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TOP STORIES:

BKN--THUNDER-GRIZZLIES FOLO

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis Grizzlies finally may have figured out how to keep the Oklahoma City Thunder from smothering Zach Randolph. O.J. Mayo moved back into the starting lineup Friday night, and his scoring threat from the outside gave Zach Randolph enough room to score 30 points and grab 13 rebounds as the Grizzlies avoided elimination by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 95-83 to push their Western Conference semifinal to a deciding game. By Teresa M. Walker.

GLF--PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - David Toms doesn't feel as though he's done anything special over 36 holes at The Players Championship. He hasn't made any long putts, like the 50-footer Bubba Watson made on the island-green 17th. Toms hasn't holed any bunker shots, as Nick Watney did in the opening round. And he hasn't tried to be perfect on a course that can look as though it demands it. Stll, he's shot a 10-under 134 to take a one-shot lead over Watney, with a host of other big names right behind him. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson.

VIDEO:

- Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew said on Friday that he's ending his fight against cancer and is entering hospice care. The 74 year old was diagnosed with cancer last December.

NBA PLAYOFFS:

BKN--HEAT-CHALMERS

MIAMI - Heat guard Mario Chalmers is back in a Final Four - of sorts. The last time he was part of the last four teams chasing a championship, he hit a shot that will forever be in Kansas lore, the 3-pointer that forced overtime in the 2008 NCAA title game. Guarding him on that play? Derrick Rose, now the NBA's reigning MVP, and they'll see plenty of each other in the Eastern Conference finals. By Tim Reynolds.

Also:

- CHICAGO - BKN--Bulls Advance. By Andrew Seligman. Moved previously.

- MIAMI - BKN--Heat-Wade Going Home. By Tim Reynolds. Moved previously.

- DALLAS - BKN--Mavericks-Kidd. By Jaime Aron. Moved previously.

- WALTHAM, Mass. - BKN--Celtics-Rivers. By Jimmy Golen. Moved previously.

- ATLANTA - BKN--Hawks-Coming Up Short. By Paul Newberry. Moved previously.

- NEW ORLEANS - BKN--Hornets-Paul's Plans. By Brett Martel. Moved previously.

NHL PLAYOFFS:

HKN--CANUCKS

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The Vancouver Canucks know exactly what San Jose just went through, and they expect to face an even better Sharks squad as a result. San Jose is coming off an emotional Game 7 victory over Detroit on Thursday night after nearly blowing a 3-0 series lead. Vancouver went through the same thing in the first round against Chicago, and if the Canucks' reaction to getting past that adversity was any indication, they can expect the Sharks to come out flying when the Western Conference finals open Sunday. Moved previously.

Also:

- SAN JOSE, Calif. - HKN--Sharks Survive. By Josh Dubow. Moved previously.

- DETROIT - HKN--Red Wings-Wrapup. By Larry Lage. Moved previously.

- ATLANTA - HKN--Thrashers Future. By Paul Newberry. Moved previously.

- BOSTON - HKN--Lightning-Bruins. By Howard Ulman. Moved previously.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

HKN--RANGERS-PLAYER DEAD

NEW YORK - New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment. The team announced the 28-year-old Boogaard's death on Friday night, but gave no details. The Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis first reported Boogaard was found dead in his home by members of his family. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office in Minnesota confirmed those details and said an autopsy was pending. Moved.

TEN--FRENCH OPEN-VENUS WITHDRAWS

Venus Williams pulled out of the French Open on Friday, 24 hours after her younger sister Serena withdrew, making it the first Grand Slam tournament since 2003 without either Williams. The 30-year-old Venus Williams has been off the tour since January, when she stopped playing only minutes into a match in the third round of the Australian Open because of a hip injury. A left knee injury limited her to just one tournament over the final six months of 2010. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. Moved previously.

CAR--NASCAR-TRUCKS

DOVER, Del. - Kyle Busch won the Trucks Series race at Dover International Speedway. Busch took the checkered flag Friday for the third time this season in the Trucks series. Busch won under caution and raced all 200 miles without incident against rival Kevin Harvick. Cole Whitt had strong runs against the veteran drivers and finished second. By Dan Gelston. Moved previously.

FEATURES:

BKL--US-GRINER'S ARRIVAL

Brittney Griner didn't want to take off her U.S.A. basketball jersey. The 6-foot-8 college phenom had just finished taking part in the U.S. women's basketball team's three-day training camp and wasn't ready for her first experience with the country's best to end. With the impressions she made on her teammates and coaches, it certainly won't be her last time she's wearing that jersey. By Doug Feinberg.

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ALSO MOVED PREVIOUSLY:

- MINNEAPOLIS - BBA--Twins-Killebrew. By Dave Campbell.

- ATLANTA - BBN--Braves-McDowell. By Charles Odum.

- NEW ORLEANS - FBN--Newton's Transition. By Brett Martel.

- LONDON - SOC--FIFA-Blatter. By Rob Harris.

- ROME - TEN--Italian Open. By Andrew Dampf.

- SARATOGA SPRINGS - RAC--Hall of Fame.

- CHARLOTTE, N.C. - SWM--Charlotte UltraSwim.

- INDIANAPOLIS - WRE--NCAA-Rules Changes.

- NASHVILLE, Tenn. - BKC--Belmont-OVC. By Joe Edwards.

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Saturday's Time Schedule

NHL PLAYOFFS

Tampa Bay at Boston, 8 p.m.

BASEBALL

American League

Seattle at Cleveland, 1:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

Kansas City at Detroit, 4:10 p.m.

Toronto at Minnesota, 4:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 4:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Texas, 4:10 p.m.

Boston at N.Y. Yankees, 7:10 p.m.

National League

Florida at Washington, 1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia at Atlanta, 1:10 p.m.

San Diego at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Houston, 4:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 4:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Cincinnati, 4:10 p.m.

San Francisco at Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m.

Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.

SOCCER

Major League Soccer

Chicago at Toronto FC, 7 p.m.

Colorado at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at New England, 7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Houston at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m.

Columbus at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

Portland at Seattle FC, 11 p.m.

 
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