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Spurs roll to 2-0 lead with 112-77 rout of Thunder (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo Sports - Top News par Anonyme le 22/05/2014 à 08:25:00 - Favoriser (lu/non lu)

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 21: Tony Parker #9 of the The San Antonio Spurs dribbles up the court against The Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on May 21, 2014 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)

The San Antonio Spurs are rolling toward a return to the NBA Finals, and Oklahoma City looks powerless to slow them down without Serge Ibaka. Tony Parker scored 22 points, Danny Green made seven 3-pointers and added 21, and the Spurs used a dominant third quarter to decimate the Thunder 112-77 on Wednesday night and take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Tim Duncan added 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw had 11 points apiece off the bench in San Antonio's second straight rout. We won our first two games at home and I'm sure they're going to go back and say we have to do our job and win two games at home,'' Parker said, recalling that the Spurs blew a 2-0 lead against the Thunder in the 2012 West finals.

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Canucks hire Jim Benning as general manager (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo Sports - Top News par Anonyme le 22/05/2014 à 08:16:00 - Favoriser (lu/non lu)

Former Vancouver Canucks captain Trevor Linden, left, poses with team owner Francesco Aquilini in Vancouver on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Linden has been hired as Vancouver's president of hockey operations. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

The Vancouver Canucks hired Jim Benning as general manager Wednesday. Benning is the first significant hire made by Trevor Linden, the former Canucks star who took over as president of hockey operations after the team missed the playoffs for the first time in six years. The 51-year-old Benning spent the last eight seasons with the Boston Bruins, including seven as assistant general manager. The former Canucks defenseman replaces Mike Gillis, fired as president and general manager a day after the club was eliminated from playoff contention.

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Kings rally past Blackhawks 6-2 in Game 2 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo Sports - Top News par Anonyme le 22/05/2014 à 06:11:00 - Favoriser (lu/non lu)

Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) celebrate the Kings' 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks with goalie Jonathan Quick (32) after Game 2 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Jeff Carter and the Los Angeles Kings know how to come back in the playoffs. Carter scored three of Los Angeles' six straight goals, and the Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 on Wednesday night to even the Western Conference final at a game apiece. Tyler Toffoli and Jake Muzzin also scored in Los Angeles' five-goal third period to help the Kings become the first visiting team to win in Chicago this postseason. The Blackhawks won their first seven home playoff games this year, but the Kings skated right by Chicago after the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks took a 2-0 lead in the second period.

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AP Sources: Wolves get permission to talk Joerger (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo Sports - Top News par Anonyme le 22/05/2014 à 04:07:00 - Favoriser (lu/non lu)

MEMPHIS, TN - MAY 1: Dave Joerger head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies addresses the media after Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on May 1, 2014 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

With the Memphis Grizzlies front office in turmoil, the Minnesota Timberwolves are strongly considering hiring coach Dave Joerger away to take over the team in his home state. The Timberwolves received permission from the Grizzlies to interview Joerger and will meet with him on Thursday, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The people requested anonymity because the Timberwolves are not commenting publicly on their coaching candidates, but all indications were that Joerger was in the driver's seat to replace the retired Rick Adelman. Joerger, who is from Staples, Minnesota, and went to college at Division-II Minnesota State, Moorhead, went 50-32 in his first season as Grizzlies coach.

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49ers' Smith pleads no contest to gun charges, DUI (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo Sports - Top News par Anonyme le 22/05/2014 à 03:50:00 - Favoriser (lu/non lu)

Accompanied by his attorney Joshua Bentley, left, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith leaves an arraignment at Santa Clara County Superior Court on Tuesday, Nov, 12, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. Smith faces three felony counts of illegal possession of an automatic weapon stemming from a party at his home in June 2012. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith pleaded no contest Wednesday to three felony weapons charges and two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence. The 24-year-old Smith entered his pleas in a Santa Clara County Superior Courtroom in San Jose. ''Mr. Smith has now accepted responsibility and has pleaded to all of the charges,'' Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said.

