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Associated Press

Posted on June 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM


All even in the West

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder have evened the NBA's Western Conference finals at two games apiece with a 109-103 win over San Antonio, their second straight win over the visiting Spurs. The home team has won all four games in the best-of-seven series.

Kevin Durant scored 18 of his game-high 36 points in the final seven minutes for the Thunder. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) added a career-high 26 on 11-for-11 shooting for Oklahoma City.

After seeing the Thunder's 15-point lead dwindle to four, Durant took over midway through the fourth quarter by scoring all 16 of the Thunder's points during a span of just over 5 minutes to keep the Spurs at bay.

Tim Duncan was high man for the Spurs with 21. Oklahoma City enjoyed a 41-31 rebounding advantage.

The series moves to San Antonio for Game 5 Monday night.


Kings work overtime for 10th straight road win

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings are halfway to their first Stanley Cup championship.

The Kings tied an NHL record with their 10th straight road playoff victory, a 2-1 overtime win over New Jersey. Jeff Carter netted the game-winner with 6:18 left in OT. It's their second straight overtime victory in New Jersey.

That means the Kings to take a 2-0 series lead back to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4. Drew Doughty scored in the first period. The Devils' Ryan Carter tied with a tip-in at 2:59 of the third period. Jonathan Quick made 32 saves between the posts for the eighth-seeded Kings, who are 14-2 in the postseason.

This marked the first time in 61 years that Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup finals were decided in overtime.

Game 3 is Monday night at Staples Center.


Streak over in Windy City...Cardinals 0-for-New York...Rangers sliding

UNDATED (AP) __ It's over. It took 12 innings but the Chicago White Sox' nine-game winning streak ended with a 10-8 loss to the Seattle Mariners. John Jaso (JAY'-soh) hit a tiebreaking double in the 12th for the Mariners.

The teams combined for eight home runs -- four by each team. Ichiro Suzuki (EE'-cheer-oh soo-ZOO'-kee) homered twice for the M's.Michael Saunders homered and had four of Seattle's 15 hits.

Chicago's Dayan Viciedo tied the game with a two-out solo homer in the eighth off Stephen Pryor.

In the rest of the AL:

__ The L.A. Angels took advantage of three Texas errors to beat the two-time defending AL champion Rangers 3-2. In the process, the Angels handed Japanese sensation Yu Darvish his third loss in 10 decisions. Alberto Callaspo drove in the go-ahead run in a two-run seventh inning. The Rangers have lost four straight for the first time this season.

__Felix Doubront won for the fifth time in six starts and the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 7-4 to move a game ahead of last place Toronto in the AL East standings. Nick Punto (POON'-toh) fell a triple shy of the cycle while helping lead Boston to its 10th win in 14 games. The Red Sox improve to 28-25 and are three games over .500 for the first time this year.

— Oakland snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 9-3 victory at Kansas City. It's the most offense the Athletics have generated in three weeks. The A's nine runs surpassed their total for the previous six games combined. The Royals committed three errors and were also hurt by a wild pitch and a passed ball.

— Brian Matusz (MAH'-this) pitched effectively into the eighth inning and Baltimore snapped a six-game losing streak by defeating Tampa Bay 2-1. The Orioles scored the go-ahead run in the seventh on a two-out throwing error by Drew Sutton.

— Miguel Cabrera hit two prodigious homers and Omir Santos' sacrifice fly in the ninth inning gave the Detroit Tigers a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees.

__ Minnesota trimmed Cleveland 7-4. Joe Mauer broke out of a 0-for-10 slump with three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run homer.

Over in the NL:

__ Stephen Strasburg was back to his old self. The Washington Nationals fireballer, whose fastball command had been lacking in his last three starts, struck out nine in seven innings while pitching the first-place Nationals to a 2-0 victory over Atlanta. Strasburg improved to 6-1 and lowered his earned run average to 2.35. Sean Burnett and Tyler Clippard finished off the six-hitter. Jesus (HAY'-zooz) Flores connected for his second homer.

__ The St. Louis Cardinals haven't scored a run in two days at Citi Field. R.A. Dickey followed up Johan (YOH'-han) Santana's no-hitter by shutting out St. Louis 5-0. Mets third baseman David Wright smacked a home run as the 8-1 Dickey gave up seven hits, struck out nine and walked none in his third career shutout.

— Aaron Harang pitched six strong innings, Bobby Abreu (uh-BRAY'-oo) homered for the first time this year and the Los Angeles Dodgers ended a season-worst five-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over Colorado.

— Hanley Ramirez hit two homers and drove in three runs to help the Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4. Ricky Nolasco allowed four runs on eight hits in seven-plus innings to improve to 6-1 in seven career starts at Philadelphia for the Marlins.

— Matt Cain pitched into the ninth inning on the way to winning his fifth straight start and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1. The Cubs have lost nine straight road games.

— Drew Stubbs homered and drove in four runs, Brandon Phillips added three RBIs and the Cincinnati Reds outlasted Houston 12-9 to hand the Astros their eighth straight defeat. Joey Votto went 4 for 4 with a home run and a walk. Todd Frazier and Ryan Ludwick also connected for the Reds, who set a season high for runs.

— Daniel Hudson pitched eight strong innings and Paul Goldschmidt homered in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 4-2 win over the San Diego Padres.

