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MINNEAPOLIS _ After a lopsided sweep of the rebuilding Baltimore Orioles to start their homestand, the Minnesota Twins faced a much better test of their strong start to the season with a four-game series against the Houston Astros. Buoyed by a well-balanced lineup and some solid starting pitching, the Twins won three times while surging to the best record in the American League. Jose Berrios won his fourth straight start, Jason Castro homered off former battery mate Brad Peacock and drove in four runs, and the Twins beat the Astros 8-2. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 870 words, photos.
HOUSTON _ James Harden squinted under the bright lights of the Toyota Center court on Thursday and parts of both eyes remained a garish, bloody red. It was clear Houston’s superstar was still dealing with injuries to his eyes after being hit by Golden State’s Draymond Green in Game 2. Harden insisted the problem wouldn’t keep him out of Game 3 on Saturday as the Rockets try to climb out of an 0-2 hole against the two-time defending champions. “If I played barely seeing last game, what makes you think I’m going to sit out Game 3?” Harden asked defiantly. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 590 words, photos.
BKN--WARRIORS-ROCKETS TECHNICALS RESCINDED
OAKLAND, Calif. _ Warriors forward Draymond Green and Houston big man Nene had their double technical fouls rescinded by the NBA from Tuesday night’s Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals. Golden State had approached the league asking for the consideration. The NBA said on Twitter that the technicals had been dropped “upon league office review.” That’s a big deal for Green if the two-time defending champions play deep into the postseason again. The Warriors lead their best-of-seven series with the Rockets 2-0 going into Game 3 on Saturday in Houston. With one fewer technical now, Green’s total for the postseason is back to three — and seven draws an automatic one-game suspension. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 280 words, photos.
NEW YORK _ A former aspiring business manager for NBA players insisted Thursday that he never bribed college basketball coaches in exchange for their help in steering players on their rosters to him to sign up as clients. The denials came when Christian Dawkins was cross-examined as the only defense witness at a college basketball corruption trial in federal court in Manhattan. Dawkins, 26, was testifying in his own defense at the trial in which he and his co-defendant, amateur coach Merl Code, have pleaded not guilty to charges accusing them of conspiring to bribe coaches as schools including Arizona, the University of Southern California, Creighton University and Texas Christian University. SENT: 270 words, photos.
RALEIGH, N.C. _ The Carolina Hurricanes haven’t made the playoffs often. When they do, they stick around for a while. This is just their fourth postseason appearance since 2002, but they reached the Eastern Conference final _ at least _ in each of their last three appearances and are one victory against the New York Islanders from a fourth. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 850 words, photos.
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