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.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks start the preseason right where they ended last season, as the No. 1 team in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Now it starts to get intense for Michael Sam and the rest of the St. Louis Rams rookies.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Two same-day call-ups helped the San Francisco Giants stay ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will be sidelined for at least three games because of a strained muscle in his back, the latest injury to slow the team's leading run producer.
DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a strained neck.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The San Francisco Giants have signed former All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla to a minor league contract.
TORONTO (AP) - David Ortiz hit the 452nd and 453rd home runs of his career, moving past Boston great Carl Yastrzemski into 36th place on the all-time list, and the Red Sox won their fifth straight game Monday night, routing the Toronto Blue Jays 14-1.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Ray McCallum had a few big moments toward the end of last season for the Sacramento Kings.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - There was a common theme to the players the Oakland Raiders brought in this offseason.
HOYLAKE, England (AP) - The celebration began long before Rory McIlroy had a chance to drink out of the claret jug.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling's properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Tony Stewart heads into the busiest week of his year riding high from a win in his return to sprint car racing.
CARCASSONNE, France (AP) - Barring a disaster for him on French roads from now until Sunday, the man who looks set to win the Tour de France says he understands that cycling is still paying for its longtime doping plague.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Second on Cleveland's depth chart, Johnny Manziel already tops one NFL list.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus agreed to enter an NFL substance abuse program in a bid to have felony drug charges in Alabama dismissed, his attorney said on Monday.