Knicks, Nets, Nuggets and Clippers take openers
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Knicks have opened the NBA playoffs with a stifling defensive performance against the Boston Celtics.
The Knicks allowed just 25 points in the second half, eight coming in the fourth quarter of an 85-78 win over the Celtics. New York trailed by three heading into the final period before limiting the Celts to three baskets the rest of the way.
Carmelo Anthony had just as many fourth-quarter points as Boston and finished with 36. J.R. Smith added 15 points for the Knicks, who turned 21 Celtics turnovers into 20 points.
Brooklyn had no trouble winning Game 1 of its playoff series, ripping the Chicago Bulls 106-89. Deron Williams delivered 22 and seven assists for the Nets, who led by 25 at halftime. Brook Lopez finished with 21 points in the first major league postseason game in Brooklyn since Game 7 of the 1956 World Series.
Andre Miller allowed Denver to take its playoff opener against visiting Golden State. Miller capped his playoff career-high 28 points by draining a layup with 1.3 seconds left to give the Nuggets a 97-95 win over the Warriors. Wilson Chandler added 11 points and 13 rebounds to the victory.
Yesterday's last series opener had the Los Angeles Clippers downing Memphis 112-91. Chris Paul led seven Clippers in double-figures with 23 points while dishing out seven assists. Caron Butler chipped in 13 points and seven rebounds for the Clippers, who outscored the Grizzlies 37-22 in the fourth quarter to turn it into a rout.
Red Sox continue strong start...Yanks prevail in 11 innings
UNDATED (AP) — After honoring the victims and the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Red Sox kept on with their best start in 11 years by beating the Kansas City Royals 4-3. The Royals held a 2-1 lead until Daniel Nava (NAH'-vah) smacked a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth, allowing the Red Sox to improve to 12-4.
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz went 2-for-4 in his first game since last summer. He injured his Achilles last July 17th and appeared in only one big league game before today.
The Red Sox wore white home jerseys with "Boston" on the front instead of the customary "Red Sox." The shirts will be auctioned off for a fund to support victims of the bombing.
And Neil Diamond was on hand to sing "Sweet Caroline," which has been a Fenway Park favorite since 2002.
In other baseball action:
— Derek Lowe pitched four hitless innings in relief of injured starter Nick Tepesch as Texas beat Seattle 5-0. Lowe came out of the bullpen in the second inning after Tepesch was hit just above the right wrist by a line drive, causing a bruise.
— Jason Giambi (jee-AHM'-bee) homered and collected five RBIs as Cleveland hammered Houston 19-6. Mark Reynolds added a homer and four ribbies for the Indians, who carried a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the second.
— Blue Jays reliever Aaron Loup made a two-run throwing error in the 11th inning, allowing the New York Yankees to beat Toronto 5-3 for their ninth win in 11 games. Vernon Wells homered for the second straight day and scored the go-ahead run on Loup's miscue.
— Jeremy Hellickson gave up three hits in seven innings to pitch Tampa Bay past Oakland 1-0. Matt Joyce provided the lone run with a second-inning blast.
— Mike Trout's first career grand slam capped a nine-run first off Rick Porcello before the Angels completed a 10-0 laugher against the Tigers. Garrett Richards struck out eight while limiting Detroit to two hits in seven innings.
— Shortstop Alexei Ramirez threw away a grounder in the 10th inning to allow the tiebreaking run to score in Minnesota's 2-1 triumph over the White Sox. Ryan Doumit (DOH'-miht) doubled and scored the go-ahead run as the Twins halted a four-game skid.
— Colorado is the majors' hottest team after running its winning streak to eight games with a 4-3 triumph over Arizona. Michael Cuddyer homered to back Jorge De La Rosa, who blanked the Diamondbacks on two hits in six innings.
— Pablo Sandoval launched a two-run homer and Tim Lincecum (LIHN'-seh-kuhm) combined with three relievers on a five-hitter in San Francisco's 2-0 shutout of San Diego. Lincecum struck out a season-high eight and limited the Padres to four hits in 6 2/3 innings.
— James McDonald held Atlanta to a run and two hits while fanning nine over six innings of Pittsburgh's 3-1 win over the Braves. Gaby Sanchez slammed a tiebreaking two-run homer to cap a three-run sixth that sent the Braves to their second straight loss.
— Lance Lynn threw one-hit ball over seven innings as St. Louis blanked Philadelphia 5-0. Carlos Beltran homered for the third straight game after Allen Craig hit a two-run single in the Cardinals' four-run third.
— On Brandon Phillips Bobblehead Day, the Cincinnati second baseman hit a sac-fly in the bottom of the 13th to complete a 3-2 win over Florida. Shin-Soo Choo led off the winning rally with a double, the sixth time he reached base in the game.
— Hiram Burgos pitched five innings in his major league debut and the Milwaukee Brewers scored four unearned runs in a 5-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Jonathan Lucroy hit a solo homer and scored twice in the Brewers' sixth straight win.
— Bryce Harper's second homer of the day snapped a 6-6 tie and sent Washington to a 7-6 win over the New York Mets. Ian Desmond hit a solo shot and Adam LaRoche added a three-run blast as part of the Nationals' seven-hit attack.
