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B2 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS SPORTS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14,2006 SCOREBOARD local calendar Today Baseball Larks vs. Wichita Twins at Larks Park, 6 p.m. (DH) (Dr. Kendall Krug & Or. Stacy Jones; Em- prise Bank). Legion at Pueblo (Colo.) tournament, TBA. Junior Legion vs. Dodge City at IMP field, 6 p.m. (DH). Thursday Baseball Legion at Pueblo (Colo.) tournament, TBA. Junior Legion at Russell tournament. TBA. Friday Baseball Larks vs. Southwest (Mo.) Slashers at Larks Park, 7:30 p.m. (1-9) (A&A Coors). Legion at Pueblo (Colo.) tournament, TBA. Junior Legion at Russell tournament, TBA. Renegades at Norton, 6:30 p.m. (DH). Saturday Baseball Larks vs. Southwest (Mo.) Slashers at Larks Park, 6 p.m. (DH) (McDonald's/Mortgage Sources).. Legion at Pueblo (Colo.) tournament, TBA. Junior Legion at Russell tournament, TBA. Renegades In Western Kansas Invitational, TBA. Sunday Baseball Larks vs. Southwest (Mo.) Slashers at Larks Park, 7:30 p.m. (1-9) (Hays Convention & Visitors Bureau). Legion at Pueblo (Colo.) tournament, TBA. Junior Legion at Russell tournament, TBA. Renegades In Western Kansas Invitational, TBA. Baseball Major league standings American League East Division W L Pet GB Boston 36 28 .581 — New York 36 26 .581 — Toronto 35 29 .547 2 Baltimore 30 36 .455 6 Tampa Bay 26 39 .400 11% Central Division W L Pet GB Detroit 42 23 .646 — Chicago 40 24 .625 1% Cleveland ' 30 33 .476 11 Minnesota 29 34 .460 12 Kansas City 16 47 .254 25 West Division W L Pet GB Texas 34 31 .523 — Oakland 33 31 .516 'A Seattle 31 35 .470 3V4 Los Angeles 29 35 .453 4V4 Tuesday's results Detroit 7, Tampa Bay 1 N.Y. Yankees 1, Cleveland 0 Toronto 7, Baltimore 1 Chicago While Sox 5, Texas 2 Minnesota 5, Boston 2 (12 Innings) Oakland 2, Seattle 0 L.A. Angels 4, Kansas City 1 Today's games Tampa Bay (Hendrickson 3-7) at Detroit (Bonderman 6-4), 6:05 p.m. Cleveland (J.Johnson 3-6) at N.Y. Yankees (R.Johnson 7-5), 6:05 p.m. Baltimore (R.Lopez 4-7) at Toronto (Downs 1-0), 6:07 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Vazquez 7-3) at Texas (Padilla 5-4), 7:05 p.m. Boston (Clement 5-4) at Minnesota (Radke 47), 7:10 p.m. Seattle (Pineiro 4-1) ai Oakland (Haren 5-5), 9:05 p.m. Kansas City (Redman 2-4) at L.A. Angels (Escobar 5-7), 9:05 p.m. Thursday's games Baltimore (Cabrera 4-2) at Toronto (Lilly 5-7), 11:37 a.m. Tampa Bay (Possum 2-2) at Detroit (Miner 11), 12:05 p.m. Cleveland (Lee 4-5) at N.Y. Yankees (Mussina 8-2), 12:05 p.m. Seattle (Washburn 4-7) at Oakland (Loaiza 43), 2:35 p.m. ' Chicago White Sox (Buehrle 6-4) at Texas (Rhelnecker 2-0), 7:05 p.m. Boston (Wakefield 4-7) at Minnesota (Silva 28), 7:10 p.m. Kansas City (Wood 3-1) at L.A. Angels (Lackey 4-3), 9:05 p.m. National League East Division W L Pet GB New York 40 23 .635 — Philadelphia 33 31 .516 7'/z Atlanta 30 35 .462 11 Washington 30 36 .455 11V4 Florida 24 37 .393 15 Central Division W L Pet GB St. Louis 38 25 .603 — Cincinnati 36 29 .554 3 Houston 33 32 .508 6 Milwaukee 32 34 .485 T/i Chicago 26 37 .413 12 Pittsburgh 25 40 .385 14 West Division W L Pet GB Los Angeles 35 28 .556 — Arizona 35 29 .547 'A San Diego 32 31 .508 3 Colorado 32 32 .500 3V4 San Francisco 32 32 .500 3 Vi Tuesday's results Florida 4, Atlanta 1 St. Louis 2, Pittsburgh 1 N.Y. Mets 9, Philadelphia 7 Colorado 9, Washington 2 Milwaukee 6, Cincinnati 4 Houston 9, Chicago Cubs Z Arizona 2, San