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UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls were winners in Game 1 of their respective NBA conference semifinal series. Blake Griffin posted his second consecutive triple-double by delivering 26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists in the Clippers' 117-101 triumph at Houston. The Bulls were 99-92 winners at Cleveland as Derrick Rose dropped in 25 points and Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL') added 21 and 10 rebounds.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry has been voted the NBA's Most Valuable Player after averaging 23.8 points, 7.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds. Curry took 100 of 130 first-place votes, Houston guard James Harden picked up 25 and Cleveland forward LeBron James had five. Curry helped the Warriors win a team-record 67 games during the regular season.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Braden Holtby posted his second career postseason shutout and the Washington Capitals took a two-games-to-one lead in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by downing the New York Rangers 1-0. Holtby stopped 30 shots exactly two years after blanking the Rangers in the playoffs. Jay Beagle provided the lone goal in the second period, baking a shot off the skate of Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle and into the net.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Ray Shero (SHEER'-oh) is an NHL general manager again after being hired by the New Jersey Devils. The 52-year-old Shero served as the Penguins' GM for eight seasons before he was let go last summer, winning the 2009 Stanley Cup, two consecutive Eastern Conference titles and three division crowns. He takes over for Lou Lamoriello (lam-uh-REH'-loh), who will remain team president.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Craig Counsell was named the new manager of the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday, accepting a three-year contract to take over for Ron Roenicke (REHN'-ih-kee). Counsell was a winner in his first game as skipper as the Brewers rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3. L.A. starter Clayton Kershaw held the Brewers to a run and three hits over the first seven innings before the Brewers stopped him from picking up his 100th career victory.
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