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April 24, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
OAKLAND - With two days off before the Clippers played the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA playoffs, reserve guard Jamal Crawford was forced to be careful with his left calf. "I just got treatment, lots and lots of treatment," he said. But Crawford was able to play Thursday night in the best-of-seven series despite a calf injury that's bothering him. "The calf, it limits you a lot," he said. "It happened in the first half of [Game 2] and I pulled myself out. That's when I was actually getting a rhythm, which was weird.
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April 24, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Familiar problems resurfaced Thursday for the Dodgers and their manager. Brian Wilson again didn't resemble the pitcher he was last season, as he was charged with four runs in the ninth inning of a 7-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. There were problems aside from the continued instability of Wilson, who has already spent 15 days sidelined because of issues with his surgically repaired elbow. BOX SCORE: Philadelphia 7, Dodgers 3 The Dodgers made another costly error, this time in the form of a routine bouncer hitting first baseman Adrian Gonzalez's glove and dribbling into the outfield.
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April 24, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
OAKLAND -- The Clippers walked into an angry beehive, thousands of folks wearing bright yellow T-shirts and surrounding them with a roaring buzz. The Clippers walked into a building that is adjacent to the home of the Oakland Raiders and feels every bit like a Raiders end zone, the Black Hole, only deeper. In their first road game of this postseason Thursday night, the Clippers found themselves engulfed by screaming and booing and chanting Oracle Arena fans and a Golden State Warriors team that mirrored every bit of their desperation.
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April 24, 2014 | By David Wharton
MESA, Ariz. - A buzz ran through the crowd, an accumulation of murmurs and applause that drifted across the pool to where Michael Phelps stood. It was just loud enough to make the swimmer grin as he stepped onto the block. "You heard people starting to get excited," he said. The 1,200 spectators at poolside weren't alone - an entire sport watched intently as the most-decorated athlete in Olympic history began his comeback from retirement this week. With an unprecedented 22 medals from three Games, Phelps is the Michael Jordan of swimming.
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April 24, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Chris Paul went through the Clippers' light shoot-around Thursday before Game 3 of the playoffs against the Golden State Warriors, saying his right hamstring was fine and that he would play. The Clippers had two days off for Paul to rest since Game 2 Monday night. “I didn't do too much,” Paul said. “But I'll be ready for tonight.” The best-of-seven series is tied at 1-1. The Clippers lost the home-court advantage by losing Game 1 at Staples Center. "We understand that in order for us to win this series we have to win at least one game here,” Paul said about playing in Oakland at Oracle Arena.
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April 23, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
DALLAS - The captain is hurt, the goalie is shaken, old demons are at the door. The top-seeded Ducks are now in a three-game fight for survival against an energetic, upset-minded Dallas Stars team that roared back Wednesday for a 4-2 victory to tie the Western Conference first-round playoff series at two games apiece. “It's all about us and our execution,” Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler said. “We're lying if we tell ourselves we've played our best hockey in any one of these four games.
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April 23, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
DALLAS -- Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf was scratched from the Game 4 lineup Wednesday with an upper-body injury, the team announced minutes before the 5 p.m. game. Getzlaf, with 31 goals and 56 assists during the season, has two goals and two assists in the first-round Western Conference playoff series that Anaheim leads 2-1. The injury was sustained during Game 3, a hockey official close to the situation but unauthorized to speak about it publicly told The Times. [UPDATED, 5:35 p.m. PDT, April 23: Getzlaf boarded a flight back to Southern California at 4 p.m. Central time to get immediate treatment, with the hope of playing in Game 5 Friday, the Ducks said.
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April 23, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Chris Paul stood before the assembled media Wednesday in his Clippers practice gear, a black brace loosely hanging from his lower right leg. After answering several questions about his right hamstring injury and how the Clippers were ready to play the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the playoffs Thursday in Oakland, Paul eased his way to a training table and sat. Paul didn't practice for the second straight day. In fact, Clippers Coach Doc...
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April 23, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers didn't make any errors behind Zack Greinke in their 5-2 victory Wednesday over the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium. This was significant, considering how the Dodgers have played defense in the first three-plus weeks of the regular season. They have been one of the worst defensive teams in baseball. They entered the day with 22 errors, the second-most among the 30 teams in the majors. Their fielding percentage of .974 was third-worst. “We have to get better,” Hanley Ramirez said.
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