Sports: NASCAR All-Star Race; No Triple Crown Winner This Year

By: AP
By: AP

NASCAR-ALL-STAR RACE
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- Carl Edwards starts from the pole for NASCAR's All-Star race tonight at Charlotte Motor Speedway after posting a qualifying speed of 145.556 mph yesterday. Dale Earnhardt was second in qualifying to earn a spot in the front row, just ahead of Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle.
Martin Truex Jr. took the Sprint Showdown pole at 193.424 mph and is joined on the front row by Jamie McMurray. Juan Pablo Montoya and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. make up Row 2.

NBA PLAYOFFS
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- It will be the Indiana Pacers against the Miami Heat in the NBA's Eastern Conference finals.
The Pacers have advanced by taking Game 6 of their conference semifinal series against New York, blowing a 10-point lead in the third quarter before defeating the Knicks 106-99. The Knicks took their last lead at 92-90 on J.R. Smith's three-pointer with 5:43 remaining, but Lance Stephenson scored the game's next seven points to put the Pacers in control.
Stephenson finished with 25 points on 9-for-13 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds. Paul George chipped in 23 points and Roy Hibbert added 21 and 12 boards to help the Pacers reach the conference finals for the first time in nine years.
Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 39 points for the Knicks, who hit 13 three-pointers and went 18-for-18 from the line but took 28 fewer free throw attempts.

PREAKNESS
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Another year will pass without a Triple-Crown winner in Thoroughbred racing.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens rode 15-to-1 shot Oxbow to a wire-to-wire victory in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. It's the sixth Preakness victory for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who said after the race that "I get paid to spoil dreams." Oxbow covered the mile and 3/16ths in 1:57.54 and paid $32.80 to win after finishing sixth in the Kentucky Derby.
It's the third Preakness win for the 50-year-old Stevens, who came out of a seven-year retirement this year. He guided Oxbow to a three-length victory over Itsmyluckyday, with Mylute finishing third.
Kentucky Derby winner Orb went off at 3-5 but was boxed in along the backstretch after starting from the rail. Orb finished fourth, which will stretch racing's Triple-Crown drought to 36 years.
There has not been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

NHL PLAYOFFS
(AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings have snared home-ice advantage from the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL's Western Conference semifinals.
Brendan Smith scored the game-winner and Jimmy Howard needed to make just 19 saves as the Wings beat the Hawks 4-1 in Game 2. Chicago held a 1-0 lead until Damien Brunner scored 2:40 into the second period. Smith put the Red Wings ahead to stay with 3:52 left in the middle stanza.
Johan Franzan and Valtteri Filppula (val-TEHR'-ee FIHL'-puh-luh) provided third-period goals, and Henrik Zetterberg had two assists for the Red Wings.
Patrick Kane finally notched his first goal of the playoffs after leading the Blackhawks in scoring during the regular season.
Game 3 is Monday in Detroit, where the Red Wings are 3-0 in the postseason.
NHL-SHARKS/FINE
NHL fines Sharks for GM comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NHL has fined the Sharks $100,000 for general manager Doug Wilson's public comments about forward Raffi Torres' suspension. The league said the fine was issued for violation of rules prohibiting formal team statements to the media during the 48-hour period following a disciplinary decision.
Torres was suspended for the rest of San Jose's second-round playoff series against Los Angeles on Thursday for an illegal check to the head of Kings forward Jarret Stoll during Game 1.

