- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

PREAKNESS

BALTIMORE (AP) - American Pharoah won the Preakness by seven lengths in driving rain Saturday, keeping alive his Triple Crown bid.

With victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, American Pharoah needs a win in the Belmont Stakes to become the sport’s first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

American Pharoah will bring a six-race winning streak into Belmont on June 6 in New York. Trained by Bob Baffert, American Pharoah was a heavy favorite in the Preakness despite starting from the unfavorable No. 1 post.

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BASKETBALL

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Rockets are heading to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 18 years after overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate the Los Angeles Clippers.

James Harden scored 31 points, Dwight Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds and the Rockets never trailed in a 113-100 victory over the Clippers on Sunday, sending them to the conference finals for the first time since 1997.

It’s the ninth time in NBA history that a team has overcome a 3-1 series deficit to win a playoff series.

The Rockets overcame a 19-point third-quarter deficit in Game 6 on Thursday night to stay alive. No such heroics were needed Sunday when they were up by 17 after three and Howard opened the fourth quarter with a 3-point play to push it to 88-68.

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BASEBALL

MIAMI (AP) - Mike Redmond was fired Sunday as manager of the Miami Marlins, moments after they were nearly no-hit in a loss that completed a three-game sweep.

Atlanta’s Shelby Miller was one out from a no-hitter when Justin Bour singled in the Marlins’ 6-0 defeat, which dropped them to 16-22. Redmond’s replacement will be announced Monday, the Marlins said. Bench coach Rob Leary also was fired.

Owner Jeffrey Loria might be recalling that a managerial change paid off once before when the Marlins were 16-22. He fired Jeff Torborg after 38 games in May 2003, and replacement Jack McKeon led a turnaround that resulted in an improbable run to the World Series title. The Marlins haven’t been to the postseason since.

NEW YORK (AP) - There were seven shutouts in 15 games in the major leagues Sunday, only the ninth day with at least seven blankings in major league history.

Shelby Miller pitched the most dramatic game, coming within one out of a no-hitter in Atlanta’s 6-0 win at Miami. He retired the first two batters in the ninth before Justin Bour singled to center. Miller had the only complete game among the winners in the whitewashings.

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EXTREME SPORTS

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - A Yosemite National Park spokesman said extreme athlete Dean Potter and another man died in a BASE jumping accident.

The spokesman says Potter and Graham Hunt died late Saturday after attempting a wingsuit flight from a 7,500-foot promontory called Taft Point. A search-and-rescue mission began overnight when the jumpers’ spotter lost contact with them. Crews found their bodies Sunday in the Yosemite Valley. No parachutes had been deployed. Potter was 43.

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GOLF

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Rory McIlroy became the first two-time winner in the Wells Fargo Championship with a dominating seven-shot victory Sunday over Webb Simpson and Patrick Rodgers.

The top-ranked McIlroy closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 21-under 267, shattering the tournament record by five strokes. He entered Sunday with a four-stroke lead over Simpson after a course-record 61 on Saturday.

Rodgers, playing on a sponsor exemption, was the only player to mount a serious challenge, getting within three shots after a birdie at No. 15. He finished with a 68, and Simpson shot a 72.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Jeff Maggert won the Regions Tradition on Sunday for his first Champions Tour major title, beating Kevin Sutherland with a 3-foot par putt on the first hole of a playoff.

Sutherland two-putted for bogey to set up Maggert for the winning shot on the 18th hole at Shoal Creek. Maggert closed with an even-par 72 to match Sutherland at 14-under 274. Sutherland had a 71.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - Minjee Lee played a five-hole stretch in 5 under to open a four-stroke lead Sunday when final-round play was suspended because of darkness in the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship.

After making an eagle on the par-5 15th to cap the five-hole run, the 18-year-old Australian was on the par-4 16th when the horn sounded. She hit her approach to the green, but opted to mark the ball and finish the hole when play was set to resume at 7 a.m. Monday on Kingsmill Resort’s River Course.

GREER, S.C. (AP) - Australia’s Rod Pampling won the Web.com Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am on Sunday, finishing with a 5-under 66 for a 25-under 261 total.

The 45-year-old Pampling opened with consecutive 9-under 63s at The Reserve at Lake Keowee and Green Valley Country Club and shot a 69 on Saturday at Thornblade Club - also the site of the final round.

TERRASSA, Spain (AP) - James Morrison of England won the Spanish Open by four shots after shooting a 3-under 69 in Sunday’s final round.

Morrison entered the day tied for the lead with David Howell and pulled away by making three birdies while not dropping a shot at the Real Club de Golf El Prat. He finished the tournament on a total of 10-under 278.

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AUTO RACING

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Denny Hamlin gave Joe Gibbs Racing its first victory in NASCAR’s Sprint All-Star race by using clean air to hold off Kevin Harvick at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Hamlin won the pole for Saturday night’s race, was decent through the first four 25-lap segments, but was slotted sixth based on average finish for the mandatory final pit stop.

His No. 11 team, one of the top pit crews in the Sprint Cup Series, got him back on track in first. Hamlin was aided when Brad Keselowski, who raced Hamlin off pit road but exited second, was flagged for speeding.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - IndyCar officials chose safety over speed Sunday. A few hours after Ed Carpenter hit a wall, got twisted backward and flipped through the air at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the series announced changes to reduce speeds in hopes of keeping all four wheels on the ground.

Carpenter was the third driver in the past week to go airborne on the 2.5-mile oval.

Series officials responded to the series of crashes by being more cautious, rather than pushing pole speeds into the 233 to 234 mph range by giving the cars a boost of about 50 horsepower for qualifying weekend.

Scott Dixon won his second pole with a four-lap average of 226.760 mph, more than 4 mph slower than last year’s pole-winning pace.

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TENNIS

ROME (AP) - Top-ranked Novak Djokovic bolstered his clay-court credentials a week ahead of Roland Garros with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 win over Roger Federer on Sunday to capture his fourth Italian Open title.

Extending his winning streak to 22 matches, Djokovic proved too consistent and too quick for Federer, who has never won the title at the Foro Italico in 15 appearances.

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SWIMMING

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - U.S. Olympian Ryan Lochte won the men’s 200-meter individual medley during the final day of the Arena Pro Swim Series meet Sunday, while rival Michael Phelps failed to make the finals in two events.

Lochte, the world record-holder in the 200 IM, won in 1 minute, 57.20 seconds, the third-fastest time in the world this year. He also finished third in the 200 backstroke, won by Serbia’s Arkady Vyatchanin.


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