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Red Sox overcome 2 more homers by A-Rod (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070421/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_yankees_red_sox"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070421/capt.04a862548fe54915aa755f9f83c707ab.yankees_red_sox_baseball_mame127.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=yf4571NHOhQUhCK_3eGqfQ--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox' Jason Varitek, center, is congratulated by Boston Red Sox' Julio Lugo (23) after scoring in the eighth inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, April 20, 2007. At right is Mike Lowell. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - The ball went over the wall, and Coco Crisp went with it. He didn't do much more than tip it, but he impressed his teammates all the same.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sabres hold on to send Islanders packing (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070421/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_islanders_sabres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070421/capt.a5b5642f4b804f51b75b7018d34a8c34.islanders_sabres_hockey_nydd109.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=VSxY6j86Yoz5osEhZR9ddw--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, foreground, makes a save during the final seconds of the NHL hockey playoff game against the New York Islanders at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, April 20, 2007. The Sabres won, 4-3. (AP Photo/Dean Duprey)" border="0" /></a>AP - When in doubt, panic. It worked for Ryan Miller, whose blind glove save in the final seconds was enough to solidify the Buffalo Sabres' trip to the Eastern Conference semifinals.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sharks move on with win over Predators (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070421/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sharks_predators"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070421/capt.d41bea056fe4451c939075eeccb94b97.sharks_predators_hockey_tnmh115.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=CLT5CV_ewuKMuwaCsWSmeA--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="San Jose Sharks players celebrate after beating the Nashville Predators 3-2 to win a first-round NHL hockey playoff series, four games to one, in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, April 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Nashville Predators spent the past year improving themselves over a season ago. So did the San Jose Sharks. So the result of the opening round of the playoffs was the same.</p><br clear="all"/>

Wolf fans 10 as Dodgers cruise past Bucs (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070421/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_pirates_dodgers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070421/capt.06b300dd0c5340838a212c080bc6b053.pirates_dodgers_baseball_lad103.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=Ww3Asqabih2PU9ZeRJBRiA--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers' Randy Wolf pitches in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during a baseball game Friday, April 20, 2007, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)" border="0" /></a>AP - Randy Wolf struck out a season-high 10, hit a two-run double that highlighted a six-run third inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-2 on Friday night to improve on the best record in baseball.</p><br clear="all"/>

Vintage Brodeur puts Lightning to brink (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070421/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_lightning_devils"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070421/capt.aeedca7f270d472c82971a5ffbf66bac.lightning_devils_hockey_era107.jpg?x=108&y=130&sig=6OrAP2yFE1EQGMx3iXuKRg--" align="left" height="130" width="108" alt="New Jersey Devils' Scott Gomez (23) congratulates Martin Brodeur after Brodeur shut out the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 during Game 5 of NHL first-round hockey playoffs Friday night, April 20, 2007, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Devils lead the series three games to two. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Martin Brodeur is one shutout away from putting his name next to Patrick Roy's. More importantly, Brodeur's vintage 31-save performance has the New Jersey Devils a game away from putting Vincent Lecavalier and the Tampa Bay Lightning out of the playoffs.</p><br clear="all"/>

Pacman buys newspaper ad for fan letter (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070420/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_pacman_appeal"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070420/capt.898807215dcd41eab47346eb32a65f0b.pacman_appeal__nyol580.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=YwoRsnHXfosbZFIDSxez.A--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones watches from the sidelines during an NFL pre-season football game against the Atlanta Falcons on this Aug. 26, 2006 file photo, in Nashville, Tenn. Jones bought a full-page newspaper advertisement in Nashville's The Tennessean to print an open letter in which he promised to regain the trust of his team and fans. (AP Photo/John Russell, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones bought a full-page newspaper advertisement to print an open letter in which he promised to regain the trust of his team and fans.</p><br clear="all"/>

Lakers set for tasty playoff duel with Suns (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070421/sp_nm/nba_lakers_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070421/2007_04_20t231225_274x450_us_nba_lakers.jpg?x=79&y=130&sig=h17Z3Y4u1TV5q4ek6bNBiA--" align="left" height="130" width="79" alt="Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant reacts after being called for a foul during their NBA basketball loss to the Phoenix Suns in Los Angeles in this April 8, 2007 file photo. The Western Conference rematch between the high-flying Phoenix Suns and unpredictable Lakers is perhaps the tastiest item on the NBA playoff menu this weekend. (Lucy Nicholson/Files/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The Western Conference rematch between the high-flying Phoenix Suns and unpredictable Los Angeles Lakers is perhaps the tastiest item on the NBA playoff menu this weekend.</p><br clear="all"/>

Chris Young continues mastery of Rockies (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070421/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_padres_rockies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070421/capt.8fced646a9a84b9d8efa1afb23d1cec7.padres_rockies_baseball_cojd102.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=haAopJmZz2YKzAeXrM9hZQ--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="San Diego Padres starting pitcher Chris young throws to the plate against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game in Denver, Friday, April 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)" border="0" /></a>AP - There's something about the Mile High air that suits Chris Young, who found his control at Coors Field. Young bounced back from a wild outing at Los Angeles with seven solid innings, continuing his mastery of the Colorado Rockies in San Diego's 11-1 rout Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Twellman scores as Revolution, Crew tie (AP)
AP - Taylor Twellman added to his record as the leading scorer in New England Revolution history in a 2-2 tie with the Columbus Crew on Thursday night.

