Your morning roundup for April 23, the day we hear about how a Tennessee woman's heart stopped beating for five minutes as a Lady Gaga tribute.
• After Atlanta's Jamal Crawford drained a goofy three-pointer with less than six seconds left in Game 4, the Hawks have a 2-1 series lead over the Orlando Magic. Chippy game. Good thing babycakes got courtside seats to take some of the edge off.
Richardson left the arena without speaking to reporters.
"If you get head-butted three times, you're going to have some kind of reaction," [Dwight] Howard said. "When a guy hits you — he head-butts you — it's tough not to have a reaction. But, hopefully, they look at the whole thing. If he can't play [in Game 4], then the other guys have got to step up." [Orlando Sentinel] (Photo H/T Demetri K.)
• In last night's other NBA playoff games, an "intimidating" Madison Square Garden scene prevented the Celtics from beating the Knicks by 18 points, but not from taking a 3-0 series lead [Boston Herald]. Pau Gasol decided to show up for the Lakers game in which he and his teammates defeated the New Orleans Hornets 100-86 [L.A. Times].
• Both the Buffalo Sabres and the Nashville Predators took 3-2 series leads with 4-3 overtime victories on the road. In the former, the Flyers's seemingly never-ending goaltending problems spotted Buffalo a 3-0 lead in the first period [Philly.com]. In the latter, Nashville sent the game to extra time with a long Shea Weber slap shot with 35.3 seconds remaining in the third [Tennessean].
• Brandon Marshall of the Miami Dolphins got stabbed and is in intensive care. Information just starting to emerge, but it looks like he'll be OK. [ESPN]
• Before 8,912 adoring fans, Florida Marlins pitcher Anibal Sanchez took a no-hitter into the ninth. Then, Dexter Fowler got a broken-bat single [Miami Herald].
• When Cole Hamels's four-hit [edit: eight inning] shut-out against his hometown San Diego Padres ended, the home team's two-game tally against the Phillies was zero runs and eight hits. [FoxSports]
• A lovely Milwaukee Brewers fans decided to profess her true love for Ryan Braun with a sign for all to see. She included her phone number. She said, during a subsequent interview, that it "seemed like a good idea." So, yeah, she got more than 200 calls and hundreds of texts within the first few minutes. Poor thing. [Midwest Sports Fan]
• Meanwhile, Andray Blatche of the Washington Wizards also invites you to "holla at" him.
• A San Diego high-school sophomore wrestler decided it would be a good idea to sue an opponent who body slammed him during a January match.
Devin Coley "went off the chart, doing body slams and moves that are not only illegal but dangerous," said Shane Perine's attorney, Paul Rolf Jensen. "We think this is important because it was called to the coach's attention, and he ignored it. That's a pretty significant problem." [San Diego Union-Tribune] (H/T Spencer W.)
• Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, a sophomore forward on the University of Connecticut men's basketball team, and two other dudes got caught with "5.6 grams of marijuana, a marijuana grinder and a package of cigars that are used to smoke marijuana." Cataracts. [Hartford Courant]
• LSU football coach Les Miles's sister, Ann Hope Browne, died in a car crash on Friday. Condolences. [Advocate]
• FC Twente's Luuk De Jong scores on a double header? FC Twente's Luuk De Jong scores on a double header. [SportPost]
• In an unexpectedly delightful match, Palermo held AC Milan to a 2-2 draw in the Italian semifinals. They'll play the second leg in Palermo in three weeks, winner to face either Inter Milan or Roma in the finals. [Goal]
• Today's soccer-viewing recommendations: Suarez-fueled Liverpool at Carling Cup-winning Birmingham City at 10 a.m. eastern. Second-place Chelsea vs. at-relegation-risk West Ham, 12:30 p.m. And, as if to prove their schedule goes beyond matches with one another, Real Madrid faces Valencia at 11:55 a.m. and Barcelona faces Osasuna at 1:55 p.m.
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