MIAMI (AP) – LeBron James scored 32 points and the Miami Heat advanced to the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year by crushing the Indiana Pacers 99-76. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 21 points and nine assists for the Heat, who took control by outscoring the Pacers 33-16 in the second quarter. Roy Hibbert had team highs of 18 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers, but Paul George provided just seven points on 2-of-9 shooting before fouling out with seven minutes to play.
NEW YORK (AP) – Jason Kidd is ending his career after 19 NBA seasons with the Mavericks, Nets, Suns and Knicks. Kidd won an NBA title with the 2011 Mavericks, was selected to 10 All-Star games, named to the All-NBA First Team five times and captured two Olympic Gold Medals. The 40-year-old Kidd ranks second all-time in assists and steals, and third in Triple-doubles.
UNDATED (AP) – Mike Malone has been introduced as the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings. Malone comes from the Golden State Warriors, where he served as an assistant coach and helped them make the playoffs this season for only the second time since 1994. And the Bucks have introduced new head coach Larry Drew, less than a week after his tenure in Atlanta came to an awkward end with the hiring of his replacement.
PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Boston Bruins own a two-games-to-none lead in the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals following a 6-1 thrashing of the Penguins in Pittsburgh. Brad Marchand scored twice during the Bruins’ four-goal first period, beating Tomas Vokoun (voh-KOON’) just 28 seconds into the game before tallying again with nine seconds left in the period. The B’s scored on three consecutive shots as Nathan Horton, David Krejci (KRAY’-chee) and Marchand lit the lamp.
PARIS (AP) – Today’s French Open schedule is highlighted by men’s and women’s quarterfinal action. Men’s second seed Roger Federer takes on No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, fourth seed David Ferrer (feh-REHR’) faces Tommy Robredo (roh-BRAY’-doh), women’s No. 1 Serena Williams goes against Svetlana Kuznetsova and No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska (ag-NAYS’-kah rad-WAHN’-ska) battles No. 5 Sara Errani.