Clippers, Pacers pull off big comebacks
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana Pacers used the comeback route to earn playoff victories on Sunday. The Clippers managed to storm back from a 22-point deficit to even their Western Conference semifinal series at two games apiece. Hours later, the Pacers clawed themselves back from a 17-point halftime deficit to beat the Wizards in Washington and take a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Clippers were still down by 16 with about nine minutes left before pulling out a 101-99 win over the Thunder. Darren Collison scored 10 of his 18 points in the final 4 1/2 minutes, including back-to-back layups that put the Clippers ahead 101-97 with 33 seconds to play.
Blake Griffin scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and finished with nine rebounds. Chris Paul had 23 points and 10 assists, while DeAndre Jordan grabbed 14 rebounds.
The Clippers' rally started after Russell Westbrook hit a layup to put the Thunder ahead 29-7 with 3:10 remaining in the first quarter. Kevin Durant poured in 40 points and Westbrook had 27 for the Thunder, who host Game 5 on Tuesday. Westbrook missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer with under two seconds to go.
In Washington, the Pacers outscored the Wizards 57-37 in the second half of a 95-92 victory. Paul George had a huge night for Indiana, shooting 7-for-10 from 3-point range and finishing with 39 points and 12 rebounds. Roy Hibbert had another strong game with 17 points and nine rebounds, while David West chipped in 14 points and eight assists.
Bradley Beal had 20 points for the Wizards, who've scored just 67 points in the second half of their last two games.
The Pacers can wrap up the series at home Tuesday.
Sterling's wife vows to keep team
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shelly Sterling says she would fight to keep her share of the Los Angeles Clippers and plans one day to divorce Donald Sterling. The NBA says otherwise.
The NBA says if Donald Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers is terminated, so is Shelly Sterling's.
NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement that "under the NBA constitution, if a controlling owner's interest is terminated by a three-quarter vote, all other team owners' interests are automatically terminated as well."
Shelley Sterling told ABC News she didn't know why she should be punished for what her husband did.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has banned Donald Sterling for making racist comments and urged owners to force Sterling to sell the team.
Seventh heaven again for Rangers
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Rangers are now 3-0 this season when facing elimination.
The Rangers have forced a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals by downing Pittsburgh for the second straight game, this time 3-1. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots and blanked the Penguins after Brandon Sutter scored late in the first period to make it 2-1. Before that Martin St. Louis (mahr-TAN' san loo-EE') and Carl Hagelin (HAG'-lihn) tallied 2:51 apart to put the Rangers ahead to stay.
Derick Brassard scored for the third time in two games since recording just one goal in the Rangers' first 11 postseason contests.
Game 7 is Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Chicago has a 3-2 lead in its Western Conference semifinal series with Minnesota.
Jonathan Toews (tayvz) scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period as the Blackhawks held off the Wild 2-1. The Hawks trailed until Bryan Bickell (BIK'-ul) scored midway through the second period. Corey Crawford handled 27 shots and was perfect after Erik Haula scored late in the opening stanza.
The Hawks can wrap up the series Tuesday in Minnesota.
Thornton fined for squirting
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston forward Shawn Thornton has been fined more than $2,800 for squirting water from the bench at Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban (SOO'-ban) in the final minute of last night's playoff game.
The fine of $2,820.52 is the maximum allowed under the league's collective bargaining agreement with the union.
The Bruins lead their Eastern Conference semifinal series three games to two following their 4-2 win over the Canadiens.
Chapman at his blazing best in season debut
UNDATED (AP) — Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis (ah-RAHL'-dihs) Chapman was in top form as he made his season debut Sunday afternoon.
Chapman struck out the side in a hitless ninth inning to close out the Reds' 4-1 triumph over Colorado. His first four pitches were clocked at 100 mph, and he fanned Nolan Arenado with a 102-mph before hitting 101 mph on his final four throws.
The flame-throwing lefty was on the mound less than two months after being struck above the left eye by a line drive during a spring training camp.
Todd Frazier hit a solo homer and Skip Schumacher had two RBIs to support Homer Bailey, who gave up Charlie Blackmon's home run and just three other hits over 7 1/3 innings.
Also in the majors:
— Josmil (HOHS'-meel) Pinto and Eduardo Nunez hit RBI singles in a three-run eighth that gave Minnesota a 4-3 comeback win at Detroit. The Tigers' bullpen surrendered four runs after Robbie Ray allowed just four hits in six shutout innings.
— Alcides Escobar hit a grand slam and Johnny Giavotella added a go-ahead, three-run shot to give the Kansas City Royals a comeback 9-7 victory in Seattle. Dustin Ackley homered twice for the Mariners, who made five errors in losing for only the fifth time in 17 games.
— John Lackey worked seven strong innings in Boston's 5-2 victory at Texas, allowing two runs while striking out nine. A.J. Pierzynski (peer-ZIHN'-skee) lined a two-run single and Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) added a solo homer as the defending World Series champs moved over .500 for the first time since the third game of the season.
— Hank Conger was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and four RBIs as the Los Angeles Angels blasted the Blue Jays 9-3 in Toronto. Howie Kendrick had three hits and scored three times to back Jared Weaver, who allowed one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings.
— Nyjer Morgan and Michael Bourn drove in two runs apiece as Cleveland topped Tampa Bay 6-5. Josh Tomlin gave up two runs and six hits over six innings to win for the second time in two starts this season.
