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Bulls top Heat...Spurs rally to beat Warriors

UNDATED (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls used a late-game comeback to shock the Heat in Miami.

The Bulls closed on a 10-0 run over the final two minutes to knock off Miami 93-86 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Nate Robinson had a game-high 27 points for the Bulls, who ended the Heat's 12-game winning streak after halting their team-record 27-game winning streak during the regular season. Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 14 rebounds while playing every second for the third straight game.

LeBron James contributed 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists but was the lone Miami player to score at least 15 points. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade finished with 14 points, and Chris Bosh shot just 3-for-10 while contributing nine.

Game 2 is Wednesday in Miami.

San Antonio barely avoided an upset as Manu Ginobili (jih-NOH'-blee) hit a three-pointer with 1.2 seconds left in double-overtime to give the Spurs a 129-127 win over Golden State in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Ginobili's bucket came after Kent Bazemore hit a layup with 3.9 seconds remaining.

Ginobili was 4-for-19 from the field before scoring the last of his 16 points.

The Spurs forced overtime by ending regulation on an 18-2 run that was capped by Danny Green's three-pointer with 20.8 seconds left in the period.

Tony Parker finished with 28 points, Green added 22 and Tim Duncan contributed 19 points and 11 rebounds.

The Warriors lost despite Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry's 44 points and 11 assists.

The series stays in San Antonio for Game 2 on Wednesday.


Bulls guard fined

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chicago Bulls guard Marco Belinelli has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for his obscene gesture during the fourth quarter of Saturday's playoff victory at Brooklyn. Belinelli made the gesture as he made his way back down the court after connecting on a 3-pointer that gave Chicago a 91-81 lead with 4:52 left.


Rangers, Bruins win

UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Rangers finally have their first win of the Stanley Cup playoffs after scoring just once in the first two games of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with Washington.

Derek Stepan (STEP'-ahn) snapped a 3-3 tie with 6:25 remaining before the Rangers held on to beat the Capitals 4-3. Arron Asham (ASH'-um) put the Rangers ahead earlier in the third period, but Jay Beagle tallied 4 1/2 minutes later before Henrik Lundqvist shut the door the rest of the way.

Derick Brassard had a goal and two assists for the Rangers, who went over 124 minutes without scoring before Brian Boyle beat Braden Holtby 12:50 into the game.

The series stays at Madison Square Garden for Game 4 on Wednesday.

Boston spoiled Toronto's first home playoff game in nine years as David Krejci (KRAY'-chee) collected a goal and two assists in the Bruins' 5-2 triumph against the Maple Leafs. The Bruins took control when Nathan Horton and Daniel Paille (PY'-ay) scored 2:02 apart late in the second period to make it 4-1.

Adam McQuaid and Rich Peverley also scored, and Milan Lucic (LOO'-chihch) had three assists as Boston bounced back from Saturday's 4-2 loss to take a 2-1 lead in the conference quarterfinals. Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask protected the lead by making 17 of his 45 saves in the third period.

The Leafs will host Game 4 on Wednesday.

The Detroit Red Wings have knotted their conference quarterfinal series at two games apiece by beating Anaheim 3-2 on Damien Brunner's goal at 4:50 of overtime. Brunner's game-winner came after Pavel Datsyuk (DAHT'-sook) tallied with 6:33 left in regulation to extend the game.

Ducks netminder Jonas Hiller stopped Detroit's first 32 shots and finished with 46 saves after blanking the Wings in Game 3 on Saturday.

Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots for the Red Wings, who travel to Anaheim for Game 5 on Wednesday.

Los Angeles and St. Louis are also deadlocked at two games apiece after Anze Kopitar (AHN'-zhay KOH'-pih-tahr) and Justin Williams scored 1:16 apart in the third period of the Kings' 4-3 win over the Blues. Jeff Carter and Dustin Penner had the other goals for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who erased an early two-goal deficit and fell behind again in the third period before earning their ninth consecutive home victory since March 23.

The Blues wasted T.J. Oshie's (OH'-sheez) two goals and became the first team in 12 years to lose a playoff game to the Kings after building a two-goal cushion.

The series moves back to St. Louis for Game 5 on Wednesday.


Bosox end skid

UNDATED (AP) -- Stephen Drew has put an end to the Boston Red Sox's season-high, three-game losing streak.

Drew doubled home the winning run in the 11th inning as the Bosox knocked off Minnesota 6-5. Drew was 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs after entering the game hitting .182 in 66 at-bats this season.

Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) hit a solo homer to put Boston ahead 5-4 in the eighth, but Joel Hanrahan served up a game-tying blast by Brian Dozier before leaving the game with tightness in his right arm.

Also in the majors, Cliff Lee allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings as Philadelphia downed San Francisco 6-2. Dominic Brown hit a solo homer and Michael Young was 3-for-4 with a two-run double.

Trevor Cahill laced a two-run triple and held the Dodgers to two runs and six hits in seven innings of Arizona's 9-2 pounding of Los Angeles. Paul Goldschmidt and Cody Ross hit consecutive homers in the fourth to help the Diamondbacks win for only the second time in seven games.

Asdrubal (as-DROO'-bul) Cabrera homered twice and Mark Reynolds launched a 460-foot blast in Cleveland's 7-3 win over Oakland. Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL'-doh hih-MEHN'-ehz) struck out a season-high eight in 5 2/3 innings to help the Indians improve to 7-1 in their last eight games.

