Nets stay alive, Hawks square series
UNDATED (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets were able to stave off elimination in the NBA's conference quarterfinals Monday night.
Brook Lopez and Deron Williams each had double-doubles as the Nets downed the Chicago Bulls 110-91. Lopez finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Williams delivered 23 points and 10 assists to help the Nets win for the first time since the series opener.
Andray Blatche (AHN'-dray blach) provided 10 of his 13 points while the Nets outscored the Bulls 33-18 in the final period, one game after Brooklyn blew a 14-point lead over the last four minutes of regulation and lost in triple-overtime. This time, the Nets closed on a 15-1 run to force a Game 6 Thursday in Chicago.
Bulls guard Nate Robinson had team highs of 20 points and eight assists while starting in place of Kirk Hinrich (HYN'-rihk), who sat out with a bruised left calf.
The Rockets avoided a four-game sweep by outlasting the Oklahoma City Thunder 105-103. Chandler Parsons came within two assists of a triple-double, finishing with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Omer Asik had 17 points and 14 boards for the Rockets, who won despite failing to score after taking a 105-98 lead with 2:20 remaining.
Oklahoma City had two chances to tie it in the final seconds, but Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) grabbed a rebound off a Reggie Jackson jumper and missed a layup at the buzzer.
The Thunder failed to close out the series despite Kevin Durant, who shot 12-for-16 and finished with 38 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Game 5 is Wednesday at Oklahoma City.
Atlanta has evened its Eastern Conference quarterfinal series by winning two straight on its home court.
Josh Smith scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Hawks beat Indiana 102-91. The Pacers cut a 17-point halftime deficit to 84-79 with less than five minutes left before Smith swished a rare 3-pointer. He later came up with an offensive rebound to set up a 3 by Kyle Korver, then finished off a fast break with a right-handed dunk.
Korver finished with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and Al Horford added 18 points for the winners.
Paul George scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half to lead the Pacers.
The series shifts to Indiana for Game 5 on Wednesday.
Player comes out
NEW YORK (AP) — NBA veteran center Jason Collins has become the first male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay. Collins wrote a first-person account posted on Sports Illustrated's website.
Mostly a backup in his career, Collins has averaged 3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds for the Nets, Grizzlies, Timberwolves, Hawks, Celtics and Wizards. The 34-year-old is a free agent who says he wants to continue playing.
President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton spoke of Collins' courage, tennis great Martina Navratilova called him a pioneer, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers compared him to Jackie Robinson and Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash simply tweeted, "The time has come."
League committee nixes Kings' move
NEW YORK (AP) — It appears the Sacramento Kings are staying put after the NBA's relocation committee voted unanimously today to recommend that owners reject the application for the team to relocate to Seattle.
The league's Board of Governors will convene during the week of May 13 to vote on the matter, although the relocation committee's recommendation doesn't guarantee the Kings will stay put. The Kings' current owners sent a letter to the relocation and finance committees saying they preferred to sell to the Seattle group and expressed discontent with Sacramento's latest bid to retain the franchise.
One for the record books in Oakland
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Moss hit his second home run of the night with two outs in the bottom of the 19th inning to give the Oakland Athletics a 10-8 victory over the Los Angeles Angels early today. It was the longest major league game of the season. It amounted to two games in one.
The teams were on the field for 6 hours, 32 minutes in a marathon game that ended at 1:41 a.m. on the West Coast. By time, it was the longest game ever played in Oakland — and the longest in Angels history.
As the game dragged on deep into the night, fans who remained in the scattered crowd of 11,668 chanted the names of Oakland's radio announcers, Ray Fosse and Ken Korach. One player in the Angels dugout wore a rally cap folded in half, with the bill sticking straight up like a mohawk.
But it was the A's who finally pulled it out on Moss' two-run shot.
Astros hammer Pettitte
UNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees 40-year-old lefty Andy Pettitte began Monday 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA when he took the mound against the Houston Astros, who owned the American League's worst record at 7-18. Pettitte left the game in the fifth inning, charged with seven runs and 10 hits as the Astros battered the Yankees 9-1.
Carlos Corporan went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs, while Brandon Barnes had three hits and three ribbies to help Houston bounce back from a four-game sweep in Boston.
Lucas Harrell outpitched Pettitte, allowing a run and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings to improve to 3-2. Harrell has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his six starts.
In other major league play, Ryan Raburn homered twice while going 4-for-4 with four RBIs in Cleveland's 9-0 romp at Kansas City. Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL'-doh hih-MEHN'-ehz) scattered three hits over seven innings to reduce his ERA to 7.13 and help the Indians salvage a split of the four-game series.
Yovani Gallardo (yoh-VAH'-nee gy-AHR'-doh) belted one of Milwaukee's five home runs and allowed just one earned run and three hits over seven innings of the Brewers' 10-4 laugher against the Pirates. Gallardo and Norichika Aoki (nohr-ih-CHEE'-kah ah-OH'-kee) hit back-to-back homers in the fifth, Carlos Gomez and Yuniesky (yoo-NEHS'-kee) Betancourt did likewise in the fifth and Jean Segura also went deep.
Homers by Dexter Fowler, Wilin Rosario and Nolan Arenado accounted for six runs as Colorado crushed the Dodgers 12-2 in Los Angeles. Rosario was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored to back Tyler Chatwood, who gave up five hits in six scoreless innings.
