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Associated Press

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Updated Sunday, May 4 at 8:06 AM


Pacers fend off Hawks

UNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers have survived seven-game struggles in the NBA's conference quarterfinals.

Paul George poured in a playoff career-high 30 points and had 11 rebounds as the Pacers downed the Hawks 92-80. Lance Stephenson added 19 points, 14 rebounds and five assists for Indiana, which trailed 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 in the series before advancing to the conference semifinals against Washington.

Atlanta led by one with just over four minutes left in the second quarter before the Pacers closed the first half on a 24-12 run. The Hawks shot just 30 percent and were outrebounded 55-38.

Like the Pacers, the Thunder struggled early before earning a 120-109 win against Memphis. The Grizzlies led by 11 in the first half, but the Thunder took control by outscoring Memphis 67-45 over the second and third quarters.

Kevin Durant finished with 33 points and helped the Thunder shoot 66 percent in the second half. Russell Westbrook had a triple-double of 27 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds.

Marc Gasol had 24 points for the Grizzlies, who were unable to overcome the absence of Zach Randolph. The Grizzlies' leading scorer was suspended for punching a Thunder player in Game 6.

The Clippers concluded a tumultuous week that began with a disgraced owner being suspended for life and ended with a 126-121 win over Golden State. L.A. had four players who scored at least 20 points, but it was DeAndre Jordan's game-high 18 rebounds, 15 points and three blocks while shooting 6-for-6 from the field.

Blake Griffin finished with a team-high 24 points for the Clippers, who trailed by three with 9 1/2 minutes left. Chris Paul delivered 22 points and 14 assists, while Jamal Crawford came off the bench to add 22 points.


Bruins roar back for the win

BOSTON (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens were less than a half-period away from taking a two-games-to-none lead in the NHL's Eastern Conference semifinals. Hours later, the Anaheim Ducks were seconds away from winning Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series with Los Angeles. Both the Habs and Ducks came away empty.

The Boston Bruins scored four times in the final 9:04 to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 victory over the Canadiens, evening the series at a game apiece. Dougie Hamilton started the comeback before Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhur-ahn) and Reilly Smith scored 2:11 apart to put Boston ahead with 3:32 to play. Milan Lucic (LOO'-cheeh) iced the victory with an empty-netter. Bergeron and Brad Marchand collected two points apiece during the rally.

Thomas Vanek scored two power-play goals for the Canadiens, who host Game 3 on Tuesday.

In Anaheim, Marian Gaborik (GAB'-ah-rihk) scored the tying and winning goals as the Los Angeles Kings downed the Ducks 3-2 in overtime. Gaborik tallied at 12:07 of the extra session after knotting the score with seven seconds remaining in regulation. The comeback occurred after Teeme Selanne (TAY'-moo she-LAH'-nee) scored to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead with 11:52 left in regulation.

Gaborik also assisted on Alex Martinez's goal and Jonathan Quick stopped 33 shots as the Kings won their fifth straight since opening the postseason withi three consecutive losses to San Jose.

Game 2 is Monday at Anaheim.


California Chrome finishes in front

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The 140th Kentucky Derby has been won by the favorite.

California Chrome went off at 5-2 and pulled away down the stretch before beating longshot Commanding Curve by 1 3/4 lengths. The victory was the fifth in a row for California Chrome and made 77-year-old Art Sherman the oldest Derby-winning trainer.

Owners Perry Martin and Steve Coburn bred an $8,000 mare to a $2,500 stallion to win the world's most famous race with their one-horse stable.

Jockey trainer Victor Espinoza completed the 1 1/4 miles in 2:03.66 for his second Derby victory, 12 years after guiding War Emblem.

California Chrome paid $7.00, $5.60 and $4.20. Commanding Curve was worth $31.80 and $15.40. Danza finished third and paid $6.00.


Cards still struggling

UNDATED (AP) — The defending National League champions find themselves under .500 after losing for the ninth time in their last 13 games.

Junior Lake snapped a scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the sixth inning of the Chicago Cubs' 3-0 shutout of St. Louis. Jake Arrieta (ar-ee-EH'-tah) allowed just four hits while striking out seven over 5 1/3 innings in his major league season debut before five relievers completed the combined seven-hitter.

The Redbirds are 15-16 following their fourth shutout loss of the season. They've been held to two runs or fewer in seven of their last 13 games.

Also in the majors:

— Jon Lester struck out a career-high 15 and allowed just one hit over eight shutout innings of Boston's 6-3 win against Oakland. Jonny Gomes (gohmz) put the Red Sox ahead to stay with a grand slam in the first inning before David Ortiz and David Ross added solo shots in Boston's second straight win.

— The New York Yankees ended a three-game skid and pitcher Masahiro Tanaka improved to 4-0 after allowing three runs in seven innings of a 9-3 pounding of Tampa Bay. Kelly Johnson snapped a 3-3 tie with a solo shot in the sixth, and Mark Teixeira (the-SHEHR'-uh) finished with a homer and three RBIs.

— Joe Mauer (MAW'-ur) went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBIs as Minnesota whipped Baltimore 6-1 to end a four-game losing streak. Brian Dozier also homered to support Kevin Correia (kohr-AY'-uh), who held the Orioles to one run and five hits in seven innings for his first win of the season.

— C.J. Cron made an impressive big league debut and Howie Kendrick had four hits as the Angels beat Texas 5-3 in Anaheim. Cron hit an RBI single on the first pitch he saw, doubled his second time up and hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth inning.

