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Monday, May 2, 2011
Playoffs Heat up

By Whitney Holtzman

NBA: Behind Dwyane Wade's 38 points, the Miami Heat dominated the Boston Celtics 99-90 on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

The eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies, who won their first playoff game this season, took Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals by upsetting the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-101 on Sunday. Memphis made history Friday, becoming only the second No. 8 seed ever to defeat a No. 1 seed in a best-of-seven, first-round series after ousting the San Antonio Spurs from the playoffs with a 99-91 victory in Game 6 of their opening-round series.

NHL: The Washington Capitals, the top seed out of the East, fell into a 2-0 hole in their Eastern Conference semifinal series after losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in overtime Sunday night.

The San Jose Sharks jumped out to a 2-0 second-round series lead after beating the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Sunday.

It took two overtimes but the Nashville Predators defeated the West's top seed, the Vancouver Canucks, 2-1 on Saturday, tying their second-round playoff series at one game apiece.

The Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers by a score more reminiscent of a football game -- 7-3 -- in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Saturday.

NFL: So you know that whole thing last week about the lockout being over? Well, just kidding. On Friday, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided to temporarily keep the lockout in place. The court is expected to decide this week whether to leave the lockout in effect for the period of time it will take to decide whether Judge Susan Richard Nelson's decision to end the lockout should be overturned altogether.