May 14, 2012 in Sports

L.A. Clippers outlast Grizzlies in Game 7

 
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Clippers forward Caron Butler, left, drives against Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol in Game 7 of first-round playoff series.
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NBA: Kenyon Martin scored seven of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers advanced to the Western Conference semifinals with an 82-72 win Sunday over the Grizzlies in Game 7 at Memphis, Tenn.

The Clippers won only their third postseason series in 41 years and just their second since relocating to Los Angeles. They move on to play the top-seeded Spurs starting Tuesday night in San Antonio.

Chris Paul scored 19 points with a strained right hip flexor. Nick Young added 13 off the bench.

• James leads Heat over Pacers in Game 1: LeBron James scored 32 points and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds in his first game as a three-time MVP, Dwyane Wade finished with 29 points despite struggling from the floor, and the Miami Heat beat the visiting Indiana Pacers 95-86 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Chris Bosh scored 13 points for Miami, but left late in the first half with a lower abdominal injury and did not return.

David West and Roy Hibbert each scored 17 points and combined for 23 rebounds for the Pacers, who got 10 points each from Darren Collison and George Hill.

Game 2 is Tuesday in Miami.

Kings’ dominance on road continues

Hockey: Dwight King scored his second goal of the game into an empty net and the Los Angeles Kings opened the Western Conference finals with a 4-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz., to remain unbeaten on the road in the playoffs.

Anze Kopitar scored 4 minutes in, Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist, and King had his first career two-goal game for the Kings.

• U.S. tops Finland at worlds: Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens opened the scoring and the United States rolled to a 5-0 victory over defending champion Finland at the ice hockey world championships in Helsinki.

Kyle Palmieri of the Anaheim Ducks added a goal in the second period, followed two minutes later by a power-play goal by Justin Faulk.

Canada tops Group A with 16 points, followed the U.S. with 13 points and Finland with 12.

• Ovechkin, Semin to join Russia at worlds: Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin will join the Russian team playing at ice hockey’s world championship.

Russia is playing well at the worlds, improving to 6-0 after beating the Czech Republic on Sunday. The tournament is taking place in Sweden and Finland.

Earthquakes earn tie with Chivas USA

Soccer: Alan Gordon’s goal in the 89th minute salvaged a 1-1 tie for the San Jose Earthquakes against Chivas USA in Santa Clara, Calif.

Gordon, a substitute in the 57th minute, headed in a perfectly placed cross pass off the left wing from rookie midfielder Sam Garza to tie it.

• Cooper lifts New York past Philadelphia: Kenny Cooper scored in the 78th minute to lift the New York Red Bulls past the Philadelphia Union 3-2 in Chester, Pa.

Federer, Serena capture Madrid titles

Tennis: Roger Federer won the Madrid Open for a third time, rallying past Tomas Berdych 3-6, 7-5, 7-5.

Berdych had beaten Federer in three of their previous five meetings

On the women’s side, Serena Williams overpowered top-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 to capture the title.

Williams had 14 aces on her way to her 41st career title and second of the season as she remained unbeaten in her last 13 matches on clay.

Sagan wins Tour of California first stage

Cycling: Peter Sagan overcame a punctured back tire in the final five miles to chase down the field and capture the first stage of the Tour of California in Santa Rosa, Calif.

The 115.9-mile opening stage of North America’s most prominent cycling race began the eight-day, 733.5-mile journey that ends in downtown Los Angeles.

• Pozzovivo wins eighth stage of the Giro d’Italia: Domenico Pozzovivo won the eighth stage of the Giro d’Italia after a strong ride on the tough uphill finish in Lago Laceno, Italy, while Ryder Hesjedal retained the overall lead.

Pozzovivo made the break just under 4.35 miles from the finish of the grueling 142.3 mile leg from Sulmona to Lago Laceno, to win in 6 hours, 6 minutes, 5 seconds.

Colwill wins 3-m springboard at GP

Miscellany: Christopher Colwill won the 3-meter springboard at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix meet in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., scoring 475.30 points to beat China’s Li Shixin.

In addition to Colwill’s gold, Kelci Bryant and Abby Johnston won silver in the women’s synchronized 3-meter springboard final, and Ryan Hawkins and Logan Shinholser took bronze in the 10-meter platform final.

• Former Miami AD dead at 65: Paul Dee, who was Miami’s athletic director from 1993 through 2008, died Saturday in Coral Gables, Fla., university officials said. He was 65.

During his tenure as athletic director Dee oversaw Miami’s move from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference, as well as the construction of the Hurricanes’ on-campus basketball arena and other projects. The Hurricanes won national championships in football and baseball during Dee’s time running the department.

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