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John Isner hoping to make the most of Delray Beach Open

By John Evenson

The ATP World Tour will take over the the Delray Beach Tennis Open by the Venetian Las Vegas on Monday, and the # 1 player in the country, and the # 1 seed, John Isner says he's ready to get into the groove.

"I haven't really practices that much since the Australian Open," admits Isner, " so I'm just trying to get fit, just get the feel of putting hours on the court."

Isner says he loves player at Delray, an easy drive from his home in Tampa, and that he should be in for a challenge with the talent he'll be facing this week. Win or lose he says he's using the tournament to build for later in the year.

"I want to win this tournament, but if that doesn't happen so be it."John Isner hoping to make the most of Delray Beach Open

Monday, February 17 2014, 10:44 AM EST

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NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks, top seed in the NBA Eastern Conference, take a 2-0 lead into Brooklyn for today's Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. The Hawks are 6-0 against Brooklyn this season, including the playoffs.

That's one of four NBA playoff games on top today. Later, the Chicago Bulls can earn some rest if they finish a sweep of Milwaukee. Their main man has been Derrick Rose, who had 34 points and eight assists in 48 minutes of Chicago's 113-106 double-overtime victory on Thursday.

Similarly, Golden State can eliminate New Orleans with another victory in the Big Easy. On Thursday, the Warriors roared from 20 points down in the fourth quarter to stun the Pelicans 123-199 in OT. Steph Curry had 40 in logging 44 points in that one.

Tonight's NBA schedule concludes with Portland hosting Memphis as the Grizzlies take a 2-0 lead into the Rose City. The Blazers are looking for a better performance from All-Star guard Damian Lillard, who has shot just 10 of 37 in the first two games. He has missed 10 of his 11 3-point tries.

NHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP)-- The Washington Capitals can advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs with a victory over the New York Islanders today. Washington leads the series 3-2. Capitals coach Barry Trotz says winning Game 5 to push the Islanders to the brink of elimination won't have any impact today.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have considerable momentum entering today's Game 5 against Detroit on their home ice. Last time out the Lightning roared from a 2-0 deficit in the final five and a-half minutes in Detroit to beat the Red Wings 3-2 in overtime and even the series at two games apiece.

The Chicago Blackhawks can finish off Nashville with a victory over the Predators tonight at United Center. The Blackhawks lead that series 3-2. Last time out rookie Filip Forsberg had the hat trick as Nashville scored a Game 5 victory on its home ice.

Finally tonight, Daniel Sedin (suh-DEEN') and Vancouver are hoping to draw even in their first-round series against Calgary when they take on the Flames in Game 6 in Calgary.

MLB-ROYALS/WHITE SOX

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Major League Baseball has come down on seven members of the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox for their roles in a brawl earlier this week. Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was suspended seven games, fellow starter Edinson Volquez suspended five games, and outfielder Lorenzo Cain and reliever Kelvin Herrera suspended two games apiece for taking part in the benches-clearing fight Thursday night.

White Sox pitchers Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAHR'-juh) were suspended five games.

All six players were fined an undisclosed amount, along with White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers. The Royals-White Sox game on Saturday was rained out, meaning all suspensions will begin Sunday unless a player chooses to appeal.

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Mets try to start another winning streak when they continue their weekend Subway Series with the Yankees. All-Star ace Matt Harvey tries to put the Mets back in the win column after the Yankees ended their 11-game winning streak last night. Harvey is nursing a sore ankle. The Yankees have won seven of their last eight. They'll give the ball to CC Sabathia (suh-BA'-thee-uh).

Overall there were seven scheduled day games on the agenda. That said, a suspended game and a scheduled game between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals have been postponed because of rain. The teams will resume Friday's rain-suspended game with the score tied 2-2 at 1:10 p.m. on Sunday, followed by the regularly scheduled game. No makeup date was announced for Saturday's game.

There are nine more games coming up tonight.

MLB-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics have placed infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist on the 15-day disabled list with torn cartilage in his left knee. Zobrist was batting .240 with one homer and eight RBIs in 14 games. He has started games at second base, left field and right field so far this season.

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