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Paul Shrugs Off Injury, Propels Clippers Into Western Conference Semis

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Chris Paul wasn’t going to let a bum hamstring stop him from being on the court in Game 7 of the Los Angeles Clippers’ first round playoff series versus the San Antonio Spurs.

Paul, who left the game at the end of the first quarter to tend to a left hamstring strain, returned in the second quarter. He played the rest of the way, scoring a team-high 27 points including what proved to be the game winning shot with a second remaining as the Clippers top the Spurs 111-109 Saturday to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.

The Spurs once again fail to repeat as NBA champions, but they put up a good fight. In a game that featured 31 lead changes, their old horse, Tim Duncan, was fouled with a little over eight seconds remaining. He knocked down two free throws to tie the game at 109.

On the following play, Paul drove Danny Green into the paint, pulled up, and knocked down a five-foot jumper to take the lead. The Spurs had one last crack at tying the game, but Boris Diaw’s inbounds pass that was meant for Kawhi Leonard, who was driving to the hoop, was swatted away by Matt Barnes as the clock struck zero.

Duncan finished the game with 27 points and 11 rebounds.

The No. 3 seed Clippers advance to the second round where they will take on the No. 2 seed Houston Rockets.

Game 1 is Monday at 9:30 p.m. ET in Houston.

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Yankees Say They Won’t Pay A-Rod Bonus for Hitting HR 660

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(BOSTON) — The New York Yankees have no intention of paying designated hitter Alex Rodriguez a $6 million bonus for tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time home runs list.

According to multiple reports, Rodriguez was supposed to receive $6 million for reaching each of the following home run milestones: 660 (Willie Mays), 714 (Babe Ruth), 755 (Hank Aaron), 762 (Barry Bonds), and 763, which would make him the all-time home run champ.

“We have the right but not the obligation to do something, and that’s it,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Saturday. “We’re going to follow the contract as we follow all contracts, so there is no dispute, from our perspective.”

That contract, according to the Yankees, states that Rodriguez would not earn the bonuses if the team could not market the achievement. The Yankees believe this can’t be done because of Rodriguez’s troubled past with his admitted usage of illegal PEDs.

Rodriguez has refrained from commenting on the issue publicly.

The 39-year-old has 14 days from the time the Yankees refuse to pay the bonus to file an appeal, according to baseball’s collective bargaining agreement.

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Red Sox Call Up Top Prospect Blake Swihart

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(BOSTON) — The Boston Red Sox called up top prospect, catcher Blake Swihart.

The 23-year-old Swihart comes up to replace catcher Ryan Hanigan who underwent surgery Saturday on the knuckle of his right pinkie finger.

Swihart started and hit ninth in the Red Sox 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees Saturday. The youngster went 1-for-3 with an infield single, a walk, and a run scored.

“I was definitely nervous, but I had to turn it into focus,” Swihart said. “I had a big job to do.”

Swihart, who the Red Sox selected with the 26th overall pick of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft, played in 18 games for Triple-A Pawtucket before the promotion. During that time, he hit .338 with no home runs, 11 RBIs, one stolen base, and a .392 on-base percentage.

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American Pharoah Wins the 2015 Kentucky Derby

Rob Carr/Getty Images(KENTUCKY) — Eighteen horses ran for the roses and in a neck-and-neck finish American Pharoah came away with the victory in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

“He’s been special since the day I rode him,” said jockey Victor Espinoza, who won his third Derby and second consecutive.

Firing Line placed and Dortmund took the show.

It was the fourth victory for trainer Bob Baffert who also was also the trainer for Dortmund and Espinoza’s second consecutive Derby victory.

The time was 2:03.02 for the 1 1/4 miles.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/2/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK)– MLB: New York Yankees 4 (15-9) – Boston Red Sox 2 (12-12)

Minnesota Twins 5 (12-12)- Chicago White Sox 3 (8-13)

Milwaukee Brewers 6 (6-18) – Chicago Cubs 1 (13-9)

St. Louis Cardinals 2 (17-6) – Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (12-12) (F/11)

NHL: New York Rangers 3 – Washington Capitals 2 (Series Tied 1-1)

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Jets Trade Up in Draft to Add Bryce Petty

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) — The New York Jets made a quarterback controversy even more interesting when the team traded up in the fourth round to draft Bryce Petty of Baylor.

