Heat control second half in win over Pacers
MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Heat followed a rather ugly half with a very good one in taking a two-games-to-one lead over the Indiana Pacers in the NBA's Eastern Conference finals.
LeBron James and Dwyane (dwayn) Wade combined to score 31 of their 49 points in the second half as the Heat downed the Pacers 99-87. Miami trailed 42-38 at intermission before scoring 33 points on 11 of 15 shooting in the third quarter to go ahead to stay. Indiana closed within 76-74 before Ray Allen hit three 3-pointers in the final six minutes to help the Heat stay on top.
James finished with game highs of 26 points and seven assists, while Wade added 23 points. Allen delivered 16 points in about 27 minutes off the bench for the Heat.
Indiana was outscored by 26 after taking a 19-5 lead late in the first quarter. Pacers forward Paul George had a team-high 17 points on 5 of 13 shooting in his first game since suffering a concussion.
The series remains in Miami for Game 4 on Monday.
NHL-WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
Kings top Hawks
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jeff Carter and the Los Angeles Kings own a two-games-to-one lead in the NHL's Western Conference finals.
Carter had a goal and two assists as the Kings downed the Blackhawks 4-3 in Los Angeles. Carter's second-period tally knotted the score 2-2 before Tyler Toffoli put L.A. ahead just over six minutes later. Drew Doughty had a third-period goal and an assist for the Kings, who host Game 4 on Monday.
Jonathan Toews (tayvz) notched a pair of first-period goals that put Chicago ahead each time, but the Blackhawks didn't score again until Patrick Sharp beat Jonathan Quick with five seconds left.
Quick finished with 24 saves in helping the Kings win for the 10th time in their last 14 games.
Jays win again
UNDATED (AP) - The Boston Red Sox went from worst to first in the American League East last season before capturing the World Series. The Toronto Blue Jays are threatening to do the same thing after improving to 28-22, keeping them two games ahead of the New York Yankees.
Brett Lawrie smacked the Blue Jays' major league-leading 69th home run in a 5-2 triumph over Oakland. Jose Reyes and Anthony Gose each scored twice to support R.A. Dickey, who allowed two runs in 8 1/3 innings for his third victory in four starts.
The Blue Jays have won 10 of their last 12 and haven't been atop the division this late in a season since July 6, 2000.
The AL West-leading Athletics have dropped three in a row, matching their longest slump of the season.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox remain last in the AL East after blowing a 5-0 lead in their ninth straight loss. Cole Figueroa scored on pitcher Andrew Miller's throwing error in the bottom of the 15th to complete Tampa Bay's comeback in a 6-5 win over the Bosox. Brandon Guyer tied the game with a two-run double in the seventh after Logan Forsythe drove in a pair.
The Red Sox collected just three hits after A.J. Pierzynski's (peer-ZIHN'-skeez) three-run blast gave them a 5-0 lead with one out in the top of the first.
Also in the majors:
- The Yankees erased a 3-0 deficit in the ninth before Jacoby Ellsbury belted a two-out homer in the 10th to give the Bombers a 4-3 win over the White Sox in Chicago. Ellsbury also scored on Alfonso Soriano's ground-rule double during the Yanks' three-run rally before pinch-hitter Brian McCann supplied the game-tying single.
- Corey Kluber struck out nine while allowing just five hits in seven innings of Cleveland's 9-0 pounding of the Orioles in Baltimore. Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer and walked three times for the Indians, who tagged former teammate Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL'-doh hih-MEH'-nehz) for five runs in four-plus innings.
- A throwing error by pitcher Mike Morin ignited a three-run 13th inning as Kansas City downed the Angels 7-4 in Anaheim. Eric Hosmer had four hits for the Royals, including an RBI single.
- Rougned Odor (ROOG'-nehd oh-DOHR') went 4-for-5 with a career-high five RBIs as Texas ripped the Tigers 12-2 in Detroit. Adrian Beltre and Donnie Murphy homered to back Nick Martinez, who allowed a run and eight hits in six innings for his first big league win.
- Rookie George Springer crushed a pair of two-run homers and had five RBIs in Houston's 9-4 romp over the Mariners in Seattle. Brett Oberholtzer gave up two earned runs in six innings for his first victory since an 0-6 start.
- San Francisco was a 2-1 winner against Minnesota as Ryan Vogelsong held the Twins to three hits while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings. Pablo Sandoval provided the scoring with a solo homer and a sacrifice fly to help the Giants improve to a major league-leading 31-18.
- Juan Nicasio (nih-KAH'-see-oh) held the Braves to two hits in six shutout innings to lead Colorado's 3-1 victory in Atlanta. Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DY'-ur) and Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-ITS'-kee) hit solo homers to help Nicasio improve to 5-2.
- Chase Utley hit a two-run homer, Ben Revere went 4-for-4 and Jimmy Rollins had two RBIs in Philadelphia's 5-3 triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Winning pitcher David Buchanan gave up two runs and five hits over five innings in his major league debut.
- Jacob Turner pitched shutout ball over 6 1/3 innings of Miami's 2-1 triumph against Milwaukee, allowing eight hits in his first win of the season. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (sahl-tah-lah-MAH'-kee-uh) hit an RBI double and Jeff Baker added an RBI single to put the Marlins ahead 2-0.
- Jon Jay was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles as St. Louis downed the Reds 6-3 in St. Louis. Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-ehr moh-LEE'-nuh) socked a solo homer and Jaime Garcia worked 5 2/3 innings to help the Cardinals pull within 1 1/2 games of the first-place Brewers in the NL Central.
