Len Redkoles/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Facing a 0-1 deficit in their opening round playoff series against the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers will again be without goalie Steve Mason for Game 2.

Even though he skated with the team for the second-straight day, Mason declared himself unable to suit up for Sunday’s game.

Mason suffered an upper-body injury during the team’s win over the Pittsburgh Penguins last Saturday. The team will not confirm, but Mason may have suffered a concussion.

“I’m going to make [Game 3] my goal and get as much rest in as possible to make sure that when I get back I’m 100% and ready to help the team rather than to be a liability out there,” Mason said.

Backup goalie Ray Emery will get the start for the Flyers again against the Rangers for Game 2. In Game 1, Emery allowed four goals, including three in the third period.

In his first full season with the Flyers, the 25-year-old Mason went 33-18-7 with a 2.50 GAA.

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Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the NBA Draft a couple months away, many of the top prospects this year finished just one year of college. New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has stated again that he wants to raise the age limit for incoming prospects.

In an ideal world for Sliver, the limit would be raised from 19 to 20 in order to declare for the NBA Draft. Silver now says he has the backing of the owners in order to make this a reality.

“If we’re going to be successful in raising the age limit from 19 to 20, part and parcel in those negotiations goes to the treatment of those players on college campuses and closing the gap between what their scholarships cover and their expenses,” Silver said. “We haven’t looked at specifically creating a financial incentive for them to stay in college. That’s been an option that has been raised over hte years, but that’s not something that is on the table right now.”

Silver took over for David Stern on Feb. 1 after serving as the NBA’s Commissioner for 30 years.

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Claus Andersen/Getty Images(TORONTO) — The Brooklyn Nets acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett for moments like these.

Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, Garnett stepped up defensively during crunch time, and the Nets topped the Toronto Raptors 94-87 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 24 points for Brooklyn, who took homecourt advantage from the Raptors despite making just 4 of 24 3-pointers.

Brooklyn got off to a hot start, but the Raptors kept battling back. They took a 76-75 lead on a Greivis Vasquez transition three with just over five minutes to play, but the Nets immediately responded thanks to big plays from Pierce and Garnett.

“You just get that feeling, you’ve been in those situations a number of times,” Pierce said. “I don’t get rattled in the fourth quarter, down the stretch or in playoff settings. I’ve been in pretty much every playoff setting that you can imagine. I just try to stay calm and bring my calmness to the game.”

There was a lot of trash talk between the two teams before the game. General manager Masai Ujri even joined in on the fun. He shouted “F— Brooklyn!” at a fan rally outside Air Canada Centre prior to the game and it was caught on video by a fan. He apologized at halftime with the Nets leading 50-46.

“Wrong choice of words out there,” he said. “It is really not about me. It is about the players and the playoffs.

“Just trying to get the crowd out there rattled — wrong choice of words. I apologize to kids out there and to the Brooklyn guys. Nothing against them. Just trying to get our fans going. That’s it.”

Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 22 points in the loss, while center Jonas Valanciunas chipped in 17 points and 18 rebounds.

Game 2 will be played on Tuesday night in Toronto.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — Police in Ohio say they have found materials to create a meth lab at a million-dollar lakefront home near Cleveland.

According to the Loraine County Sheriff’s department, they found materials and equipment used to produce methamphetamine at Madhu Dutta’s home located in Sheffield Lake, Ohio.

Members of the Loraine County Drug Task Force arrested Madhu Dutta, 52, at the scene. They said they also found three handguns and 11 shotguns at the home. The guns were being checked by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to see if they are legal, police said.

Dutta allegedly had compiled equipment and materials to make a more complex meth lab called a thionyl/chloride method lab, the first known lab of its kind in the state, according to police.

Dennis Cavanaugh, chief deputy of the Loraine County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, said that they initially had reports about Dutta in August 2013. After launching an investigation, investigators issued a search warrant on Wednesday to search the premises. During the search they found chemicals and equipment that would be used to produce meth, he said.

Cavanaugh said Dutta’s home was on lakefront property in an affluent area and according to property records Dutta bought his home for $1,125,000 last year.

Neighbors speaking to ABC News affiliate WEWS-TV in northeast Ohio said they were shocked by the arrest.

“It’s very unexpected,” one unidentified neighbor told WEWS-TV. “You don’t expect that at all.”

“Around the lake the properties are expensive,” Cavanaugh said. “I don’t care where you are in this county or the state, you never know when anything like this is going to happen.”

Dutta is facing two counts of illegal processing and assembling chemicals and one count of permitting drug abuse. He is due in court on April 24 and his bond was set at $100,000.

Dutta issued a plea of not guilty during an arraignment hearing, according to court records.

