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UNDATED (AP) -- The venues change for the three NBA playoff series that resume tonight.

Top seed Indiana and the Hawks are in Atlanta tonight with that series deadlocked at a game each. The Pacers hope they're back on track after a second-half blitz earned them a Game 2 win. Indiana has won just 13 of its last 27 and has only won two games in Atlanta since 2006. But those two wins have come in the last three games at Phillips Arena.

Memphis boasts the home court advantage when the Grizzlies host Oklahoma City tonight. The Grizzlies closed strong at home this season, winning their last 14 games. The Thunder had the second-best road record in the regular season. That series is tied at 1-1.

The Clippers and Warriors move up the coast to continue their series in Oakland, also tied at 1-all. The Oracle Arena has been a house of horrors for the Clippers, who have lost 15 of their last 17 there.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley has won the NBA's Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship.

Conley received 77 first-place votes out of a possible 334 and earned 2,335 points overall. He was followed by Boston's Jeff Green and Phoenix's Channing Frye.

The NBA is donating $10,000 on Conley's behalf to the charity of his choice, the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for research pertaining to sickle cell anemia.

The NBA has given out this award since 1995-96 to a player who reflects the ideals of sportsmanship, including ethical behavior, fair play and integrity.


UNDATED (AP) -- San Jose has played itself into a sweeping position heading into tonight's Game 4 in its playoff series against Los Angeles. The Sharks have won the first three games, scoring 17 goals against Kings goalie Jonathan Quick and the NHL's top defensive team. The Kings haven't trailed 0-3 in a playoff series since 2000. Only three teams in NHL history have rallied from that deficit to win a series.

The Red Wings need to find the scoring touch soon, or their postseason will be short-lived. Detroit has been held to just two goals heading into Game 4 of their series against Boston. Remarkably, the Red Wings are down just 2-1 in the series. While shutting down the Detroit offense, Boston has won the last two games by a combined score of 7-1.

Minnesota hosts Colorado in Game 4 of their series with the Avalanche up 2-1. The Wild will be missing left wing Matt Cooke, who is serving the first of his seven-game suspension for a knee-to-knee hit on the Avalanche's Tyson Barrie in Game 3. Barrie is expected to miss four to six weeks with ligament damage.


UNDATED (AP) -- Lance Lynn bids to become the first five-game winner of the season when he takes the mound for St. Louis against the Mets in New York this afternoon. The right-hander has won all four of his starts this season. In his last win, he said his stuff was the best he had all season.

Dan Haren totes a 3-0 mark to the mound for the Dodgers when they entertain the Phillies under the lights.

Kansas City and the Indians get the day's play underway with an early afternoon start in Cleveland. That's one of six day games on an 11-game schedule.


MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Michael Phelps jumps into the pool competitively today for the first time since the 2012 Olympics.

The 22-time Olympic medalist is starting a comeback at the Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Ariz., swimming in the 100-meter butterfly preliminaries. The 28-year-old holds the world record and is the top seed in the event.

Phelps says the lure of getting back in the pool and competing drew him out of retirement. The winningest and most decorated athlete in Olympic history has danced around questions about whether he plans to compete in the summer games in Rio in 2016.


AVONDALE, La. (AP) -- Opening-round play is underway in the Zurich Classic in Louisiana. Billy Horschel is back to defend his title, which was his first and only one on the PGA Tour. He's got an early afternoon tee time along with Patrick Reed, who's won twice on tour this year. Reigning U.S. Open champ Justin Rose is also in the field.

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Scores & Schedules

April 24, 2014 07:10 GMT


Washington 5 L.A. Angels 4


Texas 3, Oakland 0

Seattle 5, Houston 3

Cleveland 5, Kansas City 3

Baltimore 10, Toronto 8

Chicago White Sox 6, Detroit 4

Minnesota 6, Tampa Bay 4, 12 innings

Boston 5, N.Y. Yankees 1

Thursday's Games

Kansas City (B.Chen 1-1) at Cleveland (Kluber 1-2), 12:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Quintana 1-1) at Detroit (Scherzer 1-1), 1:08 p.m.

Minnesota (Nolasco 1-2) at Tampa Bay (Bedard 0-0), 1:10 p.m.

Baltimore (B.Norris 0-2) at Toronto (Hutchison 1-1), 7:07 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 2-2) at Boston (Doubront 1-2), 7:10 p.m.

Oakland (Kazmir 2-0) at Houston (Oberholtzer 0-3), 8:10 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Wednesday's Games

Atlanta 3, Miami 1

Arizona 7, Chicago Cubs 5

San Francisco 12, Colorado 10, 11 innings

Cincinnati 5, Pittsburgh 2

N.Y. Mets 3, St. Louis 2

Milwaukee 5, San Diego 2

L.A. Dodgers 5 Philadelphia 2

Thursday's Games

Cincinnati (Cingrani 1-2) at Pittsburgh (Cumpton 0-0), 12:35 p.m.

St. Louis (Lynn 4-0) at N.Y. Mets (Colon 1-3), 1:10 p.m.

Arizona (Bolsinger 0-1) at Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 1-1), 2:20 p.m.

San Diego (Stults 1-2) at Washington (Zimmermann 1-1), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (K.Kendrick 0-2) at L.A. Dodgers (Haren 3-0), 10:10 p.m.


Wednesday, April 23

Miami 101, Charlotte 97, Miami leads series 2-0

Dallas 113, San Antonio 92, series tied 1-1

Portland 112, Houston 105, Portland leads series 2-0

Thursday, April 24

Indiana at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Memphis, 8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.


Wednesday, April 23

Columbus 4, Pittsburgh 3, OT, series tied 2-2

Dallas 4, Anaheim 2, series tied 2-2

Chicago 4, St. Louis 3, OT, series tied 2-2

Thursday, April 24

Boston at Detroit, 8 p.m.

Colorado at Minnesota, 9:30 p.m.

San Jose at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

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