Francisco 1 Today's games Milwaukee (Vlllanueva 0-0) at Cincinnati (Ramirez 2-5), 11:35 a.m. Atlanta (Thomson 2-6) at Florida (Willis 3-6), 6:05 p.m. St. Louis (Ponson 4-1) at Pittsburgh (Duke 46), 6:05 p.m. Colorado (BKIm 3-4) at Washington (Armas 6-3), 6:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets (O.Hernandez 4-5) at Philadelphia (Myers 4-2), 6:05 p.m. Houston (Oswalt 5-3) at Chicago Cubs (Maddux 7-5), 7:05 p.m. San Francisco (Cain 4-5) at Arizona (Vargas 6-3), 8:40 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Penny 7-1) at San Diego (Thompson 2-2), 9:05 p.m. Thursday's games St. Louis (Mulder 5-4) at Pittsburgh (Santos 4-6), 11:35 a.m. N.Y. Mets (Trachsel 3-4) at Philadelphia (LI- dle 4-S), 12:05 p.m. Colorado (Jennings 4-6) at Washington (Hernandez 5-6), 12:05 p.m. Houston (Nleve 1-3) at Chicago Cubs (2am- brano 5-3), 1:20 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Tomko 5-5) at San Diego (Young 6-3), 2:35 p.m. San Francisco (Morris 3-7) at Arizona (Batista 6-3), 8:40 p.m. Atlanta (Sosa 1-8) at Florida (Nolasco 4-3), 6:05 p.m. Major league boxscore American League Angels 4, Royals 1 KANSAS CITY LOS ANQELES ab r h bl ib r h bl DJesus ct 4010 Figgins dh 3111 Qrdzln 2b 4010 OCbera ss 4121 Mntkw 1b 4 t 1 0 VGrero rl 4011 RSndrs rl 3000 GAndsn « 4010 Stairs dh 4000 Mrales 1b 3110 Teahen 3b 4010 Napoli c 4010 Costa If 3000 Erslad cl 3001 Grttnno ss 3000 McPrsn 3b 1100 Bako c 3010 AKndy 2b 2000 Totals 32 1 5 0 Totals 28 4 7 4 Kansas City 000 100 000—1 Los Angeles 100 100 20x—4 E—Morales (2). DP—Kansas City 1. LOB— Kansas City 5, Los Angeles 5. 2B—Grudzielanek (11), VGuerrero (8), Napoll (5). SB—Mientkiewicz (3), Figgins 2 (23). S—AKennedy. IP H RER BB SO Kansas City Duckworth L.0-1 5 V> 6 2 2 3 6 Slsco V, 1 2 2 1 1 JoPeralta 1^00002 Los Angeles JdWeaver W.4-0 7 51015 Shields 1 00000 FrRodrlguez S,15 1 0 0 0 0 1 Umpires—Home, Mark Carlson: First, C.B. Bucknor; Second, Brian Knight; Third, Wally Bell. T—2:31. A—38,820 (45,037). Major league linescores American League Blue Jays 7, Orioles 1 Baltimore 001 000 000—1 6 1 Toronto 220 003 OOx—7 8 0 Loewen, Rleal (6), BChen (7) and RaHeman- dez; Halladay and BMolina. W—Halladay 8-1. L—Loewen 0-1. HRs—Baltimore, Tejada (16). Toronto, VWells (16). Tigers 7, Devil Rays 1 Tampa Bay 000 000 010—1 4 1 Detroit 010 060 OOx—7 11 0 McClung, RLugo (5), Harville (7) and Paul; Rogers, Grllll (9) and IRodriguez. W—Rogers 93. L—McClung 2-9. Yankees 1, Indians 0 Cleveland 000 000 000—0 6 1 New York 000 001 OOx—1 6 1 Byrd, Carmona (8) and VMartlnez; Wang, MMyers (8), Famsworth (8), MRIvera (9) and Posada. W—Wang 7-2. L—Byrd 5-5. Sv— MRivera (13). HR—New York, Cano (4). White Sox 5, Rangers 2 Chicago 000 104 000—5 9 0 Texas 001 001 000—2 6 1 Garland, Colts (6), McCarthy (7), Jenks (9) and Pierzynski; Loa, Corey (6), Feldman (8), Bauer (8) and Barajas. W—Garland 5-3. L—Loe 3-6. Sv—Jenks (19). HR—Chicago, Konerko (17). Twins 5, Red Sox 2 (12 Innings) Boston 000 000 100 001—2 9 0 Minnesota 000 000 100 004—5 10 0 Schilling, Papelbon (9), Timlin (11), Tavarez (12) and Varitek; JoSantana, Nathan (9), JRIncon (10), Grain (12), DReyes (12) and Mauer. W— DReyes 1-0. L—Tavarez 1-2. HRs—Boston, Varitek (7). Minnesota, Cuddyer (10), Kubel (3). Athletics 2, Mariners 0 Seattle 000 000 000—0 5 0 Oakland 000 010 10x—2 10 0 Moyer, Sherrill (7), JMateo (8) and Johjima; Blanton, Street (9) and Kendall. W—Blanton 6-6. L—Moyer 3-6. Sv—Street (15). HR—Oakland, Payton (3). National