Created: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 01:15:10 EST
Updated: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 01:15:10 EST
Heat gets to the Heat
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Miami's quest for an NBA three-peat began by getting wilted in San Antonio. The Spurs closed the game on a 31-6 run to take the opener of the NBA Finals by beating the Heat 110-95.
An air conditioning malfunction caused temperatures inside AT&T to approach 90 degrees. The heat got to Miami superstar LeBron James, who missed the final seven minutes because of leg cramps. He had to be helped off the court at one point, appearing exhausted. He still led the Heat with 25 points in his 33 minutes. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 19.
The Spurs made 14 of 16 shots and all six of their three-point attempts while outscoring the Heat 36-17 in the fourth quarter. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 21 points and 10 rebounds on nine of 10 shooting from the field. Tony Parker added 19. Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) added 16 and 11 assists. Danny Green hit a couple of big three-points late and added 13 points.
This is the first NBA Finals rematch since 1998. Game 2 is Sunday night in the Alamo City.
Flip takes on coaching role
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves' president of basketball operations is returning to the bench.
Flip Saunders is taking on the role of head coach two people with knowledge of the situation have told The Associated Press. The move came after the hunt for a head coach was hampered by the uncertainty surrounding the long-term future of star forward Kevin Love.
Saunders previously coached the Timberwolves from 1995-2005. He won 411 games in 10½ seasons in Minnesota and guided the Wolves to the only eight playoff appearances in franchise history, including the Western Conference finals in 2004. He has a career record of 638-526 in 16 seasons as an NBA head coach.
Bumgarner and Giants keeps winning...Nats and Marlins break out the brooms
UNDATED (AP) — Madison Bumgarner continues his winning run, notching his sixth straight win as the Giants topped Cincinnati 6-1. The left-hander improved to 8-3 by giving up just three hits in eight innings. He retired the last 16 hitters he faced.
Michael Morse provided a two-run homer and Brandon Crawford added a three-run shot to help the Giants win for the 11th time in 14 games. NL West-leading San Francisco boasts the top mark in the majors at 39-21.
In other major league play:
— Adam LaRoche clubbed a two-run home run in the sixth inning and that was the difference in the Washington Nationals' 4-2 victory over Philadelphia. That finishes a three-game sweep for the Nationals, who have moved within one game of NL East-leading Atlanta. Doug Fister and two relievers combined on a four-hitter. Fister is 4-1.
— Miami climbed into a virtual tie with Atlanta atop the NL East by finishing a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay 11-6. J.T. Realmuto had three RBIs in his major league debut. Marcell Ozuna homered and drove in four runs. The Rays have lost 10 in a row.
—Masahiro Tanaka allowed a run on five hits over six innings to improve to 9-1 as the Yankees edge Oakland 2-1. Tanaka lowered his AL-leading ERA to 2.02. John Jaso reached him for a first inning home run, but that was all the Athletics could muster. AL West-leading Oakland had its winning streak ended at five games.
— The Chicago Cubs downed the New York Mets 7-4. Anthony Rizzo hit his 11th homer for the Cubs. That broke a tie in the seventh. Travis Wood also went deep and drove in three runs.
— Yordano Ventura threw six innings in his return from a sore elbow, and the Kansas City Royals rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2. That ended a string of eight straight home losses to their Interstate-70 rivals.
__ In a slugfest in Texas, the Rangers outlasted the Baltimore Orioles 8-6 behind a 13-hit attack. The Rangers salvaged the final game of a three-game series. That ends the Orioles' four-game win streak.
__ Milwaukee swatted Minnesota 8-3. Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer against his former team to spark Milwaukee's comeback from a 4-0 deficit.
— Houston beat the L.A. Angels 8-5. Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) and George Springer drove in two runs each during Houston's four-run eighth inning.
— Arizona hit three of the game's six home runs and beat Colorado 12-7 at Coors Field. Paul Goldschmidt hit his 11th homer. Miguel Montero and Chris Owings also went deep for the D-Backs. Owings had four RBIs.
— Juan Francisco and Brett Lawrie hit consecutive home runs in the sixth inning off Justin Verlander to help Toronto complete a three-game sweep of Detroit with a 7-3 victory. Melky Cabrera also homered for the AL East-leading Blue Jays who have won 19 of 23.
California high school lefty taken No. 1
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — The Houston Astros selected California high school pitcher Brady Aiken with the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft.
The fire-balling left-hander from San Diego's Cathedral Catholic High School is just the third prep pitcher to be selected first overall, joining fellow lefties Brien Taylor (1991, Yankees) and David Clyde (1973, Rangers).
