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Bulls Win Behind Rose in Double OT, Lead Series 3-0

NBA via Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) — Derrick Rose scored 34 points and Jimmy Butler added 24 as the Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-106 in double overtime on Thursday night to take a 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.

Butler got the second overtime started in the right direction for Chicago, intercepting a backcourt pass from Giannis Antetokounmpo and hitting a layup. It set the tone for an 8-0 run that gave Chicago a 109-101 lead with 2:44 left to finally shake the Bucks.

Rose missed a free throw with 4 seconds left in regulation that left the game tied. However, he scored six points in the second overtime, including a layup off an offensive rebound with 2:15 left for a 10-point lead.

Antetokounmpo had 25 points and Khris Middleton added 18 for Milwaukee, which went scoreless for more than 6 minutes between the first and second overtimes.

The Bulls will go for the sweep on Saturday in Game 4 in Milwaukee. No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.

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Commissioner Approves Rose’s Participation in All-Star Game

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The most infamous man in baseball has been given the blessing by Commissioner Manfred to participate in this year’s All-Star activities in Cincinnati.

Pete Rose, baseball’s all-time hits leader, has been banned by baseball since 1989 for gambling on games. He recently applied for reinstatement to the game with new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.

Rose, 74, was a player on the Reds from 19 seasons (1963-1978, 1984-1986) and served as Cincinnati’s manager from 1984 to 1989. He won the NL Rookie of the Year, won three World Series — including being named MVP in the 1975 — with Cincinnati.

As part of the ban, Rose is not able to access areas any fan would not be allowed to attend, without the permission of the commissioner.

Fox, who will broadcast the All-Star Game, recently hired Rose to serve as a studio analyst for their baseball coverage.

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Nick Saban Unhappy With Satellite Camp Recruiting Practices

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(ALABAMA) — The Crimson Tide’s autocratic head coach is displeased with the Big Ten’s recruiting practices at satellite camps in his hotbed.

Nick Saban feels that there is a competitive advantage gained by other universities and it is “ridiculous” how other coaching staffs are invading his turf through use of a technicality to recruit high school athletes.

“If we’re all going to travel all over the country to have satellite camps, you know, how ridiculous is that?” Saban said, per Al.com. “I mean we’re not allowed to go to all-star games, but now we’re going to have satellite camps all over the country. So it doesn’t really make sense.”

Saban is forbidden from attending similar camps in Big Ten areas as the SEC prevents their members from taking advantage of a loophole that allows head coaches to appear as “guests” at football camps.

James Franklin, head coach of Penn State, was the impetus for Saban’s outrage when he and his football staff appeared at camps in Florida and Georgia. The NCAA prevents coaches from hosting such camps, but Franklin was allowed to show up because it was hosted by an outside group.

Saban previously served as head coach of the Michigan State Spartans, a member of the Big Ten, from 1995-1999.

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Tigers’ Joe Nathan Out Remainder of Season

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament and tendon, the team announced on Thursday.

Nathan suffered the injury on Wednesday after leaving a minor league game after 10 pitches.

“It feels like I broke my arm,” Nathan said Wednesday. “I never have broken my arm, but I would assume this is what it feels like.”

Nathan missed the entire 2010 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The 40-year-old is a six-time All-Star who has saved 377 games over his 15-year career.

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Barry Bonds’ Conviction Reversed

Rob Tringali/Sportschrome(NEW YORK) — Former slugger Barry Bonds has been cleared legally after a federal court of appeals overturned the career home run leader’s obstruction of justice conviction Wednesday.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a rambling answer Bonds gave before a grand jury in 2003 was not material to the government’s investigation into steroid distribution.

“Today’s news is something that I have long hoped for,” Bonds said in a statement. “I am humbled and truly thankful for the outcome as well as the opportunity our judicial system affords to all individuals to seek justice.”

The jury also found that Bonds’ guilty verdict of obstruction of justice in 2011 deadlocked on three counts of making false statements.

“The most one can say about this statement is that it was non-responsive and thereby impeded the investigation to a small degree by wasting the grand jury’s time and trying the prosecutors’ patience,” Judge Alex Kozinski wrote. “Real-life witness examinations, unlike those in movies and on television, invariably are littered with non-responsive and irrelevant answers.”

The government could ask the 11-judge panel to reconsider its reversal and prosecutors could also ask the U.S. Supreme court to review the case.

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Mets Comeback vs. Braves to Capture 10th Straight Win

Jeffrey Hamilton/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Lucas Duda hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning that sent the New York Mets to their 10th consecutive victory Wednesday night, 3-2 over the Atlanta Braves.

Wilmer Flores hit a tying homer and an RBI single for the Mets (12-3), to capture their longest winning streak since winning 10 in a row in July of 2008.

Another victory in the series finale Thursday afternoon would match the team record of 11 in a row which was last accomplished in 1990, and the Mets would also complete a perfect 10-0 record on their first homestand of the season.

