LeBron's 49 enough for Heat
NEW YORK (AP) — Pick any three Brooklyn Nets from Monday night's game against Miami, and they didn't combine to score as many points as LeBron James produced in helping the Heat take a 3-1 series lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals.
James tied a playoff career high with 49 points, going 16-for-24 from the field in a 102-96 win over the Nets in Brooklyn. He had 15 of Miami's 23 third-quarter points and added nine more in the final period. But the Heat couldn't shake the Nets until Chris Bosh drained a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 57.3 seconds left. Ray Allen secured the victory by hitting four free throws in the final 11 seconds.
Dwyane (dwayn) Wade finished with 15 points and helped the Heat shoot 53 percent for the game, going 7-for-13. Chris Bosh had 12 points for the Heat, who can wrap up the series Wednesday in Miami.
Joe Johnson had a team-high 18 points but shot just 5-for-15 for Brooklyn.
The Portland Trail Blazers have avoided a four-game sweep after losing the first three by an average of 19 points.
Damian Lillard scored 25 points and the Blazers dominated the third period of a 103-92 win over San Antonio. Nicolas Batum (bah-TOOM') delivered 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Blazers, who took control by outscoring the Spurs 35-20 in the third period. LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points to the win.
Tony Parker had only one assist and led the Spurs in scoring with just 14 points. Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw (DEE'-ow) each had 12 points for the Spurs, who can wrap up the series at home on Wednesday.
Cavs bounce Brown
CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Brown went 272-138 with one conference championship over five years in his first stint as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Turns out, his second stint was shorter and not nearly as successful.
Brown has been let go again after one season and a 33-49 record. The Cavs fell six victories short of making the playoffs as both Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters missed significant time due to injuries.
Brown had been re-hired last April by Dan Gilbert, who regretted dismissing him four years earlier. Brown had four years remaining on his $20 million contract.
Another Sterling moment...Clippers CEO: sale very likely
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has apologized for the racist comments that got him banned from the NBA for life, telling CNN's Anderson Cooper that it was a "terrible mistake" and that he is not a racist. Sterling also repeatedly disparaged Magic Johnson's HIV-positive status in an interview that aired Monday, saying he was not a fit role model for children and dismissing his work in business and charity.
Sterling says years of good behavior as an owner should count toward his future and is hoping his fellow NBA owners will give him a second chance.
Meanwhile, the interim CEO chosen by the NBA to run the Los Angeles Clippers says he's confident the league will succeed in forcing a sale of the team owned by Sterling since 1981. Dick Parsons says a prolonged legal battle is in no one's interest, and he would hope one could be avoided.
Habs force a Game 7...Ducks nip Kings
MONTREAL (AP) — Each of the NHL's Eastern Conference semifinal series is going to a seventh game.
The Montreal Canadiens have stretched their series to the limit with a tidy 4-0 shutout of Boston. Lars Eller opened the scoring just 2:11 into the game, but it remained 1-0 until Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-RET'-ee) and Thomas Vanek scored 2:15 apart late in the second period. Vanek added a third-period goal following his power-play tally.
Carey Price stopped 26 shots for his fourth career playoff shutout.
Game 7 will be Wednesday in Boston, one day after Pittsburgh hosts the New York Rangers in Game 7 of their series.
Anaheim has a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals after beating the Kings for the third straight game.
Devante Smith-Pelly scored twice during an 83-second span early in the second period to give the Ducks a 3-1 lead in a 4-3 win over Los Angeles. Jakob Silfverberg added the eventual game-winner six minutes later to make it a 4-1 game.
John Gibson was sharp for the second straight game, stopping 39 shots after posting a shutout in his first playoff appearances.
Marian Gaborik (GAB'-uh-rihk) had two goals for the Kings, who host Game 6 on Wednesday.
Buehrle gets seventh win
UNDATED (AP) — Mark Buehrle (BUR'-lee) is the majors' first seven-game winner of the season.
The Toronto Blue Jays pitcher is 7-1 with a 2.04 ERA after allowing two runs in six innings of a 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels. The 35-year-old lefty gave up six hits and five walks but kept the Angels scoreless after Mike Trout's two-run double in the third.
Jose Bautista had three hits, including a three-run homer in the first inning. Brett Lawrie added a two-run blast and Juan Francisco poked a two-run single for the Jays.
Also in the majors:
— Rick Porcello improved to 6-1 by limiting the Orioles to a run and five hits in six innings of Detroit's 4-1 win at Baltimore. The Tigers won it with just five hits, including Ian Kinsler's two-run homer in the eighth.
— Junior Lake crushed a three-run homer and set a career high with six RBIs as the Chicago Cubs embarrassed the Cardinals 17-5 in St. Louis. Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro each had three RBIs with help from leadoff hitter Emilio Bonifacio (boh-nih-FAH'-see-oh), who was 4-for-5 with five runs scored.
— The New York Mets overcame a pair of three-run deficits by smacking four homers in a 9-7 win over the Yankees in the Bronx. Chris Young hit a tiebreaking, two-run blast in the eighth inning after Curtis Granderson, Travis d'Arnaud (dah-NOH') and Eric Young Jr. went deep.
