Spurs blow late lead, beat Grizzlies 93-89 in OT
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tony Parker had 15 points and a career playoff-high 18 assists, Tim Duncan scored San Antonio's first six points of overtime and the Spurs bounced back after squandering a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-89 on Tuesday night.
The Spurs took a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals with Game 3 on Saturday in Memphis.
Duncan opened the extra period with a layup, then made a tiebreaking putback on Parker's missed jumper before making a runner that bounced high of the back iron and rattled in for a 91-87 lead with 1:08 to play.
The Grizzlies had a chance to tie after Jerryd Bayless hit a jumper and Parker missed 1 of 2 free throws with 14.6 seconds left, but Bayless' 3-pointer from the left wing was off-target.
Straily, Cespedes push A's past Rangers 1-0
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Rookie right-hander Dan Straily pitched seven scoreless innings and Yoenis Cespedes homered as the Oakland Athletics won their fifth straight game, 1-0 over the Texas Rangers and Yu Darvish on Tuesday night.
Straily (2-2) gave up only two singles while facing 22 batters, just one over the minimum for his seven innings. He struck out five.
Even with consecutive wins to start the 3-game series, Oakland still trails the Rangers by 4½ games in the AL West.
Darvish (7-2) had won all 5 of his previous starts this season when pitching after a Texas loss.
The Japanese right-hander struck out five, but walked three and hit a batter while giving up five hits in six innings. With the help of a couple of defensive plays, the only run he allowed came when Cespedes homered to straightaway center in the third.
Royals end skid with 7-3 win over Astros
HOUSTON (AP) - Mike Moustakas tied it with an RBI single before George Kottaras walked with the bases-loaded to drive in the go-ahead run in a four-run eighth inning, and the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 7-3 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night to end a 4-game skid.
The Royals trailed 3-0 and couldn't get much going offensively until the seventh when they cut the lead to one on RBI singles by Alcides Escobar and David Lough.
Eric Hosmer chased Wesley Wright in the eighth when he singled to load the bases. He was replaced by Jose Cisnero, who gave up the one-out RBI single by Moustakas, which snapped a 0 for 18 slump. Cisnero then walked Kottaras on four pitches to put the Royals on top.
They added two more runs when Escobar grounded into a force out to score Hosmer before an error by Marwin Gonzalez allowed Moustakas to go home.
Romo to miss workouts after cyst removal on back
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will miss at least three weeks of offseason workouts after a procedure to remove a cyst from his back.
The team's website reported Tuesday that Romo underwent the procedure last month and could return for the mandatory minicamp that starts June 11. He will be ready for training camp in July.
Romo signed a 6-year, $108 million extension with $55 million guaranteed in March.
The Dallas Morning News reported that the outpatient procedure was performed before the NFL draft. Romo was restricted to light conditioning work in April but has been cleared to throw.
Melton powers Texas A&M past Florida, 6-3
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Hunter Melton hit a three-run homer and had an RBI single to help Texas A&M defeat Florida 6-3 on Tuesday in the Aggies' first appearance in the SEC baseball tournament.
A&M starter Daniel Mengden (8-3) overcame two balks and a wild pitch to go the distance, throwing 117 pitches.
The Aggies (31-25) took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on Melton's two-out home run off Florida starter Johnny Magliozzi (4-2).
After Florida (29-28) tied the game in the fifth, Melton gave A&M a 4-3 lead in the sixth on a single that scored Blake Allemand.
Two A&M errors and a Mengden balk helped Florida take a 2-0 lead in the second. Mengden also had a wild pitch in the fifth that allowed Josh Tobias to score from third base.
The teams combined for four errors, three hit batters (all by Magliozzi), two balks and two wild pitches.
OKLAHOMA TORNADO-BIG 12 TOURNAMENT
Big 12 delays baseball tournament after tornado
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Big 12 is delaying the start of its baseball tournament in Oklahoma City after this week's deadly tornado.
The league announced Tuesday that the tournament will change from a double-elimination format to pool play and start on Thursday instead of Wednesday.
Conference spokesman Bob Burda says Oklahoma City leaders asked the Big 12 not to cancel the tournament and allow it to show "the strong Oklahoma spirit and to the resiliency of the Oklahoma people."
One pool will feature regular-season champion Kansas State, No. 4 seed Oklahoma, No. 5 seed Baylor and No. 8 seed Texas Tech. The other will feature second-seeded Oklahoma State, No. 3 seed West Virginia, No. 6 seed Kansas and No. 7 seed TCU. The championship is Sunday.
TEXAS SOUTHERN-NCAA APPEAL
NCAA upholds penalty of ex Texas Southern coach
HOUSTON (AP) - The NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee has upheld a 3-year show-cause order for former Texas Southern football coach Johnnie Cole.
Cole was given the order for failing to promote an atmosphere for compliance and the order prohibits him from all on- and off-campus recruiting activities until October 2015. He contested that finding, but the committee found that the information in the record was enough to uphold the finding of the violation.
The appeal came after the Division I Infractions Committee determined on October 2012 that the school allowed 129 student-athletes in 13 sports in seven academic years to compete and receive financial aid and travel expenses while ineligible. That report found that Cole knowingly allowed a booster to recruit for the program and that former men's basketball coach Tony Harvey provided misleading information during the investigation.
The university was given five years of probation, scholarship limitations in football and basketball, and the vacating of all team records from 2006-10 in all sports, as well as the 2010-11 records for football and women's soccer. In 2010, Texas Southern won its first Southwestern Athletic Conference football championship since 1968.
Pittsburgh leads field for Legends Classic
NEW YORK (AP) - Pittsburgh, playing its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, highlights the teams that will play in the championship round of this year's Legends Classic at Barclays Center.
The Panthers, who lost to Wichita State in the second round of the NCAA tournament, will be joined by Stanford, Houston and Texas Tech, which will be led by first-year coach Tubby Smith, in the semifinals and finals to be played Nov. 25 and 26.
The four teams coming to Brooklyn will each host two regional round games on campus from Nov. 17-21, and the remainder of the field will participate in subregionals held at a campus site.
The entire bracket for the tournament will be announced later.
Top-ranked Indiana beat Georgetown 82-72 in overtime in last year's championship game.
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