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Associated Press

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 5:35 AM

NBA-PLAYOFFS

Knicks square series

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies were able to even their conference semifinals series at a game apiece last night.

The Knicks bounced back from Sunday's 102-95 loss by dominating the last 15 minutes of a 105-79 win over the visiting Indiana Pacers. Carmelo Anthony scored half of his 32 points during a 30-2 spurt that put the Knicks ahead by 26. The Pacers actually led by a basket with three minutes left in the third quarter before New York erupted.

Iman (ih-MAHN') Shumpert finished with 15 points and Raymond Felton added 14 for the Knicks.

Paul George had a team-high 20 points for the Pacers, who host Game 3 on Saturday.

The Grizzlies earned a 99-93 win at Oklahoma City as Mike Conley finished with 26 points and Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL') added 24.

Conley hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 1:58 left to put the Grizzlies ahead to stay then added an 18-foot jumper to stretch the lead to 94-90. He finished one assist short of a triple-double and shot 11-for-22 from the floor.

Thunder forward Kevin Durant also came close to a triple-double, contributing 36 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. But he missed his last three shots, including a pair of three-point attempts as Oklahoma City lost home-court advantage.

Game 3 is Saturday in Memphis.

NBA-SUNS

New GM in Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have lured away a member of the Boston Celtics front office to be their new general manager. Ryan McDonough is leaving Boston after 10 seasons with the Celtics, the last three as their assistant general manager. He replaces Lance Blanks, who was fired on April 22 after failing to make the playoffs the past three seasons.

NHL-PLAYOFFS

Sharks complete sweep...Isles beat Pens...Sens rally to beat Habs...Hawks take command

UNDATED (AP) — The San Jose Sharks are the first NHL team to advance to the conference semifinals after completing a four-game sweep of Vancouver.

Patrick Marleau (MAHR'-loh) scored a power-play goal at 13:18 of overtime to complete the Sharks' 4-3 win over the Canucks.

Alexandre Burrows and Alex Edler tallied 1:51 apart midway through the third period to put the Canucks ahead 3-2, but Joe Pavelski's second power-play goal of the game tied the game with 4:27 left in regulation.

Joe Thornton set up the tying and winning goals to finish with three assists.

The seventh and eighth seeds in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals are proving they belong in the playoffs. The No. 8 New York Islanders are tied with top-seeded Pittsburgh at two games apiece, while the seventh-seeded Ottawa Senators enjoy a 3-1 series lead.

John Tavares provided the game-winner with 9:49 remaining while the Isles were netting the last three goals in a 6-4 win over the Penguins. New York trailed 4-3 until Mark Streit (stryt) notched his second goal of the night, about six minutes before Tavares put the Islanders in front. Casey Cizikas (sih-ZEE'-kuhs) capped the scoring by sliding a weak shot past Marc-Andre Fleury, who finished with just 18 saves and has allowed 14 goals over the last three games.

Game 5 is Thursday in Pittsburgh.

Kyle Turris scored at 2:32 of overtime to give the Senators a 3-2 comeback win over Montreal. The Canadiens carried a 2-0 lead into the third period and were moments away from tying the series until Turris assisted on Cory Conacher's goal with 23 seconds left in regulation.

Mike Zibanejad (MEE'-kuh zih-BAH'-nah-zhahd) started the Senators' rally by beating Carey Price midway through the third period.

Price left the game with an injury after the third period.

Ottawa can close out the series Thursday in Montreal.

Chicago's 3-0 win at Minnesota gives the top-seeded Blackhawks a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference quarterfinals. Patrick Sharp scored in each of the first two periods before Bryan Bickell made it a three-goal game with 7:14 remaining.

Corey Crawford turned back 25 shots in his second career playoff shutout, while helping the Blackhawks kill off the Wild's six power plays.

The Wild had another goalie get hurt when Josh Harding's injury forced Darcy Kuemper into action after the first intermission.

The Hawks can close out the series at home on Thursday.

NHL-SABRES

New coach in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have hired Ron Rolston as head coach on a permanent basis. Rolson led the Sabres to a 15-11-5 mark after replacing Lindy Ruff in February.