League Cardinals 2, Pirates 1 St. Louis 000 110 000—2 8 0 Pittsburgh 000 000 001—1 5 0 Carpenter, Looper (8), Flores (8), Isringhausen (9) and YMollna; OlPerez, Capps (8), Grabow (9) and Paulino. W—Carpenter 5-3. L— OlPerez 2-8. Sv—Isrlnghausen (21). Marlins 4, Braves 1 Atlanta 000 001 000—1 8 0 Florida 100 020 01 x—4 6 0 Smoltz, Yates (7), Remlinger (8) and Me- Cann; Johnson, Messenger (7), Kenslng (8), Tankersley (8), Borowski (9) and Olivo. W— Johnson 5-4. L—Smoltz 4-5. Sv—Borowski (9). HR—Florida, Jacobs (9). Rockies 9, Nationals 2 Colorado 000 015 300—9 12 0 Washington 000 010 100—2 10 0 Fogg, Dohmann (7), Cortes (8), King (9) and Torrealba; O'Connor, SRIvera (6), Stanton (7), Bray (8), Majewski (9) and Schneider, Flck (9). W—Fogg 4-4. L—O'Connor 3-4. Brewers 6, Reds 4 Milwaukee 010 003 011—6 12 1 Cincinnati 001 002 010—4 9 0 DDavIs, BShouse (7), Capellan (7), Kolb (8), Turnbow (9) and DMIIIer; Arroyo, Yan (8), Mercker (9) and Ross. W—DDavIs 4-4. L—Arroyo 8-3. Sv—Turnbow (19). HRs—Milwaukee, Fielder (12). Cincinnati, Aurilia (8), Dunn (22), Ross (10). Mets 9, Phillies 7 New York 103 005 000—9 13 0 Philadelphia 111 010 030—7 13 3 TGIavine, Bradford (5), Fellclano (6), Heilman (8), BWagner (8) and Lo Duca; Madson, Sanches (6), Fultz (6), RFranklln (7), Geary (9) and Fasano. W—Bradford 3-2. L—Madson 6-4. Sv—BWagner (13). HRs—New York, Beltran (18), CDelgado (19), Wright (12). Philadelphia, Rollins 2 (8), BAbreu (8), Rowand (8), Dellucci (3). Astros 9, Cubs 2 Houston 102 020 103—9 12 0 Chicago 000 000 101—2 11 0 Pettitte, TreMiller (8), Wheeler (8), Lldge (9) and Ausmus; Marshall, Aardsma (5), Guzman (6), Novoa (8), Ohman (9) and Barrett. W—Pet- tllte 6-7. L—Marshall 3-5. HRs—Houston, Burke (2). Chicago, Nevin (3). Diamondbacks 2, Giants 1 San Francisco 000 000 010—1 3 0 Arizona 100 010 OOx—2 8 0 Wright, Kline (8) and AKonzo; EQonzalez, LVIzcalno (8), Juno (9) and JEstrada. W—EQon- zatoz 2-0. L—Wright 5-6. Sv-^Julto (4). HB»— San Francisco, Alfonzo (2). Arizona, Tracy (11). Padres 9, Dodgers 1 Lot AngctM 000 010 000—1 t 2 San Dtogo 410 030 10x—9 10 0 Sele, Seo (5), Beimel (6), OPerez (7) and Msrtln, SAtomar (7); Park, Adklns (7), Embree (8), Casskty (9) and Piazza, Bowen (6). W—Park 4-3. L—Sele 3-1. HB»—San Diego, Cameron (3), EYoung(1). NBA Finals Schedule / results Dallas v«. Miami Tuesday, June 13 Miami 98, Dallas 96, Dallas leads series 2-1 Thursday, June 15 Dallas at Miami, 8 p.m. Sunday, June 18 Dallas at Miami, 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 20 Miami at Dallas, 8 p.m., (f necessary) Thursday, June 22 Miami at Dallas, 8 p.m. (If necessary) NBA Finals boxscore Heat 98, Mavericks 96 DALLAS Howard 8-132-221, Nowitzki 9-2010-1230, DtopO- 0 0-0 0, Terry 7-141-216, Griffin 1-30-02, Dampier 6-7 2-5 14, Slackhouse 1-9 2-2 4, Dev.Harrls 4-7 1-39, Van Horn 0-20-00, Daniels OX) 0-0 0. Totals 36-7518-2696. MIAMI Walker 6-17 0-2 12, Haslem 3-8 2-6 8, O'Neal 6-9 46 16, Williams 5-11 OX) 12, Wade 14-26 13-18 42, Payton 1-1 0-0 2, Mourning 1-20-02, Posey 1-2 12 4. Totals 37-76 20-34 98. Dallas 21 22 34 19—96 Miami „ _..29 23 16 30—98 3-Polnt Goals—Dallas 6-16 (Howard 3-3, Nowitzki 2-7, Terry 1-3, Stackhouse 0-1, Van Horn 0-2), Miami 4-14 (Williams 2-5, Posey 1-2, Wade 1-2, Walker 0-5). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Dallas 38 (Dampler 9), Miami 62 (Wade 13). Assists—Dallas 15 (Terry 5), Miami 13 (O'Neal 5). Total Fouls—Dallas 29, Miami 23. Technicals—Payton, Wade. A—20,145 (19,600). local results Junior Legion linescores Game 1 Sallna 8, Hays 0 Hays (10-2) 000 00 — 0 5 0 Sallna 110 33 — 8 13 1 Klaus, Downing, Pownlng (4) and Rohleder; Meyers and Farmer. W — Meyers. L — Klaus (02). 