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Celtics advance through late drama

BOSTON — With 2.4 seconds left and the Boston Celtics leading by one, Marcus Smart had a chance to all but clinch Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals and eliminate Philadelphia by making a pair of free throws. He missed the first. He could have made things more difficult for ...

Ovechkin, Trotz are in new territory in East final

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The smiling side of a handshake line at the end of the second round was a brand-new experience for Alex Ovechkin and Barry Trotz. Ovechkin received a message of good luck and a pat on the chest from Sidney Crosby, while Trotz got to enjoy a happy moment with longtime ...

Lehigh Valley tops Charlotte in 5 OTs in AHL’s longest game

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — This one kept going. And going. And going. And going. And going — straight into the American Hockey League record books. Alex Krushelnyski scored 6:48 into the fifth overtime period and Alex Lyon made 94 saves to lead the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to a 2-1 win over ...

Gardner joins the Yankee party

NEW YORK — When it comes to Brett Gardner, first-year Yankees manager Aaron Boone believes in metrics and makeup. Even as Gardner’s batting average dipped under .200, Boone was optimistic. For starters, Gardner’s exit velocities and other advanced stats indicated a breakout was ...

Caps drop Penguins in overtime

PITTSBURGH — A cathartic celebration 20 years in the making began with a poke of Evgeny Kuznetsov’s stick. It built as the puck that Kuznetsov tapped away from Sidney Crosby made its way to Washington Capitals teammate Alexander Ovechkin. It neared its crescendo as Ovechkin flipped ...

Yankees-Red Sox battle it out

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: WE MEET AGAIN In the latest round of baseball’s most storied rivalry, the Red Sox (25-9) and Yankees (24-10) have the top two records in the majors heading into a clash for first place in the AL East. Following their throwback brawl ...

Cavaliers complete sweep

CLEVELAND — LeBron James sent Toronto into summer vacation for the third straight season as the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a series sweep of the Raptors with a 128-93 win in Game 4 on Monday night to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. James finished with 29 points, 11 assists ...

Marian, Boulder win titles at USA Cycling nationals

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Cycling powerhouse Marian University and the University of Colorado-Boulder won national championships in their team omnium divisions on Sunday, the final day of the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships. Ben Schmutte, a senior from Noblesville, ...

Yanks, Sox in early-season battle

NEW YORK — Baseball’s most bitter rivals, ready to tangle once again. And this time, the Red Sox and Yankees bring the two best records in the big leagues into a fight for first place in the AL East. Following their throwback brawl at Fenway Park last month, the teams square off ...

Derby winner Justify may face fresh horses in Preakness

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The competition isn’t exactly lining up to take on Kentucky Derby winner Justify in the Preakness. Of his 19 rivals in the Derby, it appears most will skip the second leg of the Triple Crown in favor of resting and being pointed toward other races. That leaves ...

Golden Knights, Tampa Bay advance

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The crew of castoffs that carried the expansion Vegas Golden Knights to a division title and two rounds of playoffs wins in a reality-defying season are more than just a feel-good story. They’ve proven themselves to be legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. Marc-Andre ...

Cavaliers, Celtics look to finish off East sweeps

The unthinkable has happened before. Conference semifinals, 2010, Boston vs. Philadelphia: Boston wins the first two games at home, then goes into Philadelphia to capture Game 3 and take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Undeterred, Philadelphia won in seven games to reach the Eastern ...

Possibilities abound for lightly raced

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Todd Pletcher is throwing numbers at the Kentucky Derby again. Bob Baffert is seeking a fifth victory and he’s got the favorite, too. An old jinx could be disproved, and history would be written if Mendelssohn wears the garland of red roses. The 20-horse field for ...

Trotz’s move in chess match

Now that Mike Sullivan and Barry Trotz have matched wits in a playoff series for three consecutive years, they harbor very few secrets. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals know each other inside-out from 17 postseason games since 2016. The coaches are very familiar with the ...

LeBron’s fadeaway has Raptors endangered

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James has perfected a signature, soul-crushing shot that also seems to describe what’s happening again to the Toronto Raptors. The fadeaway. With cold-blooded precision, James worked the 24-second shot clock down to single digits before sinking one fadeaway ...

Time’s up for dancers, cheerleaders

ATLANTA — This is not a rant against cheerleading. That’s a legitimate sport, played by elite athletes — men and women — who are worthy of admiration for their daring and skill. There might even come a day when cheerleaders are competing for gold, silver and bronze at the ...

Ashley Judd sues Weinstein, saying he wrecked her career

LOS ANGELES — Ashley Judd sued Harvey Weinstein on Monday, saying the former movie mogul hurt her acting career in retaliation for her rejecting his sexual advances. In the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judd accuses Weinstein of defamation, sexual harassment and ...

Cosby jury: Chief accuser was ‘credible and compelling’

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Speaking out for the first time, the jury that convicted Bill Cosby at his sexual assault retrial said Monday it found the comedian’s chief accuser to be “credible and compelling,” adding its verdict had nothing to do with the #MeToo movement or any another factor ...

‘Alice’s Restaurant’ church reopens after upgrades

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts church building made famous by the 1967 Arlo Guthrie song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” is reopening after some recently completed upgrades. The building in Great Barrington is home of the nonprofit Guthrie Center and has been closed ...

‘Infinity War’ opens with record $250M, passing ‘Star Wars’

NEW YORK — A whole lot of superheroes added up to a whole lot of ticket sales. The superhero smorgasbord “Avengers: Infinity Wars” opened with predictable shock-and-awe, earning $250 million in box office over the weekend and edging past “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to set the ...