Serena Williams took just 61 minutes to book her place in the fourth round of the French Open as she destroyed Sorana Cirstea 6-0 6-2 at Roland Garros. The American world No 1 extended her winning streak to 27 matches with another excellent performance in Paris. Romanian Cirstea, the 26th seed, needed eight games and 33 minutes to make her mark on the scoreboard, a feat that was greeted by sympathetic cheers from the crowd. After her dismal start Cirstea even had two break points to lead 3-2 in the second set, but Williams simply stepped on the accelerator again to clinch the victory. Williams has dropped just six games in three matches as she goes in search of the 16th Grand Slam title of her career. The 31-year-old, who won her only French Open title in 2002, will now play Italy’s Roberta Vinci. Williams made it 70 wins from 73 macthes since her opening round defeat at Roland Garros last year and hopes she can ignore her winning streak for four more matches. She said: “I actually don’t think about it, and after every match I’m reminded. And, ironically enough, I forget about it as soon as it’s done. “I don’t think it’s about a winning streak. I think it’s about winning important matches and winning the right matches at the right time.” Tags: French Open, May 30, serena williams, serena williams sorana cirstea, serena williams sorana cirstea live, serena williams sorana cirstea live stream, sorana cirstea
Friday, May 31, 2013
Defending champion Maria Sharapova was on cout for just 15 minutes to record a rain-delayed win against Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard. The Russian, who is seeded second in Paris, returned to Court Philippe Chatrier leading 6-2 4-2 after the match had been interrupted by rain late on Thursday. And it took just four more games for her to complete the task, guaranteeing the win on her first match point when her opponent hit long under pressure. Bouchard, a promising 19-year-old from Quebec, who won the Wimbledon girls’ singles title last year, was handed a lesson in big-time tennis from the four-time Grand Slam champion. Sharapova, a teenage tennis sensation herself when she won the 2004 Wimbledon title at the age of 17, is now on a nine-match winning streak at Roland Garros and next faces China’s Zheng Jie for a place in the last 16 on Saturday. “It was such a long day yesterday and it is always difficult to come back out, so it was important to get off to a good start and I am just happy to finish the match today,” she said. At the same time, French No 1 Marion Bartoli battled into the third round with another hard-fought win, 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 against Colombian qualifier Mariana Duque-Marino, and has now spent over five hours on court in just two matches. There was more Russian success when Maria Kirilenko eased past Australian junior hope Ashleigh Barty 6-3 6-1. Tags: eugene bouchard, French Open, maria sharapova, sharapova bouchard live, sharapova bouchard live stream
Monaco have completed a reported £50m deal for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao. The Colombian, 27, who scored 32 goals this season, had also been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City. He has signed a five-year contract with a club that is being bankrolled by Russian billionaire Dmity Rybolovlev. “We are proud to have secured one of the best players in the world and confident he will help Monaco regain its rightful status,” said Rybolovlev. “We are absolutely delighted that Radamel Falcao has accepted the challenge of coming to play for AS Monaco.” Monaco have embarked on an ambitious spending streak after winning the French second division under former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri. They have already bought Porto midfielders Joao Moutinho, 26, and James Rodriguez, 21, in a £60m double deal and signed defender Ricardo Carvalho, 35, on a free transfer from Real Madrid. However Vasilyev has dismissed reports his club are interested in Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez, insisting: “Many newspapers talk about it but this issue has never been discussed.”
LeBron James said a few words at halftime to try and coax something more out of the Miami Heat. Turns out, whatever he said was unnecessary. The look on his face was all the Heat needed. With a brilliant third quarter, James immeasurably changed not just Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, but quite possibly whatever’s still left to decide in this series. James scored 16 of his 30 points in the decisive period, Udonis Haslem added 16 and the Heat pulled off a second-half rally to move one win away from the NBA Finals after beating the Indiana Pacers 90-79 on Thursday night. “With LeBron, it’s not what he says all the time,” Haslem said. “It’s just the look he gives.” And that look was back when the Heat needed it most, just like last year. A year ago, the Heat lost Game 5 of the East finals at home to Boston, and needed a road win to extend the series and save what became a championship season. James scored 45 points in that win-or-else game against the Celtics, and the expression on his face — a steely stare, chilling and emotionless — is simply known around the Heat now as “The Look,” immortalized by a larger-than-life photo on the wall leading to the team locker room. This year, Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals won’t be accompanied by the potential for dire consequences. The Heat lead the series 3-2, with