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FILE - In this March 31, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans. The Sacramento Kings have hired Luke Walton as their coach just days after he parted ways with the Los Angeles Lakers following three losing seasons. The Kings announced Monday, April 15, 2019, that Walton will replace Dave Joerger. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman, File)
April 15, 2019 - 2:49 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — About five minutes after hearing Luke Walton had been dismissed as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac called Walton's agent. Finalizing the deal that brought Walton to Sacramento as the Kings new coach didn't take much longer...
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Boston Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton (75) and Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) shove each other at the goal during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
April 14, 2019 - 12:32 pm
It wasn't long after celebrating Craig Smith's overtime goal that P.K. Subban zeroed in on the cold reality of Nashville's playoff series against Dallas. "There are no easy shifts out there, no easy games and no easy plays," he said. "It's hand-to-hand combat out there." Subban and the Central...
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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) acknowledges the crowd's cheers after playing in the final NBA basketball game of his career, against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
April 13, 2019 - 12:01 pm
MIAMI (AP) — A flight was awaiting Miami Heat President Pat Riley on Saturday, just as he hoped. It just wasn't to Toronto or Milwaukee for Game 1 of a playoff series. That's the problem. Riley's second home in Malibu, California, is one of his happy places — though with the NBA playoffs starting...
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Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) grabs Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard (58) during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL Eastern Conference first-round hockey playoff series Friday, April 12, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 13, 2019 - 10:32 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — NHL leading scorer Nikita Kucherov has been suspended for Game 3 of the Tampa Bay Lightning's first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kucherov was suspended for boarding Columbus defenseman Markus Nutivaara late in Tampa Bay's 5-1 loss in Game 2 to trail 2-0 in...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Jose Martinez celebrates after hitting an RBI double during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, April 11, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 13, 2019 - 12:06 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: MEXICAN MATCHUP Major League Baseball returns to Estadio de Béisbol de Monterrey when the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds begin a two-game series. Adam Wainwright starts for the Cards against Tanner Roark. The Astros and Angels play a two-...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton gestures to players during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago. The Lakers say they have mutually agreed to part ways with Walton after three losing seasons. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka announced Walton's departure Friday, April 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo,File)
April 12, 2019 - 5:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luke Walton is out as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers after three losing seasons. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka announced Walton's departure Friday, three days after the abrupt resignation of president of basketball operations Magic Johnson. Pelinka called Walton leaving a...
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April 12, 2019 - 3:25 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three people familiar with the situation say the Pelicans have reached an agreement in principle to make former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin New Orleans' new executive vice president of basketball operations. The people spoke to The Associated Press on...
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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2018, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady puts on his helmet for warmups prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Improvements that an NFL and NFLPA study found in helmets didn't help Tom Brady. The six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback will have to discard his longtime brand as one of 11 helmets banned by the league and players' union for 2019. Brady was one of 32 players wearing helmets last season under a grace period that is now eliminated.(AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)
April 12, 2019 - 12:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Improvements that an NFL and NFLPA study found in helmets didn't help Tom Brady. The six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback will have to discard his longtime brand as one of 11 helmets banned by the league and players' union for 2019. Brady was one of 32 players wearing helmets...
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Kentucky's Tyler Herro reacts as time expires in overtime during the Midwest Regional final game against Auburn in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. Auburn won 77-71 in overtime. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
April 12, 2019 - 9:05 am
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky freshman guard Tyler Herro will enter the NBA draft pool and hire an agent but leave open the possibility of returning to school. Herro is the third Wildcats underclassman to enter the draft, joining forward PJ Washington and guard Keldon Johnson. The 6-foot-5 player...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Larry Drew watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Cleveland. A person familiar with the decisions says the Cavaliers are not bringing back Drew for a second season. Drew, who led the Cavs to a 19-63 record after taking over when Tyronn Lue was fired on Oct. 28, was told the team was not picking up his contract option by general manager Koby Altman, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday, April 11, 2019, because the team has not commented. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
April 11, 2019 - 3:57 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers' next coach will inherit a better situation than the one Larry Drew got handed. Drew and the Cavs parted ways Thursday after a challenging, 19-win season that followed LeBron James leaving for Los Angeles and included a rash of injuries to a young roster. Although...
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