NHL-NORRIS AWARD

Finalists named

NEW YORK (AP) — Montreal's P.K. Subban (soo-BAN'), Pittsburgh's Kris Letang (leh-TANG') and Minnesota's Ryan Suter (SOO'-tur) are finalists for the Norris Trophy, given annually to the NHL's top defenseman. Each is a Norris finalist for the first time.

Subban topped the league's defensemen with 11 goals and 27 assists. Letang finished second in the scoring race among defensemen despite missing more than a quarter of the season. Suter ranked second among players at his position in assists (28) and third in points (32).

MLB-SCHEDULE

Reds homer selves to victory...Harvey stifles Chisox

UNDATED (AP) — Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel was within one out of a milestone save before the Cincinnati Reds flexed their muscles.

Devin Mesoraco and Shin-Soo Choo hit back-to-back homers in the bottom of the ninth to power the Reds past the Braves 5-4. Kimbrel fanned the first two batters in the ninth and was one strike away from his 100th career save before Mesoraco connected for his first career pinch-hit homer. Choo won it with his second homer of the game.

Also in the majors, Matt Harvey tossed a one-hitter for nine innings before Mike Baxter's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th gave the New York Mets a 1-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. Harvey had a perfect game until Alex Rios hit an infield single with two out in the seventh, the White Sox's lone baserunner of the night. Harvey also struck out a career-high 12 and lowered his ERA to 1.28.

Chase Utley was 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs as Philadelphia beat San Francisco 6-2. Ryan Howard also homered to support Kyle Kendrick, who allowed two runs in seven innings to improve to 4-1.

Eric Stults pitched seven-hit ball into the seventh inning as San Diego won for the 10th time in 13 games, beating Miami 5-1. Will Venable highlighted the offense with a two-run homer and three ribbies.

Arizona beat the Dodgers 5-3 on Paul Goldschmidt's two-run homer in the top of the ninth. Goldschmidt drove in three runs and Didi Gregorius collected three hits as the Diamondbacks dealt Los Angeles its sixth consecutive loss.

Jorge De La Rosa scattered three hits in six shutout innings as Colorado blanked the New York Yankees 2-0. Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda (hih-ROH'-kee kah-ROH'-dah) blanked the Rockies until Carlos Gonzalez crushed a two-run homer in the sixth.

Emergency starter Jeanmar (ZHAHN'-mahr) Gomez allowed just two hits in five shutout innings as Pittsburgh downed Seattle 4-1. Andrew McCutchen went 4 for 4 with an RBI-double and Garrett Jones hit a two-run homer.

Yuniesky (yoo-NEHS'-kee) Betancourt and Aramis (ah-RAH'-mihs) Ramirez homered as Milwaukee beat Texas 6-3 to snap a season-high five-game losing streak. Carlos Gomez added a two-run double to back Wily Peralta (WIH'-lee peh-RAHL'-tah), who allowed two earned runs in six innings.

Zach McAllister combined with two relievers on a six-hitter as Cleveland downed Oakland 1-0. The Indians scored the lone run on a sacrifice fly by Yan Gomes (yahn gohmz) after infielders Brandon Moss and Eric Sogard made errors on the same play in the fifth inning.

Houston's six-game skid is over after Chris Carter's three-run homer put the Astros ahead 6-3 in the third inning of a 7-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) also homered for the Astros, who took advantage of three errors by catcher Hank Conger to score five unearned runs.

Scott Diamond surrendered three hits in seven scoreless innings to pitch Minnesota past Boston 6-1. Ryan Doumit (DOH'-miht) doubled and scored the game's first run in the fifth inning before smacking a solo homer in the seventh.

Matt Wieters (WEE'-turz) capped his three-RBI performance by lifting a double that drove in the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning of Baltimore's 4-3 victory over Kansas City. Wieters also hit a two-run double while the Orioles were building a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Toronto earned a 6-4 victory after Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was hit in the head by Desmond Jennings' line drive in the second inning. Happ was taken off the field on a stretcher and sent to a hospital for tests a few hours before Maicer Izturis (MY'-sur ihz-TOOR'-his) belted a solo homer to break a 4-4 tie in the ninth.