a chance to finish it off in Indiana on Saturday night and move on to a finals matchup with the San Antonio Spurs. “That’s what I came here for, to be able to compete for a championship each and every year,” James said. “I’m one step away from doing it once again. It’s not promised. It’s not promised at all. I made a tough decision. Obviously, I think we all know the story. I envisioned something that was bigger as far as a team … and we’ve got an opportunity as a team, once again, for the third year straight to make a trip to the NBA Finals.” Indiana was up 46-40 early in the third, surely sensing a chance to grab control of the series. Over the next 11 minutes, the Heat outscored the Pacers 30-10, with James either scoring or accounting for 25 Miami points. He shot 7 for 10 in the third quarter; the Pacers shot 3 for 14. He had four rebounds in the quarter; the Pacers, as a team, grabbed six. He had four assists in the quarter; the Pacers had one. It was total dominance. Indiana Pacers, lebron james, Miami Heat, miami heat indiana pacers, NBA East Finals, NBA semifinals
1st Quarter Summary TIME INDIANA SCORE MIAMI 12:00 0-0 Roy Hibbert vs. Chris Bosh (Mario Chalmers gains possession) 11:42 0-0 LeBron James bad pass (David West steals) 11:25 Roy Hibbert bad pass (LeBron James steals) 0-0 11:23 Lance Stephenson personal foul (LeBron James draws the foul) 0-0 11:07 0-0 Chris Bosh misses 17-foot jumper 11:07 Paul George defensive rebound 0-0 10:51 David West misses layup 0-0 10:49 0-0 Dwyane Wade defensive rebound 10:37 0-0 Dwyane Wade misses 14-foot jumper 10:36 Pacers defensive team rebound 0-0 10:21 George Hill bad pass (Chris Bosh steals) 0-0 10:11 0-0 Udonis Haslem misses 17-foot jumper 10:10 David West defensive rebound 0-0 9:45 David West misses jumper 0-0 9:44 Roy Hibbert offensive rebound 0-0 9:42 Roy Hibbert makes two point shot 2-0 9:33 Lance Stephenson personal foul (Dwyane Wade draws the foul) 2-0 9:33 Sam Young enters the game for Lance Stephenson 2-0 9:23 George Hill personal foul (Mario Chalmers draws the foul) 2-0 9:12 2-2 LeBron James makes 17-foot jumper (Mario Chalmers assists) 9:00 Sam Young bad pass 2-2 8:41 2-2 LeBron James misses 17-foot jumper 8:41 2-2 Udonis Haslem offensive rebound 8:40 2-4 Udonis Haslem makes layup 8:17 Paul George makes 24-foot three point jumper (George Hill assists) 5-4 8:03 5-4 Mario Chalmers misses Running Jumper 8:03 David West defensive rebound 5-4 7:58 Paul George makes driving layup 7-4 7:43 7-4 Roy Hibbert blocks Chris Bosh 's 5-foot hook shot 7:43 David West defensive rebound 7-4 7:33 Roy Hibbert misses layup 7-4 7:33 7-4 Dwyane Wade defensive rebound 7:18 7-4 LeBron James lost ball turnover (George Hill steals) 7:05 Roy Hibbert makes dunk (Paul George assists) 9-4 6:37 9-7 LeBron James makes 25-foot three point jumper (Mario Chalmers assists) 6:26 9-7 Mario Chalmers personal foul (Paul George draws the foul) 6:09 Roy Hibbert makes two point shot 11-7 5:52 11-9 Mario Chalmers makes driving layup 5:31 Paul George makes 20-foot two point shot 13-9 5:07 13-9 LeBron James misses 25-foot three point jumper 5:05 Roy Hibbert defensive rebound 13-9 4:54 13-9 Chris Bosh shooting foul (Roy Hibbert draws the foul) 4:54 Heat Full timeout 4:54 Roy Hibbert makes free throw 1 of 2 14-9 4:54 Roy Hibbert makes free throw 2 of 2 15-9 4:45 15-9 LeBron James bad pass (George Hill steals) 4:39 David West misses layup 15-9 4:39 15-9 Chris Bosh defensive rebound 4:18 15-11 Chris Bosh makes layup (Dwyane Wade assists) 3:59 Roy Hibbert makes 16-foot jumper (George Hill assists) 17-11 3:41 17-11 Mario Chalmers misses driving layup 3:40 17-11 Udonis Haslem offensive rebound 3:39 17-13 Udonis Haslem makes layup 3:13 shot clock turnover 17-13 3:05 17-15 Mario Chalmers makes driving layup 2:59 Pacers Full timeout 2:59 Tyler Hansbrough enters the game for David West 17-15 2:59 17-15 Shane Battier enters the game for Udonis Haslem 2:49 Shane Battier blocks Paul George's layup 17-15 2:48 Pacers offensive team rebound 17-15 2:42 George Hill misses 20-foot jumper 17-15 2:41 17-15 Chris Bosh defensive rebound 2:31 17-15 Dwyane Wade out of bounds lost ball turnover 2:15 Paul George makes 25-foot three point jumper (George Hill assists) 20-15 1:54 20-15 Dwyane Wade misses 8-foot two point shot 1:54 20-15 Dwyane Wade offensive rebound 1:53 Paul George shooting foul (Dwyane Wade draws the foul) 20-15 1:53 20-16 Dwyane Wade makes free throw 1 of 2 1:53 20-16 Chris Andersen enters the game for Chris Bosh 1:53 20-16 Dwyane Wade misses free throw 2 of 2 1:52 Paul George defensive rebound 20-16 1:37 Roy Hibbert misses 16-foot jumper 20-16 1:36 20-16 LeBron James defensive rebound 1:15 20-16 Dwyane Wade misses 18-foot jumper 1:14 Tyler Hansbrough defensive rebound 20-16 1:06 Sam Young lost ball turnover (Dwyane Wade steals) 20-16 0:59 20-19 Mario Chalmers makes 25-foot three point jumper (Dwyane Wade assists) 0:38 Paul George makes 26-foot three point jumper 23-19 0:21 23-19 Mario Chalmers misses 9-foot two point shot 0:20 Roy Hibbert defensive rebound 23-19 0:01 Paul George misses 24-foot three point jumper 23-19 0:00 Pacers offensive team rebound 23-19 0:00 Roy Hibbert misses 20-foot jumper 23-19 0:00 Pacers offensive team rebound 23-19 0:00 End of the 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter Summary TIME INDIANA SCORE MIAMI 11:44 Chris Andersen blocks Tyler Hansbrough 's 3-foot layup 23-19 11:41 23-19 Ray Allen defensive rebound 11:33 23-21 Ray Allen makes 12-foot two point shot 11:17 Roy Hibbert