SPURS LOOK TO TURN BACK BRON' AND THE HEAT AND WIN TITLE NUMBER FIVE
GAME 6 IS TONIGHT WITH THE SPURS LEADING 3-2
(AP) — The San Antonio Spurs will attempt to finish off the NBA Finals and the Miami Heat this evening when the two teams square off in Miami. The Spurs took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 114-104 win Sunday night. If Miami wins tonight's outing, the seventh and final game will be played in Miami Thursday night.
A key to the game may be how Miami plays defense on Danny Green. He has become the most feared sharpshooter in the series, having already set a Finals record with 25 3-pointers.
And based on past performances, with the season on the line, it is a good beet LeBron James will come out and provide some big-time heroics for the Heat.
Should the Spurs win tonight's game, or Thursday's for that matter, they will have their fifth NBA championship.
WILL VENABLE'S CATCH SAVES GAME IN 12TH, PADS WIN IT IN 13TH
THIS CATCH BY VENABLE IN CENTER FIELD ON A BALL HIT BY JUAN PEREZ SAVED THE GAME FOR PADRES
(AP) — Will Venable made an incredible catch to save San Diego, pinch-hitting pitcher Andrew Cashner drove in the go-ahead run with a perfectly executed safety squeeze in the 13th inning, and the Padres extended their season-best winning streak to seven games with a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.
Venable's diving grab on the center-field warning track with his back to home plate ended the 12th and stole a game-winning hit from Juan Perez.
Moments later, Alexi Amarista started the winning rally with a single and went to third on Chris Denorfia's single. Cashner came up to face Jose Mijares (0-1) and dropped down a bunt single between the mound and third base for his sixth career hit and second RBI.
San Diego added another run on a bases-loaded walk from Jake Dunning.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy says the team gave great effort, but just came up short....
Giants send Matt Cain to the mound tonight against Cashner for the Padres. First pitch is at 7:15pm
RANGERS POWER PAST ATHLETICS AS NELSON CRUZ HITS TWO HOME RUNS
(AP) — Nelson Cruz homered twice, A.J. Pierzynski drove in three runs and the Texas Rangers snapped a six-game losing streak with an 8-7 win over the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
The Rangers totaled only eight runs during what was the longest active skid in the majors.
Cruz's second homer was a two-run shot off Jesse Chavez (1-1) on an 0-2 pitch in the fifth inning to put Texas up 7-6. It came right after Pierzynski's RBI double.
Jed Lowrie says the A's know this will be a tough competitive series as the Rangers try and claw back after a six-game skid.....
Pierzynksi also homered. Cruz added a double in the seventh to match a season high with four RBIs.
Oakland wiped out an early 3-0 deficit with a six-run fourth off rookie Nick Tepesch.
Neal Cotts (3-1) went 2 1-3 innings in relief. Joe Nathan allowed a run in the ninth before earning his 21st save.
BRUINS TAKE 2-1 LEAD IN STANLEY CUP FINALS
(AP) — Daniel Paille (PY'-ay) entered the Stanley Cup Finals with just two goals in 16 postseasons games. He's managed to double that total by netting the game-winner in each of the last two contests to help the Boston Bruins take a two-games-to-one lead over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Paille scored in the second period and Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask turned back 28 shots as the Bruins blanked the Hawks 2-0. The game was scoreless until Paille tallied 2:13 into the middle period, two nights after providing the overtime goal in Boston's 2-1 victory at Chicago. Rask says his defenseman are playing great hockey in front of him...
Patrice Bergeron (BEHR'-zur-ahn) doubled the Bruins' lead with 5:55 left in the period.
Rask posted his third shutout of the playoffs and lowered his goals-against average in the finals to 1.22. Bryan Bickell nearly ended the shutout bid, beating Rask but hitting the right post with 42 seconds left.
The Blackhawks played without forward Marian Hossa (HOH'-sah), who was scratched after being hit by a puck during warm-ups.
Game 4 is Wednesday night in Boston.
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES CONTINUES TODAY
(AP) — Today's schedule of play in the College World Series opens up this afternoon with North Carolina playing LSU. The Tar Heels lost their first game to North Carolina State, while LSU was beaten by UCLA.
In tonight's game, the Bruins of UCLA are playing the N.C. State Wolfpack.