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Duncan leads short-handed San Antonio

Sun., April 7, 2013

NBA: Tim Duncan had 31 points and 14 rebounds to help the injury-depleted Spurs escape with a 99-97 victory over the Atlanta at San Antonio on Saturday night.

Kawhi Leonard added 23 points and DeJuan Blair had 11 for San Antonio.

The Spurs were without Tony Parker (neck) and Manu Ginobili (hamstring strain), who sat out the game with injuries. They also lost Boris Diaw, who left midway through the second quarter with back spasms.

• Denver wins 20th straight at home: Wilson Chandler scored 21 points in place of the injured Danilo Gallinari to help the Denver Nuggets beat the Houston Rockets 132-114 for their 20th consecutive win at home, matching a team record.

• Adelman gets 1,000th win: Rick Adelman became the eighth coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games when the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Detroit Pistons 107-101 at Minneapolis.

Ryder’s goal lifts Montreal over Boston

NHL: Michael Ryder’s power-play goal 57 seconds into the second period lifted the Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins at Montreal in a matchup of the top two teams in the Northeast.

Kamloops takes 1-0 lead over Kelowna

WHL: The Kamloops Blazers controlled everything in the first period, which was all it took to earn a victory in Game 1 of their second-round matchup with the Kelowna Rockets.

Kamloops outshot host Kelowna 18-3 in the opening 20 minutes and took a three-goal lead into the first intermission, en route to a 4-2 victory.

Mershon shines as Drexel wins WNIT

College women: Hollie Mershon hit the winning layup with 20.6 seconds remaining to lift Drexel over Utah 46-43 in the Women’s NIT championship game at Philadelphia.

Horschel eyes first win at Texas Open

Golf: Billy Horschel overcame the strong Texas wind and is one round away from his first PGA Tour win.

Horschel held off an experienced leaderboard to shoot 2-under 70 and take a two-shot lead entering the final round of the Texas Open at San Antonio.

• Park takes 3-shot lead in Kraft Nabisco: Inbee Park opened a three-stroke lead in the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Rancho Mirage, twice hitting to 2 1/2 feet to set up back-nine birdies in a bogey-free round of 67.

Serbia leads U.S. 2-1 in Davis Cup quarters

Tennis: The United States trails Serbia 2-1 in a Davis Cup quarterfinal after the top-ranked doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan lost to Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), 5-7, 4-6, 15-13 at Boise.

• Serena defeats Venus at Family Circle: Serena Williams routed Venus Williams 6-1, 6-2 in the Family Circle Cup at Charleston, S.C., the most one-sided match in the sisters’ long rivalry.

Serena Williams won her 14th straight match at the Family Circle. She will play for her the tournament title today against Jelena Jankovic, who defeated Stefanie Voegele 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2.

Bayern captures Bundesliga title

Soccer: Bayern Munich clinched the Bundesliga title with a record six games to spare, winning 1-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt as Bastian Schweinsteiger scored in the 52nd minute at Berlin.

• Arsenal moves into Champions position: Arsenal won for the sixth time in seven games and moved into fourth place in the Premier League – England’s final Champions League berth – with a 2-1 victory at West Bromwich Albion on two goals by Tomas Rosicky.

• Vucinic kicks Juventus to victory: Juventus opened a 12-point lead in the Italian league, winning 2-1 at home against Pescara on goals by Mirko Vucinic in the 72nd and 78th minutes.

Sauter wins truck race at Martinsville

Auto racing: Johnny Sauter passed Jeb Burton for the lead on a restart with 17 laps to go and won the NASCAR truck race at Martinsville Speedway, his second victory in two series races this season.

• Hunter-Reay grabs pole at Barber: Defending IndyCar Series champ Ryan Hunter- Reay won the pole for today’s race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., with a lap of 1:07.0871.

Verrazano narrowly wins Wood Memorial

Miscellany: Verrazano crossed his final bridge on the road to the Kentucky Derby with a narrow victory in the $1 million Wood Memorial at New York that likely sends the colt to Churchill Downs as the horse to beat on the first Saturday in May.

• Pitino’s Goldencents wins at Santa Anita: Goldencents has won the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby at Arcadia, Calif., over even-money favorite Flashback, with Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino among the colt’s co-owners.

• Emollient dominates Central Bank Ashland Stakes: Emollient shook off a week’s rest to dominate the $500,000 Grade I Central Bank Ashland Stakes feature at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

• Quintana wins Tour of Basque Country: Cyclist Nairo Quintana of Colombia won the Tour of Basque Country by edging out countryman Sergio Henao in yesterday’s time trial.


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