Islanders' Sean Hill suspended 20 games (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070421/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_islanders_hill_suspended"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070417/capt.0953a53951d742a4abb77eadac00a1fe.sabres_islanders_hockey__uni105.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=yhBvy0KM0.Uch8AWoeeBTA--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="New York Islanders' Trent Hunter, center, is congratulated by Sean Hill, left, and Ryan Smyth after scoring against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period of their hockey game, Monday, April 16, 2007 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Islanders defenseman Sean Hill on Friday became the first NHL player suspended for violating the league's drug policy &#151; a 20-game ban that will carry into next season.</p><br clear="all"/>

'Pacman' buys full-page newspaper ad (AP)
Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones bought a full-page newspaper advertisement to print an open letter in which he promised to regain the trust of his team and fans. In the ad in the sports section of Friday's editions of The Tennessean -- Nashville's daily newspaper -- Jones told his family, coaches, teammates and Titans fans he must reorganize his priorities.

Report: Prospects admitted marijuana use (AP)
Top NFL prospects Calvin Johnson, Gaines Adams and Amobi Okoye reportedly admitted to marijuana use during interviews with teams in February. Pro Football Weekly, citing anonymous sources, reported the three players, all expected to go early in the April 28 draft, made the admissions at the NFL combine during routine interviews.

Ricky Williams could find home with Rams (AP)
Ricky Williams, who has applied for reinstatement in the NFL after a one-year suspension for substance abuse, could find a home with the St. Louis Rams. Coach Scott Linehan, the offensive coordinator when Williams played for the Miami Dolphins in 2005, said Thursday he'd consider adding Williams to the roster as a backup.

Saints sign CB David to offer sheet (AP)
By next Friday, Jason David will know whether he'll spend the next four years in Indianapolis or New Orleans. Either way, he'll be a rich, happy man. David signed a four-year offer sheet with New Orleans on Thursday, a deal agent Cary Fabrikant said would change David's life. "Right now, Jason is in a great situation," Fabrikant said Friday.

Bengals sign veteran DL Michael Myers (AP)
The Cincinnati Bengals on Friday signed veteran defensive lineman Michael Myers to a two-year contract. Myers, a 10-year pro who was an unrestricted free agent, started every game last season for the Broncos. The 6-foot-2, 300-pound tackle led Denver's line last season with 80 tackles. He had two sacks, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Wilford, Gray sign tenders with Jags (AP)
Receiver Ernest Wilford and reserve quarterback Quinn Gray signed their contract tenders Friday, ensuring the two restricted free agents will be with the Jacksonville Jaguars at least one more year. Wilford started 12 games last season and finished with 36 catches for 524 yards and two touchdowns. The 6-foot-4 receiver, a fourth-round draft pick from Virginia Tech in 2004, has 96 receptions for...

Kings fire Musselman after one season (AP)
Sacramento Kings coach Eric Musselman gives instruction to his team during the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio, in a  Wednesday, April 11, 2007 photo. The Sacramento Kings fired coach Eric Musselman on Friday after a losing season in which the team failed to make the playoffs for the first time in nine years..

The Sacramento Kings fired coach Eric Musselman on Friday after just one tumultuous season. The Kings went 33-49 and missed the playoffs amid infighting and unimpressive play. The club, which reached the postseason eight consecutive times before coach Rick Adelman was fired last summer, wasted no time removing Musselman, but intends to take plenty of time to choose his replacement.


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Celtics' Telfair arrested on gun charge (AP)
Boston Celtics' Sebastian Telfair, left, takes the ball to the basket past Detroit Pistons' Antonio McDyess during the first half of their NBA basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, in Auburn Hills, Mich. Celtics guard Telfair was arrested early Friday, April 20, 2007, after police in New York stopped him for speeding and found a loaded handgun under a seat in his SUV, police said.

Boston Celtics guard Sebastian Telfair was arrested early Friday after police stopped him for speeding and found a loaded handgun under a seat in his SUV. Telfair, 21, of Brooklyn was stopped at about 4 a.m. on the Bronx River Parkway in Yonkers, N.Y. after being clocked at 77 mph in a 45-mph zone in his Range Rover, Westchester County police spokesman Kieran O'Leary said.


