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Montreal became the first team to advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs on Tuesday. The Canadiens finished off a convincing four-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 4-3 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The Sharks are also on the brink of a sweep, as Patrick Marleau scored 6:20 into overtime to give San Jose a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. Meanwhile in the East, Tuukka Rask made 23 saves and the Boston Bruins beat the Detroit Red Wings, 3-0, to take a 2-1 series lead, while the New York Rangers handled the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1, to take a 2-1 series lead.

The NHL playoffs continue Wednesday with three teams looking to take 3-1 series leads. The Pittsburgh Penguins scored three third-period goals to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3, in Game 3 on Monday. The Penguins take a 2-1 series lead heading into Game 4 on Wednesday in Columbus. The Ducks will try to bounce back from a 3-0 loss to the Stars in Game 3. Anaheim had won the first two games of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. The Blues face the Blackhawks in Game 4 of their opening round series at Chicago on Wednesday night. The Blues lost 2-0 in Game 3, but still lead the series 2-1.

Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke will have an in-person hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety for his knee- to-knee hit on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie during Monday's playoff game. Cooke was only assessed a minor for his play on Barrie, which occurred just over two minutes into the second period of Minnesota's 1-0 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinals. Barrie was later diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament and is scheduled to miss 4-to-6 weeks. The league announced shortly after the contest was over that Cooke was scheduled to have the hearing, an indicator that the punishment would last for five games at the minimum. The meeting will take place Wednesday in New York.


Two teams looking to bounce back from Game 1 losses on their home courts did so Tuesday, while another is staring at an 0-2 hole. Bradley Beal had 26 points and seven rebounds, John Wall added 16 points, seven assists and five boards and the Washington Wizards rallied for a 101-99 overtime win over the Chicago Bulls to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal. The Pacers and Raptors pulled away in their respective games to even their series, as Indiana downed the Atlanta Hawks, 101-85, and Toronto fended off the Brooklyn Nets in a 100-95 final.

The playoffs continue Wednesday with three games on the schedule. The Miami Heat will try to build off a 99-88 win over the Charlotte Bobcats in Game 1 on Sunday. The San Antonio Spurs will try take a 2-0 series lead against the Dallas Mavericks, while the Portland Trail Blazers will aim to do the same against the Houston Rockets.

The San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich has been selected as the 2013-14 NBA Coach of the Year, the league announced Tuesday. Popovich became just the third three-time winner of the award in NBA history after guiding the Spurs to a league-best 62-20 record. He joins Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only coaches to win the Red Auerbach Trophy three times. Popovich totaled 59 first- place votes and 380 points from a panel of 124 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, finishing ahead of Phoenix Suns rookie bench boss Jeff Hornacek, who received 37 first-place votes and earned 339 points. Chicago's Tom Thibodeau was named atop 12 first-place ballots and finished third with 159 points. The Spurs won at least 50 games for the 15th consecutive season under Popovich, who also won the award following 2002-03 and 2011-12 seasons.


Albert Pujols joined an elite list on Tuesday night, hitting two homers to reach the 500 home run club. Pujols, who entered the game with 498 round trippers, hit a three-run homer in the first inning off Washington's Taylor Jordan and then tagged the 25-year old again in the fifth, this time of the two-run variety. The 34-year old Pujols became the first player in Major League history to hit No. 499 and No. 500 in the same game. He's the 26th player to reach the milestone and now trails Eddie Murray by four for 25th on the all-time home-run list.

Major League Baseball on Tuesday announced multiple suspensions stemming from Sunday's bench-clearing brawl between the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates. Brewers backup catcher Martin Maldonado drew the largest penalty, a five-game ban, after he leveled Pirates outfielder Travis Snider with a vicious right cross to the face during the main scrum. Snider will be sidelined for two games for his role in the fracas. Milwaukee outfielder Carlos Gomez, who precipitated events by flipping his bat and standing at home plate to admire a ball hit off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole during the third inning, drew a three-game suspension. Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin received the lightest sentence, as he'll be required to sit out only one contest. Each of the four players were hit with undisclosed fines, and everyone but Maldonado appealed the ruling.


Tennessee filled its head coaching vacancy with Tuesday's hiring of Southern Miss bench boss Donnie Tyndall. Tyndall went 56-17 with a pair of NIT appearances in two seasons at Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles earned a share of the regular-season Conference USA championship and won a school-record 29 games this past season. The 43-year-old Tyndall also experienced success during a six-year coaching stint at Morehead State (2006-12), guiding the program to the NCAA Tournament twice while compiling a 114-85 record. Tyndall replaces Cuonzo Martin, who left for California last week after three seasons in Knoxville, and inherits a team fresh off a trip to the Sweet 16.

Kentucky's Julius Randle has decided to skip out on his final three years of eligibility and enter the NBA Draft. Randle completed his freshman campaign by averaging 15.0 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists for the national runner- up Wildcats. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward picked up 10 points, six boards and dished out four assists in Kentucky's 60-54 loss at the hands of UConn on April 7. Randle becomes the 12th player in program history to leave after his first collegiate season under head coach John Calipari. James Young also declared late last week.

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