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NBA: The Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 93-81, thrusting the two-time defending champions into a 2-0 series black hole. The news gets worse for the Lakers, who lost their second consecutive playoff game at home, as the Western Conference semifinal series now shifts to Dallas for the next two games.

The top-seeded Chicago Bulls finally played like a No. 1 seed, defeating the Atlanta Hawks 86-73 to knot their Eastern Conference semifinal series at one game apiece. Newly anointed league MVP Derrick Rose, who received his award before the game, led the Bulls with 25 points.

Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin was officially named the NBA Rookie of the Year, making him the league's first unanimous pick in 21 years.

NHL: The Tampa Bay Lightning completed a shocking four-game sweep of the top-seeded Washington Capitals with a 5-3 victory, ousting the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed. Riding a seven-game win streak, Tampa Bay now is headed to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 2004.

The Boston Bruins are one game away from a sweep after trouncing the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1. Boston now holds a 3-0 series lead and could complete the sweep Friday on its home ice. Last season, when these two teams faced off in the conference semis, Boston held a 3-0 series lead and allowed the Flyers to come back and win four straight to take the series.

The San Jose Sharks took a commanding 3-0 second-round lead in their series with the Detroit Red Wings, winning 4-3 in overtime. Devin Setoguchi scored three of the Sharks' four goals.

MLB: The Boston Red Sox-Los Angeles Angels game, which began at 7:10 p.m. ET Wednesday, ended more than 7 1/2 hours later at 2:45 a.m. ET on Thursday. Bobby Abreu hit a two-run single in the 13th inning to give the Angels a 5-3 victory. In addition to the extra innings, the teams waited out a two hour, 35 minute rain delay in the fifth.

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