Orb circles field to win Run for the Roses
LOUISVILLE (AP) — Orb has won the 139th Kentucky Derby with a perfect trip over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs. It's his fifth straight victory.
It's the first Kentucky Derby victory for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey (meh-GAY'-hee) and rising star jockey Joel (joh-EHL') Rosario.
"I'm thrilled to death for (the owners), thrilled to death for the people who put so much time into this horse, and, of course, I'm thrilled to death for me," the 62-year-old McGaughey said after the race.
Orb was co-favorite and went off at 5-to-1. He paid $12.80 for a two-dollar bet. Longshot Golden Soul was second with Revolutionary third.
Orb broke 15th at the start and Rosario avoided the mass rush to the first turn. He was near the back of the 19-horse field on the backstretch but began steadily passing horses. Orb passed Normandy Invasion at the top of the stretch and took the lead inside the eighth pole. His winning margin was two and a-half lengths.
Rosario said of his flawless ride: "I was so far behind and I just let him be calm and let him be relaxed and he was available to do it all."
Orb is almost certain to be favored as he chases the second leg of a Triple Crown in two weeks. On May 18, Orb will be at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes. That race lasts 1 3/16 miles, slightly shorter than the derby. There has not been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
Bulls advance to meet the Heat
NEW YORK (AP) — The Chicago Bulls opened a commanding 17-point first-half lead and cruised into the second round of the NBA playoffs with a 99-93 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 7 at the Barclays Center.
The fifth-seeded Bulls were led by Joakim Noah's 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks. Marco Bellinelli also had 24 points and dished out six rebounds. Carlos Boozer added 17 points and seven rebounds.
The Nets forced a seventh game by rallying from a 3-1 deficit, but went cold early against the Bulls. Just eight NBA teams have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-7 series.
Bulls forward Luol Deng (LOO'-ul dehng) missed the game as he remains hospitalized with an illness. The Bulls were also without guard Kirk Hinrich (HYN'-rihk), who missed his third straight game with a bruised left calf.
The Bulls start the second round in Miami on Monday night. The teams split four regular-season games.
Caps go up 2-0...B's lose at home
UNDATED (AP) — Washington took a 2-0 lead over the Rangers in their best of seven Stanley Cup playoff series with a 1-0 overtime win. Mike Green scored the game's lone goal eight minutes into the first overtime session and Braden Holtby turned back 24 shots. For the Rangers Henrik Lundqvist had 37 saves. Game 3 in the series will be played in New York Monday night.
In other first-round series:
— Toronto has evened its series with Boston at a game apiece with a 4-2 win in the Hub. Joffrey Lupul (LOO'-pul) scored twice. The series now moves to Toronto for the next two games, starting with Game 3 Monday night.
— Anaheim blanked Detroit 4-0 to take a 2-1 lead in that series. Nick Bonino scored for Anaheim on a second-period power play — 18 seconds after Detroit's Justin Abdelkader was ejected for a violent hit on Toni Lydman. Ryan Getzlaf, Emerson Etem and Matt Beleskey scored in the third period for the Ducks.
— The defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings have their first playoff win of 2013. After dropping the first two games in St. Louis, the Kings blanked the Blues 1-0. Jonathan Quick recorded the shutout with 30 saves.
Guthrie's streak continues in KC...Another walkoff win for the Giants
UNDATED (AP) — Jeremy Guthrie ran his unbeaten streak to a club record 17 consecutive starts with a four-hitter in the Kansas City Royals' 2-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Guthrie is 4-0 this year.
Guthrie is 9-0 in his last 17 starts, which started Aug. 8, 2012. Left-hander Paul Splittorff held the Royals' record with 16 straight undefeated starts in 1977-78.
It was first shutout and fourth complete game for Guthrie.
In the rest of the AL:
— Detroit mauled Houston 17-2 behind a 21-hit attack. Miguel Cabrera homered twice and tied his career high with six RBIs. Max Scherzer won his fourth straight to begin the season, allowing one run on three hits and striking out eight in eight innings.
— Steve Pearce's RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning lifted the Baltimore Orioles to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Baltimore also got homers from Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy and Nolan Reimold (RY'-mohld).
— How bad are things going for the Toronto Blue Jays? Fans were cheering, "Go Leafs Go," as they watched the Jays and R.A. Dickey lose another game. The Maple Leafs are currently facing the Boston Bruins in an NHL playoff series. Back to baseball, Dickey got roughed up as he lost his third straight start and lost to Seattle 8-1. For the Mariners Dustin Ackley hit his first career grand slam and Michael Saunders homered twice.
— In Cleveland, the Indians won their sixth straight as they stopped Minnesota 7-3. Jason Kipnis continued his hot ways driving in two runs and Scott Kazmir went six innings to even up his record at 1-1. Like Kipnis, Nick Swisher smacked a solo home run for the Indians.