2B — Freeman, Mugler 2, Stem, Sallna. Game 2 Sallna 10, Hays 2 Hays (10-3) 000 020 — 2 31 Sallna 308 001 — 10 10 0 Budke, Rohleder (2), Karlin (3) and Rule; Crawford and Wallace. W — Crawford. L — Budke (0-1). 2B — Farmer 2, Zlegler, Mugler, Welser, Sallna. Sallna had a no hitter going until the fifth Inning whe Hays scored two runs on three hits. Budke and Nathan Meier scored the two runs for Hays. Next action: Hays kicks off play In the Russell American Legion Father's Day Tournament with an 8 p.m. game Thursday against host Russell. The Junior Eagles also play 11 a.m. Friday against Stockton and 3 p.m. Saturday against Pratt before bracket play begins Sunday. Renegades linescores Gamel Hays 13, Phllllpsburg 0 Haya(3-2) 105 16 — 13 12 2 Phllllpsburg 000 00 — 0 3 3 Clair, Sanders (2), Pitts (3), Sanders (4) and VonLintel, Sanders (5). W — Clair (2-0). L — Horn. 2B •'-*» »Kafst,-'H6rt,'Hays: 3B ^--Willhoft, • Hays. T.C. Clair was 1-for-3 with 3 RBI while Jesse Hart was 2-for-2 with 1 RBI. Game 2 Hays 10, Phllllpsburg 4 Hays (4-2) 530 11 — 10 7 2 Phllllpsburg 112 00 — 442 Willhoft, Wlckham (4), and Hart, Wickham (5); Wood and Coomes. W — Willhoft. L — Wood. 2B — VonLintel, Morilz, Hays; Wood, Phillipsburg. Jacob VonLintel was 2-lor-2 with a double and 1 RBI. Next action: The Renegades will play host to the Western Kansas Invitational this weekend. TV Calendar Today MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 6 p.m. ESPN — N.Y. Mets at Philadelphia 7 p.m. WGN — Houston at Chicago Cubs 9p.m. FSN — Kansas City at L.A. Angels NHL 7p.m. NBC — Playoffs, finals, Game 5, Edmonton at Carolina (if necessary) Thursday GOLF 9a.m. ESPN — USGA, U.S. Open Championship, first round, part I, at Mamaroneck, N.Y. 2p.m. NBC — USGA, U.S. Open Championship, first round, at Mamaroneck, N.Y. 4p.m. ESPN — USGA, U.S. Open Championship, first round, part II at Mamaroneck, N.Y. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 6p.m. TBS — Atlanta at Florida 7p.m. ESPN2 — Boston at Minnesota 9p.m. FSN — Kansas City at L.A. Angels NBA BASKETBALL 8p.m. ABC — Playoffs, finals, game 4, Dallas at Miami 2a.m. ESPN — Playoffs, finals, game 4, Dallas at Miami (delayed tape) SOCCER 7:55 a.m. ESPN2 — FIFA, World Cup, first round, Ecuador vs. Costa Rica, at Hamburg, Germany 10:55 a.m. ESPN2 — FIFA, World Cup, first round, England vs. Trinidad & Tobago, at Nuremberg, Germany 1:55 p.m. ESPN — FIFA, World Cup, first round, Sweden vs. Paraguay, at Berlin Tiger's back Woods returns to action at U.S. Open following death of his father, Earl MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — There was a time this spring when Tiger Woods went an entire month without touching a golf club. The thought of playing 18 holes, or even lining up a putt on the practice green, was out of the question. Everything associated with golf reminded him of his father, who was no longer there to share his love of the game. After Woods finished tied for third at the Masters in April, he left the PGA Tour to be with his ailing dad. Earl Woods died of cancer on May 3, leaving Tiger in no mood to dabble in the sport that bonded father and son for more than 25 years. "I really had no desire to get back to the game of golf because of all the memories," Woods