— Colby Lewis struck out eight over 5 2/3 shutout innings as Texas beat the Astros 4-0 in Houston. Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) put the Rangers ahead with a two-run homer before Rougned Odor (ROOG'-nehd oh-DOHR') added a solo shot and an RBI single.
— Danny Espinosa and pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hit solo homers in the top of the ninth to give Washington a 6-5 comeback win at Arizona. Ian Desmond and Tyler Moore also went deep to help the Nationals rebound from a three-game sweep suffered in Oakland over the weekend.
— Jesse Chavez surrendered a pair of solo homers but just three other hits over eight-plus innings as Oakland earned a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox. The A's scored on Josh Donaldson's two-run homer, Jed Lowrie's two-run double and Josh Reddick's RBI triple.
— Tim Lincecum (LIHN'-seh-kuhm) looked great in San Francisco's 4-2 win over Atlanta, holding the Braves to a run and two hits while fanning 11 over 7 2/3 innings. Tyler Colvin provided most of the Giants' scoring with a solo homer and a tiebreaking, two-run triple.
— Stefen Romero was 3-for-5 with a solo homer, three RBIs and three runs scored as Seattle ripped Tampa Bay 12-5. Robinson Cano (kah-NOH'), Justin Smoak and Corey Hart each had two RBIs in the Mariners' 13th victory in 18 games.
— The Los Angeles Dodgers rode Yasiel Puig's (YAH'-see-ul pweegz) three-run homer and four RBIs to a 6-5 win over Miami. Dan Haren is 5-1 after giving up three runs and seven hits in seven innings.
Marlins shelve Fernandez...Mets to recall Montero...Angels' Stewart on DL
UNDATED (AP) — The Miami Marlins have put ace right-hander Jose Fernandez on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained elbow. Last season's NL Rookie of the Year is 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA in eight starts.
Fernandez made 28 starts last year, going 12-6 with a major league-best .182 opponents' batting average. His 2.19 ERA was second in the majors behind three-time defending ERA champ Clayton Kershaw.
Also in the majors:
— Pitching prospect Rafael Montero is scheduled to make his major league debut for the New York Mets on Wednesday in the Subway Series against the New York Yankees. The team says Jenrry Mejia (HEHN'-ree meh-HEE'-uh) has been bumped to the bullpen to make room in the rotation for Montero, who was 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings at Triple-A Las Vegas.
— The Los Angeles Angels have recalled infielder Luis Jimenez from Triple-A Salt Lake City and placed third baseman Ian Stewart on the 15-day disabled list with a left hand injury. Angels manager Mike Scioscia (SOH'-shuh) said right-hander Matt Shoemaker will be recalled from Triple-A and start at Philadelphia Tuesday night, which will necessitate another roster move.
Great demand for Sam jerseys
UNDATED (AP) — Michael Sam's St. Louis Rams jersey was the No. 2 seller among just-drafted rookies on NFLShop.com. Sam became the first openly gay player to be drafted when St. Louis took him late in the seventh and final round Saturday. The top seller was that of quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL'), who was taken by the Cleveland Browns in the first round.
However, apparently not everyone is happy with the attention Sam is receiving. Former Mississippi basketball player Marshall Henderson says ESPN's coverage of Sam was inappropriate and that he is boycotting SportsCenter.
Henderson took to Twitter using expletives to say that he would not watch the show until the network stopped running the footage of Sam hugging and kissing his partner. He later sent out a string of tweets saying a friend who is a psychology major asked him to send the comments to see how people would react.
Johnny Football is No. 2, Young is cut
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam says the Browns have told newly drafted Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') he's the team's backup to quarterback Brian Hoyer.
Haslam says the Browns were excited to select Manziel in the first round of the draft, but adds the former Texas A&M standout will have to win the starting job from Hoyer in competition for the job.
One guy who won't be competing for the starting job is Vince Young, who has been released. Young was thrilled to be getting a chance to revive his career, but will now have to try to do it elsewhere. Young hasn't played in an NFL regular-season game since 2011.
— The Bengals have released backup quarterback Josh Johnson after selecting Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron in the fifth round of the draft. Andy Dalton is the unchallenged starter heading into the season, with newcomer Jason Campbell in the No. 2 spot.
— The NFL has suspended Rams receiver Stedman Bailey for the first four games of the season for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs. Bailey caught 17 passes last season.
Former Gophers QB charged with felony assault
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson has been charged with two counts of felony assault after a weekend fight outside a Mankato bar that left another man gravely injured.
According to a criminal complaint, Nelson kicked Isaac Dallas Kolstad in the head while Kolstad was lying on the ground after being struck by another man early Sunday morning. Kolstad is a former Minnesota State-Mankato linebacker who was in critical condition Monday with a severe head injury.
Nelson transferred from Minnesota to Rutgers in January.
HORSE RACING-PREAKNESS FIELD
Filly joins other females
BALTIMORE (AP) — It's shaping up to be the year of the females at the Preakness Stakes.
A filly is going to challenge the boys in the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans Saturday for the first time since 2009, when Rachel Alexandra won.
For the first time in the Preakness, a filly, a female jockey and a female trainer will all compete at the same time. Rosie Napravnik will ride Bayern while trainer Linda Rice will saddle Kid Cruz.