makes 10-foot two point shot 25-21 10:51 25-23 LeBron James makes 11-foot two point shot 10:22 Roy Hibbert makes 12-foot jumper 27-23 10:07 27-25 Chris Andersen makes layup (LeBron James assists) 9:49 Paul George makes 7-foot two point shot 29-25 9:21 29-25 Shane Battier misses 24-foot three point jumper 9:19 Paul George defensive rebound 29-25 9:11 Paul George bad pass (LeBron James steals) 29-25 9:04 29-25 Norris Cole misses driving layup 9:03 Paul George defensive rebound 29-25 9:02 30-25 Chris Andersen flagrant foul type 1 (Tyler Hansbrough draws the foul) 9:02 30-25 Double technical foul: Chris Andersen and Tyler Hansbrough 9:02 Tyler Hansbrough makes free throw 2 of 2 30-25 9:02 Tyler Hansbrough misses free throw 1 of 1 30-25 9:02 Pacers offensive team rebound 30-25 8:48 Chris Andersen blocks Tyler Hansbrough 's 4-foot hook shot 30-25 8:48 Pacers offensive team rebound 30-25 8:48 Official timeout 8:48 Lance Stephenson enters the game for Sam Young 30-25 8:48 David West enters the game for Tyler Hansbrough 30-25 8:42 David West makes 12-foot jumper 32-25 8:27 32-25 Shane Battier misses three point jumper 8:26 32-25 Heat offensive team rebound 8:26 Roy Hibbert loose ball foul (Chris Andersen draws the foul) 32-25 8:26 Ian Mahinmi enters the game for Roy Hibbert 32-25 8:26 32-25 Dwyane Wade enters the game for Shane Battier 8:17 32-27 LeBron James makes 16-foot jumper 7:50 D.J. Augustin misses three point jumper 32-27 7:50 32-27 Chris Andersen defensive rebound 7:35 32-27 LeBron James misses driving layup 7:33 Paul George defensive rebound 32-27 7:26 David West makes two point shot (Paul George assists) 34-27 7:07 34-27 Ray Allen misses 17-foot jumper 7:05 34-27 Heat offensive team rebound 7:05 Ian Mahinmi loose ball foul (Chris Andersen draws the foul) 34-27 7:05 34-27 Chris Bosh enters the game for Chris Andersen 7:05 34-27 Mario Chalmers enters the game for Norris Cole 6:58 34-27 Dwyane Wade misses 16-foot jumper 6:58 Ian Mahinmi defensive rebound 34-27 6:46 Paul George out of bounds lost ball turnover 34-27 6:26 34-27 Mario Chalmers misses 25-foot three point jumper 6:24 34-27 Dwyane Wade offensive rebound 6:18 34-27 David West blocks Ray Allen 's 24-foot three point jumper 6:18 Lance Stephenson defensive rebound 34-27 6:13 Paul George bad pass 34-27 6:13 Sam Young enters the game for Paul George 34-27 5:56 Ian Mahinmi shooting foul (Dwyane Wade draws the foul) 34-27 5:56 Heat Full timeout 5:56 George Hill enters the game for D.J. Augustin 34-27 5:56 34-27 Chris Andersen enters the game for LeBron James 5:56 34-28 Dwyane Wade makes free throw 1 of 2 5:56 34-29 Dwyane Wade makes free throw 2 of 2 5:31 Lance Stephenson misses 9-foot Running Jumper 34-29 5:28 34-29 Chris Andersen defensive rebound 5:22 34-31 Dwyane Wade makes 7-foot two point shot 5:01 Sam Young makes driving dunk (Lance Stephenson assists) 36-31 4:41 36-31 Chris Bosh misses 17-foot jumper 4:39 Sam Young defensive rebound 36-31 4:31 Lance Stephenson misses driving layup 36-31 4:31 36-31 Ray Allen defensive rebound 4:13 36-33 Mario Chalmers makes two point shot 3:47 Lance Stephenson bad pass (Mario Chalmers steals) 36-33 3:45 36-33 Mario Chalmers out of bounds lost ball turnover 3:45 36-33 LeBron James enters the game for Ray Allen 3:31 Ian Mahinmi misses driving layup 36-33 3:30 David West offensive rebound 36-33 3:28 David West misses 4-foot hook shot 36-33 3:27 Ian Mahinmi offensive rebound 36-33 3:25 Ian Mahinmi makes dunk 38-33 3:08 38-33 Ian Mahinmi blocks Mario Chalmers 's 2-foot shot 3:06 38-33 Heat offensive team rebound 2:59 38-36 Chris Bosh makes 25-foot three point jumper (Dwyane Wade assists) 2:32 David West makes 10-foot two point shot 40-36 2:20 40-38 Chris Bosh makes driving layup 2:14 Pacers Full timeout 2:14 Paul George enters the game for Sam Young 40-38 2:14 Roy Hibbert enters the game for Ian Mahinmi 40-38 1:54 Paul George misses 25-foot three point jumper 40-38 1:53 40-38 LeBron James defensive rebound 1:45 40-40 LeBron James makes 17-foot two point shot 1:10 David West makes 6-foot jumper (Paul George assists) 42-40 0:51 42-40 LeBron James misses 19-foot jumper 0:50 Lance Stephenson defensive rebound 42-40 0:40 David West makes 11-foot two point shot 44-40 0:26 44-40 Dwyane Wade bad pass 0:22 Pacers 20 Sec. timeout 0:05 David West misses 6-foot hook shot 44-40 0:04 44-40 Chris Andersen defensive rebound 0:01 44-40 Dwyane Wade misses 26-foot three point jumper 0:00 44-40 Heat offensive team rebound 0:00 End of the 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter Summary TIME INDIANA SCORE MIAMI 11:41 Roy Hibbert makes dunk (Paul George assists) 46-40 11:17 Roy Hibbert shooting foul (Dwyane Wade draws the foul) 46-40 11:17 46-41 Dwyane Wade makes free throw 1 of 2 11:17 46-41 Dwyane Wade misses free throw 2 of 2 11:15 Paul George defensive rebound 46-41 10:55 Paul George misses 16-foot jumper 46-41 10:53 46-41 LeBron James defensive rebound 10:41 46-43 LeBron James makes driving layup 10:33 46-43 Udonis Haslem personal foul (Roy Hibbert draws the foul) 10:29 Lance Stephenson out of bounds lost ball turnover 46-43 10:15 46-45 Udonis Haslem makes layup (LeBron James assists) 9:56 Roy Hibbert misses 5-foot hook shot 46-45 9:55 Roy Hibbert offensive rebound 46-45 9:52 46-45 Mario Chalmers personal foul (Roy Hibbert draws the foul) 9:51 George Hill offensive foul (Mario Chalmers draws the foul) 46-45 9:51 George Hill turnover 46-45 9:37 46-47 Udonis Haslem makes driving dunk (LeBron James assists) 9:37 Pacers Full timeout 9:17 David West