LaMarcus Aldridge had just fouled out late in overtime after scoring a career-high and franchise playoff-record 46 points when he went to Portland teammate Damian Lillard with a simple message.

Alyx Henderson moved to Plains her freshman year when her father, Randy, became the girls basketball coach at little Plains High School. She was a standout basketball player and had played softball since she was 4. Once she arrived at the Class 1A school, though, Henderson discovered there was no softball team at the school of about 120 students, and she worried her skills would weaken.

The San Jose Sharks got a spark from an unusual place and turned a close game into another laugher against Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings.

With so many spots still up for grabs in the knockout rounds and so many clubs in contention, the Asian Champions League is raising its profile with an intensely tight competition.

A five-run lead wasn't enough to save Baltimore from a series of late defensive blunders.

Dustin Pedroia started fast, stopped and then raced home with the winning run. It certainly was an adventurous way to end a game.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored a franchise playoff-record 46 points and Damian Lillard added 31, including the go-ahead free throws in overtime, to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to a 122-120 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Daryl Morey is not only the general manager of the Houston Rockets and a graduate of MIT, he's also a fan of Houston's rap scene.

Forced to leave Sunday's game early because of pain in his left knee, Rockies star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said he plans to be back in the lineup for Colorado's next game Monday against San Francisco.

The Montreal Canadiens looked as if they would cruise to an easy win when Rene Bourque scored only 11 seconds into the game.

Nene started thinking about how it would all unfold in the middle of the night. No way could he have scripted it any better than this.

Matt Kuchar overcame a four-stroke deficit to finally finish on top, his stunning chip-in on the 18th hole giving him a 64 and a victory at the RBC Heritage on Sunday.

The Arizona Diamondbacks intentionally walked hot-hitting Adrian Gonzalez with first base open to get to Yasiel Puig. That didn't work out — nor did Miguel Montero's ill-fated decision to test Puig's arm in right field.

Baltimore shortstop J. J. Hardy left Sunday night's game against the Boston Red Sox after six innings with a strained right hamstring.

Two-time Eclipse champion Beholder won the $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes by 5¼ lengths in her 4-year-old debut at Santa Anita on Sunday, closing day of the track's winter meet.

Slumping newcomer Curtis Granderson hit a sacrifice fly in the 14th inning and the New York Mets outlasted the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Sunday to prevent a three-game sweep.

Jose Abreu and Jordan Danks each had two-run homers, Erik Johnson combined with three relievers on a two-hitter and the Chicago White Sox snapped a four-game losing streak with a 16-2 victory Sunday over the Texas Rangers, who had won five in a row.

The San Diego Padres are one game under .500 three weeks into the season, not bad considering that they lost six of their first nine games.

Making his first start of the season while working on three days of rest, Houston pitcher Brad Peacock knew he was on a short leash.

Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard led the way out of the Philadelphia Phillies' offensive slump.

Robbie Ross hadn't allowed an earned run in his previous two starts, and the Texas Rangers had won five games in a row.

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many prominent supporters.

River Plate moved into top spot in the Argentine first division with a 1-0 win over Velez Sarsfield on Sunday.

The Pirates aren't accustomed to seeing closer Jason Grilli struggle. They are, however, plenty familiar with Ryan Braun punishing them.

Marcelo Moreno scored in the 90th minute to help a second-string Cruzeiro lineup beat Bahia 2-1 on Sunday to start its defense of the Brazilian league title.

Daniel Ramirez' low shot in the 55th minute gave Pumas a 1-0 victory over Chivas in Mexico's first division on Sunday and secured a spot in the playoffs of the Clausura championship.

The Boston Red Sox held an emotional 20-minute pregame ceremony honoring victims of the Boston Marathon bombings along with law enforcement officials, medical personnel, runners and race volunteers before Sunday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Liverpool secured a return to the Champions League on Sunday.

With a little more help from his defense, David Hale could have dominated. Instead, the Atlanta Braves fumbled away a chance for a road sweep against an NL East rival.

After two high-scoring days, the Tampa Bay Rays' offense was shut down again in the finale against the New York Yankees.

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