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Mavs get defensive, top Suns 103-94 for 2-1 series deficit

DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks turned up the defensive pressure to get back in their Western Conference semifinal series with Phoenix, beating the Suns 103-94. The Mavericks spoiled Chris Paul’s 37th birthday, forcing the 17-year pro into his most turnovers in any half of a playoff game with seven before the break. Dallas cut the Suns’ series lead to 2-1 and ended an 11-game losing streak against Phoenix, regular season included. Game 4 is Sunday in Dallas.

Embiid returns from injury, 76ers beat Heat 99-79 in Game 3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid inspired the Philadelphia 76ers with his return from a facial injury, Danny Green and Tyrese Maxey each scored 21 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Miami Heat 99-79 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Wearing a black mask, Embiid had 18 points and 11 rebounds after missing the first two games of the series. Jimmy Butler scored 33 points for the Heat, who lead the series 2-1. Game 4 is Sunday in Philadelphia. Embiid sat out the first two games with a right orbital fracture and a mild concussion suffered in the last round. 

Marchand, Swayman give Bruins 4-2 win, Canes lead series 2-1

BOSTON (AP) — Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists to help the Boston Bruins take their first lead against the Hurricanes all season and hold onto it for a 4-2 victory over Carolina in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Rookie Jeremy Swayman stopped 25 shots in his first career playoff start. Charlie Coyle scored a short-handed goal and added an assist. David Pastrnak had a power-play goal and an assist for Boston. The Bruins hope to even the best-of-seven series when they host Game 4 on Sunday. Vincent Trocheck and Jaccob Slavin scored for Carolina, and backup goalie Pyotr Kochetkov made 24 saves in his first career playoff start. 

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Campbell shines, Maple Leafs beat Lightning 5-2 in Game 3

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jack Campbell had 32 saves — including three to protect the lead on a late power play — and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Ilya Mikheyer had two empty-net goals in the final two minutes, and Morgan Rielly, Colin Blackwell and David Kampf also scored to help Toronto take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference matchup. Ross Colton and Ondrej Palat scored for Tampa Bay, and Andrei Vasilevskiy had 31 saves. Game 4 in Sunday night in Tampa.

Fleury makes 29 saves, Wild beat Blues 5-1, take series lead

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kirill Kaprizov had a goal and an assist, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots, and the Minnesota Wild beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 to take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference playoff series. Joel Erickson Ek had a goal and an assist, and Jordan Greenway, Mats Zuccarello and Jonas Brodin also scored as the Wild improved to 8-8 all-time in Game 3s. Fleury, playing in a 16th consecutive Stanley Cup playoffs, earned his 92nd career playoff win. Ryan O’Reilly scored a power play goal and Ville Husso made 28 saves for the Blues.

Kane has hat trick, Oilers roll to 8-2 rout of Kings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Evander Kane picked up his first hat trick in a Stanley Cup playoff game, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zach Hyman each had two goals, and the Edmonton Oilers dominated the Los Angeles Kings for the second straight game, posting a 8-2 victory in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Leon Draisaitl had a goal and assist for the Oilers. Cody Ceci had three assists and Mike Smith made 44 saves. Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist while Phillip Danault also scored for Los Angeles. Jonathan Quick allowed four goals and made 13 saves while Cal Petersen gave up four goals while making 16 saves. Game 4 is Sunday night in Los Angeles.

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Chelsea being sold for $3B to LA Dodgers owners, investors

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea is being sold to a consortium fronted by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly. It will end the 19 years of ownership and lavish investment by Roman Abramovich until the Russian oligarch was sanctioned and forced to offload the Premier League club over the war in Ukraine. The sale price of 2.5 billion pounds ($3.1 billion) is the most lucrative-ever for a sports team worldwide but Abramovich cannot receive the proceeds, which he hopes will go to a foundation for the victims of the war. Chelsea said buyout terms had been agreed with a consortium which also features Mark Walter, who is also part of the Dodgers group, Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss and funding from private equity firm Clearlake Capital.

20 horses, full house: Kentucky Derby returns with no limits

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Twenty colts will break from the starting gate in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. The 148th edition of America’s longest continuously held sporting event returns with a full house of about 150,000 fans at Churchill Downs for the first time after two years of COVID-19 restrictions. Zandon is the early 3-1 favorite, trained by Chad Brown. Horse racing’s best-known trainer, Bob Baffert, won’t be in Louisville. He’s been banned for two years by Churchill Downs. Two horses he previously trained, Messier and Taiba, will be saddled by Tim Yakteen. 

Kentucky Derby pick: Taiba will rise above his inexperience

The last three runnings of the Kentucky Derby have been anything but normal. Maximum Security crossed the line first only to get disqualified for interference in 2019. The first Saturday in May became the first Saturday in September in 2020, thanks to the pandemic. And 2021 saw Medina Spirit winning the race, trainer Bob Baffert subsequently getting embroiled in yet another drug-testing scandal, the horse dying in December following a workout and then getting stripped of the Derby win early this year. Expect more unexpected on Saturday at Churchill Downs when the Triple Crown season gets underway. 

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Horse racing’s spotlight shines again on Lukas at 86

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — D. Wayne Lukas still knows his way to the winner’s circle. A filly named Secret Oath got him there with a two-length win in the $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks. It was the 86-year-old Hall of Fame trainer’s record-tying fifth Oaks win and first since 1990. Even Lukas’ rival trainers were congratulating him, including Todd Pletcher who apprenticed under Lukas. Lukas long ago set the standard for trainers, becoming the first to earn over $100 million in purses. His 14 Triple Crown race victories are a record, too. Several of his former assistants have gone on to successful careers of their own.  

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