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Clippers 29, Warriors 24 (end of first quarter)

Roger Federer topples Novak Djokovic in Monte Carlo Masters semifinal

MONACO -- Roger Federer ousted defending Monte Carlo Masters champion Novak Djokovic, 7-5, 6-2, on Saturday to set up an all-Swiss final against Stanislas Wawrinka.

USC football: Steve Sarkisian releases depth chart for scrimmage

With USC preparing for its final spring practice Saturday at the Coliseum, Coach Steve Sarkisian on Friday released a depth chart that will look entirely different in the fall.

David Freese scratched from Angels lineup; reliever Josh Wall recalled

DETROIT -- Angels third baseman David Freese was scratched from the lineup Friday night because of tightness in his right quadriceps, but the injury is not believed to be serious. Ian Stewart will start in his place against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

Oldtimers Ray Whitney, Teemu Selanne form mutual admiration society

Dallas Stars forward Ray Whitney, who will be 42 next month, had a lot to talk about with 43-year-old Ducks winger Teemu Selanne on Wednesday during the first game of their teams’ first-round playoff series.

NCAA President Mark Emmert: Latest rule change is food for thought

The NCAA president railed against the past Friday by uttering the contracted sentence many have been waiting to hear.

Ryan Getzlaf, wife welcome baby girl

Ryan Getzlaf has produced an uncommon hat trick just one game into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Clippers' Blake Griffin says he has no beef with Jermaine O'Neal

Blake Griffin approached the media for his session Friday and smiled as he prepared to answer questions about the first-round playoff series between his Clippers and the Golden State Warriors.

Smush Parker allegedly punches a high schooler in the face

Kobe Bryant has always disapproved of Smush Parker.

Travis Browne has his big chance against Fabricio Werdum

For the last three years, MMA’s heavyweight division has been dominated by two men: UFC champion Cain Velasquez and former UFC champion Junior Dos Santos. With the trilogy between those two men now complete, the division is open for the rise of a new set of stars. Perhaps the most intriguing new contender of the bunch is the towering Hawaiian knockout artist Travis Browne. Saturday night on Fox, he has the opportunity to earn a title shot against Velasquez if he can beat Fabricio Werdum, also a top contender.

Ferrari makes surprising choice in bid to end long Formula One slump

As Formula One prepared for this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, perhaps the racing series' biggest news came out of Italy.

Clippers, Warriors dislike each other

The basketball world knows there is deep-seated animosity between the Clippers and

Watch hornets attack golfer Pablo Larrazabal on European Tour

Pablo Larrazabal had a scary moment on the European Tour on Friday. While playing the fifth hole in the second round of the Malaysian Open at Kuala Lumpur, Larrazabal was attacked by a swarm of hornets.

Craig Sager undergoing treatment for acute leukemia, his son says

Craig Sager, TNT's sideline NBA reporter best known for his loud suits, will miss the playoffs this season because he is undergoing treatment for leukemia, his son tweeted Thursday.

Mark Pavelich to sell his 'Miracle on Ice' gold medal

How much are miracles worth? Mark Pavelich is about to find out, as he is going to auction off his "Miracle on Ice" gold medal, beginning next week through Heritage Auctions.

Kings-Sharks power outage: Welcome to the sound of silence

A power outage lasting about six minutes on Thursday at SAP Center just before the Kings and Sharks were to take the ice for their pregame warmup momentarily delayed proceedings.

Blake Griffin stays above fray after Klay Thompson's comments

Blake Griffin stood with his back against the wall at the Clippers’ practice facility, his eyes directed at every reporter who asked him a question, his answers thoughtful when he talked about the Golden State Warriors.

Chad Johnson signs with CFL's Montreal Alouettes

Chad Johnson will be taking his talents to Canada.

All-California series helps expectant father, Kings' Kyle Clifford

SAN JOSE -- If all goes to plan, he will play against the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 tonight here, fly home to Los Angeles with his teammates, go straight to the hospital and greet the newest member of the family a few hours later.

Donovan McNabb reportedly arrested for DUI in January

A mugshot of former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb is making its rounds on the Internet and social media.

Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf expected back for Game 2

Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, who was struck in the face by a puck and required “numerous” stitches to close the wound, has been cleared to play Game 2 of the team’s Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Dallas Stars on Friday at Honda Center, the team announced Thursday.

Jordan Adams will return to the UCLA Bruins

Guard Jordan Adams will return to UCLA, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly.

