In game of lopsided runs, Miami eliminates Bulls
The Miami Heat are headed back to the Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James scored 23 points, Dwyane Wade added 18 and the host Heat rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 94-91 on Wednesday and close out their second-round series in five games.
Miami raced to a 22-4 lead then was outscored by a whopping 29 points over the next 27 minutes. The Heat recovered, outscoring the Bulls 25-14 in the fourth.
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Carlos Boozer finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who were without Derrick Rose for the 99th straight game. Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler missed potential tying three-pointers on the final possession of the season for Chicago. Miami is 6-0 in its last six chances to close out a series.
■ Seattle was left feeling jilted again after the NBA Board of Governors rejected the relocation of the Sacramento Kings with no promise of a future team. The board voted 22-8 Wednesday in Dallas to deny the move.
Legends roll 9-2, climb above .500
The host Lexington Legends completed a three-game sweep of the Kannapolis Intimidators with a 9-2 victory Wednesday in front of 7,032 fans on Education Day. The Legends improved to 20-19, moving over the .500 mark for the first time this season.
The Legends are in sixth in the South Atlantic League Southern Division but only 31/2 games behind first-place Augusta.
Fred Ford had three hits, including his third home run of the season, and drove in three runs for Lexington in the 13-hit attack.
Cats play Duke for spot in Elite Eight
Kentucky's men's tennis team, in the Sweet 16 for a fourth consecutive season, takes on No. 9 Duke on Thursday night in Champaign-Urbana, Ill., for a spot in the Elite Eight.
Cedric Kauffmann is the first head coach in Kentucky tennis history to lead his team to a Sweet 16 in his opening season. The Wildcats (22-10) are vying for their second appearance in the round of eight in the last three seasons Fifth-year coach Ramsey Smith guided the Blue Devils to a 23-5 mark, including a 9-1 record in the Atlantic Coast Conferences.
■ Kentucky will tee off at the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship Thursday morning at the Fayetteville (Ark.) Regional held at par-72, 7,251-yard Blessings Golf Club. It's UK's first post-season appearance since 2009 and the seventh for the Cats under Coach Brian Craig. The 14-team field features Texas, the national champs.
Pitino releases Minnesota guard
Guard Joe Coleman is the first Minnesota player to transfer after the coaching change. The shooting guard didn't see a place for himself in the program following the change from Tubby Smith to Richard Pitino. Coleman, Minnesota's AP player of the year in 2011, averaged 8.7 points and 3.6 rebounds as a sophomore last season.
■ Point guard Braxton Ogbueze has transferred from Florida to Charlotte. Ogbueze, who played high school basketball in Charlotte, has three years of eligibility remaining. Ogbueze played in 23 games for Florida as a freshman, scoring 19 points with six assists.
New Raven McClain retires from game
Middle linebacker Rolando McClain is retiring from the NFL at the age of 23, less than a month after signing a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens. McClain was signed April 12 as the potential replacement for Ray Lewis but was arrested 10 days later in his hometown of Decatur, Ala., for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. It was the third arrest in 11 months for the former first-round pick by the Oakland Raiders.
He was previously charged in a 2011 shooting, but prosecutors later dismissed the case, and police arrested him in January on charges of having his car windows tinted too dark and trying to lie about his identity. A city judge dismissed the identity charge. He pleaded guilty to the tint violation and paid a $182 fine.
■ St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson has pleaded guilty in Missoula, Mont., to reduced charges of reckless driving and refusing a breath test and received a 90-day suspended sentence.
■ A woman has sued Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, accusing him of assaulting her on a "party bus." The alleged incident occurred on Dec. 18 when the plaintiff, who used the alias of "Mary Roe" in the suit, was among 15 women invited by McCoy for a trip to a New York nightclub. According to the suit, McCoy, his bodyguard and other men on the bus sprayed some of the women with water. When Roe objected, she alleged that the bodyguard struck her at McCoy's order.
Fans suspect All-Star rules favor Patrick
The rules surrounding Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race continue to change, and NASCAR fans are concerned the latest tweak is meant to benefit Danica Patrick.
Among changes announced Wednesday was a clarification that the winning driver of the Sprint Fan Vote must only have a car in raceable condition to advance into the All-Star Race. That counters earlier announcements that said the winner of the fan vote must finish on the lead lap of the Sprint Showdown preliminary race.
NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said the earlier reference to finishing on the lead lap was simply miscommunication on NASCAR's part. But fans pounced on the tweak, believing it was to benefit Patrick, who has struggled on intermediate tracks this year but is currently among the top-five vote getters.
Rutgers gets new AD from Louisville
Rutgers has hired Louisville senior associate athletic director Julie Hermann as its new athletic director.
Hermann replaces former athletic director Tim Pernetti, who resigned following the firing of men's basketball coach Mike Rice.
Hermann, 49, will become only the third female AD at a BCS school, joining N.C. State's Debbie Yow and Cal's Sandy Barbour.
■ Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the highest-earning athlete in American sports for the second straight year. The boxer is projected to make $90 million in 2013, according to Sports Illustrated's annual list. Miami Heat star LeBron James is a distant second at $56.5 million. Tiger Woods is fifth with $40.8 million, his lowest spot since SI started the list in 2004. He was No. 1 through 2011.
■ The NHL announced Wednesday a twin bill is scheduled outdoors in New York early next year. The New York Rangers will face the New Jersey Devils Jan. 26 and the Rangers will play the New York Islanders Jan. 29 as part of the league's outdoor series.
■ Chelsea, the Champions League winner last year, defeated Benfica 2-1 in the Europa League final thanks to a dramatic late winner from Branislav Ivanovic.
The last word
Does Shug McGaughey, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Orb, think he has a potential Triple Crown winner?
"I wouldn't be telling the truth if I said, 'No.' I try to block it out, but if you're in this position, anybody would think about it. Of course, you get reminded of it quite often. It's a thrilling thought, but we've got to get by Saturday. If we get by Saturday, it'll be quite an interesting three weeks."