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Sports Report: Siena's Billy Harrell Dies At 85

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Siena Saint legend, Billy Harrell, has died at the age of 85. The Hall of Famer’s jersey became the first one to be formally retired by Siena in 2006. He had led the Saints, then known as the Indians, to a 70-19 record from 1949 to 1952.


The Siena’s NCAA Division I mens’ lacrosse team has its play-in game vs. Bryant at 4 p.m. today in Rhode Island.


A group of New York lawmakers announced yesterday plans to introduce a resolution with intent to ban dictionary defined racial slurs from appearing in team names, such as the NFL’s Washington Redskins.


In the NBA playoffs, Miami outshot Brooklyn 107-86, giving the Heat a 1-0 series lead, and San Antonio bested Portland 116-92, giving the Spurs the series lead 1-0.

The NBA has a new Most Valuable Player. LeBron James' two-year reign is over after Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant captured the honor. He has also been named the cover athlete of NBA 2K15, an annual video game series.

The Golden State Warriors have fired coach Mark Jackson after the team's first-round loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in a seven-game series.


In the NHL playoffs, Montreal doubled up Boston 4-2, for a 2-1 series lead, and Minnesota blanked Chicago 4-0, for its first series win over the Blackhawks.


In baseball, in interleague play, Toronto beat Philadelphia 6-5 in 10, Boston bested Cincinnati 4-3 in 12, the White Sox defeated the Cubs 5-1, Colorado blew out Texas 12-1, and Kansas City slid past San Diego 3-1 in 11.

In the American League, the Yankees trumped the Angels 4-3, Baltimore edged Tampa Bay 5-3, Detroit beat Houston 11-4, Cleveland topped Minnesota 4-2, and it was Seattle over Oakland 8-3.

In the National League, Miami shut out the Mets 3-0, the Dodgers defeated Washington 8-3, Pittsburgh slid past San Francisco 2-1, Atlanta trumped St. Louis 2-1, and Arizona topped Milwaukee 7-5.


Former heavyweight boxing champion Jimmy Ellis, who trained with fellow Louisville fighter Muhammad Ali and squared off against some of his era's best fighters, has died in his hometown at age 74. His brother says Ellis had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease in recent years.