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Datsyuk's Late Goal Vaults Wings Past Bruins in Game 1


Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Pavel Datsyuk's goal with 3:01 remaining in the game gave the Red Wings the lead and the eventual 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins Friday night, in Game 1 of their First-Round playoff series.

While Datsyuk's goal decided the game, the contest was really all about the goaltending. Jimmy Howard saved all 25 shots he faced to earn the shutout while Boston's Tuukka Rask was nearly as good stopping 23 shots. Both teams also played well on defense, especially clearing out loose pucks from in front of their nets.

Detroit now has home-ice advantage and improves to 4-1 against the President's Trophy winning Bruins this season. 

"I'll take home-ice advantage any time," Bruins head coach Claude Julien said, "But that doesn't mean you can't win on the road ... which is what we have to do in this series if we plan on winning this."

Game 2 is Sunday in Boston. The puck is scheduled to drop at 3PM ET.

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Duke's Rodney Hood Declares for the NBA Draft


Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Duke forward Rodney Hood announced Friday he will enter the NBA Draft.

The redshirt sophomore transferred from Mississippi State to Duke for the 2012-13 season but was forced to sit out due to NCAA transfer rules. Hood played well last season averaging 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

“I want to thank Coach K, the entire coaching staff, my teammates and everyone involved with the Duke program for giving me this opportunity,” Hood said in a release. “Playing at Duke was a lifelong dream. Everything I experienced here has helped me grow and develop as a player and as a person."

Hood becomes the second player in two days from Duke to declare for the draft. Freshman Jabari Parker announced he was going pro on Thursday.

"Rodney had two terrific years here at Duke," Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. "He was an integral part of our team two years ago because he was such a great practice player, and this year he was one of the best players in the country. So consistent, and a great young man on and off the court. He will do really well in the NBA."

Hood is expected to be a first-round pick.

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Reyes Set to Come Off DL Saturday


Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is set to be activated from the disabled list Saturday.

Reyes strained his left hamstring during his first at bat of the season and hasn't played since.

During the past couple of days, Reyes has been on a rehab assignment in Florida, playing two games with Class A Advanced Dunedin.

Blue Jays skipper John Gibbons says the 2011 NL batting title winner will play in the team's game versus the Indians Saturday.

"He's going to be good to go," Gibbons said. "He's coming, he's ready to go and he'll be in there."

The 30-year-old Reyes missed 66 games last season due to a sprained left ankle. During the 93 games he did play, Reyes hit .296 with 58 runs scored, 10 home runs, 37 RBIs, 15 stolen bases and a .353 on-base percentage.

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Ike Davis Traded to Pirates


Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Mets traded first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday in exchange for reliever Zach Thornton and a player to be named later.

The 27-year-old Davis was a first round pick of the Mets in the 2008 Amateur Draft. He started off his career with the Mets strong, hitting .264 with a .351 on-base percentage, 19 home runs and 71 RBIs in 2010. But an ankle injury ruined his 2011 season and Davis hasn't been the same since.

"I really had a blast in New York," Davis said. "I made my dreams come true, childhood dreams come true, playing in the big leagues here. But it's just a stepping-stone. It happens to a lot of people, getting traded. Now (I'll) go help my team in Pittsburgh."

Thornton, 25, has never played in a major league game. Before the trade, he was pitching for the Pirates' Triple-A team in Indianapolis.

Thornton has thrown 7.1 innings this season compiling a 2-0 record with a 1.23 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and eight strikeouts. The Mets will send him to their Triple-A club in Las Vegas.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 4/18/14


Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) --  NHL Playoffs: First Round -  Montreal Canadiens 4 - Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (Montreal leads series, 2-0)

Detroit Red Wings 1 - Boston Bruins 0 (Detroit leads series, 1-0)

Anaheim Ducks 3 - Dallas Stars 2 (Anaheim leads series, 1-0)

MLB:  Cincinnati Reds 4 (7-9) - Chicago Cubs 1 (4-11)

Atlanta Braves 6 (11-5) - New York Mets 0 (8-8)

Washington Nationals 3 (10-7) - St. Louis Cardinals 1 (10-7)

Milwaukee Brewers 5 (12-5) - Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (8-9)

Miami Marlins 8 (7-10) - Mariners 4 (7-9)

Toronto Blue Jays 3 (9-8) - Cleveland Indians 2 (7-9)

Baltimore Orioles 8 (8-7) - Boston Red Sox 4 (7-10)

Los Angeles Angels 11 (8-8) - Detroit Tigers 6 (7-6)

