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Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs (Yahoo Sports)

St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen reacts after scoring the game-winning goal past Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford in triple overtime during Game 1 of a first-round Stanley Cup playoff game between the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)

The St. Louis Blues went the distance, and then some, to get the jump on the defending Stanley Cup champions. Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to cap the longest playoff game in franchise history and give the Blues a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night. Steen beat Corey Crawford off a pair of short passes from Steve Ott and David Backes to end the marathon. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock greeted reporters for the postgame news conference with a hearty ''Good morning.'' ''It's big.


Duke freshman Jabari Parker declares for NBA draft (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this March 16, 2014 file photo, Duke's Jabari Parker (1) drives past Virginia's London Perrantes (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Parker is entering the NBA draft, and there's a strong chance he'll be the No. 1 pick. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke's latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 All-American forward said Thursday he'll enter the NBA draft after being the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. Now he has the chance to do what Kyrie Irving did in 2011: follow a one-year stay at Duke by being the first name called in the June draft. Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement Thursday it was ''an honor for us to have him in our program.'' In an essay posted on SI.com, Parker said the NBA offers him the best chance to develop both as a player and off the court.


Knicks' season over, focus is on Anthony's future (Yahoo Sports)

TORONTO, CANADA - April 11: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks attempts a free throw against the Toronto Raptors on April 11, 2014 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony said he wants to stay in New York, and said he wants to win. It will be up to Phil Jackson to convince him that he can do both. With the Knicks' season over and Anthony missing the playoffs for the first time in his career, he can begin thinking about his future. The Knicks never came close this season, going 37-45.


Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

ALTERNATIVE CROP OF XLAT301 - FILE - This undated file photo of Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez is seen in an unknown location. Marquez died Thursday April 17, 2014 at his home in Mexico City. Garcia Marquez's magical realist novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality. (AP Photo/Hamilton, File)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast.


World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A girl touches the sign outside the Gabriel Garcia Marquez cultural center in downtown Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez died in Mexico City on Thursday. (AP Photo/Diana Sanchez)Reaction to death of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez:


'The Boondocks' back for final 'offensive' season

This image released by Adult Swim shows characters, from left, Riley Granddad and Huey in a scene from the "Breaking Granddad" episode of the animated series "The Boondocks," airing Monday, April 21 on Adult Swim. (AP Photo/Adult Swim)NEW YORK (AP) — The brash animated series "The Boondocks" returns Monday to Adult Swim for its fourth and final season without Aaron McGruder, the man who spawned it, but with its brashness intact.


Mount Everest Avalanche ‘Came Out of Nowhere,’ Climber Says
A climber who witnessed today’s deadliest avalanche on Mount Everest, which killed at least 12 people, said the snowslide "came out of nowhere," comparing the fallout to a war zone.
Putin 'Hopes' He Won't Have to Send Troops Into Eastern Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin said today he hopes Russia will not have to use force in eastern Ukraine.
Oscar Pistorius' Own Expert Witness Contradicts Him
Oscar Pistorius' murder trial was adjourned today for two weeks after one of the Blade Runner's own expert witnesses contradicted his testimony.