UCLA football: Mossi Johnson gives receivers a little more, uh, punch

LeBron James might be reading a bit much into his jersey sales

LeBron James knows what you want in an NBA jersey.

Clippers ready to face Golden State in playoffs

When the Clippers entered the locker room after their regular-season finale loss Wednesday night to the Portland Trail Blazers, they already had scouting reports on the Golden State Warriors sitting in their chairs.

Brittney Griner says Baylor is not supportive of gay athletes

Brittney Griner did not publicly announce that she was gay until after her playing days at Baylor.

USC basketball: Byron Wesley will transfer

USC guard Byron Wesley, the Trojans' leading scorer last season, announced Wednesday that he would transfer and play his final season at another school.

Major League Soccer awards expansion team to Atlanta

Major League Soccer on Wednesday awarded an expansion team to Atlanta, which would begin play in 2017.

Federal judge holds off decision on NFL concussion settlement

A federal judge in Philadelphia declined Wednesday to approve a proposed $765-million concussion settlement between the NFL and a group of retired players.

U.S. motor racing takes Easter break, but Formula One set for China

Major U.S. motor racing goes quiet this weekend for its traditional Easter break.

UC Irvine's Mamadaou Ndiaye turns pitching mound into mole hill

Baseball has seen many big pitches --Dennis Eckersly to Kirk Gibson for example -- but it is unlikely to have seen any bigger pitchers.

Former Jacksonville coach claims UCLA had help in 1970 NCAA title win

A former Jacksonville University basketball coach claims in a new book that the school's 1970 NCAA title game against UCLA was -- how would one put this delicately? -- rigged.

Chris Johnson signs with the New York Jets

Chris Johnson has gone from the Tennessee Titans to the onetime New York Titans.

Clippers wait on Oklahoma City results

Right about the time the Clippers tip off tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers, they’ll probably know if they have a chance at moving up in the Western Conference standings.

Rookie Frederik Andersen to start in goal for Ducks in playoff opener

With grand postseason plans, the Ducks are expected to put a rookie in goal tonight when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin against the Dallas Stars at Honda Center.

UCLA's Kyle Anderson, Zach LaVine formally announce for NBA draft

UCLA guards Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine made official what was already known: both will be available for theNBA draft.

Clippers' Blake Griffin, at technical foul limit, suspended one game

The NBA announced Wednesday that Clippers forward Blake Griffin was suspended one game without pay for getting his 16th technical foul of the season.

49ers might already be finished with Aldon Smith, report says

Could the San Francisco 49ers already be finished with troubled linebacker Aldon Smith?

UFC's Joe Rogan says Ronda Rousey would beat Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Who would win a fight between UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey and undefeated boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr.? It was a close contest in a reader survey we did recently, but UFC commentator Joe Rogan says Rousey would win.

Felix Trinidad reaches debt deal after alleged $63-million loss

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico boxing star Felix Trinidad has reached a debt deal with a local bank following alleged losses of $63 million that he blames on a former financial adviser.

Angels reliever Joe Smith on loss to Athletics: 'I was horrible'

Joe Smith didn’t mince his words late Tuesday night. The Angels right-hander came on to protect a one-run lead in the eighth inning and faced five batters. All of them reached base, and four of them scored -- the turning point in a game the Oakland Athletics went on to win, 10-9, in 11 innings.

Angels lose leadoff batter Kole Calhoun to a right ankle sprain

A frustrating 10-9, 11-inning loss to the Oakland Athletics grew even more painful for the Angels on Tuesday night when they lost Kole Calhoun to a right ankle sprain, an injury that will send their starting right fielder and leadoff hitter to the disabled list.

Cuonzo Martin is hired to be California basketball coach

California hired Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin as its basketball coach Tuesday, charging him with taking over another program after a successful run by his predecessor.

Cody Kessler named USC's starting quarterback

Cody Kessler, who led USC to 10 victories last season, was named the Trojans' starting quarterback, Coach Steve Sarkisian announced Tuesday.

NCAA approves unlimited meals and snacks for players

Who said the NCAA can't respond in a timely fashion when it is under savage daily attack and facing several lawsuits that could put college's governing body out of business?

Shawn Merriman sues Nike over its 'Lights Out' clothing line

Shawne Merriman once knocked four opposing players unconscious during a single high school football game.

Jackie Robinson Day to be celebrated through baseball

Tuesday is Jackie Robinson Day across baseball, honoring the 67th anniversary of the day Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The most prominent of the events planned to honor Robinson was to take place at Yankee Stadium before New York's game against the Chicago Cubs, but rain forced the game, and the ceremony, to be delayed until Wednesday.

