Heat and Pacers set to square off
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers open up the NBA's Eastern Conference final tonight with Game 1 in Miami. This is a series featuring two contrasting teams. The Heat, the defending league champions, are a battle-tested squad very familiar with the pressure of late-season playoffs. For the Pacers, these are pretty much untested waters as only one member of the team has ever been in a conference final. Backup big man Ian Mahinmi got all of 71 seconds in one game of the 2011 West title series with Dallas.
A year ago in the playoffs Indiana took Miami to six games in the Eastern semifinals, leading the series 2-1 at one point.
The clubs met three times during the regular season with Indiana taking two of the contests. Those two wins came in Indianapolis while the Heat won in Miami.
Game 2 will take place in Miami Friday night.
Pens look to take big lead
OTTAWA (AP) — The Penguins can take a commanding 3-1 lead over Ottawa in their best-of-seven Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal tonight. That said, it won't be easy as once again the Senators have home ice advantage. Playing in Pittsburgh the Pens won 4-1 and 4-3 but lost the third game, played in Ottawa, 2-1 in double overtime.
Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson tied the game at 1-1 with 29 seconds left in regulation and Colin Greening scored the game winner.
Game 5 will be played back in the Steel City Friday night.
Looking for a seventh win
UNDATED (AP) — Being Wednesday, this is another get-away day in baseball as teams move from one location to another. Because of that, there are seven day games around the big leagues. In the lone interleague game of the day Minnesota is playing in Atlanta this afternoon.
Among the games these evening there are two pitchers who are looking for their seventh win of the season. Hiroki Kuroda (hih-ROH'-kee kuh-ROH'-duh) of the Yankees is 6-2 and facing the Orioles in Baltimore, while Clay Buchholz is 6-0 and looking for No. 7 against the White Sox in Chicago.
PARIS (AP) — American players Brian Baker and Mardy Fish have pulled out of the upcoming French Open. Organizers say that Baker has not recovered from a right knee operation and Fish is unfit because of heart problems. Seventh-ranked Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN' dehl POHT'-roh) of Argentina has pulled out as well because of a respiratory virus.
U.S. Open champion Andy Murray pulled out Tuesday because of a chronic back injury.
Woods vs Garcia
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Two weeks ago Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia verbally sparred during The Players Championship. Last night Garcia was at a European Tour awards dinner and was jokingly asked if he would have Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open. The Spaniard replied, "We'll have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken."
Woods took to Twitter on Wednesday and said the comment wasn't silly, rather it was wrong and hurtful. He says he's confident there is "real regret" the comment as made.
The world's No. 1 player also said their flap is two weeks old and that "it's long past time to move on and talk about golf."