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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers and Bulls are squaring off again tonight in their best-of-seven NBA Eastern Conference semifinal. The visiting Cavs top the series 3-2 and with a win would secure a spot in the third round of the playoffs. If the Bulls win, the seventh game of the series would be in Cleveland Sunday night.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers will try once again to eliminate Houston from their NBA Western Conference semifinal this evening. The Clippers could have done that two nights ago in Houston but lost 124-103. A seventh game, if needed, will be played Sunday in Houston.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The "deflator" wasn't deflating balls, he was just trying to lose weight. That's according to a lawyer for the New England Patriots, who says the "deflator" nickname used by a ballboy and cited in the NFL's decision to suspend quarterback Tom Brady was about weight loss, not footballs. Team attorney Daniel Goldberg says two Patriots employees used the term jokingly to refer to locker room attendant Jim McNally, who was trying to lose weight.

ATLANTA (AP) — Left-hander Mike Minor of the Braves will miss the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery. It's believed he will be ready for the start of spring training next year. The 27-year-old did not pitch this season after experiencing soreness in spring training and went on the disabled list April 5.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Rockies are facing the Dodgers in Los Angeles tonight. Colorado enters the game with an 11-game losing streak and no manager as Walt Weiss is still recuperating from an appendectomy.

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