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NBA playoff watch – Boston Celtics on the brink of the play-in tournament; Los Angeles Lakers get a needed win
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NBA playoff watch – Boston Celtics on the brink of the play-in tournament; Los Angeles Lakers get a needed win

With the addition of play-in games to the 2021 NBA playoffs, the scramble for seeding is wilder -- and more important -- than ever, with almost every game down the stretch having significant postseason implications.Play-in matchups following Sunday's gamesPlay-in games to be held May 18-21• How the play-in tournament will work• Current NBA standingsEASTGame 1: No. 8 Charlotte at No. 7 Boston -- winner is No. 7 seed in playoffsGame 2: No. 10 Indiana at No. 9 Washington -- winner moves on in play-in; loser is eliminatedGame 3: Indiana/Washington winner at Boston/Charlotte loser -- winner is No. 8 seed in playoffsWESTGame 1: No. 8 Golden State at No. 7 Los Angeles Lakers -- winner is No. 7 seed in playoffsGame 2: No. 10 San Antonio at No. 9 Memphis -- winner moves on in play-in; loser is e...
After five straight series losses, the Los Angeles Dodgers are looking for answers
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After five straight series losses, the Los Angeles Dodgers are looking for answers

They were built for unprecedented greatness, a pursuit only strengthened by a blistering start. But now, 5½ weeks into their season as reigning champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers are basically average. An initial 13-2 record has been followed by 15 losses in a stretch of 20 games, a stunning reversal that has the Dodgers at 18-17 while occupying the No. 3 spot of a division they have dominated for most of the past decade."I'm pissed, personally," Dodgers starter Trevor Bauer said after a 2-1 loss to the crosstown rival Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon. "I freakin' hate losing. I wanna win. That's why I came here. We are not playing up to our capability right now."After Bauer left a curveball slightly up to Angels first baseman Jared Walsh with the bases loaded and two outs in the ...
Hurricanes broadcaster Tripp Tracy talks Stanley Cup playoffs and why one Carolina star ranks with Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews
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Hurricanes broadcaster Tripp Tracy talks Stanley Cup playoffs and why one Carolina star ranks with Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews

The last time the Carolina Hurricanes won a division title was way back in 2005-06 when the crew, led by captain Rod Brind'Amour, won the Southeast Division. Fast forward to 2021: The Hurricanes, led now by head coach Rod Brind'Amour, are the Central Division champs. While it has been 15 years since the Canes have snagged a top spot, it's all very familiar to Tripp Tracy, who joined the team's broadcast crew at the start of the 1998-99 season. Now a part of Bally Sports' telecasts, Tracy has seen it all — including that 2005-06 team, which won the franchise's lone Stanley Cup. Carolina ends its regular season Monday with a matchup against its first-round opponent, the Predators. With the season winding down and the team gearing up for what it hopes will be a long postseason run, S...
Mavericks’ Luka Doncic ejected for delivering low blow to Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton
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Mavericks’ Luka Doncic ejected for delivering low blow to Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton

Luka Doncic wants to stop drawing technical fouls for arguing with officials. He can also add "Stop drawing flagrant fouls" to his to-do list. The young Mavericks star was given a Flagrant 2 and an automatic ejection for a hostile act toward the Cavaliers' Collin Sexton on Sunday night. The act was a chop that landed near Sexton's groin as the two battled for position in the lane. Officials termed the strike "aggressive." NBA STANDINGS: Seeding scenarios, breakdown for final spots in 2021 playoffs Doncic's swipe was clear on replay. Doncic said last week that he needs to keep himself in check and not complain so much. His realization came about as he received his 15th official technical of the season, one shy of triggering a one-game suspension (another T had been previously resci...
Seattle Seahawks WR DK Metcalf runs 100 in 10.37 seconds, finishes 15th out of 17 in event
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Seattle Seahawks WR DK Metcalf runs 100 in 10.37 seconds, finishes 15th out of 17 in event

4:44 PM ETBrady HendersonESPN DK Metcalf did not run fast enough in the 100 meters Sunday to advance to the finals in his professional track debut.But the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver fared better than some expected for an NFL player competing against some of the world's top sprinters. With an official time of 10.37 seconds, Metcalf finished last among the nine in his heat and 15th among the 17 who competed in the USA Track and Field Golden Games and Distance Open in Walnut, California."These are world-class athletes," Metcalf said afterward on NBC streaming service Peacock, which broadcast the event, when asked whether he learned anything by competing in the event. "They do this for a living. It's very different from football speed, from what I just realized. So, like I said, just ex...