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Padres CEO apologizes for 'Rain Man' comment
SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Padres President and CEO Tom Garfinkel has apologized to the Los Angeles Dodgers for comments he made about Zack Greinke the day after the pitcher's left collarbone was broken in a brawl, including referencing the right-hander's s…Upvote Share Tweet
The Clippers already have one-upped the Grizzlies. They went to Memphis last Saturday night and dominated the fourth quarter in a 91-87 victory, a win that played a significant role in the Clippers earning home-court advantage in their Western Conferenc…Upvote Share TweetThis won't be the most competitive first-round series, but it may be the most entertaining, however long it lasts. Conventional wisdom says pace slows and scores dip in the playoffs, but that won't be the case with Houston and Oklahoma City, who rank se…Upvote Share TweetThe Celtics had won the Atlantic every year since their 2007 trade for Kevin Garnett -- until this season, when New York broke through for its first divisional title in 19 years. But now the Knicks have to make good on the playoff expectations that acco…Upvote Share TweetBucks vs. Heat would qualify as a "David vs. Goliath" matchup -- except David tends to connect on only 40 percent of his stone throws while Goliath is actually a three-headed monster. In other words, welcome to 2013's most lopsided first-round…Upvote Share TweetThe New York Knicks' Mike Woodson and the Los Angeles Lakers' Mike D'Antoni today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in April.Upvote Share Tweet
Primer for the first round of the postseasonAre the Lakers one-and-done? Can Carmelo carry the Knicks? Will the Nuggets be able to keep pace? Chris Mannix tackles what should be a memorable first round of the playoffs.Upvote Share TweetSince Tim Duncan's 1997 arrival in San Antonio, the extraordinary Spurs have won at least 50 games (or the equivalent, taking into account the lockout year of '99) and contended for the championship every year. They've met the Lakers in six playoff seri…Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Lakers assistant Jordan headed to Rutgersnba.com Updated Apr 18, 2013Rutgers is turning to one of its greatest players to lead the basketball program past an embarrassing coaching scandal and into its future with the Big Ten Conference.Upvote Share Tweet
Analysts Fault Both Sides in Mound-Charging Incidentnytimes.com Updated Apr 18, 2013Quirks of the game: Carlos Quentin led his league last year in being hit by pitches. What made him charge Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke after being hit again?Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated Apr 18, 2013Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chris Capuano is a smart person, probably one of the smartest in Major League Baseball, having graduated Duke with a degree in economics. But he's also a teammate who is duty bound to come to a colleague's aid in a time of cr…Upvote Share Tweetdeadspin.com Updated Apr 18, 2013Yahoo has obtained an audio clip of San Deigo Padres CEO Tom Garfinkel saying dumb things about Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke to a group of Padres season ticket holders. Greinke had his collarbone broken when Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin needlessly c…Upvote Share TweetPHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Doug Collins has resigned after three seasons as coach of the Philadelphia 76ers and will remain with the franchise as an adviser.Upvote Share Tweet
Judges announced for Honorary Bat Girl contestAlex Gordon of the Royals, Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates and CC Sabathia of the Yankees are among guest judges announced for the ongoing Honorary Bat Girl Contest, which encourages fans to share "Going to Bat Against Bre…Upvote Share Tweet
Youth being served among pitching eliteThis is taking shape as a golden age of pitchers. Everywhere you look across the Major League landscape, you'll find extraordinary young talents, already fully evolved artistically in special cases such as the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, the Nationals' St…Upvote Share TweetBy the time their season finale tipped off at Staples Center on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers already knew they'd clinched the West's final playoff berth thanks to the Memphis Grizzlies' 86-70 win over the Utah Jazz. But both the Lakers and their op…Upvote Share Tweet
Mike Piazza prepares for role in upcoming Miami City Ballet productionyahoo.com Updated Apr 18, 2013We're not sure 16 major league seasons crouching behind the plate is the best preparation for a stint in ballet, but former Dodgers, Marlins and Mets great Mike Piazza will give it a shot anyway when he takes the stage for the Miami City Ballet next mon…Upvote Share TweetThe Lakers' season didn't exactly go to plan. But the team deserves credit for its 99-95 OT win over Houston and its ability to steal the No. 7 seed in the West, writes Lee Jenkins.Upvote Share Tweet
Padres homer thrice to sweep DodgersEverth Cabrera, Kyle Blanks and Chris Denorfia each homered off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday night to lead the Padres to a 7-2 victory and a series sweep in Los Angeles.Upvote Share Tweet
Playoff Picks: Western ConferenceApr 18Who does David Thorpe think will win and why? ESPN.com's Insider picks every West series.
Step Into The SpotlightApr 18Who has the most to prove in these playoffs? J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez discuss.
Healing KobeApr 18Trainer Tim Grover on what it's going to take to get Kobe Bryant his sixth ring.
Western Conference PreviewApr 18Storylines to watch in the Western Conference playoffs.
Don Banks: Must-See TV: 17 games that highlight 2013 scheduleApr 18There will always be differing opinions on what makes for must-see TV, but now that the 2013 NFL schedule is ours for the anticipating, here are the 17 games in the league's 17-week regular season that I can't wait to see.
NFL - These matchups highlight 2013 scheduleApr 18Both new and old rivalries dot an exciting 2013 NFL schedule, writes John Clayton.
Lawrence Frank fired by Detroit Pistons, sourcesApr 18The Detroit Pistons, as widely expected, have fired coach Lawrence Frank, according to sources close to the situation.
Pistons oust coach Frank after two seasonsApr 18The Detroit Pistons, as widely expected, have fired coach Lawrence Frank, according to sources close to the situation.