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NBA playoffs about second chances (AP)
Kobe Bryant and the Lakers get another chance to finish the job against the Suns. The Chicago Bulls try again to knock out the Miami Heat in the first round. The NBA's second season is all about second chances -- and the Dallas Mavericks hope to get theirs in the NBA finals after their collapse against the Heat last year.

Heat, Bulls collide again in first round (AP)
They played six tense games in the first round of the playoffs last year, and their recent history includes hard fouls and harsh words. But if there's a rivalry between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls, that's news to Shaquille O'Neal. "They want to make it a rivalry," the Heat center said. "If I'm walking down the street and you say to me, 'We're rivals,' we're not rivals," he said.

Pistons plan to use experience vs. Magic (AP)
Detroit Pistons coach Flip Saunders meets with players, from left, guard Lindsey Hunter, guard Chauncey Billups, forward Tayshaun Prince, guard Richard Hamilton (32) and center Chris Webber (84) during a timeout in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Auburn Hills, Mich., Jan. 28, 2007. The Pistons face the Orlando Magic in the first round of the playoffs, starting Saturday, April 21, in Auburn Hills.

Even though the Detroit Pistons are in the playoffs for the sixth straight year, Richard Hamilton insists they don't have a ho-hum attitude. "We all get the same, exciting feeling," Hamilton said Friday. "It's like the first day of school. You take your clothes out, lay them on the bed and get some brand-new sneakers.


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Nets' Carter the focus for Raptors (AP)
Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell likens Vince Carter's departure from Toronto to a divorce. The marriage may be over, but the hearts of Toronto basketball fans still haven't healed. The Raptors won the Atlantic Division this year for the first time in team history, and made it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

Rockets, Jazz seek past playoff success (AP)
The Houston Rockets hung a banner during their last regular-season home game to honor retiring general manager Carroll Dawson. They haven't had much more to celebrate lately. Houston hasn't won a playoff series since 1997 and since winning back-to-back championships in 1994 and '95, the Rockets have slipped to third-best in their own state, behind Dallas and San Antonio.

Cavaliers wary of weakened Wizards (AP)
The Cavaliers' motto for this year's playoffs is: "Rise Up!" Perhaps a more fitting catchphrase for their first-round series with Washington should be: "Don't Trip Up!" Though damaged, the Wizards are still dangerous. Sure they are. Well, at least that's what the Cavaliers want everyone to believe. Thanks to a series of fortuitous breaks on the final day of the regular season, Cleveland jumped up to...

NBA committee to study Vegas proposal (AP)
NBA basketball commissioner David Stern answers questions during a news conference in Dallas in this June 9, 2006 file photo. Stern said Friday he will appoint a committee of owners to study the proposal of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman submitted about how his city would handle an NBA team.

There are no plans yet for what happens if the SuperSonics leave Seattle. Las Vegas still has hopes of being the possible destination. Las Vegas' goal of landing an NBA franchise is still alive after commissioner David Stern said Friday he will appoint a committee of owners to study the proposal mayor Oscar Goodman submitted about how his city would handle a team.


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Marleau's goal helps Sharks oust Preds (AP)
San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20), of Kazakhstan, is congratulated by Nashville Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun (29), of the Czech Republic, after the Sharks beat the Predators 3-2 to win a first-round NHL hockey playoff series, four games to one, in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, April 20, 2007.

The Nashville Predators spent the past year improving themselves over a season ago. So did the San Jose Sharks. So the result of the opening round of the playoffs was the same. Patrick Marleau scored his second goal with 4:21 left, and the Sharks grabbed a berth in their third straight Western Conference semifinals, beating Nashville 3-2 Friday night.


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Sabres hold off Isles, win series (AP)
Buffalo Sabres' Ryan Miller, center,  makes a save under pressure from New York Islanders' Miroslav Satan (81), of Slovakia, and Alexei Yashin (79), of Russia, as Sabres' Toni Lydman (5), of Finland, and Derek Roy (9) defend during the first period of the NHL hockey playoff game at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, April 20, 2007. The Sabres won, 4-3.

When in doubt, panic. It worked for Ryan Miller, whose blind glove save in the final seconds was enough to solidify the Buffalo Sabres' trip to the Eastern Conference semifinals. "I panicked," Miller said, describing his stop that prevented Miroslav Satan from rallying the New York Islanders from a three-goal, third-period deficit.


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Islanders D Hill gets 20-game drug ban (AP)
Islanders defenseman Sean Hill on Friday became the first NHL player suspended for violating the league's drug policy -- a 20-game ban that will carry into next season. Hill was already traveling home to Long Island when the Islanders were eliminated from the playoffs with a 4-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres in Game 5 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Brodeur, Devils blank Tampa for 3-2 lead (AP)
New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur deflects the puck as Andy Greene (6) looks on in the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning during Game 5 of NHL first-round hockey playoffs Friday night, April 20, 2007, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Devils won 3-0 to give the Devils a 3-2 series lead.

