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Magic take 2-1 series lead despite LeBron's 41

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The Orlando Magic made sure this time LeBron James had no shot at another miracle finish.

Dwight Howard scored 24 points - 14 on free throws - and Rafer Alston added 18 as the Magic, sick of seeing replays of James' dramatic Game 2 buzzer-beater, downed the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-89 to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

James scored 41 on 11 of 28 shooting and missed five free throws in the fourth quarter. But once again, Cleveland's superstar didn't get enough help from his teammates. Mo Williams, who needed four stitches to close two gashes around his left eye after being elbowed in the first half, Delonte (duh-LAHN'-tay) West and Zydrunas Ilgauskas (zih-DROO'-nuhs ihl-GOWS'-kuhs) shot a combined 13 of 37 from the field.

This game was no thing of beauty, but the Magic will take it. The teams combined to shoot 86 free throws in the foul-plagued game. Magic star Hedo Turkoglu (HEE'-doh TURK'-uh-loo) made just 1 of his 11 shots from the field but made 11 of 12 free throws to finish with 13 points, 1 of 5 Magic players in double figures.

Game 4 is Tuesday night in Orlando.

Red Wings dominate Blackhawks

CHICAGO (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings were without their best scorer and top defenseman for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals but that didn't stop the Wings from taking a three-games-to-1 lead with a 6-1 rout of Chicago.

Marian Hossa (HOH'-sah) and Henrik Zetterberg each scored twice. Hossa gave the Red Wings a 5-1 lead in the second period, just 12 seconds after Jonathan Toews (tayvz) scored the Hawks' lone goal.

The Red Wings played without 6-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom, who was scratched due to a lower body injury. MVP finalist Pavel Datsyuk (DAHT'-sook) missed his second straight game with a sore foot.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings can advance to the finals with a victory at home Wednesday when the series resumes.

Vindication for Castroneves

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Helio Castroneves (EH'-lee-oh kas-troh-NEH'-vehs) has completed a perfect month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway by becoming just the ninth driver to win the Indy 500 three times.

Castroneves started from the pole and pulled away over the final laps to beat Dan Wheldon by more than 2 seconds. He hopped out of his car and scaled the fence in his signature celebration, capping a terrific month and a-half for the 34-year-old Brazilian.

The win comes 5 1-2 weeks after he was acquitted of tax evasion charges.

It's the 15th Indianapolis 500 victory for team owner Roger Penske, who also won with Castroneves in 2001 and 2002.

Danica Patrick finished third in the best showing by a woman at the 500. Patrick has four top 10 finishes in five career Indy starts.

A rainout in Carolina

CONCORD, North Carolina (AP) - The Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway has been rained out. NASCAR has rescheduled it for Monday noon Eastern time. It's the first time in 50 years that NASCAR's longest race has been postponed.

Ryan Newman is on the pole for the eighth time at Lowe's, and he's trying to win a Cup race at the North Carolina track for the first time.

Kyle Busch has the other spot on the front row, just ahead of Jeff Gordon.

Button wins again

MONACO (AP) - Jenson Button has won the Monaco Grand Prix to stretch out his Formula One championship lead to 16 points over Brawn GP teammate Rubens Barrichello (bahr-ih-KEHL'-oh). Button finished 7.6 seconds in front of Barrichello for his fifth win of the season. The Briton posted his fourth wire-to-wire victory of the season.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen (KEE'-mee RAY'-koh-nehn) earned Ferrari its first podium of the season by finishing third at the famed street circuit race.

Bosox catch Jays...Morneau slams the Brewers

(AP) - The Boston Red Sox have joined the Toronto Blue Jays atop the American League East standings by salvaging the finale of a 3-game series with the New York Mets.

Kevin Youkilis (YOO'-kih-lihs) and Mike Lowell each launched three-run homers as the Red Sox turned a 5-3 deficit into a 12-5 rout of the Mets. J.D. Drew went 4 for 5 and Nick Green had a tiebreaking two-run single to help a shaky Tim Wakefield beat the Mets for the first time since September 1992.

The loss drops the Mets 1 1-2 games behind the first-place Phillies in the NL East.

In other weekend interleague play:

The Blue Jays absorbed their second straight 3-game sweep as Atlanta used a seven-run seventh to blast Toronto 10-2. Brian McCann homered twice and Chipper Jones singled home the go-ahead run as Atlanta handed the Jays their sixth consecutive loss. McCann finished with four RBI, and Kelly Johnson added a homer and three ribbies for the Braves.