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Reds place 1B Votto on DL, reinstate OF Bruce (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo Sports - Top News par Anonyme le 22/05/2014 à 03:45:00 - Favoriser (lu/non lu)

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) collides with relief pitcher Logan Ondrusek while trying to catch a pop fly hit by San Diego Padres' Cameron Maybin in the sixth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Cincinnati. Maybin was ruled out on the infield fly rule. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Optimism gave way to reality for Joey Votto on Wednesday when the Cincinnati Reds placed the first baseman on the 15-day disabled list with a left leg injury. The Reds made the move before the series finale against the Washington Nationals. Votto had already missed five games with a quadriceps strain in his left knee. The Reds had kept playing a man short, expecting Votto would return quickly.

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George diagnosed with concussion after Game 2 hit (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo Sports - Top News par Anonyme le 21/05/2014 à 22:02:00 - Favoriser (lu/non lu)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 20: Paul George #24 of the Indiana Pacers reacts against the Miami Heat during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 20, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The long break between games in the Eastern Conference finals could be welcomed by Indiana, after Pacers guard Paul George was diagnosed Wednesday with a concussion that will force him to complete several NBA-mandated procedures before he can return to the matchup against the Miami Heat. And what at first might have been looked at as an awkward break - three full days off until the next game day - is probably now welcomed by the Pacers. Indiana not only needs to get George cleared but also had starters Lance Stephenson, Roy Hibbert and David West all either limping or ailing in the final minutes of the Game 2 loss on Tuesday night.

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Ex-players say teams gave pain pills 'like candy' (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo Sports - Top News par Anonyme le 21/05/2014 à 21:43:00 - Favoriser (lu/non lu)

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2011 file photo, Richard Dent poses with a bust of himself during induction ceremonies at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. A group of retired NFL players says in a lawsuit that the league illegally supplied them with risky painkillers that numbed their injuries and led to medical complications. Attorney Steven Silverman says his firm filed the lawsuit Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in federal court in San Francisco. The eight named plaintiffs include Hall of Fame defensive end Dent and quarterback Jim McMahon.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Former NFL lineman Jeremy Newberry often hobbled into the 49ers locker room on game days using a walking boot and crutches, then lined up behind as many as two dozen teammates, in his case to get a shot of the painkiller Toradol in the butt. The toughness of pro football players may be legendary, but a lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of more than 600 former players contends it was abetted by team physicians and trainers across the NFL who routinely - and often illegally - dispensed powerful narcotics and other controlled substances on game days to mask the pain. Sometimes, the lawsuit also charges, the drugs were given in combinations as ''cocktails.'' ''The stuff works,'' Newberry, who played seven of his nine seasons in San Francisco before retiring in 2009, told The Associated Press in an interview. Newberry, now 38 and one of the eight plaintiffs so far named in the lawsuit, says that because of the drugs he took while playing, he suffers from kidney failure, high blood pressure and violent headaches.

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Tattooists' help sought in Aaron Hernandez case (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo Sports - Top News par Anonyme le 21/05/2014 à 20:16:00 - Favoriser (lu/non lu)

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2013, file photo, former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez attends a pretrial court hearing in superior court in Fall River, Mass. Judge Susan Garsh rejected a request Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, by prosecutors in Hernandez's murder case for his jailhouse phone recordings, then ordered them to turn over to the defense copies of calls they acknowledged already having. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool, File)

Investigators asked for help from tattoo artists who may have inked former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, saying they could help in the prosecution of a double murder Hernandez is charged with committing in 2012. The Suffolk district attorney's office stressed that the tattoo artists are considered witnesses, not suspects, and ''may have made observations of evidentiary value.'' Hernandez is charged in three killings. Authorities have not said if there is any connection between those two slayings and the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player whose body was found in an industrial area near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough. Lloyd was dating Hernandez's fiancee's sister.

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McIlroy calls off engagement to Wozniacki (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo Sports - Top News par Anonyme le 21/05/2014 à 15:20:00 - Favoriser (lu/non lu)

FILE - In this April 10, 2013 file photo, Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hugs his caddie, tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, during the par three competition before the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. McIlroy has broken off his engagement to Wozniacki only days after sending out wedding invitations. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Only a few days after sending out wedding invitations, golfer Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement to Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday. ''It is quite a difficult time for Caroline and myself, and the statement really said it all this morning,'' McIlroy said at Wentworth. Time to move on, and I've said all that I need to say.'' The 25-year-old McIlroy and 23-year-old Wozniacki have been dating since 2011. The decision to call off the wedding came as surprise to many, especially since McIlroy had only recently spoke of his delight in meeting up with Wozniacki in London after competing in the Players Championship a couple of weeks ago.

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