CHICAGO (AP) - C.J. Watson scored 16 points, including the game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away in overtime to beat the Miami Heat 96-86 on Thursday night.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Martin Hanzal scored 9:29 into overtime and the Phoenix Coyotes opened the playoffs with a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Cain will be on the mound just more than a week after signing his splashy new six-year contract worth $127.5 million. Yes, that's a big deal for San Francisco - financially and otherwise.
SACRAMENTO (AP) Sacramento business leaders are asking NBA Commissioner David Stern and league owners to "strongly encourage" the Maloof family to sell the Kings so a deal for a new arena can proceed.
MIAMI (AP) - When the Miami Marlins' new ballpark stirs to life Friday, concession-stand workers will prepare such Cuban fare as fresh ceviche, roasted pork sandwiches and plantain chips with garlic sauce.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians may have found a boost for their stagnant offense.
DENVER (AP) - As strange as this may sound for a reliever, Brian Wilson actually finds comfort in chaos.
WASHINGTON (AP) - On a baseball field, players back up teammates to limit the damage from errors. The Justice Department, embarrassed by an error that caused a mistrial of Roger Clemens last year, has added more prosecutors in hopes of containing any missteps as it seeks to convict the famed pitcher of lying to Congress when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs.
LONG BEACH (AP) - As the Chevrolet side of the paddock worked feverishly Thursday to change the engines for all 11 of its IndyCar teams, Ryan Briscoe leaned out of his team transporter to deliver a message to James Hinchcliffe.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Martin Havlat returned from a hamstring injury that sidelined him nearly half the season just in time for the San Jose Sharks' playoff push.
DETROIT (AP) - Ben Zobrist hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the ninth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays scored four runs in the ninth inning to beat Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers 4-2 on Wednesday.
DENVER (AP) - Carlos Gonzalez tripled twice, drove in four runs and scored three times Wednesday night, leading the Colorado Rockies to a wild 17-8 win over Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants that recalled the pre-humidor days at Coors Field.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Monty Williams decided it was time to loosen the reins on Jason Smith. By the looks of things, the Hornets coach won't be reeling the blossoming 7-footer back in any time soon.
EL SEGUNDO (AP) - Drew Doughty had just played more than 39 minutes in a double-overtime playoff game, and he still couldn't sleep on the Kings' flight back to Los Angeles.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Whether it's his health or his personal life, Rory McIlroy is not easily distracted when he's on top of his game.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Meb Keflezighi will be a true champion of the people in his hometown Sunday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Michael Morse homered and drove in three runs and Pablo Sandoval homered and scored twice to propel the San Francisco Giants to a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.
OAKLAND (AP) - Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fifth to back Rick Porcello's eighth victory, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Thursday for a split of the four-game series between division leaders.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Now leading off for the Brewers ... outfielder Ryan Braun?
OAKLAND (AP) - After being shut down by Anibal Sanchez all night, the Oakland Athletics were happy finally to get a chance at Detroit's bullpen in the ninth.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bruce Bochy remembered stressing out while watching Tim Lincecum labor through the final innings of his 148-pitch no-hitter at San Diego last July. The Giants manager said there was "no chance" of stretching out his starter again Wednesday, even after Lincecum logged five hitless innings.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Paul George went into desperation mode to salvage the Pacers' season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shelly Sterling was reviewing bids from five groups interested in buying the Los Angeles Clippers, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs have seen this nightmare before.
CHICAGO (AP) - Michal Handzus is every day of 37 years old and 15 seasons in the NHL. He knows he's near the end of his career. He knows he's slower than most of his Chicago teammates.
NEW YORK (AP) - The last time the New York Rangers had a game to forget, they responded with five straight wins that put them on the cusp of the Stanley Cup finals.
PARIS (AP) - Wind was whipping, rain was falling, and thick gray clouds overhead were foreboding as Serena Williams double-faulted, then raised her hands in despair and wailed, "I can't serve!"
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - The Baseball Hall of Fame plaques of former sluggers Henry Aaron and Frank Robinson are going on the road for the first time.