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BOSTON - A year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the Boston Marathon, runners and spectators began filtering in Monday morning at the starting line in Hopkinton amid tight security.

About 36,000 runners have registered for the race — the second-largest field in its history, many of them coming to show support for the event and the city that was shocked by the attack on its signature sporting event.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The San Jose Sharks got a spark from an unusual place and turned a close game into another laugher against Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings.

Fourth-liners Mike Brown and Raffi Torres scored second-period goals to erase an early two-goal deficit and the Sharks rolled to a 7-2 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Kings and a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

Sunday's Games

(All Times Eastern)

NHL

Philadelphia 4 NY Rangers 2

(Series tied 1-1)

Boston 4 Detroit 1

(Series tied 1-1)

Montreal 3 Tampa Bay 2

(Montreal leads series 3-0)

San Jose 7 Los Angeles 2

(San Jose leads series 2-0)

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NBA

San Antonio 90 Dallas 85

(San Antonio leads series 1-0)

Miami 99 Charlotte 88

(Miami leads series 1-0)

Washington 102 Chicago 93

(Washington leads series 1-0)

Portland 122 Houston 120 (OT)

(Portland leads series 1-0)

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MLB

MONTREAL - Ryan Callahan thought he had given the Lightning a lifeline.

With the game tied 1-1 late in the second period, Callahan appeared to score the go-ahead goal for Tampa Bay, which had dropped the first two games of their playoff series at home against Montreal. Instead, the goal was waved off for goaltender interference.

The Canadiens went on to score before the end of the period, and ultimately beat Tampa Bay 3-2 on Sunday at the Bell Centre to take a 3-0 series lead over the Bolts.

MONTREAL - It looked like it would be easy when Rene Bourque scored for the Montreal Canadiens only 11 seconds into the game.

But the Canadiens needed a third-period goal from Tomas Plekanec and some fine saves from Carey Price to down the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Sunday night and take a choke hold on their NHL Eastern Conference playoff series.

The victory gave Montreal a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven set with a chance to sweep the Bolts on home ice in Game 4 on Tuesday night.

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - Edmonton's Kevin Martin won the Grand Slam of Curling Players' Championship in the final tournament of his career.

The 47-year-old skip beat Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., 4-3 in the men's final Sunday to give him one last victory after announcing his retirement Friday.

BOSTON - Two power-play goals and stingy penalty killing ended the Boston Bruins' offensive drought and tied their playoff series.

Reilly Smith and Zdeno Chara scored with a man advantage, the Detroit Red Wings got just one shot on goal on their four power plays and Boston won 4-1 in Game 2 on Sunday.

"We don't get too many power plays so it was good to be able to get them and be able to capitalize early," Smith said.

BOSTON - "I need to run."

The messages started arriving just hours after the bombings, pleading for an entry into the 2014 Boston Marathon. For months the calls and emails continued, runners begging for an opportunity to cross the finish line on Boylston Street and convinced it would ease at least some of their grief.

"They'd say, 'I'm not a qualified runner; I don't think I ever will be. I train. I run. I could do it. But because of what happened last year, I need to run,'" Boston Athletic Association executive director Tom Grilk said last week.

CLEVELAND - A successful road trip ended on a down note for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Reliever Aaron Loup's wildness in the sixth inning turned a two-run lead into a one-run deficit and the Blue Jays couldn't finish off a sweep of the Cleveland Indians, losing 6-4 Sunday.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was pleased with the 5-4 trip, but knows it could have been better.

"I really don't even look at it," he said. "You try to win each day. You're disappointed when you don't win, especially when you have a chance."

TORONTO - After an NBA playoff debut that didn't go as well as he'd planned, DeMar DeRozan went home and put his feet up.

"I sat in my room the rest of the day, I didn't leave the room," DeRozan said. "I didn't turn the TV on. I didn't watch any games. I just cleared my mind. Just understand it was my first playoff game."

He fought the urge to go back to the Air Canada Centre for a late-night shooting session.

TORONTO - American sports broadcaster ESPN caused the much maligned shot clock malfunction in the Toronto Raptors' opening game of the playoffs.

The day after the Raptors were mocked for the debacle, a Raptors official confirmed that an ESPN technician plugged into the same power source for the shot clocks, frying the power system.

LONDON - Liverpool assured its return to the Champions League on Sunday, but a much bigger prize is just around the corner.

What was looking like a gripping finale to the Premier League title race is starting to turn into a procession for the Reds after they beat Norwich 3-2 to move five points ahead of Chelsea with three matches remaining.

A look at play across Europe's top leagues as the end of the season approaches:

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ENGLAND

QUEBEC CITY, Que. - Eugenie Bouchard wasn't thrilled with her play, but she was more than happy with the end result as she helped move Canadian women's tennis to new heights.

The Montreal native won both her singles matches in a playoff tie with Slovakia, including the clinching match on Sunday, as Canada advanced to the 2015 Fed Cup World Group.

CLEVELAND - Indians manager Terry Francona gave his team a pep talk Saturday after they lost for the seventh time in nine games.

