Popovich to Sager: 'I promise I'll be nice' (Yahoo Sports) - Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says he looks forward to sideline reporter Craig Sager's return and ''I promise I'll be nice.'' TNT's Sager is missing the NBA playoffs as he undergoes treatment for leukemia. So his son, Craig Sager Jr., filled in for Sunday's broadcast of San Antonio's playoff opener against Dallas, asking Popovich a few questions before the fourth quarter. Popovich is famous for his terse answers to in-game questions from Sager and other sideline reporters. Sager even joked about it in a statement Friday confirming his diagnosis: ''Too bad, I had some probing questions for Pop.'' This time, Popovich was verbose by his standards in discussing the Spurs' play. Duncan scores 27 points, Spurs beat Mavs 90-85 (Yahoo Sports) - Tim Duncan scored 27 points, and the San Antonio Spurs held the Dallas Mavericks to one field goal in the final seven minutes to rally for a 90-85 victory Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. The Mavericks also went scoreless for 5 1/2 minutes during that stretch, their lone field goal coming as time expired. Tony Parker had 21 points, and Manu Ginobili added 17. Kawhi Leonard had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Tiago Splitter pulled down 11 rebounds for top-seeded San Antonio, which has won 10 straight against Dallas. Dodgers' Kershaw throws simulated game (Yahoo Sports) - Clayton Kershaw was back on the Dodger Stadium mound Sunday - in a simulated game that was the next step in his recovery from a strained muscle in his upper back. You get that little extra adrenaline with hitters in there.'' Kershaw, who is on the disabled list for the first time in his seven-year career, threw 50 pitches from the windup and stretch, and reported no discomfort after topping out at 90 mph. ''Obviously, you can't simulate the adrenaline you have in a big league game, because that's where you get your extra velocity and stuff from. But as far as pitching at 10 a.m. in a sim game, that's all I've got,'' said Kershaw, who was monitored by manager Don Mattingly, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and Stan Conte, the team's vice president of medical services. The 26-year-old left-hander, who led the majors in ERA in each of the previous three seasons, hasn't pitched since beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 in the season opener in Australia. Flyers rally to beat Rangers 4-2, even series (Yahoo Sports) - Luke Schenn scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and backup Ray Emery made 31 saves for the Philadelphia Flyers, who rallied to beat the New York Rangers 4-2 on Sunday to even the first-round playoff series. Schenn put Philadelphia in front after Game 1 goat Jason Akeson tied it 2-2 earlier in the period. That was enough for the Flyers to snap a nine-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden and send the series to Philadelphia tied at 1. Jakub Voracek brought the Flyers within 2-1 in the first after Martin St. Louis and Benoit Pouliot staked New York to the early two-goal lead. Blackhawks D Seabrook suspended for hit on Backes (Yahoo Sports) - CHICAGO (AP) -- Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has been suspended for three games for his hit on Blues center David Backes during their first-round playoff series. NBA: Refs missed foul call in Warriors-Clippers (Yahoo Sports) - The NBA says referees missed a foul call late in the Warriors' Game 1 win that would have given the Clippers a chance to tie the score. Los Angeles point guard Chris Paul lost the ball out of bounds with 18.9 seconds left Saturday and Golden State leading 107-105. Rod Thorn, the league's president for basketball operations, said in a statement Sunday that the Warriors' Draymond Green should have been whistled for a foul, which would have given Paul two free throws. Instead, Golden State got the ball and went on to win 109-105 in LA to open their first-round playoff series. Harper back in Nationals lineup (Yahoo Sports) - Bryce Harper will start Sunday in for the Nationals a day after he was replaced in the sixth inning for lack of hustle. Harper is scheduled to bat second in Washington's lineup against the Cardinals. In the sixth inning on Saturday, Harper hit a comebacker to the mound and was easily thrown out at first base. Following the eventual 4-3 loss, Nationals first-year manager Matt Williams cited ''lack of hustle,'' for removing Harper. Angels make 3 errors on 1 play against Tigers (Yahoo Sports) - The Los Angeles Angels made three errors on one play in the first inning of their game against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Ian Kinsler was on first and began running on a 3-2 pitch to Miguel Cabrera. It was ball four, but catcher Hank Conger threw to second anyway, and the ball sailed into center field. Kinsler went to third, and when center fielder Mike Trout's throw back to the infield missed the cutoff man, the Detroit runner tried to score. Everton 2-0 Manchester United - I will address sale rumours - Lerner - Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner says he will wait until the end of the season to address reports he is set to sell the club.

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