Thunder on the verge...Heat's Bosh could be back in Game 5
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder are growing up fast in the NBA playoffs. The Thunder moved within one game of the NBA Finals by upsetting San Antonio 108-103 to take a 3-2 series lead in the Western Conference finals.
Kevin Durant led the way with 27 and Russell Westbrook added 23. Sixth man James Harden was huge off the bench with 20, including a big 3-pointer with 28.8 seconds left.
The top-seeded Spurs have lost three straight and are on the verge of a stunning collapse. Coach Gregg Popovich shook up his lineup. Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) returned to the starting lineup and led all scorers with 34. But he missed an off-balanced three-pointer in the final seconds. But the Spurs self-destructed with 21 turnovers, leading to 28 Oklahoma City points.
Oklahoma City can clinch its first berth in the NBA Finals with a victory at home in Game 6 Wednesday night.
MIAMI (AP) — The Heat might have Chris Bosh in uniform for tonight's Game 5 of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals in Miami. The All-Star forward has had several on-court workouts in the past week and has been upgraded from indefinite to "day-to-day" by coach Erik Spoelstra (SPOHL'-struh).
Bosh has missed the team's last nine playoff games due to a lower abdominal strain.
The home team has won each of the first four games in the best-of-seven matchup.
Wizards keeping Wittman...Clippers' GM jumps to Blazers
UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Wizards say Randy Wittman will return as their coach next season. Wittman will keep the job he accepted after Flip Saunders was fired early in the season. He'd been working as an assistant for Saunders.
The Wizards went 18-31 under Wittman to finish with a 20-46 record.
In other NBA news:
— The L.A. Lakers have exercised their $16.1 million contract option for next season on All-Star center Andrew Bynum. Bynum is coming off his best NBA season after averaging career highs with 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds.
— The Los Angeles Clippers general manager Neil Olshey has left and taken the GM's job at with the Portland Trail Blazers. He had been the Clippers' GM for two years.
NHL-STANLEY CUP FINALS
Lord Stanley's Cup on its way to LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The L.A. Kings are bulling their way through the Stanley Cup finals and now need just one victory to secure their first NHL championship in their 45-year history. The eighth-seeded Kings mowed down the New Jersey Devils 4-0 to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final. Jonathan Quick posted his third shutout of the playoffs with 22 saves. He has allowed just two goals on 72 shots the entire series.
Alec Martinez and Anze Kopitar (AHN'-jay KOH'-pih-tar) netted second-period goals for the Kings. Kopitar's goal was his eighth of the postseason, tying for the NHL lead. Jeff Carter and Justin Williams added third-period goals for the Kings.
The Kings are 15-2 this postseason. They have a 3-0 lead in their fourth straight playoff series -- a first in NHL history.
The Kings can wrap up the Stanley Cup with a victory at home in Game 4 Wednesday night. If they win in four, the Kings would be the first team since the 1998 Detroit Red Wings to win in a sweep.
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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired 35-year-old goaltender Tomas Vokoun (voh-KOON') from Washington for a seventh-round draft pick. Vokoun spent only one season with the Capitals and is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Dodgers eke one out...Rookie makes no-hit bid against the Rangers
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers went into Philadelphia and nipped the Phillies 4-3. Edwin Herrera drove in Dee Gordon with the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth. The run came off new Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, who took the loss.
The victory keeps the Dodgers with a three-game lead atop the NL West over San Francisco. The Dodgers have the best record in baseball at 34-21.
In other NL action:
__The San Francisco Giants are a season-high seven games over .500 after finishing a four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs, 3-2. Ryan Vogelsong won his fourth straight decision. Buster Posey scored the go-ahead run on a double-play groundball by Joaquin Arias in the seventh.
— Colorado rookie Christian Friedrich pitched four-hit ball for seven innings in the best outing of his young career and the Rockies won for the seventh time in eight games, 4-0 over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
__Allen Craig's two-run home run in the eighth inning lifted St. Louis past the Mets 5-4 in an off-Broadway matinee in Queens. The victory kept the Cardinals from suffering their first-ever four-game sweep in New York, and it snapped the Redbirds' five-game losing streak. The Mets fell a-half game back of idle NL East co-leaders Washington and Miami.
Over in the American League:
--Oakland routed two-time AL champion Texas 12-1. Rookie Jarrod Parker didn't allow a hit until Mike Young's leadoff single in the eighth. Parker and Jim Miller combined on a three-hitter. Brandon Inge (ihnj) homered and drove in four runs.
__ Seattle surprised the L.A. Angels 8-6. John Jaso (JAY'-soh) had three hits. Mariners starter Jason Vargas gave up four runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out a season-best eight while improving to 7-4.
—Minnesota doubled up Kansas City 10-5. Justin Morneau (mohr-NOH') and Josh Willingham each hit two-run homers, Trevor Plouffe also went deep.
Mets being cautious
UNDATED (AP) — After throwing a career-high 134 pitches in Friday's no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals, Johan Santana is getting two extra days to recuperate. The Mets say the left-hander won't take the mound again until Friday night, when they open an interleague series against their city rival at Yankee Stadium.
The Mets are being cautious with Santana, who missed last season while rehabilitating his surgically repaired throwing shoulder.
Astros may have found their shortstop of the future
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — The Houston Astros have selected 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa with the No. 1 pick in the baseball draft, making him the highest selection ever to come from Puerto Rico.
Correa has an incredibly strong arm and terrific instincts defensively, and the Astros might have found their shortstop of the future. He bested catcher Ramon Castro, who went No. 17 to Houston in 1994, as the highest-drafted Puerto Rican player.
