Miami Herald The Miami Heat were so close to elimination from the NBA championships that the team noticed officials bringing yellow tape out to block off the court for the Spurs' trophy presentation. But a couple of big 3-pointers later and powered by LeBron James' fourth-quarter surge, the defending champions stayed alive, edging San Antonio 103-100 in overtime. Game 7 is in Miami on Thursday, the NBA's first do-or-die game to determine its champion since the Lakers beat the Celtics in 2010. Here are some of the best images from Game 6:Miami Heat 10 hours ago
NBA Blog | Houston Chronicle The San Antonio Spurs were mere seconds away from capturing the franchise’s fifth NBA title on Tuesday night. But thanks to a furious Heat rally, which featured a lively (and headbandless) LeBron James and was highlighted by Ray Allen’s game-tying 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds remaining in regulation, the Spurs face the tall task of trying [...]
Miami Herald For much too much of Game 6, LeBron James reverted to the 2011 version of himself. He was settling. Settling for jump shots. Settling for assists. Deferring. Drifting.
Chicago Blackhawks Blog | ESPN Chicago Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa did not participate in morning skate on Wednesday but is expected to play in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins. Read the entire story.Chicago Blackhawks 8 hours ago
Boston Bruins Blog | ESPN Boston BOSTON -- Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa did not participate in morning skate on Wednesday but is expected to play in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins. "He's fine," Quenneville said of Hossa. Jamal Mayers took Hossa's place Wednesday morning, skating with Michal Handzus and Patrick Sharp. "I expect (Hossa) to play," Mayers said. "I'm going to prepare like I'm going to play and adjust if I'm not." Hossa was a surprise scratch moments before Game 3 on Monday, suffering from what coach Joel Quenneville called an upper-body injury.
Chicago Tribune Although Jamal Mayers took his spot during the morning skate, Marian Hossa is expected to play Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, coach Joel Quenneville said.
NBA Blog | Houston Chronicle The San Antonio Spurs were mere seconds away from capturing the franchise’s fifth NBA title on Tuesday night. But thanks to a furious Heat rally, which featured a lively (and headbandless) LeBron James and was highlighted by Ray Allen’s game-tying 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds remaining in regulation, the Spurs face the tall task of trying [...]Houston Rockets 9 hours ago
Miami Herald Danny Green left his man and lunged for the rebound. Tony Parker was a step late in recovery.
Newark Star-Ledger Ray Allen's 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left forces OT; Game 7 Thursday
49ers Hot Read | San Jose Mercury News Defensive lineman Justin Smith signed a two-year contract extension Wednesday that ties him to the 49ers through 2015, the club announced. Smith, a 12-year veteran, has made the past four Pro Bowls. He was due to make $7.5 million this season in the final year of a six-year, $45 million contract he landed as a [...]San Francisco 49ers 8 hours ago
Inside the 49ers | Santa Rosa Press Democrat Matt Maiocco just tweeted Justin Smith has signed a two-year extension, keeping him a 49er through the 2015 season. The 49ers are taking a leap of faith by extending Smith, who tore ... Read more »
Patriots Blog | Providence Journal By Tom MooneyNORTH ATTLEBORO -- Several New England Patriot players live in the wealthy neighborhood of Westwood Estates but for a second consecutive day the home of tight end Aaron Hernandez garnered even the curiosity of neighbors used to celebrities in their midst. Several walked or drove by Wednesday morning where a media encampment has been set up ever since Hernandez's name was linked to the discovery of a man's body found Monday a short distance from here. More than a half dozen television satellite trucks were parked outside his house at 22 Ronald C Meyer Drive that police reportedly...New England Patriots 10 hours ago
It Is What It Is | WEEI Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has not been ruled out as a suspect in the North Attleboro homicide investigation, according to a report from WBZ. The report credits a law enforcement source as saying Hernandez has not been cooperating with investigators, who were back at Hernandez’ North Attleboro home Wednesday morning but left when no [...]
New York Post ATLANTA — No apology was needed, but Lucas Duda felt compelled to tell Matt Harvey he was sorry. The Mets ace took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of Game 1 of yesterday’s doubleheader against the Braves, but watched that bid disappear when Duda was delinquent covering first base on...New York Mets 8 hours ago
New York Daily News In the afternoon, Matt Harvey served notice he was still the Mets’ ace. Tuesday night, Zack Wheeler showed why many think he will challenge for that title. Harvey flirted with a no-hitter through six innings in the afternoon and Wheeler came out and threw six scoreless innings in his major league debut in what could be the best day in a season full of losses for the Mets.
