Bulls coach $35G lighter
CHICAGO (AP) — The NBA has fined Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau (THIH'-buh-doh) $35,000 for comments he made about the officiating following Friday's loss to the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Thibodeau was upset that Nazr Mohammed got ejected for shoving LeBron James to the floor and accused the Heat's superstar of flopping. He also said calls weren't going to go the Bulls' way.
Rangers leading 1-0 late
NEW YORK (AP) — The Washington Capitals can close out their opening round playoff series with the New York Rangers today. But the Caps have to accomplish something neither team has been able to do so far in the previous five games -- win on the road.
Rick Nash scored on a redirection of a Derek Brassard slapshot midway through the second period and the Rangers are leading Washington 1-0 entering the third period.
Four of the five games in this series have been decided by one goal -- two in overtime.
If necessary, Game 7 is in Washington Monday night.
In other playoff action tonight:
— Boston takes a 3-2 series lead into Toronto in that first-round series. The Maple Leafs won 2-1 in Boston Friday night.
— It's a Game 7 in Anaheim tonight. The Ducks have home ice advantage against the Detroit Red Wings.
US, Canada in quarters
HELSINKI (AP) — The United States and Canada clinched spots in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championships Sunday with their fifth wins of the tournament.
The Americans beat Germany 3-0 behind the goal-tending of 19-year-old John Gibson. Jeff Skinner scored the game-winner in the third period in Canada's 2-1 win over the Czech Republic.
Cubs take 2 of 3 in D.C....Reds sweep Brew Crew
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Cubs surprised the Washington Nationals by scoring an unearned run in the ninth inning to beat the Nats 2-1 and take two of three in their weekend series. A throwing error by Nats catcher Kurt Suzuki allowed Alfonso Soriano to score the go-ahead run. Soriano was trying to steal third when Suzuki's throw went into left field.
Nats starter Gio (JEE'-oh) Gonzalez was perfect through five innings. Then Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro (DEE'-nur nah-VAHR'-oh) led off the sixth with an infield single. Gonzalez didn't allow a run in his seven innings. But Drew Storen allowed the Cubs to tie it with a run in the eighth. Nats closer Rafael Soriano took the loss after allowing the unearned run in the ninth.
In other baseball:
— In the interleague game, Sean Rodriguez, Yunel (yoo-NEHL') Escobar and James Loney drove in late runs for the Tampa Bay Rays in a 4-2 victory that completed a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres. The Rays have won five straight.
__ The New York Yankees doubled up Kansas City 4-2 to complete a three-game sweep. Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') and Vernon Wells homered for the Yanks, who've won five in a row.
__Jose Bautista hit two of Toronto's five home runs, and the Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 12-4 to take two of three in the weekend series. Emilio Bonifacio (boh-nih-FAH'-see-oh), Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kar-nah-see-OHN') and Brett Lawrie also went deep.
__ Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Steve Pearce homered and the Baltimore Orioles blanked the Minnesota Twins 6-0.
— Pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds hit a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3.
In the NL:
__Adrian Beltre's (BEHL'-trayz) three-run homer was one of his four hits, and David Murphy and Leonys Martin also homered as the Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep by romping past the Houston Astros 12-7.
— Don Lutz hit his first career home run, a three-run drive in the first inning that led the Cincinnati Reds over the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 for a three-game sweep.
— Pedro Alvarez hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth and Pittsburgh nipped the New York Mets 3-2. Unbeaten Mets starter Matt Harvey was not involved in the decision. Harvey allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings.
Astros DFA Humber...Cuddyer on DL
UNDATED (AP) — What a difference a year makes. The Houston Astros have designated pitcher Philip Humber (UM'-buhr) for assignment, a day after he gave up five runs while only getting two outs in a loss to the Texas Rangers.
Humber is just a year removed from pitching the 21st perfect game in major league history. But he's had a terrible start to 2013. Humber was 0-8 with a 9.59 ERA.
In other baseball news:
— The Colorado Rockies have placed outfielder Michael Cuddyer on the 15-day disabled list with a neck injury and recalled outfielder Charlie Blackmon from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
— The New York Yankees infielder Eduardo Nunez is on the disabled list with sore ribs. The Yanks recalled Alberto Gonzalez from Triple-A Scranton.
— The St. Louis Cardinals will place right-hander Jake Westbrook on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation and select the contract of left-hander John Gast in time for Tuesday night's game against the New York Mets.
— The Baltimore Orioles have recalled LHP Mike Belfiore from Triple-A Norfolk. Belfiore takes the place of starting pitcher Steve Johnson, who was hit hard Saturday night and optioned to the minors.
PGA-TOURNAMENT PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Woods in four-way tie late at Players
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods, Jeff Maggert, Sergio Garcia and David Lingmerth, a 25-year-old rookie from Sweden, are all tied for the lead late in the final round of play at The Players Championship.
Woods birdied two of his first four holes to break a three-way tie and took the early lead. But Woods took a double-bogey on the 14th hole to fall into a four-way tie for the lead.
FORMULA ONE-SPANISH GRAND PRIX
Alonzo gives home fans a thriller Spanish Grand Prix
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — It was a popular victory on the Formula One circuit today as Spaniard Fernando Alonso won the Spanish Grand Prix by nearly 10 seconds in a dominant performance in front of his home fans. That helped Alonso close the gap on championship leader Sebastian Vettel and get back in the Formula One title race.
He climbed on top of his Ferrari and waved a Spanish flag gleefully as he encouraged applause from the fans, who broke into chants of "Alonso, Alonso."
Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen (KEE'-mee RAY'-koh-nehn) finished second for the third straight race, with Alonso's Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa third.
Alonso, the two-time former champion, closed the gap on Vettel from 30 to 17 points, moving up to third overall. Raikkonen is only four points behind Vettel, who leads with 89 after five races.
Nadal wins in Madrid...Serena retains No. 1 ranking
MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') won his fifth title since returning from a knee injury by beating Stanislas Wawrinka (vah-VINK'-ah) 6-2, 6-4 Sunday for the Madrid Open championship.
Cheered on by the home crowd at the Caja Magica, the fifth-ranked Nadal cruised to his 55th career title and extended his head-to-head record over Warinka to 9-0.
It was Nadal's seventh straight final since recovering from a nagging case of tendinitis in his left knee that sidelined him for seven months.
Earlier, defending champion Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) 6-1, 6-4 in the women's final to both retain her No. 1 ranking and collect her 50th career title.
Normandy Invasion passing on Preakness
BALTIMORE (AP) — The trainer of Normandy Invasion says his fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby will miss the Preakness and get ready for a summer campaign that includes the Travers Stakes in August.
Normandy Invasion took the lead in the stretch of last weekend's Derby before finishing fourth, 3½ lengths behind Orb.
Orb went for a 1½-mile gallop around Belmont Park on Sunday. He is set for his final workout Monday before being vanned to Baltimore for the Saturday's Preakness.
Among the challengers Orb is likely to face in the second leg of the Triple Crown are Derby runners Mylute (fifth), Oxbow (sixth), Will Take Charge (eighth), Itsmyluckyday (15th) and Goldencents (17th), with Vyjack (18th) still under consideration. New shooters include Illinois Derby winner Departing, trainer Bob Baffert's Govenor Charlie and Titletown Five.