Mat Latos (LAY'-tohs) ran his scoreless straight to 17 innings and allowed five hits in six innings of Cincinnati's 2-1 win at St. Louis. Joey Votto (VAH'-toh) had two of the Reds' six hits and opened the scoring with an RBI single just six pitches into the game.
Darwin Barney hit a pair of run-scoring doubles and Cody Ransom homered as the Cubs downed San Diego 5-3. Ransom collected two RBIs in the Cubs' fifth victory in seven games since a 5-13 start.
Prince Fielder launched a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning of Detroit's fourth straight win, 4-3 over Minnesota. Max Scherzer allowed three runs and six hits in 7 1/3 innings, striking out 10 without a walk.
Albert Pujols was 4-for-5 with a pair of homers and three RBIs to lead the Los Angeles Angels' 7-6 win at Oakland. Mark Trumbo added a solo shot and drove in three
Michael Saunders homered in his first at-bat since being activated off the disabled list and Joe Saunders tossed a four-hitter in Seattle's 6-2 win against Baltimore. Kyle Seager had a two-run triple and Jason Bay added three hits in the Mariners' season-high third straight win.
Nick Green followed Rob Brantley's single with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 15th to give Miami a 4-3 win over the New York Mets. John Buck socked a two-run homer for the Mets, who blew a 2-1 lead in the ninth en route to their fifth straight loss.
Andrelton Simmons snapped a 2-2 tie with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning as Atlanta beat Washington 3-2 to end a four-game losing streak. The Braves have beaten the Nationals eight straight times dating to last season.
Strasburg bothered by tight forearm...Dodgers activate Ramirez, put Kershaw on bereavement list
UNDATED (AP) — Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg says he'll make his next scheduled starting despite experiencing tightness in his right forearm during Monday's game against the Braves.
Strasburg appeared to struggle to get comfortable on the mound, sometimes shaking his arm after a pitch during his six innings of work. Manager Davey Johnson says the right-hander will be given medication.
Strasburg is 1-4 with a 3.13 ERA.
Miami outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has landed on the disabled list after leaving Monday's game against the New York Mets with a strained right hamstring. Stanton hit a tapper in front of the plate in the 10th inning and clutched his right hamstring just before he crossed first base trying in vain to beat the throw.
The Dodgers activated shortstop Hanley Ramirez from the disabled list, making room for him on the roster by placing pitcher Clayton Kershaw on the bereavement list.
Ramirez had been out all season since tearing a ligament in his right thumb during the championship game of the World Baseball Classic. He had surgery on March 22 and is not in Monday's starting lineup against Colorado.
Kershaw left the team to tend to what manager Don Mattingly called a "personal issue."
And outfielder Casper Wells has joined his fourth major league organization in a month, traded by Oakland to the Chicago White Sox for cash.
Wells was designated for assignment by Seattle on March 31, claimed off waivers by Toronto 10 days later and purchased by the A's on April 22.
He has played just three major league games this season, going 0-for-5 with one strikeout.
Avs win lottery
UNDATED (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche have received the first selection in the June 30th NHL draft by winning Monday's lottery.
The Avs now have the best chance to get Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones, considered the top prospect in the draft. Jones is an outstanding two-way player who scored 14 goals and 56 points while posting a +46 in 61 games for the Winterhawks this year. The Plano, Texas, native is the son of former NBA player Popeye Jones and helped the U.S. reach the World Junior Championship title game last winter.
Colorado had an 18.8 percent chance of winning the lottery after finishing the regular season with a 16-25-7 record, worst in the Western Conference.
Florida has the second pick, followed by Tampa Bay, Nashville and Carolina. The Panthers had the best odds of securing the No. 1 pick after finishing dead last in the NHL this season.
Update on Crosby
CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Sidney Crosby practiced Monday with his Pittsburgh teammates, but his status remains uncertain for Wednesday's playoff opener against the New York Islanders. Crosby hasn't played since breaking his jaw a month ago and was cleared to return to non-contact drills just last week. He'll see doctors again Tuesday and will not play until he is given clearance.
New GM for Dallas
DALLAS (AP) — It didn't take the Dallas Stars long to find a new general manager.
One day after firing Joe Nieuwendyk (NOO'-in-dyk), the Stars announced the hiring of Jim Nill. He spent the last 15 years as an assistant GM with the Red Wings.
His first decision with the Stars will involve the coaching position. Glen Gulutzan is currently the Stars head coach and Nill, who signed a five-year deal, says he wants to meet with everyone in the organization, Gulutzan included, before addressing a possible coaching change.
Tebow Time runs out in New York
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The Tim Tebow era in New York is over, at least with the Jets. He was waived by the club yesterday, ending his one-season engagement with the club. In a statement, coach Rex Ryan simply said, "Things did not work out the way we all had hoped."
Tebow attempted just eight passes with the Jets after joining them in a trade with Denver in March of 2012. He threw for 39 yards and rushed 32 times for 102 yards.
Mark Sanchez remains with the Jets along with recent second-round draft pick Geno Smith out of West Virginia.
No Baffert for the Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — For the first time since 2008 Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will not be saddling a horse in the Kentucky Derby. Baffert says that Govenor Charlie would not run and that his other possibility, Code West, also won't compete in the Derby at Churchill Downs.
Govenor Charlie was 11th on the points leaderboard that determines the 20-horse field for the 1¼-mile race. Code West was ranked 21st.
Baffert has had a horse win the race three times, but not since 2002.