— Seattle erupted for eight runs in the seventh inning, then gave up six runs before beating Houston 9-8. Justin Smoak capped the Mariners' rally with a two-run homer after Michael Saunders put them ahead with a two-run double.

— Drew Smyly threw seven shutout innings and Nick Castellanos (kas-tee-AH'-nohs) had three RBIs in Detroit's 9-2 rout of Kansas City. The Tigers secured the victory with a six-run ninth, highlighted by Torii Hunter's three-run homer.

— Justin Masterson picked up his first victory since last Aug. 21 by allowing four hits while working into the eighth inning of Cleveland's 2-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. The Indians collected just five hits and still won their second straight since a six-game losing streak.

— Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) surrendered a pair of solo homers but just one other hit over eight innings of Cincinnati's 6-2 win over Milwaukee. Cueto also singled home a run, Brayan Pena hit a two-run single and Brandon Phillips added three hits and two runs scored.

— San Francisco has a 10-game home run streak after Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Michael Morse hit leadoff shots in a 3-1 victory in Atlanta. Ryan Vogelsong allowed one run on five hits in six innings as the Giants won for the eighth time in nine games.

— Neil Walker supplied a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth inning of Pittsburgh's 8-6 comeback win over Toronto. Jordy Mercer tied the game with a two-run double after the Pirates fell behind 5-0.

— Ryan Howard belted a three-run homer in the first inning and Cody Asche added a solo shot in Philadelphia's 7-2 victory against Washington. A.J. Burnett struck out seven while limiting the Nationals to a run and three hits in six innings.

— The Los Angeles Dodgers beat Miami 9-7 on Carl Crawford's two-run homer in the 11th inning. The Marlins forced extra innings after Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) launched a three-run homer to put the Dodgers ahead 6-2 in the fourth inning.

— Brandon McCarthy scattered three hits in seven shutout innings to pitch Arizona past San Diego 4-3. Miguel Montero hit a solo homer and Aldredo Marte (mahr-TAY') drove in two runs before the Diamondbacks blew most of a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth.

— Charlie Culberson capped a wild game by smacking a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give Colorado an 11-10 thriller over the New York Mets. The Mets led 6-0 until Ryan Wheeler hit a solo homer and Nolan Arenado launched a grand slam in the Rockies' eight-run fifth.


Braun heads to DL

UNDATED (AP) — The Brewers have put outfielder Ryan Braun on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique in his right side. He missed six games because of the injury before landing on the DL.

Braun is hitting .318 with six homers and 18 RBIs for the team with the best record in the majors.

In other major league news:

— The Reds have activated utility player Skip Schumaker, who dislocated his left shoulder while diving for a ball in the outfield during spring training. Cincinnati opened a roster spot by designating outfielder Roger Bernadina for assignment.

— The Toronto Blue Jays have placed starting pitcher Brandon Morrow on the 15-day disabled list with what manager John Gibbons describes as a strained right index finger. Morrow was hurt in the final inning of his outing Friday against the Pirates.


Mayweather barely keeps title.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather remains unbeaten after winning a majority decision in a tough bout against Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas.

Maidana threw far more punches, but Mayweather was more accurate with his as the two battled into the late rounds with the fight still very much in doubt. Cheered on by a large contingent of Argentine fans, Maidana took the fight to Mayweather, who was cut by the right eye in the fourth round by an accidental head butt.

Mayweather retained his welterweight title by winning 117-111 on one scorecard and 116-112 on another. A third judge had it even at 114-114.


Pole goes to Scott

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Brian Scott has claimed the pole for Sunday's Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup race in Talladega, Ala. He led a 1-2-3 sweep of cars on the starting grid for Richard Childress Racing drivers.

Scott will be making just his fifth career Sprint Cup start.

Paul Menard will start alongside Scott on the front row, just ahead of A.J. Allmendinger and Casey Mears.

The winner a year ago was David Ragan, who finished first in a rain-delayed race. The winner last week at Richmond was Joey Logano.


Holmes has the lead

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Phil Mickelson has worked his way back in contention for another PGA title. Mickelson followed Friday's 75 with a 9-under 63 to get within two shots of leader J.B. Holmes through three rounds of the PGA event at Quail Hollow in Charlotte.

Holmes shot a third-round 6-under 66 to finish play at 13-under, one stroke better than Martin Flores.


Ready for the final round

IRVING, Texas (AP) —There is a two-way tie for the lead after three rounds of the LPGA's North Texas Shootout. Both Meena Lee and Stacy Lewis will start the final round Sunday at 9-under, one shot in front of Julieta Granada, Dori Carter and Suzann Pettersen.


Langer leads the way

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Bernhard Langer has a three shot lead after two rounds of the Champions Tour Insperity Invitational. He completed Saturday's play at 10-under-par, three in front of Colin (KAH'-lihn) Montgomerie and four in front of Gary Hallberg, Bart Bryant and defending champion Esteban Toledo (EHS'-teh-bahn toh-LAY'-doh).


Sharapova, Ivanovic win in Madrid

MADRID (AP) — Maria Sharapova brushed aside Klara Koukalova 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of the Madrid Open on Sunday, while Ana Ivanovic beat Madison Keys 6-1, 7-6 (4).

Sharapova, who lost to Serena Williams in last year's final, converted six of eight break points to take advantage of Koukalova's eight double faults on the Caja Magica clay court.

The eighth-seeded Sharapova will play Christina McHale of the United States in the second round.

The 11th-seeded Ivanovic ousted Keys to set up a meeting with fellow Serb Bojana Jovanovski. Ivanovic overcame her shaky serve by saving three of four break points.

Top-ranked Williams opens her title defense later against Swiss player Belinda Bencic.