makes two point shot 48-47 8:55 48-47 LeBron James misses 16-foot jumper 8:53 Lance Stephenson defensive rebound 48-47 8:29 Lance Stephenson misses 20-foot jumper 48-47 8:27 48-47 Chris Bosh defensive rebound 8:25 48-49 LeBron James makes dunk (Chris Bosh assists) 8:02 Paul George misses 21-foot jumper 48-49 8:00 48-49 LeBron James defensive rebound 7:52 Lance Stephenson shooting foul (LeBron James draws the foul) 48-49 7:52 48-49 LeBron James misses free throw 1 of 2 7:52 48-49 Heat offensive team rebound 7:52 48-49 LeBron James misses free throw 2 of 2 7:50 Paul George defensive rebound 48-49 7:33 Lance Stephenson misses 26-foot three point jumper 48-49 7:31 48-49 Dwyane Wade defensive rebound 7:28 48-49 Dwyane Wade bad pass 7:13 48-49 Mario Chalmers shooting foul (Roy Hibbert draws the foul) 7:13 Roy Hibbert makes free throw 1 of 2 49-49 7:13 Roy Hibbert makes free throw 2 of 2 50-49 7:07 George Hill personal foul (Mario Chalmers draws the foul) 50-49 7:01 50-49 Roy Hibbert blocks Chris Bosh's shot 7:00 David West defensive rebound 50-49 6:58 George Hill offensive Charge (Dwyane Wade draws the foul) 50-49 6:58 George Hill turnover 50-49 6:58 50-49 Mario Chalmers technical foul(1st technical foul) 6:58 50-49 Udonis Haslem technical foul(1st technical foul) 6:58 David West technical foul(1st technical foul) 50-49 6:58 George Hill makes technical free throw 51-49 6:58 D.J. Augustin enters the game for George Hill 51-49 6:39 51-49 LeBron James misses 25-foot three point jumper 6:39 51-49 Udonis Haslem offensive rebound 6:37 51-49 LeBron James misses 25-foot three point jumper 6:35 Pacers defensive team rebound 51-49 6:16 Roy Hibbert misses jumper 51-49 6:16 51-49 LeBron James defensive rebound 6:11 D.J. Augustin personal foul (LeBron James draws the foul) 51-49 6:03 51-51 LeBron James makes 16-foot jumper (Mario Chalmers assists) 5:33 Paul George makes 16-foot jumper 53-51 5:15 53-53 LeBron James makes 18-foot jumper 5:05 53-53 Udonis Haslem personal foul (Roy Hibbert draws the foul) 4:50 Roy Hibbert offensive Charge (Chris Bosh draws the foul) 53-53 4:50 Roy Hibbert turnover 53-53 4:26 53-56 Mario Chalmers makes 25-foot three point jumper (LeBron James assists) 4:13 D.J. Augustin out of bounds lost ball turnover 53-56 3:51 53-58 LeBron James makes 16-foot two point shot 3:50 Pacers 20 Sec. timeout 3:50 53-58 Ray Allen enters the game for Dwyane Wade 3:35 53-58 LeBron James shooting foul (David West draws the foul) 3:35 David West makes free throw 1 of 2 54-58 3:35 David West makes free throw 2 of 2 55-58 3:13 55-61 LeBron James makes 24-foot three point jumper 2:59 David West misses 16-foot jumper 55-61 2:58 55-61 LeBron James defensive rebound 2:48 55-61 Ray Allen misses 26-foot three point jumper 2:47 Paul George defensive rebound 55-61 2:44 Paul George misses driving layup 55-61 2:43 Pacers offensive team rebound 55-61 2:43 Heat Full timeout 2:33 Paul George misses 17-foot two point shot 55-61 2:32 55-61 Mario Chalmers defensive rebound 2:11 55-63 Udonis Haslem makes 18-foot jumper (Mario Chalmers assists) 1:52 Pacers Full timeout 1:52 Ian Mahinmi enters the game for Roy Hibbert 55-63 1:52 George Hill enters the game for Lance Stephenson 55-63 1:46 LeBron James blocks Ian Mahinmi 's 2-foot layup 55-63 1:27 55-65 Udonis Haslem makes jumper (Mario Chalmers assists) 0:59 D.J. Augustin misses 24-foot three point jumper 55-65 0:58 55-65 Chris Bosh defensive rebound 0:47 55-67 Udonis Haslem makes 21-foot jumper (LeBron James assists) 0:38 56-67 Chris Bosh shooting foul (Ian Mahinmi draws the foul) 0:38 Ian Mahinmi misses free throw 1 of 2 55-67 0:38 Pacers offensive team rebound 55-67 0:38 55-67 Shane Battier enters the game for Chris Bosh 0:38 55-67 Norris Cole enters the game for Mario Chalmers 0:38 Ian Mahinmi makes free throw 2 of 2 56-67 0:16 56-70 LeBron James makes 25-foot three point jumper 0:01 56-70 Shane Battier shooting foul (David West draws the foul) 0:01 David West misses free throw 1 of 2 56-70 0:01 Pacers offensive team rebound 56-70 0:01 56-70 Chris Andersen enters the game for Shane Battier 0:01 David West makes free throw 2 of 2 57-70 0:01 Sam Young enters the game for George Hill 57-70 0:00 End of the 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Summary TIME INDIANA SCORE MIAMI 11:45 57-70 Ray Allen misses 20-foot jumper 11:44 Paul George defensive rebound 57-70 11:22 Paul George makes 26-foot three point jumper (George Hill assists) 60-70 10:56 60-70 Shane Battier bad pass (George Hill steals) 10:49 Udonis Haslem blocks George Hill 's 16-foot jumper 60-70 10:45 Tyler Hansbrough offensive rebound 60-70 10:45 Tyler Hansbrough makes layup 62-70 10:41 Heat Full timeout 10:41 David West enters the game for Tyler Hansbrough 62-70 10:41 62-70 LeBron James enters the game for Shane Battier 10:22 David West shooting foul (Ray Allen draws the foul) 62-70 10:22 62-71 Ray Allen makes free throw 1 of 2 10:22 62-71 Chris Andersen enters the game for Udonis Haslem 10:22 62-72 Ray Allen makes free throw 2 of 2 10:04 George Hill misses 23-foot three point jumper 62-72 10:03 62-72 LeBron James defensive rebound 9:45 62-72 LeBron James misses two point shot 9:44 Pacers defensive team rebound 62-72 9:22 Paul George makes 18-foot jumper 64-72 9:04 64-74 Norris Cole makes layup 8:42 Roy Hibbert makes 6-foot two point shot (Paul George assists) 66-74 8:25 Lance Stephenson enters the game for D.J. Augustin 66-74 8:21 66-77 Ray Allen makes 23-foot three point jumper (Norris Cole assists) 8:10 Paul George bad pass (Chris