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Wheelchair Tennis Championships proves tennis is a "sport for life"

By John Evenson



The South Florida Open Wheelchair Championships feature the best in the sport from our area, including athletes who never thought they'd ever take to the court.



Boca Raton's Stuart Contant was injured in a helicopter accident in Afghanistan back in 2002, and had never played tennis as an able bodied athlete. Now his competitive nature has made him one of the best wheelchair tennis players in Palm Beach County at age 50.



Jan Proctor has been playing tennis for over 30 years, 10 of them in a wheelchair, and says that tennis in undoubtedly a sport for life.



Click on the video link to watch them play, and to hear what keeps their competitive spirits alive on the court.

Wheelchair Tennis Championships proves tennis is a "sport for life"

Sunday, April 6 2014, 04:22 PM EDT

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NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors are heading to the second round of the NBA playoffs after eliminating New Orleans in four games, 109-98. Steph Curry had 39 points, eight rebounds and nine assists for the Warriors, who finished their first sweep in a seven-game series since 1975. Curry hit six 3-pointers. Klay Thompson added 25 points.

Draymond Green added 22 points and 10 rebounds for Golden State, which raced to a 67-54 halftime lead and led by as many as 24.

The Warriors now play the winner of the Portland-Memphis series.

In other first-round playoff series:

-- The Milwaukee Bucks will not get swept in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Jerryd Bayless made sure of that. Bayless made a layup at the buzzer off an inbounds pass to give Milwaukee to a 92-90 victory over the Chicago Bulls. That draws the Bucks within 3-1 in their Eastern Conference playoff series. Bayless finished with 10 points, one of five Bucks in double figures. Bulls guard Jimmy Butler led all scorers with 33.

---- Playing in front of their own fans seemed to help the Brooklyn Nets. They cut the Atlanta Hawks series lead to 2-1 with a 91-83 victory. Brook Lopez had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Thaddeus Young added 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Game 4 will be played on the Nets home court Monday night.

---- The 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.

NBA-MAVERICKS

DALLAS (AP) -- Coach Rick Carlisle of the Dallas Mavericks has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing officials after a loss to Houston that left the Mavs trailing 3-0 in their first-round playoff series. He was fined for comments about a play early in the fourth quarter when Dwight Howard appeared to push Devin Harris out of bounds as they chased a loose ball. Howard grabbed the ball and passed to a teammate for a 3-pointer.

NHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Islanders have forced a deciding seventh game of their NHL playoff series with Washington. Playing on their home ice the Isles beat the Capitals 3-1 to even things up at 3-3. Game seven will take place Monday in Washington.

Nikolay Kulemin (KOOL'-ay-mihn) scored the go-ahead goal with 9:27 left and Islanders captain John Tavares had a goal and assist. Nick Leddy had two assists in what could still be the franchise's final game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The winner advances to play the Rangers, defending Eastern Conference champions.

In other first-round hockey playoffs:

-- Detroit routed the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0. That gives the Red Wings a 3-2 series lead heading to Game 6 at Joe Louis Arena on Monday. Petr Mrazek (MRAH'-sehk) posted his second shutout of the series with 28 saves. Riley Sheahan, Drew Miller, Pavel Datsyuk and Danny DeKeyser scored for the Red Wings.

The Chicago Blackhawks can finish off Nashville with a victory over the Predators tonight at United Center. The Blackhawks lead that series 3-2. They're tied 3-3 with the Predators after two periods.

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. The Canucks are leading the Flames 3-2 midway through the game.

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) -- Matt Harvey finished one out shy of a complete game and improved to 4-0 by pitching the New York Mets to an 8-2 victory over the crosstown rival Yankees.

Kevin Plawecki hit his first major league home run and drove in three runs. Lucas Duda and Eric Campbell also connected off an ineffective CC Sabathia, who fell to 0-4.

The Mets rebounded from having their 11-game winning streak snapped in the Subway Series opener and kept pace with the 1986 team for best start in franchise history at 14-4.

Jaun Lagares went 4 for 4 with an RBI triple for the Mets, who got six of their seven RBIs from the Nos. 6-9 batters.

In other baseball:

---- St. Louis lost ace Adam Wainwright to an ankle injury, and then got a boost from Mitch Harris that helped the Cardinals to a 5-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Wainwright was helped from the field by a trainer after injuring his left ankle while stumbling out the batter's box during an at-bat in the fifth inning.

-- Tom Koehler outpitched Stephen Strasburg, Giancarlo Stanton homered and the surping Miami Marlins earned their fourth win in a row by blanking the slumping Washington Nationals 8-0. Defending NL East champion Washington endured its fourth consecutive defeat and fell to 7-11 on the young season.

-- Andrelton Simmons led off the seventh inning with a homer, sparking a rally that helped the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2.

-- Houston star Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) hit a three-run homer to extend his hitting streak against Oakland to 28 games, and the surging Astros beat the Athletics 9-3. Houston has won six of seven.

-- After losing to the Indians 13-1 Friday night the Tigers clawed back for a 4-1 win. Alfredo Simon (al-FRAY'doh SY'-muhn) improved to 4-0 while the loser was last-minute replacement T.J. House. He was called on to work when Trevor Bauer called in sick.

-- David Lough hit a game-ending homer in the 10th inning to cap a two-run rally against Koji Uehara (oo-eh-hahr-ah), and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 to end a five-game losing streak.

-- Tim Beckham hit a tiebreaking double during a three-run eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays won their fourth straight game by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2.

-- 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 on Sunday, followed by the regularly scheduled game. No makeup date was announced for Saturday's game.

-- Also postponed because of bad weather was the Cubs at Reds game.

MLB-INJURIES

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox have placed outfielder Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. Victorino sustained the injury while running the bases against Tampa Bay on Wednesday. He has not played since then, so the move is retroactive to Thursday. Victorino is batting just .143 in 12 games this season.

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.

OBIT-FANNING

TORONTO (AP) -- Jim Fanning, the longtime Montreal Expos executive who managed the franchise to its only playoff appearance in Canada, has died. He was 87. His death was confirmed by the Blue Jays.

Fanning was the Expos' general manager when the team entered the major leagues in 1968 and spent 25 years with the franchise that moved to Washington in 2005 and became the Nationals. As field manager in the strike-shortened 1981 season, he directed Montreal to playoffs where the Expos lost to the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.

LPGA-SWINGING SKIRTS

DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson continues to lead entering Sunday's final round of the LPGA's Swinging Skirts Classic in Dale City, California, with a one-shot lead over Morgan Pressel and Min Seo Kwak. The 17-year-old Canadian had to settle for an even-par 72 and a 9-under 207 total.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) -- Boyhood rivals Ian Woosnam and Sandy Lyle took a two-stroke lead Saturday in the Champions Tour's Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf. Former Ohio State teammates John Cook and Joey Sindelar were tied for second with Corey Pavin and Duffy Waldforf.

In the Legends Division for players 65 and older, Larry Nelson and Larry Fleisher had a four-stroke lead at 11 under.

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