Saturday Sports: NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL Veteran Deaths; Serena and Sharapova Again

By: AP
By: AP

NBA-PLAYOFFS
(AP) -- The Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies own two-games-to-one leads in their respective conference semifinal series after both won at home on Saturday.
Roy Hibbert finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds as the Pacers downed the New York Knicks 82-71. Paul George had 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Pacers, who outrebounded the Knicks 53-40 and won despite shooting just 35 percent.
Indiana took control with a 14-3 run that gave it a 58-44 third-quarter lead. The Knicks never got closer than eight the rest of the way.
The Knicks also shot a meager 35 percent and had just one player score in double figures. Carmelo Anthony had a team-high 21 points but missed his last seven shots to finish 6-for-16.
Amare Stoudemire, J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton combined to shoot 8-for-28 and score 22 points. Stoudemire was in action following a two-month absence.
In Memphis, Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL') scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half as the Grizzlies downed Oklahoma City 87-81. The game was tied at 81 until Gasol hit two free throws with 1:03 remaining.
Mike Conley shot 4-for-4 from the line in the final minute and finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Tony Allen also had 14 points as the Grizzlies remained unbeaten at home in the postseason.
Thunder forward Kevin Durant scored just two of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter and missed two free throws with 39.3 seconds left.
Game 4 is Monday at Memphis.

NHL-PLAYOFFS
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins have advanced to the NHL's Eastern Conference semifinals by beating the Islanders in overtime for the second time in the series.
The Pens trailed three times before Brooks Orpik (OHR'-pik) scored on a blast from the left point at 7:49 of OT to complete a 4-3 win over the Isles in Game 6. Paul Martin knotted the score with 5:16 left in regulation, 12 minutes after Michael Grabner gave the Isles their final lead.
Pascal Dupuis (doo-PWEE') and Jarome Iginla (ih-GIHN'-luh) had Pittsburgh's other goals.
Tomas Vokoun (voh-KOON') made 35 saves for the Penguins, who take on the Ottawa Senators in the next round.