Travis Wood outpitched Lance Lynn and Nate Schierholtz (SHEER'-hohltz) socked a two-run homer as the Cubs edged St. Louis 2-1 to end the Cardinals' six-game winning streak. Wood allowed five hits and pitched into the seventh to help the Cubs prevent Lynn from becoming the National League's first six-game winner.

Detroit was rained out at Washington, forcing the two teams to play a makeup game Thursday afternoon.

MLB-NEWS

Hanrahan on DL again

UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are having trouble keeping their closers on the active roster.

Joel Hanrahan has landed on the disabled list for the second time this season after straining his right forearm during last night's win against Minnesota. He was on the DL from April 14-29 with a strained right hamstring.

Andrew Bailey replaced Hanrahan as closer but went on the disabled list before Monday's game with a strained right biceps.

The Bosox filled Hanrahan's roster spot by recalling Triple-A pitcher Allen Webster, who is scheduled to start Wednesday versus the Twins.

In other baseball news:

— The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed struggling right-handed pitcher James McDonald on the 15-day disabled list with stiffness in his right shoulder and recalled infielder Josh Harrison from Triple-A Indianapolis.

— St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte (maht) has undergone season-ending Tommy John surgery. The Cards activated first baseman Matt Adams off the DL to take Motte's roster spot. Edward Mujica (moo-HEE'-kah) has taken over Motte's role as closer, converting all eight of his save chances so far.

— Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is expected to be sidelined for a few days with a sore right wrist.

— Rockies first baseman Todd Helton has been sentenced to a year of probation and 24 hours of community service after pleading guilty to driving while ability-impaired.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

2013 Hall of Fame class announced

NEW YORK (AP) — The class of 2013 for the College Football Hall of Fame has been announced, and the 12 players and two coaches include Heisman Trophy winners Danny Wuerffel (WUR'-fuhl) of Florida, Ron Dayne of Wisconsin and Vinny Testaverde (tehs-tah-VUR'-dee) of Miami.

The other elected players are Tommie Frazier of Nebraska, Ted Brown of North Carolina State, Tedy Bruschi (TED'-ee BROO'-skee) of Arizona, Jerry Gray of Texas, Steve Meilinger of Kentucky, Orlando Pace of Ohio State, Rod Shoate (shoht) of Oklahoma, Percy Snow of Michigan State, and Don Trull of Baylor.

The new Hall of Fame coaches are Wayne Hardin, who led Navy and Temple, and Bill McCartney of Colorado.

NFL-NEWS

Jags sign Trufant...Kasay retiring after 20 years

UNDATED (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars continued to revamp their secondary by signing free agent cornerback Marcus Trufant. The team released veteran cornerback Antwaun Molden to make room for the former Seattle Seahawks starter.

In other NFL news:

— The Denver Broncos have named former Cleveland general manager Tom Heckert as their new director of pro personnel. Heckert was GM with the Eagles for four seasons before spending three years with the Browns.

— Kicker John Kasay (KAY'-see) is retiring after 20 seasons and 461 field goals, sixth in NFL history. Kasay spent 15 seasons with Carolina and signed a one-day contract with the Panthers so he could retire as a member of the team.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Change that channel

NEW YORK (AP) — The Final Four's national semifinal games will only be on cable-TV the next two years. The Saturday doubleheader will air on TBS in 2014 and 2015, with the title game remaining on CBS. Under the 14-year deal that CBS and Turner Sports signed with the NCAA in 2010, CBS and TBS were scheduled to start alternating broadcasts of the entire Final Four starting in 2016, but Turner had the option to move that up to 2014.

SOCCER

Man U's Alex Ferguson retiring at end of season

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is retiring at the end of the season. Ferguson has led the team for 26 years and it secured a 13th Premier League title two weeks ago. Ferguson says he wanted to leave Man U "in the strongest possible shape" and he believes the club's future remains bright.

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