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UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets have evened their respective conference semifinals series at a game apiece by winning last night. LeBron James took 29 of the Cavs' 83 shots and finished with 33 points and eight rebounds in a 106-91 win over the Chicago Bulls. James Harden scored half of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and finished with seven assists as the Rockets outscored the Los Angeles Clippers 115-109.
UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning are both one win away from a showdown in the NHL's Eastern Conference finals. Andre Burokowsky scored the tying and winning goals as the Caps beat the New York Rangers 2-1. The Lightning also earned a 2-1 triumph over Montreal as Ben Bishop stopped 30 shots and Tyler Johnson scored the winner with just 1.1 seconds to play.
NEW YORK (AP) — An NFL investigation has determined that New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship game, and that quarterback Tom Brady was probably "at least generally aware" of the rules violations. The Colts complained that several footballs were under inflated, and the NFL confirmed that 11 of the 12 footballs used in the Pats' 45-7 victory were under the limit. The report includes text messages between officials' locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski that imply Brady was requesting footballs deflated below the league-minimum 12.5 pounds per square inch.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have agreed to a four-year contract with former West Virginia receiver Kevin White, the seventh overall pick in the draft. White had 109 receptions for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore for the Mountaineers before leaving school two years early.
UNDATED (AP) — Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has been given the go-ahead to resume throwing after being sidelined since the start of the season with a strained right triceps. Verlander threw in the outfield at U.S. Cellular Field before last night's game against the Chicago White Sox. And the Kansas City Royals have activated All-Star closer Greg Holland from the disabled list.