Andersen steals) 66-77 8:06 66-79 Dwyane Wade makes layup (LeBron James assists) 8:04 Pacers Full timeout 7:50 David West makes 16-foot jumper (Lance Stephenson assists) 68-79 7:28 68-81 Dwyane Wade makes two point shot 7:07 Dwyane Wade blocks Lance Stephenson's layup 68-81 7:05 68-81 Ray Allen defensive rebound 7:01 Paul George personal foul (Ray Allen draws the foul) 68-81 6:43 68-81 LeBron James misses 26-foot three point jumper 6:43 David West defensive rebound 68-81 6:35 68-81 Chris Andersen shooting foul (Roy Hibbert draws the foul) 6:35 Roy Hibbert makes free throw 1 of 2 69-81 6:35 Roy Hibbert makes free throw 2 of 2 70-81 6:13 70-83 Chris Andersen makes 14-foot jumper (Norris Cole assists) 5:54 Roy Hibbert misses hook shot 70-83 5:52 70-83 Chris Andersen defensive rebound 5:35 70-85 Norris Cole makes 16-foot two point shot 5:16 David West misses 14-foot jumper 70-85 5:16 70-85 LeBron James defensive rebound 5:09 70-85 Lance Stephenson blocks LeBron James's layup 5:09 Pacers defensive team rebound 70-85 4:56 Paul George makes driving layup 72-85 4:48 Lance Stephenson personal foul (LeBron James draws the foul) 72-85 4:48 72-85 Chris Bosh enters the game for Chris Andersen 4:35 Lance Stephenson shooting foul (LeBron James draws the foul) 72-85 4:35 72-86 LeBron James makes free throw 1 of 2 4:35 72-86 LeBron James misses free throw 2 of 2 4:35 Paul George defensive rebound 72-86 4:09 72-86 LeBron James misses 19-foot jumper 3:49 72-86 Ray Allen bad pass (Lance Stephenson steals) 3:46 Lance Stephenson makes two point shot 74-86 3:23 74-86 Ray Allen bad pass (Paul George steals) 3:11 David West misses layup 74-86 3:10 David West offensive rebound 74-86 3:09 Norris Cole blocks David West 's 5-foot jumper 74-86 3:08 74-86 Norris Cole defensive rebound 3:08 74-86 Mario Chalmers enters the game for Ray Allen 2:59 74-86 LeBron James misses 4-foot jumper 2:58 Roy Hibbert defensive rebound 74-86 2:57 Roy Hibbert bad pass 74-86 2:57 Official timeout 2:57 74-86 Udonis Haslem enters the game for Norris Cole 2:41 74-86 Mario Chalmers misses two point shot 2:40 Roy Hibbert defensive rebound 74-86 2:15 Lance Stephenson makes 8-foot two point shot 76-86 1:51 76-88 Udonis Haslem makes jumper (Dwyane Wade assists) 1:39 Lance Stephenson offensive Charge (Udonis Haslem draws the foul) 76-88 1:39 Lance Stephenson turnover 76-88 1:39 D.J. Augustin enters the game for Lance Stephenson 76-88 1:23 76-90 LeBron James makes driving layup (Mario Chalmers assists) 1:17 Paul George makes 25-foot three point jumper 79-90 0:55 79-90 LeBron James misses 22-foot jumper 0:54 David West defensive rebound 79-90 0:45 Paul George misses 25-foot three point jumper 79-90 0:44 79-90 Dwyane Wade defensive rebound 0:26 79-90 Mario Chalmers misses 25-foot three point jumper 0:25 Paul George defensive rebound 79-90 0:15 George Hill misses 25-foot three point jumper 79-90 0:14 79-90 Chris Bosh defensive rebound 0:00 End of the 4th Quarter 0:00 End of Game
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Game 5 8:30 PM ET IND@MIA Thursday, May 30 American Airlines Arena Game 1: MIA 103 IND 102 | Game Info | Analysis Game 2: IND 97 MIA 93 | Game Info | Analysis Game 3: MIA 114 IND 96 | Game Info | Analysis Game 4: IND 99 MIA 92 | Game Info | Analysis Game 5: IND at MIA | Thu., May 30, 8:30 PM ET | TNT Game 6: MIA at IND | Sat., Jun. 1, 8:30 PM ET | TNT Game 7: IND at MIA | Mon., Jun. 3 | TNT | If Necessary Game 4 between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers had everything: Roy Hibbert’s dominance in the paint, plenty of flops and a few controversial calls. Our experts set the stage for Thursday night’s Game 5 in Miami and make their picks. Who wins Game 5? bbott: The Heat are the better team. (Right? I mean, I think so. But unlike a week ago, now I know a lot of smart people would argue with me about that.) In the big picture, they have the deeper roster, the more proven ability to get wins, and more tactics to try. And they’re at home. So I’ll guess Heat, but I’d rather not guess, ’cause the real joy is in having no idea. Donahue: Going back home, Miami has to be given the edge, but it’s dependent on the supporting cast. When the Heat dominated Game 3, they did it on the strength of 26-for-39 shooting from Wade, Bosh, Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem. Anything approaching that kind of effectiveness would be too much for even Indiana’s defense to overcome. Anything much less will make for a very interesting game. Gutierrez: Going with the home team. Miami lost Game 5 at home in last year’s Eastern Conference finals. And we remember the heroic effort it took from LeBron for Miami to advance. This will be as much about not repeating Game 5 history as it is about hitting back at Indiana. And when the Heat compete on the boards and attack offensively, they can still control the game, even against the Pacers. McGuire: Miami. I felt the Pacers had at least a game’s worth of pole position heading into Game 2. But after Game 3′s massacre, I no longer feel the same. The Heat aren’t playing very well, but the Indiana offense is playing about 20 leagues over their heads and LeBron simply isn’t going to foul out again. I think the Heat finally wrest control tonight. Thorpe: The Heat. They have a larger margin for error. But as we’ve seen, that does not mean they will win. I love what Erik Spoelstra said in a timeout early in Game 4: “It has to be who has the best team, not who gives the best effort.” I’ll be quoting that line for a decade.
