be suspended for Game 5 vs Warriors
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will not be suspended for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors after the NBA decided to uphold his flagrant 1 foul....

911 tapes released about NFL defensive end Ray McDonald
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The California Highway Patrol has released audio from the 911 call that led to the arrest of NFL defensive end Ray McDonald on suspicion of child endangerment and domestic violence....

Phillies GM apologizes to fans for disparaging comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Embattled general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. apologized Tuesday to Philadelphia Phillies fans for saying they "don't understand the game" and the "process" that goes into constructing a team....

Michael Sam: Focused on football, not making history in CFL
MONTREAL (AP) -- Michael Sam says his priority is helping the Montreal Alouettes win, not making history as the first openly gay player in the Canadian Football League....

All eyes on Johnny as Manziel practices with Browns
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Except for sporting a tighter haircut under his orange helmet, Johnny Manziel looked pretty much the same....

American Sock ousts Dimitrov on 'favorite surface' in Paris
PARIS (AP) -- Ah, the French Open, the time of year when a certain question is asked repeatedly by American tennis fans: Why can't the country's players, particularly the men, find success on red clay?...

Hawks guard Kyle Korver to have surgery on ankle
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver will have surgery on the right ankle he injured in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals....

Ducks Ds causing problems for Blackhawks
CHICAGO (AP) -- Anaheim stars Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler are drawing a lot of attention in the Western Conference finals. When the Ducks' defensemen join the attack, it presents a big problem for the Chicago Blackhawks....

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