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Curry Scores 34 to Lead Warriors to Game 1 Victory

Curry Scores 34 to Lead Warriors to Game 1 VictoryChristopher Trotman/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Stephen Curry scored 34 to help the Golden State Warriors ground the New Orleans Pelicans 106-99, in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday.The top seeded Warriors led by 25 late in the third quarter, but the Pelicans stormed back, cutting the deficit to four with nine seconds remaining before Golden State iced the game at the free throw line."It's good for us to have to deal with the feeling in the building (Oracle Arena), especially as a favorite, when a team starts to come back," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. "You have to feel that. That's all part of it."Anthony Davis had 35 points, seven rebounds, and four blocks in what was the first playoff game of his career."I think the whole team was nervous," Davis said. "This is our first time as a unit in the playoffs, and our pace was good. We were moving fast, but our minds were moving fast as well."Pelicans point guard Tyreke Evans left the game in the first half with a knee injury. Evans is set to have an MRI, and his status for the rest of the series is not known.Klay Thompson scored 21 points and Draymond Green added 15 along with 12 boards, seven assists, three steals, and two blocks in the win.The two teams will take to the court again Monday, in Oakland. Game 2 is set to tip-off at 10:30 p.m. ET. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Rex Ryan Critical of Jets Tight End Amaro Again

Rex Ryan Critical of Jets Tight End Amaro AgainNick Lahem/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan is taking aim at his former team, in particular second year tight end Jace Amaro.  This is the second time Ryan has had harsh words towards Amaro in an interview with Kim Jones on WFAN in New York.  The kid's got some talent," Ryan told WFAN on Saturday. "I'm just going to leave it at that. I just know one thing: He totally misspoke, and talk about accountable—he's going to be accountable when he go to play him. He's going to be accountable for his comments. "It's not the truth. That kid's a little... he's going to get... we'll see what happens." The comment that initially caught the attention of Ryan's ire was: "He's not really playing around with everyone being late," Amaro said of Bowles. "We had an issue with that last year. Guys just weren't accountable last year as much as they could be. I think that's the biggest thing. [Bowles is] making sure everyone's gonna be 100 percent in or he's not going to be on the team." Amaro was not the only member of the Jets to intimate similar comments. During last season linebacker Demario Davis at one point remarked, "I don't see a lot of guys putting a lot of effort into film study." Rookie safety Calvin Pryor missed several meetings and was benched at several points during the season. Amaro's comments were in reference to quarterback Geno Smith arriving late to the team hotel before a road game in San Diego last season.  Smith started the game the next day. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Pete Rose To Join Fox As A Baseball Analyst

Pete Rose To Join Fox As A Baseball AnalystiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Baseball's all-time hits leader is joining Fox Sports as a baseball analyst. Officials at the Fox network have announced they will hire Pete Rose as a guest analyst for MLB of Fox pregame show and several of the networks cable sports programs. Rose, who recently filed for reinstatement to the game with new commissioner Rob Manfred, has been banned from baseball since 1989 for betting on games. The 74-year-old Rose feels he he should make a natural transition to the studio as he hosted a nationally syndicated radio program for about eight years. He also feels that his critiques will be honest and fair. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/18/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/18/15Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs: Washington Wizards 93 - Toronto Raptors 86 (Washington Leads Series 1-0) NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Tampa Bay Lightning 5 - Detroit Red Wings 1 (Series Tied 1-1) St. Louis Blues 4 - Minnestoa Wild 1 (Series Tied 1-1) MLB: Chicago White Sox 12 (4-6) - Detroit Tigers 3 (9-2) Philadelphia Phillies 5 (4-8) - Washington Nationals 3 (5-7) Toronto Blue Jayes 6 (6-6) - Atlanta Braves 5 (7-4) (F/10) Cleveland Indians 4 (4-6) - Minnesota Twins 2 (4-7) St. Louis Cardinals 5 (7-3) - Cincinnati Reds 2 (5-6)     Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lionel Messi Scores 400th Goal for Barcelona

Lionel Messi Scores 400th Goal for BarcelonaDavid Ramos/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lionel Messi reached another milestone, scoring his 400th career goal for Barcelona on Saturday in his club's La Liga meeting with Valencia. Messi has scored 278 goals in La Liga, 75 in Champions League, 32 in Copa Del Rey, 10 in the Spanish Super Cup, four in the Club World Cup, and one goal in the UEFA Super Cup. Messi became Barcelona's all-time goal scorer last March, when he passed Paulino Alcantara, who scored 369 goals for the club between 1912 and 1927. The Argentina forward has won the Ballon d'Or four times, and holds the record for leading goal scorer in a single La Liga season, with 50 in 2011-12. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