Cleveland responded Sunday, rewarding Francona with a 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

David Murphy hit a three-run double in the sixth inning and John Axford worked out of bases-loaded jam in the ninth as the Indians avoided a series sweep and broke a three-game losing streak.

NEW YORK - This win was three years in the making for backup goalie Ray Emery and the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Emery stood in again for injured No. 1 netminder Steve Mason and made 31 saves to help the Flyers rally from an early two-goal deficit and beat the New York Rangers 4-2 on Sunday to even the first-round playoff series.

BROSSARD, Que. - Being the only rookie to play so far in the post-season for the Montreal Canadiens has been a thrill for left-winger Michael Bournival.

He didn't get a point as Montreal took a 2-0 series lead with a pair of wins in Tampa, Fla., but he held is own playing on the fourth line with veteran Daniel Briere and Game 1 overtime hero Dale Weise.

"Every game is exciting," Bournival said Sunday as the Canadiens prepared to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 at the Bell Centre. "I'm playing with Daniel and he's got a lot of experience.

TORONTO - Rubin "Hurricane'' Carter, the former American boxer who became a global champion for the wrongfully convicted after spending almost 20 years in prison for a triple murder he didn't commit, died at his home in Toronto on Sunday.

He was 76.

His long-time friend and co-accused, John Artis, said Carter died in his sleep after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.

"It's a big loss to those who are in institutions that have been wrongfully convicted," Artis told The Canadian Press.

LIVERPOOL, England - What was looking like a gripping finale to the Premier League title race is starting to turn into a procession for Liverpool.

The rampant leaders moved five points clear of Chelsea with three matches remaining thanks to a 3-2 victory over Norwich on Sunday, taking their winning run to 11 games.

SHANGHAI - Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix.

Mercedes showed again that it's in a different class from its rivals, with Hamilton's teammate Nico Rosberg taking second place — the third time in four races this season the pair have finished one-two.

"This is a team on a roll, that's for sure," Hamilton said. "I'm going to be working hard, we're going to keep working hard because obviously the others are pushing to catch us."

DENVER - Teenager Nathan MacKinnon is growing up fast. Almost as fast as he skates.

The speedy 18-year-old delivered another stellar performance for the Colorado Avalanche, scoring his first NHL post-season goal and dishing out three assists in a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

The baby-faced forward, who was the No. 1 pick last summer, anchored a line that has propelled the Avalanche to a 2-0 lead in the series. MacKinnon, Gabe Landeskog and Paul Stastny combined for all four goals and six assists Saturday.

KATMANDU, Nepal - Nepal's authorities temporarily halted climbing on Mount Everest while search teams dug through snow and ice Sunday for three Sherpa guides missing in the deadliest avalanche on the world's highest peak that killed 13 others.

A section of the route over the dreaded Khumbu Icefall, a climbing pass where the avalanche swept a group of guides early Friday, has totally collapsed and a new trail has to be dug, ropes fixed and aluminum ladders laid over the crevasses before climbing can resume, said Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

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Saturday's Games

NHL

St. Louis 4 Chicago 3 (OT)

(St. Louis leads series 2-0)

Columbus 4 Pittsburgh 3 (OT)

(Series tied 1-1)

Colorado 4 Minnesota 2

(Colorado leads series 2-0)

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AHL

Toronto 4 Rochester 3

Albany 5 Springfield 2

Hartford 2 Bridgeport 0

St. John's 5 Portland 4

Worcester 2 Providence 0

Utica 2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0

Hershey 2 Adirondack 1

Lake Erie 4 Grand Rapids 3 (SO)

Syracuse 3 Hamilton 1

Binghamton 4 Norfolk 2

Chicago 6 Milwaukee 0

ORLANDO, Fla. - Brazilian heavyweight Fabricio Werdum earned a UFC heavyweight title shot after dominating Travis Browne en route to a one-sided decision win in the headliner of Saturday's UFC on Fox event.

Browne came out aggressively to open the fight, launching massive right hands that caught nothing but air. Showing little respect for his opponent, Browne threw blow after blow, but could never land clean. Meanwhile, Werdum (18-5-1) showed that he's more than just a submission wizard, flashing crisp striking of his own and busting up Browne's nose late in the fight.

FRISCO, Texas - Toronto FC ended a difficult early-season stretch with the kind of game they didn't want.

The Reds were dominated in possession and conceded an astounding 16 corner kicks to Western Conference leader FC Dallas, but still managed to hang in until a devastating goal in the final minutes handed them a frustrating 2-1 loss Saturday night at Toyota Stadium.

Blas Perez's score off a free kick in the 88th minute kept TFC (3-3) from leaving North Texas with an encouraging draw and instead left the players looking for answers.

PITTSBURGH - Matt Calvert's first career playoff goal gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a badly needed boost. His second ended 4,493 days of futility for a franchise that is quickly morphing from laughingstock to something considerably more potent.

Calvert banged his own rebound past Marc-Andre Fleury 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned their first Stanley Cup playoff win with a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.