On to the playoffs...Sports return to Boston...Nadal advances


UNDATED (AP) — The NBA's regular season has come to an end, and the first postseason match-ups are set. The playoffs start Saturday with New York hosting Boston, and Chicago visiting Brooklyn. Defending champion and top-seeded Miami hosts Milwaukee on Sunday, and the Hawks visit the Indiana Pacers. In the West, the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder will play the Houston Rockets, San Antonio hosts the L.A. Lakers, Denver is home against Golden State and the L.A. Clippers have the home-court edge against Memphis.

BOSTON (AP) — The Bruins didn't win, but Bostonians are celebrating a return to major sports following the Boston Marathon bombing. Last night's game against the Buffalo Sabres featured a slideshow of marathon scenes, the crowd singing the national anthem and a postgame stick-raising salute to the city and its fans. Buffalo won 3-2 in a shootout.

MONACO (AP) — Eight-time defending champion Rafael Nadal has extended his Monte Carlo Masters winning streak to 44 matches by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-4 today in the third round. The third-seeded Nadal will next face Grigor Dimitrov. Sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also advanced, beating Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-0. The Frenchman will next face either second-seeded Andy Murray or No. 13 Stanislas Wawrinka (vah-VINK'-ah).

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Britain's most decorated Olympian is retiring from cycling. Chris Hoy has won six gold medals during his 13-year career, one more than British rowing great Steve Redgrave. The 37-year-old Scot has spearheaded Britain's surge to the forefront of world track cycling.

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Groups protesting Bahrain's Formula One race have put up makeshift roadblocks and barricades of burning tires during clashes with security forces in the Gulf nation. Today's demonstrations have been mostly isolated to anti-government hotbed areas and organizers say the unrest does not pose a threat to Sunday's race, the premier international event in the kingdom.

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