HILADELPHIA (AP) - Martin Brodeur missed all the postseason fun a year ago. One of the game's all-time greats, the veteran goaltender considered retirement and the New Jersey Devils were absent from the playoffs for the first time since 1996.
NEW YORK (AP) - Andy Pettitte will be back on the mound in the Bronx on Sunday, and the New York Yankees are hoping he can again be a reliable presence in their rotation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - New Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson stepped up to a microphone set behind home plate and shouted: "It's time for Dodger Baseball!"
HOUSTON (AP) - Carlos Zambrano pitched a three-hitter for his first win of the season and Giancarlo Stanton extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a two-run homer, leading the Miami Marlins to their seventh straight win, 4-0 over the Houston Astros on Monday night.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Brandon Snyder homered and had a career-high six RBIs against his former team, and the Texas Rangers beat Baltimore 14-3 Monday night to end the Orioles' five-game winning streak.
NEW YORK (AP) - Euphoria replaced pure panic at Madison Square Garden in a matter of moments.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Manu Ginobili scored 17 points to lead San Antonio to an 87-81 victory over Utah on Monday night and a sweep of their first-round Western Conference series.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Cole Hamels earned a five-game suspension for the way he welcomed Bryce Harper to the big leagues.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - San Francisco Giants reliever Guillermo Mota was suspended for 100 games on Monday, becoming just the third major league player penalized twice for positive drug tests.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch signed his $6.2 million franchise tag tender on Monday and reported to offseason workouts with the team.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another evidently loves traveling every bit as much as galloping on the track.
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored 41 points, Amare Stoudemire had 20 points and 10 rebounds in his return from a cut hand, and the New York Knicks snapped an NBA-record, 13-game playoff losing streak, beating the Miami Heat 89-87 Sunday in Game 4 of their first-round series.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Ricky Nolasco remained unbeaten, Giancarlo Stanton drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning and the Miami Marlins beat the San Diego Padres 6-3 Sunday for their season-best sixth straight victory.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Albert Pujols finally hit a home run for the Los Angeles Angels, ending the longest power drought of his career Sunday in a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dustin Brown scored two goals, Jonathan Quick made 23 saves, and the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings finished an improbable four-game sweep of the St. Louis Blues with a 3-1 victory Sunday, advancing to the conference finals for the second time in club history.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jonathan Quick made 24 saves in his seventh career playoff shutout, and the Los Angeles Kings moved to the brink of their second straight trip to the Western Conference finals with a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 on Thursday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James was a unanimous pick for the All-NBA team and Kobe Bryant earned his record-tying 11th first-team selection.