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Blackhawks Edge Predators, 4-3 to Win First Round of NHL Playoffs

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The Blackhawks are moving on in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith scored the winning goal late in the third period as Chicago defeated the Nashville Predators on Saturday Night, 4-3 to win their first-round series in six games.

Nashville jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the opening period with a pair of goals from forward James Neal. They would increase their lead to 3-1, 11:16 into the first period on center Matt Cullen’s goal.

Chicago would roar back with goals from center Jonathan Toews and forward Patrick Kane to even the score at 3-3 entering the second period.

Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne stopped 28-of-32 goals attempted while Corey Crawford and Scott Darling were a combined 22-of-25 for Chicago.

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Demonstrators Take to Baltimore Streets in Protest of Freddie Grey Death

ABC News(BALTIMORE) — Demonstrators took to the streets of Baltimore on Saturday afternoon to protest the death of Freddie Grey while in police custody.

The crowd, which numbered in the hundreds, marched to Baltimore City Hall from the area where Grey was arrested in West Baltimore, stopping at iconic locations such as outside of Camden Yards and along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

In anticipation of the march, police set up barricades and blocked off streets around City Hall to allow protesters to let them gain access on foot.

“We have extensive law enforcement resources to assist; some will be seen, some will not,” said Baltimore Police Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere.

On Friday, police released a new video of Grey’s arrest, showing the 25-year-old screaming and unable to walk as officers dragged him into a transport van.

Protesters such as Ted Sutton are upset that the 6 officers involved in the incident haven’t been charged, and are instead suspended with pay.

“I know if this situation isn’t resolved, it’s going to be unrest,” said Sutton.

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Carlisle Fined 25K for Criticizing Officials

Dallas Mavericks/NBA(NEW YORK) — Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle was fined $25,000 by the NBA Saturday for his criticizing of officials after his team’s Game 3 playoff loss to the Houston Rockets Friday.

“I have strong feelings about how I feel about my team, and I’m going to fight for my team,” Carlisle said Saturday. “That’s just the way it’s going to be. I’m a lot like my owner. I’m going to fight for my guys. I understand the fine. I accept it, and I think they’ll put the money to very good use.”

At his Game 3 postgame press conference Carlisle complained about some of the physical play on the court. He then talked specifically talked about a play that occurred at the beginning of the fourth quarter that involved Rockets center Dwight Howard.

“We’re scrambling like hell defensively and Devin Harris is going to get the ball, and Dwight Howard throws him into our bench,” Carlisle said. “He takes the ball, skips it over the top and (Trevor) Ariza gets a wide-open 3. So instead of us getting the ball and a foul on Howard, it turns into essentially a five- six-point swing.

“That stuff’s got to stop. The officials got to get that stuff under control, because there’s too much physical stuff going on. Howard is throwing people all over the place, and that can’t happen in Game 4.”

The Rockets lead the best-of-seven series 3-0. Game 4 is Sunday night in Dallas.

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Nets Catch Hawks, Cut Series Deficit to 2-1

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After losing six times to the Atlanta Hawks this season the Brooklyn Nets finally won a game.

Brook Lopez had 23 points and 13 boards to lead the Nets to a 91-83 victory over the Hawks Saturday, in Game 3 of their first round playoff series.

Brooklyn, which lost all four games it played against Atlanta in the regular season, trailed by four with 2:39 remaining in third quarter before going on an 18-0 run. The Nets never trailed from there as they win to cut the best-of-seven series deficit to 2-1.

“I think they’re a confident group, just like we are. It’s the playoffs,” Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I think they’ve played well really for stretches from the beginning and it’s going to be a series.”

After scoring only two points in Game 2, Thaddeus Young bounced back with 18 points and 11 boards in the win.

“No matter what or how I felt about Game 2, I knew I had to come back and bounce back in Game 3 for us to get a win,” Young said.

DeMarre Carroll scored a playoff career-high 22 points in the loss.

The eighth-seeded Nets will try to even the series in Brooklyn on Monday.

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US Offers Help in Wake of Nepal Earthquake

Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Government is offering help to Nepal after Saturday’s massive 7.8 earthquake.

