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MLB: Ike Davis sets grand slam mark for April

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.

NBA playoffs: Aldridge fires Blazers past Rockets

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.

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Solemn tributes mark Boston Marathon bombing

BOSTON — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience in the face of a terror attack.

Players union is not the answer

A union is a large-tool solution for workers who share common interests and injustices. It only seems like the right tool and remedy for NCAA athletes, until you start weighing whether it would actually create more economic opportunities and more benefits for more players, than it would destroy. It’s the wrong tool for this job.