said Tuesday at Winged Foot, where he will seek to win his third U.S. Open. When he finally decided to pull his clubs out of the closet last month, Woods found that the time he spent with his father was something to savor. "It was hard times going out there late in the evening like I always do. Anytime you take time off and start back, you always work on your fundamentals: grip, posture, stance, alignment. Well, that's what I learned from Dad," Wood said. "It brought back so many great memories, and every time I thought back, I always had a smile on my face." When Woods ends his nine-week hiatus from the PGA Tour on Thursday, it's likely he won't play a single hole without thinking of Earl Woods. But his focus will be on winning another major, the llth of his spectacular career. "I'm here to win the tournament, and all my energy is going toward that," he said. "We've gone through a lot already. Hitting a golf ball around like this is actually the easy part." Hitting the ball has always come easy for Woods, who surprised himself by rounding his game into form in the weeks leading into the U.S. Open. Instead of bringing a rusty swing and an MORRY GASH /Associated Press Tiger Woods hits from the bunker on 16 during practice this morning for the U.S. Open Golf tournament at Winged Foot Golf Club In Mamaroneck, N.Y. uncertain putter to the tournament, Woods is toting a bag full of confidence. "I'm very excited the way I've played at home, and even more excited the way I've played here," Woods said. "I'm looking forward to Thursday." Woods twice previously went through extended layoffs as a professional. He needed time to recover from knee surgery in 2002, and took around six weeks off last winter. On each occasion, he returned to win the first time out. "It's just one of those things where it's your preparation, your practice, your attention to detail when you are preparing," he said. "That's something I've learned and done very well, and it's applied to this stretch." His return rekindles one of the best rivalries in sports: Woods vs. Phil Mickelson. Both players will attract huge galleries at Winged Foot, and Mickelson — who bested Woods in the Masters — expects his adversary to in the hunt for the title late Sunday afternoon. "I've never seen him in a tournament where he has not been prepared to win, unfortunately," Mickelson said with a chuckle. "I would expect him to be 100 percent because he's had a lot of time now to work on his game and get sharp and focus in on just this one tournament." LARKS: Players still making their way to Hays CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 It was the fifth home run of the season for the Larks and first for Sharp. "Home runs get you some instant Scoreboard action and that was big for us," said head coach Frank Leo. Justin Murray started the game for the Larks and gave up three hits in the first inning. He and three other pitchers com- : bined for a two-hitter the rest of the way. Murray (3-0) stayed perfect on the season going three complete innings with four strikeouts and no walks. He was relieved by Baylor sophomore Reed Woytek, who was making his first appearance in a Larks uniform having just arrived this week. "We're starting to get a few more in and hopefully by Sunday we'll be at full strength," Leo said. Hays pitchers threw 11 strikeouts and walked two in a game that saw just two Salina batters get past first base in the final eight innings. Hays 11, Sallna 1 Sallna 000 001 000 — 1 54 Hays (5-2) 022 031 03X — 11 10 1 Klrby, Sheppard (5), Gunelson (7), Iverson (8) and Pulldo; Murray, Woytek (4), Elam (7), Russell (8) and Day, Brezovsky (7), Washbum (8). W — Murray (3-0). L — Kirby. 