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Walkoff Balk Helps Indians Sweep Tigers

Jason Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — A long afternoon game between the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers ended with a walkoff balk.

Al Alburquerque’s bases-loaded balk in the 13th inning Wednesday gave the Indians an 11-10 victory over the Tigers — a win that took 5 hours, 16 minutes to clinch.

Detroit took a 9-7 lead into the ninth inning, but David Murphy hit a game-tying, two-run home run off of Joe Nathan.

Alex Avila gave the Tigers a 10-9 lead with a solo home run in the top of the 13th inning, but the Indians scored twice to cap off a three-game sweep of their division rivals.

Mike Aviles led off the bottom of the 13th inning with a single off of Phil Coke (0-1) and moved to second base on a sacrifice by Michael Bourn. Asdrubal Cabrera was then hit by a pitch. Michael Brantley scored Aviles with an RBI single to bring Cleveland within a run.

Alburquerque relieved Coke and intentionally walked pinch-hitter Yan Gomes to load the bases. Ryan Raburn stepped into the batter’s box next and took the first pitch for a ball. As Alburquerque went into his set position, he appeared to move his leg and glove and then stopped. Cabrera scored to end the game.

“It was definitely a balk,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “If they hadn’t have called it we would have went out there and argued.”

Josh Tomlin (3-1) worked the final three innings in relief for the win. He was the ninth pitcher used for the Indians on the afternoon.

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Carter’s Hat Trick Helps Kings Even Series with Blackhawks

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Another day, another comeback playoff win for the Los Angeles Kings.

Jeff Carter netted a hat trick as the Kings rallied to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 on Wednesday night to even the NHL Western Conference final at a game apiece.

Tyler Toffoli and Jake Muzzin each added goals in the Kings’ five-goal third period to help Los Angeles become the first road team to win in Chicago this postseason.

The Blackhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Carter helped ensure it would go on to be a difficult night for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

“Just sticking with what we need to do,” Carter said. “You know, we got a good group of leaders in our room. We’ve been through comebacks and whatnot a lot lately. Obviously, not something we want to do. But we stick with it, grind it out, get the job done.”

Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for the Kings, including a stop on Brent Seabrook with the Blackhawks going for a 3-0 lead in the second period.

Nick Leddy and Ben Smith scored goals for the Blackhawks, who won 3-1 in Game 1.

Game 3 of the best-of-seven series will be played on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

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Spurs Crush Thunder 112-77 in Game Two

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) — Danny Green scored 21 points on seven made three-pointers as the San Antonio Spurs routed the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-77 in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Finals on Wednesday night.

Tony Parker led San Antonio with 22 points, while Tim Duncan added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Most importantly, the Spurs took a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series.

“We just did our job. We won our first two games at home and I’m sure they’re going to go back and say we have to do our job and win two games at home,” Parker said.

The Spurs closed the first half on a 25-8 run to take a 58-44 lead into the break. Parker and Green each scored eight points in the third quarter as the San Antonio outscored the Thunder 33-18.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 15 points for the Thunder, but the All-Star duo shot just 13-for-40 from the field.

“It definitely doesn’t feel good and it shouldn’t,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “I hope our locker doesn’t feel good. You shouldn’t feel good. We got our butts kicked. But we have a good opportunity to come back and win Game 3.”

Game 3 is set for Sunday in Oklahoma City.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/21/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Finals: Los Angeles Kings 6 – Chicago Blackhawks 2 (Series tied 1-1)

MLB: Cleveland Indians 11 (22-25) – Detroit Tigers 10 (27-15) 13 Innings

Texas Rangers 4 (22-24) – Seattle Mariners 3 (22-23)

New York Yankees 4 (24-21) – Chicago Cubs 2 (16-28) 13 Innings

Cincinnati Reds 2 (21-24) – Washington Nationals 1 (24-22)

Pittsburgh Pirates 9 (19-26) – Baltimore Orioles 8 (23-21)

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (25-22) – New York Mets 3 (20-25)

Milwaukee Brewers 6 (28-19) – Atlanta Braves 1 (25-20)

Oakland Athletics 3 (30-16) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (19-28)

Miami Marlins 14 (24-23) – Philadelphia Phillies 5 (20-23)

Toronto Blue Jays 6 (25-22) – Boston Red Sox 4 (20-25)

Kansas City Royals 3 (23-23) – Chicago White Sox 1 (23-25)

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Pacers’ Paul George Diagnosed with Concussion

NBA via Indiana Pacers(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Pacers forward Paul George was diagnosed with a concussion on Wednesday. The two-time NBA All-Star suffered the injury during Tuesday night’s 87-83 loss to Miami in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, after taking a hit to the head from Heat guard Dwyane Wade.

George’s status for Saturday night’s Game 3 is unknown. He will first have to go through an NBA-mandated protocol in order to return to the hardwood floor.

“The Indiana Pacers medical team followed the NBA concussion protocol and there was no indication of concussion during the game,” Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, director of the NBA concussion program, said in a statement. “This case illustrates that concussion evaluation is an ongoing process and manifestations of the injury may not always present immediately.”

