Heat muzzle Bulls
UNDATED (AP) — The Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies have three-games-to-one leads in the NBA's conference semifinals.
LeBron James had 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as the Heat silenced the Bulls 88-65.
The 65 points allowed were just two off the all-time postseason low for a Miami opponent, and the worst offensive performance by a Chicago team. Miami led by 11 at the half and put this one away by outscoring Chicago 17-9 in the third quarter.
Chris Bosh was the only other Heat player to score in double figures, finishing with 14. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade finished with just six points on 3-of-10 shooting but helped Miami hold the Bulls to 26 percent from the field.
Carlos Boozer had team highs of 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls, who will try to stave off elimination when they visit the Heat on Wednesday.
The Grizzlies have control of their series after turning a 17-point deficit into a 103-97 overtime win against Oklahoma City. Mike Conley hit four three-pointers and finished with a team-high 24 points despite shooting 7-for-21 from the field. Zach Randolph chipped in 23 points and 12 rebounds while Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL') added 23 points, 11 boards and six blocks.
Thunder forward Kevin Durant had a team-high 27 points but missed all five of his shots in overtime. Durant also contributed seven rebounds and seven assists for the Thunder, who led 46-29 with 4 ½ minutes left in the first half.
Oklahoma City hosts Game 5 on Wednesday.
NBA-ALL DEFENSIVE TEAM
James, Allen headline all-defensive squad
UNDATED (AP) — Memphis guard Tony Allen and Miami forward LeBron James were the top vote-getters for the NBA All-Defensive First Team.
Allen and James each received 25 first-place votes from the league's 30 coaches. They are joined on the first team by Clippers guard Chris Paul, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah), Knicks center Tyson Chandler and Bulls center Joakim (JOH'-kihm) Noah. Chandler and Noah tied for the fifth-most points in the balloting.
Bruins, Rangers advance
UNDATED (AP) — It will be the Boston Bruins taking on the New York Rangers in the NHL's Eastern Conference semifinals.
Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhur-ahn) provided the tying and series-winning goals to cap the Bruins' tremendous comeback in a 5-4 overtime win over Toronto in Game 7. No team had ever won a seventh game after trailing by at least three goals in the third period until Bergeron beat James Reimer at 6:05 of the extra session.
The Maple Leafs had a 4-1 lead after Phil Kessel and Nazem Kadri (NAH'-zehm KAH'-dree) tallied 3:20 apart early in the third period. Nathan Horton's goal began the Boston comeback before Milan Lucic (LOO'-chich) and Bergeron scored 31 seconds apart in the final 1:22 of regulation.
The Rangers also won a Game 7 as Henrik Lundqvist posted his second consecutive shutout in a 5-0 win over the Capitals in Washington. Lundqvist made 13 saves in each of the first two periods and finished with 35 in his eighth career shutout.
Derick Brassard assisted on goals by Michael Del Zotto and Mats Zuccarello after scoring the lone goal in the Blueshirts' Game-6 victory. Arron Asham (ASH'-um), Taylor Pyatt and Ryan Callahan also scored for the Rangers.
Boogaard family suing NHL
CHICAGO (AP) — The family of an NHL player who died of an accidental overdose of pain medication and alcohol has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the league, blaming it for brain damage he suffered as an enforcer and for his addiction to prescription painkillers.
Derek Boogaard (BOO'-gahrd) was found dead two years ago at age 28 and was posthumously diagnosed with a degenerative brain ailment that can be caused by repeated blows to the head.
Veteran NHL coach takes Russia gig
MAGNITOGORSK, Russia (AP) — Veteran NHL coach Mike Keenan has signed a two-year contract to coach a Russian club (Metallurg Magnitogorsk) of the Kontinental Hockey League. No financial details were disclosed.
The 63-year-old Keenan led the New York Rangers to the 1994 Stanley Cup title and has more than 600 wins during a 25-year career with eight teams.
Upton rocks former team...Cards double up Mets...Yanks, Indians split
UNDATED (AP) — Justin Upton had quite a game in his return to Arizona while leading Atlanta's offense in a 10-1 pounding of the Diamondbacks.
Upton snapped a 14-game homerless streak by smacking his major league-leading 13th of the season. He also went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored in his first game at Phoenix since being traded by the Diamondbacks last winter.
Brian McCann and Chris Johnson each homered and had three RBIs to help the Braves end a three-game losing streak.
Also in the majors, The St. Louis Cardinals made it 10 wins in their last 12 games by stringing together a three-run seventh in a 6-3 win over the New York Mets. The game was tied 3-3 until Matt Carpenter hit an RBI single and scored on Matt Molliday's two-run homer. Carpenter had two hits and two RBIs for the Redbirds, who own the National League's best record at 24-13.
Travis Wood pitched seven scoreless innings and Alfonso Soriano homered in the Chicago Cubs' 9-1 rout of Colorado. The Cubs were within two outs of their first shutout since last August until Josh Rutledge homered off Carlos Marmol.
Rookie Aaron Hicks homered twice and made a leaping catch in center field as Minnesota ripped the Chicago White Sox 10-3. Justin Morneau extended his hitting streak to nine games with three hits and four RBIs, including a bases-clearing double that capped the scoring in the eighth.
