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Pacers’ George fined $25,000 for criticizing officials

(Reuters) – George said his team had suffered from “home cooking” while speaking to reporters after the Pacers had been beaten 102-90 to trail 1-3 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals. “I thought we outplayed them,” the 24-year-old, an NBA All-Star for the past two seasons, said after Monday’s game at AmericanAirlines Arena. “It’s just demoralizing when a game is lopsided, I’m sorry to say but that was the case again. How rare is it […]

Wawrinka woe, Djokovic lifts mood at damp open

(Reuters) – The Swiss third seed threw away a 3-1 lead in the first set and even though he pulled level by winning the second set he capitulated to a 6-4 5-7 6-2 6-0 defeat against a man who has never gone past the third round at Roland Garros. Dealing with expectation has never been a problem for Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal and they both raced into the second round on a damp day […]

New No. 1 Scott ready to switch focus back to golf

(Reuters) – Adam Scott plans to enjoy being the world’s top-ranked player for as long as he can but knows his focus needs to be on golf at this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas. The Australian will be competing in his first PGA Tour event since he dislodged Tiger Woods from the game’s pinnacle on Monday, and he was still coming to terms with that achievement when he spoke to reporters on […]

Spurs silence Thunder with Game One win

(Reuters) – Though the Spurs had lost all four of their regular season games to the Thunder, they lived up to their status as the top seeds in the conference and dominated in the paint to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. All-Star forward Tim Duncan scored a team-high 27 points and Manu Ginobili weighed in with 18 off the bench as San Antonio had five players in double-figures. The Spurs outshot their […]

Heat fight back to secure Eastern final spot

(Reuters) – The Miami Heat fought back from eight points down in the final three minutes to beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 and secure a place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals for the fourth straight year. Reigning champions Miami claimed the series 4-1 but for a long time it looked as if they were going to suffer their first home loss of the postseason as Joe Johnson inspired the Nets with a game-high 34 […]

Magic Johnson shrugs off criticism from embattled Clippers owner

(Reuters) – “He’s reaching. He’s trying to find something that he can grab on to help him save his team, and it’s not going to happen,” Johnson told CNN on Tuesday, a day after Sterling accused him of being a poor role model for children and of doing little to help the black community. Sterling’s comments about Johnson, one of the most revered figures in U.S. sports, left many scratching their heads. NBA Commissioner Adam […]

James scores 49 to lead Heat over Nets for 3-1 series lead

(Reuters) – A three-point shot from the corner by Chris Bosh, set up by a pass from James to Mario Chalmers, snapped a 94-94 tie with 57 seconds to go in a see-saw struggle of a fourth quarter and Ray Allen made four critical free throws to ice the win. The tense fourth quarter featured six lead changes and four ties before the visiting Heat pulled away in the final minute. The victory gave Miami […]