BC-AP Sports Digest
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MIAMI - Ray Allen scored 21 points in less than 19 minutes off the bench, LeBron James scored all 19 of his points in the first half and the Heat led by as many as 46 on the way to a wild, whistle-filled 115-78 win over the Bulls in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup on Wednesday night that knotted the series at a game apiece. By Tim Reynolds.
CLEVELAND - Adam Rosales thought he hit a game-tying home run. The Athletics, Indians and 14,000 or so fans thought so, too. There was a small group who differed: the umpires. "Probably the only four people in the ballpark,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. Rosales' apparent homer with two outs in the ninth inning off Chris Perez was ruled a double by umpires - even after a video review - Wednesday night, giving Cleveland a 4-3 win that left the Athletics feeling robbed. By Tom Withers. Sent
A Utah teen accused of punching a soccer referee who later died was charged with homicide by assault. Also Wednesday, friends and family remembered Ricardo Portillo at a wake followed by a religious ceremony.
SAN ANTONIO - Golden State coach Mark Jackson insisted the Warriors' historic collapse in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals would help his team's growth. The young Warriors took a big step in their development Wednesday night, withstanding another furious rally by the San Antonio Spurs for a 100-91 victory to even their series at one game apiece and snap a 30-game skid in the Alamo City. By Raul Dominguez. Sent
- DENVER - BKN--Coach of the Year. Nuggets' Karl named Coach of the Year. By Arnie Stapleton.
- EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - BKN--Lakers-Gasol. Lakers F Gasol having work done on knees.
The way the Los Angeles Kings opened the playoffs is old news. The defending Stanley Cup champions are headed home one win shy of advancing out of the first round. Defenseman Slava Voynov scored on an odd-man rush 8 minutes into overtime and the Kings beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Wednesday night, winning for the third straight time after dropping the first two games. By R.B. Fallstrom.
NEW YORK - If the New York Rangers are going to come all the way back and knock out Washington, they need to figure out how to transport their Madison Square Garden offense to the nation's capital. The Rangers dropped the opening two games of the best-of-seven series to the Capitals and mustered only one goal in the process. Upon returning home, New York generated eight goals in a pair of 4-3 victories to get even. By Ira Podell.
ANAHEIM, Calif. - After two agonizing overtime losses in the previous three games, Ryan Getzlaf figured the Anaheim Ducks were overdue for a break when they headed into extra time yet again. Defenseman Ben Lovejoy created that break by venturing deep into the Red Wings' zone, leading to Nick Bonino's goal 1:54 into overtime that gave Anaheim a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings and a 3-2 series lead on Wednesday night. By Greg Beacham. Sent
TORONTO - There's something about the playoffs that brings the best out of Boston Bruins forward David Krejci. In his sixth year in the NHL with the Bruins, Krejci broke the Maple Leafs' hearts Wednesday night with a hat trick, including the overtime winner past James Reimer as Boston beat Toronto 4-3. Sent
- NEW YORK - HKN--Vezina Trophy Finalists. Lundqvist, Bobrovsky and Niemi finalists for Vezina Trophy as best goalie.
- PITTSBURGH - HKN--Islanders-Penguins. Penguins turning to backup Vokoun for Game 5. By Will Graves.
BBA--BLUE JAYS-HAPP INJURED
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - J.A. Happ isn't sure how he'll react when gets on a mound again. The Toronto pitcher is just convinced he'll be fine. The 30-year-old left-hander returned to Tropicana Field on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he was struck on the head by a line drive that sent him to a hospital for an overnight stay. By Fred Goodall and Ronald Blum.
- SAN FRANCISCO - BBN-Phillies-Halladay. Halladay to have shoulder surgery, eyes 2013 return. By Janie McCauley.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Rory McIlroy won two major championships at age 23. He was the youngest player since Tiger Woods to reach No. 1 in the world. He was won the money titles on the PGA Tour and European Tour in the same season. Now if he can just break par on the TPC at Sawgrass. Or at least make it to the weekend. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson.
- PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - GLF--PGA Tour-Singh. Vijay Singh suing PGA Tour over proposed suspension for use of deer-antler spray. By Doug Ferguson.
- FARGO, N.D. - GLF--Polar Putters. North Dakota St golf team makes the NCAA regional tourney. By Dave Kolpack.
LONDON - Manchester United will attempt to make a smooth transition when Alex Ferguson leaves the dugout for the last time this month by handing over the managerial reigns to David Moyes. The Everton manager has never won a major trophy in his coaching career, but has long been championed by his fellow Scotsman at United. By Rob Harris.
SALT LAKE CITY - Family and friends honored the memory of a Utah soccer referee at an emotional funeral service Wednesday evening just hours after the teenager who punched him before he fell into a coma was charged with homicide by assault. By Brady McCombs. Sent
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Maurice Taylor and Louis Bullock are eager to reconnect with Michigan. In their first interviews about the Ed Martin booster scandal, both former players told The Associated Press they hope to re-establish a relationship with the university now that a decade-long dissociation ordered by the NCAA has ended. By Larry Lage. Sent
- TAMPA, Fla. - FBN-Buccaneers-Barber. Bucs CB Barber to retire after 16 seasons.
- ASHBURN, Va. - FBN--Redskins-RG3. RG3's pink cleats, photos raise $33K for charity. By Joseph White.
- CHARLOTTE, N.C. - CAR--NASCAR-France Divorce. Court docs unsealed in NASCAR chief's divorce. By Mitch Weiss.
- INDIANAPOLIS - CAR--IndyCar-The Double. Busch urges racing officials to make double doable. By Michael Marot.
- CONCORD, N.C. - CAR--NASCAR-JGR Appeal. NASCAR panel reduces JGR penalties for Matt Kenseth's engine problem. By Jenna Fryer.
- BOSTON - ATH--BAA's Next Race. For 1st race after Marathon, BAA sees bigger field. By Jimmy Golen.
- US--NCAA-Gambling Study. NCAA study reports gambling down among athletes. By Luke Meredith.
- LONDON - OLY--IOC Bach. AP source says Germany's Bach to announce IOC presidential bid. By Stephen Wilson.
- MATERA, Italy - CYC--Giro d'Italia. Degenkolb wins 5th Giro stage, Paolini keeps lead.
Thursday's Time Schedule
Oakland at Cleveland, 12:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.
Detroit at Washington, 4:05 p.m.
Kansas City at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Minnesota at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Houston, 8:10 p.m.
Philadelphia at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.
Atlanta at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Ottawa at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Chicago, 9:30 p.m.