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By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AP-Sports Right Now,1022

Update on the latest in sports:

NBA PLAYOFFS

Grizzlies take control, Nuggets stay alive

UNDATED (AP) -- The NBA playoffs will continue with the Boston Celtics playing the New York Knicks, Atlanta taking on Indiana, and the matchup between Oklahoma City and Houston.

The Memphis Grizzlies have earned the chance to wrap up their NBA first-round series at home on Friday.

Zach Randolph scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 11 rebounds as Grizzlies held on to beat the Clippers 103-93 in Los Angeles. He was one of three players with at least 20 points for Memphis, which leads the Western Conference quarterfinal series 3-2.

The Clippers have dropped their third in a row despite Chris Paul's game-high 35 points.

The Denver Nuggets have held off the Warriors 107-100 to force a Game 6 in the NBA's Western Conference quarterfinal series tomorrow at Golden State.

Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH'-lah) scored 25 points and had 12 rebounds as the Nuggets held off the Warriors 107-100. Ty Lawson chipped in 19 points and 10 assists, while Wilson Chandler also scored 19 points.

The Warriors trailed by as many as 22 before Stephen Curry made it a five-point game with his only three-pointer of the night. Harrison Barnes had a team-high 23 points for Golden State.

NBA-SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

Kidd wins again

NEW YORK (AP) -- Another honor for New York Knicks guard Jason Kidd. He's the first player to win back-to-back NBA sportsmanship awards. He got 91 first-place votes from league players and 2,474 total points to claim the Joe Dumars (DOO'-mars) Trophy in his first season in New York. He won the award last season with Dallas.

Three-time winner Grant Hill is only other player to win the award multiple times.

NHL-PLAYOFFS

Hawks, Blues win in OT

UNDATED (AP) -- Tonight's NHL playoff games feature Toronto at Boston, the New York Islanders playing in Pittsburgh, and San Jose at Vancouver.

The first two games of the Stanley Cup playoffs went into overtime before the home team prevailed.

Bryan Bickell scored at 16:35 of the extra session as the Chicago Blackhawks topped Minnesota 2-1. Corey Crawford handled 26 shots and blanked the Wild after Cal Clutterbuck scored 4:48 into the game.

Marian Hossa (HOH'-sah) scored the game-tying goal for the Hawks, who are seeking their fifth Stanley Cup and second in four years.

Wild goaltender Josh Harding stopped 35 shots while starting in place of Niklas Backstrom, who suffered a left leg injury during warm-ups.

A giveaway by reigning Stanley Cup MVP Jonathan Quick allowed St. Louis to score a short-handed goal and beat Los Angeles 2-1 in overtime. Quick was trying to retrieve a loose puck behind his net when Alex Steen swept in and stole it before scoring on a wraparound at 13:26 of OT.

Quick was otherwise outstanding, making 35 saves in regulation and allowing the Kings to stay in the game long enough for Justin Williams to tie it with 31.6 seconds left in regulation.

Last night's other playoff series opener went to Anaheim as Teemu Selanne (TAY'-moo seh-LAH'-nee) scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period of the Ducks' 3-1 win over Detroit. Nick Bonino also notched a power-play goal for the Ducks, who didn't seal the victory until Francois Beauchemin (BOH'-sheh-mihn) scored an empty-netter.

Jonas Hiller made 21 saves and was perfect after Daniel Cleary tied the game 1-1 late in the first period.

JASON COLLINS

What next?

UNDATED (AP) -- NBA players, coaches and executives have responded positively to Jason Collins' coming out announcement.

Now, the player needs a job. His announcement that he's gay was after his season with the Washington Wizards had ended. The 34-year-old becomes a free agent on July 1, meaning that he'll first have to sign with an NBA team and wait until next season to see if teammates, coaches, opponents and fans will treat him any differently.

Collins only played in 38 games last season, his 12th year in the NBA, with averages of 1.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 10.1 minutes per game for Boston and Washington.

GOLF-SINGH

Singh out of tournament

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Vijay Singh is out of the Wells Fargo Championship. He's withdrawn, saying he's got a sore back. Singh pulled out of the tournament one day after the PGA Tour said it wouldn't punish him for admitting he used deer antler spray.

The tour says the World Anti-Doping Agency informed it that spray only has small amounts of a substance that's banned under the anti-doping policy. The tour had been set to sanction Singh until WADA clarified its position on deer antler spray on Tuesday.

Singh is a past champion at Quail Hollow.

CUBS-WRIGLEY

Cubs chairman wants video board at Wrigley Field

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts says a new video board could bring in big bucks for the team, and the Cubs could use the money. He wants a 6,000 square foot video board at Wrigley Field -- a board he says could generate $20 million a year more in ad revenue. Ricketts says the video board proposed for the left field is "midsize' compared to those at other ball parks. Rooftop owners near Wrigley Field charge fans for access to watch Cubs games and are worried the board would block their views. They've vowed legal action if that happens. Ricketts says studies indicate the views would only be blocked minimally, if at all. Ricketts spoke to the City Club of Chicago.

KENTUCY DERBY

Kentucky Derby draw drama

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- There's a bit of drama with the Kentucky Derby draw. Giant Finish is in the lineup for this Saturday, after being added yesterday when the owners, the Sunrise Stable, decided they wanted to run. That move came after several horses were withdrawn Monday, shrinking the field to 19, one under the limit. Fear the Kitten took that open slot, but was bumped by Giant Finish, which had more points under the new system this year that determines Derby eligibility. Now, Fear the Kitten is back on the bubble and can't run unless another horse withdraws before the close of entries today.

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