Despite problems, demand high for World Cup tickets

If you're going to Brazil for the World Cup, you'd better start looking for a sports bar where you can watch the games on TV. Because for all the problems with stadium construction, transportation infrastructure and political protests, this World Cup has proved to be one of the bestselling ever.

Driver crashes into Chandler Parsons' SUV, asks for autograph

Chandler Parsons probably is used to getting asked for autographs by Houston Rockets fans.

Donald Trump says he is serious about buying the Buffalo Bills

When Donald Trump announced a couple of weeks ago he wanted to buy the Buffalo Bills, many dismissed it as a typical publicity ploy by The Donald. Not true, he says.

Boston Marathon bombing anniversary is solemn, yet inspiring

Heather Abbott was at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, when two bombs went off. One of her feet was severely injured in the blast and was eventually amputated.

Ultimate Warrior died of cardiovascular disease

Former pro wrestling star Ultimate Warrior, who collapsed while walking to his car last week and pronounced dead at a hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz., died of cardiovascular disease.

Amy Purdy discusses her emotional week on 'Dancing With the Stars'

The Times is pleased to have Amy Purdy, who won a bronze medal in snowboardcross at the 2014 Paralympics, guest-blogging for us while she competes on "Dancing With the Stars" with pro partner Derek Hough. This week, Purdy talks about Week 5 of the competition, in an email Q&A.

Josh Hamilton calls surgery 'bummer,' hopes to be productive on return

Josh Hamilton wasn’t just feeling good at the plate when he tore the ulnar collateral ligament and the capsule in his left thumb on a head-first dive into first base in Seattle on Tuesday night, an injury that required surgery Friday and will sideline the Angels left fielder for six to eight weeks.

Doc Rivers pondering whether to rest Clippers starters

Rest or not to rest.

Promoter: Bob Arum doesn't want Manny-Pacquaio-Floyd Mayweather fight

Golden Boy Promotions Chief Executive Richard Schaefer, who said he returned from a spring-break vacation with his family Monday, said he doesn’t believe rival promoter Bob Arum truly wants to make a Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao bout for the fall.

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez will fight Erislandy Lara on July 12

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will fight Cuba's Erislandy Lara on July 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the boxers’ promoter confirmed Monday.

Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller discusses his plight

Among the three goalies the Western Conference top-seeded Ducks can choose to start Wednesday in their Stanley Cup playoff opener against the Dallas Stars, the one with the most wins doesn’t expect to be in net.

Blake Griffin not in danger of being suspended for playoff opener

Blake Griffin needs to be on his best behavior for only one more game.

UCLA baseball: James Kaprielian named to U.S. collegiate team

UCLA pitcher James Kaprielian has been selected to the U.S. collegiate national team, which will compete internationally this summer.

Notre Dame to install artificial turf, lose tall-grass defense tactic

Notre Dame has become the latest university to install FieldTurf in its football stadium. The artificial grass is expected to be installed in time for the Aug. 31 season opener against Rice.

Clippers ready to finish regular season, get set for playoffs

With just two regular-season games left before the Clippers open the playoffs this weekend, Coach Doc Rivers has to weigh whether to rest players or let them play so they keep their rhythm.

Bubba Watson celebrates Masters win with dinner at Waffle House

Bubba Watson was living large after winning his second Masters title in three years.

Michael Phelps to return to competitive swimming this month

All of you who, in your office pool, had Michael Phelps returning to competition in April 2014 can smile today.

WWE to pay tribute to Ultimate Warrior tonight on 'Monday Night Raw'

With the pro wrestling world mourning the loss of the Ultimate Warrior, WWE, the company where he gained his greatest fame, will devote part of its flagship "Monday Night Raw" TV show Monday night to reflect on his career.

Dionisia Pacquiao, Manny's mom, was, um, intense during fight [Video]

Dionisia Pacquiao was one of millions of people watching her son, boxer Manny Pacquiao, take on Timothy Bradley for the WBO welterweight belt on Saturday night.

LeSean McCoy thinks his 2-year-old is a better player than Tim Tebow

LeSean McCoy was drafted in the second round, 53rd overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009. A year later Tim Tebow was drafted in the first round, 25th overall by the Denver Broncos.

