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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The NBA is expected to announce Golden State's Stephen (STEHF'-ehn) Curry as the league's MVP today. A person familiar with the decision tells the Associated Press that the point guard has won the league's most coveted individual award. Curry will be presented with the award on the court before Game 2 of the Warriors' Western Conference semifinal series against Memphis on Tuesday night.
HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul's status for the Clippers playoff series opener at Houston tonight is in doubt after he strained his left hamstring during Saturday's Game 7 clinching win over San Antonio. The eight-time All-Star was able to shake off the injury to hit the game winning shot with one second left to eliminate the Spurs.
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James and the other Cavaliers will have to pick up the slack when short-handed Cleveland opens its Eastern Conference semifinal series at home against the Bulls tonight. The Cavs will be without power forward Kevin Love, who is out after season-ending shoulder surgery and starting guard J.R. Smith, who has been suspended for Games 1 and 2.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers are set to name a replacement for fired manager Ron Roenicke (REHN'-ih-kee) today. The Brewers dismissed Roenicke last night following a 5-3 victory over the Cubs that left them 7-18. In four-plus seasons, the 58-year-old Roenicke was 342-331.
HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kehl) gets the start with a 3-0 record and 0.73 ERA when the Astros go for their 11th straight win when they host Texas. Houston is enjoying its best run since a 12-game victory streak in 2004. Evan Gattis has homered five times in six games for the Astros.
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