The New York Yankees could have made it a three-way tie for first in the AL East, but Philadelphia prevented that by outlasting the Bombers 4-3 in 11 innings in the Bronx. Melky Cabrera's RBI single off Brad Lidge tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. But Carlos Ruiz doubled home Chase Utley with two outs in the 11th, allowing the Phillies to finish 8-2 on their road trip.

Brandon McCarthy tossed his first career complete game and the Texas Rangers wrapped up a 3-game sweep by blanking Houston 5-0. Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (sahl-tah-lah-MAH'-kee-uh) homered as the AL West leaders moved nine games above .500.

Brian Bannister worked six strong innings and drove in a run to help Kansas City top St. Louis 3-2. The Royals scored twice in the first to end a 24-inning scoreless drought, but they needed an RBI single from pinch-hitter Mike Jacobs to avoid a 3-game sweep.

Torii Hunter drove in three runs after a frightening collision with the center-field fence, and the L.A. Angels beat the Dodgers 10-7 to win the rubber game of the Freeway Series.

Todd Helton had two RBIs and Jason Hammel pitched into the seventh as Colorado knocked off Detroit 3-1 in the rubber match of the 3-game set. Tigers starter Dontrelle gave up three runs over 6 2-3 innings, leaving him 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA in three starts after missing the first six weeks of the season with an anxiety disorder.

Home runs by Jason Giambi (jee-AHM'-bee) and Landon Powell lifted Oakland past Arizona 6-2. The game was tied 1-1 in the sixth until Powell smacked his first career home run. It's the 401st roundtripper for Giambi, who became the 44th member of the 400 Club on Saturday night.

Florida ended a 4-game skid by beating Tampa Bay 5-4 on Ross Gload's RBI single in the bottom of the 11th. John Baker had a solo homer and a run-scoring single for the Marlins, who had dropped eight straight at home to the Rays and were outscored 25-5 in the first two games of the series.

Cincinnati also won in 11 innings as Alex Gonzalez hit a walk-off double that ended the Reds' 4-3 triumph over Cleveland. Gonzalez had three hits and three RBIs to help the Reds take the rubber match of the 3-game set.

Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) belted a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth inning before Seattle held off San Francisco 5-4. Ken Griffey Jr. also homered to support Felix Hernandez, who allowed one earned run while striking out 10 in eight innings.

The Chicago White Sox were one out from a 3-2 victory before Pittsburgh rallied for a 4-3 win. Delwyn Young snapped a 3-3 tie with an RBI single after Jack Wilson extended the game with a homer off Bobby Jenks.

Adam Dunn homered twice and had a career-high six RBIs as Washington pulled out an 8-5 win over Baltimore. The Nationals trailed 5-4 in the seventh until Dunn crushed his 10th career grand slam.

The Minnesota Twins beat Milwaukee 6-3 to sweep a 3-game set. Justin Morneau's seventh-inning grand slam was the big blow. Joe Mauer and Joe Crede (KREE'-dee) also homered for Minnesota, which has scored 43 runs in its last four games.

San Diego handed the Chicago Cubs their seventh straight loss in the lone National League game. Kevin Kouzmanoff (KOOZ'-mah-nahf) homered and drove in four runs as the Padres cruised to their ninth consecutive win, 7-2 over the slumping Chicago Cubs. Chris Young added a two-run single and limited the Cubs to two runs and four hits in seven innings.

Saints TE hospitalized for dehydration

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans Saints team spokesman says tight end Jeremy Shockey was taken to a hospital but is doing fine after being treated for dehydration.

Greg Bensel confirmed the team was aware that Shockey was released from the hospital but did not release many details.

Celebrity gossip site TMZ.com first reported that Shockey was taken out of the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas by stretcher after being found unconscious Sunday afternoon.

Shockey has been in the Pro Bowl four times, most recently in 2006.

Allen ends winless drought

BEACHWOOD, Ohio (AP) - Michael Allen has played on the PGA Tour for two decades without earning a victory. But he's 1 for 1 on the Champions Tour after capturing the Senior PGA Championship by two shots over Larry Mize.

Sabbatini wins

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Rory Sabbatini completed a record-setting performance in earning his fifth PGA Tour victory.

Sabbatini fired a 6-under-par 64 and set a tourney mark by finishing 19-under, two shots better than Brian Davis. It's the first victory for Sabbatini since 2007 at Colonial.

Tseng wins on Kang's yip

CORNING, N.Y. (AP) - Taiwan's Yani Tseng (YAH'-nee sehng) won the LPGA Corning Classic when Soo-Yun Kang missed a three-foot par putt on the final hole.

Tseng fired a final-round 5-under-par 67 to finish 21-under, one stroke ahead of Kang and Yani Tseng.

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