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Thunder, Mavericks set for rematch of West final

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City's penalty for scuffling down the stretch and getting passed for the top seed in the Western Conference is a first-round playoff showdown with an all-too-familiar foe toting championship credentials.
When the Dallas Mavericks arrive for Game 1 on Saturday night, it'll be a rematch of last season's West finals dominated by Dirk Nowitzki on his way to his first NBA title.

Rangers have best record in baseball

ARLINGTON (AP) — The Texas Rangers are sending a clear message to anyone wondering how they would recover from that crushing World Series loss.
There is no hangover effect from being so agonizingly close to winning it all.
The Rangers (15-4) entered Thursday's off day with the best record in the majors. The two-time defending American League champions have won their first six series in a season for the first time in franchise history. They lead the majors in hitting, with a .295 average and 31 home runs, and have one of the top pitching staffs as well.

Mavs lose to Hawks; open playoffs at OKC

ATLANTA (AP) — Having already exceeded expectations, the Atlanta Hawks weren't about to let home-court advantage slip away in the final game of the regular season.
Led by Josh Smith, Atlanta raced to a 23-point lead in the opening quarter on the way to a 106-89 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, ensuring the Hawks will open the playoffs at home.

Cowboys move up 8 spots to get LSU CB Claiborne

IRVING (AP) — The surprise for LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne wasn't that he got picked sixth overall in the NFL draft. It was when he got a call from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Claiborne said that he had never spoken to Cowboys executives before they traded up eight spots Thursday night to take the All-American who was considered by most as the best defensive back available.

Rangers beat Yankees, win sixth series

ARLINGTON (AP) — Texas Rangers rookie Robbie Ross makes his way to the bullpen before each game wearing a kiddie cowboy vest and hat while carrying a pink backpack and plush stuffed horse.
There's nothing kid-like about the way the 22-year-old left-hander is pitching.
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