The U.S. is sending disaster response teams to Nepal to help in the search for survivors.

A team from USAID will determine how much long term help the United States can provide, including a specialized search and rescue team from Virginia to help search for survivors.

The U.S. is providing an initial $1 million to help with quake relief, with more aid expected in coming days.

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Fisherman Rescued Last Year Again Missing at Sea

U.S. Navy(LANAI, Hawaii) — A fisherman who was rescued last year after spending 12 days missing at sea vanished again when his fishing boat capsized off Hawaii.

The Coast Guard began searching for Ron Ingraham early Friday, hours after his fishing vessel ran aground near Lanai, Hawaii. The Coast Guard found his boat, named “Munchkin,” and Kenny Corder, who was also aboard, a few hours later.

Ingraham, 67, was not wearing a life jacket when the boat crashed into some rocks off the island, Corder told the Coast Guard. Corder was taken to a hospital in Maui and was reportedly in good condition.

Ingraham went missing Nov. 27 after placing two mayday calls saying his boat was in danger of sinking. He was found on Dec. 9.

“I thought I was going to die,” Ingraham told Coast Guard sailors after they found him. “You guys are heroes.”

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Raiders Preparing for NFL Draft

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) — The Oakland Raiders are hopeful headed into Thursday’s NFL Draft.

New head coach Jack Del Rio and general manager Reggie McKenzie wouldn’t give away who they are targeting on Thursday, but said they’re doing everything they can to improve the roster.

“We always hope that you get some productive players,” McKenzie said. “We were excited and happy that they were productive. We’re just trying to get it right. We want to get the player that we feel can best help our team and that’s what we’re going to do. Whether there’s pressure or not, I want to hit on my seventh-round pick, too.”

Del Rio comes over from the Broncos after spending the last three seasons as the defensive coordinator.

“The measurables are one piece, the college film is one piece. Live exposure, watching them interact with their teammates, is one piece. Background checks are another piece,” said Del Rio, who was the 68th pick in the third round of the 1985 draft. “There’s so many different factors. Their health is obviously a big piece. That’s one of the main reasons you have the combine, to collect the medical data on some of these prospects. Play history is obviously a big part of it, what guys have done. Productive guys tend to remain productive guys.”

The Raiders have failed to make the playoffs since their Super Bowl appearance in the 2002 season.

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At Least 1,400 Believed Dead After Massive Earthquake Strikes Nepal

Abigail Hunter(KATHMANDU, Nepal) — A massive earthquake near the capital of Nepal killed at least 1,457 people on Saturday as it collapsed temples and triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest.

The magnitude-7.8 quake hit about 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu just before noon local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The death toll, estimated by the Nepalese Army, was expected to rise, said officials.

Another 1,055 were injured, said the country’s finance minister, Ram Sharan Mahat.

Abigail Hunter, an American traveling in Baktapur, saw people pulling others out of buildings and using motorbikes and small trucks as makeshift ambulances. The earthquake reduced many of the temples inside the city about 30 minutes away from the capital to rubble, she said, adding that she saw “lots of people praying to the actual temples” as aftershocks hit the city.

“The streets are littered with bricks, debris, loads of dust,” said Hunter, the sister of an ABC News employee. “[It] was hard to see during the earthquake with all the dust.”

A magnitude-6.6 aftershock hit about an hour after the initial earthquake and smaller aftershocks followed in the region for hours.

Hunter said she watched as families ran to their homes to see if anyone was still inside.

“Everyone was very scared,” she said. “Lots of crying, families trying to find each other.”

Ayal Weiner-Kaplow, another American visiting Baktapur, said water wasn’t flowing in the city and most of the remaining food was dried junk food and crackers. He wandered around in search for something to eat until he came upon a restaurant.

“A restaurant owner filled us up – all of our bottles – and gave us potatoes, bread, and chicken, refused payment adamantly,” he said. “I was actually moved to tears.”

Weiner-Kaplow said most Nepalis slept outside, believing their homes were unsafe if another earthquake struck.

The quake also killed 34 in India, six in Tibet, two in Bangladesh, and two on the Nepal-China border.

