Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Stephen Curry scored 34 to help the Golden State Warriors ground the New Orleans Pelicans 106-99, in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday.

The top seeded Warriors led by 25 late in the third quarter, but the Pelicans stormed back, cutting the deficit to four with nine seconds remaining before Golden State iced the game at the free throw line.

“It’s good for us to have to deal with the feeling in the building (Oracle Arena), especially as a favorite, when a team starts to come back,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. “You have to feel that. That’s all part of it.”

Anthony Davis had 35 points, seven rebounds, and four blocks in what was the first playoff game of his career.

“I think the whole team was nervous,” Davis said. “This is our first time as a unit in the playoffs, and our pace was good. We were moving fast, but our minds were moving fast as well.”

Pelicans point guard Tyreke Evans left the game in the first half with a knee injury. Evans is set to have an MRI, and his status for the rest of the series is not known.

Klay Thompson scored 21 points and Draymond Green added 15 along with 12 boards, seven assists, three steals, and two blocks in the win.

The two teams will take to the court again Monday, in Oakland. Game 2 is set to tip-off at 10:30 p.m. ET.

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(NEW YORK) — Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan is taking aim at his former team, in particular second year tight end Jace Amaro.

This is the second time Ryan has had harsh words towards Amaro in an interview with Kim Jones on WFAN in New York.

The kid’s got some talent,” Ryan told WFAN on Saturday. “I’m just going to leave it at that. I just know one thing: He totally misspoke, and talk about accountable—he’s going to be accountable when he go to play him. He’s going to be accountable for his comments.

“It’s not the truth. That kid’s a little… he’s going to get… we’ll see what happens.”

The comment that initially caught the attention of Ryan’s ire was:

“He’s not really playing around with everyone being late,” Amaro said of Bowles. “We had an issue with that last year. Guys just weren’t accountable last year as much as they could be. I think that’s the biggest thing. [Bowles is] making sure everyone’s gonna be 100 percent in or he’s not going to be on the team.”

Amaro was not the only member of the Jets to intimate similar comments. During last season linebacker Demario Davis at one point remarked, “I don’t see a lot of guys putting a lot of effort into film study.” Rookie safety Calvin Pryor missed several meetings and was benched at several points during the season.

Amaro’s comments were in reference to quarterback Geno Smith arriving late to the team hotel before a road game in San Diego last season. Smith started the game the next day.

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Marisa Debboli(STURBRIDGE, Mass.) — A University of Connecticut student says “no one was prepared” for when their senior trip came to an abrupt end Saturday, as their bus became engulfed in flames on the side of a Massachusetts road.

The fire erupted this afternoon in Sturbridge, about 60 miles west of Boston, the Massachusetts State Police in Charlton said.

The full bus was carrying about 40 students, according to police, and no injuries were reported.

Student Ashley Vollmer said the group was heading to Boston for a senior cruise when, about 15 or 20 minutes into the ride, she saw smoke on the bus.

Vollmer said the bus driver pulled over briefly, but then the ride continued.

She said they heard a loud bang and the driver pulled over again.

There was a lot of smoke as they were exiting, Vollmer said, and as soon as they were all off, the bus caught fire.

Uconn senior trip, bus catches on fire @ThanksSusan pic.twitter.com/XwLJoz7c7l

— Tyler Flynn (@TylerFlynnStone) April 18, 2015

“It was insane,” Vollmer said. “No one was prepared.”

“It was very scary,” she added.

Road tripping to NYC and just encountered a bus on fire in Sturbridge. Crazy. pic.twitter.com/7m9VDAYnMR

— Juliana (@attackofthetext) April 18, 2015

The fire was extinguished around 3:30 p.m., police said, and crews have left the scene.

According to Vollmer, their bus driver got on a different bus and continued towards Boston, leaving the students on the side of the road. UConn buses have picked up the students to take them back to school, she added.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Baseball’s all-time hits leader is joining Fox Sports as a baseball analyst.

Officials at the Fox network have announced they will hire Pete Rose as a guest analyst for MLB of Fox pregame show and several of the networks cable sports programs.

Rose, who recently filed for reinstatement to the game with new commissioner Rob Manfred, has been banned from baseball since 1989 for betting on games.

The 74-year-old Rose feels he he should make a natural transition to the studio as he hosted a nationally syndicated radio program for about eight years. He also feels that his critiques will be honest and fair.

