April 21, 2015
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook led the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 105-92 win over the San Antonio Spurs last night, evening the NBA's Western Conference finals at two games apiece. Westbrook finished with 40 points, 10 assists, five steals and five rebounds to lead the Thunder to their second straight win. Kevin Durant added 31 points for the Thunder, who continue the series Thursday at San Antonio.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger has signed a contract extension to remain in Memphis. Joerger had interviewed with the Timberwolves twice in three days before deciding over the weekend to stay with the Grizzlies. Joerger went 50-32 and helped Memphis earn the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference during his first season on the job.

MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens are still alive in the NHL's Eastern Conference finals after Rene Bourque had a hat trick in a 7-4 win over the New York Rangers. Bourque scored twice in the second period and once in the third, with two of the goals coming after the Canadiens blew a 4-1 lead. Derek Stepan returned from a broken jaw and scored twice for the Rangers, who host Game 6 on Thursday.

PARIS (AP) — Women's top seed Serena Williams plays her second-round match as part of today's French Open schedule. Men's second-seed Novak Djokovic and No. 4 Roger Federer are part of the slate, as is women's No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska. No. 2 Li Na was the highest seed to fall yesterday, losing in three sets.

ATLANTA (AP) — Struggling Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz will test out his ailing knee during a bullpen session today in Boston before learning when he'll make his next start. Buchholz set a career high with eight walks and allowed six runs in only three-plus innings on Monday before the Bosox rallied to beat Atlanta 8-6, ending a 10-game losing streak. Boston manager John Farrell revealed that Buchholz remained in the game after his left knee buckled.

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