Despite several rain delays, world No. 1 men’s tennis player Djokovic defeated first-time Roland Garros competitor Guido Pella 6-2, 6-0, 6-2 to advance to the third round of the French Open. Novak Djokovic (SRB)  6 6 6 – – Guido Pella (ARG) 2 0 2 – – Djokovic proved once again just how dominant of a player he really is by taking Pella to his physical and mental limit. Using his strong serve, his length and his incredible lateral movement on the clay, the world No. 1 showed that he is ready to contend for the 2013 French Open title. During Djokovic’s first-round victory over David Goffin, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 7-5, the world’s top player looked to be shaking off the rust and trying out all the aspects of his game that he has been working on in live action. The momentum Djokovic created in the first round carried over into Thursday’s match with Pella. While both Goffin and Pella played admirably against Djokovic, the sport’s top player has sent a warning to the rest of the talented field that he will be a force in this tournament.
Novak Djokovic overcame Argentina’s Guido Pella on a rainy Paris day to set up an intriguing third-round clash against Grigor Dimitrov at the French Open. The world number one took to Court Philippe Chatrier later than scheduled at 4pm local time after the predicted bad weather interrupted play. Djokovic was held up once again by the rain in the second set but, when on court, wasted no time in seeing off world number 83, Pella, 6-2 6-0 6-2, to reach the last 32. There he will meet Dimitrov, the Bulgarian 26th seed, who beat Djokovic on the Madrid clay earlier this month. Dimitrov made it through around a couple of rain delays with a comprehensive 6-1 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 win over France’s Lucas Pouille on Court Suzanne Lenglen, and Djokovic was determined not to hang about on Chatrier. Moving Pella around with his characteristically precise groundstrokes he opened up a space to thump away a smash and break for 4-2, and a run of 11 straight games either side of the rain delay as good as ended the contest. When the sun shortly shone as he was closing on victory, Djokovic gestured to the sky to clear, much to the shivering crowd’s delight. He will face Dimitrov on Saturday, weather permitting, in a match that is already the talk of Roland Garros. “It’s different when you play a Masters event, best of three sets, and then you come to a Grand Slam,” said Dimitrov. “Your mindset, everything you set up in a different way. “I feel I’m playing good. I know I can bring a bit more steam into the game. I think I might need that in the next round.” HyperSmash.com
British #1 Laura Robson has withdrawn from the women’s doubles at the French Open due to back pain. The 19-year-old won only five games in her first-round singles defeat on Monday as she was beaten 6-3 6-2 by Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki. Robson had been due to compete in the doubles event at Roland Garros with American Lisa Raymond, but has been advised by a doctor not to play on. She will now return to London to prepare for the grass-court season. Her withdrawal also comes as a blow for 39-year-oldRaymond, who has not missed a women’s doubles event at a grand slam for 18 years. Robson’s next event is scheduled to be the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, which begins on 10 June, before she takes part in the Aegon International at Eastbourne five days later. Wimbledon is going to start on 24 June.
Rain delayed the start of world's #1 Novak Djokovic’s second-round match at the French Open on Thursday. The Serb is due to play Argentine Guido Pella on Court Philippe Chatrier following the match between Sam Stosur and Kristina Mladenovic. Australian ninth seed Stosur beat Mladenovic 6-4 6-3 between the showers. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia’s 18th seed, beat Spain’s Garbine Muguruza 6-3 6-0 while China’s Zheng Jie beat American Melanie Oudin 6-3 6-1. British pair Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray were 7-6 (7-4) 6-6 down against Feliciano Lopez and Andre Sa when play was suspended for the second time. Heather Watson and her Ukrainian partner Irina Buryachok were locked at 6-3 4-6 4-4 with Oksana Kalashnikova and Alicja Rosolska.
