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Magic one victory away from NBA Finals

ORLANDO (AP) - There was no last-second magic from LeBron James this time.

The Orlando Magic withstood a 44-point, 12-rebound, 7-assist effort from James and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-114 in overtime to take a commanding three-games-to-1 lead in the NBA Eastern Conference final. James forced overtime with a pair of free throws with a half-second left to tie the score at 100. But his desperation three-pointer at the end of OT was off the mark and Orlando is one victory away from its second trip to the NBA Finals in its history.

Dwight Howard scored 10 of his team-high 27 in overtime for the Magic and pulled down 14 rebounds. Point guard Rafer Alston came up big with a playoff career-high 26. The Magic rained down a team-record 17 3-pointers, including 11 after halftime.

The Cavaliers will host Game 5 Thursday night and need to sweep the next three games to go to the NBA Finals.

Johnson fined $25,000 for criticizing refs

NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA has fined Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson $25,000 for his public criticisms of the referees following Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

The Lakers organization was also fined $25,000 one day after the team's 120-101 loss in Denver that evened the series.

Jackson was angry with the free throw discrepancy - Denver's 49 attempts were 14 more than the Lakers - and accused the Nuggets' Dahntay Jones of a dirty play for tripping Kobe Bryant. Jackson called the officiating inconsistent.

Game 5 is tonight in Los Angeles with the winner taking a 3-2 series lead.

Penguins are in following sweep of 'Canes

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins are heading back to the Stanley Cup finals.

Max Talbot had a goal and an assist to help the Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 and finish off a sweep in the Eastern Conference finals. Pittsburgh lost to Detroit last year in a 6-game final series.

Ruslan Fedotenko and Bill Guerin also scored, and Craig Adams added an empty-netter. Sidney Crosby had two assists to extend his point streak to six games. Marc-Andre Fleury (MAHRK-ahn-dray FLUHR'-ee) stopped the final 30 shots he faced in shutting down Carolina during the final 58 minutes.

If the Stanley Cup champion Red Wings beat Chicago in the West finals, it will set up the first finals rematch since the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Islanders met in 1983 and 1984.

Wings hold out players

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings held out Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk (PAH'-vuhl DAT'-sook) from practice ahead of tonight's Game 5 in Chicago in the Western Conference final. The Red Wings have a three games to one lead and can close out Chicago with a victory at Joe Louis Arena.

Lidstrom missed Game 4 with an undisclosed injury. Datsyuk has been out the past two games with an injured foot. Detroit coach Mike Babcock says both players are feeling better.

CHICAGO (AP) - Blackhawks right wing Martin Havlat and goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin (hah-bee-BOO'-lihn) skipped yesterday's practice but made the trip to Detroit for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville says both would be evaluated after this morning's pregame skate.

Another gem by Greinke...D-Backs end Padres' 10-game win streak

(AP) - Zack Greinke (GRAYN'-kee) struck out eight while pitching his fifth complete game and Mitch Maier drove in three runs after coming off the bench, leading the Kansas City Royals past the Detroit Tigers 6-1.

Greinke is 8-1. He leads the majors in a 0.84 ERA, five complete games and two shutouts. He allowed six hits and one first-inning run. For the rest of the night, he dealt nothing but zeros to a Detroit lineup that scored 13 runs the day before.

In the rest of the AL:

In a game delayed by nearly a 2.5 hour rain delay in Texas, the Rangers downed the New York Yankees 7-3. Chris Davis homered twice for the first-place Rangers, who lead the Angels by four in the AL West.

Carl Pavano won for the fifth time in six starts and Ryan Garko hit 1 of 4 homers for the Cleveland Indians in a 5-1 win over Tampa Bay. Asdrubal Cabrera (ahs-DROO'-buhl kah-BREHR'-uh), Kelly Shoppach and Mark DeRosa also connected for the Indians, who've won 5 of 7.

Justin Morneau's three-run homer capped a five-run fifth inning for Minnesota against Boston starter Jon Lester, and the Twins beat the Red Sox 5-2.

Aubrey Huff, Adam Jones and Nolan Reimold homered and the Baltimore Orioles defeated Toronto 7-2 to stretch the Blue Jays' losing streak to eight games. Right-hander Jason Berken won his major league debut. Only 10,130 fans, the smallest crowd in the 18-year history of Camden Yards, showed up in Baltimore.