Unnamed NFL executive calls Jadeveon Clowney 'spoiled' and 'lazy'

Jadeveon Clowney is slated as one of the top picks, if not the top pick, in just about every mock NFL draft out there.

Mike Conway wins IndyCar Long Beach Grand Prix

The first half of the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach generally was a stately affair.

NHL releases Stanley Cup playoff schedule for Ducks, Kings

The Ducks open their first-round playoff series against the Dallas Stars with Game 1 at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Honda Center, and the Kings open the postseason against the Sharks at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in San Jose.

Manny Pacquiao's camp pushing for talks with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao may not have returned entirely to his dominance of a half-decade ago in beating Timothy Bradley, but the performance easily had enough credibility to “go there” once more.

49ers' Aldon Smith arrested at LAX after alleged bomb comment

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday after he allegedly became argumentative with a screening agent and made comments suggesting he had a bomb, police said.

Bubba Watson wins his second Masters title

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Bubba Watson claimed his second Masters title on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club by taking control of the final round with three birdies late on the front nine and then cruising to a three-shot victory.

Pacers on verge of clinching top seed in East with win over Thunder

WASHINGTON -- What became apparent with Saturday night's Miami Heat loss to the Atlanta Hawks came into sharper focus Sunday: The Heat likely will enter the NBA playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

UCLA basketball: Adams, Powell consider declaring for NBA draft

Liverpool moves closer to EPL title with 3-2 win over Manchester City

LIVERPOOL, England -- Liverpool became the favorite to win the Premier League after beating title rival Manchester City, 3-2, on Sunday, with Philippe Coutinho's late goal settling a thrilling and emotionally charged match at Anfield.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley

Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley: round-by-round recap

LAS VEGAS -- Can Manny Pacquiao regain the ring savageness that made him a star, or will Timothy Bradley gain some redemption after taking so much heat over his 2012 controversial split-decision victory over Pacquiao?

Kevin Harvick holds off Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win Southern 500

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Kevin Harvick capped his biggest weekend at Darlington Raceway with his first Southern 500 victory Saturday night, passing Dale Earnhardt Jr. two laps from the end of the longest race in the track's 65-year NASCAR history.

Frozen Four: Union beats Minnesota for NCAA hockey title

PHILADELPHIA -- Union College won its first NCAA hockey title Saturday night at the Frozen Four, scoring three times in a 1:54 span in the first period in a 7-4 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night.

Angels without Josh Hamilton: 3 games, 3 cleanup hitters

The Angels have played three games since cleanup batter Josh Hamilton went on the disabled list. The cleanup batters: David Freese in the first game, Raul Ibanez in the second and Howie Kendrick in the third.

Ryan Hunter-Reay wins pole position for Long Beach Grand Prix

Ryan Hunter-Reay won the pole position for Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, a race the former Verizon IndyCar Series champion won in 2010.

Masters updates: Bubba Watson shares lead with Jordan Spieth

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- After two rounds of stellar golf, Bubba Watson stumbled on moving day at the Masters.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber has prostate cancer

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, the league announced Saturday.

Clippers' Jamal Crawford will play against Sacramento

After sitting out the last five games with a strained left calf, Clippers guard Jamal Crawford will play Saturday against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center.

UCLA football: Owamagbe Odighizuwa works both sides of learning curve

UCLA defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa had some time on his hands last fall. So defensive line coach Angus McClure put him to work.

Trainer Freddie Roach sued by Manny Pacquiao's former conditioning coach

LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao’s former strength and conditioning coach, Alex Ariza, has sued trainer Freddie Roach for allegedly making false and defamatory statements that Ariza “gave fighters performance-enhancing drugs.”

Corey Brewer scores 51 points in Timberwolves' 112-110 win over Rockets

MINNEAPOLIS — Corey Brewer scored a career-high 51 points and Gorgui Dieng hit a short jumper with 4.6 seconds to play to give the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves a 112-110 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

Fine for Yankees being considered in tampering case with Mike Trout

Commissioner Bud Selig is considering whether to fine the New York Yankees for tampering, the result of an investigation triggered by Yankees President Randy Levine’s comment last winter that he would offer Angels outfielder Mike Trout a 10-year contract.

Former All-Star basketball player Lou Hudson dies at 69

ATLANTA -- Dominique Wilkins hopes young fans take the time to learn about Lou Hudson.