Martin Brodeur is one shutout away from putting his name next to Patrick Roy's. More importantly, Brodeur's vintage 31-save performance has the New Jersey Devils a game away from putting Vincent Lecavalier and the Tampa Bay Lightning out of the playoffs. Brodeur shook off a couple of shaky games to post his 22nd career shutout and got goals by Andy Greene, Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez in a 3-0...


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Giguere helps Ducks eliminate Wild (AP)
The puck pops out of the glove of Anaheim Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere during the third period of an NHL Western Conference quarterfinal hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2007. Ducks won 4-1, and eliminated the Wild from the playoffs.

The most unexpected skirmish happened before the game even started. Several hours later, Travis Moen finished the evening with an empty-net goal and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 Thursday night to clinch their first-round playoff series in five games. Ryan Getzlaf scored the go-ahead goal on a power play late in the second period, Corey Perry added his first career playoff goal with...


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Home ice the difference in Flames-Wings (AP)
Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg, left, watches Calgary Flames' Miikka Kiprusoff block his shot during third-period NHL Western Conference quarterfinal playoff hockey action in Calgary, Canada, Thursday, April 19, 2007. The Flames beat the Red Wings, 3-2, to tie the bet of seven series at 2-2.

The home team has won every game in the Calgary-Detroit series, and the Red Wings are hoping the trend continues at Joe Louis Arena in Game 5 on Saturday. "The bottom line is we have to hold serve here," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said Friday. The Western Conference's top-seeded team got off to a blazing start in the first-round series, beating the Flames 4-1 and 3-1 in games that seemed more...


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Stars looking to end 6-game home slide (AP)
Marty Turco and the Dallas Stars need to solve two problems quickly before they fall further behind in their first-round playoff series with the Vancouver Canucks. Dallas will try to snap a five-game home playoff losing streak Tuesday and even up the tightly contested Western Conference series when it faces Vancouver in Game 4.

Despite loss, Pens see bright future (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins crammed a decade's worth of improvement and uncertainty, progress and hope, accomplishment and anticipation into a single 6 1/2 -month season unlike any other in their 40-year history. But what most encourages their fans is that there may be more to come, even after a season that saw Sidney Crosby become the NHL's youngest scoring champion at age 19 and the Penguins make...

Rangers say they can go deep in playoffs (AP)
When the Rangers went through their seven-season itch of missing the playoffs, Brendan Shanahan established himself as a champion. So it should be no surprise the Broadway Blueshirts advanced further in Shanahan's first season in New York than they had in a decade. Now that they are in the second round, the Rangers don't see why they can't take this run a lot deeper.

Jackets fire president and GM MacLean (AP)
After six losing seasons without a trip to the playoffs, the Columbus Blue Jackets pulled the plug on president and general manager Doug MacLean. The club said Thursday that MacLean had been fired, while announcing that Mike Priest will take over as president, and assistant general manager Jim Clark will be elevated to interim GM.

Bowyer wins duel with Kenseth (AP)
Clint Bowyer poses with the trophy after he won the NASCAR Busch Series' Bashas' Supermarkets 200 auto race Friday, April 20, 2007, in Avondale, Ariz.

Clint Bowyer won a stirring duel with Matt Kenseth on Friday night, taking the lead with 14 laps to go and holding on in the Busch Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.


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Stewart still considering retirement -- in 2 1/2 years (AP)
Tony Stewart made headlines when he said he was ``ready to retire'' after a frustrating race at Texas Motor Speedway last Sunday.

Earnhardt in the spotlight at Subway Fresh Fit 500 (PA SportsTicker)


Gordon still looking for that next win (AP)
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. runs between turns one and two during a practice session Friday, April 20, 2007, in preparation for Saturday's Subway Fresh Fit 500 race in Avondale, Ariz. Earnhardt is in the final year of his contract with Dale Earnhardt Inc. and has made owning a share of the company a major issue of his negotiations.

When Jeff Gordon won last July at Chicagoland Speedway, the excitement began to build.


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Indi-Car defending champion Castroneves takes pole (AFP)


Waltrip still happy as car owner despite miserable start (AP)
NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip waves as he walks to his car before practice at Texas Motor Speedway, Friday, April 13, 2007, in Fort Worth, Texas. The drivers are preparing for the Samsung 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series auto race on Sunday, April 15, 2007.

Michael Waltrip has been through tough times before.


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Earnhardt denies DEI rumors (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor

Gordon wins fourth pole of season (AP)
Jamie McMurray was relieved after Jeff Gordon easily took the pole from him Thursday at Phoenix International Raceway.

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