— Jason Castro crushed a three-run homer and Marc Krauss added a two-run blast as Houston downed Baltimore 5-2 to avoid a three-game sweep. Jarred Cosart (2-3) allowed two runs and eight hits over six innings to help the Astros win for just the second time in nine games and end the Orioles' season-high five-game winning streak.
— Milwaukee beat the New York Yankees in the rubber match as Mark Reynolds poked a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Brewers past the Bombers 6-5. Rickie Weeks had three hits and two RBIs after the Yankees scored three times in the first inning.
— Derek Norris hit a pair of three-run home runs and Oakland completed a three-game sweep by clobbering Washington 9-1. Scott Kazmir allwed four hits in seven shutout innings for his fifth win.
— Chase Anderson won his major league debut, retiring 12 straight hitters and allowing one run and only two hits in 5 1/3 innings of Arizona's 5-1 triumph over the White Sox in Chicago. Gerardo Parra and Miguel Montero each hit a two-run homer in the Diamondbacks' fourth victory in five games.
— Justin Heyward smacked a two-run homer and Evan Gattis (GAT'-his) added a solo blast in Atlanta's 5-2 triumph over the Chicago Cubs. Aaron Harang struck out nine while holding the Cubs to a pair of runs and six hits in six innings.
— Pablo Sandoval had three hits and two RBIs, including the tiebreaking single in a three-run 10th that gave San Francisco a 7-4 win at Los Angeles. Sandoval's second RBI hit came after Dodgers' shortstop Hanley Ramirez belted a two-run homer to force extra innings.
— Will Venable slammed a solo homer and Chris Denorfia hit a two-run single before San Diego held on for a 5-4 win over Miami. Robbie Erlin struck out seven over 6 1/3 shutout innings, but the Padres gave up four runs in the ninth before completing a three-game sweep.
— The New York Mets erased a 4-1 deficit into the bottom of the ninth before beating Philadelphia 5-4 on Ruben Tejada's single in the 11th. Daniel Murphy's two-run homer sparked the comeback and helped the Mets end a five-game losing streak.
— Allen Craig and Yadier (YAH'-dee-ehr) Molina each had two hits and an RBI as St. Louis nipped Pittsburgh 6-5. The Cardinals scored three unearned runs in the first inning following an error by Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez.
Sabathia DL'd by bad knee
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees have placed pitcher CC Sabathia (sah-BATH'-ee-uh) on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right knee. The move comes a day after the left-hander allowed three home runs in a no-decision against the Brewers. Hitters this season are batting .301 against Sabathia, who's 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA.
In other major league news:
— Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez appears headed to the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Ramirez got hurt fielding a bouncer in the fourth inning of Saturday's 5-4 win over the New York Yankees.
— Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen has been activated off the 15-day disabled list after missing the start of the season with a bad back. Second baseman Chris Getz was designated for assignment to make room for Janssen
— Chris Davis was back at first base for the Baltimore Orioles after being forced onto the disabled list two weeks ago with a strained left side. The injury news isn't all good for the Orioles, who placed catcher Matt Wieters on the DL with a right elbow strain.
— The Washington Nationals have placed first baseman Adam LaRoche on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right quad. LaRoche aggravated the injury during Friday's 8-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics.
Kaymer on top
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Martin Kaymer (KY'-mur) made a 30-foot par putt on the 17th hole and held on to win The Players Championship by one shot over Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk).
Kaymer closed with a 1-under 71 for a 13-under total. The 29-year-old German had a three-shot lead on Furyk with five holes to play before a 90-minute rain delay. Kaymer double-bogeyed 15 and almost put a shot in the water on 17 before his par-saving putt.
Furyk shot a 66 and was runner-up for the second straight week.
Sergio Garcia was two strokes back and one ahead of Justin Rose and third-round co-leader Jordan Spieth (speeth).
Man. City takes title
UNDATED (AP) — Manchester City has won the Premier League championship for the second time in three years, finishing two points ahead of Liverpool. The Sky Blues clinched on the final day of the season, defeating West Ham 2-0 on goals by Samir Nasri (sah-MEER' NAHZ'-ree) and Vincent Kompany. Manchester City needed only a tie to wrap up the title.
Manchester City's fortunes changed when Liverpool blew a 3-0 lead late in the second half of a 3-3 tie with Crystal Palace last Tuesday, taking the pressure off Manchester City to win twice in five days.
Manchester City won its last five games to wrap up the third Premier title in club history.
Mercedes finishes 1-2 again
MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg sped away to their fourth straight one-two finish at the Spanish Grand Prix. Hamilton took off from pole position and stayed ahead of Rosberg to move ahead of his teammate in the overall standings.
Hamilton's 100 points after five races put him three points ahead of Rosberg.
Daniel Ricciardo finished third, ahead of Red Bull teammate and four-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel.
Nadal, Sharapova win in Madrid
MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal won his fourth Madrid Open title when Kei Nishikori (kay nih-shuiih-KOHR'-ee) was forced to withdraw with a lower back injury. Nadal was leading 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 when Nishikori retired.
Nadal recovered from two recent quarterfinal losses on clay to win his second title on the surface this year.
Earlier, Maria Sharapova bounced back from a poor start to defeat Simona Halep (HAH'-lehp) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 to win the women's title.