MIAMI (AP) – The Miami Heat are in the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight year against either the New York Knicks or Indiana Pacers. LeBron James scored 23 points, Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 18 and the Heat rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 94-91 to win that second round series in five games.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)- The Memphis Grizzlies are going to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history after eliminating Oklahoma City in five games, 88-84. Zach Randolph posted his fourth double-double of the five-game series with 28 points and 14 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who will play either San Antonio or Golden State in the conference finals.
SEATTLE (AP)- Seattle fans’ hopes to land an NBA franchise were dashed yesterday with NBA owners voting 22-8 against the Sacramento Kings’ proposed move to the Pacific Northwest. Seattle has been without an NBA team since 2008 when the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City and rechristened the Thunder.
BALTIMORE (AP)- Nine horses, the smallest Preakness field in six years, will run a mile and three-16ths on Saturday as Orb tries to win the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. Orb drew the rail and was installed as the even-money favorite for the Preakness Stakes.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti (DA’-ree-oh fran-KEE’-tee) topped the speed chart yesterday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, turning a lap at an average of 224.236 mph in the fifth practice session for the May 26 race. Franchitti, the Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver who will be 40 on Sunday, is trying to match the Indy 500 record of four victories held by A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears.