Heat and Pacers resume series
MIAMI (AP) — The fifth game of the Miami-Indiana NBA Eastern Conference semifinal is being played this evening in Miami. The Heat took Game 4 in Indianapolis two days ago, tying the series at 2-2. For the Pacers to have any chance of winning this series, they'll have to figure out some way to contain LeBron James or Dwyane (dwayn) Wade. They combined for 70 points in the fourth game of the series with James hitting the nets for 40. At one point in the game they scored 38 consecutive Miami points.
Game 6 will take place Thursday night back in Indy.
Back to San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Golden State Warriors apparently left their hearts in San Francisco. The NBA club moved away from the city in 1971 and has been playing in Oakland. The team, NBA commissioner David Stern and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, have scheduled a news conference for today to announce the decision to leave Oakland. The earliest the team could move would be 2017, when it can escape its lease at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors hope to build an arena at the waterfront site near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and just blocks from the Giants' ballpark.
Club owners have been working to return the team to the City by the Bay since buying the Warriors for a league-record $450 million in 2010. The Warriors played in San Francisco from 1962 to 1971.
Kings look to close out Coyotes
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Phoenix held off elimination by the Los Angeles Kings two days ago with a 2-0 win in Game 4 of their Stanley Cup Western Conference final. This evening the Coyotes need to grab another win as the series shifts back to Phoenix. If not, the Kings will have their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals since 1993.
The Kings are 7-0 away from the Staples Center this year to match an NHL record in the playoffs They've also won nine straight road playoff games over two seasons, matching the league record set by the New York Islanders.
Full schedule of action
UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Indians will be put to the test this evening as they open an American League Central Division series with defending champion Detroit. The Indians enter the series in first place, by 2.5 games over Chicago and three games in front of the Tigers. The White Sox are playing good ball these days. They take a four game winning streak in to this evening's home game with Minnesota.
The two last place teams in the American League East are in action tonight. The 21-21 Yankees, who have lost three straight, are home to Kansas City, while the 21-21 Red Sox are at Baltimore. The Orioles top the East with a record of 27-16.
Seattle is surging. The Mariners have won four straight and are now 6.5 games back of first-place Texas in the AL West. Tonight those clubs resume their series in Seattle after last night's 6-1 win by the M's.
The remaining junior circuit games feature Toronto at Tampa Bay and LA at Oakland.
The hottest team in the National League is Los Angeles as the Dodgers have won seven straight. Tonight the team led by skipper Don Mattingly is on the road for a game at Arizona. Last night LA beat the Diamondbacks 6-1. As good as they Dodgers are these days; the Cubs are going in the opposite direction. Chicago has dropped seven in a row and tonight the Cubbies are playing the Astros in Houston.
The Phillies and Nationals continue their series in Philadelphia tonight. Tomorrow night's game is one Nats fans have been looking forward to, as Cole Hamels will pitch against their team for the first time since he admitting hitting Bryce Harper. Hamels is 6-1 with a 2.48 earned run average.
In other NL games tonight, the Mets are in Pittsburgh to face the Pirates, Cincinnati is home to Atlanta, the Rockies are at Miami, San Francisco plays in Milwaukee and the World Champion Cardinals are playing host to San Diego.