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Dunleavy scores 20, Bulls clobber Bucks 120-66 to advance

Dunleavy scores 20, Bulls clobber Bucks 120-66 to close out series in 6 games
Chris Jenkins, The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE - The Chicago Bulls finally delivered a knockout blow to the Milwaukee Bucks — not literally, although it sure seemed to come close at times. And for all of Chicago's star power, it was Mike Dunleavy in the middle of it all.

Dunleavy scored 20 points and the Bulls came close to an NBA playoff record, finally putting away the Bucks with a 120-66 victory in Game 6 to clinch their first-round series Thursday night.

Windsor Express win NBL Canada title

Windsor Express win NBL Canada title after Halifax Rainmen forfeit
The Canadian Press

WINDSOR, Ont. - The Windsor Express are back-to-back National Basketball League Canada champions after the Halifax Rainmen forfeited Game 7 of the league's final on Thursday.

The Rainmen refused to attend the decisive game after an altercation between players from the two teams during morning shootarounds. Halifax's front office felt it was unsafe for the team to compete and did not show up for the game.

NBL Canada's board of governors held a meeting on Thursday night, ruling that as per league rules, the Rainmen had forfeited by not appearing for the game.

It's Beats over Bose for Mariota and Winston

Mariota, Winston choosing Beats over league-sponsor Bose
Leanne Italie, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - And the Beats go on.

Marcus Mariota, just hours after flaunting his Beats by Dre in one of the company's YouTube videos, donned the trendy headphones when picked second by Tennessee in the NFL draft Thursday night. The No. 1 pick, Jameis Winston, clutched a red pair of Beats when chosen by Tampa Bay.

The in-your-face issue: competitor Bose is the official headphone of the NFL.

NHL playoff ratings take jump over last year

Five Canadian teams in playoffs lead to TV ratings jump for Rogers
Bill Brioux, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The big winner through the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs may be Rogers Media.

The Toronto-based company, which paid $5.2 billion for exclusive national rights to all NHL games for 12 years, saw ratings jump 36 per cent over last season's first round, according to Canadian ratings company Numeris.

Baffert aiming at 1st 1-2 Kentucky Derby finish since 1948

Bob Baffert knows Derby owners dream in winning colours, but his dreams are in black and white
Beth Harris, The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Bob Baffert was a big-shot quarter horse trainer when he took his cowboy hat and scuffed boots to the high-class world of thoroughbred racing. He gave himself three years to make a splash. After a slow start and some embarrassing losses, he found his footing.

Now the U.S. Hall of Famer is saddling the top two favourites for the Kentucky Derby. Heady stuff for the kid who grew up watching the race on television in his border hometown of Nogales, Arizona.

Rookie of the year Wiggins: 'I hope I'm here forever'

Rookie of the year Wiggins wants to break curse in Minn.: 'I hope I'm here forever'
Jon Krawczynski, The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Andrew Wiggins sat down on a black leather couch, his navy blue tuxedo jacket and bow tie bunching up at the neck as his 6-foot-8 frame plopped down for a break.

Makdessi to fight Cerrone at UFC 187

Montreal lightweight John Makdessi gets high-profile fight with Cowboy Cerrone
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Montreal lightweight John (The Bull) Makdessi will replace the injured Khabib Nurmagomedov against Donald (Cowboy) Cerrone at UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas.

Cerrone (27-6 with one no contest) is ranked No. 3 among 155-pound contenders and has won seven straight in the UFC.

Makdessi (12-3) is coming off a first-round knockout of Shane Campbell at UFC 186 in Montreal.

Nurmagomedov (22-0) has won six in a row in the UFC.

The unbeaten Russian, who reportedly has a knee injury, is ranked No. 2 among lightweight contenders.

Pacioretty says Stamkos critics off-base

Canadiens Pacioretty says Bolts captain Stamkos' scoring slump only temporary
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

BROSSARD, Que. - Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty isn't buying any criticism of Tampa Bay Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos.

Stamkos has taken heat for not scoring in his team's seven-game series win over Detroit in the opening round of NHL playoffs. The victory put Tampa Bay into the second round against the Canadiens, with the opening game scheduled for Friday night.

"He and Ovi (Washington's Alex Ovechkin) are the best scorers in the world," Pacioretty said. "He'll find the back of the net and then he's going to score three games in a row. It's what happens.

Former CFL star Covington a proud father

Son of former CFL star Grover Covington poised to be taken in NFL draft
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

More than 30 years after retiring, Grover Covington has a new appreciation for defensive tackles.

Covington terrorized CFL quarterbacks over his 11-year career, registering a league-record 157 sacks as a defensive end with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. But the emergence of his son, Christian, a six-foot-three, 290-pound defensive tackle at Rice, has made Covington understand the challenges that exist playing inside.

Habs ready to turn tables on Bolts

Dominated by Bolts in regular season, Canadiens say playoffs a different story
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

BROSSARD, Que. - The Montreal Canadiens got together for dinner to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in the seventh game of their first round playoff series.

The team meal ahead of a playoff series is a tradition for head coach Michel Therrien, although this time, what he saw on the screen may not have gone down well.

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