Clippers, Rockets ready for Game 1 in Houston

( – The health of Chris Paul’s hamstring is the center storyline when Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers tees off Monday at the Toyota Center. Paul strained his hamstring in Saturday’s Game 7 of the first round against the San Antonio Spurs. According to LA

Kane, Crawford help Blackhawks take 2-0 series lead against Wild

Chicago, IL ( – Patrick Kane scored twice and Corey Crawford was solid in between the pipes as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-1 in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals. Patrick Sharp tallied a goal and an assist, Jonathan Toews supplied a short- handed goal and Crawford made 30 saves for

Brewers fire manager Ron Roenicke

Milwaukee, WI ( – The Milwaukee Brewers fired manager Ron Roenicke just 25 games into the season. The announcement was made Sunday following a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. “This has been a difficult start to the season — something that we certainly didn’t anticipate,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said in a statement.

Plouffe, Twins rout White Sox

Minneapolis, MN ( – Trevor Plouffe hit a grand slam and drove in five as the Minnesota Twins clobbered the Chicago White Sox, 13-3, to finish off a four-game sweep. “He’s kind of one of those guys who tries to drive the ball gap to gap and when he’s getting mistakes he’s taking advantage,” Minnesota

Lightning use potent power play to rout Canadiens in Game 2

Montreal, QC ( – After winning Game 1 in double overtime, Tampa Bay used an offensive outburst to end a pair of slumps and cruise past Montreal in Game 2. Steven Stamkos finally scored his first goal of the postseason and the Lightning struck with four power-play goals in a 6-2 victory over the Canadiens

Dodgers edge D-backs in 13

Los Angeles, CA ( – Yasmani Grandal clubbed a leadoff home run in the 13th inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 1-0 win and three- game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. With Evan Marshall (0-2) on the mound, Grandal crushed a 1-1 changeup over the wall in center field for the

Woosnam wins Insperity Invitational playoff

The Woodlands, TX ( – Ian Woosnam poured in a long birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday to defeat Kenny Perry and Tom Lehman and win the Insperity Invitational. Woosnam closed with a 4-under 68 to end at 11-under-par 205. Perry was the first one in at minus-11 thanks to his 66. Lehman

Kaufman rolls to United Leasing victory

Evansville, IN ( – Smylie Kaufman shot a 1-over 73 in Sunday’s final round, but it was more than enough as he went on to win his first Tour title by five shots at the United Leasing Championship. Kaufman finished the week at 10-under-par 278. Prior to this week, he had three missed cuts

Padres beat Rockies to complete series sweep

San Diego, CA ( – Justin Upton went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to lead the San Diego Padres to a 8-6 win and a series sweep over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. Derek Norris and Jedd Gyorko also went deep for the Padres, who have won three straight since a three-game

Orioles rally, win ‘home’ series vs. Rays

St. Petersburg, FL ( – The Baltimore Orioles aren’t likely to forget this series win. Adam Jones delivered a go-ahead two-run single to punctuate a three-run seventh inning that lifted the Orioles to a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. For the second day in a row, the Orioles closed out a