Pacers stun Heat in Game 2
MIAMI (AP) — This time Indiana didn't wilt in the final seconds.
After losing the NBA Eastern Conference finals opener in overtime to Miami, the Pacers kept their composure until the end and escaped with a 97-93 win over the Heat to even that series at a game apiece. All five Pacers starters hit double figures led by Roy Hibbert's 29 points and 10 rebounds.
Paul George scored 22 points, George Hill added 18 and David West finished with 13 for the Pacers.
LeBron James scored 36 points for the Heat, who got 17 points from Chris Bosh and 14 from Dwyane (dwayn) Wade. The Heat led 88-84 in the fourth quarter, then were outscored 13-5 the rest of the way.
Game 3 will take place Sunday night on the Pacers home court. The Pacers are 6-0 at home this postseason.
By the way, if you have wondered just how dominating the Heat have been this season, this was just their fourth loss in their last 50 games.
Pens close out the Senators in five
PITTSBURGH (AP) —Too much talent. Too much skill. Too much composure.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have reached the NHL Eastern Conference finals and will play either the New York Rangers or Boston Bruins. James Neal had his first career hat trick as the Penguins eliminated Ottawa in five games, 6-2. The Penguins are in the conference final for the first time since 2009.
Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin and Brenden Morrow also scored for the Pens. Tomas Vokoun (voh-KOON') made 29 saves as top-seeded Pittsburgh strolled to the next round.
Sanchez flirts with no-hitter in Motown...Granderson does it again
UNDATED (AP) — Minnesota's Joe Mauer ruined Anibal (AHN'-ih-behl) Sanchez's bid for the first no-hitter of the Major League Baseball season with a one-out single in the ninth inning. Sanchez finished with a one-hitter as the Detroit Tigers blanked the Minnesota Twins 6-0.
Sanchez fell two outs shy of his second career no-hitter, but thanks to Mauer it was just another near miss this season. There have already been five one-hitters this year, according to STATS.
It was Sanchez's second gem in about a month — he set a franchise record with 17 strikeouts in eight innings against Atlanta on April 26.
Sanchez struck out 12 on Friday and allowed three walks. He is 5-4.
It's the second time this season a no-hit bid was broken up in the ninth. On April 2, Texas starter Yu Darvish had a no-hitter with two out in the ninth when Houston's Marwin Gonzalez singled in a 7-0 Rangers victory.
In other baseball:
__ The New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay 9-4, but it was a Pyrrhic victory. Yankees right fielder Curtis Granderson was hit on the left hand by a pitch, which X-rays showed a broken knuckle on his pinkie finger. Granderson missed the first 38 games this season with a broken right forearm, the result of a hit by pitch in his first at-bat at spring training.
__ Jordan Zimmermann is the NL's first eight-game winner as the Washington Nationals trimmed Philadelphia 5-2. Steve Lombardozzi's (lohm-bar-DOH'-zeez) two-run double in a four-run fifth inning was the big hit. Zimmermann is 8-2.
— Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 16th home run, Nick Markakis had three hits and three RBIs and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-6.
— Joey Votto extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a homer, and Ryan Hanigan and Brandon Phillips also homered in the Cincinnati Reds to their fourth straight win, 7-4 over the Chicago Cubs.
— Marco Estrada gave up one run over seven innings and Alex Gonzalez had a two-run double, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
__ The L.A. Angels won their sixth in a row, 5-2 over Kansas City. Mike Trout had his 21st multi-hit game, and stole his 11th base. He is hitting .366 in May.
__ John Lackey allowed two hits in seven innings, Mike Carp hit a three-run homer and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 8-1.
— Jeff Keppinger drove in the winning run on a single in the 11th and John Danks was solid in his season debut and the Chicago White Sox beat the Miami Marlins 4-3.
__ Arizona erupted with all five of its runs in the seventh inning and the D-Backs beat San Diego 5-2. Everth Cabrera homered for the Padres. But ex-Padre closer Heath Bell retired Cabrera with two runners on in the ninth to end it.
