NEW YORK (AP) Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings are close to finishing off the New York Rangers in a big hurry.
The All-Star goalie had his best game of the finals by far, making 32 saves to put the Kings on the cusp of another coronation with a 3-0 victory over New York in Game 3.
Los Angeles escaped with two overtime wins at home and then took complete command inside Madison Square Garden to take a 3-0 series edge. The Kings are a win away from winning their second Stanley Cup in three years.
New York will face elimination at home Wednesday night in Game 4.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has pulled his support from a deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and will pursue his $1 billion federal lawsuit against the NBA, his attorney said.
Donald Sterling issued a one-page statement titled ”The Team is not for Sale” and said that ”from the onset, I did not want to sell the Los Angeles Clippers.”
The $2 billion sale was negotiated by his wife Shelly Sterling after Donald Sterling’s racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicized and the NBA moved to oust him as owner.
The lawsuit alleges the league violated his constitutional rights by relying on information from an ”illegal” recording that publicized racist remarks he made to a girlfriend. It also said the league committed a breach of contract by fining Sterling $2.5 million and that it violated antitrust laws by trying to force a sale.
NEW YORK (AP) – Derek Fisher has agreed to become the next coach of the New York Knicks and will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
The Knicks did not confirm the hiring, other than saying they were planning a ”major announcement.”
The 39-year-old Fisher just completed his 18th season, finishing his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played under Knicks President Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers, and helped that franchise win five NBA titles.
Fisher would have been an unrestricted free agent this summer, though it was widely known that this season would be his last as a player. And once the Knicks failed to close a deal with Steve Kerr – who wound up accepting an offer from Golden State – Fisher was believed to be the next target on Jackson’s list.
MIAMI (AP) – The flop is having an impact on the playoffs, and it’s being caught much more than it was in the regular season.
Miami guard Dwyane Wade became the latest recipient of a postseason flopping fine when the NBA ordered him to give up $5,000 after a review showed he over-exaggerated a foul during Game 2 of the finals that was charged to San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili.
And there’s an ironic twist – Ginobili is often considered a master flopper, but he wasn’t even warned once about it this season.
It was the fifth flopping violation of the playoffs, which works out to one in every 17.2 games. The NBA said 35 flops were caught in the regular season, or one in every 35.1 games.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The battle to give top football and basketball players a cut of the billions of dollars flowing into college athletics began in earnest with former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon taking the stand in federal court to describe how he spent long hours working on his game and as few as possible on his grades.
The lead plaintiff in a landmark antitrust suit against the NCAA said his goal at UCLA wasn’t to get a degree, but to get two years of college experience before being drafted into the NBA.
O’Bannon portrayed himself as a dedicated athlete who would stay after games to work on his shot if he played poorly, but an indifferent student at best. His job at UCLA, he said, was to play basketball and took up so much time that just making it to class a few hours a day was difficult.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Lonnie Chisenhall had nine RBIs and three home runs in a five-hit game to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 17-7.
Major League Baseball said it was the first time a player went 5 for 5 with three homers and nine RBIs, since the RBI became a statistic in 1920. He also is only the fourth big leaguer to have at least five hits, nine RBIs and three homers in a game – first since Boston’s Fred Lynn in 1975, according to STATS.
The only other nine-RBI game in Cleveland history was by Chris James in a 20-6 victory over Oakland on May 4, 1991.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken severed her spinal cord in an all-terrain vehicle accident over the weekend, and she told emergency workers she could not move her toes or feel anything touching her legs.
The 41-year-old swimmer, who goes by her married name Amy Van Dyken Rouen, was injured Friday. She was airlifted to a hospital and had surgery to stabilize her spine.
Hospital spokeswoman Alice Giedraitis didn’t provide details on Rouen’s injuries. She said the swimmer was in good condition.
A letter from the Van Dyken and Rouen families said she severed her spinal cord at the T11 vertebrae and that the broken vertebrae came within millimeters of rupturing her aorta.
NEW YORK (AP) – California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn apologized for his bitter remarks after his horse failed to win the Triple Crown.
Coburn said on ABC’s ”Good Morning America” he was ”very ashamed of myself. Very ashamed. I need to apologize to a lot of people, including my wife, Carolyn.”
On Saturday, he had said that Tonalist took ”the coward’s way out” by skipping the first two legs of the Triple Crown. His wife tried to intervene as Saturday’s interview got out of control, explaining that her husband was ”very emotional and I was trying to calm him down.”
Steve Coburn also apologized to the connections of winning horse Tonalist, saying: ”I did not mean to take anything away from them.”