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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Stephen Curry had 37 points before sitting out the final quarter and the Golden State Warriors welcomed back teammate Kevin Durant with a 128-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night to sweep their first-round playoff series. The Warriors advanced to the conference semifinals, where they'll face the winner of the series between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers, which is tied at 2. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.
-- BKN--WARRIORS-TRAIL BLAZERS. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 750 words, photos.
BKN--CELTICS-LITTLE BIG MAN
BOSTON -- It's been only a week since the death of Isaiah Thomas' younger sister in a car accident triggered what he called the "hardest week of my life." But with the top-seeded Celtics headed back home and having evened their first-round series with Chicago, the 5-foot-9 All-Star is answering the biggest challenge of his career the only way he knows how -- not letting anyone diminish the stature he's built during his time in Boston. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 a.m.
HKN--PENGUINS-GO GO GUENTZEL
PITTSBURGH -- The leading goal scorer in the first round of the playoffs for the Pittsburgh Penguins wasn't Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin or Phil Kessel. It was a wiry 22-year-old rookie from Nebraska who uses smarts to make for what he lacks in size. Meet Jake Guenztel, who hardly seems intimidated by playoff stage. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.
BUCHAREST, Romania -- Serena Williams has spoken out in response to suspended Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase's comments speculating about the skin color of the baby the pregnant Williams is expecting. The 23-time major champion wrote on Instagram on Monday: "It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and (my) unborn child." SENT: 445 words, photos.
Experience matters, especially at playoff time. And with three Game 5s in the Western Conference on Tuesday night, some of the league's elder statesmen -- like Utah's Joe Johnson and Houston's Nene -- will have key roles. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
After an MVP-caliber regular season, Kawhi Leonard has been even better in the playoffs. But his San Antonio Spurs are in a ferocious fight with Memphis in the first round -- again. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. SENT: 700 words, photos.
HOUSTON -- Nene has spent 15 years in the NBA and many still struggle in pronouncing his name. Count ABC's broadcasting team among the offenders. There is no confusion, however, on the impact the Brazilian has had in helping the Rockets to a 3-1 lead over the Thunder. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 600 words, photos.
-- BKN--BUCKS-RAPTORS -- SENT: 700 words, photos.
-- BKN--WIZARDS-HAWKS -- By Paul Newberry. SENT: 700 words, photos.
-- BKN--CAVALIERS ADVANCE -- By Michael Marot. SENT: 600 words, photos.
-- BKN--PACERS WRAPUP -- By Michael Marot. SENT: 650 words, photos.
-- BKN--BIRD-ALL-STAR BID -- By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 500 words, photos.
The NHL's second round will have a couple of divisional rivals going at it: Penguins vs. Capitals, Blues vs. Predators. Two Canadian teams are left and there's new blood to go along with the Stanley Cup champions. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 650 words, photos.
ST. LOUIS -- While many of his teammates enjoyed a well-deserved break, St. Louis Blues center Paul Stastny was on the ice for the team's optional skate. To Stastny, there was no time to lose preparing for the Western Conference semifinal series against the Nashville Predators. Game 1 is Wednesday night in St. Louis. By Nate Latsch. UPCOMING: 575 words, photos by 3 a.m.
-- HKN--PLAYOFFS-SHATTENKIRK EFFECT. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 750 words, photos.
-- HKN--SHARKS-FUTURE. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 600 words, photos.
-- HKN--BLUE JACKETS-FUTURE. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 500 words, photos.
-- HKN--WILD WRAPUP. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 600 words, photos.
-- HKN--CANADIENS WRAPUP. SENT: 400 words, photos.
-- HKN--KINGS-STEVENS -- By Hockey Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 700 words, photos.
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- It was just last month when people were wondering what was wrong with Jimmie Johnson after he got off to a slow start. How silly it was to worry. Johnson grabbed a rare victory at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday, giving him consecutive wins for the 11th time in his storied career. It was just the second career win in Thunder Valley for Johnson, who considers it one of his most vexing tracks. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 730 words, photos.
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Holocaust survivors on Monday celebrated the end of German insurance giant Allianz's sponsorship of a Florida pro golf tournament, saying it may boost efforts to collect some $2.5 billion in World War II-era policies issued to Jews that they say have gone unpaid. Survivors, their heirs and Jewish groups for seven years have protested the company's sponsorship of the PGA senior tour's Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, saying it failed to pay off policies of tens of thousands of Holocaust victims and other Jews who died under Nazi rule. By Terry Spencer and Curt Anderson. SENT: 670 words, photos.
LEADING OFF: John Hicks a hit in early test with Tigers; Ty Blach set for another matchup with Clayton Kershaw; Dallas Keuchel bouncing back well; Yankees and Red Sox resume rivalry. UPCOMING: 335 words, photos by 3 a.m.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner had nearly finished a ride of more than two hours in the mountains outside Denver when his rented dirt bike slipped on the trail and took the pitcher to the ground directly onto his pitching shoulder. The 2014 World Series MVP bruised ribs and sprained the AC joint in his pitching shoulder in the dirt bike accident during Thursday's off day in Colorado. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 800 words, photos.
NEW YORK -- Minnesota's Miguel Sano has been suspended for one game and fined by Major League Baseball for what the sport termed "aggressive actions" that caused benches to clear during a game against Detroit last weekend. Detroit's JaCoby Jones was hit in the face by a pitch from Justin Haley in the third inning of the Tigers' 5-4 victory Saturday. SENT: 270 words, photo.
