MIAMI (AP) — Miami's Chris Bosh will miss Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series with Indiana and he could be out even longer. The Heat forward has a strained abdominal muscle suffered in the series opening win yesterday. Bosh had an MRI today and the team says he's out indefinitely.
Joel Anthony and Ronny Turiaf (TUR'-ee-af) are expected to fill in for Bosh, like they did for extend periods during the Game 1 win.
Clips Griffen says he'll play in opener
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Clippers forward Blake Griffin says he will play in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals even though Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro (NAY'-groh) is making no guarantees just yet.
Griffin said Monday he feels about "75 to 80" percent healthy after a sprained left knee sidelined the All-Star for nearly the entire fourth quarter in a Game 7 victory at Memphis on Sunday. He says rest is the only cure, but that's a luxury the Clippers don't have.
Game 1 against the San Antonio Spurs is Tuesday night.
Thunder open against Lakers
UNDATED (AP) — There's an air of anticipation in Oklahoma City where the Thunder open their NBA Western Conference semifinal series against the Lakers tonight. It'll be the first meeting of the team's since the Lakers Metta World Peace's flying elbow caught OKC's James Harden upside the head causing the Thunder's sixth man to suffer a concussion. It also resulted in a seven-game suspension for Peace.
The Thunder hopes to have center Kendrick Perkins back for the first time since Game 4 against Dallas eight days ago. He's been nursing a strained right hip muscle.
The Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Celtics and Sixers resumes in Boston with the home team on top 1-0.
Clemens strikes out in court
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brian McNamee has testified that he first injected Roger Clemens with steroids eight to 10 when they were with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1998.
McNamee said Monday he injected Clemens in the buttocks in Clemens' apartment at the pitcher's request. McNamee was the strength and conditioning coach for the Blue Jays at the time.
McNamee is the chief witness for the prosecution in the perjury trial of the seven-time Cy Young Award winner. He is the only person who will testify with firsthand knowledge of Clemens using performance-enhancing drugs.
Clemens is charged with lying to Congress when he testified in 2008 that he had never used steroids or human growth hormone.
Earlier in the day, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton ruled against defense efforts to strike the testimony of his former teammate Andy Pettitte (PEHT'-iht) and to bring in information from McNamee's divorce.
US gets roster extension
UNDATED (AP) — USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo says about 10 men's Olympic team spots seem set "on paper," with the rest to be determined over two days of practice before the 12-member squad is announced July 7.
The Americans requested and were granted an extension on the deadline to name the roster by the U.S. Olympic Committee after four candidates were knocked out by injuries. The team was originally to be picked by June 18 while the NBA season is still ongoing.
London's it for Coach K
DALLAS (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF'-skee) says he thinks the London Olympics will be his last coaching the United States.
The Duke coach was brought in before the 2008 Games to revive a struggling Olympic team which had finished a disappointing third in Athens in 2004. Krzyzewski and USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo established a player pool to help give the program structure, and the result has been a return to the top of the international game. The Americans won the gold medal in Beijing in 2008 and two years later won the world title.
Krzyzewski says coaching the U.S. team has been "the ultimate honor," and he'll continue to be involved with USA Basketball after stepping down.
Bounty grievance to be heard
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL players' union will have its grievance against the league in the Saints bounties case heard Wednesday by an arbitrator.
The union claims league commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') doesn't have the authority to hand out discipline for player conduct that occurred before the current collective bargaining agreement was finalized last August.
The NFLPA also maintains that appeals for on-field behavior should be heard by appeals officers Art Shell and Ted Cottrell, not the commissioner.
Four players were suspended by Goodell, including linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the 2012 season, after the league's investigation uncovered the bounties program.
Capitals make coaching change
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Dale Hunter has stepped down as coach of the Washington Capitals, telling the team he wants to return to his family in Canada.
The development comes two days after the Capitals were eliminated from the playoffs by the Rangers in Game 7.
Hunter was hired in November to replace the fired Bruce Boudreau and went 30-23-7 during the remainder of the regular season, helping the Capitals squeeze into the playoffs. Washington eliminated reigning Stanley Cup champion Boston in the first round.