It was the first time Houston had the top pick in the draft since 1992, when the Astros selected Phil Nevin — passing on Derek Jeter, who went five spots later to the Yankees.
In other top-five draft picks:
—With the second pick, Minnesota took speedy Georgia high school outfielder Byron Buxton, considered a five-tool player with a bat considered the best among all draft prospects.
—University of Florida catcher Mike Zunino, who has drawn comparisons to Jason Varitek for his leadership and ability to handle a pitching staff, was taken No. 3 overall by Seattle.
—Baltimore went with LSU right-hander Kevin Gausman with the fourth pick, adding a potential ace to its system. The draft-eligible sophomore has had a terrific season for the Tigers, going 11-1 with a 2.72 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 115 2-3 innings.
—Kansas City went with University of San Francisco right-hander Kyle Zimmer with the No. 5 overall pick. The Dons' ace went just 5-3, but had a 2.85 ERA with 104 Ks and only 17 BBs in 88 1-3 innings.
Manning goes long...Bucs ink first rounder
UNDATED (AP) — Peyton Manning showed excellent arm strength while airing it out Monday as the Denver Broncos worked on deep throws.
The league's only four-time MVP is returning from a nerve injury that caused weakness in his throwing arm, forced him to sit out last season and led to his release from the Indianapolis Colts.
In the two previous practices that the media were allowed to watch, Manning looked good on short and intermediate passes but sometimes lacked oomph on the occasional deep ball.
Not this time.
Some of his throws were actually too strong, sailing over receivers' heads.
In other NFL news:
__The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed first-round pick Doug Martin to a five-year contract. The Boise State running back was the 31st selection in the draft and is expected to share the workload as a rookie with third-year pro LeGarrette Blount.
— Kansas City has signed free agent safety Abram Elam. The Chiefs are hoping the seventh-year pro will provide depth behind Eric Berry, who is coming back from a devastating knee injury sustained last season. Elam spent last year with the Cowboys.
— An arbitrator has ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') has the authority to discipline New Orleans Saints players for their role in a bounty system. The players' union had challenged Goodell on the issue.
— The NFL plans to start hiring and training possible replacement officials as a precaution. The league and the NFL Referees Association have been negotiating since October and have said they expect a new collective bargaining agreement in time for the upcoming season.
Sharapova survives...Nadal cruises
PARIS (AP) — It took some work, but Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) is into the quarterfinals of the French Open and three wins away from completing a career Grand Slam.
The second-seeded Russian got past Klara Zakopalova (KLAh'-ruh za-kop-ah-LOH'-vuh) of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-7, 6-2 in a match that dragged on for 3 hours and 11 minutes. That's 16 minutes more than Sharapova's first three outings combined.
Defending champion Li (lee) Na of China bowed out, dropping a 3-6, 6-2, 6-love decision to qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova (yah-roh-SLAH'-vuh SHVEH'-doh-vuh) of Kazakhstan.
The last American in the draw, Uzbekistan-born Varvara Zepchenko (vahr-VAHR'-uh lehp-CHEHN'-koh), lost 6-2, 6-1 to Wimbledon champion and No. 4 seed Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) of the Czech Republic.
In men's play, six-time champion and No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') blew past 13th-seeded Juan Monaco 6-2, 6-love, 6-love, after No. 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh) and ninth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN' dehl POHT'-roh) returned to the court and won fourth-round matches halted by darkness Sunday.
Nadal has lost only 19 games through four matches in the tournament.
Fourth-seeded Andy Murray overcame a slow start to beat 17th-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet in four sets.
Sixth-seeded David Ferrer (feh-REHR') and No. 12 seed Nicolas Almagro moved into the quarterfinals in straight sets on a wet and windy Day 9 at Roland Garros.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OHIO STATE-SUSPENSIONS
Two Buckeyes being punished
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two expected starters for Urban Meyer's first season at Ohio State have been suspended from the team.
The school says senior tight end Jake Stoneburner and junior offensive tackle Jack Mewhort are being disciplined following their arrest on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business.
The two were arrested around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, near Muirfield Village Golf Club, where the Memorial Tournament was being held.
A report on the incident is due to be released Tuesday.
Busch in more hot water
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has suspended Kurt Busch for one week for verbally abusing a media member.
NASCAR says that Busch's behavior after Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Dover was in violation of his probation. Busch was fined $50,000 by NASCAR last month and placed on probation through July 25 for reckless driving on pit road at Darlington and a post-race altercation with Ryan Newman's crew members.
That probation has now been extended through the end of the year.
Champion in three classes retires at 40
UNDATED (AP) — Boxer "Sugar" Shane Mosley is retiring, ending a career in which he won titles in three different weight classes, beat Oscar De La Hoya twice and never was knocked out.
The 40-year-old announced on Twitter that he was hanging up his gloves, saying he "loved every moment of it. Win, lose or draw."
Mosley lost three of his last four fights, including a dreary bout against Manny Pacquiao (PAK'-ee-ow) in May 2011 in which he mostly seemed to be avoiding the Filipino superstar in the ring.
His last fight was May 5 on the undercard of the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto. Mosley lost a lopsided decision to rising Mexican star Canelo Alvarez.
Mosley's career record was 46-8-1.
Ex-Reds hurler dead at 65
CINCINNATI (AP) — Pedro Borbon (bohr-BOHN'), who pitched 10 years for the Cincinnati Reds and helped the Big Red Machine win back-to-back World Series titles, has died of cancer at 65. Borbon was a key member of the bullpen on Cincinnati's 1975-76 championship teams and also pitched for the Angels, Giants and Cardinals.