Escape act: LeBron, Cavs edge Pacers 109-108 in Game 1

CLEVELAND (AP) — Their regular-season issues followed the Cavaliers into the playoffs. They didn't win their postseason opener as much as survive it.

The champions remain puzzling.

  • Written by TOM WITHERS , AP Sports Writer

Penguins beat Blue Jackets 5-4 in OT to take 3-0 series lead

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With help from Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel and the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins are on the verge of sweeping their opening playoff series against Columbus.

  • Written by MITCH STACY , AP Sports Writer