Grizzlies take control, Nuggets stay alive
UNDATED (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have put themselves in position to wrap up their NBA first-round series at home on Friday.
Zach Randolph scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 11 rebounds as Grizzlies held on to beat the Clippers 103-93 in Los Angeles.
Randolph was one of three players with at least 20 points for Memphis, which leads the Western Conference quarterfinal series 3-2. Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL') finished with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Mike Conley chipped in 20 points and six assists.
The Clippers dropped their third in a row despite Chris Paul's game-high 35 points.
Clippers center Blake Griffin started despite an ankle injury but finished with just four points, five rebounds and five assists in 19 minutes.
The Denver Nuggets have extended their season by at least two more days.
Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH'-lah) scored 25 points and had 12 rebounds as the Nuggets held off the Warriors 107-100 to force a Game 6 in the NBA's Western Conference quarterfinal series Thursday at Golden State. Ty Lawson chipped in 19 points and 10 assists, while Wilson Chandler also scored 19 points.
Kenneth Faried was a major contributor as well, hounding the Warriors' guards and had a pair of dunks after Golden State got within 96-91 with 5:09 left. Faried delivered 13 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out.
The Warriors trailed by as many as 22 before Stephen Curry made it a five-point game with his only three-pointer of the night. Curry finished with 15 points and shot just 1-for-7 from beyond the arc after hitting a league-record 18 treys in his first four playoff games.
Harrison Barnes had a team-high 23 points for Golden State.
Today, the Boston Celtics take on the New York Knicks and the Atlanta-Indiana series continues, as does the matchup between Oklahoma City and Houston.
Kidd wins again
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Knicks guard Jason Kidd has become the first player to win back-to-back NBA sportsmanship awards. He received 91 first-place votes from league players and 2,474 total points to claim the Joe Dumars (DOO'-mars) Trophy in his first season in New York. He won the award last season with Dallas.
Three-time winner Grant Hill is only other player to win the award multiple times.
Hawks, Blues win in OT
UNDATED (AP) — The first two games of the Stanley Cup playoffs went into overtime before the home team prevailed.
Bryan Bickell scored at 16:35 of the extra session as the Chicago Blackhawks topped Minnesota 2-1. Corey Crawford handled 26 shots and blanked the Wild after Cal Clutterbuck scored 4:48 into the game.
Marian Hossa (HOH'-sah) scored the game-tying goal for the Hawks, who are seeking their fifth Stanley Cup and second in four years.
Wild goaltender Josh Harding stopped 35 shots while starting in place of Niklas Backstrom, who suffered a left leg injury during warmups.
A giveaway by reigning Stanley Cup MVP Jonathan Quick allowed St. Louis to score a short-handed goal and beat Los Angeles 2-1 in overtime. Quick was trying to retrieve a loose puck behind his net when Alex Steen swept in and stole it before scoring on a wraparound at 13:26 of OT.
Quick was otherwise outstanding, making 35 saves in regulation and allowing the Kings to stay in the game long enough for Justin Williams to tie it with 31.6 seconds left in regulation.
Last night's other playoff series opener went to Anaheim as Teemu Selanne (TAY'-moo seh-LAH'-nee) scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period of the Ducks' 3-1 win over Detroit. Nick Bonino also notched a power-play goal for the Ducks, who didn't seal the victory until Francois Beauchemin (BOH'-sheh-mihn) scored an empty-netter.
Jonas Hiller made 21 saves and was perfect after Daniel Cleary tied the game 1-1 late in the first period.
Preds ink Hornqvist...Rolston hangs 'em up
UNDATED (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Patric Hornqvist to a five-year, $21.25 million contract. They gave him the contract despite the fact that injuries limited Hornqvist to four goals and 10 assists in 24 games this season. Hornqvist scored 30 goals in 2009-10 to become the fourth player in franchise history to reach that benchmark. He ranks eighth on the franchise's all-time list in power-play goals and is 10th in overall goals with 84.
In other hockey news:
— Brian Rolston has retired after a 17-year NHL career in which he played for five teams. The 40-year-old forward from Flint, Mich., did not play this season after splitting time with the New York Islanders and Boston in 2011-12.
Big Game James beats ex-mates...Braves rough up Nats again...Fireworks night in Cleveland
UNDATED (AP) — James Shields had some fun Tuesday night at the expense of his former team.
Shields gave up four hits in seven innings as Kansas City trounced Tampa Bay 8-2. He scattered three hits after Matt Joyce touched him for a two-run homer in the first inning.
