Created: Sun, 11 May 2014 01:15:23 EST
Updated: Sun, 11 May 2014 01:15:23 EST
Nets conquer Heat
UNDATED (AP) — In danger of falling behind three games to none in the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals, the Brooklyn Nets finally demonstrated how they were about to sweep the regular-season series from the Miami Heat.
Joe Johnson led six Nets to score in double-figures, scoring 19 points on 7 of 10 shooting in a 104-90 triumph over the Heat. Andray Blatche added career playoff highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds in under 20 minutes off the bench. Deron Williams finished with nine points and 11 assists after being held scoreless in Game 2, but he missed eight of his 11 shots.
The Nets shot 53 percent from the field and took control by outscoring Miami 26-14 in the third quarter. Brooklyn limited the Heat to 33 points over the second and third quarters.
LeBron James scored 28 points for Miami after registering 22 in each of the first two games. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade finished with 20 points and Chris Bosh added 12, but none of the other Heat players had more than nine.
Game 4 is Monday in Brooklyn.
Rookie netminder leads Ducks...B's double up Habs for 3-2 edge
UNDATED (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have evened their Western Conference semifinal series at two games apiece, and they may have found another starting goaltender.
John Gibson turned back 28 shots in his first career playoff appearance to lead the Ducks past the Los Angeles Kings 2-0. Head coach Bruce Boudreau (boo-DROH') elected to start the rookie over Jonas Hiller following an injury to Frederik Andersen.
The Ducks did all the scoring during a 2:43 span late in the first period as Ryan Getzlaf (GETS'-laf) scored a power-play goal after assisting on Devante Smith-Pelly's game-winner. Anaheim took just three shots over the last 40 minutes, none in the second period.
Corey Perry had two assists for the Ducks, who host Game 5 on Monday.
The road team has won all four games in the series.
The Boston Bruins have a three-games-to-two lead in the Eastern Conference finals after finally getting some production from their power play.
Reilly Smith and Jarome Iginla (juh-ROHM' ih-GIHN'-luh) scored 22 seconds apart with the man advantage as the Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2. The goals gave Boston a 3-0 lead 96 seconds into the second period.
The B's had been 0-for-39 with the man advantage against the Canadiens over 14 playoff games since 2009.
Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson also scored and Tuukka (TOO'-kah rask) stopped 29 shots to help the Bruins pick up their second straight win.
Boston can wrap up the series Monday night in Montreal.
Bollig suspended for boarding Ballard
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has given a two-game suspension to Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig for boarding Minnesota defenseman Keith Ballard in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series.
Bollig received a minor penalty for boarding in the second period of Chicago's 4-2 road loss Friday night. Ballard sustained an upper-body injury on the hit and didn't travel to Chicago for Game 5.
A 6-pack for Greinke
UNDATED (AP) — Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) has become the third six-game winner in the majors this season.
Greinke allowed two runs and six hits while striking out eight over seven innings of the Los Angeles Dodgers' 6-2 win over San Francisco. He's allowed fewer than three runs in each of his last 20 starts, the longest such stretch by any pitcher since the "dead ball" era.
But the Dodgers trailed 2-0 early and didn't take the lead until Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) and Dee Gordon hit consecutive RBI doubles in the seventh. Matt Kemp added an eighth-inning homer to help the Dodgers end a two-game skid.
Also in the majors:
— Rickie Weeks singled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning as Milwaukee downed the New York Yankees 5-4. Jonathan Lucroy (LOO'-kroy), Carlos Gomez and Aramis (ah-RAH'-mihs) Ramirez homered for the Brewers, who scored three unearned runs on an error by Brendan Ryan.
— John Jaso (JAY'-soh) smacked a solo homer and provided a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th to complete Oakland's comeback in a 4-3 triumph against Washington. The Athletics trailed 3-1 in the ninth until Jed Lowrie hit an RBI double and scored on Josh Donald's single.
— Arizona beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 as Wade Miley held the Pale Hose to two runs on four hits in seven innings. A.J. Pollock and Martin Prado each had two hits and an RBI from the top of the Diamondbacks' batting order.
— Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez belted three-run homers to support Max Scherzer as the Detroit Tigers ripped Minnesota 9-3. Scherzer labored for six innings, allowing three runs, five hits and four walks on 116 pitches before improving to 5-1.
— Baltimore beat Houston 5-4 on Steve Clevenger's RBI double in the bottom of the 10th. Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones belted solo homers as the Orioles extended their season-high winning streak to five games and moved six games over .500.
— Shane Victorino had three hits and four RBIs in Boston's 8-3 rout of Texas. David Ortiz hit a solo homer and a double to support Jon Lester, who's 4-4 after allowing three runs and just four hits in seven innings.
— Tyler Skaggs retired 21 straight batters at one point and gave up just two earned runs and four hits in eight-plus innings as the Los Angeles Angels downed Toronto for the second straight day, 5-3. Chris Ianetta (eye-ah-NET'-uh) hit a two-run shot and rookie C.J. Cron drove in two runs with a single and his first big league homer.