Kris Bryant Goes Hitless with 3 Ks in MLB Debut

Kris Bryant Goes Hitless with 3 Ks in MLB DebutChicago Cubs/MLB(CHICAGO) -- Top prospect Kris Bryant made his much anticipated major league debut with the Chicago Cubs on Friday in front of a crowd of 32,138 at Wrigley Field.Bryant went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts while batting cleanup in the Cubs 5-4 loss to the San Diego Padres."Sure, I could have done a little better," Bryant said. "There's two sides to the ball. I felt I did well on defense."He did. In the first inning he handled a hard-hit grounder by Derek Norris to start a double play. Then, in the fifth inning, he caught a screaming line drive with a runner on first base that possibly saved a run.Bryant hit .321 with three home runs, 10 RBIs, and two stolen bases for Triple-A Iowa before being called up. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Flyers Fire Coach Berube

Flyers Fire Coach BerubeLen Redkoles/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA, Pa) -- The Philadelphia Flyers have fired head coach Craig Berube Friday after the team finished 33-31-18, placing sixth in the Metro division. The move comes as a bit of a surprise as general manager Ron Hextall said he would take a "methodical" approach to evaluating the head coach position. “I'm not going to make a quick decision to appease people, or to follow along like it's supposed to be done. I'm going to do everything I can to do the due diligence that's appropriate to make the decision. Once I get there, then we'll let people know. I'm not going to make a hasty decision and look back and regret it. I'm going to do everything I can to gather all the information out there and make the right decision,” Hextall said Wednesday. Berube was hired last season and amassed a record of 75-58-28, with just one playoff appearance.  ''I think in the end, a coach's job is to get the most out of his players, and in the end that's the conclusion that I came to, was that that wasn't the case,'' Hextall said.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Police Suspend Investigation of Aqib Talib

Police Suspend Investigation of Aqib TalibMatthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images (DALLAS, Tx) -- Last week, Aqib Talib and his brother drew the attention of the Dallas Police Department for an assault that occurred outside of a nightclub. The Dallas Police announced Friday that they were suspending their investigation due to a lack of leads. On April 8, a gun was fired after an altercation outside of Club Luxx. The Talib brothers left the scene and drove to XTC Cabaret. The Dallas police took possession of the brothers Ranger Rover and Jaguar for investigation. Talib is in the second year of a six-year contract he signed with the Denver Broncos after leaving the New England Patriots. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/17/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/17/15Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: Washington Capitals 4 - New York Islanders 3 (Series Tied 1-1) Montreal Canadiens 3 - Ottawa Senators 2 (F/OT) (Montreal Leads 2-0) MLB: Detroit Tigers 2 (9-1) - Chicago White Sox 1 (3-6) San Diego Padres 5 (7-4) - Chicago Cubs 4 (5-4) Washington Nationals 7 (5-6) - Philadelphia Phillies 2 (3-8) New York Mets 4 (8-3) - Miami Marlins 1 (3-8) Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (4-6) - Milwaukee Brewers 3 (2-8) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jose Reyes Leaves Game with Sore Ribs

Jose Reyes Leaves Game with Sore RibsTony Firriolo/MLB Photos Via Getty Images(TORONTO) -- Another year, another injury for Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes.On Thursday, Reyes left the team's game against the Tampa Bay Rays after one at bat with soreness in his ribs. This injury is not a huge surprise, considering Reyes has been dealing with soreness in his left side for several days.Reyes grounded out in his one at-bat, and after reaching the dugout, he smashed his helmet into the ground before going into the clubhouse.Ryan Goins took over for Reyes at shortstop.There has been no update on Reyes' status for Friday's game against the Atlanta Braves.Since 2009, Reyes has missed 267 games due to injury.In nine games this season, Reyes has hit .333 with five RBIs, one stolen base, and a .359 on-base percentage. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subban’s Slash Fractures Stone’s Wrist

