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Last Update on April 24, 2015 05:35 GMT

CAVALIERS-CELTICS

BOSTON (AP) -- LeBron James scored 31 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved one win away from a sweep in their first playoff series in five years with a 103-95 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

The scrappy Celtics kept it close, just as they did in the previous two games, and trailed 95-92 after Evan Turner hit a 3-pointer with 2:45 left. But Kevin Love hit two 3-pointers for a 101-93 lead with 26 seconds to go.

Cleveland can complete the sweep of the best-of-seven, first-round series Sunday in Boston. No NBA team has won a series after trailing 3-0.

Turner had 19 points and Avery Bradley added 18 while Isaiah Thomas managed just five points after scoring 22 in the first two games.

Love had 23 points and J.R. Smith added 15 for the Cavaliers.

REDS-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Kyle Lohse bounced back from a poor start this season and the Milwaukee Brewers snapped an eight-game losing streak, beating the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 Thursday.

Closer Francisco Rodriguez pumped his right arm and yelled after recording the final out. The win was a relief for the Brewers, whose 3-13 mark is the worst in the majors.

Jean Segura drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the seventh. The hit off Kevin Gregg (0-2) went to center field, and Billy Hamilton's throw home was up the third base line, allowing Logan Schafer to score.

Lohse (1-3) pitched seven neat innings after losing his first three starts with a 10.34 ERA.

BROWNS-CHASING QUARTERBACKS

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns general manager Ray Farmer has heard the rumblings about his affinity for Marcus Mariota, but that doesn't mean he'll mortgage Cleveland's future for the Oregon quarterback.

Mariota is expected to be one of the first picks in next week's NFL draft, and because the Browns have two first-round selections, there's speculation that Farmer may move up to take him. Farmer made three trades in the first round a year ago, one of them to select quarterback Johnny Manziel, and the Browns have spent years searching for a franchise QB.

Farmer insists there's not one "magic player" who can change the Browns, saying "I don't believe in that fairy tale anymore."

In his first public comments since being suspended four games by the league for texting to the sideline during games, Farmer says he "messed up."

MLS SUSPENSIONS

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Major League Soccer disciplinary committee has suspended Colorado midfielder Marcelo Sarvas for two games and Seattle defender Chad Marshall for one game for actions last week.

MLS announced the suspensions Thursday. Sarvas will miss Colorado's games against FC Dallas and New York Red Bulls, while Marshall will be on the sideline Sunday when Seattle hosts rival Portland.

Sarvas was suspended for fouling and then stepping on Seattle striker Clint Dempsey. Earlier in the same game, Marshall was given a yellow card for his hard tackle of Colorado's Vicente Sanchez. Sarvas and Marshall were also fined.

MLS also announced that Columbus violated the league's mass confrontation policy in the 33rd minute of its match against Orlando City last week.

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Last Update on April 24, 2015 22:41 GMT

NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Washington Wizards hope to benefit from the home court advantage they won by taking the first two games of their NBA playoff series with Toronto. The Raptors, who won the Atlantic Division, opened the series with the home court but lost both games in Toronto. Now, this evening, the Wizards look to take a 3-0 lead knowing that Game 4 will take place in their building this Sunday.

Houston's Rockets also have a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff with Dallas. Tonight, in the Big D, the Rockets look to take a commanding 3-0 lead in that best-of-seven affair. And keep in mind the home team will be playing without guard Rajon Rondo (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-doh), who was benched by the team a few days ago.

The final game of the night has the Spurs playing host to the Clippers after they split the opening two games in L.A.

NBA-PLAYOFFS-INJURIES

UNDATED (AP) -- Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic's (NEE'-koh-luh MEER'-uh-tich-ehz) bruised left knee is feeling better, though coach Tom Thibodeau is unsure whether the rookie will be available for Game 4 of the team's first-round playoff series at Milwaukee on Saturday. Mirotic sat out Game 3 Thursday after getting hurt during a scrum for a loose ball in Game 2 this week in Chicago. Mirotic also strained his quadriceps.

Portland guard Arron Afflalo is expected to play Saturday when the Trail Blazers host the Grizzlies in Game 3 of their playoff series. He's been sidelined with a right shoulder strain that kept him out of the first two games of the series, both Portland losses in Memphis.

NHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Canadiens and Rangers can advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with wins this evening. The Canadiens are playing host to Ottawa tonight with a 3-1 lead in their series. At the same time the Rangers, who lead the Penguins 3-1, will play host in tonight's fifth game.

The remaining game of the night features the Wild and Blues in St. Louis. The series is tied at 2-2.

