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Magnitude-7.9 quake hits Nepal, causing big damage, injuriesHarden, Howard lead Rockets to 130-128 win, 3-0 lead on Mavs (Yahoo Sports)

People wait at a school after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck, in Kathmandu, NepalThe damage includes toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said.


DALLAS, TX - APRIL 24: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks during Game Three of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 24, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

James Harden deferred to Dwight Howard and his role players when Houston swept two games at home to open a first-round series against Dallas. The MVP candidate took over in the game that put the Rockets on the verge of Harden's first postseason series victory with Howard in their second season together - even interrupting his big man on a question about the best rebounding game of the center's playoff career. Harden scored a playoff career-high 42 points, Howard had his postseason best with 26 rebounds and the Rockets beat the Mavericks 130-128 on Friday night for a 3-0 lead in their first-round series. I was OK with that,'' Howard said, although he did have seven of his 13 points to help Houston hold on in the fourth quarter.


Obama: ‘We all bleed when we lose an American life’Goodell: LA projects viable for bringing back team (Yahoo Sports)

President Barack Obama holds up a jar full of paper clips while speaking at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's (ODNI) 10th anniversary at ODNI headquarters in McLean, Va., Friday, April 24, 2015. Obama was making a joke about Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper and used the jar to help illustrated the point. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)The president defends U.S. spying operations a day after two al-Qaida hostages were killed by drone strikes.


Roger Goodell says the two stadium projects in the Los Angeles area look promising enough to lead to the return of the NFL to the nation's second-largest city. The NFL commissioner told the Associated Press Sports Editors group Friday that he thinks the projects in Inglewood and Carson are ''viable,'' and have a ''great deal of potential to be successful.'' ''We had presentations earlier this week that are very exciting,'' Goodell said. ''Not just for a return but to continue being successful going forward.'' St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is involved in the Inglewood project, while the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have combined to work on the Carson proposal.
Olympian Bruce Jenner makes transgender history by identifying as a womanRangers head to 2nd round, await Capitals or Islanders (Yahoo Sports)

Bruce Jenner arrives at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las VegasBy Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner said on Friday that he identifies as a woman, becoming the most high-profile American to come out as transgender. The 65-year-old Jenner made the declaration in a wide-ranging interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, nearly 40 years after his record-breaking Olympic gold-medal win in the decathlon that gave him the unofficial title of "World's Greatest Athlete." At the outset of the taped interview, Sawyer asked "Are you a woman?" and Jenner responded, "Yes, for all intents and purposes I am a woman." "People look at me differently," Jenner added.


New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, celebrates after Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Friday, April 24, 2015, in New York. The Rangers won 2-1 to advance to the second round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The New York Rangers aren't accustomed to this. Now, after four straight 2-1 victories - the clincher in Game 5 Friday night against Pittsburgh on Carl Hagelin's overtime goal - they actually get some time to, as coach Alain Vigneault put it, ''heal some bumps and bruises.'' New York will face the winner of the Capitals-Islanders series, which Washington led 3-2 heading into Saturday's game at Nassau Coliseum. Rather than look ahead to a potential next opponent, the Rangers looked forward to some rest. ''We will take the next couple of days here to recuperate and recover and we'll get right back to strategizing for the next series and getting ready.'' One of the injuries came in the first period to forward Mats Zuccarello.


Gaps remain in probe of Baltimore man's death in police custodyPierce, Wall get Wiz past Raptors 106-99 for 3-0 series lead (Yahoo Sports)

Workers rally at a union protest Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Carson City, Nev. The workers are opposing Republican-sponsored bills in the Nevada Legislature that would restrict collective bargaining and alter public employee pensions. (AP Photo/Michelle Rindels)By Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - An investigation into the death of a black man in Baltimore police custody is still trying to figure out what happened, the police commissioner said on Friday as the city braced for a major protest over the incident. Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said police would release surveillance camera photos involving the death of Freddie Gray, 25, who died on Sunday a week after being arrested. More than 1,000 protesters are expected in Baltimore for a march from the site of his arrest to City Hall on Saturday, police said. Batts said Gray was put in a police van for transport to a police station and he was not buckled in at any time, as regulations required.


WASHINGTON, DC -  APRIL 24: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards celebrates a victory against the Toronto Raptors in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2015 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

After hitting a 3-pointer to double the Washington Wizards' lead with 16.3 seconds left, Paul Pierce turned to the stands with arms aloft, nodded and yelled, ''That's why I'm here!'' Yes, the Wizards wanted the 37-year-old Pierce for his leadership and his past postseason success. John Wall drew choruses of ''M-V-P!'' from the crowd by producing 19 points and 15 assists, but it was Pierce who hit two key 3s late as part of an 18-point performance, and the Wizards closed in on a first-round playoff sweep by beating the Toronto Raptors 106-99 on Friday night. ''You're not playing against chopped liver,'' Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.


Indiana university in lockdown on report of armed personLeonard leads Spurs to 100-73 win over Clippers and 2-1 lead (Yahoo Sports)
(Reuters) - An Indiana university was in lockdown late on Friday night after an armed person was reported near the main administration building, school officials said. Manchester University in a statement advised students at its North Manchester campus, some 36 miles (58 km) west of Fort Wayne, to shelter in place. "Barricade yourself in a room, stay away from windows. Be quiet, silence cell. Wait for police or All-Clear," the school said in a campus alert. Further details were not immediately provided by the school. (Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Michael Perry)

SAN ANTONIO - APRIL 24: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs goes up for a shot against the Los Angeles Clippers during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at the AT&T Center on April 24, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- - Kawhi Leonard has a passion for playing defense, but the San Antonio Spurs forward does not want to be regarded a one-dimensional player. So, a day after earning NBA Defensive Player of the Year honors, Leonard's offensive outburst helped San Antonio break the Los Angeles Clippers' ''spirit'' in a blowout victory. Leonard had a postseason career-high 32 points and the Spurs never trailed in dominating the Clippers 100-73 on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round series. ''He continues to impress me every time he's out there,'' San Antonio veteran Tim Duncan said.




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