NBA PLAYOFFS-FINAL SCORES
Going back to Memphis for Game 7
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marc Gasol (gah-SOHL') scored 23 points, Zach Randolph had 18 points and 16 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzles rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 90-88 and force a decisive seventh game in the series Sunday in Memphis. The Grizzlies are trying to become the ninth team in NBA history to win a playoff series after trailing 3-1.
Rudy Gay and Mike Conley added 13 points each to help the Grizzlies win for the first time in the Western Conference series at Staples Center.
Blake Griffin scored 17 points despite a sprained left knee that limited his jumping ability. Eric Bledoe added 14 off the bench to lead the Clippers, who blew an eight-point lead in the fourth along with a second consecutive chance to close out what would have been a landmark playoff victory for the beleaguered franchise.
Chris Paul scored 11 points playing with a strained right hip flexor and a jammed right middle finger.
AP source: James wins MVP award for third time
MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Miami's LeBron James will be announced Saturday as the NBA's MVP. It's the third time he's won the award in the past four seasons.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the results have not been released. James is expected to be presented with the trophy Sunday by Commissioner David Stern before Miami hosts Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Indiana.
James will become the eighth player to win the award at least three times. He joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone.
He'll be the first to win as a member of the Heat. James' previous MVP awards in 2009 and 2010 came when he played for Cleveland.
Two more homers for Hamilton...Gio 4-1 for surprising Nats
UNDATED (AP) __It's been quite a week for Josh Hamilton. The Texas slugger hit four home runs in a game in Baltimore on Tuesday, the 16th major leaguer to turn that trick. Hamilton hit two more home runs and Yu Darvish struck out seven as the Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-3 in a rain-interrupted game.
It's the first of 19 games between the AL West rivals.
In the rest of the AL:
__ Nick Johnson picked a great time to connect on his first major league home run in two years. The well-traveled first baseman delivered the go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh inning and Baltimore's bullpen made it stand up in a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay in a battle for first place in the AL East.
— Adam Dunn hit his 11th homer to match his total from last season, leading Gavin Floyd and the Chicago White Sox to a 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Dunn has six homers in his last 10 games.
— Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) had three hits and three RBIs to back a solid outing by Clay Buchholz (BUHK'-ohlts), and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 7-5 to snap a three-game skid.
— Raul Ibanez (rah-OOL'ih-BAHN'-yehz) hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off former Seattle teammate Felix Hernandez with two outs in the sixth inning, Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') had four hits and the New York Yankees beat Seattle 6-2.
__ Oakland pounded Detroit 11-4. Ex-Tiger Brandon Inge (ihnj) hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs. Rookie Tommy Milone improved to 5-2 for the A's.
__In a game delayed nearly two hours at the start by rain at Target Field, Minnesota nipped Toronto 7-6. Darin Mastroianni got his first major league hit and drove in three runs.
Over in the NL:
__ The Washington Nationals flattened Cincinnati 7-3. Roger Bernadina hit a two-run home run. Adam LaRoche drove in a pair to help Gio Gonzalez improve to 4-1. Danny Espinosa hit his second homer of the year. The surprising Nats are 20-12 atop the NL East.
— Bud Norris allowed three hits in six sharp innings and the Houston Astros edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0.
— Carlos Ruiz went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs and John Mayberry Jr. homered and drove in three runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-3 win over the San Diego Padres.
__ The Miami Marlins came up with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to end the New York Mets five-game win streak, 6-5. Greg Dobbs delivered a two-run single to win it.
— Paul Goldschmidt hit his first home run since his initial at-bat of the season, rookie Patrick Corbin allowed three hits over seven innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks ended a five-game losing streak by beating the San Francisco Giants 5-1.
— Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning and the Atlanta Braves beat St. Louis 9-7 on Friday night, ruining the Cardinals' celebration honoring former manager Tony La Russa and retiring his uniform No. 10. Dan Uggla homered and Michael Bourn had three hits for the Braves.
__ The Milwaukee Brewers outlasted the Chicago Cubs 8-7 in 13 innings for their ninth straight win over the Cubs. Corey Hart tied it with a home run in the ninth and won it with a bases-loaded single in the 13th for his fourth hit of the night.
— Chris Capuano won his fourth straight outing and the Los Angeles Dodgers got home runs from Andre Ethier (EE'-thee-ur), Mark Ellis and Juan Uribe (yoo-REE'-bay) to open a six-game lead in the NL West with a 7-3 victory over Colorado.
Johnson, Kuchar and Na lead The Players, McIlroy heads home
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Zach Johnson made eight birdies for a 6-under 66 and is tied with Matt Kuchar (KOO'-char) and Kevin Na at the halfway point of The Players Championship.
That threesome is at 8-under par at the halfway mark, good for a one-shot lead over PGA Tour rookie Harris English who shot a 67.
For Rory McIlroy, there will be no weekend at Sawgrass.
The No. 1 player shot a 76 and will miss the cut. In three tries, he has never played the weekend at The Players Championship. It was the first time in more than a year that McIlroy missed a cut.