— Chris Young connected on a three-run homer in the ninth inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros.
__ Colorado blanked the World Series champion San Francisco Giants 5-0 as Tyler Chatwood beat the Giants for the second time in seven days. Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DY'-ur) homered and hit a two-run double after coming off the disabled list.
__ St. Louis smacked the L.A. Dodgers 7-0. Before the latest defeat, Dodgers president Stan Kasten delivered a vote of confidence to beleaguered Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, saying: "I expect Donnie to be here for a long time." The last-place Dodgers are 19-27 despite a hefty payroll.
__ Texas laced Seattle 9-5 behind a 13-hit attack. Jeff Baker and Lance Berkman homered for the Rangers.
— Evan Gattis had a two-run, pinch-hit single in the top of the eighth, then the Mets rallied to tie it in a downpour in the bottom half before the Atlanta Braves and New York were suspended by rain with the score 5-5. They'll resume the game this evening before the regularly scheduled night game.
SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Cochran and Perry share halfway lead
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lefty Russ Cochran and Kenny Perry each shot 5-under 66 to share the second round lead in the Senior PGA Championship. They're at 7-under par after 36 holes.
Japan's Kiyoshi Murota (ky-YOH'-shee myoo-ROH'-tah) was two strokes back after a 70. Jay Haas and Duffy Waldorf matched Loren Roberts at 4 under.
Kuchar tops the board
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) —Matt Kuchar (KOO'-char) has taken a one-shot lead over Graham DeLaet when play was suspended due to inclement weather late in the second round of the PGA's Colonial. Kuchar is 10 under par through his 15 holes. DeLaet shot a second-round 3-under-67 and is 9-under-par.
There were 54 players still on the course, three still with eight holes to play, when play was stopped. The second round at Hogan's Alley will be completed this morning.
Two tied at the top on shortened course
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Heather Bowie Young made five straight birdies while jumping from one side of the golf course to the other. Silvia Cavalleri was hitting the ball so well Friday she was sorry the Bahamas Classic was held on only 12 holes.
Bowie Young and Cavalleri were tied for the lead at 6-under 39.
That's right, a first-round 39.
Severe flooding earlier in the week left much of the Ocean Club under water. The LPGA decided to use the holes that were available.
The hope was to complete three rounds of 12 holes to make the inaugural Bahamas Classic official.
Djokovic and Williams lead the way
PARIS (AP) — The seedings for next week's French Open have been announced with Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) leading the way for the men and Serena Williams the women. Rounding out the top-three seeds for the men are Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL'). Following Williams are Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) and Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh).
The way things are set up, Nadal and Djokovic, the finalists last year, could meet in the semifinals.
Bears to retire Ditka's number
CHICAGO (AP) — Hall of Famer Mike Ditka will have his No. 89 retired by the Chicago Bears this season. The Bears say the number will be retired at halftime of their Monday night game against the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field on Dec. 9. In a statement, Ditka calls it "a tremendous honor" and says he's "very humbled by it."
Lochte cruises to 2 wins in Canada
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — U.S. Olympic champion Ryan Lochte won the 200-meter backstroke and 200 freestyle last night in the Mel Zajac Jr. International Canada Cup.
Lochte finished the backstroke in 1 minute, 59.56 seconds and took the freestyle in 1:50.15.
"I have a faster gear," he said. "I just never went to it"
Former member of Lakers dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Flynn Robinson, who was on the 1971-1972 Lakers team that won Los Angeles its first NBA title, has died at age 72. The Los Angeles Times reports Robinson died Thursday at an LA hospital from cancer. Robinson averaged 14 points per game during his professional career. He was an All-Star with the Milwaukee Bucks during the 1969-1970 season and during his eight years in the NBA also played for the Cincinnati Royals, Chicago Bulls and Baltimore Bullets.
His final season was 1973-1974, playing for the San Diego Conquistadors of the defunct American Basketball Association.