Simon Pagenaud tops second practice at Long Beach Grand Prix

Two French drivers topped the speed charts in Friday's second practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the second race of the season in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Teemu Selanne won't face Kings; regular-season farewell set for Sunday

Right wing Teemu Selanne will not be in the Ducks’ lineup when they face the Kings on Saturday at Staples Center but will play in his final NHL regular-season game Sunday, when the Ducks host the surging Colorado Avalanche.

Former Pacquiao-Bradley judge discusses his criticized card

LAS VEGAS -- The last time Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley fought, judge Duane Ford played a starring role.

MLB salaries: Is your team getting its money's worth?

The best record in the major leagues as of Friday morning was shared by the Milwaukee Brewers and the Washington Nationals. Each team was atop its division with a 7-2 mark.

Injured Jamal Crawford plans to return to practice Friday for Clippers

Clippers reserve guard Jamal Crawford came over to reporters Friday, a smile on his face, good news to deliver.

Santa Anita Park to offer temporary free weekend admission to infield

Santa Anita Park said it plans to offer free weekend admission to its infield area starting April 26 and lasting through the end of its current meet June 29.

Lolo Jones takes a shot at Rihanna over Twitter

Lolo Jones has never shied away from expressing her views and opinions.

Bradley says he's equipped to box and brawl with Pacquiao

LAS VEGAS -- Timothy Bradley changed his fighting nature from boxer to brawler following the

Johnny Manziel had highest Wonderlic score among top QBs, reports say

Johnny Manziel got the highest score among top quarterbacks in the NFL draft on the Wonderlic test, according to multiple reports.

Veteran Colin Edwards announces plans to retire from MotoGP circuit

Veteran motorcycle racer Colin Edwards said Thursday he plans to retire from the MotoGP series at the end of this season.

Bill Haas making a name for himself at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Bill Haas is playing his fifth Masters, but he knows Augusta National almost as well as most members.

U.S. men move up one spot to No. 13 in FIFA rankings

The U.S. men's national soccer team climbed a spot to No. 13 in the FIFA world rankings for April, returning to where it been two months earlier and equaling the team's highest spot in the poll since October 2009.

UCLA lost big fan when Mickey Rooney died

John Wayne may have gone to USC, but UCLA certainly could match old-Hollywood star power with its crosstown rival.

Clippers' Blake Griffin close to NBA's technical foul limit

Clippers forward Blake Griffin has gotten to the edge of the NBA’s technical foul limit, putting him in jeopardy of a suspension.

Olympic officials rush to save 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games

Amid growing concerns that Brazil might not be ready to host the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, Olympic officials have launched a series of emergency measures to jump-start the much-delayed preparations.

LeBron James says Kevin Durant deserves the MVP award

LeBron James, who has won the MVP award the last two seasons, thinks the honor should go to Kevin Durant this year.

Big Three start the 2014 Masters

It is one of the grandest traditions at the Masters -- the honorary starters hitting ceremonial drives off the first tee.

Angels closer Ernesto Frieri is expanding his repertoire

SEATTLE -- It appears that Ernesto Frieri is no longer a one-pitch pitcher. The Angels closer started Corey Hart with a slider for a called strike and then struck out the Seattle slugger looking at a slider Wednesday night, part of a scoreless ninth inning that secured his first save and a 2-0 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field.

Garrett Richards maturing into solid starter for Angels

SEATTLE -- The Garrett Richards of 2012 or early 2013 may have been stressed by the situation he faced in the third inning Wednesday night -- two on, one out and the heart of the Seattle order, Robinson Cano and Justin Smoak, coming up.

Northwestern calls ruling on athlete unionizing 'faulty' in NLRB filing

Northwestern assailed the decision of a National Labor Relations Board regional director that the school's scholarship football players are employees and can unionize in an appeal filed Wednesday with the full board.

Angels' Josh Hamilton might need surgery on thumb [Updated]

SEATTLE -- Josh Hamilton has a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and said he will undergo surgery in the coming days, a procedure that could sideline the hot-hitting Angels left fielder for six to eight weeks.

USC football: Pat Haden addresses Coliseum issues with fans

Following up on a survey about Coliseum renovations that raised the possibility of implementation of personal licenses for some seats, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said in an email to fans that no decisions have been made.

Kings exercising caution with injured defenseman Drew Doughty

CALGARY, Canada — Of course Drew Doughty wants to play.

USC football: Tailback Justin Davis eager to return

USC tailback Justin Davis averaged nearly seven yards per carry and scored six touchdowns in seven games as a freshman in 2013.

NFL releases 2014 preseason schedule

The San Francisco 49ers will make their 2014 debut at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara in an exhibition game against the Denver Broncos.

