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CHICAGO – LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joined to win a championship. Well, now they have their shot. James scored 28 points, Wade added 21, and they led a furious rally in the final minutes as the Miami Heat eliminated Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls 83-80 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday.
MIAMI – Chris Bosh missed his first three shots, and never worried. He was in rhythm. He was catching the ball where he wanted. And then midway through the first quarter, he finally saw the ball go through the hoop for the first time.
MIAMI — Chris Bosh missed his first three shots, and never worried. He was in rhythm. He was catching the ball where he wanted. And then midway through the first quarter, he finally saw the ball go through the hoop for the first time. “That was good enough for me,” Bosh said. And more than good enough for the Miami Heat — who are now two wins away from the NBA finals. Bosh made 13 of his final 15 shots on the way to a 34-point night, LeBron James finished with 22 points and 10 assists, and the Heat remained unbeaten at home in the postseason by beating the Chicago Bulls 96-85 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday night.
Coming off his worst performance in the playoffs, Kevin Durant couldn’t get his shots to fall again. Then he caught a glimpse of his mother dancing around during a timeout and, like magic, the ball started going through the net.
Though Gonzaga star Courtney Vandersloot and Spokane native Angie Bjorklund were surprised to be selected by the Chicago Sky in the WNBA Draft on Monday, for some reason it seems quite natural that they are together for the next chapter of their lives. “I finally get the chance to play with her,” Vandersloot said. “That’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”
SEATTLE – Trailing the baseball team across the street in the local victory column pretty much defines the notion of needing a win in the worst way. So what happened over the course of about eight minutes Saturday afternoon on the old soccer pitch at Qwest Field may have seemed an odd time for anything civically iconic, but we can only go on what we see.
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman rarely yields to public pressure, but he seldom has been backed into a corner as badly as it now seems after he failed to land Cliff Lee or persuade Andy Pettitte to return. The Yankees were 10th in the American League with a 4.35 ERA from their starters a year ago, finishing ahead of only Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore and Kansas City, and that included 286 innings from Pettitte and Javier Vazquez, who left as a free agent.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Jay Cutler finally got some protection. The Chicago Bears rushed to their quarterback’s defense on Monday, blasting current and former players who in Twitter posts questioned his toughness for sitting out most of the second half of Sunday’s 21-14 NFC championship game loss to the Green Bay Packers with a knee injury. “I think it’s crap,” general manager Jerry Angelo said. “I thought they were a union. If that’s the way they unionize themselves, they got bigger issues than the one that they have with the owners. I’m very disappointed. “That, to me, is dirty pool.”