— Erik Bedard gave up one hit in six shutout innings and Tampa Bay broke a four-game skid by thumping Cleveland 7-1. James Loney had three hits and RBIs, and Matt Joyce added a pair of sacrifice flies to help Bedard win his second straight start since a 15-start winless streak.
— Chris Young limited Kansas City to a run and three hits in eight innings of Seattle's 3-1 verdict over the Royals. Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer and Dustin Ackley added a solo shot in the Mariners' 12th victory in 16 games since their eight-game slide.
— Corey Dickerson was the hitting star in Colorado's 11-2 laugher against Cincinnati, going 4-for-5 with two homers, two doubles, a career-high four RBIs and three runs scored. Charlie Blackmon and Dickerson hit back-to-back home runs to start the game before Justin Morneau and Troy Tulowitzki later homered for the Rockies.
— Pedro Alvarez singled in the go-ahead run while Pittsburgh scored four times in the fourth inning of a 4-3 triumph against St. Louis. Josh Harrison had two hits and an RBI as the Pirates earned their fourth straight win and improved to 11-3 in their last 14 games against the Cardinals in Pittsburgh.
— Ervin Santana is 4-0 after tossing five-hit ball for seven innings of Atlanta's 2-0 shutout of the Chicago Cubs. Ryan Doumit (DOH'-miht) snapped a scoreless tie with a pinch-hit double in the seventh after Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija (sah-MAHR'-juh) held the Braves to two hits in six innings.
— Ryan Howard capped his four-hit night with a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning to lift Philadelphia past the New York Mets 5-4. Jimmy Rollins was 3-for-4 with a homer and four runs scored, and Chase Utley collected two RBIs.
— Seth Smith fell a single shy of the cycle while going 3-for-4 with a solo homer and four RBIs in San Diego's 9-3 pounding of Florida. The game was 2-2 in the sixth until Chase Headley launched a three-run homer.
Reds activate Chapman, Braves DL Walden
UNDATED (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds activated pitcher Aroldis (ah-RAHL'-dihs) Chapman from the 15-day disabled list and demoted hurler Curtis Partch before Satruday's game against Colorado. The left-hander opened the season on the disabled list after undergoing surgery to repair damage after being struck in the left eye and nose by a line drive during a spring training game on March 19.
And the Atlanta Braves have placed right-hander Jordan Walden on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, a move retroactive to May 5. Walden has one save and a 2.92 ERA in 14 games as one of the team's top setup relievers. The open roster spot allowed the Braves to recall lefty Ian Thomas from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Draft continues with big names still available
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL's three-day draft is finally complete, a process that began with Jadaveon (jah-DAY'-vee-ahn) Clowney, ended with Lonnie Ballentine and sparked another embarrassing moment for the Miami Dolphins.
The St. Louis Rams used their final seventh-round pick to take Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team. Shortly after the Rams selected Sam, Dolphins safety Don Jones tweeted, "Horrible." The tweet was taken down a short time later.
The Dolphins were at the center of bullying scandal last season that led to one player leaving the team and another receiving a suspension for instigating the hazing.
Ballentine received the distinction of being Mr. Irrelevant as the final player selected. The Houston Texans took the free safety from Memphis.
The New York Giants were able to use their fourth-round pick to grab Doak Walker Award winner Andre Williams and bolster their running game. Williams was picked 113th overall after rushing for 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns for Boston College last season.
Quarterbacks Aaron Murray of Georgia and A.J. McCarron of Alabama were finally selected on the third day. Murray was picked up in the fifth round by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 163rd pick, one spot before Cincinnati grabbed McCarron. Another SEC signal-caller had to wait until the sixth round to be taken as Tennessee landed LSU's Zach Mettinberger with the No. 178 choice.
Bills get running back help from Eagles
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have picked up running back Bryce Brown in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Bills gave up a conditional draft pick in 2015 or 2016 and swapped seven-round picks in today's draft. Brown has 190 carries for 878 yards and six touchdowns in two seasons with the Eagles.
GOLF-THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Spieth catches Kaymer
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jordan Spieth (speeth) and Martin Kaymer (KY'-mur) share the lead through three rounds of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.
Kaymer had a one-shot edge until he missed a par putt from just inside 10 feet on 18 to complete an even-par 72. Spieth sank a 12-footer for par to close out a 1-under 71 and stay at 12-under for the tournament.
Sergio Garcia and John Senden are in a third-place tie at minus-9.
Gordon wins in Kansas
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jeff Gordon has padded his lead in the Sprint Cup standings by winning at Kansas Speedway for the first time in 13 years.
Gordon held off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick on the final lap to pick up his 89th career victory and first since last October at Martinsville. He's the ninth driver to win this season.
Kasey Kahne (kayn) was third, followed by Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Danica Patrick was seventh for her best career Cup finish.
INDYCAR-INDY GRAND PRIX
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Simon Pagenaud (SEE'-mohn PAH'-zhih-noh) has won the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis by stretching his fuel to the finish on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
It's the third IndyCar victory for the Frenchman, who took the lead when Oriol Servia had to stop with four laps remaining.
Ryan Hunter-Reay was second and Helio Castroneves (kas-troh-NEH'-vehs) third on his 39th birthday.