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NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Rockets take out Westbrook, Thunder UNDATED (AP) -- The Houston Rockets have found a way to stop Russell Westbrook from getting triple-doubles - by ending the Oklahoma City Thunder's season. The Rockets have advanced to the NBA's Western Conference semifinals by knocking off the Thunder, 105-99 in Game 5. James Harden had 34 points and Lou Williams added 22 to help Houston reach Round 2 for the second time in three seasons.

DEFENSE, DEFENSE: This draft crop is loaded on that side

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- DE-FENSE, DE-FENSE. That's going to be the area of concentration in this draft, in the first round and through much of the proceedings in Philadelphia. Indeed, the first half-dozen or so selections could come from that side of the ball. That's often the fallout when there are no slam-dunk quarterbacks available. Here's how we see Thursday night's first round falling, minus any trades. 1.

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April 23 1903 -- The New York Highlanders, later renamed Yankees, win their first game as a major league team, 7-2 over the Washington Senators. 1946 -- Ed Head of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitches a no-hitter against the Boston Braves, 5-0 at Ebbets Field. 1950 -- The Detroit Red Wings edge the New York Rangers 4-3 in Game 7 to win the Stanley Cup.

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NBA PLAYOFFS 3 games tonight UNDATED (AP) -- Houston, Golden State and Washington have all taken 2-0 leads in their NBA first-round playoff series. The Rockets erased an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Oklahoma City 115-111, despite Russell Westbrook's record-setting triple-double for the Thunder. The Warriors hammered Portland 110-81 while the Wizards downed the Hawks, 109-101. Three more first-round games are on tap tonight.

Police investigating club fight involving singer Chris Brown

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Police in Florida are investigating an incident at a nightclub where a photographer said he was "sucker punched" by singer Chris Brown. Tampa police spokesman Stephen Hegarty says 28-year-old Bennie Vines Jr. was hired by Aja Channelside to take photos during an event hosted by Brown. Vines told officers that while he was snapping photos early Monday, Brown punched him. Brown was gone by the time officers arrived.

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MLB Pineda takes perfect game into 7th; Yanks beat Rays 8-1 NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael Pineda retired his first 20 batters before Evan Longoria lined a double down the left-field line, and he wound up pitching two-hit ball over 7 2/3 innings Monday in the New York Yankees' home opener, an 8-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Pineda (1-1) dominated like the pitcher the Yankees have always hoped he would become.

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MLB-DIAMONDBACKS-GIANTS Giants' Posey 'doing good' after struck in head by pitch SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Giants catcher Buster Posey is said to be doing well after being struck in the helmet by a 94 mph fastball in the first inning and forced out of the game. It was a frightening moment in San Francisco's 4-1 victory Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks in its home opener.

Longoria breaks up Pineda's perfect-game bid in 7th

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria lined a double down the left-field line with two outs in the seventh inning, breaking up a perfect game bid by the Yankees' Michael Pineda in New York's home opener. Pineda retired his first 20 batters Monday, starting 16 of them with strikes, before Longoria reached on a first-pitch hanging slider. Longoria tipped his helmet to Pineda after reaching second.

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MASTERS-THE LATEST Garcia, Rose share Masters lead AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Sergio Garcia continues to own a share of the Masters lead through three rounds, but he's keeping different company atop the leaderboard. Justin Rose birdied five of his last seven holes for a 5-under 67 that leaves him tied with Garcia at minus-6.

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MASTERS-THE LATEST 4-way tie atop the Masters leaderboard AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Charley Hoffman saw his four-stroke lead disappear at the Masters, but he still owns a share of first at the midway point. Hoffman followed Thursday's 7-under-par 65 with a 75 that leaves him 4 under for the tournament and even with Sergio Garcia, Thomas Pieters and Rickie Fowler. Hoffman had enjoyed the largest Masters lead heading into a second round since 1955.

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BON JOVI CANCELS NYC CONCERTS UNDATED (AP) -- Fans who had plans to check out Jon Bon Jovi this weekend in New York will have to make other arrangements. He won't be doing the shows because of illness. He decided last night to put off the shows at Madison Square Garden tonight and tomorrow night -- to give him more time to recover from bronchitis.

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GOLF-MASTERS Hoffman goes on birdie-run after top-ranked Johnson withdraws from Masters AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Charley Hoffman was too hot to catch. Dustin Johnson was too sore to play. Hoffman has the first-round lead at the Masters, taming Augusta National during an afternoon in which the top-ranked Johnson had to withdraw because of a back injury.

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MASTERS-JOHNSON WITHDRAWS Hoffman goes on birdie-run after top-ranked Johnson withdraws from Masters AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Charley Hoffman was too hot to catch. Dustin Johnson was too sore to play. Hoffman has the first-round lead at the Masters, taming Augusta National during an afternoon in which the top-ranked Johnson had to withdraw because of a back injury.

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The supervisor is Fred Lief, followed by John Nicholson at 5 p.m. and Jake Seiner at 1 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All times EDT. TOP STORIES GLF--MASTERS AUGUSTA, Ga.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O'Neill dies at 61

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Paul O'Neill, who founded the progressive metal band Trans-Siberian Orchestra that was known for its spectacular holiday concerts filled with theatrics, lasers and pyrotechnics, has died. He was 61. University of South Florida police spokeswoman Renna Reddick said O'Neill was found dead in his room by hotel staff at a Tampa Embassy Suites late Wednesday afternoon.

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The supervisor is Jake Seiner, followed by Fred Lief at 9 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All times EDT. TOP STORIES GLF--MASTERS AUGUSTA, Ga.

2015 coaching carousel pays off for Leafs, Oilers, Columbus

Mike Babcock, John Tortorella and Todd McLellan have plenty in common these days. Not only are the three overseeing playoff-starved franchises surging as they enter the final week of the regular season, they are front-running NHL coach of the year Jack Adams Trophy candidates. It also happens the trio was part of a drastically spinning 2015 coaching carousel that's had a transformative effect.

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NBA Westbrook ties Oscar Robertson's season triple-double record of 41 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has matched Oscar Robertson's single-season record for triple-doubles, collecting his 41st against the Milwaukee Bucks. Westbrook clinched his triple-double Tuesday night on an assist to Taj Gibson with 9:17 left in the third quarter. The crowd stood and chanted "MVP! MVP!" long after the assist.