“That was the longest 48 hours I’ve ever had in my life,” Petty told reporters after being drafted.

Petty said falling to the fourth round didn’t bother him.

“No, not at all,” he said. “That’s part of it, when people question you. My job is to prove to the 31 other teams what they’re missing out on.”

Petty will be added to a depth chart that includes Geno Smith and veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was acquired in a trade with the Houston Texans.

The Jets haven’t named a starter, saying Smith and Fitzpatrick will compete in training camp. Coach Todd Bowles said Smith will go into training camp as the No. 1 quarterback, but he also said that it could change.

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Nets’ Hollins: Deron Williams Not a Franchise Player Anymore

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A day after the Atlanta Hawks eliminated the Brooklyn Nets from the playoffs, Brooklyn Head Coach Lionel Hollins had some strong words for his point guard, stating that Deron Williams is no longer a franchise player.

“He’s not a franchise player anymore,” Hollins said on Saturday. “He’s a good player, he’s a solid player, but I don’t think he’s a franchise player anymore. That’s just my opinion. He’s a good player. I’m proud of the way he’s bounced back and played, and there’s so much pressure on him to be a franchise player, and everybody talks about a franchise player, but we need to have a franchise team.”

In 2010, general managers across the league voted Deron Williams as the best point guard in the NBA.

Williams did not address the media on Saturday. He is owed $21 million next season and $22.3 million in 2016-17, assuming he does not opt out of the final year of his contract.

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DeVante Parker’s Mother Happy Her Son Not Drafted by the Browns

Johnathan Daniel/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — While former Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker is happy to be an NFL player, his mother is especially happy he wasn’t drafted by the Cleveland Browns.

Parker was selected 14th overall by the Miami Dophins. The Browns had the 12th and 19th overall selections in the first round.

“We didn’t want him going to Cleveland,” Raneca Parker told the Miami Herald on Friday. “They don’t have a team, really, or a quarterback. I knew I didn’t want the Cleveland Browns.

“I know the teams he could go to and the teams he couldn’t go to,” Raneca Parker added. “We were happy with the Miami Dolphins. He was very ecstatic. We’re happy, we love the weather.”

During his senior season at Louisville, Parker caught 43 passes for 855 yards and five touchdowns.

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A-Rod Hits Home Run Number 660, Now Tied with Willie Mays

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Like it or not, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez made history on Friday night when he hit his 660th career home run, tying him with Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list.

“I hit that one good,” Rodriguez said. “Anytime you’re sandwiched between Willie Mays and Babe Ruth, it’s special. This whole thing has been kinda like a dream.”

Rodriguez accomplished the feat against the Boston Red Sox, and broke a 2-all tie in the eigth inning.

Amazingly enough, it was the first pinch hit home run of Rodriguez’ career.

Congratulations to Alex Rodriguez on his 660th home run,” Mays said in a statement. “Milestones in baseball are meant to be broken and I wish him continued success throughout his career.”

What makes the acoomplishment even more interesting is that the Yankees are reward Rodriguez with a $6 million bonus, which they are objecting to paying because the home run is tainted.

Rodriguez has used performance enhancing drugs multiple times during his career, and was suspended for the entire 2014 season for his role in the Biogenesis scandal.

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Draft Prospect La’el Collins Will Sit Out Until 2016 If Not Drafted Friday

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(CHICAGO) — Draft prospect La’el Collins has stated he will sit out the 2015 season and not sign a contract with a pro team if he is not selected in the second or third round of Friday’s NFL draft. The announcement was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport.

Collins, who played at LSU and is considered a first round talent, has been taken off the draft board of many teams after the investigation surrounding the alleged murder of a pregnant woman with whom he is believed to have had a relationship. Collins will be brought in for questioning Monday, but is not considered a suspect.

After the police investigation was announced and teams began to take Collins name off of their draft board, his agent attempted to have Collins removed from the draft and entered into the supplemental draft. The NFL rejected the request.

Last year with LSU Collins was a first-team All-SEC selection and second team All-American.

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