Rondo posts a triple-double, but Heat knock out Celtics
The Miami Heat are headed back to the NBA Finals.
LeBron James had 31 points and 12 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 23 points and the Heat rallied from as many as 11 points down to beat the visiting Boston Celtics 101-88 on Saturday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.
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Chris Bosh finished with 19 points off the Miami bench, and made a three-pointer that sparked a huge Heat run to end the game.
Next up: The Heat play Game 1 of the title series in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.
Rajon Rondo finished with 22 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds for Boston, which got 19 points from Paul Pierce in what might be the last game of the "Big Four" era for the Celtics.
Sharapova completes career grand slam
Maria Sharapova won the French Open on Saturday, defeating Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2 in the final at Roland Garros to complete the career Grand Slam. The second-seeded Sharapova, who was guaranteed of moving to No. 1 in the world regardless of the result, jumped to a quick 4-0 lead against the 21st-seeded Errani, who was in her first Grand Slam finals.
But Errani battled back on a cool, blustery day in Paris, turning what looked like a blowout into an 89-minute endurance contest, filled with long rallies that forced Sharapova to reach back and find another gear. Eventually, Sharapova's bigger serve and bigger groundstrokes wore down Errani, who at 5-foot-4½ stands 9½ inches shorter than her opponent.
■ Top-seeded Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor won a second consecutive French Open doubles title by beating American twins Bob and Mike Bryan 6-4, 6-4.
Track and field
Gay competes for 1st time since injury
Former world champion Tyson Gay, a Lafayette graduate, made a successful return to competition, running the 100 meters in 10.0 seconds into a headwind at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York.
The 29-year-old American-record holder in the 100, who won three gold medals at the 2007 world championships, had not raced since hip surgery last July. He entered the "B" final of the 100 on Saturday to get some race experience before the U.S. Olympic trials at the end of the month. The hip still bothers him, though he said his coach, Jon Drummond, hammers him about so many technical details, that distracts him from feeling the discomfort.
"It aches and pinches and grabs," Gay said. "But I've just got to go out there and run through the pain."
■ The Florida men took home their first outdoor national and the LSU women won their 15th in 31 years Saturday at the NCAA track and field meet in Des Moines, Iowa. The men's team title came down to the final race, the 1,600 relay, between Florida, LSU and Texas A&M. Anchor Tony McQuay gave the Gators the lead on the backstretch and the win in 3 minutes, 0.02 seconds.
Love grabs share of PGA lead in Memphis
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III shot his third straight 2-under 68 on Saturday to join Nick O'Hern and John Merrick atop the leader board at the windy St. Jude Classic. Love, who hasn't won since 2008, had three birdies and only one bogey.
Rory McIlroy, who will try to defend his U.S. Open title next week at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, had a one-stroke lead when he teed off. He shot a 2-over 72 in a round that featured six bogeys and four birdies to drop in a tie at 5 under. Former University of Kentucky star J.B. Holmes was tied for the lead going to No. 18, but he hit his tee shot into a bunker and three-putted for a double bogey to fall behind by two shots.
■ Defending champion Tom Lehman shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Regions Tradition, a Champions Tour major. Lehman had a 10-under 206 total at Shoal Creek. Peter Senior, a playoff loser to Lehman last year, and Jeff Sluman were tied for second. Russ Cochran (St. Mary, UK) shot a 72 and is three shots behind.
■ Lee Westwood completed his warmup for the U.S. Open by winning the Nordea Masters in Bro, Sweden, by five shots.
■ Eun-Hee Ji shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-shot lead over Karrie Webb in the LPGA Championship in Pittsford, N.J.
Stanley Cup finals
Devils force Game 6 with 2-1 victory
Bryce Salvador scored on a deflection off a defenseman and the New Jersey Devils derailed Los Angeles' Stanley Cup coronation for a second time, beating the Kings 2-1 in Game 5 of the finals Saturday night in Newark, N.J. Zach Parise ended a five-game goal drought on a rare mistake by goalie Jonathan Quick, and Martin Brodeur stopped 25 shots to help the Devils end the Kings' 10-game post-season winning streak on the road and 12-game run over the past two years, both NHL records. Justin Williams scored for the Kings, whose once seemingly insurmountable 3-0 series lead has been cut to 3-2.
Logano sets qualifying record at Pocono
Thanks to a repave that led to blistering speeds, Pocono Raceway's track record was topped 36 times. Joey Logano had the fastest speed of them all. He turned a lap of 179.598 mph on Saturday to set the track record during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono in Long Pond, Pa. Logano won his first pole of the season and fourth in 125 career Sprint Cup starts.
Hollywood Park makes some cutbacks
Hollywood Park will reduce purses starting Thursday because of smaller field sizes and a subsequent decline in wagering handle. Officials at the Inglewood, Calif., track said that the purses of three stakes races will be cut by $50,000 each. The Grade I American Oaks will be reduced from $400,000 to $350,000; and both the Landaluce and Grade III Hollywood Juvenile Championship will go from $200,000 to $150,000. All three races are to be run July 14.
■ Acclamation beat Slim Shadey by a length in the $250,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap at Hollywood Park. Acclamation, last year's champion older male, equaled John Henry as a three-time winner of the race named for the late Hall of Fame trainer.
■ John Orozco rallied to win the U.S. men's gymnastics championships in St. Louis, edging defending champion Danell Leyva on the last rotation to potentially give the Americans a potent one-two punch at next month's London Olympics. The 19-year-old from the Bronx trailed Leyva by two points with two events to go before putting together a pair of spectacular routines on high bar and floor exercise to lift the three-time U.S. junior champion to victory.
■ Denmark secured the first huge surprise of the European soccer championships with a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands on Saturday. In Saturday's other matchup in Ukraine, Mario Gomez made a surprise start and headed in the lone goal for Germany in a 1-0 victory over Portugal.
The last word
Asked at the NBA Combine if he might be a sleeper pick, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger said:
"A lot of people have been sleeping on me, and it's kind of fun. ... Can I play defense? Can I jump? Will I be able to play the four? Am I a five? Can I shoot the basketball? Will I be able to guard the four? It's multiple questions that people are going to ask. Everybody's been asking that for years. I'm kind of used to it."