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Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson Ready for New Contract

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(PHOENIX) — Fresh off Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman getting a his record-setting contract, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson is ready to cash in.

The Cardinals and Peterson are in the midst of extension talks for the All-Pro cornerback’s rookie contract. Sherman recently agreed to a four-year deal worth $57 million, and Peterson thinks he’s in the same class.

“I’m making OK money right now, but I’m just not making his money right now,” Peterson said.

The 23-year-old Peterson is set to make $2.88 million in 2014, and $10 million in 2015.

“I think cornerbacks are definitely worth the dollars that they get because now this league is a passing league,” he added. “You need that shutdown corner to lock down one side of the field, or like myself, go out there the entire field.”

This past season, Peterson made 42 tackles and intercepted three passes.

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LeBron James Scores 49 to Lead Heat Past Nets

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — LeBron James tied his playoff career-high with 49 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 102-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets Monday, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal.

The Heat now lead the series 3-1.

James finished the game 16-of-24 from the field.

“My only thing with him, he was going so well in the third quarter we didn’t want him to die out in the fourth,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said of his teammate, James. “But that guy has an engine that’s second to none so he just continued it going.”

Wade had 15 points in the win.

The Nets tied the game at 94 with 2:30 to play when Kevin Garnett hit two free throws. The game stayed tied until Chris Bosh hit a 3-pointer with 57 seconds remaining to give the Heat the lead for good.

“This is very difficult to swallow,” Nets center Garnett said of the loss. “Hard to take, but it’s what it is. Coulda, shoulda, woulda doesn’t help us at this point.”

Now the Nets are one game away from being ousted from the playoffs. Game 5 is Wednesday in Miami. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern.

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Smith-Pelly Scores Twice to Lead Ducks to Victory, Take 3-2 Series Lead

Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — Devante Smith-Pelly scored two goals to help lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings Monday, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinal.

Anaheim has now won three in a row and has a 3-2 series lead.

The game was tied at a goal apiece early in the second period when the 21-year-old Smith-Pelly scored two times in less than two minutes.

“We’re just having a lot of fun,” Smith-Pelly said. “This is what you dream about, playing in the playoffs.”

The Ducks would add one more to take a 4-1 lead, but Kings winger Marian Gaborik scored two goals to whittle Anaheim’s lead to one with 5:48 remaining. Ducks rookie goaltender John Gibson refused to let the Kings score from there finishing the night with 39 saves.

“We were talking about how we have to get to Gibson, and if we do, things are happening,” Gaborik said. “If we get shots through and try to go to the net, rebounds are there, and we got some chances. We have to keep doing that and we have to clean a lot of stuff up. We’re coming home. We’re confident we can win and come back here.”

That chance will come Wednesday night. The puck is set to drop in Los Angeles at 9:30 p.m. Eastern.

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Smith-Pelly Scores Twice to Lead Ducks to Victory, Take 3-2 Series Lead

Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — Devante Smith-Pelly scored two goals to help lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings Monday, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinal.

Anaheim has now won three in a row and has a 3-2 series lead.

The game was tied at a goal apiece early in the second period when the 21-year-old Smith-Pelly scored two times in less than two minutes.

“We’re just having a lot of fun,” Smith-Pelly said. “This is what you dream about, playing in the playoffs.”

The Ducks would add one more to take a 4-1 lead, but Kings winger Marian Gaborik scored two goals to whittle Anaheim’s lead to one with 5:48 remaining. Ducks rookie goaltender John Gibson refused to let the Kings score from there finishing the night with 39 saves.

“We were talking about how we have to get to Gibson, and if we do, things are happening,” Gaborik said. “If we get shots through and try to go to the net, rebounds are there, and we got some chances. We have to keep doing that and we have to clean a lot of stuff up. We’re coming home. We’re confident we can win and come back here.”

That chance will come Wednesday night. The puck is set to drop in Los Angeles at 9:30 p.m. Eastern.

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Canadiens Blow Out Bruins to Force Deciding Game 7

Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images(MONTREAL) — The Montreal Canadiens blew out the Boston Bruins 4-0 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference seminfinal Monday, to force a decisive Game 7 in Boston on Wednesday night.

Carey Price made 26 saves and Max Pacioretty scored only his second goal of the playoffs in the win.

“I was just waiting for my time to pitch in offensively,” Pacioretty said. “Obviously you wanted it to happen more often in the playoffs, but it’s two do-or-die games where I’ve scored a goal so I feel confident that I’m helping the team.

