NBA: Game 5, Celtics at Knicks

Without Rajon Rondo Boston is outmatched in their Round 1 series with the Knicks. The Celtics know it and the Knicks know it. But it’s still possible to mess up a good thing, as J.R. Smith learned the hard way. What could have been extra days of rest before their second round instead is a

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NBA: Game 5, Grizzlies at Clippers

The L.A. Clippers were outplayed at both ends of the court by Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and Co. during Games 3 and 4. The 21-point rout on Saturday that evened the series at two games apiece represented the most lopsided postseason victory in the history of the Grizzlies franchise.

The Clippers can find some comfort

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NBA: Game 4, Thunder at Rockets

Though Durant carried the team on Saturday night, the Thunder also got a big contribution from Serge Ibaka, who finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Bench play like that is critical but Durant’s 41 points were the key to the Thunder’s win on Saturday night. A victory on Monday would complete the four-game sweep

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MLB: Nationals at Braves

The checks in the L column are growing for the Atlanta Braves (15-9) who have lost 8 of their last 10, most recently in Interleague play against Detroit. And things won’t get any easier for them against NL East rivals the Washington Nationals (13-12).

The first of 16 match-ups these two will have this year

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MLB: Reds at Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals lead the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central only by the fact that they’ve played 2 fewer games. The Reds have the better record and have won their last 2 whereas the Cards have lost their last 3.

Cardinals right-hander Jamie Garcia returns to Busch Stadium on Tuesday against the rival

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MLB: Rays at Royals

The jury is still out on the Royals’ Luis Mendoza and whether he is the right man for the last spot in the Kansas City rotation. Winning the opportunity in Spring, his rough first start back in April has kept him out since. Tonight against the Rays will be his second shot.

He allowed seven

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MLB: Cardinals at Brewers

Veteran Jake Westbrook will get the ball in Thursday’s series opener for St. Louis, and he’ll be matched against Wily Peralta of the Brewers. Westbrook has allowed zero earned runs in three of his first four starts this season, including six shutout innings in a no-decision against Pittsburgh last weekend. Westbrook’s next victory will be

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MLB: Dodgers at Giants

After losing 5 in-a-row, in games they led going into the 9th, the Giants got some momentum back on their side in their last series by sweeping the Diamondbacks in Arizona. That was fueled mainly by the weak relief Arizona can go to but hey, wins are wins. And there were some standout performances but

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MLB: White Sox at Royals

Did you hear the one about the Kansas City Royals? They’re at .600. No really. It’s no joke.

Also not a joke: Starter Jeremy Guthrie is on the verge of setting a Royals record. Guthrie is unbeaten over his last 16 starts, dating to last August, and he’ll take the mound on Saturday barring a

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MLB: Red Sox at Rangers

Yu Darvish and Jon Lester lead the Rangers and Red Sox into a series finale Sunday one would expect is filled with lots and lots of zeros.

Well, maybe for Yu but not so fast with Lester.

In Lester’s first four starts, everything was working. His cutter was sharp and his command was spot-on as

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