Shields and the Royals trailed 2-1 in the sixth until Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH'-kahs) smacked a two-run homer. Moustakas had two hits and three RBIs to help the Royals finish 14-10 in April, one year after hauling a 5-16 mark into May.
Also in the majors, Atlanta beat Washington for the ninth straight time dating to last season as Tim Hudson and Anthony Varvaro combined on a three-hitter in the Braves' 8-1 rout of the Nationals. Hudson allowed just three hits in seven innings and contributed to his 200th career win by hitting a homer and a double.
Milwaukee has a nine-game winning streak over Pittsburgh after Rickie Weeks crushed a three-run homer and had five RBIs in the Brewers' 12-8 victory over the Pirates. Starling Marte's (mahr-TAYZ') three-run homer put the Bucs ahead 8-7 in the sixth before Jean Segura led off the bottom half of the inning with a home run.
Arizona was two outs away from a 1-0 victory until Pablo Sandoval launched a two-run homer to give San Francisco a 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks. Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner allowed just three hits in seven shutout innings, while DBacks starter Trevor Cahill limited the Giants to four hits in eight-plus innings.
Jaime Garcia gave up a run and seven hits in eight innings as St. Louis beat Cincinnati 2-1 to end a three-game skid. Matt Holliday hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth to back Garcia, who's 7-0 in eight starts against the Reds at Busch Stadium.
Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN') hit a pair of two-run homers in Toronto's 9-7 win over Boston, ending the Red Sox's five-game winning streak. David Ortiz hit a three-run double to put the Bosox ahead 7-6 in the seventh, a half inning before Encarnacion's second blast of the night.
Ryan Raburn homered twice for the second straight game as Cleveland pounded Philadelphia 14-2. Carlos Santana, Mark Reynolds, Lonnie Chisenhall, Michael Brantley and Drew Stubbs also went deep to give the Indians seven homers in the game, one short of the club record set in 1997 and matched in 2004.
Carlos Quentin homered, doubled twice and drove in three as San Diego outscored the Cubs 13-7 in Chicago. Edinson Volquez allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings and improved to 5-0 in seven starts versus the Cubbies.
Hyun-Jin Ryu struck out 12 in six innings of the Dodgers' 6-1 win against Colorado. Hanley Ramirez homered in his first start of the season, one day after coming off the disabled list.
Brandon Lyon uncorked a wild pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to give Miami its third straight win, 2-1 over the New York Mets. Lyon gave up Donovan Solano's game-tying single two batters before the wild pitch sent the Mets to their sixth consecutive loss.
Hiroki Kuroda (hih-ROH'-kee kuh-ROH'-duh) struck out eight while scattering four hits in seven shutout innings of the New York Yankees' 7-4 win over Houston. Travis Hafner had three hits and three RBIs as part of the Yankees' 15-hit attack.
Chris Dickerson had three hits and two RBIs, Matt Wieters (WEE'-turz) drove in two runs and Nate McLouth smacked a solo homer in Baltimore's 7-2 win at Seattle. Winning pitcher Jason Hammel limited the Mariners to two runs in five innings despite yielding seven hits and three walks.
Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) doubled, tripled and had four RBIs in Oakland's 10-6 victory against the Los Angeles Angels. Seth Smith added two hits and three RBIs as the A's needed just nine innings to beat the Angels following Monday's 19-inning marathon.
Yu Darvish improved to 5-1 and Texas used a six-run sixth inning to beat the Chicago White Sox 10-6. Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) capped the rally with a two-run shot, two innings after Nelson Cruz and Jeff Baker homered on consecutive pitches.
Detroit picked up its fifth straight win as Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder each hit two-run homers in the Tigers' 6-1 verdict over Minnesota. Justin Verlander is 3-2 after limiting the Twins to a run and five hits while fanning eight in seven innings.
Marlins' best player out a month...Youkilis to DL
UNDATED (AP) — Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton (JEE'-ahn-kar'-loh) expects to be sidelined for about a month because of a strained right hamstring suffered in Monday's game against the New York Mets. He underwent an MRI on Tuesday and said the diagnosis was a grade-two strain on the one-to-three scale for the injury.
Stanton was hurt trying to beat out a grounder and was put on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.
The Marlins entered tonight's action with a 7-19 record despite their current two-game winning streak.
