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Rescuers struggle to reach many in Nepal quake, fear worstCavs sweep Celts as James scores 27 in 101-93 victory (Yahoo Sports)

Family members break down during the cremation of an earthquake victim in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 26, 2015. A strong magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)At least 3,218 are confirmed dead, two days after the quake ripped the nation.


BOSTON, MA - APRIL 26: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots against the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2015 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

LeBron James dribbled out the final 20 seconds while players embraced as the Cavaliers completed a sweep of the Celtics. It may have been the calmest, most congenial 20 seconds of a physical game that left two players with potentially serious injuries and Cleveland wondering if Kevin Love would be ready for the next round. One thing is certain: Love was angry after Cleveland beat Boston 101-93, a game he left midway through the first quarter Sunday with a dislocated left shoulder. Kelly Olynyk had his right arm entangled with Love's left arm - a move Love called ''bush league'' and intentional- as both went for a loose ball.


Republican presidential contenders woo evangelical votersPaul, Clippers even series with 114-105 win over Spurs (Yahoo Sports)

U.S. Presidential candidate and Senator of Texas Ted Cruz speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's forum in WaukeeBy Luciana Lopez DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - Republican presidential hopefuls in Iowa and elsewhere have recently begun sounding a call to arms to Christian conservatives, describing what they say is an urgent threat to religious liberty. Citing high-profile dust-ups over religious freedom bills in Indiana and Arkansas, the contenders are painting a vivid picture of faith under fire. “In the past month, we have seen religious liberty under assault at an unprecedented level,” Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said on Saturday at a forum sponsored by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition outside Des Moines.


SAN ANTONIO - APRIL 26: Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at the AT&T Center on April 26, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas

The Los Angeles Clippers answered their worst loss in playoff history with one of their most uplifting victories. Chris Paul had 34 points and seven assists, Blake Griffin added 20 points and 19 rebounds, and the Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs 114-105 on Sunday to even their first-round series at two games apiece. The Clippers, who bounced back from a 100-73 loss in Game 3, host Game 5 on Tuesday. Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said the team's ''spirit'' was broken during that lopsided loss, but he didn't coddle his players during a two-hour film session Saturday.


Freddie Gray protests show how much America has already changedCards ace Wainwright on 15-day DL, could be out much longer (Yahoo Sports)

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks in front of faith and community leaders at a news conference calling for peace in response to a Freddie Gray protest that turned violent, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Eight months ago, the future of the civil rights movement that convulsed Ferguson, Mo., remained an open question. The protests in Baltimore this weekend are the latest proof that something has already changed. In the end, it seems, it has not mattered that the groups that came together in Ferguson have not been able to spawn an organized national movement of the scope that Martin Luther King Jr. did in the 1960s. This past week, that trend has added the name Freddie Gray to the list of black men whose deaths have recently brought attention to the issue of police violence.


St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) is helped off the field after getting injured while batting during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is out at least 15 days because of an injury to his Achilles and left ankle. Hurt while batting Saturday night in Milwaukee, Wainwright was scheduled for an MRI on Monday that likely will reveal how long he'll be gone. ''Unfortunately, it is not great news,'' general manager John Mozeliak said in a video on the Cardinals' website. ''Any way you slice it, he is going to be missed for a while and potentially losing the season is very real.'' Several published reports said the Cardinals expect Wainwright to be out for the season.


Lynch inherits civil rights probes from Holder as U.S. attorney generalWall, Beal lead Wiz past Raptors 125-94 in Game 4 for sweep (Yahoo Sports)

Lynch testifies during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to become U.S. attorney general on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A string of deadly confrontations between mostly white police and black men will be among challenges immediately facing Loretta Lynch when she is sworn in on Monday as U.S. attorney general. Lynch, 55, takes over as the country's top law enforcement official after a weekend that saw thousands of people in Baltimore, Maryland, take to the streets in mostly peaceful protests over the latest such case. Building on her career as an accomplished federal prosecutor, Lynch takes over from retiring Attorney General Eric Holder, who served more than six turbulent years at the head of the Justice Department. Besides the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, other questionable encounters between police and black males in recent months have led to unrest in South Carolina, Missouri, Ohio and New York.


WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 26: Paul Pierce #34 of the Washington Wizards celebrates a play with John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2015 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

John Wall twirled a red towel overhead, Paul Pierce motioned to the fans to make more noise, and the sellout crowd of 20,356 chanted ''Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!'' The mood was so festive Sunday night that even sometimes-humorless Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman cracked wise when a reporter referred to taking a seven-game series 4-0 for the first time in franchise history. ''Do I get anything for that?'' Well, Randy, just another trip to the second round, something Washington's woebegone NBA club hadn't done in consecutive years since 1978 and 1979, when it was known as the Bullets. The Wizards emphatically finished off the Toronto Raptors in four games by winning 125-94 Sunday night to quickly close the first-round Eastern Conference series, getting 21 points and 11 rebounds from Marcin Gortat, and 14 points and 10 assists from Wall. Six Wizards scored in double figures, including Bradley Beal with 23 points and Pierce with 14, and that duo made seven of the Wizards' team playoff-record 15 3-pointers.


Baltimore mayor says outsiders turned peaceful protest violentOrioles get 20 hits in 18-7 rout of Red Sox (Yahoo Sports)

People rally for support of Freddie Gray, who died following an arrest in Baltimore, at his wake in Baltimore, MarylandBy Shannon Stapleton BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Baltimore's mayor and police on Sunday again blamed outside agitators for violence and vandalism that flared during a mostly peaceful protest over last week's death of a young black man who sustained an unexplained spinal injury while under arrest. A day after thousands of demonstrators marched through the city demanding justice in the investigation into the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, 25, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake condemned the lawlessness that erupted on Saturday. "Last night we saw a small group of agitators turning what was otherwise a peaceful demonstration into violent disruptions," Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference held by civic leaders and clergy at a Baltimore church, echoing comments she made Saturday night.


Baltimore Orioles Manny Machado, right, and Rey Navarro celebrate after scoring on a Delmon Young single against Boston Red Sox in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

The Baltimore Orioles circled the bases more often than ever before under Buck Showalter, twice scoring six runs in an inning and pounding out 20 hits without even batting in the ninth. After the infield dirt had finally settled, however, Showalter was far more interested in talking about his starting pitcher. Delmon Young drove in five runs, Chris Davis homered and the Orioles received a bounce-back pitching performance from Bud Norris in an 18-7 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. It was Baltimore's most prolific offensive showing since an 18-9 win over Cleveland on April 19, 2006, and the most runs the Orioles ever scored against Boston.




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