By the time tonight’s tilt at the United Center is over, the Chicago Blackhawks will have rallied from a 3-1 series deficit and asserted their championship pedigree, or the surprising Detroit Red Wings will have rebounded from consecutive failures to clinch by finally knocking off the predominant favorite to challenge for the Stanley Cup. Like Tuesday night’s epic struggle between Los Angeles and San Jose, Wednesday night’s clash should be a thriller between two deep, talented and well-coached clubs. But what’s it going to take to win? Muir: Kings top Sharks in Game 7, advance to West Finals Let’s dispense with the obvious — get pucks and traffic to the net, keep the gaps tight, work the body, stay out of the box, get a big game from the goaltender — and look at each team’s three specific keys to claiming Game 7 and moving on to meet the Kings:
Several times around the start of these playoffs, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra insisted that the postseason path his team would wind up navigating had the potential to be more challenging than the route they took to the NBA championship a year ago. He’s apparently correct, probably to his own chagrin. The defending NBA champion Heat are in a bit of trouble. They can’t get enough rebounds, can’t get D-Wade on track, can’t get consistency out of Chris Bosh – and will likely see all those story lines either grow exponentially or basically disappear Thursday night, when they host to the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of a super-competitive Eastern Conference finals that’s now knotted at two games apiece. “We have a great locker room of Alpha competitors,” Spoelstra said Wednesday. “And so they take this very seriously. We’re playing against a worthy opponent and if we don’t play well, they beat us. If they don’t play well and we impose our identity, we beat them. That’s what this is all about. So let’s lace `em up and let’s get ready for Game 5.” Game 6 will be in Indiana on Saturday night, while the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs keep waiting to see who they’ll face in the NBA Finals starting on June 6. History says the Game 5 winner when a series is tied at 2-2 has a huge upper hand, though that’s an axiom that the Heat both proved and disproved last season. When the Heat and Pacers split the first four games of their second-round series last year, Miami rolled to a 115-83 home win in Game 5 and captured the series in six games. One round later, Miami lost a home Game 5 of the East finals to Boston, then went on the road for Game 6 and got a virtuoso 45-point night from LeBron James to stave off elimination before coming home and winning a nailbiter of a Game 7 to advance. Considering all that, it’s no wonder why Spoelstra said the Heat aren’t looking back at any series as a blueprint for how the final acts of this one should go. “We don’t need confidence to go into any game,” James said. “We’re a confident bunch. We’re excited to get the opportunity to go back to our home and play Game 5.” Confidence is not exactly in short supply around the Pacers right now, either. Indiana came into the series saying — and believing — that it could find a way to oust the team that was virtually preordained as a champion entering these playoffs. That hasn’t changed. “We’ve got to be at our best,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said Wednesday. “Our intensity, our determination, our focus, we’ve got to keep getting better if we’re going to beat this team.” The statistical trends probably aren’t surprising. The Heat have scored 402 points, the Pacers 394. The Heat have shot 47 percent from the field, the Pacers 46 percent. The Pacers have shot 37 percent from 3-point range, the Heat 34 percent. Miami is better at forcing turnovers, the Pacers are better at rebounding. Miami has forced Indiana into 14 more turnovers in the series, but the Pacers are outrebounding the Heat by 10 boards per game. Pacers center Roy Hibbert is averaging 12 rebounds; Bosh has grabbed 13 rebounds — total — in the series, or as many as Miami guard Ray Allen has despite being half a foot shorter and playing 32 fewer minutes. “We know what they run, they know what we run,” Hibbert said. “So I guess it’s more about who wants it more.” Hibbert has had no match in this series. Miami plays without a true center, and Bosh often ends up in the same general spots on offense as a guard would. So at 7-foot-2, Hibbert almost seems like he has permission to do whatever he wants in the paint, and has picked the right time to play the series of his life. “We don’t want to go home,” Hibbert said. “Miami is one of the best teams, along with San Antonio, and we know we have an uphill battle and we trust each other and love each other and that’s just grown, that love for each other. This is probably the first team I’ve felt like that about because last year even there were some guys were not all about winning.” That can’t be said now. “We understand that the champs are going to come back and be ready to play at home,” Pacers star Paul George said. “And we need to be ready to come out and play well.” Game 5 was a cavalcade of mistakes for the Heat, who had their second-worst shooting night of the entire season at 39 percent. James fouled out for only the fifth time in his career, though Miami was clearly miffed at some late-game calls. Bosh went 1 for 6 with only three rebounds. Wade, that aching right knee still apparently an issue, missed 10 of his 15 shots. And despite it all, the Heat still had the lead in the final minutes. “We missed an opportunity to go up 3-1,” Bosh said. “But we did get home-court back. We did our job. We have to come out and play with a lot of passion.” Wade, who’s averaging an uncharacteristically low 13.4 points in his last 10 games, was more succinct: “Our whole team has to do more,” he said. Being in a 2-2 tied series isn’t the right time for Heat panic over now being in what amounts to a best-of-three, or Heat lament over anything that isn’t going their way, Spoelstra said. At one point Wednesday, he took his left fist and right fist, banged them together to make a point, and insisted that the series will simply be won by the team that does enough to deserve a chance at facing the Spurs for the title. “Our guys have respect for the other team in that locker room,” Spoelstra said. “We know nothing is earned easy in this series. We’ve got to work for it. Being home doesn’t guarantee anything.”
Germany scored within 10 seconds and were four up inside 25 minutes, but their second string were ultimately unconvincing in beating Ecuador in their international friendly game in Boca Raton, Florida. Lukas Podolski and Lars Bender scored two each as a team without their Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund contingent received a more than helping hand from their opponents. Missing also Real Madrid pair Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira and featuring two debutants in midfielder Sidney Sam and forward Max Kruse, this was a chance for the fringe players to impress Joachim Low. But it was hard to imagine the coach being too impressed, given how utterly awful Ecuador were in the opening half-an-hour. Indeed, Low’s men were comfortably second best after the break. Ranked 10th in the world, lying second in South American World Cup qualifying and with seven wins and two draws from their last nine games, including a 3-2 success in Portugal in February, Germany would have expected Ecuador to offer a real test. Instead it was anything but as Podolski netted within seconds and Bender added a second in the fourth minute. Two more goals later and the game was over as a contest inside 30 minutes, but Ecuador did improve, pulling one back through Antonio Valencia shortly before half-time and scoring again through Walter Ayovi late on. Straight from kick-off Ecuador played the ball back to defender Gabriel Achilier, who dallied and lost it to Podolski, the Arsenal man scoring with a smart low finish. The goal was timed at just over nine seconds, just slower than Davide Gualtieri’s goal after 8.3 seconds for San Marino against England in 1993 – the fastest goal in international football. Bender soon made it two, running through a yawning chasm of a gap in the Ecuador defence following Sam’s pass and finishing stylishly with the outside of his right foot. Podolski rifled home a third in the 17th minute after Kruse had got down the left side of the area and pulled the ball back. And Bender got his second in the 24th minute, given time to shoot on the edge of the area and firing past goalkeeper Maximo Banguera, who should have done much better. Facing a humiliation, the South Americans finally started to get their act together and Jefferson Montero curled an effort against the bar. Felipe Caicedo twisted and turned in the area to work a shooting chance only to send his effort too close to Rene Adler, who also parried a Valencia shot. But the Manchester United man did pull a goal back, volleying home a low strike after the ball sat up for him nicely in the area. Valencia went close shortly after the break, his fierce shot from a narrow angle on the right punched away by Adler. It was now Germany looking unsteady and Heiko Westermann had to produce a brilliant block to deny Joao Rojas what looked a certain goal. Ecuador got a second goal in the 84th minute when Ayovi curled a free-kick into the near post and Adler could only help the ball into the net. Pedro Quinonez blasted a shot just wide as Ecuador threatened a third, but their mad first 30 minutes had cost them. Next up for Germany is a friendly game with the United States in Washington DC on Sunday, while Ecuador will hope to be rather quicker out of the blocks when they travel to Peru for their next qualifier on June 7.