— Baltimore swept a doubleheader with Los Angeles to extend the Dodgers' losing streak to six games. Nolan Reimold (RY'-mohld) homered and hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning as the Orioles rallied to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 in Game 1. Homers by Chris Davis and Manny Machado powered the Birds to a 6-1 victory in the nightcap.
White Sox place Viciedo on DL
CHICAGO (AP) — Outfielder Dayan Viciedo (vihs-ee-AY'-doh) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Chicago White Sox with a strained left oblique. He was injured while batting in the eighth inning at Toronto on Thursday, and the roster move was made retroactive to Friday. Viciedo is hitting .229 (11 for 48) with two homers and five RBIs in 13 games.
Hockey returns to the Hub...Devils stay alive
UNDATED (AP) — The Bruins were back on the ice Saturday afternoon after having two games postponed this week due to the Boston Marathon bombings. But the Bruins failed to pull into a tie with Montreal for the Northeast Division lead.
Jarome Iginla (ih-GIHN'-luh) and Kris Letang (leh-TANG') scored power-play goals in the first 8 1/2 minutes of the third period to give the visiting Penguins a 3-1 lead in a 3-2 triumph over the B's. Tomas Vokoun made 11 of his 38 saves in the third period as the Pens secured home-ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The game was pushed back by one day because of the manhunt for a suspect in the bombings. Monday's scheduled game between the Bruins and Ottawa was pushed back to April 28.
Before the game, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma (BIHLZ'-muh) wore a black T-shirt with the words "BOSTON STRONG" over his shirt and tie. During warm-ups, Bruins players wore baseball caps of the state police and Boston and Watertown police departments. The black cap for Watertown, where the Marathon bombing suspect was taken into custody, had the Bruins "Spiked B" logo on the front and the word "STRONG" on the back.
Montreal still leads the Northeast Division by two points over Boston after Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn) and Troy Brouwer (BROW'-ur) each scored twice in Washington's 5-1 drubbing of the Canadiens. Braden Holtby turned back 35 shots for the Capitals, who top the Southeast Division by three points over Ottawa with three games remaining.
In other NHL action:
— James Reimer (RY'-mur) turned back 49 shots and Toronto clinched its first playoff berth in nine years by downing Ottawa 4-1. James van Riemsdyk (van REEMZ'-dyk) scored twice for the Maple Leafs.
— The New York Islanders' magic number to clinch a playoff berth is three after Brad Boyes and John Tavares scored shootout goals to complete a 5-4 win at Winnipeg. Josh Bailey and Frans Nielsen each had a goal and an assist as the Islanders improved to 8-0-2 in their last 10 games.
— Alex Edler scored in regulation and Maxim Lapierre (lah-pee-EHR') provided the lone shootout tally as Vancouver beat Detroit 2-1 to stretch its lead in the Northwest Division to six points over Minnesota. The Red Wings are one point behind Columbus in the battle for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
— Patrik Elias (EHL'-ee-ahsh) scored twice and the New Jersey Devils kept their faint playoff hopes alive by rallying from a two-goal deficit for a 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers.
— Mikkel Boedker and David Schlemko scored shootout goals as Phoenix beat Chicago 3-2. The Coyotes are three points out of a Western Conference playoff berth with four games to play.
— Wayne Simmonds recorded his first career hat trick in Philadelphia's 5-3 win over Carolina.
Hoffman grabs lead
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Charley Hoffman has the lead after three rounds of the PGA's RBC Heritage. He shot a 5-under-66 to finish play 11 shots under par, three shots in front of Webb Simpson. Kevin Streelman is four back.
Pettersen outlasts Salas
KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Suzanne Pettersen parred the first playoff hole to beat Lizette Salas at the LPGA Lotte (LOH'-tay) Championship in Hawaii. Pettersen closed with a 5-under-par 67 for a 19-under total but was forced into a playoff following her bogey on the final hole of regulation.
Toledo takes lead
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Esteban Toledo (toh-LAY'-doh) has the lead after two rounds of the Champions Tour Greater Gwinnett Championship in Duluth, Ga. He shot a 2-under-70 in the second round to finish six shots under par, one in front of Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur), Roger Chapman, Tom Pernice Jr. and Mark Calcavecchia (kal-kuh-VEHK'-ee-ah).
FORMULA ONE-BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX
Rosberg wins pole
SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg will have the pole for Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix (pree). He grabbed the top spot today, finishing ahead of Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull and Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.
Franchitti has Long Beach pole
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Dario Franchitti (fran-KEE'-tee) has won the pole for Sunday's IndyCar Series race at Long Beach.
Franchitti's last lap was 1:07.2379 and bounced Ryan Hunter-Reay off the pole at the last second.
Will Power was third, followed by Takuma Sato, Mike Conway and Helio Castroneves (EH'-lee-oh kas-troh-NEH'-vehs).
Nadal-Djokovic final in the works
MONACO (AP) — Eight-time defending champion Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') recorded his 46th consecutive win at the Monte Carlo Masters by beating Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh) 6-3, 7-6 in Monaco. That sets up a repeat of last year's final against top-ranked Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak YOH'-koh-vihch).
U.S., Sweden tied
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. and Sweden are tied at one match apiece in Fed Cup play.
Serena Williams evened the World Group playoff match with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Johanna Larsson after Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson beat Sloane Stephens 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.