Westbrook, Beverley throw shade after Rockets oust Thunder

It may have only been five games, but the Houston Rockets–Oklahoma City Thunder playoff series may have just sparked one of the NBA’s best emerging rivalries and it’s not because each team sports an MVP candidate. This series ran red hot because, right from the outset, it became pretty clear that Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook — one of those aforementioned MVP candidates — and Rockets defensive stopper Patrick Beverley don’t enjoy each other’s company all that much. Beverley’s Rockets ended up winning the series 4-1 on Tuesday, but in that fifth and deciding game the two got into it with a little trash talk midway through the fourth quarter. After… Read More

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Jazz control the paint to defeat Clippers, take 3-2 series lead

LOS ANGELES — Gordon Hayward scored 27 points, Utah controlled the paint, and the Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 96-92 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series. Hayward returned after missing most of Utah’s win in Game 4 because of food poisoning that caused him to lose weight and energy. Chris Paul’s 3-pointer drew the Clippers within two with 5 seconds left. After George Hill hit two free throws, Paul struggled getting the ball under control near the sideline and couldn’t do anything as time expired. The Jazz made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including three by Rodney Hood, who finished with… Read More

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German Marquez returns to Coors Field with a cardinal sin in Rockies’ windy, rainy loss to Nationals

German Marquez moves with the ease of a greased bike chain. The pitcher’s windup uncoils in one smooth, circular motion. And at the end of that glide, the ball busts out at a batter in a bolt. “In spring training, I stand around home plate to watch our guys throw,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “The thing about him, even though it’s a nice, easy delivery and there’s not a lot of deception, it has carry through the hitting area. It takes off.” Marquez on Tuesday night returned to the Rockies with a difficult assignment. The 22-year-old right-hander who debuted as a September call-up last season and started this year… Read More

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Jesse Hahn brilliant, but A’s lose 2-1 in 11th inning

ANAHEIM – Jesse Hahn turned in the best effort by an A’s starter yet this season Tuesday, but it wasn’t good enough for a win. Related Articles Time runs on out Raul Alcantara, at least for now Kendall Graveman will start Thursday against Angels Rajai Davis to DL for a week as Ryan LaMarre joins A’s Ryon Healy takes his medicine, gets his game back A’s feel OK, even after Andrew Triggs finally loses Not for Hahn, anyway, despite eight innings of brilliant one-hit shutout pitching. And not for the A’s as a team as the bullpen faltered in a 2-1, 11-inning loss. Santiago Castilla gave up a Mike Trout… Read More

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WHL Playoffs: Kolesar helps Thunderbirds take 2-1 series lead

KELOWNA, B.C. — Keegan Kolesar scored his second of the game 19:40 into the third period as the Seattle Thunderbirds edged the Kelowna Rockets 2-1 on Tuesday in Game 3 of their Western Hockey League semifinal series. Kolesar gave Seattle, which lead the series 2-1, a 1-0 lead with his first of the game 11:33 into the second period. Calvin Thurkauf tied it up for the Rockets on a power play in the third. Thunderbirds goaltender Carl Stankowski made 34 saves. Kelowna’s Michael Herringer stopped 12 shots. The Rockets host Game 4 on Wednesday. — HURRICANES 3 PATS 1 LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Jadon Joseph scored the go-ahead goal 13:54 into… Read More

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Christian Arroyo creates a memory, but Kershaw too much for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO – Christian Arroyo narrowed his eyes and started his hands. He had faced Clayton Kershaw plenty of times, but that version was an assemblage of pixels and 32-bit color. Here he was in full flesh, his jaw relaxed, descending into that bunny-hop delivery. Arroyo was not awestruck, nor was he keen to browse. The 21-year-old rookie with the thick shock of hair made his first major league hit a whistling single off a three-time Cy Young Award winner, creating a memory in the first inning for a sellout crowd amid the Giants’ 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday night. Giants left-hander Ty Blach made a game… Read More

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