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NHL-MARATHON BOMBINGS

Trying to get back to normal in the Hub

BOSTON (AP) — Emerging from a moment of silence with a deafening cheer, fans at last night's Bruins-Sabres NHL game paid tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing with a stirring national anthem and a thunderous chant of "U.S.A.!"

The sold-out crowd at the first major sporting event in Boston since Monday's attack lined up for metal-detecting wands and random car inspections to get into the TD Garden.

The Boston Fire Department Honor Guard brought out the U.S. flag to honor the first responders who rushed to the aid of the three killed and more than 170 injured by the twin bombs at the marathon finish line.

Longtime Boston Garden troubadour Rene Rancourt took his place for the "Star-Spangled Banner." But he sang only the first few lines, allowing the crowd to carry the tune while he pumped his fist to keep time.

The Buffalo Sabres edged the Bruins 3-2 in a shootout.

MLB SCHEDULE

Get-away-day games

UNDATED (AP) — A quartet of afternoon games on this get-away day. Starting things off, the San Francisco Giants face the Brewers in Milwaukee.

The Chicago Cubs host the Texas Rangers, the Mets take on the Rockies in Denver and the Detroit Tigers and Mariners meet in Seattle only hours after completing their 14-inning contest at Safeco Field.

At night it's the Diamondbacks and Yankees in New York, the Red Sox and Indians wrapping up their series in Cleveland, Tampa Bay facing the Orioles in Baltimore and the White Sox and Blue Jays playing in Toronto.

In the National League the Braves take on the Pirates in Pittsburgh while the Cardinals face the Phillies in Philadelphia and the Marlins vist the Reds in Cincinnati.

NBA-PLAYOFFS SET

On to the playoffs

UNDATED (AP) — Let the second season begin. The end of the regular season means the playoffs are about to get underway.

On Saturday, The Celtics and Knicks open their series in New York. Golden State and the Nuggets meet in Denver for the first of their best-of-seven series. The Bulls and Nets are in Brooklyn and the Memphis Grizzlies travel to L.A. to play the Clippers.

On Sunday, the Hawks are at Indiana, the Lakers take on the Spurs in San Antonio, The Heat play Milwaukee in Miami and the Thunder take on the Houston Rockets in Oklahoma City.

NHL-PLAYOFF CHASE

Fighting to extend the season

UNDATED (AP) — Ten days before the end of the regular season, teams are scrambling to make it to the NHL playoffs.

Among the games of note on today's schedule: the Washington Capitals are in Ottawa. In the Western Conference, the Columbus Blue Jackets are in Los Angeles while Minnesota travels to San Jose.

NBA-COLLINS OUT

Sixers coach resigns

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Just hours after his Philadelphia 76'ers finished the season 34-48, in ninth place and out of the playoffs, coach Doug Collins has resigned. Collins, who has a year left on his contract, will stay with the team as a special consultant.

His resignation was announced today by owner Josh Harris.

The Sixers began the season with high hopes, having been to the playoffs in Collins' first two years as coach, but it unraveled in part because of a knee injury to center Andrew Bynum.

Collins wanted no part of what is expected to be a long rebuilding process from the bench and will instead add his input from the front office.

WNBA-BULLYING

Top hoops stars talk about being bullied as kids

NEW YORK (AP) — Before they were college basketball stars and the future of the WNBA, Brittney Griner, Skylar Diggins and Elena Delle Donne had something else in common: They were all bullied when they were children.

The top three picks in the WNBA draft tell The Associated Press that standing out in a crowd wasn't always easy.

The 6-foot-8 Griner says it was hard "being picked on for being different," not just her size, but also her sexuality.

Delle Donne says she was not the only person in her family to be bullied. She talked about her older sister Lizzie, who is deaf, blind and has cerebral palsy.

Digins, who has become close freinds with the other two former college stars, says she has learned a lot from the pair, especially Griner, on how to deal with the negative criticism they have all endured.



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