2B — Brezovsky, Klngrey, Russell, Hays. HR — Sharp, Hays. "I just credit our pitchers," said Day, the team's starting catcher. "They just came in pounding strikes, didn't mess ^a^ujjj^^vi^i'igiijJIJt^r^nd ; came rightTaftertileJtt. That's ; what they have to do every single tune is come after them. It's wood bat so you hit spots with the fast ball and you'll be effective." On offense, the Larks belted 10 hits and were led by Sharp. The Emporia State University junior was 2-for-3 with one run scored and 2 RBI. "Everybody just came in relaxed, in front of the home crowd, just sat back a little bit and let everything loose," Day said. "We swung it well, we were relaxed but we played hard at the same time and that's what we need every game." After the game there was the field to maintain and equipment to put away, but there was also hamburgers, host families and, alas, a short trip home to a more comfortable bed. It was a long road stretch to start the season for a group that just came together two weeks ago, but it was also a time when baseball players could be baseball players. "We all got to spend some time , together, bond with the team andi.. Day said, "That way when it conies to close games we all.know each other and confident that someone will step up and make a big play." Hays continues home action with the Derby doubleheader tonight and a four-game set with Joplin, Mo., starting Friday. "The more they can swing the wood the more they'll get used to it," Leo said. "It was a good tune- up, we got some guys to swing, got our pitchers some work. It's good to get a game under our belt and get used to playing at home." Sports reporter Nabil Shaheen can be reached at (785) 628-1081 ext. 127 or by e-mail at nshaheen ®dallynews.net. NBA: Nowitzki hits 1 of 2 foul shots in closing seconds CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 Showing off his full offensive arsenal in the biggest game of his young career, Wade single-handedly saved Miami's season. Despite picking up his fifth personal foul with 10:56 to play, Wade kept himself on the floor and kept the Heat in the series. "As a team, we just came out and said this could be the season if they win this game," Wade said. "We came out, ran our offense to the crisp, locked down on defense and came back and won this game." Dallas still had plenty of chances late, but Dirk Nowitzki missed one of two free throws with 3.4 seconds to go and the Mavericks couldn't convert on an inbounds play in the final second thanks to Wade. "I had a chance to tie it, I just missed the free throw," Nowitzki said. "That's just a free throw I usually make. I don't know what happened. I just shot it a little strong." When the final horn sounded, Heat fans simultane-, ously exhausted and exhilarated, tossed their "White Hot" white T-shirts and seat covers Into the air, a celebration that seemed unimaginable just a few minutes earlier. Now, after watching Wade's heroics, Shaquille O'Neal and Udonis Haslem make four crucial free throws in the final two minutes and the second-largest fourth-quarter rally in NBA finals history, they're coming back for Game 4 on Thursday "We had 21/2 horrible games and now we can use this momentum and pick it up and just