— Brooks Conrad ended his 0-for-27 slump to start the season, hitting a homer and driving in three runs to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1.


No-hitter takes a toll on 2 Mets...Bad news for Phillies

UNDATED (AP) — Johan (YOH'-han) Santana's no-hitter came at a cost to the New York Mets.

Injured outfielder Mike Baxter is expected to miss about six weeks after crashing into the fence while making an outstanding catch to preserve Santana's no-hitter Friday night against St. Louis. And reliever Ramon Ramirez is likely headed to the disabled list as well after straining his right hamstring during the postgame celebration.

There was some good news for the Mets. Santana says his surgically repaired pitching shoulder feels fine a day after throwing a career-high 134 pitches in the Mets' first-ever no-hitter.

In other MLB news:

__An MRI shows that Phillies reliever Jose Contreras has torn a ligament and tendon in his right elbow and will likely miss the rest of the season. The 40-year-old Contreras had surgery on his right elbow last year. He reinjured the elbow in the seventh inning Friday night.

—Twins pitcher Carl Pavano (pah-VAH'-noh) will return to Minneapolis on Sunday to have an MRI on his sore right shoulder. Pavano is 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts. He allowed seven runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings against Cleveland on Friday, in his shortest outing of the season.


Levin holding narrow lead

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Spencer Levin is the leader by a shot after three rounds of the Memorial. A 3-under-par 69 drops him to 8-under through 54 holes.

Halfway leader Rory Sabbatini carded a 71 and is alone in second place with 18 holes to play at Muirfield Village.

Rickie Fowler is in third place at minus-5 following a round of 69.

Tiger Woods stumbled to a 1-over 73 and begins today play four shots back in fourth place.


Lewis in command

GALLOWAY, N. J. (AP) — Stacy Lewis fired a second straight 6-under-par 65 and will bring a whopping six-stroke lead into today's third round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic near Atlantic City.

Sweden's Anna Nordqvist is alone in second place after carding a 4-under 67.


Haas charges to the top

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jay Haas has the lead after two rounds of the three-round Champions event being held in West Des Moines, Iowa. He stands 11-under par after a 6-under-65 in the second round. He tops Larry Mize, who shot a 2 on the par 4 18th hole to finish 8-under par, by three shots.

Tom Lehman stands alone in third place at 7-under-par.

Haas won in Iowa in 2007 and 2008.


Numbers lining up for Martin

DOVER, Del. (AP) —Fifty-three-year-old Mark Martin won his 54th career pole in the No. 55 Toyota of Michael Waltrip Racing.

The veteran Sprint Cup driver turned a lap of 158.297 mph with the final run of the day at Dover International Speedway, bumping Jimmy Johnson to a second-place start in today's race on the Monster Mile.

Martin will be hunting his first Cup win since 2009.


Dixon has fastest car in the Motor City

DETROIT (AP) — Scott Dixon has the fastest time in qualifying for the Detroit Grand Prix to capture his first pole of the year. He snaps Penske Racing's streak of having the fastest car in IndyCar qualifying this season.

Points leader Will Power of Penske will start second today.


Nadal continues to cruise...Another American surprise in Paris

PARIS (AP) — The King of Clay improves his career record at the French Open to 48-1 with a third round victory in Paris. Six-time champion Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') steamrolled Argentina's Eduardo Schwank 6-1, 6-3, 6-4. The second-seeded Spaniard has lost only 17 games in nine sets at this year's tournament at Roland Garros.

Fourth-seeded Brit Andy Murray and No. 6 seed David Ferrer (feh-REHR') of Spain are among those joining Nadal in the round of 16.

Ferrer's 6-love, 6-2, 6-2 win over Mikhail Youzhny (mih-KAYL' YOOS'-nee) was so dominating, the Russian scratched out "SORRI" in the red clay with his foot.

Varvara Lepchenko (vahr-VAHR-uh lehp-CHEHN'-koh) advanced to the round of 16 at the French Open by knocking out 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone (fran-CHES'-kuh skee-ah-VOH'-nay) 3-6, 6-3, 8-6. The 63rd-ranked Lepchenko was born in Uzbekistan and became a U.S. citizen last year.

It's the first time since Wimbledon in 2002 that the U.S. has two unseeded women in the fourth round at a major tournament. Nineteen-year-old Sloane Stephens earned a berth on Friday.

A third American hopeful, Christina McHale, was ousted by titleholder Li (lee) Na 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Second-seeded Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) moved on, losing just three games in her third round victory. Wimbledon champion and No. 4 seed Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) needed three sets to advance.

Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee) was bounced in three sets.


Not a good first impression

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton has been arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired and refusing to submit to a chemical test. The 25-year-old Felton is a five-year veteran who signed with Minnesota as a free agent in March.

Eden Prairie police say Felton was arrested Friday just before midnight.

Online court records show Felton was released from jail Saturday after posting $12,000 bond. A court appearance is set for July 18.


Phelps wins in medley

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Michael Phelps won the 400-meter individual medley and Allison Schmitt swam the fastest time ever in America in the 200-meter freestyle last night.

The 2008 Olympic bronze medalist set a U.S. Open and pool record when she finished the race in 1:55.04.