- Deron Williams and Joe Johnson both scored 24 points as the Brooklyn Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 94-87 in the opening game of their NBA playoff series Saturday. Toronto, which won a club-record 48 games this season, erased a five-point deficit in the fourth to lead 76-75 with about five minutes remaining.
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- Mark Buehrle pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and remained unbeaten this season, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Cleveland Indians 5-0 on Saturday. Jose Reyes hit an RBI single in his first game since opening day, when he strained his left hamstring in his first at-bat of the season and went on the disabled list.
- Despite taking part in full practice Saturday, Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason will not suit up for the team's game Sunday against the New York Rangers. Mason, who is recovering from an upper body injury, told reporters after practice he's still not feeling ready and is now aiming for Game 3 on Tuesday.
- The Colorado Avalanche pulled off a comeback victory in their first playoff game since 2010 and the Central Division champions hope to take a 2-0 series lead when they host the Minnesota Wild in Saturday's Game 2 from the Pepsi Center. Catch the game on TSN starting at 9:30pm et/6:30pm pt.
- Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy says he doesn't expect leading scorer Matt Duchene to play in the first-round playoff series against Minnesota. Duchene has been out since damaging the MCL in his left knee when he ran into a teammate against San Jose on March 29.
- Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri apologized Saturday for insulting Brooklyn before an outdoor gathering of fans in advance of Toronto's NBA playoff game against the Nets. Emotions ran high as the Raptors returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and Ujiri helped stoke the pre-game fire.
- Milan Lucic is paying the price for his actions in Game 1 of the Boston Bruins' first-round series against the Detroit Red Wings. The Bruins forward has been fined $5,000 by the National Hockey League for spearing Red Wings defenceman Danny DeKeyser in the groin.
- Max Scherzer struck out nine in seven innings and the Detroit Tigers finally managed to beat the Los Angeles Angels, 5-2 on Saturday. Detroit had lost 10 straight to the Angels and hadn't beaten them since Aug. 26, 2012.
- The Columbus Blue Jackets will take another shot at the earning the first playoff win in team history on Saturday when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
- Six-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic will take a break from tennis to treat his sore right wrist. Djokovic says "I cannot play tennis for some time. How long, I don't know."
- Ryan Gropp, Travis Konecny and Jared McCann scored third-period goals to lead Canada to a 5-2 win over Germany at the world under-18 hockey championship Saturday. Gropp broke a 2-2 tie at 14:24 of the third before Konecky put the defending champions ahead 4-2 at 16;18. McCann rounded out the scoring with 35 seconds remaining to play.
- Chelsea suffered a major setback to its English Premier League title aspirations with a 2-1 home loss against last-place Sunderland on Saturday. Chelsea missed the opportunity to dislodge Liverpool from top spot, and the Reds will have the chance to extend their lead to five points at Norwich on Sunday.
- Roger Federer ousted defending Monte Carlo Masters champion Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 on Saturday to set up an all-Swiss final against Stanislas Wawrinka. Wawrinka progressed after beating Spaniard David Ferrer 6-1, 7-6 (3).
- What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago Jose Reyes spent part of April on the disabled list with a severely sprained left ankle but there was no clear return date in sight. On Saturday, Reyes was back from a strained left hamstring. TSN Blue Jays reporter Scott MacArthur has more from Cleveland.
- Relievers will tell you one of the things they appreciate about their roles is the near-immediate opportunity to make amends for a poor performance. Starters, when they struggle, have to live with it for five days. For Sergio Santos and Steve Delabar, two of the three men who authored one of the ugliest pitched innings in Blue Jays' franchise history on Thursday night, the bounce-back chance came right away.
- Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany isn't the only celebrity with a few clones out there. (Catch her brood's return in the Season 2 premiere of Orphan Black on Saturday, April 19, at 9 p.m. ET on Space.) Some of our favourite stars are but a costume change away from pulling a Sarah Manning and assuming the lives of their equally famous doppelgangers. Or maybe they've been the same people all along? Hmm... By Denette Wilford
- We're only halfway through the Cambridges' tour of Australia and New Zealand, but it's already been sooo good. The best way to get an inside look at what's been happening Down Under is through Prince George's Instagram, which is royally awesome (and royally fake, but why nitpick?). But if you were hoping to find pictures of anyone other than Prince George, think again. As with any human under the age of two, there is only one star in the room: him. By Denette Wilford