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Last Update on April 18, 2015 22:43 GMT

NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Stephen (STEF'-ehn) Curry scored 34 points to lead the NBA top seed Golden State Warriors to a 106-99 over New Orleans in their playoff opener.

Klay Thompson added 21 points, and Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut dominated down low as the Warriors built a 25-point lead after three quarters.

The Warriors smothered Anthony Davis and the Pelicans with the league's best defense.

The Pelicans pulled within four in the final minute behind Davis, who scored 20 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter, to make the contest seem closer than it really was.

In other action;

-- Paul Pierce scored five of his 20 points in overtime to lead Washington to a 93-86 win over Toronto in the opener of their NBA playoff series. Pierce went 4-of-7 from 3-point range to help the Wizards rebound from blowing a 15-point lead with nine minutes left in regulation. Amir Johnson scored 18 points and DeMar DeRozan had 15 for the Raptors, who have yet to win the opening game of a first-round series in seven postseason appearances.

This evening in Chicago, the third-seeded Bulls host Milwaukee. The Houston Rockets are home against the Dallas Mavericks.

NHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop stopped 24 shots for his first NHL playoff victory, a 5-1 win over Detroit that evened their opening-round Eastern Conference series at one game apiece.

Bishop lost his bid for a shutout when Detroit's Tomas Tatar scored at 5:49 of the third period. The 6-foot-7 goaltender won a career-best 40 games during the regular season and is one of the reasons the Lightning feel good about their chances of making a deep run in the playoffs.

Tyler Johnson had two goals for the Lightning.

In other playoff action;

-- Vladimir Tarasenko had a hat trick to lead St. Louis to a 4-1 win over Minnesota that evened their series at a victory each. He scored twice within five minutes in the first period then added an empty netter to start the cascade of hats onto the ice.

Tonight, the Rangers host Pittsburgh, leading that series 1-0. The Anaheim Ducks will try to go 2-up on Winnipeg when they meet at the Pond in Anaheim.

NHL PLAYOFFS-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) -- -- Defenseman Shea Weber won't travel with the Nashville Predators for Games 3 and 4 in Chicago in their Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Blackhawks. He left the Predators win Friday night with a lower-body injury and didn't return.

Meanwhile, Chicago rookie goalie Scott Darling gets the start in place of Corey Crawford in Game 3. Darling relieved Crawford in Game 1 after the veteran gave up three goals on 12 shots. Darling stopped all 42 shots he faced the rest of the way in the Blackhawks double overtime win.

Elsewhere;

-- Capitals goalie Braden Holtby says he's ready to return for Game 3 of Washington's first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders. He pulled himself from the lineup for Game 2 because of an illness.

NHL-KINGS-STOLL ARRESTED

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll was released from jail Friday night after his arrest for suspected cocaine possession at a Las Vegas resort.

KSNV-TV of Las Vegas reports Stoll was released on $5,000 bond from the Clark County Detention Center. He is accused of possession of controlled substances, including cocaine and Ecstasy.

He was arrested late Friday afternoon at the MGM Grand Hotel's Wet Republic pool complex.

Stoll is an unrestricted free agent after struggling this season. He helped the Kings win Stanley Cup titles in 2012 and 2014, but Los Angeles missed the playoffs this season.

MLB-SCHEDULE

White Sox pound Detroit

UNDATED (AP-- Jose Abreu (uh-BRAY'-oo) hit a grand slam and Adam LaRoche added a three-run homer and four RBIs to lead the White Sox to a 12-3 win over Detroit.

Chicago scored four times in the third and seven in the fourth to put the game away. Abreu and LaRoche had three hits apiece, and Melky Cabrera matched a career high with four hits as part of Chicago's 17-hit attack.

J.D. Martinez homered for Detroit, which lost for the second time in 11 games this season.

In other action;

-- Odubel Herrera had three hits and scored twice to help Philadelphia snap a six-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over Washington. Freddy Galvis had two RBI singles for Philadelphia, which had scored 13 runs over its last six games. Bryce Harper homered for Washington, which had won three straight.

-- Josh Donaldson's leadoff home run in the 10th inning lifted Toronto over Atlanta 6-5. It was Donaldson's third homer in two days. Kelly Johnson's homer in the ninth tied it for Atlanta, which lost on the road for the first time this season.

-- Jason Heyward hit his first home run for St. Louis and Matt Carpenter drove in two runs in a 5-2 win over Cincinnati. Carlos Martinez pitched six strong innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out four and walking two. The Cardinals have won four straight.

-- Danny Salazar matched his career high with 10 strikeouts while pitching into the seventh inning in Cleveland's 4-2 victory over Minnesota. Roberto Perez had a home run among his three hits for the Indians, and Jason Kipnis stopped an 0-for-16 slide with a two-out, RBI single.

MLB-PETE ROSE-FOX TV

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fox Sports says it is hiring Pete Rose as a special guest analyst. The move comes as the all-time career hits leader waits for a response from his reinstatement request.

Rose agreed to the lifetime ban in August 1989 after a Major League Baseball investigation concluded he bet on the Reds to win while managing the team.

Shortly after new Commissioner Rob Manfred took over in January, Rose applied for reinstatement.

PGA-HERITAGE

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- Troy Merritt shot a 2-under 69 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the RBC Heritage. Merritt stands at 14-under as he pursues his first win on the PGA Tour. Defending champion Matt Kuchar shot a 68 and is in a tie for second with Brendon Todd and Kevin Kisner. Masters champ Jordan Spieth (SPEETH) posted a 68 and trails by five shots.

CHAMPIONS TOUR-GREATER GWINNETT CHAMPIONSHIP

ATLANTA (AP) -- Olin Browne's 8-under 64 has earned him the lead after two rounds of the Champions Tour's Greater Gwinnett Championship. His 12-under total gives Browne a one-shot lead over Bernhard Langer who also posted a 64.

GOLF-MASTERS-WATSON

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- Two-time Masters champion Tom Watson says his next visit to play Augusta National might be his last. The 65-year-old says it's getting more difficult for him to compete on the PGA Tour and he doesn't know how much longer he wants to take away a spot from younger players.


 

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