Thunder beat Jazz 107-99 to avoid elimination

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, shoots as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell defends during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook unleashed the same fury he had in Game 4, just a little more efficiently this time.

Three of a grind: Playoff rematches crank up the animosity

FILE - In this May 13, 2013, file photo, New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) gets checked into the boards by Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, and Steve Oleksy during the second period of Game 7 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series in Washington. 2013 was the third year in a row the two teams met in the playoffs. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

When the Washington Capitals faced the New York Islanders in the playoffs five years in a row in the 1980s, players knew everything.

LeBron hits winning 3-pointer at buzzer

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) shoots a game-winning three point shot over Indiana Pacers' Thaddeus Young (21) in the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 98-95. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, a crowning moment for another brilliant performance, to give Cleveland a 98-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in Game 5, putting the Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Elite teams have success in the draft on Day 3 and later

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2018, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles' Corey Clement, right, catches a touchdown pass in front of New England Patriots' Marquis Flowers during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game in Minneapolis. While first-round picks receive most of the attention and players chosen the first two days of the draft get more money and better job security, success on Day 3 of the draft often separates the elite teams from the good ones. That was evident when the Eagles and Patriots met in February. Corey Clement had 100 yards receiving and one touchdown and LeGarrette Blount ran for 90 yards and one touchdown in Philadelphia's 41-33 victory. Danny Amendola led the Patriots with 152 yards receiving and Chris Hogan had 128. All four players were undrafted free agents. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eighteen starters in the last Super Bowl were selected in the fourth round or lower, including six players who didn’t get a call until the NFL draft was over.

Believe it! 76ers roll past Heat in Game 5

In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, of Cameroon, dunks the ball during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 104-91. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons shined again in front of rapper Meek Mill, and the dominant duo ushered the nightmares-into-dreams Process of the Philadelphia 76ers into the second round with a 104-91 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

Granderson leads Blue Jays past Red Sox on somber night

Toronto Blue Jays' Curtis Granderson, center, is welcomed by teammates after he hit a walk-off home run against the Boston Red Sox during the 10th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Toronto. Toronto won 4-3. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) — Curtis Granderson hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 4-3 win over Boston on Tuesday night and hand the Red Sox their season-worst third straight defeat.

FIFA urged to let Morocco proceed to 2026 World Cup vote

FILE - In this April 20, 2018, fie photo, head of Morocco's Bid Committee Moulay Hafid Elalamy speaks during a press conference to promote Morocco's bid for the 2026 soccer World Cup after the visit of the Task Force in Casablanca, Morocco. A senior FIFA official from Germany says Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup must be allowed to reach the final vote without being disqualified, in order to avoid any questions about the selection process. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File)

GENEVA (AP) — Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup must be allowed to reach the final vote without being disqualified, in order to avoid any questions about the selection process, according to a senior FIFA official from Germany.



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