With the second pick, Miami took hard-throwing Texas high school pitcher Tyler Kolek. He's a 6-foot-5, 230-pounder from Shepherd High School in Texas. He's touched as high as 102 mph on the radar gun.
The Chicago White Sox selected North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon with the third overall pick. He was widely regarded as the top college pitcher available.
Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber went No. 4 overall to the Chicago Cubs as the first position player selected.
Nick Gordon, the son of former big leaguer Tom Gordon and brother of the Dodgers' Dee Gordon, went fifth overall to Minnesota.
Coach Cal's big payday
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has given coach John Calipari a seven-year, $52.5 million contract extension that will pay a base package of $6.5 million next season and $8 million over each of the final three seasons. Already one of college basketball's highest-paid coaches, Calipari led the Wildcats to the 2012 NCAA championship and the Wildcats reached the title game last April before losing to Connecticut 60-54.
Coach Cal has often been rumored as a potential coaching candidate for NBA coaching openings, most recently this spring with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Calipari quickly reiterated his happiness with Kentucky, even tweeting his commitment after Los Angeles fired Mike D'Antoni (dan-TOH'-nee).
Sharapova, Halep to meet
PARIS (AP) — For the third straight match at the French Open, Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) lost the first set and for the third straight time it didn't matter.
The seventh-seed recovered from the early funk and rallied for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 semifinal win over Canada's Eugenie Bouchard (boo-CHARD'). Sharapova has now won her last 19 three-set matches on clay. The victory earned Sharapova a third straight trip to the title match at Roland Garros.
There she'll meet Romania's Simona Halep (HAL'-ehp), who earned her first Grand Slam final with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Germany's Andrea Andrea Petkovic (PEHT'-koh-vihch).
The fourth-seeded Halep has won seven titles over the past 13 months.
Ratings bonanza for NBC
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings' 3-2 overtime victory over the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup finals averaged 4.77 million viewers, making it NBC's second-most watched Game 1, and the second-most watched opener overall since 1999.
The only Game 1 on NBC to surpass Wednesday night's viewership was last year's triple-overtime game between Boston and Chicago that averaged 6.36 million viewers.
NBC won the night by 27 percent among viewers 18-to-49 over its nearest competitor, Fox.
Game 2 of the New York-Los Angeles final will be Saturday night.
Bears sign ex-Irish QB Clausen
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with former Notre Dame and Carolina Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen.
Clausen appeared in 13 games for Carolina from 2010 to 2013 after starring at Notre Dame. He made 10 starts as a rookie and threw for 1,558 yards with three touchdowns and nine interceptions in a 2-14 season. The Panthers drafted Cam Newton the following April, and waived Clausen last August.
In other NFL moves:
— The Kansas City Chiefs signed wide receiver Deon Anthony and cornerback Justin Rogers while waiving defensive lineman Risean Broussard as they finished the second week of voluntary team workouts. Anthony is attempting to make the switch from quarterback, which he played in college at Troy last season.
— The Arizona Cardinals signed first-round pick Deone Bucannon to a four-year deal. The Cardinals selected the big-hitting strong safety out of Washington State with the 27th overall selection in last month's draft.
GOLF-ST. JUDE CLASSIC
Phil's in the hunt
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Ben Crane shot a 7-under 63 at TPC at Southwind to take the lead in the suspended first round of the St. Jude Classic. Sixty players were unable to finish the round.
Peter Malnati shot a 65, and Billy Horschel also was 5 under with two holes left to play. Retief (reh-TEEF') Goosen and Joe Durant each had a 66, and Phil Mickelson opened with a 67.
This is the final tournament before next week's U.S. Open. Mickelson hasn't won in 19 events since his victory in last year's British Open and is coming off a 49th place finish at the Memorial last week.
LPGA-MANULIFE FINANCIAL LPGA CLASSIC
Wie, Park top leaderboard
WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) — Michelle Wie (WEE) birdied three of the last four holes on the way to a 6 under 65 and a tie for the first round lead at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. Wie's score was matched by South Korea's Hee Young Park. They enjoy a one-shot lead over China's Shanshan Feng. Stacy Lewis shot a 69 in her first tournament since becoming the No. 1 player in the world.
SOCCER-WORLD CUP-TRANSPORTATION STRIKE
Brazil transport strike could impact World Cup
SAO PAULO (AP) — A transportation strike in the city that will host the World Cup's opening match is threatening to further damage Brazil's international sports image a week before the tournament begins. The subway and overland commuter train operators went on strike, putting at risk the only means that most soccer fans will have to reach the stadium.
Thursday's strike follows others by bus, subway and overland train operators that have frustrated passengers.
Brazil's World Cup and Olympic preparations have been beset with problems.