Subban’s Slash Fractures Stone’s WristMark Serota/Getty Images(MONTREAL) -- Ottowa Senators winger Mark Stone has a microfracture of his right wrist, a result of being slashed by Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban in the first game of the Senators' first-round playoff series with the Canadiens.The infraction occurred at the 8:23 mark of the second period of Wednesday's game. Subban was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct.According to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, NHL disciplinarian Stephane Quintal said Subban won't receive any additional discipline from the league.After the slash, Stone received treatment before reentering the game. He then left the game early in the third period, returning midway through the period. Stone also said that Subban had targeted him earlier in the game."(Stone) came back as a courageous guy after being hurt," Senators general manager Bryan Murray said Thursday. "The disturbing part from our point of view is that there was a threat made before by Subban to Stone."There were two attempts on faceoffs to slash him, one connected. Then he two-handed him across the wrist in front of the net. (Stone) has been one of the top five players in the league the last two months of the year. It's a huge loss."I thought the officials made the right call on the ice, but I thought also, after knowing the extent of the injury, that something further would be considered."When Murray was asked if Stone would play in Game 2, he said that he would assume not and that Stone has no mobility in his wrist at this point.Stone played in 80 games this season, scoring 26 goals and dishing out 38 assists. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Thunder On The Fence About HC Brooks’ Future

Report: Thunder On The Fence About HC Brooks’ FutureBrian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY, Ok) --  The Oklahoma City Thunder are going to seriously evaluate whether to retain head coach Scott Brooks, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. Brooks' contract is guaranteed through the 2015-2016 season with Oklahoma City, with a team option for the season after. Brooks has led the team since 2008. In a season where the Thunder played a portion of the season without Russell Westbrook and most of the year without Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City finished 45-37 and missed the playoffs due to a tiebreaker with the Pelicans. Westbrook returned from injury and had a career season, eventually winning the NBA scoring title. However, Westbrook said the title "means nothing" because he would "rather be in the playoffs than win the scoring title." Wojnarowski reports that Florida University head basketball coach Billy Donovan would be a heavy favorite to replace Brooks if the team were to go in a different direction. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nets Take Final Playoff Spot as Pacers Flop

Nets Take Final Playoff Spot as Pacers Flop Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On the final night of the NBA season, the Brooklyn Nets found out if they would be heading home or extending their season. Brooklyn defeated Orlando 101-88 thanks to the strong shooting of rookie point guard Bojan Bogdanovich, who dropped a career high 28 points. The Nets faltered down the stretch, dropping two in a row, which allowed the Indiana Pacers to re-enter the playoff picture. Brooklyn was forced to watch their televisions to find out later in the evening that the Pacers would fall to the Memphis Grizzlies 95-83.    "If you get in, it's a whole new season," said Nets guard Joe Johnson. "Everybody is 0-0 and then you wipe your hands clean and then you give it another go." The Nets will face Johnson's previous team, the top seeded Atlanta Hawks on April 19. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Study: 16% of Retired NFL Players Go Bankrupt

Study: 16% of Retired NFL Players Go Bankrupt NFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- The rewards of playing in the NFL may be fleeting for some of the players who choose to put their bodies at risk. A study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that of the thousands of players drafted into the NFL during the years of 1996 through 2003, almost 16% of them declared bankruptcy within 12 years of retirement. "Moreover, bankruptcy rates are not affected by a player's total earnings or career length. Having played for a long time and been well-paid does not provide much protection against the risk of going bankrupt," researchers concluded. For example, Terrell Owens, a six-time pro bowler drafted in 1996, made an estimated $80 million during his 15-season NFL career and filed for bankruptcy in 2012. Researchers examined NFL players' financial behavior to test the traditional life-cycle model of savings. That theory claims that people optimize their consumption over their entire lifetimes, which would indicate that NFL players would have set aside a large portion of their income for when they retired from the league. "Our findings are different from what the life-cycle model predicts," the study wrote. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

Pelicans Top Spurs, Nab Final Playoff Spot in the West

Pelicans Top Spurs, Nab Final Playoff Spot in the West Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- The New Orleans Pelicans downed the San Antonio Spurs 108-103 Wednesday night to clinch the eighth and final playoff seed in the NBA Western Conference.Anthony Davis had 31 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks to lead New Orleans (45-37) to its first playoff appearance since 2011.The Pelicans stepped on the gas right out of the gate. Tyreke Evans scored nine of his 19 points in the first quarter to give New Orleans a 15-point lead heading into the second quarter.The Pelicans then led by double digits until the fourth quarter, when the Spurs (55-27) outscored New Orleans 32-26. San Antonio made their runs, but every time they got close, New Orleans would come up with a big basket.The Pelicans' win eliminates the Oklahoma City Thunder from playoff contention.The Thunder cruised by the Minnesota Timberwolves 138-113 and finished with the same record as the Pelicans, but New Orleans held the head-to-head tie-breaker.Meanwhile, the Spurs, who had a chance to clinch the two-seed in the Western Conference with a win, fell to the six-seed with the loss. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sefolosha Blames NYPD for Broken Leg

Sefolosha Blames NYPD for Broken LegLisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thabo Sefolosha of the Atlanta Hawks is blaming the New York Police Department for breaking his leg. Through a statement released by the Hawks, Sefolosha said, "I am in great pain, have experienced a significan...

