Heat and Grizzlies moving to next round
UNDATED (AP) — The Miami Heat have taken another step toward their pursuit of back-to-back NBA titles.
Eliminating the Chicago Bulls in a see-saw Game 5, the Heat are moving on to the Eastern Conference finals against either the New York Knicks or Indiana Pacers.
LeBron James scored 23 points, Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 18 and the Heat rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 94-91. The Heat raced out to a 22-4 lead but were outscored by a whopping 29 points over the next 27 minutes before recovering. The Heat outscored the Bulls 25-14 in the fourth.
The Heat were 1-3 against the Knicks in the regular season, and 1-2 against the Pacers.
In the Western Conference:
The Memphis Grizzlies eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games, 88-84 and are going to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history. Zach Randolph was high man for the Thunder with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Mike Conley added 13 points and 11 assists.
Down by two with under 10 seconds to play, the top-seeded Thunder had a chance. But Kevin Durant missed a potential game-tying jumper with six seconds left to secure the victory for Memphis. Durant wound up with 21 points on 5-of-21 shooting.
The Thunder fell to 1-4 in elimination games over the past four seasons.
The Grizzlies will play either San Antonio or Golden State in the Western Conference finals.
Owners nix Kings move
DALLAS (AP) — NBA owners have voted to reject the Sacramento Kings' proposed move to Seattle, the latest in a long line of cities that have tried to land the franchise.
The vote followed a recommendation made last month by the NBA's relocation committee and may have finally brought an end to an emotional saga that has dragged on for nearly three years.
A group led by investor Chris Hansen has a deal to buy the team. Hansen hoped to move the franchise to Seattle and rename it the SuperSonics. The original Sonics were moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 and were renamed the Thunder.
Blackhawks take opener
CHICAGO (AP) — Johnny Oduya (oh-DOO'-yuh) and Marcus Kruger scored in the third period, Corey Crawford made 20 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 in the opener of their second-round playoff series.
Chicago dominated the Western Conference semifinal opener, outshooting the Red Wings by a 42-21 margin. Marian Hossa (HOH'-sah) scored the opening goal, and Patrick Sharp had an empty-netter and two assists to give him nine points in the playoffs.
Jimmy Howard finished with 38 stops in a terrific performance, but Detroit still lost to rival Chicago for the eighth straight time dating to last season.
The series resumes on Saturday afternoon at the United Center.
Stoll to miss Game 2 for L.A....Yankee Stadium to host 2 games
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kings center Jarret Stoll is likely to miss tonight's Game 2 of Los Angeles' second-round playoff series against the Sharks after a hard hit from San Jose's Raffi Torres in the opener.
Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter has implied that Stoll could be out for a significant length of time after getting hit by Torres, who has a history of dangerous play. Sutter says he thought the hit was "careless."
Torres is expected to have an in-person disciplinary hearing with NHL officials over the hit. Game 2 is Thursday night.
In other hockey news:
— The NHL will stage two games in Yankee Stadium next season. The New York Rangers will play the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 26 and the Rangers will then meet the Islanders three days later. The NHL is increasing its popular outdoor games, which in the past had been limited to on or around New Year's Day. There likely will be six next season.
Ibanez batters the Yanks...Price isn't right for Rays
UNDATED (AP) — Raul Ibanez (rah-OOL'ih-BAHN'-yehz) again treated Yankee Stadium as his personal playground, hitting a grand slam and two-run homer to help the Seattle Mariners rout New York 12-2.
Ibanez's slam came during a seven-run first inning. It got so bad that Yankees backup shortstop Alberto Gonzalez got the final out in the ninth inning in his first professional pitching appearance.
In other major league results:
— Jon Lester improved to 6-0, Stephen Drew hit his second career grand slam and the Boston Red Sox roughed up AL Cy Young winner David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2. Price fell to 1-4. He left because of left triceps tightness during Boston's eight-run third inning
__Tim Hudson is unbeaten against the Arizona Diamondbacks no more. The right-hander had been 7-0 in nine career starts against the D-Backs, who ended the Hudson Hex with a 5-3 victory.
__ The L.A. Dodgers took two of three from Washington with a 3-1 win over the Nationals. Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) got the win and delivered an RBI single. This was Greinke's first game since suffering a broken left clavicle after a confrontation with San Diego's Carlos Quentin last month.
