Opportunistic Lakers post overtime victory for 2-0 series edge
LOS ANGELES (AP) - You don't give the Los Angeles Lakers a second chance when they are trying to win their 15th NBA championship.
Given a second chance by Orlando Magic, the Lakers seized it and posted a 101-96 overtime win for a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals. Kobe Bryant scored 29 points and dished out eight assists. Pau Gasol scored 7 of his 24 in overtime and grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Magic had a chance to win at the end of regulation. But rookie Courtney Lee missed a floating layup at the buzzer off an inbounds lob pass that would have won it in regulation for the Magic.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson expressed relief afterward, saying: "There's no doubt they had every opportunity or chance to win."
Rashard Lewis had 34 points and 11 rebounds to pace Orlando, which still has never won a finals game. Hedo Turkoglu (HEE'-doh TURK'-uh-loo) had 22 points. Dwight Howard added 17 points and 16 rebounds.
The best-of-7 championship series heads East. Game 3 is scheduled for Tuesday night in Orlando.
L.A. gets 2011 All-Star game
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The NBA All-Star game will return to Los Angeles for a record fifth time in 2011.
By 2011, a 54-story, 1,001-room complex that includes two hotels and 224 luxury condos will be completed, giving the NBA additional space across the street from Staples Center.
Dallas is hosting the 2010 game at the new Cowboys stadium in Irving, Texas.
D-Backs win marathon...Halladay notches his 10th...Phils gain split in L.A.
(AP) - There was an unscheduled two-for-one special in San Diego. That's where the Arizona Diamondbacks needed 18 innings to beat the Padres 9-6. That's the longest major league game of the season, taking 5 hours, 45 minutes.
Mark Reynolds hit a three-run homer off infielder and emergency Padres reliever Josh Wilson with two outs in the 18th. That came after the Padres forced extra innings with a five-run rally in the bottom of the ninth. The big hit in that rally was a three-run pinch-hit home run by David Eckstein.
The Padres were held hitless through nine extra innings by four relievers. Their only baserunners in extras came on three walks.
In the rest of the National League:
Ex-National Livan Hernandez scattered four hits in seven shutout innings as the New York Mets whipped Washington 7-0 to win the rubber match of the series. David Wright and Daniel Murphy each had two hits and an RBI for the Mets, who scored twice on wild pitches during a five-run first.
Chipper Jones went 4 for 4, homered twice and matched his career high with five RBIs as Atlanta rallied to beat Milwaukee 8-7. Braves newcomer Nate McLouth sparked a three-run eighth, tying the game with a sacrifice fly and scoring the go-ahead run on Yunel Escobar's single.
Matt Kata scored from second base on a Miguel Tejada (mee-GEL' tay-HAH'-dah) infield single, snapping a seventh-inning tie in the Houston Astros' 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Alfonso Soriano led off the 14th inning with a home run and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 to win their weekend series. Soriano hit Mike Lincoln's first pitch into the seats in right-center for his 14th homer of the season.
Ubaldo Jimenez threw eight innings of 4-hit ball and Paul Phillips drove in three runs as the streaking Colorado Rockies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2. Phillips had a career-best four hits, including his first homer since 2006. The Rockies have scored 38 runs in their first 4-game winning streak of the year and are 6-4 under manager Jim Tracy after going 18-28 under Clint Hurdle.
San Francisco nipped Florida 3-2. Tim Lincecum (LINZ'-ih-kuhm) pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning to win his fifth consecutive decision.
In the Sunday night game, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Shane Victorino homered and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 to split a 4-game series between teams with the top two records in baseball. Antonio Bastardo allowed two runs and seven hits over five-plus innings to win his second major league start.
In the American League:
Roy Halladay has become the majors' first double-digit winner of the season. The Toronto Blue Jays ace improved to 10-1 by tossing a seven-hitter in a 4-0 shutout of the Kansas City Royals. Halladay needed just 97 pitches to record his 43rd career complete game and 12th career shutout. He allowed just seven singles in winning his seventh straight decision.
Nelson Cruz homered for the 10th time in his last 17 games while going 3 for 4 with three runs scored in the Texas Rangers' 6-3 triumph in Boston. The Rangers had 12 hits one day after Jon Lester flirted with a perfect game before settling for a two-hitter for the first series win for Texas at Fenway Park in 12 years.