“You want to feel you’re helping the team win and I think I did that tonight,” he continued.

Although Boston didn’t score it had its fair share of chances to do so.

“We had more lines going than we’ve had this whole series,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said. “We spent a lot of time in the offensive zone, but if you hit posts and miss open nets. …You’ve got to bury those chances. Tonight they came back to haunt us.”

That means for the ninth time in their playoff histories, the Bruins and Canadiens will play in a do-or-die Game 7.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/12/14

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinals: Miami Heat 102 – Brooklyn Nets 96 (Heat lead series, 3-1)

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Second Round: Montreal Canadiens 4 – Boston Bruins 0 (Series tied 3-3)

MLB: Detroit Tigers 4 (22-12) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (20-16)

New York Mets 9 (18-19) – New York Yankees 7 (19-18)

Toronto Blue Jays 7 (19-20) – Los Angeles Angels 3 (19-18)

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Dick Parsons Takes Over as Clippers Interim CEO

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — New Clippers interim CEO Dick Parsons arrived in Los Angeles on Monday to meet with the organization.

The former chairman of Citigroup and Time Warner was named to the leadership position last week by the NBA, following owner Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban for making racist comments in a tape recording.

“There’s huge danger and pitfalls in front of us,” Parsons said at a news conference. “But there is tremendous opportunity for this franchise. The exciting part to me is going to be to help realize some of that.”

The league owners are expected to vote soon on whether to force Sterling to sell the team. A three-fourths vote is needed to take action.

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Cavaliers Fire Head Coach Mike Brown

NBA/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After just one season back in Cleveland, the Cavaliers have fired head coach Mike Brown. The team made the announcement Monday afternoon.

“Mike worked hard over this last season to move our team in the right direction,” Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said in a statement. “Although, there was some progress from our finish over the few prior seasons, we believe we need to head in a different direction. We wish Mike and his family nothing but the best.”

This is not Brown’s first tenure with the Cavaliers. He coached the team for five seasons from 2005-2010 when the team had Lebron James. He was let go by the team following the 2009-2010 season.

The team also announced Monday that David Griffin has been promoted as the team’s full-time general manager.

This past season, the Cavaliers went 33-49, which was ninth-worst in the NBA.

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Dolphins Punish Don Jones for Negative Tweets About Michael Sam

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(MIAMI) — While many are welcoming newly drafted St. Louis Ram Michael Sam into the NFL, Miami Dolphins cornerback Don Jones is being punished by the team for his negative tweets following Sam getting drafted.

After Sam was drafted, Jones tweeted “OMG” and “horrible.” He later deleted the tweets.

Sam, who is the NFL’s first openly gay player, was drafted by the Rams in the seventh round.

For his actions, the team has fined Jones an undisclosed amount of money and have excused him from the team until he finishes educational training.

Jones later apologized for his comments.

“I want to apologize to Michael Sam for the inappropriate comments that I made last night on social media,” Jones said. “I take full responsibility for them and I regret that these tweets took away from his draft moment.”

“I remember last year when I was drafted in the seventh round and all the emotions and happiness I felt when I received the call that gave me an opportunity to play for an NFL team that I wish him all the best in his NFL career,” he continued.

Jones is entering his second season with the Dolphins, and made 10 tackles last season during his rookie year.

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Dolphins Punish Don Jones for Negative Tweets About Michael Sam

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(MIAMI) — While many are welcoming newly drafted St. Louis Ram Michael Sam into the NFL, Miami Dolphins cornerback Don Jones is being punished by the team for his negative tweets following Sam getting drafted.

After Sam was drafted, Jones tweeted “OMG” and “horrible.” He later deleted the tweets.

Sam, who is the NFL’s first openly gay player, was drafted by the Rams in the seventh round.

For his actions, the team has fined Jones an undisclosed amount of money and have excused him from the team until he finishes educational training.

Jones later apologized for his comments.

“I want to apologize to Michael Sam for the inappropriate comments that I made last night on social media,” Jones said. “I take full responsibility for them and I regret that these tweets took away from his draft moment.”

“I remember last year when I was drafted in the seventh round and all the emotions and happiness I felt when I received the call that gave me an opportunity to play for an NFL team that I wish him all the best in his NFL career,” he continued.

Jones is entering his second season with the Dolphins, and made 10 tackles last season during his rookie year.

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