- Josh Harrison supplied the tiebreaking, RBI single in a two-run seventh that pushed the Pirates past Washington 3-2 in Pittsburgh. Neil Walker hit a solo homer for the Bucs, who've taken the first three games of the four-game set.
- Martin Prado (mahr-TEEN' PRAH'-doh) hit a pair of RBI singles and Josh Collmenter worked six innings as Arizona nipped the Mets 3-2 in New York. Collmenter allowed David Wright's solo homer but just three other hits.
- Travis Wood pitched into the eighth inning and singled home the eventual deciding run as the Chicago Cubs downed the Padres 3-2 in San Diego. Luis Valbuena hit a solo homer to back Wood, who held the Padres to two runs and three hits over 7 1/3 innings.
Victorino back on DL
UNDATED (AP) - The Boston Red Sox have placed right fielder Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season. Both times it's been because of a strained right hamstring. He was sidelined from the start of the season until he was activated April 24.
Also in the majors:
- The St. Louis Cardinals placed left-handed reliever Kevin Siegrist on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained pitching forearm. Siegrist has made 23 appearances, tied for the team lead. He's 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 20 innings.
- The Orioles and Padres have pulled off a trade that sends catcher Nick Hundley to Baltimore for left-handed reliever Troy Patton. The 30-year-old Hundley hit .271 with a home run and three RBIs in 33 games with the Padres this season.
KC inks first round choice
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs have all of their 2014 draft picks under contract after signing first-rounder Dee Ford as the team began a three-day rookie minicamp. The Chiefs envision the former Auburn defensive end as a pass-rushing outside linebacker. He was the 23rd overall pick in this year's draft.
4-way tie for lead, with six others within one stroke at Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The Colonial remains a wide-open tournament through three rounds.
Hideki Matsuyama (hih-DEH'-kee maht-soo-YAH'-mah) shot a bogey-free 64 to pull into a four-way tie for the lead at 7-under. David Toms, Chad Campbell and Chris Stroud also own a piece of the lead.
Kevin Chappell fired the day's best round, a 63 that leaves him one shot back. Top-ranked Adam Scott and Jimmy Walker are part of the six-way tie for second. Walker is seeking his fourth win of the year.
GOLF-SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Ready for the final round
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Colin (KAH'-lihn) Montgomerie has the lead after three rounds of the Senior PGA Championship. He moved in front with a 3-under-68 to finish play at 7-under. Bernhard Langer is second, one shot off the pace and one ahead of Marco Dawson and Bart Bryant.
Tom Watson will start the final round four shots off the pace after a 1-over 72.
New leader for the women
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Anna Nordqvist has a one shot lead after three rounds of the Airbus LPGA Classic. She shot a third round 6-under-66 to grab a one-shot lead over Catriona Matthew. Stacy Lewis is two back.
LACROSSE/NCAA MEN'S TOURNAMENT
Duke, Notre Dame advance
BALTIMORE (AP) - It will be top seed Duke taking on No. 6 Notre Dame in Monday's NCAA men's lacrosse title game.
The Blue Devils outscored Denver 15-12 as Kyle Keenan scored four times in place of All-American attackman Josh Dionne, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in last Sunday's quarterfinals. Jordan Wolf chipped three goals and two assists for Duke.
Matt Kavanagh scored five goals and assisted on two others as the Irish knocked out Maryland 11-6.
Federer, Williams, Radwanska advance to 2nd round
PARIS (AP) - Roger Federer has moved into the second round of the French Open by beating Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.
Federer, who is looking for a second French Open title and 18th overall, reached the Monte Carlo final last month but lost to Stan Wawrinka (vah-VINK'-ah). He then lost his first match in Rome after the birth of his second set of twins.
This season, Federer has been playing with former great Stefan Edberg as his coach.
Venus Williams also advanced to the second round of the French Open by beating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-4, 6-1 Sunday. The 29th-seeded American has won seven Grand Slam titles, but she lost to little sister Serena the only time she reached the French Open final in 2002.
Earlier, Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh) became the first player to reach the second round, winning the final nine games to beat Zhang Shuai 6-3, 6-0 Sunday.
The third-seeded Pole reached the Wimbledon final in 2012, but her best result at Roland Garros was a spot in the quarterfinals last year.
Final: Russia against Finland
MINSK, Belarus (AP) - Finland blanked the Czech Republic 3-0 in the semifinals of the ice hockey world championship Saturday to set up a final against Russia. Earlier in the day the Russians beat defending champion Sweden 3-1 in a matchup of the last two title holders to advance to the title game.
Russia coach Oleg Znarok has been banned for the ice hockey world championship final against Finland for making an obscene gesture toward Sweden assistant coach Rikard Gronborg. Gronborg was also suspended for the bronze medal game against the Czechs for "directing foul and profane language" at Znarok.
Nico Rosberg takes pole position for Monaco GP
MONACO (AP) - Nico (NEE'-koh) Rosberg has taken the pole position for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix. Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, the winner of the last four Formula One races, was the second fastest qualifier with Bull's Daniel Ricciardo (rih-KAR'-doh) third.
Hamilton leads Rosberg by three points in the overall driver standings..
Real Madrid wins
LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Real (REE'-al) Madrid won the Champions League final, beating Atletico Madrid 4-1 by scoring three times in the second period of extra time. The victory is Real Madrid's 10th European title, a record.
Redskins to senators: Team's name is 'respectful'
WASHINGTON (AP) - Redskins President Bruce Allen says in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that the NFL team's nickname is "respectful" toward Native Americans. On Thursday, half the U.S. Senate urged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') to change the club's name, saying it is a racist slur and that it is time to replace it.