- - Sunday, April 17, 2011


Hornets surprise Lakers 109-100 in opener

LOS ANGELES | Chris Paul had 33 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets pulled away down the stretch, stunning the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers with a 109-100 victory in their playoff opener Sunday.

Carl Landry scored 17 points and Jarrett Jack added 15 for the seventh-seeded Hornets, who overcame Los Angeles’ major size advantage with a phenomenal game from Paul. The star playmaker scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, leading a late 8-0 run.

Kobe Bryant scored 34 points for the Lakers, who opened the postseason with the same halfhearted effort that comprised much of their regular season after three straight exhausting trips to the NBA Finals. Game 2 is Wednesday.


Indians’ Sizemore brought off disabled list

CLEVELAND | Center fielder Grady Sizemore has reached the end of his long road back. The Cleveland Indians activated the three-time All-Star from the disabled list Sunday, ending Sizemore’s 11-month comeback from microfracture surgery on his left knee. He hasn’t played since last May, when he hurt the knee diving back into first base.

Sizemore homered in his second at-bat against Baltimore, driving a 2-0 pitch into the lower seats in right to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead. It was his first homer since Aug. 27, 2009. Sizemore doubled into the right-field corner his third time up.


Migraine issues keep Wade out of practice

MIAMI | Dwyane Wade did not practice with the Miami Heat on Sunday because of migraine symptoms, a problem he’s battled for years. His status is unclear for Game 2 of Miami’s first-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says Wade was getting rest and taking medication, though he cautions that it’s “too soon” to know if Wade will be able to participate in shootaround Monday morning. Wade had 17 points in Saturday’s 97-89 Heat victory.


Back stiffness keeps A-Rod out of lineup

NEW YORK | Alex Rodriguez was held out of the New York Yankees’ lineup against Texas on Sunday because of stiffness in his lower back and on his side.

Rodriguez had trouble getting loose Saturday in the cold weather and left a 5-2 victory over the Rangers in the seventh inning. New York manager Joe Girardi said the slugger told him Sunday he was still sore, so the Yankees decided there was no reason to push it.

Rodriguez is day to day and the team will see if he can play Tuesday night in Toronto. The Yankees are off Monday.

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