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Wednesday Sports Minute

BREWERS:Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada throws during the first inning of the MLB National baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 15, in Milwaukee. Photo: Associated Press/Morry Gash

A quick look at the top sports headlines making news today.

CLIPPERS STILL IN THE HUNT
The Los Angeles Clippers picked up their franchise-record 57th win and stayed in the hunt for the second seed in the NBA’s Western conference by defeating the Denver Nuggets 117-105. Blake Griffin scored a team-high 24 points, and Chris Paul added 21 and 10 assists while shooting 8-for-10 from the field. The Clippers will take the No. 2 seed if the win at Portland on Wednesday while Oklahoma City loses to Detroit.

KNICKS TOP NETS
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points and the New York Knicks prevented Brooklyn from clinching the fifth seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference by downing the Nets 109-98. Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith each added 14 points for the Knicks, who are playing their last two games without Carmelo Anthony. New York’s injured scoring leader had an MRI Tuesday that revealed a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

BREWERS HIT 2-GAME SKID
The Milwaukee Brewers are on a two-game skid since reeling off nine straight wins. Shelby Miller struck out seven and allowed three hits over six innings of the Cardinals’ 6-1 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee. Mark Ellis had two RBIs in his return from the disabled list, and Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta (JAH’-nee peh-RAHL’-tah) each hit solo shots in the ninth

TAMPA BAY’S MOORE MISSES REST OF SEASON
Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Matt Moore will miss the remainder of the season after opting to have elbow-ligament replacement surgery. Dr. James Andrews is to operate next week on the 24-year-old pitcher, who made the AL All-Star team last year.

FLORIDA PANTHERS WIN NHL DRAFT LOTTERY
The Florida Panthers have won the NHL draft lottery and the right to the top pick in June. The Panthers vaulted one spot ahead of the last-place Buffalo Sabres, who had the best odds of winning the lottery. The Oilers have the No. 3 pick, followed by Calgary and the New York Islanders.

MEAL MONEY
The NCAA’s Legislative Council has approved a proposal to expand the meal allowance for all athletes. The proposal would allow Division I schools to provide unlimited meals and snacks to all athletes, including walk-ons. The measure still must be approved by the board of directors, which meets April 24.

NBA DRAFT GROWS
Syracuse sophomore forward Jerami Grant is entering the NBA draft after averaging 12.1 points and a team-leading 6.8 rebounds last season. Michigan sophomores Nik Stauskas and Glen Robinson III also have decided to leave school early for the draft, but Michigan State forward Brenden Dawson says he’ll be back for his senior season.

CAL HIRES A COACH
California has hired Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin as its men’s basketball coach. He replaces Mike Montgomery, who retired last month after six seasons in Berkeley. Martin went 63-41 in three seasons at Tennessee, including a 24-13 mark and an appearance in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament this season.

49ERS SIGN LLOYD
The 49ers have signed wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to a one-year contract. He started his career with the Niners and played with them through 2005. He then spent time with the Redskins, Bears, Broncos, Rams and Patriots before sitting out last season.

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