The New York Yankees used a three-run eighth to pull out a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay. Nick Swisher smacked the 100th home run at new Yankee Stadium. Hideki Matsui (hih-DEK'-ee maht-SOO'-ee) beat out a potential double-play grounder to drive in the tiebreaking run.
Rookies Chris Gimenez and Luis Valbuena hit consecutive home runs off former Cleveland ace Bartolo Colon and the Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 8-4. Victor Martinez and Shin-soo Choo also hit back-to-back homers off Colon, giving the Indians a 6-0 lead and helping them win a road series for only the second time this season. The defending AL Central champion White Sox are 4 1/2 games behind the Tigers and only 2 1/2 games ahead of last-place Cleveland.
Vin Mazzaro pitched seven sharp innings, Jason Giambi drew a bases-loaded walk in the first and the Oakland Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 for their season-high sixth straight win. After Adam Jones led off the game with a single, Mazzaro retired 15 of the next 16 Orioles hitters.
A Clete Thomas grand slam broke an eighth-inning tie and the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-6.
Seattle doubled up Minnesota 4-2. Jose Lopez, Russell Branyan and Jamie Burke homered for the Mariners.
New twist in Favre saga
(AP) - Is Brett Favre (fahrv) plotting another comeback? Might be.
ESPN, citing two sources it is not identifying, is reporting the former Packers and Jets QB recently had arthroscopic surgery on his ailing right shoulder. That could be an indication the 3-time NFL MVP is considering coming out of retirement.
ESPN says Favre had surgery last month to repair the torn biceps tendon that bothered him late last season with the Jets. Favre retired in February. But the Jets released him at his request in April, making him a free agent.
According to the report, Favre has thrown on a limited basis since the surgery, but isn't close to 100%. 1 of ESPN's sources says the quarterback wouldn't return "unless he makes significant progress."
Minnesota says it would be interested in Favre if he comes out of retirement.
Federer ties Sampras Grand Slam mark
PARIS (AP) - Roger Federer (FED'-ur-ur) has finally completed a career Grand Slam while tying a coveted tennis record.
Federer is the French Open champ after blasting through a 6-1, 7-6, 6-4 win over Robin Soderling in the final. In doing so, the second-seeded Federer tied Pete Sampras' record of 14 major singles titles and became the sixth man to complete a career Grand Slam.
The French Open became his to lose after 4-time defending champ Rafael Nadal (nah-DAHL') fell to Soderling in the fourth round last Sunday. The Swiss standout had lost to Nadal in each of the three previous men's finals at Roland Garros.
Federer says this may be his greatest victory ever and says it removes a lot of pressure from his shoulders.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Tiger Woods has won the Memorial. The world's No. 1 golfer broke out of a four-way tie with birdies on his last two holes for a 7-under 65 and a one-shot victory in his final tournament before the U.S. Open. Woods overcame a four-shot deficit to become a 4-time champion at Jack Nicklaus' tournament.
Kim finishes first
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - In-Kyung Kim shot a final round 7-under 65 to finish 17 shots under par and win the LPGA State Farm Classic. He ended play one better than Se Ri Pak who shot a 66.
Three players, Hee-Won Han, Jee Young Lee and Angela Stanford, wound up two shots off the pace.
LAKEWAY, Texas (AP) - Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur) started the day in first place and ended it that way as he won the Champions Tour event in Texas. He shot a final round 5-under 67 to finish 15 shots under par, six in front of Mark O'Meara.
It was Langer's third Champions Tour victory of the season and sixth overall in less than two years.
Stewart takes checkered flag
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - Tony Stewart has won his first Cup points race as a team owner, coming from the rear of the field to win at Pocono Raceway. The Sprint Cup points leader had to start at the back of the race because a practice accident forced him into his backup car. Then Stewart gambled he could drive the final 41 laps without a pit stop and it paid off, helping snap a 19-race winless streak in the Sprint Cup series, dating back to last season.
Stewart won the All-Star race last month for Stewart-Haas Racing, but there were not Sprint Cup points awarded in that race. This victory stamps him as a true threat to win his third Cup title.