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Ortiz figures out Tomlin as Indians fall PDF Print E-mail
Written by MATTHEW CARROLL, Associated Press   
Friday, 13 June 2014 00:43
BOSTON — Few pitchers have a successful resume against Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.

Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin happens to be one of them.

Ortiz got the better of him Thursday night, though.
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Spurs take 3-1 lead with victory over Heat PDF Print E-mail
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BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer   
Friday, 13 June 2014 00:38
MIAMI — The San Antonio Spurs have three more chances to grab the championship trophy that slipped away last year.
The way they're dominating the Miami Heat, they might need just one.
Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and the Spurs routed the Heat again, winning 107-86 on Thursday night to open a commanding 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.
The Spurs can win their fifth NBA championship with a victory at home in Game 5 on Sunday and avenge their seven-game loss to Miami last year. And if the Heat are going to deny them again, it will take the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history.
"I'm pleased that they performed as well as they did while we've been in Miami, and that's about as far as it goes," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Now we've got to go back home and play as well or better."
LeBron James tried to keep the Heat in it with 28 points and eight rebounds, but Dwyane Wade was just 1 of 10 through three quarters and finished with 10 points.
No team has overcome a 3-1 deficit in the finals, and the way they were outclassed twice on their home floor makes it hard to imagine the two-time champions being the first.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 00:39
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Column: Is Lefty set up for another U.S. Open fall? PDF Print E-mail
Written by JIM LITKE, AP Sports Columnist   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 18:57
PINEHURST, N.C. — There’s no escaping the feeling that Phil Mickelson is setting himself up for another fall.
It’s happened a half-dozen times before at the U.S. Open, almost always following the same script. Mickelson digs a foothold near the top of the leaderboard in the opening round, hangs on, hangs on and then plays the last few holes on Sunday a stroke or three on the wrong side of par. Inevitably, somebody else squeezes by and instead of a trophy, he takes home another “best supporting actor” title.
Almost on cue, Lefty shot an even-par 70 on his first competitive tour across the scruffy, renovated Pinehurst No. 2 layout, and predicted once again this could be the year.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 19:00
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Updated, Martin Kaymer seizes U.S. Open lead with 65 PDF Print E-mail
Written by DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 18:59
PINEHURST, N.C. — Three days of practice at the new Pinehurst No. 2 was enough to make Martin Kaymer believe this would be the same old U.S. Open.

So when he walked off the course on the eve of golf's toughest test and was asked what he would take for a score at the end of the week, he figured on 8-over par. That changed Thursday morning when he turned on his TV to watch early coverage.

Shots at the flag were checking up near the hole. He saw birdies — more than he expected.

Kaymer made six of them in the afternoon, three on the final five holes, sending the 29-year-old German to the lowest score in three Opens held at Pinehurst No. 2. He one-putted the last five holes, including a 6-foot par putt on the 18th that gave him a 5-under 65 and a three-shot lead.

"It was more playable than I thought," he said. "I think that made a big difference mentally, that you feel like there are actually some birdies out there, not only bogeys."

So much was made of the new look at No. 2, which was restored to its old look from more than a half-century ago. Pinehurst turned out to be more different than anyone imagined — at least for one day.

As for Kaymer's prediction?
Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 00:41
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Former TV exec says college pay a dangerous path PDF Print E-mail
Written by TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Writer   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 18:56
OAKLAND, Calif. — A former president of CBS Sports says he fears the popularity of college sports would suffer if athletes receive money to play because fans enjoy the concept of young people playing sports for the love of the game.
Testifying in a landmark antitrust case brought against the NCAA, Neal Pilson said giving athletes money for the use of their images on television broadcasts might also set off a “land rush” among conferences and schools to spend whatever is needed to attract the best football and basketball players.
“I have a substantial concern it would change the fabric of the sport,” Pilson said. “A significant number of people in the public see one concept of college sports being that young people are playing for the joy of the game would convert into a sense that, well, this is just another professional sport.”
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