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  • Football: Lockout adds more drama to NFL draft

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL draft always is a guessing game. Never has it been accompanied by so much uncertainty.
    Not just who will go first overall — the betting favorite is Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton — but who goes where and when beyond that. Will the Patriots trade down again and again, as they always seem to do? Or will the Jets trade up, as they normally do?
    This year, the selection process has the added element of players being locked out by owners, and a judge temporarily blocking the lockout earlier this week. Should the league be forced to reopen for business before or during the draft, the result could be even more chaos.

  • Golf: Woods out with knee problems

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods has a minor injury to his left knee and Achilles’ tendon that will keep him out of the Wells Fargo Championship next week, raising more questions that his health might be the biggest obstacle in his chase of Jack Nicklaus’ record.
    Woods said on his website Tuesday that he hurt himself hitting a shot during the third round of the Masters.
    It’s the fourth time he has missed a tournament because of his left knee. Woods did not say when he might return.

  • Basketball: Grizzlies take a 3-1 series lead

     Whatever Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said to his team at halftime worked very, very well.
    The eighth-seeded Grizzlies outscored San Antonio 30-15 in the third quarter, turning a 2-point halftime deficit into a 104-86 rout Monday night of the Spurs for a commanding 3-1 lead in their opening series.
    “It was an incredible performance in the third and fourth quarter,” Hollins said. “We outscored them 30-15 and from the second quarter on, our defense just kept getting better and better.”
    San Antonio led 50-48 at halftime, and Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo said Hollins lit such a fire in his team with telling them exactly what he wanted them to do that they couldn’t wait to get onto the court.

  • Football: Trickle of NFL players head back to work, sort of

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL is a long way from playing football.

    One day after a federal judge ended a 45-day lockout, small groups of players showed up at team facilities Tuesday — let inside but told they would not be allowed to work out. Most left in a matter of minutes on a strange day with more questions than answers and the judge said she will take at least another day to consider whether she should put her order on hold.

  • Judge orders end to NFL lockout, league to appeal

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered an end to the NFL lockout, giving the players an early victory in their fight with the owners over how to divide the $9 billion business.

    U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson said she was swayed by the players' argument that that the lockout, now in its second month, was causing irreparable harm to their careers.

    The plaintiffs "have made a strong showing that allowing the League to continue their 'lockout' is presently inflicting, and will continue to inflict, irreparable harm upon them, particularly when weighed against the lack of any real injury that would be imposed on the NFL by issuing the preliminary injunction," Nelson wrote.

  • Basketball: Rose, Bulls go up 3-0 in series

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Derrick Rose was beaten up and shaken up by Indiana’s trapping defense, which was intent on shutting him down at all costs.
    The Chicago Bulls guard struggled all game long and even lost his cool at times, but he still found a way to be the difference-maker.
    He scored 23 points, including the go-ahead layup with 17.8 seconds left, to help the Bulls beat the Pacers 88-84 on Thursday night and take a 3-0 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.
    Rose’s late basket was his only field goal in the second half. He made just 4 of 18 shots in the game as he was blanketed, and at times pummeled, by Indiana’s Paul George and Dahntay Jones.

  • Basketball: Billups' knee still a problem

    BOSTON (AP) — Toney Douglas played well when he replaced an injured Chauncey Billups during the regular season.
    There’s much more at stake now.
    In only his third season, Douglas said he’s prepared if, as expected, Billups, the 13-year veteran point guard, misses tonight’s Game 2 of the New York Knicks’ first-round playoff series with the Boston Celtics with a sore left knee.
    Billups is “very questionable,” coach Mike D’Antoni said Monday.
    If he is out, it will be up to Douglas to direct an offense led by Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.
    “I’m ready,” Douglas said Monday. “The hardest part is getting my body ready for that situation.”

  • Running: So much for that tough Boston Marathon course--video extra

    BOSTON (AP) — The rest of the world can debate whether Geoffrey Mutai set a record when he blistered the Boston Marathon course in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds — the fastest anyone has ever run 26.2 miles.

    From Hopkinton to Copley Square, there is no doubt.

    "We had a stunning performance and an immensely fast time here today," Tom Grilk, the head of the Boston Athletic Association, said on Monday. "We in Boston are well-pleased with what has happened, and that's good unto itself. The definitions of others, I will leave to them."

    Mutai outsprinted Moses Mosop down Boylston Street to win by 4 seconds, and the two Kenyans each beat Haile Gebrselassie's sanctioned world record of 2:03:59.

  • Baseball: Bonds’ Hall of Fame future is up in the air

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — While eight women and four men sat in the jury box preparing to judge Barry Bonds, another group that will evaluate the home run king was watching and listening in the federal courtroom, sitting on the wooden benches in the last five rows. Their votes will not be cast for 20 more months.

  • Baseball: MLB replay usage may expand

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shane Victorino charges hard from center field, chasing a sinking line drive. His glove, the ball and the grass all smack together at the same time. What’s the call?
    Next year, it well could be: Let’s look at the replay!
    Major League Baseball is leaning toward expanding replay for the 2012 season to include trapped balls and fair-or-foul rulings down the lines, a person familiar with the talks tells The Associated Press.
    Commissioner Bud Selig and a group of umpires discussed the extra video review at spring training and were in agreement, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter is still being discussed.