Clippers to have hands full with Thunder's Kevin Durant

When the Clippers face the Thunder on Wednesday night at Staples Center, they will face the unenviable task of trying to slow down Oklahoma City all-star and likely NBA MVP Kevin Durant.

Coach hedges, but Ducks' goalie John Gibson looks like starter

With an opportunity to clinch a second consecutive Pacific Division championship by beating the San Jose Sharks tonight, Ducks’ 20-year-old rookie John Gibson was first off the ice at today’s morning skate.

UConn's Stefanie Dolson has words for President Obama, Jimmy Fallon

Stefanie Dolson seems like the type of person who is never at a lack for words.

Atlanta Braves accidentally set fire to American flag

As a scheduled part of their home opener, the Atlanta Braves set off fireworks before their game against the New York Mets on Tuesday. As an unscheduled part of their home opener, the fireworks set fire to the American flag that flies above the Braves Vision video screen in center field.

Ultimate Warrior talked about death in final speech to WWE fans

The Ultimate Warrior, who died suddenly Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz., at age 54, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame last Saturday and appeared on "Monday Night Raw" two nights later.

Clippers, Thunder ready for big showdown tonight

It’s being hyped as a showdown between two of the best teams in the NBA.

Olympic officials to discuss lagging preparations for 2016 Rio Games

The executive board of the International Olympic Committee begins a two-day meeting in Belek, Turkey, on Wednesday with the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games expected to be a major topic of discussion.

Ultimate Warrior's death at 54 shakes up wrestling world

Ultimate Warrior's death at 54 shakes up wrestling world

The sudden death of the Ultimate Warrior on Tuesday night in Scottsdale, Ariz., has left the pro wrestling world stunned, with many sending out tweets of condolences after hearing the news. A sampling:

 

We are all so sad that the Ultimate Warrior has passed away. Our heart is with his wife Dana and his two daughters. — Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) April 9, 2014 Devastated to hear of the passing of @UltimateWarrior . He was a childhood hero of mine & he vs @HulkHogan WM6 is still one of the best ever — Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) April 9, 2014 Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters — Triple H (@TripleH) April 9, 2014 #RIPUltimateWarrior Your strength of character is to be admired. There will never be anyone like you. Your spirit lives on in your family. — Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 9, 2014 Shocked by death of The Ultimate Warrior, a legend in our industry. I...
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Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon averaged 9.4 points and 3.5 rebounds a game for the Minutemen this season.

Derrick Gordon becomes first openly gay Div. I men's basketball player

Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay player in Division I men's basketball on Wednesday, making the announcement in interviews with ESPN and Outsports days after coming out to his family and teammates.

" 'Happy' is not even the word," Gordon told Outsports. "It's a great feeling. I haven't felt like this. Ever. It's a lot of weight lifted off my shoulders. I can finally breathe now and live life happily. I told all the people I need to tell."

It's a dramatic turnaround for Gordon, a sophomore starter who averaged 9.4 points and 3.5 rebounds a game for the Minutemen this season. Never feeling like he fit in with the rest of the team, Gordon isolated himself from the rest of the players.

"I've lived my life hiding behind somebody who I wasn't," he told ESPN. "I wasn't really that close to anybody on this team because there was something I had to hide. So I distanced myself as soon as I got here, and nobody knew why I was doing that."

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Bubba Watson skips a shot on the pond at the 16th hole as Webb Simpson and their caddies look on during a practice round Wednesday ahead of the Masters at Augusta National.

Masters field gets final practice day after Aussie 'bugs' for dinner

The Masters got back to business Wednesday -- the final chance for practice rounds -- with at least some of the field fortified by a meal of "bugs" the night before.

Luke Donald and Keegan Bradley were the first players off the tee in the morning. Zach Johnson was practicing with amateurs Mike McCoy and Jordan Niebrugge on the back nine.

On Tuesday night, past winners -- including Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples -- gathered for the annual champions dinner. Adam Scott, defending his 2013 title, chose a surf-and-turf menu featuring Moreton Bay "bugs."

That’s Australian for bay lobster.

“I thought it would be nice to have something really local to serve,” Scott said. “Hopefully, the other guys can get past the name and enjoy a nice bit of seafood from home.”

Wednesday dawned clear and sunny, giving the fairways and greens another chance to dry after rain earlier in the week. Augusta National will stage its annual Par 3 tournament at 3 p.m. Eastern time.

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