Djokovic upset by Tipsarevic and blue clay
MADRID (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) joined Rafael Nadal in declaring he won't play again on the new blue clay court at the Madrid Open after losing to Janko Tipsarevic (YAHN'-koh tihp-SAYR'-oh-vihch) 7-6 (2), 6-3 in an all-Serb quarterfinal.
Tipsarevic won for the second time in five matches against Djokovic, who last lost at this stage in November at the Paris Masters.
Nadal lost to Fernando Verdasco on Thursday. Afterward, the Spaniard said he wouldn't return to the tournament unless it reverts to red clay. Djokovic described the new surface as slippery.
Bills reach deal with QB Vince Young...Browns Taylor out months with torn muscle
UNDATED (AP) — The Buffalo Bills agreed to a one-year contract with free agent quarterback Vince Young, providing them an established backup and a bona fide threat in their wildcat formations.
The Bills announced the deal on Friday, a little over a week after the 2006 NFL rookie of the year worked out for the team at its facility.
General manager Buddy Nix said the addition of the 29-year old Young will create more competition at the backup spot behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Young, struggled as Michael Vick's backup last season, finishing with four touchdowns and nine interceptions in six games, including three starts.
In other NFL news:
— Green Bay has signed first round draft pick Nick Perry. The linebackers deal means all eight Packers draft choices are under contract.
— The Chicago Bears have signed their top pick. Defensive end Shea McClellin inked a four-year deal with an option for a fifth year.
— Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor needs surgery to repair a pectoral muscle he tore yesterday lifting weights. Browns coach Pat Shurmur says the 335-pounder will have an operation next week and is expected to "miss months, not weeks."
— Minnesota Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf appear to be leaning in favor of a retractable roof for their new stadium. The brothers scored a major victory yesterday when the Minnesota lawmakers approved a publicly subsidized $975 million stadium that is targeted to open in 2016. Lawmakers included a provision making it clear that the Vikings would have to pay the extra costs for a retractable roof.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SYRACUSE-FINE INVESTIGATION
Orange coach has defamation suit against him dismissed
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit brought against Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim (BAY'-hym) and the University. Boeheim said two former ball boys were motivated by greed when they alleged they were sexually abused by former associate head coach Bernie Fine 20 years ago.
Supreme Court Justice Brian DeJoseph, a graduate of Syracuse University and its law school, ruled Friday that Boeheim's comments about Bobby Davis and Michael Lang were not statements of fact but were opinions that are protected from defamation suits.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PITT-BIG EAST
Pitt sues to leave Big East after this season
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The University of Pittsburgh is suing the Big East in hopes of moving its exit date from the conference up a year. Pitt wants to leave for the ACC after the 2012-13 season.
The school filed a complaint in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County on Friday.
US beats Kazakhstan 3-2 at hockey worlds
HELSINKI (AP) — Justin Faulk of the Carolina Hurricanes scored four minutes into overtime for his second goal of the game, giving the United States to a 3-2 victory over Kazakhstan at hockey's world championships.
The Americans were coming off a 5-3 victory over Belarus on Thursday and improved to 3-1-1 in Group A.
Dullahan passing on Preakness, will await Belmont
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The owners of third-place Kentucky Derby finisher Dullahan say the colt won't be running in the Preakness Stakes on May 19.
Trainer Dale Romans says the Preakness would be Dullahan's third race in just five weeks and the horse would be "best served" by sitting it out.
Dullahan will run next in the Belmont Stakes on June 9, the final leg of the Triple Crown races.
Biffle the king of Darlington again
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Sprint Cup points leader Greg Biffle won his second career pole at Darlington Raceway, sweeping past the Hendrick Motorsports duo of Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne (kayn) to start up front for the Southern 500.
Biffle won this race in 2005 and 2006. Biffle qualified with a speed of 180.257 mph and pushed past Johnson and Kahne — who each finished with identical speeds of 179.556 mph.
Biffle has always been a strong qualifier at Darlington. He's started ninth or better in seven of his 12 qualifying runs here.
Danica Patrick had the 38th fastest time in her second career Sprint Cup event.
Logano wins second in row
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Joey Logano wrecked leader Elliott Sadler five laps from the end, then broke free during a green-white-checkered finish at Darlington Raceway for his second straight Nationwide Series victory. Denny Hanlin ran second.
20,000 attend memorial at Qualcomm
SAN DIEGO. (AP) — Hours after Junior Seau (SAY'-ow) was buried in his hometown, thousands of fans got their chance to cheer one more time for the hard-hitting, fist-pumping linebacker at the stadium where he starred for 13 seasons.
A crowd estimated at 20,000 attended a public memorial service at Qualcomm Stadium. Many wore Seau's No. 55 jersey — in Chargers blue, Southern California cardinal and gold and Miami Dolphins aqua and orange. One of Seau's cousins wore a jersey combing the colors of all three of his pro teams, including the New England Patriots. He played parts of 20 seasons in the NFL
Chargers president Dean Spanos made official what many had known since Seau left after the 2002 season -- that No. 55 will never be worn by another Chargers player.
Seau committed suicide at his California home on May 2.