NHL-PREDATORS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Defenseman Shea (SHAY) Weber of the Nashville Predators will miss the rest of the team's Western Conference quarterfinal series with Chicago. The defenseman is suffering from a lower-body injury. Weber, the Predators' team captain, hasn't played since getting hurt last week in Game 2 of the series.

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Mets are the talk of baseball as they are riding an 11-game winning streak. That streak equals the club's record and tonight they'll be going for No. 12 against their in-city foes, the Yankees. The pitching matchup for tonight's game in the Bronx features a pair of two-game winners. Jacob deGrom goes for the visitors against Michael Pineda (pah-NAY'-duh) of the Bombers. This is the only interleague game of the night.

In the American League, Detroit's Shane Green is going for his fourth win of the season against no defeats. He and the rest of the Tigers are playing host to Cleveland. The Red Sox are in Baltimore to play the Orioles, the White Sox are entertaining the Royals, Houston is playing in Oakland, it's Texas in Anaheim to play the Angels and Seattle is home to Minnesota. Phil Hughes of the Twins is winless in three decisions.

In National League games, Mat Latos (LAY'-tohs) of the Marlins goes for his first win of the season after three losses. The former Cincinnati star is on the mound at home against Washington. The Braves are in Philadelphia while the Reds host the Cubs, the Cards are in Milwaukee, Colorado is entertaining the Giants, Pittsburgh is playing at Arizona and the Dodgers are farther south in Southern California for a date with the Padres.

MLB-INJURIES

UNDATED (AP) -- Left fielder Chris Yelich (YEHL'-itch) of the Miami Marlins has been placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Monday because of a lower back strain. Yelich, who is hitting just .200 with 13 strikeouts in 11 games, also spent a two-week stint on the disabled list last season with a similar injury.

The Orioles have placed infielder Ryan Flaherty on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin strain. He sustained the injury running the bases on the final play in a 4-2 loss to Toronto on Wednesday night. Flaherty was batting .300 with two homers and four RBIs in nine games this season.

NFL-LOS ANGELES

NEW YORK (AP) -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') says the two stadium projects in the Los Angeles area look promising enough to lead to the return of the NFL to the nation's second-largest city. Goodell told the Associated Press Sports Editors group that he thinks the projects in Englewood and Carson are "viable," and have a "great deal of potential to be successful."

St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is involved in the Englewood project, while the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have combined to work on the Carson proposal.

NFL-LONDON

LONDON (AP) -- The NFL has played regular season games at Wembley Stadium in London since 2007. Three took place last season with three more planned for this coming season. Now there's word that Premier League club Tottenham is reportedly interested in hosting an NFL team at its planned new stadium if the NFL puts a full-time franchise in London.

When asked for comment, Tottenham said in a statement that the club is "looking at options" for the design and use of the stadium. It did not elaborate. Tottenham hopes to begin playing in the new stadium in the 2018-19 season.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- There's good news for fans of the Oklahoma men's basketball team as Big 12 player of the year Buddy Hield has announced he's coming back for his senior season. The 6-foot-4 Hield averaged 17.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season while shooting 41 percent from the field. With Hield's return, Oklahoma will return four starters from a team that finished with a 24-11 record and reached the Sweet 16.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The NCAA has put Oklahoma State's football program on a year of probation for failing to follow its own drug-testing policies. The Committee on Infractions also ordered Oklahoma State to suspend its Orange Pride student group after determining its all-female membership violated recruiting rules.

The penalties follow a Sports Illustrated expose in 2013 that included allegations of widespread misconduct. The NCAA and Oklahoma State said last October that the allegations were "fundamentally unfounded."

PGA-ZURICH CLASSIC

AVONDALE, La. (AP) -- Threatening weather has suspended the second round of the Zurich Classic. Hudson Swafford is the overnight clubhouse leader after his 6-under 66 put him at 11-under par for the 36 holes. First round leader Boo Weekley is also 11 under with three holes to play. Among those that completed their rounds, Brendon de Jonge (deh-YAHNG') and Cameron Tringale are tied for second just a shot back. De Jonge shot a 70, while Tringale came in with a 65. Marc Leishman is 10-under par for his round through 17 holes. That leaves him 8-under for the tournament.

PGA-WOODS

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Tiger Woods has added The Players Championship to his schedule. After a good showing at the Masters the former world No.1 has announced he will play in the TPC, an event he won two years ago. He missed last year's tournament recovering from back surgery.

Jack Nicklaus said earlier this week that Woods told him he would be at the Memorial, which is June 4-7.

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