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There are three NHL playoff games on tap tonight. The Boston Bruins can
complete a sweep of the New York Rangers in their Eastern Conference semifinal
series at Madison Square Garden. Out West, the Red Wings are home and will try
to build on their 2-1 series lead over the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks,
while the nightcap has the Kings and Sharks in Los Angeles for Game 5 of their
The Rangers will face elimination without center Brad Richards, who will be a
healthy scratch. Richards has just one goal -- which he scored in Game 4 of
the first-round series against Washington with the goaltender well out of the
crease after a misplay -- and a minus-3 rating in 10 games this postseason. He
had been centering the Rangers' fourth line and played just over eight minutes
in Game 3 on Tuesday.
Thursday is a day off in the NBA playoffs, as San Antonio and Memphis continue
their extended break in the Western Conference finals before Game 3 on
Saturday. The Eastern Conference finals will resume on Friday after the Miami
Heat captured a thrilling 103-102 overtime victory over Indiana in the series
opener on Wednesday. LeBron James drove to the basket for the winning layup as
time expired to cap a 30-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist performance.
NBA MVP LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant
headline the 2012-13 All-NBA First Team. James was a unanimous selection,
receiving all 119 first-team votes, to earn a First-Team selection for the
sixth consecutive year and seventh time overall. Durant was a First-Team
choice for the fourth time and picked up 102 first-team votes. San Antonio
center Tim Duncan and guards Chris Paul of the Clippers and Kobe Bryant of the
Lakers rounded out the First Team.
USA Basketball announced Thursday that Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will
return to guide the U.S. Men's National Team through 2016. Since becoming the
head coach of Team USA in 2005, Krzyzewski's teams have compiled a 62-1 record
and claimed top honors in four of five FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions.
Team USA also captured Olympic gold in both 2008 and 2012 under the winningest
coach in Division I men's basketball. The 66-year-old Krzyzewski had
previously indicated that the 2012 Olympics would be his last run as national
The Texas Rangers have released veteran pitcher Derek Lowe, who struggled
mightily in nine appearances this season. The 39-year-old right-hander inked a
minor league contract in March and made the big league club with a solid
spring, but had surrendered a total of 13 runs in 13 innings and had been
tagged for eight runs over his last 2 2/3 innings of work. Lowe was a two-time
All-Star and a World Series winner with the Red Sox, while also pitching for
the Mariners, Dodgers, Braves, Indians and Yankees in a 17-year career.
New York Giants fullback Henry Hynoski will undergo surgery on Friday to
repair an injured medial collateral ligament and a chip fracture to the
lateral plateau in his left knee. Hynoski suffered the injury earlier this
week during the team's OTAs. A timetable for his return was not announced, but
Hynoski hopes to be ready for the Giants' opener in September.
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