Despite injuries to several key players, New York is off to its best start since the 1986 World Series champions opened 13-3.

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Mavericks Rule Out Point Guard Rajon Rondo Indefinitely

NBA via Boston Celtics(DALLAS) — The Dallas Mavericks are ruling out point guard Rajon Rondo indefinitely because of an injury he sustained Tuesday night against the Rockets, according to the team.

When asked Wednesday if he expects Rondo to be in a Mavericks uniform next season, head coach Rick Carlisle replied: “No, I don’t.”

Rondo played only 34 seconds in the second half of Dallas’ Game 2 loss, and he was benched by Carlisle after picking up two quick fouls while defending James Harden, as well as a technical. The former All-Star logged just under 10 minutes of court time for the whole game.

Rondo hurt his back about a week ago, but the point guard thought he could play through it. He did not inform the Mavericks’ trainers of the issue until after he was called for a blocking foul on Harden, which made the injury worse.

“He sustained a back injury basically at the 11-minute mark of the first quarter last night,” Carlisle said. “He attempted to take a charge on James Harden, hit the ground and from that point going forward probably should not have played any more, but he did. He wasn’t able to play his game or play as well as he can play. Today, it’s not good, so he is going to seek additional opinions. That’s where things are at with him.”

Carlisle said that Rondo is not expected to be around the team for the rest of the series as he explores additional medical opinions.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 4/22/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NHL Playoffs – First Round: Ottawa Senators 1 – Montreal Canadiens 0 (Canadiens lead series, 3-1)

New York Rangers 2 – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 OT (Rangers lead series, 3-1)

NBA Playoffs – First Round: Atlanta Hawks 96 – Brooklyn Nets 91 (Hawks lead series, 2-0)

Memphis Grizzlies 97 – Portland Trail Blazers 82 (Grizzlies lead series, 2-0)

MLB: Chicago White Sox 6 (6-8) – Cleveland Indians 0 (5-9)

St. Louis Cardinals 7 (9-4) – Washington Nationals 5 (7-8)

Toronto Blue Jays 4 (8-7) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (7-8)

Miami Marlins 6 (4-11) – Philadelphia Phillies 1 (5-10)

Tampa Bay Rays 7 (7-8) – Boston Red Sox 5 (9-6)

Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (7-8) – Chicago Cubs 3 (8-6)

New York Mets 3 (12-3) – Atlanta Braves 2 (8-6)

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NFL Suspends DE Greg Hardy for 10 Games

Thinkstock(DALLAS) — The National Football League suspended defensive end Greg Hardy for 10 games without pay on Wednesday for conduct detrimental to the league.

The suspension is the result of a two-month investigation by the NFL into Hardy’s domestic violence case, which was eventually dismissed after the victim, his former girlfriend, chose not to cooperate with authorities in North Carolina.

“The NFL’s investigation concluded that Hardy violated the Personal Conduct Policy by using physical force against Nicole Holder in at least four instances,” the league said in a statement. “First, he used physical force against her which caused her to land in a bathtub. Second, he used physical force against her which caused her to land on a futon that was covered with at least four semi-automatic rifles. Third, he used physical force against her by placing his hands around Ms. Holder’s neck and applying enough pressure to leave visible marks. And fourth, he used physical force to shove Ms. Holder against a wall in his apartment’s entry hallway.

Hardy will be eligible to return to the field in Week 12 when the Cowboys take on his former club, the Carolina Panthers, on Thanksgiving Day.

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Thunder Fire Scott Brooks

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) — The Oklahoma City Thunder fired head coach Scott Brooks on Wednesday.

Brooks led the Thunder to the 2012 NBA Finals and was 338-207 during seven seasons with the team.

“This is an extremely difficult decision on many levels. Scott helped establish the identity of the Thunder and has earned his rightful place in the history of our organization through his seven years as a valued leader and team member,” said Sam Presti, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager.

“As we all know, this past year we had unique and challenging circumstances and as I have conveyed, not many people could have accomplished what Scott and this team were able to,” he continued. “Therefore, it is very important to state that this decision is not a reflection of this past season, but rather an assessment of what we feel is necessary at this point in time in order to continually evolve, progress and sustain.”

The firing has raised some eyebrows since Brooks also led the Thunder to three trips to the Western Conference finals in 2011, 2012, and 2014.

Presti continued, “We determined that, in order to stimulate progress and put ourselves in the best position next season and as we looked to the future, a transition of this kind was necessary for the program. We move forward with confidence in our foundation and embrace the persistence and responsibility that is required to construct an elite and enduring basketball organization capable of winning an NBA championship in Oklahoma City.”
Florida head coach Billy Donovan and Connecticut’s Kevin Ollie are the front runners for the job, ESPN NBA insider Marc Stein reports.

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