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Sergii Sokurenko/iStock/Thinkstock(AKRON, Ohio) — Dozens of calls poured into 911 dispatchers in northeast Ohio on Friday after drivers on an interstate highway saw a minivan with four puppies strapped to the roof.

The family was transporting the 3-month old mixed breed pups from Ohio to Pennsylvania when police in Akron, Ohio caught up to them along Interstate 76, ABC News affiliate WEWS-TV reports.

The traffic stop was captured on dashcam video, which shows the cage on top of the van was partially covered with a tarp. Akron Police Sgt. Kris Beitzel said the puppies seemed disoriented when officers arrived at the scene.

“They weren’t acting like puppies,” Beitzel told WEWS-TV. “I mean they were traumatized from having probably been on the roof of that car for probably at least an hour.”

Beitzel told the television station the driver was not charged, but educated on the proper transportation of animals.

“The important thing is the puppies are safe, that he was educated today and that he will never do that again,” she said.

The dogs will now be turned over to the Humane Society of Greater Akron, WEWS-TV reports.

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Washington Wizards 93 – Toronto Raptors 86 (Washington Leads Series 1-0)

MLB: Chicago White Sox 12 (4-6) – Detroit Tigers 3 (9-2)

Philadelphia Phillies 5 (4-8) – Washington Nationals 3 (5-7)

Toronto Blue Jayes 6 (6-6) – Atlanta Braves 5 (7-4) (F/10)

Cleveland Indians 4 (4-6) – Minnesota Twins 2 (4-7)

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Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(TORONTO) — Paul Pierce scored five of his 20 points in overtime, Nene had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 93-86 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Pierce hit a 3-pointer, his fourth of the game, to begin the extra session, further tormenting a Raptors team he eliminated with Brooklyn in last year’s playoffs. Pierce then mocked the Raptors this week by saying, “I don’t feel they have the ‘it’ that makes you worried,” in an interview with ESPN. That prompted Raptors GM Masai Ujiri to vulgarly respond to Pierce’s comments before the game.

Bradley Beal scored 16, while John Wall and Kevin Seraphin each had 10 for the Wizards.

Amir Johnson scored 18 points and DeMar DeRozan had 15 for the Raptors, who have yet to win the opening game of a first-round series in seven postseason appearances.

Toronto hosts Game 2 on Tuesday night.

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Comstock/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) — Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll was arrested Friday for suspected cocaine possession at the MGM Grand Hotel’s Wet Republic pool complex.

Stoll was held at the Clark County Detention Center. He was released from custody Friday night, an officer confirmed to ESPN.com’s Katie Strang.

Stoll also was suspected of possessing Ecstasy, and NHL security was notified of the situation.

The Kings issued a statement late Friday, saying they were aware of the reports.

“Our organization is concerned and has begun conducting a thorough internal investigation,” the team’s statement said. “While we continue to actively gather facts, we are withholding further comment at this time.”

Stoll will become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He had six goals and 11 assists in 73 games, his seventh with Los Angeles after five with Edmonton.

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David Ramos/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Lionel Messi reached another milestone, scoring his 400th career goal for Barcelona on Saturday in his club’s La Liga meeting with Valencia.

Messi has scored 278 goals in La Liga, 75 in Champions League, 32 in Copa Del Rey, 10 in the Spanish Super Cup, four in the Club World Cup, and one goal in the UEFA Super Cup.

Messi became Barcelona’s all-time goal scorer last March, when he passed Paulino Alcantara, who scored 369 goals for the club between 1912 and 1927.

The Argentina forward has won the Ballon d’Or four times, and holds the record for leading goal scorer in a single La Liga season, with 50 in 2011-12.

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A popular postseason pick, the Miami Marlins have not looked like a team capable of playing in October early on. Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton made it known that he’s frustrated with how the team has played this season.

Through 11 games, the Marlins are 3-8, tied for worst in the National League East.

“We’re not really giving ourselves a chance, it feels like,” Stanton said after the team’s loss to the New York Mets on Friday night. “We’ve got a positive vibe, but [something] is just not there.

“The fire is not there, it seems like. You always want to have it. But when you’re out there and it’s game time, it’s just nothing there.”

During the offseason, Stanton agreed on a record-setting $325 million contract. The Marlins also brought in players like Dee Gordon, Mat Latos, Martin Prado, and Michael Morse.

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