MLB-SCHEDULE
(AP) -- The Cleveland Indians stayed hot by manufacturing their second straight walk-off win this afternoon.
Mark Reynolds brought home the winning run on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the ninth as the Indians came away with a 5-4 win over Seattle. Reynolds also hit a solo homer and had three RBIs in Cleveland's 16th victory in 20 games.
Jason Kipnis scored the winning run just a night after hitting a game-winning, three-run homer in the 10th.
Also in the majors, the Yankees are 8-1 versus Toronto following a 7-2 victory in the Bronx. Robinson Cano (kan-OH') smacked a pair of two-run homers as the Yankees beat the Jays for the ninth straight time at Yankee Stadium.
Matt Joyce hit a go-ahead, two-run double while Tampa Bay was scoring six times in the ninth to beat the Oriolers 10-6. Joyce also homered and was 3-for-5 with five RBIs against the Orioles, who had won a team-record 109 straight games when leading after seven innings.
The White Sox's four-game winning streak is over after Alberto Callaspo (ky-AHS'-poh) belted a three-run homer during a fifth-run seventh that lifted the Los Angeles Angels past Chicago 12-9. Callaspo also lifted a pair of sacrifice flies and Mark Trumbo went deep as part of the Angels' 17-hit assault.
Kris Medlen went seven innings and combined with two relievers on a two-hitter as Atlanta beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1. The Braves did their scoring in the eighth on back-to-back homers by pinch-hitter Evan Gattis and Andrelton Simmons.
Yonder Alonso hit a solo homer and Everth Cabrera singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning as San Diego knocked off Washington 2-1. Winning pitcher Eric Stults limited the Nationals to a run and four hits in eight innings.
Joey Votto (VAH'-toh) was 4-for-4 with a pair of walks, a two-run homer and two runs scored as Cincinnati cruised to its seventh victory in eight games, 10-0 at Philadelphia. Ryan Hanigan added a three-run homer to back Bronson Arroyo, who struck out six and scattered five hits over 7 2/3 innings.
Brandon McCarthy went the distance on a three-hitter as Arizona picked up its fourth straight win, blanking Miami 1-0. Neither team scored after Gerardo Parra homered in the top of the first.
The Cubs won for the fifth time in seven games by downing the Mets 8-2. Scott Feldman pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and hit a two-run double in his fourth straight win.

INDIANAPOLIS 500-QUALIFYING
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Ed Carpenter has bested IndyCar racing's big-name teams by claiming his first 500 pole during the "Fast Nine" qualifying session for the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Carpenter's four-lap average of 228.762 mph in the No. 20 Chevrolet held off such marquee outfits as Team Penske and Andretti Autosport, who combined to claim the next eight spots.
Andretti drivers Carloz Munoz, Marco Andretti and E.J. Viso took the next three spots.
Carpenter is the stepson of IndyCar founder Tony George.

PGA-BYRON NELSON CHAMPIONSHIP
Chasing Bradley
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Midway leader Keegan Bradley remains on top of the leaderboard after three rounds of the PGA's Byron Nelson Championship near Dallas. Keegan shot a 2-under-68 in round three to take a one shot lead after 54 holes of play. He stands 13-under par while Sang-Moon Bae is 12-under after a third round 4-under-66.
Tom Gillis is two back of Bradley at 11-under after a 67.
LPGA-MOBILE BAY
Big round for Nordqvist
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Chella Choi is the leader after three rounds of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic in Alabama.
Choi shot a 6-under 66 for a 17-under total, one shot ahead of Anna Nordqvist and second-round leader Jessica Korda.

HOCKEY WORLDS
U.S. loses
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Switzerland blanked the U.S. 3-0 in the world hockey semifinals. The Swiss are 9-0 in the tournament and will face Sweden in Sunday's final. The last time Switzerland won a world championship medal was in 1953, when it took bronze.

TENNIS-ITALIAN OPEN
Williams wins again
ROME (AP) -- A week out from the French Open, Serena Williams is red-hot. She won her 23rd straight match in the Italian Open semifinals with a 6-3, 6-love win over Simona Halep (HAH'-lehp). The 23 straight wins is a personal best.
In Sunday's final, Williams will face third-seeded Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh), who kept her concentration through two rain delays to beat seventh-seeded Sara Errani (ehr-RAH'-nee) 6-0, 7-5.
For the men, a pair of long-time rivals are playing for the title Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') will square off exactly a week before the French Open starts. In the semifinals Federer held off a stiff challenge from Frenchman Benoit Paire (behn-WAH' pehr) 7-6, 6-4 while six-time Rome champion Nadal defeated sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') 6-2, 6-4.


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