Mets Blog | ESPN New York Scott Cunningham/Getty ImagesZack Wheeler's teammates doused him with beverages after his first major league win.ATLANTA FIRST PITCH: The Mets may rival the Miami Marlins for futility in 2013, but Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler -- 1A and 1B – offer the hope to fans of better days to come. “They’re going to enjoy watching these two guys for a long time,” Terry Collins said after Harvey and Wheeler earned the victories in a doubleheader sweep at Turner Field on Tuesday.
Miami Herald Paul Goldschmidt hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks ended a four-game losing streak, beating the Miami Marlins 3-2 Tuesday night.Miami Marlins 18 hours ago
Miami Herald Paul Goldschmidt hit the game-winning homer in the ninth inning to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday.
Phils-ville | phillyBurbs The Phillies have announced that Chase Utley, on the disabled list since May 23 with a right oblique strain, will begin a rehab assignment tonight in Reading where the Fightin' Phils host the PortlandPhiladelphia Phillies 10 hours ago
The Phillies Files | Morning Call Charlie Manuel won't have to wait much longer to have his starting eight all together again. The Phillies announced that Chase Utley will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Reading tonight. The second baseman, no stranger to the disabled list,...
Boston Herald The throwing session that everyone was waiting for finally happened yesterday, albeit a few hours later than expected. It ended with Clay Buchholz bumping fists with a bullpen catcher and jogging back to the Red Sox dugout.Alas, he went on the disabled list anyway.Boston Red Sox 17 hours ago
Boston Globe Clay Buchholz couldn’t start against AL East rival Baltimore, and now he can’t start against the Detroit Tigers in a big American League showdown this weekend either. Buchholz was finally put on the 15-day disabled list by the Red Sox after days of agonizing on whether they should.
Boston Herald Gregory Campbell probably doesn’t know it yet, but his life has been completely, inalterably changed.No matter where his hockey travels take him, be they as a player, coach, broadcaster or front-office suit, he is always going to be The Guy Who Played With the Broken Leg. He is always going to be a symbol of this Bruins season, a symbol of toughness, of blue-collar values, of putting team ahead of self.Boston Bruins 17 hours ago
The Boston Globe As soon as Gregory Campbell returned, the ribbing started.
Red Sox Blog | Providence Journal By Corey BourassaThe EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League announced on Wednesday that Manny Ramirez is leaving the team. Ramirez signed a three-month deal with the team but the contract doesn't expire until June 30. He will leave the country on June 21. The Rhinos did not give a reason for Ramirez's departure, only saying that he was homesick. It is being reported that Ramirez is being pursued by the Chiba Lotte Mariners of the Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League. Ramirez, who was a huge draw in Taiwan, hit .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBI in 49 games.Boston Red Sox 7 hours ago
Yankees Blog | ESPN New York NEW YORK -- The Yankees have acquired outfielder Fernando Martinez from the Astros, according to GM Brian Cashman. The Yankees reportedly gave up Single-A right-hander Charles Basford for Martinez, a former Mets top prospect. Martinez will head to Triple-A and is being brought in to help replenish the outfield depth in the farm system, Cashman said. The Yankees called up Zoilo Almonte on Tuesday. Martinez, 24, was ranked as an elite prospect as he came up in the Mets system, but he never lived up to the expectations.New York Yankees 7 hours ago
Giants Blog | ESPN New York Hakeem Nicks didn't want to delve into the reasons why he was not at voluntary OTAs this offseason. But the New York Giants receiver said in an interview with NFL Network on Wednesday morning that his absence was not because of his desire for a new long-term contract. Listen to the complete interview: "I really don't talk about my contract in the media and stuff like that," Nicks said. "But contract wasn't related." Nicks was asked on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" if he wants to remain a Giant long term and if he would sacrifice dollars to stay.New York Giants 8 hours ago
Patriots Blog | Providence Journal By Corey BourassaFormer Brown University tight end Colin Cloherty has signed a two-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. Cloherty was originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts has an undrafted free agent in April of 2009. He's also played for the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars. Cloherty, 25, scored his first NFL touchdown with the Jaguars on a fumbled punt attempt during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2011. He has five career catches for 59 yards. A 6-foot-2, 245-pound tight end, Cloherty was a first team All-Ivy League selection in 2008 and a sec...New England Patriots 8 hours ago
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Jets Blog | ESPN New York The hiring of former Cardinals GM Rod Graves as the senior director of football administration didn't garner big headlines -- it occurred the same day as Tim Tebow to the Patriots -- but this was an important decision by GM John Idzik. Because Idzik's expertise is on the business side (salary cap, contracts, etc.), Graves becomes the Jets' highest-ranking official with a personnel background. Idzik has a comfort level with Graves; he worked under him with the Cardinals from 2001 to 2004.New York Jets 8 hours ago