CANNES, France - Two directors from countries with tough film censorship brought bold and probing movies to the Cannes Film Festival on Friday — one exploring China's social problems, the other delving into the mysteries of the human heart.
Jia Zhangke's "A Touch of Sin" depicts facets of fast-changing China the government prefers to avoid: corruption, greed, violent crime and the growing gap between economic winners and losers.
BUSSETO, Italy - Calling it a "heartbreaking" decision, defending champion Ryder Hesjedal has pulled out of the Giro d'Italia after struggling to regain the form that led him to victory in 2012.
The Garmin-Sharp team said the Canadian withdrew before the start of Friday's 13th stage due to a "deteriorating physical condition."
OAKLAND, Calif. - Slow at the start of the series and strong at the end, the San Antonio Spurs wore out the Golden State Warriors the way they have so many other opponents.
Tim Duncan had 19 points and six rebounds, Kawhi Leonard added 16 points and 10 rebounds and the Spurs held off a furious final rally to beat the Warriors 94-82 in Game 6 on Thursday night and advance to the Western Conference finals.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Dustin Brown slumped in front of his locker and contemplated the final minutes of Game 2 with the same bewildered wonder felt by all those joyous Kings fans streaming out of Staples Center.
With three minutes left, the San Jose Sharks appeared to be cruising toward a well-deserved win over Los Angeles. After two penalties and two dynamic power-play goals, the Kings were halfway to the Western Conference finals.
OAKLAND, Calif. - The San Antonio Spurs held off a furious final rally to beat the Golden State Warriors 94-82 in Game 6 on Thursday night and advance to the Western Conference finals.
Tim Duncan had 19 points and six rebounds, Kawhi Leonard scored 16 points and the Spurs won the series in six games.
Tony Parker shook off a poor start to score 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter. Tiago Splitter added a career-playoff high 14 points for San Antonio, which led by 13 late in the third quarter.
BOSTON - Brad Marchand scored with 4:20 left in the first overtime and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in the first playoff game in 40 years between the Original Six teams.
Marchand, Boston's top goal scorer in the regular season, got his first of the post-season on a pass from Patrice Bergeron. Marchand had carried the puck up the right side, passed it to Bergeron and kept going toward the net. Bergeron passed across the slot and Marchand tipped it past goalie Henrik Lundqvist from the left side of the crease.
BOSTON - Good things happen for the Bruins in overtime. Even for Brad Marchand.
Boston's leading goal-scorer during the regular season scored his first of the post-season with 4:20 left in the first overtime and the Bruins beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Thursday night in the first playoff game in 40 years between the Original Six teams.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - For the New York Knicks, it was about playing harder, even if not really much better.
Saving their season would be more about effort than execution.
"Tonight it was just one of them days where you just got to leave it out there on the basketball court," Carmelo Anthony said.
Now they have to do it two more times.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Even as numbers on a roster, the Pittsburgh Penguins' power play appears intimidating.
At times on the ice, it looks borderline unfair.
Start with two NHL MVPs in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Add a future Hall of Famer like Jarome Iginla and a Norris Trophy finalist in defenceman Kris Letang. Throw in a grinder to do the dirty work in Chris Kunitz and the Penguins have a unit that's an electric mix of skill, speed and grit.
TREVISO, Italy - Sprinter Mark Cavendish won the rainy 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday for his 100th career victory, while Vincenzo Nibali maintained his overall lead.
Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins dropped out of contention, finishing more than 3 1/2 minutes behind the main pack as he struggled with a cold and chest infection. There were questions over whether he would withdraw overnight.