Columbus keeps Richards
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Todd Richards has agreed to a two-year contract to stay on as coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets after he took over in mid-season for the fired Scott Arniel (ar-NEEL').
The Blue Jackets removed the "interim" label from his job title after Richards put an improved product on the ice. General manager Scott Howson called Richards the right man to lead the team. Despite finishing with the NHL's worst record, Columbus won seven of its last 11 games under the 45-year old Richards.
Rangers, Devils set to begin
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL Eastern Conference final opens tonight in New York where the Rangers host rival New Jersey in what could be a rugged series. The last time the two faced off, the team's enforcers opened the March 17 game on the ice and three fights broke out when the puck was dropped in a scene right out of "Slap Shot".
Whether the Rangers will have the energy for such shenanigans will be in question after just closing out their second straight seven-game playoff series by beating Washington Saturday night.
The Devils took a short-cut to the final by eliminating the Flyers in five games and earning a five-day rest before jumping back in action again.
Bodemister in, Hansen out of Preakness
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bodemeister (BOH'-dee-my-stur) will compete in Saturday's running of the Preakness Stakes in an attempt to even the score with Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another.
Trainer Bob Baffert says Bodemeister came out of the Derby well after losing a stretch duel with I'll Have Another.
However, Juvenile champ Hansen will not be making the trip to Baltimore for the second jewel of the Triple Crown. Owner Kendall Hansen says it's not in the best interest of his horse to run on just two weeks rest after he finished ninth in the Derby.
MLB dumps arbitrator
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that baseball management has fired Shyam (SHAHM) Das, the arbitrator who overturned Ryan Braun's drug suspension in February.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the decision had not been announced.
Das had been baseball's permanent arbitrator since 1999. Baseball's collective bargaining agreement says the arbitrator can be removed by players or management at any time with written notice.
Das is a graduate of Harvard and Yale University Law School who has also has been an arbitrator for the NFL since 2004. He is set to hear the NFLPA'S grievance in the Saints bounty case later this week.
Streaking Braves, Dodgers in action
UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves look to extend their modest winning streak and slim half-game lead in the East Division as part of a full eight-game slate in the National League tonight. The Braves take a three-game winning run into tonight's series opener against Cincinnati. Randall Delgado takes the mound in Atlanta looking for his first win since April 17. The Reds counter with 1-3 Homer Bailey.
Second-place Washington tries to keep the pressure on Atlanta when it opens a home stand against San Diego. The Nationals go with 3-2 Ross Detwiler, who's sporting a respectable 2.10 ERA, while the Padres plan to throw righty Tim Stauffer, who will make his season debut after coming off the disabled list with a strained elbow.
The Dodgers have won four straight running their major league best home record to 15-3. It's back to Dodgers Stadium tonight for the West Division leaders as they welcome Arizona to town. And no one has been as good at home for Los Angeles as Clayton Kershaw. He had a 12-game home winning streak snapped in his last start by the Giants. He'll be back on the hill tonight trying to start another streak. Arizona goes with Ian Kennedy.
The rest of the NL schedule has the Cubs at St. Louis where Jake Westbook will be looking for his fifth win for the Cardinals, Houston visits Philadelphia, the Mets host Milwaukee, Pittsburgh is at Miami and the Giants entertain Colorado.
A battle of East Division contenders highlighted by a promising pitching match-up tops the American League seven-game schedule. First-place Baltimore opens a home series with the Yankees featuring a pair of 4-1 pitchers. New York goes with Ivan (ee-VAHN') Nova who's won 15 of his last 16 decisions. Jason Hammel is scheduled for the Orioles after missing his last start with soreness in his right knee. He boasts a 2.09 ERA but he's 1-3 lifetime against the Yankees with a 6.69 ERA. New York is 2 1/2 games back of the Birds.
Tampa Bay is just a game behind heading into tonight's the start of a series against the Blue Jays who are only three off the lead. Toronto offers up 4-1 Brandon Morrow who's won four in a row. He struck out a season-high 10 in six innings against Oakland last time out. The Rays go with 2-3 Jeff Niemann.
Around the rest of the American League, Texas hosts Kansas City, Cleveland visits Minnesota, the White Sox welcome the Tigers to Chicago, the Angels entertain Oakland, and Seattle is at Boston.