Gasol out for playoffs...Rays reinstate Meadows...Putin scores 8 goals in hockey exhibition

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks center Pau Gasol will miss the rest of the NBA playoffs after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. The Bucks say he is expected to make a full recovery. Milwaukee advanced to the Eastern Conference finals by beating Boston four games to one. The Bucks will play the winner of the Toronto-Philadelphia series, which wraps up Sunday night in Toronto.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have reinstated outfielder Austin Meadows from the 10-day injured list for the start of a three-game series against the New York Yankees. The 24-year-old sprained his right thumb April 20. The Rays also placed catcher Mike Zunino on the 10-day IL with a left quadriceps strain that happened during Wednesday's 3-2, 13-inning loss to Arizona.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Washington Nationals have signed outfielder Gerardo Parra to a one-year deal for the $555,000 minimum. Nationals manager Dave Martinez says the 32-year-old will start against right-handed pitchers on occasion, while also being a pinch-hitting option. Parra elected to become a free agent Tuesday after he was designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants and cleared waivers.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Danny Farquhar allowed two unearned runs during two-thirds of an inning today in his first extended spring training game for the Yankees. He gave up a single and a double but two errors cost him a scoreless inning against Toronto Blue Jays minor leaguers. The 32-year-old right-hander collapsed in the Chicago White Sox dugout on last April because of a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage. He signed a minor league deal with the Yankees during the offseason.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin scored eight goals today in an exhibition hockey game with former NHL players. Putin played on the "Legends" team alongside Russian hockey stars such as Slava Fetisov (feh-TEE'-sahv) and Pavel Bure (PAH'-vel BUR'-ay). The opposing team was made up of high-profile amateur players, including Putin's childhood friend, tycoon Gennady Timchenko.

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