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CANADIENS COMPLETE SWEEP, FIRST TEAM INTO 2ND ROUND OF NHL PLAYOFFS
Montreal completes a 4-0 series sweep of Tampa Bay to become first team into the second round of the NHL playoffs.
CHELSEA HOLDS ATLETICO BUT AT A BIG INJURY PRICE
Chelsea holds Atletico Madrid to a 0-0 draw in Spain in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal but loses goalkeeper Petr Cech and captain John Terry to season-ending injuries.
WIZARDS BEAT BULLS IN OVERTIME TO TAKE 2-0 NBA PLAYOFF SERIES LEAD
Washington beats Chicago in overtime to take 2-0 series lead in NBA playoffs.
FIFA WARNS NO TIME TO LOSE IN FINISHING SAO PAULO STADIUM
FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke is sure Sao Paulo’s stadium will be ready in time for the World Cup but says there is “not a minute” to waste as construction continues.
ANGELS’ PUJOLS HITS 500TH CAREER HOMER
Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols hits the 500th home run of his career, becoming the 26th man to achieve the feat in MLB.
–MORE THAN 30,000 DEFIANT RUNNERS FINISH BOSTON MARATHON IN CELEBRATION 1 YEAR AFTER BOMBINGS
Meb Keflezighi gave the U.S. a rare Boston Marathon victory. As nearly 32,000 runners hit the streets in the first race since last year’s deadly bombing, sending a powerful message of resilience amid heavy security that included a battery of surveillance cameras and police officers on rooftops.
–ORIOLES SCORE 6 IN 3RD OFF BUCHHOLZ, SPOIL RED SOX GAME ON PATRIOTS’ DAY WITH 7-6 WIN
Clay Buchholz allowed six runs in the third inning as the Baltimore Orioles held on to beat the Red Sox 7-6 in the annual Patriots’ Day morning game at Fenway Park, a year after the Boston Marathon bombings.
–MAN CITY BEATS WEST BROM 3-1, STAYS ALIVE IN ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE RACE
Manchester City stayed alive in the English Premier League title race by beating West Bromwich Albion 3-1 thanks to first-half goals by three Argentines.
–RANDOLPH SCORES 25; GRIZZLIES BEAT THUNDER 111-105 IN OT TO TIE SERIES 1-1
Zach Randolph scored 25 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-105 in overtime and level their first-round playoff series at one game each.
–SUTTER, STEMPNIAK, JOKINEN SCORE 2:13 APART TO LIFT PENS PAST JACKETS 4-3 FOR 2-1 SERIES LEAD
Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Jussi Jokinen scored in a span of just 2:13 of the third period as the Pittsburgh Penguins took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 4-3 victory.