NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The Eastern Conference Finals between the rival New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils finally got ugly - real ugly.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - For months the Orlando Magic have been trudging through the aftermath of a preseason trade request by Dwight Howard that sapped the life out of the franchise as internal team issues quickly affected the product on the floor.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - His passes were hitting receivers in stride and right between the numbers, not skipping off the ground or whizzing behind their heads like so many of Tim Tebow's.
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Tiger Woods insists he is close to contending on a weekly basis, even if recent results suggest otherwise.
ROME (AP) - Rafael Nadal showed he's still the man to beat on clay, defeating Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-3 Monday in a rain-delayed final to win his record sixth Italian Open and regain the No. 2 ranking.
BOSTON (AP) - They started as a Big Three and grew to a Big Four when Rajon Rondo earned the right to be mentioned along with the other Boston Celtics All-Stars.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Russell Westbrook scored 28 points, Kevin Durant added 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder surged ahead in the second half to beat Los Angeles 106-90 in Game 5 on Monday night and eliminate the Lakers from the playoffs.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Brian McNamee finally got to name names in front of the jury. Andy Pettitte. Chuck Knoblauch. Mike Stanton. Roger Clemens' accuser also apologized for the medical condition that caused him to take frequent breaks. He came across as a sympathy figure in the final moments of some 26 hours on the stand, a small counterweight to three days of brutal cross-examination.
MIAMI (AP) - Colorado's Jamie Moyer has now pitched in 50 Major League ballparks.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Boston Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross has a broken bone in his left foot and could be sidelined six to eight weeks.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The best-case scenario for Lance Berkman is that he returns to the St. Louis Cardinals' lineup after the All-Star break. The 36-year-old first baseman is prepared for news on his injured right knee that's not so rosy.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - LeBron James scored 40 points, superstar sidekick Dwyane Wade added 30 - 22 in the second half - and Miami's dynamic duo took over after halftime to bring the Heat even in the series with a 101-93 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal Sunday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Stephen Strasburg hit his first major league home run and struck out eight in five innings to carry the Washington Nationals past the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 Sunday.
ROME (AP) - Maria Sharapova successfully defended her Italian Open title Sunday, beating Li Na 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) in a wild match in which play was twice interrupted by rain and the red clay turned to mud.
LECCO, Italy (AP) - Matteo Rabottini won the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday, holding off Joaquin Rodriguez in a close finish as the Spaniard took back the overall lead from Ryder Hesjedal.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A trial that could determine the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers was delayed Thursday until after a deadline to conclude a $2 billion sale - and a scheduled NBA vote on the deal - but there is hope for more time.
NEW YORK (AP) - Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo were voted by fans onto the rosters for Tuesday's All-Star game, and Los Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar will replace Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina will undergo surgery Friday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and could miss the rest of the season.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Soccer has once again emerged as the patriotic touchstone that unites Argentines as they teeter on the precipice, this time threatened by a debt crisis, soaring inflation and the scandal-plagued end to a 12-year political dynasty that has polarized the nation.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Another World Cup, another sad story for the Netherlands.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As awful as the San Francisco Giants have played for most of the last month, they are back in an enviable position: first place in the NL West.
SAO PAULO (AP) - The World Cup's second semifinal was supposed to put the silky skills of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben in the spotlight. Instead, a goalkeeper and two rock-solid defenses stole the show.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Pat Riley made his pitch. And now, LeBron James wants time to think.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Kobe Bryant feels great, would welcome Byron Scott as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, would love to play alongside free agent Carmelo Anthony and is pleased with the moves of the team's front office so far.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The New York Yankees' battered rotation may have suffered the most crucial loss of all.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A raging Donald Sterling denounced his wife, her lawyers and the NBA from the witness stand Wednesday, saying he will never sell the Los Angeles Clippers and vowing a lifetime of lawsuits against the league.
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - The Cavaliers have cleared a path for LeBron James to return to Cleveland.
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ARENBERG, France (AP) - An injured wrist was just too much for Tour de France champion Chris Froome, in one of the most memorable and crash-marred stages in recent race history.
OAKLAND (AP) - With 57 victories, the Oakland Athletics have their most wins ever before the All-Star break and lead the majors by a long shot. They still have five more chances to boost that number, too.