Sports returns to Boston...NBA playoffs tip off today

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Associated Press

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Apr 20 at 10:06 AM

BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox and Bruins are set to return to action after yesterday's successful manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings brought the Hub to a standstill. The Red Sox play the Kansas City Royals this afternoon and the Bruins face the Pittsburgh Penguins, also on Saturday afternoon, in a meeting of two of the top four teams in the NHL's Eastern Conference.

UNDATED (AP) — The NBA's second season begins today. In the opening contest the Knicks are hosting the Celtics this afternoon while later in the day Denver is home to Golden State. Tonight's two games feature the Bulls at Brooklyn and Memphis in L.A. to face the Clippers.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Brandt Snedeker gets to play on at the rain-delayed RBC Heritage after the second-round wrapped up Saturday morning. The world's fifth-ranked golfer was among the additional 21 players who got in when Jesper Parnevik (JEHS'-pur PAR'-nek-vihk) missed a 5-foot par putt on the 18th hole this morning to just make the 36-hole cut.

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Michael Allen has opened his bid for back-to-back wins on the Champions Tour by taking the lead with a 5-under 67 this morning in the rain-delayed first round of the Greater Gwinnett Championship. Allen won last month's Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on the senior circuit.

MONACO (AP) — Eight-time defending champion Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') recorded his 46th consecutive win at the Monte Carlo Masters by beating Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh) 6-3, 7-6 today in Monaco. That sets up a repeat of last year's final against top-ranked Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak YOH'-koh-vihch).

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