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Spurs look for sweep

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs will be trying to get somewhere they haven't been in six years. The NBA Finals.

The Spurs are on the verge of ending that drought and it could happen tonight when they take on the Grizzlies in Memphis. San Antonio will be looking to complete a sweep of the Western Conference finals.

And winning Game 4 would give the aging Spurs some time to regroup before heading into the Finals.

They know time is running out for their current Big Three, featuring the 37-year-old Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) along with coach Gregg Popovich. The franchise is in its 16th straight postseason and has four NBA titles but hasn't played in the Finals since 2007 at a time when Ginobili recalls the Spurs were being called old even then.

If the Grizzlies hope to extend the series to a Game 5 they likely have to shoot better, both overall and at the free throw line. They shot only 39.2 percent (38 of 97) in Saturday night's loss and would not have needed overtime if they hadn't gone 10 of 18 at the free throw line.


Hornacek to become Suns' next coach

PHOENIX (AP) -- It looks like Phoenix has zeroed in on a new head coach. Former Sun Jeff Hornacek (HOHR'-nah-sehk) is about to rejoin the team.

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Sunday that contract talks are ongoing.

The comments came after azcentralsports, which includes the Arizona Republic, reported Sunday that Hornacek reached agreement on a three-year contract.

The announcement could come as soon as Tuesday.

Hornacek played for the Suns and has recently served as Utah's assistant coach. He replaces interim coach Lindsey Hunter, who took over the team when Alvin Gentry and the club agreed to part ways in mid-January.


International hoops hall picks inductees

UNDATED (AP) -- David Robinson, Pat Summitt and Teresa Edwards headline the 2013 FIBA (FEE'-bah) Hall of Fame class of 12.

Robinson won two gold medals and a bronze in the Olympics. He played for the U.S. on the 1988, 1992 and 1996 teams, becoming the first American to appear in three Olympics. He's the all-time leading rebounder and shot blocker for the U.S. in the Olympics and No. 2 scorer.

Summitt, the all-time leader in victories in college basketball, won a silver medal as a player on the 1976 Olympic team and guided the U.S. to gold in 1984. She is one of only two American women to win a medal as both a player and head coach, joining Anne Donovan.

Edwards helped the U.S. win four gold medals and a bronze in her five Olympics from 1984-2000, making her the most decorated Olympic basketball player ever.


Angels are on fire

UNDATED (AP) -- The Angels take a major-league-best eight-game winning streak into today's Memorial Day showdown with the Dodgers in a bragging-rights game for Los Angeles. The Angels are looking to make it nine in a row for the first time since August 2004. The surge has moved the Angels up the AL West standings, but they are still four games under .500 and a healthy nine games back of first-place Texas.

C.J. Wilson is set to get the start after striking out 10 in eight innings for the Angels his last time out.

The Rangers are playing two against NL West-leading Arizona today and tonight. Major league strikeout leader Yu Darvish gets the call in the nightcap for the Rangers coming off a disappointing loss his last time out. He took the loss in a 1-0 decision against Oakland to see his record fall to 7-2.

The Diamondbacks are tied for the division lead with the Giants, who battle it out for supremacy of the Bay at Oakland.

The lead in the AL East could change before the day is out if the Yankees lose to the Mets and Boston tops Philadelphia. The Red Sox start the day percentage points back of the Yankees.

A pair of pitchers will be zeroing in on their seventh win of the season. Jason Hammel takes a 6-2 mark to the mound for Baltimore against Washington. And 6-3 Adam Wainwight is scheduled for St. Louis which visits Kansas City.


Nadal prevails

PARIS (AP) -- Rafael Nadal survived an early scare and successfully began his bid for an eighth French Open title by rallying past Daniel Brands of Germany, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Nadal, who had lost only 14 sets in 53 previous matches at Roland Garros, fell behind when he was broken in the ninth game and was on the verge of digging a deeper hole. He trailed 3-0 in the tiebreaker, then summoned his best shot-making to salvage the set and soon was in control.

The Spaniard, who won a record seventh French Open title last year, improved to 53-1 at Roland Garros.

Former champion Li Na started fast to beat a nemesis. The 2011 titlist raced to a 4-love lead after 20 minutes and defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-4 in the first round Monday.

Seeded No. 6, Li came into the match 0-3 on clay against Medina Garrigues but broke serve six times and came forward aggressively, winning 13 of 16 points at the net.

No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh) defeated Shahar Peer 6-1, 6-1 in 57 minutes. Radwanska, last year's Wimbledon runner-up, played for the first time since withdrawing before last week's Brussels tournament with a recurrence of the right shoulder injury that has bothered her the past couple of years.

Former top-ranked player Caroline Wozniacki ended a five-match losing streak by defeating Laura Robson of Britain 6-3, 6-2 in


Wings try to close out 'Hawks

DETROIT (AP) -- It's try-again time for the Red Wings tonight as they attempt to move into the Western Conference finals.

Detroit takes another stab as closing out the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of their semifinal series.

After running up the best record in the lockout-shortened season, the Blackhawks showed they weren't going down easily by coming through in a must-win situation on home ice Saturday. That's where they'll return for a deciding Game 7 on Wednesday night, if they can pull out a road win tonight.

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