MLB-SCORES
(AP) -- The Colorado Rockies are having a tough time against the St. Louis rotation.
Adam Wainwright flirted with a no-hitter before settling for a two-hitter in a 3-0 shutout of the Rockies. Colorado had been hitless in 49 consecutive at-bats before Nolan Arenado lined a one-out single.
Wainwright's gem came less than 24 hours after Shelby Miller fired a one-hitter against the Rockies, giving up a leadoff single in the first inning.
The Redbirds have won nine of 10 and are a major league-leading 23-12.
Also in the majors, Vernon Wells hit a go-ahead two-run homer and made a long running catch to preserve a 3-2 victory for Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees at Kansas City. Pettitte gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings to improve to 15-3 lifetime against the Royals.
Tampa Bay blew a 6-2 lead in the seventh before beating San Diego 8-7 on Evan Longoria's two-run homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth. The Rays won their fourth straight, coming back after Jesus Guzman's pinch-hit grand slam off Jeremy Hellickson knotted the score.
Ryan Doumit (DOH'-mit) hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to cap the scoring in Minnesota's 8-5 triumph against Baltimore. Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau each had three hits as the Twins dealt the Orioles just their second loss in seven games.
Josh Donaldson hit a solo homer and Jerrod Parker allowed three runs while pitching into the seventh inning of Oakland's 4-3 triumph at Seattle. Jed Lowrie had three hits and an RBI as the A's stopped a five-game skid and moved back to .500.
Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL'-doh hih-MEHN'-ehz) outpitched Justin Verlander by holding Detroit to a run and three hits while striking out eight in six innings of Cleveland's 7-6 win over Detroit. Asdrubal (as-DROO'-bul) Cabrera had three hits and two RBIs, while Jason Giambi (jee-AHM'-bee) drove in two runs without a hit.
Homers by Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray), Nelson Cruz and Lance Berkman was enough run support for Yu Darvish as Texas nipped Houston 7-6. Darvish is 6-1 after yielding three hits and three runs in seven innings, but he trailed 3-1 until the Rangers erupted for six runs in the sixth inning.
Mike Trout smacked a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels scored the tiebreaking run on a passed ball to beat the White Sox 3-2 in Chicago. Jerome Williams allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings to earn the victory in his second start since joining the Angels' rotation.
Cliff Lee scattered six hits in seven shutout innings as Philadelphia topped Arizona 3-1. Jimmy Rollins had two RBIs to help the Phillies halt a three-game skid.
Hyun-Jim Ryu allowed a run over 6 2/3 innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers thumped Florida 7-1 to end an eight-game losing streak. Dee Gordon homered, Skip Schumaker drove in three runs and Juan Uribe had two RBIs for L.A.
Madison Bumgarner struck out a season-high 11 while allowing just a run and four hits in seven innings of San Francisco's 8-1 rout of Atlanta. Gregor (GREG'-ur) Blanco collected a career-high four RBIs with a double and a triple after entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning.
Jay Bruce homered, doubled twice and was one of six Reds with two RBIs in a 13-7 pounding of Milwaukee. The bottom five hitters in Cincinnati's lineup were a combined 8 for 9 in the first three innings alone, scoring 10 runs and driving in six.
Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman committed two errors, one leading to four unearned runs in the fifth inning of Washington's 8-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. Anthony Rizzo had three hits and two RBIs to support Edwin Jackson, who picked up his first win of the season by beating his former team.
Francisco Liriano (leer-ee-AH'-noh) struck out nine and pitched into the sixth inning of his Pittsburgh debut to lead an 11-2 rout of the New York Mets. Jordy Mercer hit a pair of solo homers, and Jose Tabata (TA'-bah-tah) was 4-for-5 with a two-run homer, three RBIs and three runs scored.
Toronto won for only the fifth time in their last 16 games, beating Boston 3-2 on Adam Lind's tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning. Lind acored twice and had three of the Blue Jays' eight hits.

PGA-TOURNAMENT PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Round 3 suspended
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Swedish rookie David Lingmerth was the leader when the third round of The Players Championship was suspended by darkness following a two-hour rain delay.
Lingmerth sank an eight-foot eagle putt on 16 and birdied the next hole to get to 12-under when the round was stopped.
Former tournament winners Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson were two shots back.
Jeff Maggert is the clubhouse leader at minus-9, one stroke better than David Lynn.

NFL-OBIT
WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- Former New York Jets wide receiver George Sauer (SOW'-ur) has died at 69. The Moreland Funeral Home in Westerville, Ohio, said he died Tuesday after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
Sauer played a key role in the Jets' 16-7 win over the Baltimore Colts in the 1969 Super Bowl, catching eight passes from Joe Namath in one of the greatest upsets in pro football history.
He played for the Jets in the AFL and then the NFL from 1965-70. He was chosen to four all-star teams and was a two-time All-Pro. In 84 games, he caught 309 passes for 4,965 yards and 28 touchdowns.

NFL-OBIT
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Steelers defensive back and Hall of Famer Jack Butler died Saturday morning following a lengthy battle with a staph infection. He was 85. Butler had been hospitalized for several months while dealing with a staph infection that had plagued him off and on since he retired in 1959.
The Pittsburgh native developed into one of the top defensive backs of his era, picking off 52 passes in nine seasons with the Steelers. He made the Pro Bowl four times and was named to the All-NFL first team three times. Butler was elected to the Hall of Fame by the senior committee in 2012.

TENNIS-MADRID OPEN
Big names advance in Madrid
MADRID (AP) -- There will be a lot on the line when Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) play in the finale of the Madrid Open. Along with the tournament title the winner will earn the world No. 1 rankings. Each won semifinals in straight sets on Saturday.
On the men's side of the tournament, Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') reached his seventh consecutive final since returning from a knee injury, brushing aside a wild-card entry. He will play Stanislas Wawrinka (vah-VINK'-ah) in the final.


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