Kansas City crushed the Los Angeles Angels 11-4 as Billy Butler went 5-for-5 with five RBIs and two runs scored. Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez each added three hits and two RBIs for the Royals, who scored in six of the first seven innings.
Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) and Brandon Moss hit back-to-back homers in the third inning of Oakland's 5-1 win over Texas. A.J. Griffin matched his season high with eight strikeouts and held the Rangers to a run and six hits in seven innings.
Jordan Zimmermann is the majors' first seven-game winner after holding the Dodgers to two runs and nine hits in 7 2/3 innings of Washington's 6-2 win at Los Angeles. Ryan Zimmerman drove in three runs and Adam LaRoche had two RBIs as the Nationals ended a two-game skid.
The New York Yankees split a doubleheader with the Indians at Cleveland. Justin Masterson tossed his second shutout of the season in the opener, allowed just four hits and striking out nine in the Indians' 1-0 victory over the Yanks. Jason Kipnis socked a first-inning homer to help Masterson pick up his sixth win. The Yankees had the better pitching in the nightcap as Vidal Nuno (NOON'-yoh) and Adam Warren combined on a five-hitter to beat Cleveland 7-0. Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay each drove in two runs to support Nuno, who scattered three hits over five innings in his first major league start.
Andy Dirks launched his first career grand slam as part of a six-run fourth that carried Detroit past Houston 7-2, giving the Tigers a half-game lead over the Indians in the AL Central. Victor Martinez also homered and Anibal (AH'-nih-bahl) Sanchez limited the Astros to two runs and six hits in seven innings.
Milwaukee's four-game skid is over after Marco Estrada allowed three hits over seven innings of the Brewers' 5-1 triumph at Pittsburgh. Norichika Aoki (nohr-ah-CHEE'-kah ah-OH'-kee) went 3 for 5 with three RBIs and two stolen bases, while Jean Segura added three hits and three steals.
Rizzo strikes it rich...Indians send down Chisenhall
UNDATED (AP) — Slugging first baseman Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a $41 million, seven-year contract that could be worth up to $68 million over nine seasons.
The 23-year-old Rizzo is considered one of the centerpieces of the Cubs' rebuilding efforts. He is hitting .280 with a .352 on-base percentage, nine home runs and 28 RBIs in his third major league season.
It was a tough night for the Houston Astros, who had their ace pitcher and top hitter leave Monday's game at Detroit due to injuries.
Right-hander Bud Norris left his start against the Detroit Tigers with an back spasms after five innings and 71 pitches. The Astros also lost standout second baseman Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) to a jaw injury earlier in the game.
In other baseball news:
— Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper left Monday's game in the fifth inning after running full-speed into the scoreboard in right field at Dodger Stadium. Harper rolled onto his back and eventually got up under his own power. Streaks of blood were evident on his neck as he walked off the field.
— The New York Mets signed outfielder Rick Ankiel (an-KEEL') and started him in center field against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight. Ankiel was designated for assignment last week by the Houston Astros, where he hit .194 with five homers and 11 RBIs.
— The Cleveland Indians have optioned struggling third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall to Triple-A Columbus and brought up left-hander David Huff from the minors. Chisenhall was hitting just .213 with three home runs and 11 RBIs.
— Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson has been put on the 15-day disabled list because of a pulled right hamstring. The Tigers recalled outfielder Avisail Garcia from Triple-A Toledo.
— George Postolos has resigned as president and CEO of the Houston Astros after a year and a half on the job. He's returning to sports consulting work.
Nix steps down as GM
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buddy Nix has stepped down as general manager of the Buffalo Bills and will move into a newly created role as a special assistant. The 73-year-old Nix steps down two weeks after overseeing his fourth draft with the Bills, which the team opened by selecting its quarterback of the future in Florida State's EJ Manuel with the 16th pick.
Doug Whaley is expected to replace Nix after three seasons as assistant GM.
VCU assistant tabbed to lead Mocs
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Will Wade is the new men's basketball coach at Chattanooga after serving as an assistant under Shaka Smart at VCU. The Tennessee native replaces John Shulman, who was fired last month after the Mocs missed the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive year. Chattanooga made four NCAA appearances in a five-year span from 1993-97 and reached a regional semifinal in 1997 but has been to the tournament just once over the last eight years.
Orb's trainer "on Cloud 9" after workout...Normandy Invasion passing on Preakness
NEW YORK (AP) — Orb has completed his final workout before Saturday's the Preakness Stakes, breezing four furlongs in 47.18 seconds at Belmont Park. The time is considered fast for a final work before a big race.
Shug McGaughey (muh-GAY'-hee) was elated with what he saw, saying he's on "Cloud 9" after the workout.
Juice back in Vegas court asking for new trial
LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson returned to a Las Vegas courtroom on Monday to ask for a new trial in the armed robbery-kidnapping case that sent him to prison for 33 years in 2008.
Looking grayer and heavier, the 65-year-old former football star and TV pitchman was flanked by guards as he nodded and raised his eyebrows to acknowledge people he recognized in the audience.
A marshal had warned onlookers not to try to communicate with Simpson, and no words were exchanged.
Buffs QB, ex-teammate face assault charges
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — University of Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb and former Buffaloes offensive lineman Alexander Lewis are facing assault charges.
A witness told police another man was knocked unconscious when Lewis shoved his head into a brick wall. Webb and Lewis pushed the victim to the ground and punched him, according to the witness.