Jason Giambi's two-run single capped a four-run rally in the seventh inning, and the Oakland Athletics rallied for a 4-3 victory over Seattle.

Jayson Nix homered twice, Bartolo Colon pitched effectively into the seventh inning against his former team and the Chicago White Sox beat the L.A. Angels 4-2.

In the NL:

Arizona ended San Diego's 10-game win streak, 6-5, despite the Padres rallying with five runs in the final two innings. Max Scherzer struck out 10 and drove in two runs

San Francisco blanked Atlanta 4-0 as Tim Lincecum (LINZ'-ih-kuhm) and Bob Howry combined on a five-hitter. Lincecum fanned eight in his eight innings to raise his mark to 4-1.

Adam Wainwright hit 1 of 4 Cardinals homers and struck out a career-high nine in seven innings, lifting St. Louis to an 8-1 rout of Milwaukee. Nick Stavinoha, Colby Rasmus and Chris Duncan also homered for the Cardinals.

This was the reason the Philadelphia Phillies acquired Joe Blanton from Oakland last summer. The portly right-hander fanned a career-high 11 in seven scoreless innings and the Phillies held off the Florida Marlins 5-3. Blanton allowed five hits in his best outing since last August and evened his record at 3-3.

Livan Hernandez scattered nine hits for his 43rd career complete game as the New York Mets spanked Washington 6-1. That's the Mets' first complete game of the season. Gary Sheffield homered for the second straight night.

The Cincinnati Reds rallied for a 6-4 victory that sent the Houston Astros to their sixth straight loss. Joey Votto hit a two-run homer in the seventh.

Sean Marshall allowed four hits and singled in a run, Kosuke Fukudome (koh-SOH'-kay foo-koo-DOH'-may) homered and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 to snap an 8-game losing streak in a game called after five innings due to rain.

Casey Blake hit a three-run double in the fifth in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 7-1 win over Colorado. Eric Milton got his first win in nearly three years.

Blake and Fish get early tickets out of Paris

PARIS (AP) - After a rain delay, second-seeded Serena Williams earned a 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 win over Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic. Williams was broken twice while struggling through a windy second set. At 5-3 with Zakopalova serving, she had five match points but couldn't close it out.

Fourth-seed Elena Dementieva (ehl-AY'-nah deh-mehn-tee-AY'-vah), fifth-seed Jelena Jankovic (yeh-LAY'-nuh YANK'-oh-vihch) and fifth-seed Svetlana Kuznetsova (svet-LAH'-nah kooz-NET'-so-vah) advanced to the second round.

Two Americans were eliminated on the men's side. Fifteenth-seed James Blake was upset 7-6, 7-5, 6-2 by 93rd-ranked Leonardo Mayer of Argentina and Mardy Fish, the 22nd-seed, was beaten by Argentina's Maximo Gonzalez 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6.

Both top seeds are in action today. Rafael Nadal on the men's side and Dinara Safina (din-NAH'-ruh sah-FEE'-nah) in the women's draw.

Jailed former football star files appeal

LAS VEGAS (AP) - O.J. Simpson is appealing to the Nevada Supreme Court to overturn his conviction on Las Vegas armed robbery and kidnapping charges. A court clerk says his appeal was filed in Carson City. It could take a year or more for the justices to issue a ruling.

The appeal alleges Simpson's conviction in a hotel room confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers was tainted by judicial misconduct, a lack of racial diversity on the jury and errors in sentencing and jury instructions.

The former football star was convicted last October and is serving nine to 33 years in state prison.

Mike Tyson's 4-year-old daughter dies

PHOENIX (AP) - Police say the 4-year-old daughter of boxer Mike Tyson died a day after her neck accidentally was caught in a treadmill cord while playing at home.

Phoenix police spokesman Andy Hill said Exodus Tyson was pronounced dead in a hospital just before noon. Police are calling it a "tragic accident."

Police say the girl was playing on the treadmill Monday when her head apparently slipped inside a cord hanging under the console. Exodus' 7-year-old brother found her and alerted his mother.

Former heavyweight champion Tyson was in Las Vegas at the time of the accident and flew to Phoenix on Monday.

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