try to.win four," said O'Neal, who had 16 points and 11 rebounds, atoning for a miserable five-point performance in Game 2. Miami was down and almost done after Jason Terry's basket made it 89-76 with 6:34 remaining. That's when Wade, conjuring memories of Michael Jordan's playoff miracles, took over. First, he banked in a 14-foot jumper. Then he completed a three-point play and drilled a 17-footer to bring the Heat within five. Then, after a miss by Nowitzki, Wade drove the baseline, hung in the air for what seemed like an eternity, adjusted the ball in »flight and hit a floater to make it 91-88 with 3:36 to go. Dallas, meanwhile, which had shown so much poise through m quarters, was coming apart. They rushed shots, missed others and blew a game they may later regret giving away. Brazil, France, South Korea return to World Cup looking similar to last time BERLIN (AP) — Brazil, France and South Korea picked up just about where they left off four years ago. The defending champion Brazilians won their record eighth straight World Cup match Tuesday night, getting a 44th- mlnute goal from Kaka to shake off a pesky Croatia 1-0 in Group F. The French, who won the title in 1998 but went home early last time, failed to score a goal in their fourth straight World Cup match — this time in a 0-0 draw with Switzerland in Group G. South Korea, unexpected semifinalists as co-hosts last time, won away from home for the first time in 15 World Cup matches, heating Togo 2-1 in the same group. Brazil, trying to win a record sixth championship, got a string of saves from goalkeeper Dlda at the Olympic Stadium, while Ronaldo was taken off in the 69th after a below-par performance. Brazil started well, hogging posses- sion and relying on the defensive midfield pairing of Emerson and Ze Roberto to win the ball back when moves broke down. It faded midway through the first half under tough Croatian tackling. Croatia limited Brazil to a handful of long-range shots, and captain Niko Kovac initiated a handful of attacks before going off with an injury in the 40th. Three minutes later, Cafu picked out Kaka on the edge of the area and the playmaker took one touch to knock the ball past Niko Kranjcar and another to steady himself before sending a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa. The last time the French team scored in a World Cup game was when it beat Brazil 3-0 in the 1998 final. Switzerland also held France to draws in two qualifying games. Despite being forced to play as a lone striker in Stuttgart, Thierry Henry came close with three shots and a header in the first half, while Zinedine Zidane's deft touches set up the best French moves. Switzerland, however, almost went ahead in the 23rd minute when Tranquillo Barnetta sent a free kick into the area. But Philippe Senderos and Alexander Frei both failed to get a touch and the ball hit the post. France lost to Senegal and Denmark at the last World Cup and left after the first round. Ann Jung-hwan scored the winning goal in the 72nd minute for South Korea, which faced a team that nearly played in Frankfurt without a coach. Togo made its chaotic debut at the World Cup with coach Otto Pflster quitting Friday and then returning for the match. The 68-year-old German had left the team because of a dispute between his players and the country's soccer federation over bonuses. il**f*to Cup soccer match Tuesday In Berlin.

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