Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(TORONTO) -- Paul Pierce scored five of his 20 points in overtime, Nene had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 93-86 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
Pierce hit a 3-pointer, his fourth of the game, to begin the extra session, further tormenting a Raptors team he eliminated with Brooklyn in last year's playoffs. Pierce then mocked the Raptors this week by saying, "I don't feel they have the 'it' that makes you worried," in an interview with ESPN. That prompted Raptors GM Masai Ujiri to vulgarly respond to Pierce's comments before the game.
Bradley Beal scored 16, while John Wall and Kevin Seraphin each had 10 for the Wizards.
Amir Johnson scored 18 points and DeMar DeRozan had 15 for the Raptors, who have yet to win the opening game of a first-round series in seven postseason appearances.
(NEW YORK) -- Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan is taking aim at his former team, in particular second year tight end Jace Amaro.
This is the second time Ryan has had harsh words towards Amaro in an interview with Kim Jones on WFAN in New York.
The kid's got some talent," Ryan told WFAN on Saturday. "I'm just going to leave it at that. I just know one thing: He totally misspoke, and talk about accountable—he's going to be accountable when he go to play him. He's going to be accountable for his comments.
"It's not the truth. That kid's a little... he's going to get... we'll see what happens."
The comment that initially caught the attention of Ryan's ire was:
"He's not really playing around with everyone being late," Amaro said of Bowles. "We had an issue with that last year. Guys just weren't accountable last year as much as they could be. I think that's the biggest thing. [Bowles is] making sure everyone's gonna be 100 percent in or he's not going to be on the team."
Amaro was not the only member of the Jets to intimate similar comments. During last season linebacker Demario Davis at one point remarked, "I don't see a lot of guys putting a lot of effort into film study." Rookie safety Calvin Pryor missed several meetings and was benched at several points during the season.
Amaro's comments were in reference to quarterback Geno Smith arriving late to the team hotel before a road game in San Diego last season. Smith started the game the next day.
Comstock/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll was arrested Friday for suspected cocaine possession at the MGM Grand Hotel's Wet Republic pool complex.
Stoll was held at the Clark County Detention Center. He was released from custody Friday night, an officer confirmed to ESPN.com's Katie Strang.
Stoll also was suspected of possessing Ecstasy, and NHL security was notified of the situation.
The Kings issued a statement late Friday, saying they were aware of the reports.
"Our organization is concerned and has begun conducting a thorough internal investigation," the team's statement said. "While we continue to actively gather facts, we are withholding further comment at this time."
Stoll will become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He had six goals and 11 assists in 73 games, his seventh with Los Angeles after five with Edmonton.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Baseball's all-time hits leader is joining Fox Sports as a baseball analyst.
Officials at the Fox network have announced they will hire Pete Rose as a guest analyst for MLB of Fox pregame show and several of the networks cable sports programs.
Rose, who recently filed for reinstatement to the game with new commissioner Rob Manfred, has been banned from baseball since 1989 for betting on games.
The 74-year-old Rose feels he he should make a natural transition to the studio as he hosted a nationally syndicated radio program for about eight years. He also feels that his critiques will be honest and fair.
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A popular postseason pick, the Miami Marlins have not looked like a team capable of playing in October early on. Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton made it known that he's frustrated with how the team has played this season.
Through 11 games, the Marlins are 3-8, tied for worst in the National League East.
"We're not really giving ourselves a chance, it feels like," Stanton said after the team's loss to the New York Mets on Friday night. "We've got a positive vibe, but [something] is just not there.
"The fire is not there, it seems like. You always want to have it. But when you're out there and it's game time, it's just nothing there."
During the offseason, Stanton agreed on a record-setting $325 million contract. The Marlins also brought in players like Dee Gordon, Mat Latos, Martin Prado, and Michael Morse.
Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Once seen as a core player for the Indiana Pacers, the organization isn't so sure anymore where center Roy Hibbert fits in with the team going forward.
Now in his seventh season with the Pacers, Hibbert's performance has slipped considerably this year. Never much of a scorer, Hibbert averaged 10.6 points per game this season, the lowest mark since his rookie year.
The Pacers have stated they will try to change their playing style next season, head coach Frank Vogel says Hibbert's place with the team is in question.
“We’ll have to see how it all plays out and what the roster ultimately looks like but there’s a possibility that Roy’s role will be diminished, if we’re trying to play faster and trying to play smaller,” Vogel said, via Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star. “But a lot of stuff is going to happen this summer, we’ll see how the roster shapes out coming into next season."
Hibbert has averaged 11.1 points, 6..8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game during hsi time with the Pacers.
Mike Stobe/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG) -- Don't look now, but Alex Rodriguez is arguably the hottest hitter on the New York Yankees.
A-Rod homered twice in the Yankees 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. It was career home run number 657 and 658. He's just two home runs away from tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list.
"I try not to think about that," Rodriguez said. "I’m just really focusing on trying to help the team win.”
Through 10 games this season, Rodriguez leads the Yankees in batting average, home runs, and RBIs.
Rodriguez was suspended the entire 2014 season for his role in the Biogenesis scandal.
"More than anything, I’m just feeling very grateful to be back playing baseball," he said. "I’m very grateful to (owners) Hank and Hal [Steinbrenner] for giving me the opportunity to put the uniform on again. It’s something I don't take for granted and it’s much appreciated. It just feels good to be playing baseball. I’m having fun out there."
Rodriguez is under contract for three more seasons.
Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Five-star recruit Stephen Zimmerman committed to UNLV via Twitter.
The 7-foot Zimmerman, who played high school ball at Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman High, chose to stay close to home despite being recruited by Kansas, Arizona, Kentucky, and UCLA.
Zimmerman is the No. 10-ranked prospect in the ESPN 100.
UNLV has the chance to have one of the best frontcourts in the NCAA next season if forward Christian Wood decides to return to school instead of entering the NBA Draft. UNLV also brought in Oregon transfer Ben Carter and the No. 27-ranked prospect, forward Derrick Jones.