CHICAGO — Bradley Beal came on strong late in regulation to finish with 26 points, Nene scored six of his 17 in overtime and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 101-99 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin scored a career playoff-high 35 points without a foul and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in routing the Golden State Warriors 138-98 Monday night to even their first-round series at a game apiece.
The Colorado Avalanche rose from the dregs of a 29th-place finish last season to win the Central Division title, and the St. Louis Blues collapsed late in the regular season and lost their chance to finish atop the Central, Western Conference and the NHL overall.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Mike Zunino homered an inning before adding an RBI single in Seattle’s strange six-run outburst that included three Texas Rangers errors and a replay reversal that gave the Mariners a run in their 7-1 victory Monday night.
SEATTLE — Garrett Richards walked two batters in the first inning. He pitched out of a jam in the third with runners on second and third. He overcame errors and walks thanks to double plays and strikeouts.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — The echoes within the Augusta National pines provided evidence Wednesday that the excitement of the 78th Masters was kicking up. The annual par-3 tournament produced its usual crowd-pleasing theatrics — from the aces delivered by Matt Jones, Buddy Alexander and Mark O’Meara to the dialed-in, six-birdie victory claimed by Ryan Moore.
SEATTLE — It should have been a full-on celebration. With a sold-out crowd of 45, 661 jammed into Safeco Field on a less-than-frigid Tuesday night, the Mariners made their home opener an enjoyable victory for fans, rolling to a 5-3 triumph, thanks to a pair of Corey Hart home runs.
OAKLAND, Calif. — A day earlier, Lloyd McClendon predicted his Seattle Mariners were due to play some 2-1 and 1-0 games. They weren’t going to steamroll every team. That premonition came to fruition on a chilly Thursday night at a largely unfilled O.co Coliseum against the defending American League West champion Oakland A’s.