It is not clear whether he has obtained a lawyer.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — A woman buying a lottery ticket at a Chicago convenience store came within inches of being crushed by a pickup truck that crashed into the store.

The Ford pickup hit two other cars in the intersection Friday before crashing through the front of the Farmers Food Basket, pinning the woman — who was buying lottery tickets from a machine — up against the wall, ABC station WLS-TV in Chicago reported.

She escaped with minor injuries.

The woman had been standing where the pickup truck landed just a second before, witnesses said.

The woman wasn’t the only one Lady Luck smiled on. The store manager also would have been right in the truck’s path, but but he stepped away from his normal position a few minutes earlier to help a customer.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BURLINGTON, Vt.) — A veteran stunt pilot is thankful to be alive after surviving a fiery plane crash by parachuting out of the aircraft just before it crashed onto an interstate near Burlington, Vermont.

Dan Marcotte, an airplane mechanic who has also worked as a stunt pilot for 10 years, was flying the single-engine plane when “something catastrophically broke and interfered with the controls.”

“I’m fortunate and my family is fortunate that I’m here,” he said.

Marcotte said that at some point a loud explosion ripped through the plane and debris pulled the canopy off it.

Although Marcotte was able to escape with minor injuries, he needed help from rescuers after he became stuck in trees about a mile from the wreckage.

“[I] wasn’t hurt a bit, may have a couple of bruises on my shins,” said Marcotte. “Most of us in the industry do expect things like this would happen so we prepare for it.”

On Marcotte’s Facebook page for Dan Marcotte Airshows, a post updated fans on his condition.

“As you can see from pictures Dan spent some time hanging out in a tree (which was a welcomed place to ‘land’ after missing a grid of power lines in the immediate area,” read the post. “Practice High, Know your Egress Routine, Fly Safe, and NEVER GIVE UP!”

In spite of the fiery crash on the interstate no drivers were hurt, said Vermont State Police.

Marcotte said the crash won’t deter him from getting back into a cockpit.

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Universal Images Group via Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) — A remembrance ceremony was held Saturday morning in honor of the 19th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

The deadly bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City killed 168 people and injured nearly 700.

Governor Mary Fallin, who was lieutenant governor at the time of the bombing, offered an upbeat message at Saturday’s memorial.

“It was an attack that could have easily crippled our city. It could have easily crippled our state. It could have left our people hopeless but it did not,” Fallin said. “We worked together. We comforted each other. We rebuilt and today we are a more prosperous city and a stronger state.”

Mayor Mick Cornett also spoke at the ceremony, during which he talked about the site’s great significance.

“Geographically it is in the center of country, the center of the state, the center of the city but I would maintain this is the heart of our country,” Cornett said, “As I travel I continually meet people who have visited our memorial and they want to tell me how much their lives were changed just by a simple visit to this place.”

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Courtesty @MATTOCNJ(SEA ISLE CITY, N.J.) — A 7-alarm fire Friday destroyed at least three oceanfront homes in a Jersey Shore town still recovering from Super Storm Sandy.

Large clouds of black smoke could be seen for miles before the fire in Sea Isle City was brought under control.

Firefighters say the blaze was likely fueled by high winds.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains unknown.

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Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak wants All-Star Kobe Bryant to know that the team will do everything they can this offseason to turn around the franchise come next season.

The Lakers are coming off one of their worst records in franchise history and Kupchak believes that Bryant and the team will get back to their winning ways.

Bryant and his wife are in Paris this week vacationing, but Kupchak sent a message to him on Friday during his 45-minute end of the season press conference.

“I’ve already used the word patience I think once or twice, so if [Bryant] is in Europe watching this, I’m sure he’s saying, ‘Why is Mitch using the word patience?’” Kupchak said. “He’s not the most patient person in the world. And that’s never going to change.

“Because of that, we’ve been to the Finals a bunch of times and we’ve won five championships. So, it’s hard to criticize him,” Kupchak continued.

The Lakers will have a lottery pick for the first time since the 2005 season and salary cap space to add free agents.

“We want the same thing. We both want to win as much and as soon as possible. But it takes an organization a long time to get in the position that we’re in where we have options financially going forward for the next year or two or three,” Kupchak said. “We just have to make wise decisions using that space. If you don’t make a wise decision, then you can set yourself back 6-7 years, and we don’t want to do that.”

The Lakers have agreed to a multi-year deal with Kupchak earlier this month.

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FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles police say they have a man in custody after reports of a shooting threat at the downtown Los Angeles Times building Friday night.

A man who worked for a business which rents space in the building reportedly threatened another worker.

Lonnie Benson with the Los Angeles Police said, “We did find the– the employee, who allegedly threatened another employee, and we took him into custody without incident. He did not have a gun on him.”

Police say the man they took into custody is in his 20′s.

Police inside kept sweeping but found no threat.

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