- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

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CLIPPERS, HAWKS AND GRIZZLIES ALL TAKE 2-1 SERIES LEADS IN NBA PLAYOFFS

The L.A. Clippers edge Golden State to take a 2-1 series lead in the NBA playoffs, while Atlanta and Memphis also win to lead their series by the same tally.

https://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268750/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=VUouEddv

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BENFICA AND SEVILLA WIN AT HOME IN FIRST LEGS OF EUROPA LEAGUE SEMIS

Benfica wins 2-1 at home against Juventus while Sevilla beats Valencia 2-0 in the first legs of their Europa League semifinals.

https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Benfica-beats-Juventus-2-1-in-Europa-League-semis-5427697.php

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PHELPS BEATEN BY LOCHTE IN COMEBACK

Michael Phelps‘ comeback meet falls short of perfect ending as he loses to Ryan Lochte in the 100-meter butterfly final.

https://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268750/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=AT3gOXxd

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KING AVOID ELIMINATION IN NHL PLAYOFFS

Los Angeles staves off elimination from the NHL playoffs with a 6-3 win over San Jose.

https://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268755/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=cGaflI4m

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DJOKOVIC EXPECTING FIRST BABY

Novak Djokovic says he and long-time partner Jelena Ristic are expecting their first baby.

https://bigstory.ap.org/article/novak-djokovic-longtime-girlfriend-expecting-baby

UNSTOPPABLE ALDRIDGE DOES IT AGAIN FOR BLAZERS

Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge tops 40 points for the second-straight game as Trail Blazers take 2-0 series lead over Houston

https://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268750/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=8JvQbWjI

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MADRID-BAYERN EVENLY POISED AFTER LOS BLANCOS WIN HOME LEG 1-0

Real Madrid wins 1-0 at home against Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.

https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Benzema-guides-Madrid-to-1-0-win-over-Bayern-5424662.php

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YANKEES PITCHER EXPELLED FROM GAME FOR FOREIGN SUBSTANCE

New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda is thrown out of the game against Boston for using a foreign substance to aid his grip on the baseball.

https://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268750/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=f2uH9GJL

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BLUE JACKETS WIN FIRST-EVER HOME PLAYOFF GAME

Columbus wins a home playoff game for the first time in its history as Blue Jackets square NHL playoff series against Pittsburgh at 2-2.

https://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268750/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=6NIZdOpW

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PHELPS SAYS LOVE OF SPORT, AND WEIGHT GAIN, PROMPTED RETURN TO SWIMMING

Michael Phelps says he returned to top-level swimming because he missed the sport, and he needed to lose weight.

https://bigstory.ap.org/article/phelps-having-fun-his-return-swimming

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