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Celtics smother Magic 92-88, take 1-0 series lead

Posted: May 17, 2010 2:26 PM ; Updated: May 21, 2010 3:52 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The hair is a little grayer. The ankles and knees no longer so sturdy. Even with a roster full of aging superstars, the Boston Celtics are still standing tall.

Too old to chase a title? Not these days.

Ray Allen scored 25 points, Paul Pierce had 22 and the Celtics used smothering defense to beat the Orlando Magic 92-88 on Sunday in the Eastern Conference finals opener.

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Flyers jump out to series lead with Game 1 blowout

Posted: May 17, 2010 2:25 PM ; Updated: May 17, 2010 2:25 PM

PHILADELPHIA(AP) The Philadelphia Flyers are about to find out what it's like to play from in front. It's been a while since the NHL's comeback kids have been the ones being chased.

Fresh off a stirring Game 7 win over the Boston Bruins that capped a rally from three games down, the Flyers scored early against Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens and rolled to a 6-0 win in the opener of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday night.

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Blackhawks steal home ice advantage with tight Game 1 win

Posted: May 17, 2010 2:24 PM ; Updated: May 17, 2010 2:24 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif.(AP) Antti Niemi might finally be putting to rest all those questions about whether he is the Chicago Blackhawks ' weak link.

Niemi made 44 saves, Dustin Byfuglien scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:45 remaining in regulation to help Chicago get off to a fast start for a change this postseason by beating the San Jose Sharks 2-1 Sunday in the opener of the Western Conference final.

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LeBron gone! Celtics eliminate James and Cavs in 6

Posted: May 14, 2010 9:58 AM ; Updated: May 14, 2010 9:58 AM

BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Celtics sent LeBron James and the Cavaliers back to Cleveland to admire all of their regular-season accomplishments and ponder their future.

It's the Celtics who are still in the chase for an NBA title.

Kevin Garnett scored 22 points and added 12 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo had 21 points and 12 assists to beat Cleveland 94-85 in Game 6 on Thursday night and advance to the Eastern Conference finals. Boston will play the Orlando Magic , who are undefeated in the playoffs.

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Oklahoma prez Boren expects Big 12 to remain intact

Posted: May 14, 2010 9:54 AM ; Updated: May 14, 2010 9:54 AM

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- University of Oklahoma president David Boren says the Sooners "expect to stay" in the Big 12 and he believes the likelihood of any other programs leaving to join the Big Ten or another power conference has been "blown out of proportion."

Following a disputed report that fellow Big 12 members Nebraska and Missouri had been offered the chance to join the Big Ten, Boren said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that he believes "if any member decided to leave, they would regret it later on."

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Canadiens stun Penguins 5-2, advance to East finals

Posted: May 13, 2010 9:46 AM ; Updated: May 13, 2010 9:48 AM

PITTSBURGH(AP) First the Capitals, now the Penguins. The Canadiens, the worst-record team in the playoffs, keep sending home the NHL's best.

Brian Gionta had two power-play goals, Mike Cammalleri scored his seventh goal of a series in which he upstaged Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and Montreal built a stunning four-goal lead before beating the Penguins 5-2 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday night.

Believe it, Canadiens. Disbelieve it, Penguins.

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Blackhawks rout Canucks, return to West finals

Posted: May 12, 2010 12:18 PM ; Updated: May 12, 2010 12:20 PM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia(AP) After polishing off the Canucks with three wins in Vancouver, the Chicago Blackhawks don't mind opening the Western Conference finals at top-seeded San Jose.

Troy Brouwer and Kris Versteeg scored 36 seconds apart early in the second period, and the Blackhawks eliminated Vancouver in Game 6 of the second round for the second straight year with a 5-1 win on Tuesday night.

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