BOSTON (AP) — Thanks in part to Jason Terry, the Boston Celtics are alive and well in the NBA playoffs. He scored Boston's last nine points as the Celtics weathered a strong comeback by the Knicks to avoid being swept with a 97-90 overtime win. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 29 points as they forced a fifth game in the series, which will be played in New York Wednesday night.
New York had tied the game 84-84 after trailing by 20 points early in the third quarter. It was 88-all before the Celtics regained control and took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Terry. Carmelo Anthony, who led the Knicks with 32 points, hit a short jumper, but Terry connected on a 15-footer with 50 seconds remaining for a 93-90 lead.
After Anthony missed a 3-pointer with 21 seconds to go, Terry was fouled and sank both free throws. He added a layup to close out the game.
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche have fired coach Joe Sacco (SAK'-oh). The move came a day after the team missed the playoffs for the third straight season. The Avs never got on track in the lockout-shortened season and finished last in the Western Conference. Sacco was hired in 2009 after coaching in the minors.
DALLAS (AP) — Joe Nieuwendyk (NOO'-in-dyke) has been dismissed as general manger of the Dallas Stars after four seasons and no playoff appearances. The dismissal came the day after Dallas completed a 22-22-4 season. The Stars missed the playoffs for the fifth season in a row.
Regular season set to end
UNDATED (AP) — Today is the last day of play in the NHL's lockout-shortened season. There is just one game on the agenda and it's a big one as the Boston Bruins must win to make the playoffs.
Last night the Bruins blew a 2-0 lead against Washington and lost to the Capitals 3-2 in overtime. At the same time Montreal beat Toronto 4-1 in its last game of the season, putting the Canadiens one point in front of the Bruins in the Northeast Division.
This evening, in Boston, the Bruins entertain Ottawa with the Northeast Division title at stake.
Draft lottery coming up
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL holds its draft lottery Monday night, and the Florida Panthers have the best odds of winning. The draw will determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the league's amateur draft June 30. All 14 NHL teams that missed the playoffs have a shot at the No. 1 selection. The Panthers finished with the fewest points in the NHL this season.
UNDATED (AP) — R.A. Dickey has suffered another loss. The 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner with the Mets is now 2-4 this season with the Blue Jays as the Yankees beat the Jays 3-2. Lyle Overbay sent a knuckleball from Dickey into the right field bullpen for a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning. The win gave New York a four-game sweep.
— Giancarlo Stanton slammed two home runs and had four runs batted in as the Marlins beat the Cubs 6-4. Winning pitcher Ricky Nolasco gave up three runs in seven innings and retired the final 15 batters he faced. Despite the win, the Marlins have the worst record in baseball at 6-19.
— The Phillies completed a three-game sweep of the Mets with a 5-1 victory. Ryan Howard snapped a seventh-inning tie with a pinch-hit double and Cole Hamels earned his first win of the season against three defeats. All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz went 1 for 4 with a double in his return to the Phillies from a 25-game amphetamine suspension.
There are two games tonight. In Kansas City the Royals are playing host to the Indians in the second-half of a day-night doubleheader and in Detroit the Tigers are playing host to the Braves.
Several players head to DL
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Cleveland backup catcher Lou Marson is back on the disabled list because of an inflamed right shoulder. To fill the void the Indians recalled catcher Yan Gomes (YAHN GOHMS). Marson first went on the DL on April 9 with a strained neck. He was activated Wednesday and appeared in three games before landing back on the DL.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox placed starter Gavin Floyd on the disabled list with a flexor muscle strain in his right arm. Floyd left Saturday's 10-4 loss to Tampa Bay due to the injury after giving up two hits and two runs with two walks and a strikeout in 2 2-3 innings. The right-hander is 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA in five starts.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a dislocated left thumb. He was knocked out of Saturday's game in the sixth inning when he was hit on the hand by a foul tip. Luis Exposito was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to replace Teagarden.
Horschel moves in front
AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Billy Horschel has taken the lead late in final round of the PGA's Zurich Classic in Avondale, La. He is 7-under for the day through 13 holes and 19-under for the tournament. D.A. Points is one back after completing 13 holes of the last round.
LPGA-NORTH TEXAS SHOOTOUT
Last round in progress
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Carlota Ciganda (SHAR'-lahta SUH'-gahnda) has a two-stroke during the final round of the North Texas LPGA Shootout outside Dallas. Coganda is at minus-14 after 11 holes, while Inbee Park is 12-under after 11 as well.
Faxon/Sluman finish first
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The pairing of Brad Faxon and Jeff Sluman won the Champions Tour Legends of Golf better ball tournament in Savannah, Ga. They finished play 23-under par, one shot in front of the teams of Fred Funk and Mike Goodes and Kenny Perry and Gene Sauers. The duo had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch in the middle of their round and made par on their final four holes to hold on for the win.
Pre-tournament favorites Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur) and Tom Lehman (LAY'-muhn) finished play 19-under-par.
Nadal and Sharapova win tournaments
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') won the Barcelona Open for the eighth time, defeating Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-3 for his fourth title of the year. After trailing 3-0 in the first set, Nadal found his form and broke his fellow Spaniard in three of his next four service games to take command.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) beat Li Na (lee nah) 6-4, 6-3 to successfully defend her WTA Porsche Grand Prix title in a final between the last two French Open champions. The top-seeded Russian swept to her second title of the year after winning in Indian Wells, Calif.
Yale hockey coach dies
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Tim Taylor, who had the most hockey wins in Yale University history, has died from cancer at the age of 71. He coached 28 seasons in New Haven, not including two years with Olympic teams. He won more games, 337, than any coach in the 117-year history of the program.