— Phil Hughes got his first win of the season, pitching eight shutout innings of four-hit ball, in the New York Yankees' 4-2 win over the Athletics. Chris Stewart and Lyle Overbay homered. Oakland has dropped 10 of 15 after opening the season 12-4.
— Craig Gentry had an infield hit that produced two runs and later hit a two-run homer as the Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 5-1.
Over in the NL:
— The San Francisco Giants posted their second straight walkoff win over their arch-rival L.A. Dodgers, 10-9 in 10 innings. After Buster Posey's walkoff homer Friday night, Guellermo Quiroz delivered his first career walkoff home run in the 10th inning. The Giants have beaten the Dodgers four straight games.
— The Washington Nationals have won a game that Stephen Strasburg started for the first time since Opening Day, even though the fireballer was not involved in the decision. Tyler Moore hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning off Tony Watson and Washington beat Pittsburgh 5-4. Strasburg remained winless since his first start, though. He allowed four runs on five hits. He struck out eight in seven innings.
— Jon Jay homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth and Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso each hit home runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
— Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco each had a sacrifice fly in Cincinnati's four-run eighth inning as the Reds beat the Cubs 6-5. The victory guarantees the Reds of their first winning road series of the season, as they beat the Cubs 6-5 Friday. Alfonso Soriano hit a pair of two-run homers for the Cubs, who have lost four of five. It was Soriano's 31st career multi-homer game.
— Jose Fernandez pitched one-hit ball and struck out nine in seven dominant innings, leading the Miami Marlins over the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 for his first win in the majors.
— Patrick Corbin pitched seven solid innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks snapped their season-high four-game losing streak with an 8-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. Corbin is 4-0.
— In the interleague game at Coors Field, Colorado beat Tampa Bay 9-3. Carlos Gonzalez hit a go-ahead homer in the fifth and rookie Nolan Arenado added a grand slam.
— The Mets and Braves were rained out in Atlanta. No makeup date was announced.
Dodgers put Ramirez on DL
UNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly doesn't expect injured shortstop Hanley Ramirez back from the disabled list any time soon.
The Dodgers put Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring suffered Friday night.
Edwards to start from Talladega pole
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Steady rain washed out qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway for Sunday's Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup race. Because of the conditions the field was set based on Friday practice times. That means Carl Edwards will start from the pole, followed by Martin Truex Jr. and Marcos Ambrose in today's race.
The winner of the race a year ago was Brad Keselowski, who wound up winning five races last year and the season title.
Smith wins crash-filled race
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Regan Smith won the crash-filled Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway when NASCAR said he was leading at the final caution flag last night.
The race was delayed three hours by rain and slowed by several cautions, and NASCAR cut the distance by 10 laps as darkness closed in on the track. Then Joey Coulter brought out a caution and NASCAR decided to make one attempt at a green-white-checkered finish.
At least 10 cars were jockeying for position in packs of two on the final lap when Brian Vickers was spun hard into the outside wall. Smith, Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne raced three-wide to the finish line and Kahne crossed it first.
But NASCAR decided Smith was leading when the caution came out and was the winner.
Set to race in Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) — Defending IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay set a track record to win the pole position for today's Sao Paulo 300. He was timed in 1 minute, 20.430 seconds for a lap, just ahead of Venezuela's EJ Viso and Scotland's Dario Franchitti (DAH'-ree-oh fran-KEE'-tee).
Home-crowd favorite Tony Kanaan (kuh-NAHN') was fourth despite an injured right hand that caused him problems throughout the day.
Two-way tie entering final round play
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Midway leader Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney share the lead after the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship. Each is 8-under-par, one shot in front of George McNeill.
Kerr has the lead
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Cristie Kerr of the U.S. has the lead entering the final round of the LPGA's Kingsmill Championship. She is 10-under-par after a third-round 5-under-66. She leads Suzann Pettersen of Norway and fellow American Stacy Lewis by two shots.
Sauers leads Insperity Championship
THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Gene Sauers has a two shot lead after two rounds of the three-round Champions Tour Insperity Championship outside Houston. He shot a 6-under-66 in round two and stands 8-under for the tournament. Mike Goodes is alone in second place at 6-under.
Mayweather retains welterweight title
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought as if he had never left the ring, coming back from a year's absence Saturday night to win a unanimous 12-round decision over Robert Guerrero in their welterweight title fight.
Mayweather was masterful at times and improved to 44-0.
This was Mayweather's first fight in a year. It's also his first ring appearance since serving a jail term for assaulting the mother of his children, an experience he said helped him grow up.
Klitschko retains titles
MANNHEIM, Germany (AP) — Wladimir Klitschko (VLAD'-uh-meer KLICH'-koh) stopped Francesco Pianeta in the sixth round to retain the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles.
Klitschko rocked Pianeta inside the first 30 seconds, knocked him to the canvas with a straight right down the middle in the fourth, and again with a left blow in the fifth. The win leaves the champion with a record of 60-3 with 52 KO's.