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Casey irked by comments already writing off Raptors

TORONTO—One game into the Toronto Raptors’ playoff series against Miami, LeBron James and some news outlets already are looking ahead to a Cavaliers-Heat Eastern Conference final.

Raptors’ coach Dwane Casey was less than pleased, but not surprised.

“I saw that. Like I’ve said, nobody respects us, everybody has written us off, and that’s fine,” Casey remarked.

Crash-fest at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala.—Two cars went airborne, 35 were involved in an accident of some kind, and Danica Patrick had the wind knocked out of her in a vicious crash into the wall.

Just another demolition derby at Talladega Superspeedway.

Brad Keselowski won the crash-fest yesterday that was dominated by multiple wrecks that caused millions of dollars in damage to race teams.

Blues even up series

DALLAS—David Backes gave the St. Louis Blues a big gift on his 32nd birthday—another overtime goal to go home even.

What a serenade of “Happy Birthday” for the Blues’ captain from his teammates after Backes scored off a rebound during a power play 10:58 into overtime of Game 2 last night for a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars.

White Sox sweep Jays

By John Chidley-Hill THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO—Catcher Dioner Navarro was an asset for the Toronto Blue Jays last season behind the plate.

Now with the Chicago White Sox, he used that knowledge to pick apart his former team.