The quake also triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest that killed at least ten climbers and guides and injured many more.

David Arvan, who was set to climb Mt. Everest, said he immediately recognized the earthquake after living in California.

“We sought shelter under a concave boulder until it subsided,” he told ABC News by email. “Some people were crying in fear during all the rumbling.”

Azim Afif, a climber from Malaysia, was at a base camp when the quake hit and everything in his tent starting shaking.

“We go out and we see a big snowstorm coming to us,” he said, adding that he saw “white, nothing else than white.”

“We are very lucky to survive,” Afif said.

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Adam Silver Open to Fixing Hack-a-Shaq Strategy

NBATV/ABC News(DALLAS) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is open to changing the rules about the Hack-a-Shaq strategy that was used this season and in the playoffs primarily on Clippers forward DeAndre Jordan.

Silver spoke with about possibly making new rules to avoid team’s going that rout throughout a game and could start discussing a solution this summer.

“It’s something that I’m on the fence about,” Silver told on Friday. “My thought used to be that we should definitely change the rule, and then having sat through several general managers meetings, competition meetings and having heard from some of the game’s very best, the view is the players should hit their free throws. That’s changed my view a little bit.”

“Having said that, when I watch some of these games on television, frankly, it’s not great entertainment for our fans, and that’s important as well,” Silver continued. “What I’ve said is we have another general managers meeting coming up in May, we have a competition committee meeting in June, and I’m sure it’s going to be a hot topic of discussion. Then, we have an owners meeting in July, so I think at all three of those meetings we’re going to be having full-throated conversations about what the right rules should be going forward.”

Shaquille O’Neal was famously fouled on purpose because of his poor free-throw shooting throughout his career and other teams have tried the same thing to opposing poor free-throw percentage players.

“We’re very conservative when it comes to changing the rules of the game,” Silver said. “That’s why changing the rules of the game requires more than the majority of the owners; it requires a super majority. So we’ve got to be very careful, but it is something that we’re looking at closely.”

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Worst Mayweather-Pacquiao Seats Will Still Cost $5,000

Tiql(LAS VEGAS) — Tickets for the Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match, called the “fight of the century,” have creeped up on Super Bowl prices, but what you’ll pay for the worst seat in the house might surprise you.

Floyd “Money” Mayweather will face eight-division world champion Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao May 2, 3 p.m. ET, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a battle that has been in the works but stalled for the past several years.

Tickets finally went on sale to the public Thursday, after the two fighters’ camps settled contract details and how tickets would be allotted. Tickets sold out in less than one minute, according to TiqIQ, an event ticket search engine.

Though the starting retail price was $1,500, there were only 500 tickets sold to the general public for boxing’s richest fight ever, though the arena holds about 16,000 people.

Forty percent of the remaining tickets went to the MGM Grand and 25 percent to each of the fighters’ camps.

So, unless you know Mayweather and Pacquiao, the only way to get in now is through the resale market. Even the fighters have said they were inundated with requests from their circles when the match was announced in February.

The average ticket price sold so far on StubHub is $6,362, with a range of $5,000 to $12,000. The lowest-priced ticket sold so far on StubHub is around $4,500, the company told ABC news. Those are for seats in the Upper 202 section, a corner area that’s arguably among the worst.

The average ticket price for this year’s Super Bowl was $10,466.11, according to TiqIQ.

“The best way to describe these seats are like sitting in the last row for any basketball court but all the action happening at center court,” said Chris Matcovich, vice president of data and communications of TiqIQ.

Matcovich said even the worst seats in the house are on sale for $5,000 on TiqIQ’s website. There are 14 seats in section 205, row Q, that are the second to last row in that section. Their list price: $4,575. And ticket prices are likely to remain high leading up to the fight, given the few available on the resale market, according to Matcovich.

“I would imagine they aren’t that terrible, honestly,” StubHub spokesman Cameron Papp said about the cheapest tickets. “This is a small arena so I doubt there are many bad seats in the house. That’s what we’re seeing as far as sales on StubHub. Most of the tickets being bought are for the cheapest available – people just want to get in to this historic event.”

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