George remained in the game but told reporters afterwards that he had blurred vision and blacked out in the final few minutes of the contest.

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Rory McIlroy Breaks Up with Caroline Wozniacki

Stuart Franklin/Getty Images(VIRGINIA WATER, England) — Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement with tennis player Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday.

The couple have dated since 2011 and got engaged on New Year’s Eve in Australia.

“It is quite a difficult time for Caroline and myself, and the statement really said it all this morning,” McIlroy said. “It was mutual, and we both thought it was the best for us, the best for both of us. Time to move on, and I’ve said all that I need to say.”

The two-time major winner is focusing on golf and playing well this weekend at Wentworth.

“Look, I’m no different than anyone else,” the Northern Irishman said. “Everyone has been through breakups, and it’s obviously very, very difficult. But look, I’m here to try and concentrate on this week and answer questions about golf, and that’s what I’m going to do.”

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Cliff Lee Headed to 15-day DL

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(MIAMI) — Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a mild elbow strain, the team confirmed late Tuesday night.

Lee underwent an MRI on Tuesday in Philadelphia and got good news that he would not need Tommy John surgery.

“The Tommy John thing is not what it is,” Lee said. “That was good.”

Lee is 4-4 this season with a 3.18 ERA in 68 innings. His elbow began to act up on Sunday during their game against the Reds.

“After the game it was pretty sore,” Lee said. “We started doing some treatment on it and it acted like it was doing a little better, and this past start I started feeling it the last couple of innings just about every throw, and obviously it was pretty sore the next day.”

Lee is expected to rest for a week and begin throwing again after that.

“It’s never good news when you lose one of your No. 1 pitchers, but it’s pretty mild,”general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

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Joey Logano Focused on Charlotte Motor Speedway

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) — Joey Logano is off to the best start of his career with two wins and six top-five finishes this season.

Logano has six top-10 finishes at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which is the site of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.

“Any time you go to Charlotte, it’s kind of everyone’s home track, Logano said on Tuesday.Everyone knows that. Everyone knows that most race teams are here. Your friends go out there. So it makes it a really big deal to win. Also it’s the Coke 600, it’s one of the crown jewel events that we have, which makes it a big deal.”

Logano was asked if he thinks NASCAR should shorten the Coca-Cola 600 to 500, like the rest of the NASCAR events.

“No, I don’t think so,” Logano said.I think something that’s really cool with the Coke 600 is that it’s 600 miles, and I think that’s what makes it kind of our crown jewel event. It’s the longest race we have of the year, and it feels like it, believe me. But it definitely makes it very rewarding.”

Logano insisted that it’s nice to run 600 miles once a season, but said he wouldn’t want to do it every week.

“Now, if we had to run 600 miles every week,” Logano joked. “I may have a different answer for you, but the fact that it’s only once a year, it kind of makes it unique, makes it a fun race, and I think like I said, it’s one of the crown jewels to win, so I think people put a lot of effort into winning this race just like they do at Daytona or Indy or anything like that. I feel like this is next in line behind those two.”

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Silver Confident League Is “Doing the Right Thing” with Sterling

NBATV/ABC News(NEW YORK) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver spoke for the first time on Tuesday since banning Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league.

Silver believes the league is doing everything they can to take away ownership of the team from Sterling.

“We know we’re doing the right thing, and I know I have the owners behind me,” Silver said.

The NBA charged Sterling Monday with damaging the league with his racist comments, and set a hearing for June 3.

“I’ll say that we’ve had strong leadership from Glen Taylor, who’s the chairman of our board, and Peter Holt, who just recently stepped down as the former chairman or who had been the former chairman of the board,” Silver said. “We have a very active advisory finance committee, which is 10 NBA owners who have been meeting on a regular basis to discuss these proceedings, and the timing is laid out in the NBA constitution. We’re following it to the letter in terms of numbers of days that Mr. Sterling has to respond and then when the hearing will be held, and as I said, I know we’re doing the right thing here. This is an unprecedented proceeding.”

Sterling has until May 27 to respond to the charge. If he does not, it will be grounds for termination.

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Red Sox Bring Back SS Stephen Drew

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Stephen Drew is back with the Boston Red Sox.

Drew has agreed to a one-year deal with Boston after the shortstop rejected a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the team during the offseason. He had hoped to land a multiyear contract with another team, but it never came to fruition.

The deal will reportedly pay Drew $10.2 million for the remainder of the season if he passes a physical. He is currently in Boston and will undergo tests on Wednesday.

“We have the ability, provided all things work out, we’ve added a very good player to improve this team,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday. “That’s the thing Ben (Cherington) and ownership have repeatedly shown: when a need exists, they’ll do whatever is capable and whatever is available to improve the team.

“Stephen’s return to us could very well do that. It will add stability to the left side of the infield.”

If Drew passes his physical, he will need some time in the minor leagues before being able to play with the Red Sox. Once he is ready to return, he is expected to man the shortstop position with Xander Bogaerts moving to third base.

Drew hit .254 with 13 home runs and 67 RBIs for the Red Sox last season, helping them capture the 2013 World Series championship.

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