PITTSBURGH -- Dovydas Neverauskas' long journey from Lithuania to the major leagues finally ended on Monday night when the relief pitcher made his debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Neverauskas was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday after Pittsburgh put utility player Adam Frazier on the 10-day disabled list with a strained hamstring. SENT: 260 words, photo.
-- BBA--RED SOX-ORIOLES DISCIPLINE. SENT: 155 words, photos.
-- BBM--MINOR LEAGUERS SUSPENDED. SENT: 380 words, photo.
-- BBA--ASTROS-BELTRAN. By Fred Goodall. SENT: 600 words, photos.
-- BBM--BRAVES-YOUNG PROSPECTS. By David Brandt. SENT: 685 words, photos.
-- BBC--COLLEGE BASEBALL RDP. By Eric Olson. SENT: 650 words, photos.
-- DAVID ORTIZ-COMMENCEMENT. SENT: 130 words, photo.
Running back is a popular position again, thanks to the success of Ezekiel Elliott with Dallas last year and a deep class this year. As many as three could be taken in the first round, which would be the most since 2012. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 750 words, photos.
More college coaches are using top players on special teams in an attempt to pile up points in this era of never-safe leads. NFL teams love it. They get a better sense of a possible draft choice's range, selflessness and versatility. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 800 words, photos.
FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas owner Jerry Jones didn't think he was replacing Tony Romo when he drafted Dak Prescott in the fourth round last year. Now it's happened, and the Cowboys are about to begin building on Prescott's remarkable rookie season. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 600 words, photos.
CLEVELAND -- Finding Bigfoot has been more productive than the Cleveland Browns' search for a franchise quarterback. This flawed football quest drags on. By Tom Withers. SENT: 815 words, photos.
RENTON, Wash. -- As has often been the case for the past month, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider had to address the latest Monday about star cornerback Richard Sherman and his future. From Schneider's position, nothing the Seahawks have heard thus far leads him to believe that Sherman will be traded. By Tim Booth. SENT: 500 words, photo.
-- ROETHLISBERGER-HOMETOWN. SENT: 150 words.
-- FBN--PATRIOTS-GILLISLEE. SENT: 200 words.
-- FBN--LONG RETIRES. SENT: 140 words.
-- FBN--BENGALS-AJ STAYS. By Joe Kay. SENT: 530 words.
-- FBN--CHARGERS-BOSA. SENT: 150 words.
BRISTOL, Conn. -- Aaron Hernandez's family and friends bid farewell to the former NFL star at a private funeral Monday, and a judge ordered that three suicide notes he left be turned over to his fiancee by the time he is buried. Dozens of mourners turned out for the invitation-only service in Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, including his mother and fiancee, several of his defense attorneys, and friends from his playing days with the University of Florida and the New England Patriots. By Dave Collins. SENT: 540 words, photos.
STUTTGART, Germany -- Maria Sharapova returns to the WTA circuit Wednesday following a 15-month doping suspension. The five-time Grand Slam champion is playing as a wild card and opening against Roberta Vinci at the Porsche Grand Prix. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 700 words, photos.
-- TEN--VINCI ON SHARAPOVA. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 470 words, photo.
-- TEN--SERENA WILLIAMS-NO 1. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 300 words, photos.
-- TEN--BARCELONA OPEN. SENT: 170 words, photos.
BOX--TIM DAHLBERG-BOXING'S BACK
Madison Square Garden was filled last month to see Gennady Golovkin fight Danny Jacobs. This week, 90,000 fans are expected at Wembley Stadium for the most significant heavyweight bout in a long time. Boxing is enjoying a bit of a resurgence. Even Conor McGregor wants a piece of the action. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 750 words, photos.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's Tony Bradley, Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo, Louisvllle's Donovan Mitchell and Purdue's Caleb Swanigan work out for NBA teams before deciding whether to return to school. The withdrawal deadline for those who have declared but haven't hired an agent is May 24. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 700 words and photos by 4 p.m.
FBC--BIG TEN-SPRING BREAKOUTS
A look at Big Ten players this spring who could be big factors come fall. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
ROME -- The Michigan football team visits a different Big House -- The Colosseum. It's all part of the Wolverines' sightseeing in what has been a busy trip to Rome. SENT: 450 words.
-- FBC--NORTHWESTERN-FITZGERALD EXTENSION. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russon. SENT: 225 words, photo.
-- FBC--APSE-SANKEY -- SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey meets with AP sports editors. By John Zenor. SENT: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
-- STRIP CLUB-ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING. SENT: 140 words.
SOC--SPAIN SPOTLIGHT-DECISIVE MESSI
MADRID -- There's been no one better than Lionel Messi when Barcelona plays Real Madrid. He now has 23 goals for Barcelona in games between these Spanish powers. That's five more than Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano and eight more than Cristiano Ronaldo. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 600 words, photos.
-- SOC--OBIT-RAJTORAL. SENT: 140 words, photos.
-- ATH--HAMMER THROW-DEATH-ILLINOIS. By Don Babwin. SENT: 340 words.
-- OLY--IOC-DOPING RETESTS. SENT: 365 words.
Tuesday's Time Schedule (EDT)
Oklahoma City at Houston, 8 p.m.
Memphis at San Antonio, 9 p.m.
Utah at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
Houston at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Miami at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Seattle at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.
Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 7:40 p.m.
Minnesota at Texas, 8:05 p.m.
Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
Toronto at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.
Washington at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
San Diego at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.
Oakland at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.