— J.P. Arencibia (ah-REHN'-sih-bah) and Adam Lind each hit two-run home runs, Ramon Ortiz won for the first time since 2011 and the Toronto Blue Jays won their season-high fourth straight game with an 11-3 win over the World Series champion Giants.
__ Cincinnati blanked Miami 4-0. Mike Leake and three relievers combined on the 11-hit shutout. Shin-Soo Choo hit two homers as the Reds won for the fifth straight time.
— Wandy Rodriguez allowed one run over seven strong innings and Neil Walker hit a two-run single as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1. The Brewers have lost 10 of 12.
__ Adam Dunn unleashed two homers and drove in five runs to lead the White Sox to a 9-4 win over Minnesota. It was the 35th multihomer game of Dunn's career. Despite going 3-for-4, Dunn was only able to raise his batting average to .156, third lowest in the majors among hitters with a minimum number of at-bats. Nine of the slugger's 20 hits this season have been home runs.
— Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer, Alexi Ogando earned his first career win against Oakland and the Texas Rangers took the rubber game with the Athletics 6-2.
__ Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer and Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles also went deep in the Indians 10-4 win over Philadelphia. Cleveland has won 12 of 16.
__ Alexi Amarista had three extra-base hits as part of a season-high 17-hit attack as San Diego bounced Baltimore 8-4.
__ Carlos Corporan had a tie-breaking double in the top of the ninth inning and Houston went on to a 7-5 win over Detroit to avoid season sweep. Detroit starter Max Scherzer got a no decision in his attempt to improve to 6-0.
__ Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAR'-juh) hit a two-run home run and pitched eight strong innings for his first win since opening day and the Chicago Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3.
__ St. Louis doubled up the New York Mets 4-2. Rookie Shelby Miller followed up his nearly perfect one-hitter with 5 2-3 scoreless innings, but wasn't involved in the decision. The win went to Cards reliever Seth Maness, who's 3-0. St. Louis has the best record in baseball at 26-13.
__ The Kansas City Royals erupted with seven runs in the third inning of their 9-5 win over the L.A. Angels. Lorenzo Cain's three-run triple was the big hit in the inning.
Zambrano agrees to minor league deal with Phils...Beckett on DL
UNDATED (AP) — Right-hander Carlos Zambrano (zam-BRAH'-noh) has agreed to a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and will report this week to Clearwater, Fla., for extended spring training. The three-time All-Star hasn't pitched in the majors since last September with Miami.
The 31-year old is 132-91 with a 3.66 ERA in 12 seasons.
In other baseball news:
— The Los Angeles Dodgers placed Josh Beckett went on the 15-day DL with a strained left groin. He is 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in eight starts this season.
Orb on the rail for the Preakness
BALTIMORE (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Orb has drawn the rail in Saturday's Preakness and has been installed an overwhelming even-money favorite in the nine-horse race. The brown colt is looking for his sixth straight victory as part of the smallest Preakness field since 2007
Orb will seek to keep alive his bid to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Orb won the Derby by 2½ lengths as the betting favorite.
The field, from the rail, with odds in parenthesis: Orb, Goldencents (8-1), Titletown Five (30-1), Departing (6-1), Mylute (5-1), Oxbow (15-1), Will Take Charge (12-1), Govenor Charlie (12-1) and Itsmyluckyday (10-1).
Rutgers gets new AD
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers has named Julie Hermann its new athletic director and the former No. 2 athletic administrator at Louisville promised a restart for the scandal-scarred program.
Hermann replaces Tim Pernetti, who quit last month after the firing of basketball coach Mike Rice. Practice videos surfaced of Rice shoving and throwing basketballs at players and yelling gay slurs at them.
Hermann will be paid $450,000 annually as a base salary with $50,000 in incentives and $35,000 contributed to a deferred compensation plan, according to a university release.
Iranians rout US in "Rumble on the Rails"
NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's wrestling team visited the United States for the first time in a decade and found a virtual home meet in New York City.
The fans waving Iranian flags and stomping on the temporary bleachers were treated to a show of dominance by the wrestling power Wednesday in the exhibition at Grand Central Terminal. Iran beat the Americans 6-1. Russia was the third country invited to the "Rumble on the Rails" designed to build support for wrestling, which is slated for extinction as an Olympic sport following the 2020 Games.