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Leonard’s bucket sends Raptors to conference finals…Blazers rally to Game 7 win…B’s blast Canes

TORONTO (AP) – The Toronto Raptors have advanced to the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in four years by getting a buzzer-beating basket to beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 92-90. Kawhi Leonard capped his 41-point effort by hitting a shot over Joel Embiid that bounced four times off the rim before going through the net. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) added 17 points for Toronto, and Pascal Siakam  added 11 with 11 rebounds.

DENVER (AP) – The Portland Trail Blazers have advanced to the NBA’s Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000 by erasing a 17-point, first-half deficit in a 100-96 victory in Game 7 against the Denver Nuggets. CJ McCollum scored 37 points for the Blazers, who trailed by one before the Nuggets shot 7-for-24 in the fourth quarter. Evan Turner delivered 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed the rebound of a desperation 3-point attempt by Nikola Jokic  in the closing seconds.

BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Bruins own a two-games-to-none lead in the NHL’s Eastern Conference final following a 6-2 rout of the Carolina Hurricanes. Matt Grzelcyk produced his first multi-goal game Connor Clifton notched his first career NHL goal while the B’s built a 6-0 lead en route to their fifth straight win. Tuukka  Rask needed to make just 21 saves to help Boston get within two victories of the Stanley Cup final.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The final round of the Regions Tradition has been pushed back to today. Yesterday’s play was suspended following a 4 1/2-hour delay created by thunderstorms and steady rain. Steve Stricker holds a two-stroke lead at 14-under 202. Two-time Tradition winner Bernhard Langer, David Toms and Billy Andrade are all two strokes back.

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