Texas Rangers 12 (10-7) - Chicago White Sox 0 (8-9)

Kansas City Royals 5 (8-7) - Minnesota Twins 0 (8-8)

Tampa Bay Rays 11 (8-9) - New York Yankees 5 (10-7)

Colorado Rockies 12 (9-9) - Philadelphia Phillies 1 (7-9)

San Diego Padres 2 (8-9) - San Francisco Giants 1 (10-7)

Oakland Athletics 11 (11-5) - Houston Astros 3 (5-12)

Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (5-14) - Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (10-7) 12 Innings

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ESPN: Texans Exercise Contract Option on J.J. Watt


Scott Halleran/Getty Images(HOUSTON) --  The Texans have officially exercised the fifth-year option in defensive end J.J. Watt's contract for the 2015 season, according to ESPN.

Teams have until May 3 to make a decision on whether to exercise the fifth-year option, which is guaranteed for injury only until the final day of the 2014 league year.  The Texans didn't hesitate to pick up Watt's option before the deadline passes.

For players drafted in the top 10, the value of the fifth-year option is equal to the transition tag for their position during this offseason.  The two sides are likely to work out a long-term contract somewhere down the line.

Watt was drafted by the Texans with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft.  Over his first three NFL seasons, the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year has 36.5 sacks.

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Cardinals Place RHP Joe Kelly on DL


Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  The St. Louis Cardinals have placed right-hander Joe Kelly on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Kelly was injured while trying to beat out a bunt attempt in the fourth inning of the Cardinals' 5-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

In a corresponding move, the team optioned righty reliever Keith Butler Triple-A Memphis and recalled rookie right-handers Eric Fornataro and Jorge Rondon.  Both could make their MLB debuts during this weekend's series against the Washington Nationals.

In three starts for the Cardinals this season, Kelly is 1-1 with a 0.59 ERA.  He came into spring training unsure of what his role would be this season, but he eventually beat out Carlos Martinez for the team's fifth starter spot.

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Clippers' Blake Griffin Advocates Medical Marijuana in the NBA


NBA via Los Angeles Clippers(NEW YORK) -- He may not be the first one to do it, but Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin may be the biggest NBA star to endorse the use of medical marijuana in the NBA.

Griffen feels marijuana should be legalized not only in the NBA, but in all professional sports.

"It doesn't really affect me, but so many guys would probably benefit from it and not take as many painkillers, which have worse long-term effects," Griffen told Rolling Stone Magazine. "So I would vote yes. I just think it makes sense."

The advocacy for the legalization of marijuana for professional athletes has grown louder in recent months. Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders recently came out and supported the use of marijuana for athletes just after it was announced that he would be suspended five games by the NBA for using the drug.

Going further, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has also came out and said that the NFL should look into medicinal marijuana.

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Bulls Confident in Derrick Rose's Return


NBA via Chicago Bulls(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Bulls may be gearing up for a playoff run, but the team is also eagerly awaiting the return of point guard Derrick Rose for next season.

Back in November, Rose had surgery to fix a meniscus tear in his right knee, and was ruled out for the rest of the season.

Still, General Manger Gar Forman reiterated that not only Rose will return, he will return at full strength, and return to the player fans were accustomed to seeing.

Rose played in just 10 games this season and missed all of the previous season with a torn ACL he suffered in the opening round of the playoffs. Rose has missed 152 out of the past 162 games.

When healthy, Rose is one of the best players in the NBA. The 25-year-old Rose won the NBA's MVP Award during the 2010-2011 season. For his career, Rose has averaged 20.8 points and 6.8 assists per game.

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Mark Cuban Thinks New Bucks Owners Got a Great Deal


Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Reality Rocks(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- Even though the Milwaukee Bucks were the worst team in the NBA during the 2013-2014 season, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thinks the new owners of the team got a real bargain.

Recently, longtime Bucks owner Herb Kohl recently agreed to sell the team to hedge-fund billionaires Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry for $550 million.

"I think they got off cheap," Cuban said. "I think that was a bargain. I think it's worth a lot more than that. I think someone got a bargain. You can't look backwards. You've got to look forward. You don't value teams based off what happened in the past."

Back in January, Forbes valued the franchise at $405 million, which was the lowest among the 30 NBA teams.

Cuban also went on to suggest that the true value of an NBA franchise is around $1 billion.

Back in 2000, Cuban purchased the Mavericks for $285 million. They were recently valued now at $765 million, eighth-highest among NBA teams.

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