England departed for Brazil with a whimper as they were held to a disappointing draw against the Republic of Ireland. Having slipped further behind Montenegro in their World Cup qualifying campaign two months ago, this friendly game was a perfect chance for Roy Hodgson’s men to end their home calendar with a victory. However, they could not deliver. Shane Long had two men marking him in Glen Johnson and Phil Jagielka, but neither of them could prevent the West Brom man glancing a header past Joe Hart with 13 minutes gone. Only a defensive mix-up at the other end allowed Frank Lampard to level 10 minutes later. The game that promised to be a thrilling end to end Premier League-style scrap ended up being a tepid affair thereafter. England failed to create any real chances until the 83rd minute, when Forde saved superbly from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Although Ireland’s organisation made it tough for England, if they are serious about reaching the World Cup, let alone progress to the latter stages of the competition, they should be winning games like this. The Three Lions cannot afford to drop any more points in their qualifying campaign and of late they have failed to beat Poland (ranked 63rd in the world), Ukraine (37th), Montenegro (27th) and now Ireland, who sit 39th in the ladder. England looked tired at times and their hopes of a surprise victory in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday look slim, especially after Daniel Sturridge limped off with an ankle injury. The only positive point for England was that both national anthems were well observed despite fears there would be a repeat of the trouble that marred the last meeting between the two sides 18 years ago. Ashley Cole, as Hodgson eventually made clear after much head scratching, led the team out and looked moved as he collected a golden cap to commemorate reaching a century of caps in February. Most England supporters respected the FA’s wishes, with only a handful singing “no surrender” during God Save The Queen. The colourful 10,000 travelling fans made a lot of noise and they had something extra to cheer about when Long scored. Jon Walters fed the ball to Seamus Coleman, who whipped in a cross to the near post and Long got in front of Johnson and Jagielka to glance the ball beyond a sprawling Hart. The West Brom striker cupped his ears in front of the England fans while one member of the travelling support at the other end of the stadium tossed a green smoke bomb on to the pitch which caused a brief stoppage in play. England had Lampard to thank for coming to the rescue 10 minutes later. Sturridge bought half a yard with some nifty footwork and drove a low ball across the box which Lampard controlled with his thigh after a mix-up between Sean St Ledger and Glenn Whelan before flicking the ball past Forde with his right foot. Given that Forde was hurtling off his line at full speed, the quality of the finish proved exactly why Lampard now sits joint seventh in England’s all-time top scorers list. Then came the sight Hodgson did not want to see – one of his players hobbling off with an injury. Sturridge’s right foot got trapped under Whelan’s trailing leg and the Liverpool man needed five minutes of treatment before he was carried off on a stretcher, to be replaced by Jermain Defoe. England improved, with St Ledger and Coleman putting in crucial blocks to deny Theo Walcott on separate occasions. Ireland were denied a penalty in the final minute of the first half when Wayne Rooney hauled down Robbie Keane after Phil Jagielka’s poor attempted clearance. Cole came within a whisker of scoring his first international goal three minutes into the second half, but Coleman came to the rescue again, cutting out Walcott’s cross before the skipper could tap in. The Chelsea defender then paid his respects to the crowd after being substituted for Leighton Baines. Lampard took the armband which had caused so much confusion. A raft of substitutions took the pace out of the game and chances were few and far between at either end. Defoe raced at the Ireland defence and passed to Walcott, but Forde saved at the near post. England found a way through the Ireland defence with seven minutes left when Rooney’s deflected shot fell for Oxlade-Chamberlain, but Forde saved well with his legs. Forde then pulled off another top stop with his feet to deny Walcott and the game ended with the away fans singing “You’ll never beat the Irish”.
The Montreal Impact were crowned Canadian champions Wednesday night after clawing back to a 2-2 draw against the Whitecaps in Vancouver. With the first leg between the two sides finishing 0-0, Hassoun Camara’s late equalizer in the second half was the difference maker as the Impact won the Voyageurs Cup on away goals. In the first half, the Whitecaps came flying out of the gate and found the breakthrough in the fourth minute of play courtesy of a bullet-like long distance free kick from Brazilian forward Camilo. With their high tempo game, the Whitecaps continued to cause the Impact all sorts of problems at the back and created a slew of scoring opportunities in the opening 25 minutes, but ultimately failed to double their lead. Vancouver was then made to rue its missed opportunities in the second half as the Impact made it 1-1 four minutes after halftime through Felipe, whose shot from outside the box smashed past Whitecaps’ goalkeeper Brad Knighton. Daigo Kobayashi would temporarily put the Whitecaps back in front in the 69th minute, but a late goal from Hassoun Camara in the 84th pulled the Impact level once more, granting Montreal its eighth Voyageurs Cup and leaving the Whitecaps empty-handed in the competition. The victory will also see the Impact qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League, which kicks off in August.