UNDATED (AP) – The Miami Heat own a three-games-to-one lead in the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals after LeBron James had 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in an 88-65 stifling of the Bulls in Chicago. Mike Conley scored 24 points and the Memphis Grizzlies trailed by as many as 17 before defeating Oklahoma City 103-97 in overtime to take a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Bruins will take on the New York Rangers in the NHL’s Eastern Conference semifinals after both teams won Game 7s last night. The Bruins fell behind 4-1 before Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR-zhur-ahn) provided the tying and series-winning goals in Boston’s 5-4 overtime win against Toronto. Henrik Lundqvist turned back 35 shots in his second consecutive shutout to lead the Rangers’ 5-0 win over the Capitals in Washington.
CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Cubs have worked out a seven-year, $41 million contract with 23-year-old first baseman Anthony Rizzo, a deal that could be worth up to $68 million over nine seasons. Rizzo is hitting .280 with a .352 on-base percentage, nine homers and 28 RBIs in his third major league seasons.
DETROIT (AP) – The Houston Astros finished last night’s 7-2 loss in Detroit without their best starting pitcher and top hitter. Right-hander Bud Norris left his start with back spasms after five innings and 71 pitches. The Astros also lost standout second baseman Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) to a jaw injury earlier in the game.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) – Buddy Nix has stepped down as general manager of the Buffalo Bills and will move into a newly created role as a special assistant. The 73-year-old Nix steps down two weeks after overseeing his fourth draft with the Bills, which the team opened by selecting its quarterback of the future in Florida State’s EJ Manuel with the 16th pick. Doug Whaley is expected to replace Nix after three seasons as assistant GM.