NEW YORK — As Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks get to kick off the NFL’s regular season by hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4.
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INDIANAPOLIS — When the Indiana Pacers needed a lift. Paul George stepped up. All over the court, over and over again.
WASHINGTON — Albert Pujols reached 500 homers in a hurry.
The San Antonio Spurs, the model for stability and sustained success in the modern NBA, were still a shaken team when they showed up for training camp in October, less than four months after a devastating loss to Miami in the NBA Finals.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild were denied at the net by Semyon Varlamov time after time, a 44-shot barrage in regulation that resulted in, alas, zero goals.
BOSTON — “The Star-Spangled Banner” played over Boylston Street in honor of an American winner of the Boston Marathon.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Nothing rattled the Memphis Grizzlies.
PITTSBURGH — Ike Davis became the first player to hit grand slams for different teams in the same April, and Neil Walker had a winning run single with two outs in the ninth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates twice overcame deficits to beat the Reds 6-5 Monday night.
PITTSBURGH — Ryan Braun homered in the ninth inning to tie it, then Khris Davis hit a home run in the 14th that put Milwaukee ahead for good.
CHICAGO — A split-second decision by Brent Seabrook has altered the course of the Blackhawks’ first-round playoff series against the Blues.
BOSTON — Two power-play goals and stingy penalty killing ended the Boston Bruins’ offensive drought and tied their playoff series.
HOUSTON — LaMarcus Aldridge scored a franchise playoff-record 46 points and Damian Lillard added 31, including the go-ahead free throws in overtime, to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to a 122-120 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Fabricio Werdum became the top contender for the UFC heavyweight title by winning a unanimous decision against Oahu-born Travis “Hapa” Browne in the main event of Saturday’s UFC card at the Amway Arena.
KAPOLEI, Oahu — Michelle Wie rallied from four strokes back entering the day to shoot a 5-under 67 on Saturday and win the LPGA LOTTE Championship.
PITTSBURGH — Short-handed goals have a way of turning games around. Only time will tell if the one Matt Calvert scored Saturday night will be a series-changing goal.