Pacers are desperate for a home win.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Game 4 of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals might as well be Game 7 for the Indiana Pacers.
One more loss would leave the Pacers down three games to one against the Miami Heat. That would give Indiana the arduous task of winning three straight to reach the Finals, and the Heat haven't dropped three in a row since the end of the 2011 NBA Finals against Dallas.
Another problem for the Pacers is that LeBron James and his bunch don't find it that hard to win on the other team's court. Miami has won 23 of its last 24 on the road and has now set an NBA record with five straight double-digit road wins in the playoffs.
The San Antonio Spurs are awaiting the winner of this series after sweeping Memphis in the Western Conference finals Monday night.
NBA approves Kings sale...Hawks tab Spurs assistant
UNDATED (AP) — The NBA Board of Governors has unanimously approved the sale of the Sacramento Kings to a group led by TIBCO Software chairman Vivek Ranadive (VIHV'-ehk rah-nah-DEE'-vay).
The NBA said in a statement Tuesday that the "transaction is expected to close shortly."
After league owners blocked the sale and relocation of the franchise to Seattle earlier this month, the Maloof family reached an agreement to sell a 65 percent controlling interest in the Kings to Ranadive's group at a total franchise valuation of $535 million.
In other NBA news:
— The Atlanta Hawks have named longtime Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer as head coach. He replaces Larry Drew, whose contract was not renewed after four years on the job.
— The Suns turned to a former player after one of the worst seasons in franchise history, officially hiring Jeff Hornacek (HORN'-uh-sehk) as their new coach. Hornacek spent the first six of his 14 seasons as an NBA player with Phoenix and had been an assistant with the Utah Jazz since 2011.
Braves power past Jays
UNDATED (AP) — Atlanta's starting and backup catchers flexed their muscles in a 7-6 win at Toronto this afternoon.
Brian McCann won it with his second homer of the day, a tiebreaking, solo shot in the 10th inning. McCann and rookie Evan Gattis hit back-to-back homers off Ramon Ortiz in the sixth to give the Braves a 6-5 lead.
Jordan Schafer also homered for the Braves.
Also in the majors, Michael Cuddyer's third hit of the day was an RBI single in the ninth inning that gave the Colorado Rockies a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros. Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa scattered five hits with one run over seven innings, but was not involved in the decision after winning his previous four starts.
Indians reliever shutting down briefly
UNDATED (AP) — Indians All-Star closer Chris Perez will not throw for a week after an MRI revealed tendinitis in his right shoulder.
Perez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday and underwent tests in Cleveland, which showed "mild" tendinitis of his rotator cuff. The Indians said their plan is for Perez not to pick up a baseball for at least five days in the hopes that rest will reduce the soreness in his shoulder.
In other major league news, the San Diego Padres have reinstated catcher Yasmani Grandal from the restricted list after he completed a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test. Grandal was allowed to complete a stint at Triple-A Tucson, where he hit .306 with three doubles and two RBIs in nine games. The Padres optioned catcher John Baker to Triple-A Tucson and designated for assignment infielder Edinson Rincon to make roster room for Grandal.
Yankees reliever Joba (JAH'-bah) Chamberlain has been activated from the disabled list after missing a month with a strained muscle on his right side. Meanwhile, first baseman Mark Teixeira (the-SHEHR'-uh) and third baseman Kevin Youkilis (YOO'-kih-lihs) both got five at-bats Tuesday during an extended spring training game in Florida. They have headed out to begin their rehab assignments Wednesday with Double-A Trenton.
More allegations for Hermann
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Rutgers University dean who took part in the search for a new athletic director said Tuesday that she is "mystified" and "dumbfounded" that a search firm didn't find red flags about the woman who was chosen for the job.
Susan Schurman says that when Rutgers did a background check during her hiring, the school appeared to go back to kindergarten. She says she had limited involvement in the hiring of Julie Hermann because Schurman was out of the country during much of the search.
Hermann was involved in a discrimination lawsuit while an administrator at Louisville, where an assistant track coach said she was fired for complaining about discriminatory treatment. Discussions also continue about Hermann's alleged treatment of players while she was a volleyball coach at Tennessee in the 1990s.
Sharks-Kings: winner takes all
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Kings and Sharks will play out some Game 7 drama in Los Angeles tonight for a spot in the NHL Western Conference finals.
A look at some recent numbers indicates that things are looking good for Los Angeles. Every game in the series has been won by the home team and that was the case in the team's four regular-season games as well. The Kings have won their last 13 home games and own a string of seven home-ice playoff victories dating back to last season, when they won it all.
However, the road team is 8-8 all-time in Game 7s after the home team wins the first six games. And the Sharks have won three of the last four games, all by 2-1 scores.
Avs going back to the future
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche introduced Patrick Roy (wah) as their new coach, turning to the Hall of Fame goalie to revive a franchise he once led to prominence. The 47-year-old Roy joins forces with former teammate-turned-executive Joe Sakic (SAK'-ihk) to fix a squad that's missed the playoffs three straight seasons.
Roy says of being reunited with Sakic: "I think we're going to be part of something special in the future."
NFL pushes back next year's draft
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has officially announced that the 2014 draft will be held May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall because of a scheduling conflict in April at the venue.
The league has yet to decide on dates for drafts in 2015 and beyond. The last time the entire draft took place in May was 1984.
Hall of Fame great back with Browns
CLEVELAND (AP) — The greatest player in Cleveland Browns history is coming back. Jim Brown is returning to the team he helped lead to its last NFL championship, serving in an unspecified role.
Brown previously worked as a senior adviser with the Browns, but his role was eliminated by former team president Mike Holmgren. Brown had been estranged from the team for a few years.
Wet weather plagues tennis
PARIS (AP) — Top-seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) made his way into the second round at the French Open with a testing 7-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over David Goffin (goh-FAHN') of Belgium.
Day 3 was plagued by rain delays, with the start of play being held up for 2 ½ hours, followed by another interruption later in the day.
When they did manage to get some tennis in, 2010 runner-up Sam Stosur rolled past Kimiko Date (kih-MEE'-koh DAH'-tay)-Krumm 6-love, 6-2 in first round action.
Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka's match against Elena Vesnina (vehz-NEE'-nuh) was among 10 first-round matches postponed. They won't begin until at least Wednesday, three days after some players were already into the second round.
AD resigns after 8 years
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn is resigning effective June 3.
Chancellor Philip DiStefano said in a written statement that he had accepted Bohn's resignation. Reasons for the resignation weren't disclosed.
During Bohn's time at Colorado, the Buffaloes moved from the Big 12 Conference to the Pac-12 and sent their basketball teams to the NCAA tournament. But football coach Jon Embree was fired after the team went 1-11 last season.