In other baseball news:
—The New York Yankees have placed infielder Kevin Youkilis (YOO'-kih-lihs) on their already crowded disabled list that includes Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira (the-SHEHR'-uh) and Curtis Granderson. Youkilis has been diagnosed with a sprained lumbar spine that caused him to miss eight of the Yankees' previous nine games. The Yankees filled the void by promoting infielder Corban Joseph from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (BAYR'-reh). Joseph has never played in the major leagues.
— Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg may have irritated a nerve in his right arm using an electrical stimulation machine. It's unclear whether Strasburg will make his next start on Saturday.
— Cleveland Indians outfielder Nick Swisher is out of the lineup against Philadelphia because of a sore left shoulder. Indians manager Terry Francona said Swisher could also miss Wednesday's game against the Phillies.
— The Atlanta Braves right-hander Luis Ayala has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an anxiety disorder, a move retroactive to April 25. Right-hander David Carpenter was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.
— Reliever Joel Hanrahan has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Boston Red Sox after two weeks out due to a sore right hamstring.
— The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated left-hander Jonathan Sanchez for assignment. Sanchez appeared in five games for the Pirates this season, and went 0-3 with an 11.85 ERA.
— Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Randy Wells has retired after going winless in five starts this season for the Texas Rangers' Triple-A team.
OPERATION PUERTO TRIAL-WADA
WADA considers appeal after ruling in Puerto case
MONTREAL (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency says it is considering whether to appeal the verdict of a Spanish court which ordered the destruction of evidence in the Operation Puerto doping case.
WADA director general David Howman says in a statement that the decision to order the destruction of the blood bags is "particularly disappointing and unsatisfactory for ... the whole anti-doping community."
He says WADA is reviewing options with its Spanish legal advisers before the May 17 deadline for appeals in the case.
Despite being found guilty, Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes was given a one-year suspended jail sentence.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEW MEXICO
Alford refuses to pay big buyout to New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A University of New Mexico official says former Lobos basketball coach Steve Alford is refusing to pay the $1 million payment for buying out his contract to leave for UCLA. Alford on March 18 signed a term sheet agreeing to a new 10-year contract with New Mexico that included a $1 million buyout. It was to take effect April 1, two days after he announced his resignation. New Mexico contends it's owed the $1 million buyout because the previous contract required a 30-day notice of termination.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, an email written by a university lawyer says Alford is offering to comply with terms of his previous contract with New Mexico, which called for a $200,000 buyout.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-TENNESSEE STATE
School named in wrongful death suit
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The parents of a Tennessee State football player who died after collapsing during a practice last fall are suing the university for wrongful death, saying an "unreasonable period of time elapsed before anyone approached him or attempted to provide any help after their son collapsed.
Walk-on freshman defensive back Wayne Jones III died Nov. 7 after collapsing at a team workout. Jones' parents are seeking $5 million in punitive damages, though the state of Tennessee can't be held liable for more than $300,000 in wrongful death cases under state law which also covers the school.
Pitt dismisses 2 and suspends another
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh football coach Paul Chryst has dismissed two players and suspended another indefinitely after they were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Another player was suspended after he was charged with assault.
Tight end Drew Carswell and defensive back Eric Williams, both juniors, have been removed from the team. Carswell, Williams and defensive tackle Khaynin Mosley-Smith were all suspended last week after police made a drug raid on their house.
Mosley-Smith remains suspended.
Former Jets quarterback has a job offer
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — It may not be the kind of job he wants, but Tim Tebow (TEE'-boh) has been offered employment with the Omaha, Neb., indoor football team, the Beef. His pay would be a bit less than in the NFL, $75 a game.
A day after Tebow was cut by the Jets, the Beef called the office of Tebow's agent to offer a standard player contract. Club assistant general manager Andrew Mather says he doesn't expect to hear back, but that he thought it was worth it to ask.
Current Beef quarterback James McNear, who is 5-1, says he'd welcome Tebow and that, "I think Tim can learn a lot from me."
In other football news:
— The NFL has suspended Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon for the first four games of the 2013 regular season for a violation of the league's substance abuse policies. The league said Blackmon may participate in the preseason and will be eligible to return to the active roster on Sept. 30, the day after the Jaguars play Indianapolis.
Tour clears Singh
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Attention, weekend duffers: use all the deer antler spray you want. The PGA Tour says it's legal.
Vijay Singh (VEE'-jay sing) no longer faces any sanction for using deer antler spray.
The PGA Tour said Tuesday it was dropping the case against the three-time major champion. Tour commissioner Tim Finchem says new information from the World Anti-Doping Agency indicates that using deer antler spray is no longer considered prohibited.
The Tour did not say exactly what deer antler spray is supposed to cure.