Andrelton Simmons homered twice and collected a career-high four RBIs in Atlanta's 7-4 victory at Cincinnati. Paul Maholm (mah-HAH'-luhm) is 4-3 after limiting the Reds to a pair of runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Toronto trailed 7-0 before beating Tampa Bay 8-7 on J.P. Arencibia's (ar-ehn-SEE'-bee-uhz) two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning. Colby Rasmus and Mark DeRosa also smacked two-run homers to counter Evan Longoria's grand slam.

Scott Feldman allowed just two hits in seven-plus shutout innings against his former team as the Chicago Cubs ripped Texas 9-2. Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs to back Feldman, who hit a run-scoring single in the fifth.

Jordan Danks launched a tiebreaking solo homer in the 11th inning as Chicago rallied to beat the Royals 2-1 in Kansas City. The blast came after Danks was caught in a rundown following Alexei Ramirez's RBI single, ending the White Sox's ninth-inning rally with the go-ahead run at third.

Andrew Cashner scattered four hits over 7 1/3 innings to pitch San Diego past Miami 5-0. Jedd Gyorko (JUR'-koh) homered for the third time in six days as the Padres won for the ninth time in 12 games.


Halladay on DL...A-Rod back in spikes...Season over for Floyd

UNDATED (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies have placed two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay on the 15-day disabled list because of an injured right shoulder.

Halladay is 2-4 with an 8.65 ERA in seven starts this season after allowing nine runs in 2 1/3 innings against Miami on Sunday.

Halladay will be replaced on the roster by left-hander Joe Savery.

In other baseball news:

-- Alex Rodriguez was back on the field for the first time since surgery on his left hip almost four months ago, joining a group of other injured New York Yankees starters at the team's minor league complex in Tampa, Fla. The 37-year-old third baseman could return to the Yankees after the All-Star break.

-- Chicago White Sox starter Gavin Floyd needs elbow surgery and will miss the rest of the season. The 30-year-old was 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA in five starts for Chicago this season before going on the disabled list April 28.

-- The Indians have placed reliever Vinnie Pestano on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right elbow and recalled lefty Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus. The Indians called Pestano's injury right elbow tendinitis, but the 28-year-old said he has been treated for discomfort the past two seasons.

-- The Boston Red Sox have placed reliever Andrew Bailey on the 15-day disabled list because of strained right biceps. Boston activated lefty reliever Craig Breslow from the DL before Monday's game against Minnesota at Fenway Park.

-- Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis has been placed on the disabled list to make room for lefty Chris Capuano, who started Monday's game against Arizona. Ellis has been sidelined by a strained right quadriceps since April 26 after opening the season hitting .342 with two homers and 11 RBIs.

-- The Houston Astros have promoted outfielder Trevor Crowe, who hit .300 with 14 RBIs and a team-high 11 stolen bases for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Crowe is joined by outfielder J.D. Martinez, who had been on the disabled list since April 20 with a sprained right knee. The Astros also recalled utilityman Jimmy Paredes, optioned infielder Brandon Laird to Oklahoma City and designated outfielders Rick Ankiel (an-KEEL') and Fernando Martinez for assignment.


Calder finalists named

NEW YORK (AP) -- Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher, Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (HOO'-bur-doh) and Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (sahd) are the three finalists for the Calder Trophy, given to the NHL's top rookie.

Gallagher ranked second among all rookies with 15 goals and was fourth with 28 points. Huberdeau was among the top four with 14 goals, 17 assists and 31 points, and Saad ranked fifth among freshmen in each of the three major scoring categories.


Hockey at Chavez Ravine

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Get out your beach chairs and suntan lotion - the NHL says the Los Angeles Kings will host the Anaheim Ducks in an outdoor game at Dodger Stadium next January.

An NHL outdoor game has also never been held so far south or in California. The game is set for Jan. 25.

The logistics of playing outdoors in balmy California temperatures might seem daunting. Yet the NHL and the teams seem confident that ice-making technology exists that could meet NHL standards.

The Kings played the New York Rangers in an outdoor exhibition game at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 1991 as temperatures topped 80 degrees.


Punter says he's been booted

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Punter Chris Kluwe (KLOO'-wee) says he has been released by the Vikings. He announced the news on Twitter shortly after meeting with Vikings GM Rick Spielman. Kluwe spent eight seasons kicking for the Vikings. The 31-year-old averaged 44.4 yards per punt over his career in Minnesota and was due to make $1.45 million this season, making him a prime target to be cut.


Testaverde leads 12 into college hall

NEW YORK (AP) -- University of Miami quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde (tes-tah-VUR'-dee) is one of 12 former players or coaches to be picked by the National Football Foundation as part of the latest Hall of Fame class. Testaverde was 23-3 as a starter with the Hurricanes, throwing for 48 touchdowns and winning the Heisman as a senior in 1986.

The rest of the electees will be announced on Tuesday.


Former Major Leaguer arrested

CANTON, Ga. (AP) -- Former Major League outfielder Otis Nixon has been arrested on drug charges following a weekend traffic stop in suburban Atlanta.

A police report says Nixon was pulled over just after midnight Saturday after another driver called police to report a Dodge Ram truck weaving all over the road. The 54-year-old remained in jail Monday afternoon on $11,880 bond. The report says deputies found a pipe to smoke crack cocaine in Nixon's pocket and another in the car. They also found several suspected crack rocks.

The deputies conducted field sobriety tests and determined Nixon wasn't under the influence of crack cocaine or alcohol.

In 17 seasons of big-league ball, Nixon collected more than 600 stolen bases playing for the Braves, Indians and Montreal Expos.


Couples, Monty among 5 inductees

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) -- Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie shared the stage Monday night when both were inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, along with three others in the Class of 2013. The others were former U.S. Open champion and broadcaster Ken Venturi, former European Tour executive director Ken Schofield and two-time British Open champion and architect Willie Park Jr.

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