Duke’s Tyus Jones Declares for NBA Draft

Duke’s Tyus Jones Declares for NBA Draft Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After winning a national championship with the Duke Blue Devils, freshman point guard Tyus Jones is one and done. Jones announced Wednesday that he will enter the NBA draft. He will follow Duke players Jahlil Okafor and Justice Winslow, who stated their decision to enter the NBA last week. Many NBA experts feel that Jones is a late first round to early second round pick. The Blue Devil's tweeted: .@Tyusjones06 "Even though I am entering the NBA Draft, I will forever be a Duke Blue Devil.” pic.twitter.com/99mPlSDHn5 — Duke M. Basketball (@Duke_MBB) April 15, 2015 Jones averaged 11.8 points, 5.6 assists, 3.5 boards and 1.5 steals this season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Paul Pierce: Nets Would Have ‘Folded’ Without Me and KG

Paul Pierce: Nets Would Have ‘Folded’ Without Me and KG iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce leveled some harsh criticisms toward the Brooklyn Nets and their star point guard Deron Williams in a recent interview with ESPN.com's Jackie MacMullen. After being traded by the Celtics to the Nets, Pierce characterized his time in Brooklyn as "horrible." "It was just the guys' attitudes there. It wasn't like we were surrounded by a bunch of young guys," he said. "They were vets who didn't want to play and didn't want to practice. I was looking around saying, 'What's this?' Kevin [Garnett] and I had to pick them up every day in practice." "If me and Kevin weren't there, that team would have folded up. That team would have packed it in. We kept them going each and every day," he continued.  The player that drew the most attention from Pierce was Williams. "Before I got there, I looked at Deron as an MVP candidate,'' Pierce said. "But I felt once we got there, that's not what he wanted to be. He just didn't want that. I think a lot of the pressure got to him sometimes. This was his first time in the national spotlight. The media in Utah is not the same as the media in New York, so that can wear on some people. I think it really affected him.'' Brooklyn traded its 2014 first round pick, as well as 2016 and 2018 picks to acquire Pierce, Garnett and Jason Terry. The Nets lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Miami Heat. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Indians P Carlos Carrasco Hit In Face By Line Drive

Indians P Carlos Carrasco Hit In Face By Line Drive Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco was treated at a hospital for a bruised jaw after he was carted off the field in the top of the first inning of Tuesday night's 4-1 loss, when Chicago White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera hit a line drive back to the mound, connecting with the pitcher's face. Carrasco was flattened by the sharp liner that appeared to glance off his glove and right hand before smacking him on the right side of the face. The right-hander fell to the ground in front of the mound as manager Terry Francona and a trainer quickly raced out to check on him. Following the game, Francona said X-rays and a CT scan on Carrasco were negative and that he only suffered a bad bruise. Carrasco felt good enough to return to Progressive Field before the game ended. He'll be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Stephen Curry Makes 77 Straight 3s in Practice and 94 of 100 Total

Stephen Curry Makes 77 Straight 3s in Practice and 94 of 100 Total NBA via Golden State Warriors(OAKLAND) -- As the NBA regular season draws to a close, Stephen Curry might be just finding his best shooting stroke. The Golden State Warriors guard and owner of the NBA single-season 3-point record connected on 77 straight 3s in Tuesday's practice. Curry rotated around the perimeter, taking 10 shots from several spots. Curry told ESPN the 77 straight 3s is the most he's ever made in a row. Out of 100 shots taken during the session, he made 94. Teammate Klay Thompson, who is second in the NBA with 234 made 3s, told ESPN he couldn't believe Curry had made 77 straight, and that his own record streak is 36. Curry, a leading candidate for league MVP, has broken his own record for 3-pointers made in a season. With only Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Denver Nuggets remaining, Curry has 284 3s - 3.6 per game - for the season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  
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