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By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE
A pair of Game-2's tonight
UNDATED (AP) -- Two more NBA playoff games are on the agenda this evening and in each case the home team can take a 2-0 lead in its best-of-seven first-round series. In Brooklyn, the Nets are playing host to the Bulls while in L.A. the Clippers are facing the Grizzlies.
In their opening game the Nets beat up on the Bulls, 106-89, while the Clippers jumped all over the Grizzlies 112-91.
Deron Williams led the way for the Nets in their win with 22 points, while Chris Paul had 23 points for the Clippers in their victory.
NBA-SIXTH MAN
Report: Smith wins award
UNDATED (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the voting results tells The Associated Press that J.R. Smith of the Knicks has won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made, says the Knicks have called an afternoon news conference at which time Smith will be given the award.
The eighth-year guard has averaged 18.1 points in 80 games off the bench. He had 29 games in which he scored 20 points as a reserve, tying him with the Clippers' Jamal Crawford for the NBA lead.
MLB-SCHEDULE
Brewers look for another win
UNDATED (AP) -- Milwaukee's Brewers currently have the longest winning streak in baseball. The team managed by Ron Roenicke (REH'-nih-kee) has won seven straight and tonight is on the road for a game with San Diego. The Brewers are 9-8 on the season while the Padres are 5-13.
Detroit has lost four straight to hold that dubious honor. The Tigers this evening are getting a much-deserved night off.
A pair of American League pitchers are looking for their fourth win of the season. In Chicago the White Sox are playing host to Cleveland and the Indians' Justin Masterson enters the game 3-1 on the season. At the same time CC Sabathia (suh-BATH'-ee-uh) of the Yankees is putting his 3-1 record on the line in a game against the Rays in St. Pete.
On the other side of the fence Joe Blanton of the Angels is winless in four decisions and tonight looks for his first win in a divisional game against the Rangers in Anaheim.
For the first time since eliminating Washington in last fall's playoffs, the Cardinals are facing the Nationals in Washington tonight. The clubs enter tonight's game with records of 10-8.
Your remaining big-league games tonight feature the Athletics at Boston, Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, the Orioles home to Toronto, the Reds entertaining the Cubs, Miami at Minnesota, Seattle at Houston, the Rockies at home to the Braves and the Diamondbacks at San Francisco.
NHL-SCHEDULE
Every game means something on ice
UNDATED (AP) -- As the NHL's regular season enters its final week, every game takes on added importance as clubs vie for playoff berths or positions. There are five games tonight with playoff implications all around.
In Buffalo the Sabres are playing host to the Jets in a key game for Winnipeg. The Jets trail first-place Washington by three points in the Southeast Division and have a date with the Capitals in Washington tomorrow. The Jets are also three points back of the Rangers and Senators in the contest for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth. The Sabres have been eliminated from playoff consideration.
In Ottawa the Senators are looking to improve their playoff chances with a game against Pittsburgh, which has already clinched the top-seed in the East.
Detroit starts the day three points back of Columbus and Minnesota for the final playoff spot in the West. The Red Wings are home tonight to the Coyotes.
Two teams headed to the playoffs are facing off in Vancouver as the Canucks play host to the Blackhawks. In the Northwest Division Vancouver tops Minnesota by six points for first-place, while in the Central the Blackhawks have clinched the championship.
The final game has Anaheim skating at Edmonton. The Ducks are fighting to maintain the second-seed in the West as they lead the Canucks and Kings by five points. In the Pacific Division the Ducks top the Kings by the same margin.
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