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Track Athlete of Hie Year PageBS. MONDAY, JUNE 19,2006 SPORTS THE HAYS DAILY NEWS Oilers not too concerned about history heading into Game 7 By PAUL NEWBERRY ASSOCIATED PRESS RALEIGH, N.C. — The Edmonton Oilers clearly need a refresher course in Hockey History 101. Only one team has overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Stanley Cup finals. Only two have won Game 7 on the road with the silver trophy at stake. Only three have come back to win the championship after starting with two losses. The Oilers don't seem the least bit concerned about overcoming all those daunting challenges. "We have not followed too many rules in this postseason," center Shawn Horcoff said Sunday, on the eve of the biggest game of his life. "I know we've been the underdog in most people's minds. But we really believe we can get this thing done." Edmonton is one win away from pulling off one of the most remarkable surprises in playoff history. The Oilers are tied with the Carolina Hurricanes at three games apiece. Game 7 is tonight in Raleigh. Already, Edmonton upset three higher-ranked teams in the Western Conference to become the first No. 8 seed to reach the Stanley Cup finals under the current playoff format. Now, after blowing a three- goal lead in Game 1, losing their top goalie for the rest of the series with a knee injury and getting wiped out 5-0 in Game 2, the Oilers are on the cusp of their first championship since 1990. WILFREDO LEE / Associated Press ABOVE: Confetti flies at the end of a 101-100 overtime win for the Miami Heat over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in American Airlines Arena in Miami. BELOW: Heat guard Dwyane Wade shoots the second of two free throws with 1.9 seconds left in overtime to give the Heat the win. Party moves to Dallas Wade free throws sink Mavs in Game 5 By TOM WITHERS ASSOCIATED PRESS MIAMI — Mark Cuban's list of complaints could stretch from Florida's border to the Texas state line. However, there's one fact Dallas' outspoken owner can't dispute: The Miami Heat are one win from an NBA championship. Led by Dwyane Wade's brilliance and his 43 points, the Heat rallied for a 101-100 win in overtime against the Mavericks in Game 5 of the NBA finals that stretched from Sunday night into Monday and was loaded with breathtaking shots, missed free throws, disputed calls and a chaotic final 1.9 seconds. When it was over, with white streamers falling amid the confusion, Cuban stormed onto the court demanding an explanation. He's still waiting for it. The Heat overcame a horrid night at the free-throw line — they missed 17 attempts — to win their third straight game and take a 3-2 lead in the series, which now shifts to Dallas for Game 6, and if needed, Game 7. "We can smell it," Wade said. "But it's not going to be easy." Getting this one was no cinch, either. Wade's final points came with less than 2 seconds left in OT. They came after the Mavericks thought he made two violations and after Dallas' Josh Howard, who missed two free throws with 54 seconds left, was granted a timeout his coach didn't want. After Wade made the first of two free throws with 1.9 seconds left, Dallas coach Avery Johnson asked to signal for the Mavericks' last timeout. Howard signaled for it and official Joe DeRosa granted the stoppage. The Mavericks, though, didn't want play halted until after Wade's second attempt. "We gave the signal, 'Second free throw, timeout,'" an irritated Johnson said. "One of our players was saying timeout. I said, 'Yeah, after the second one.' SEE FINALS, PAGE B3 Just a few days ago, they seemed out of it. Carolina, which had 11 more wins and 17 more points during the regular season, won Game 4 on the road and returned to Tobacco Road with a chance to carry away its first Stanley Cup. Heck, they already were planning a championship celebration in Carolina. On top of that, a sports collectible magazine released 60,000 copies with a cover story that proclaimed '"Canes Capture The Cup." SEE NHL, PAGE e2 Larks force series split BY THE HAYS DAILY NEWS After getting swept in Saturday's doubleheader by the Southwest Slashers, the Hays Larks bounced back to take Sunday's doubleheader and salvage a series split. Sunday's doubleheader was a makeup game for a washed-out single game Friday. Hays picked up the wins, 6-1 in Game 1 and 8-2 in Game 2, to move to 9-4 overall on the season, 7-4 in the Jayhawk League. All four of those losses have now come at the hands of Southwest. The Larks scored three runs in the first inning of Game 1 and never looked back from there leading 40 after four before finishing with six runs on 11 hits led by Kyle Day, who Montana Mike's will be giving away a chance to win a steak a Week (or a year to one tan at tonight's Larks vs. Dodge City game at Larks Park. The selected fan will have to throw three strikes In three tries through a target torn 70 feet. was 4-for-4 with two runs scored and 2 RBI. Cliff Springston got his first decision of the season with the win going six complete innings with one strikeout, four hits, six walks and the earned run in the game. Game 2 also had Hays scoring early and often and added one more for insurance in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run from Dan Stovall to put the Slashers away for good. Stovall led the Larks going 2-for-2 in the game with two runs scored and 2 RBI while Billy Sharp was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and one run scored. Sam Elam (2-0) got the win going 2 2/3 innings and striking out six, walking one and giving up no hits in relief of starter Aaron Crow. Hays plays wraps up its eight-game home stand at ^'ititi^Mj//'*--^ ,.Elam hasher- ageci f6ur''sfe > ikeouts"fof eve'ry wi • Stovall now leads the team with 12 RBI and while he leads the team with 19 hits this season, Game 2 on Sunday provided his first home run. • Not only has Southwest provided Hays its four losses, but it has also provided the shortest games. Four of the Larks' five games this season that have lasted less than two hours have been against Southwest. • Hays has outscored its opponents 84-46 in 13 games this season. Kasey Kahne wins rain-shortened race BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Patience and a fast race car have turned Kasey Kahne into a force in NASCAR's Nextel Cup series. Sunday, it was obvious from the start of the 3M Performance 400 that Kahne's No. 9 Evernham Motorsports Dodge was the car to beat. But cir- Kahne cumstances forced Kahne to prove it the hard way. SEE 3M, PAGE B3 Phil Mickelson flops; Geoff Ogilvy picks up the pieces at U,S, Open By EDDIE PELLS ASSOCIATED PRESS MAMARONECK, N.Y. — For one stunning hole, Phil Mickelson went back in time, letting go of all the self restraint and discipline that transformed him into a major tournament champion and silenced all his critics. It cost him the U.S. Open. Next, the world waits to see which Phil shows up in a month in England. "This one is going to take a little while to get over," Mickelson said Sunday after collapsing on the 72nd hole at Winged Foot. "This one is pretty disappointing." Mickelson's transgressions made a winner of Geoff Ogilvy and brought back memories of. the Lefty of old, the happy-go- lucky guy who took too many chances and made too many mistakes. Those were the days before Mickelson won his three majors, before he acknowledged that you can't simply grip it-and rip it, no matter how much fun that may be and how much the fans might love it. He lost this one by hitting driver on No. 18, when he desperate- ly needed to keep the ball straight. Then, after that shot went far to the left, he went for the green, hoping to save par, instead of taking a safer route that might have resulted in a bogey and a playoff. From ahead by one on the 18th tee to losing by one in the clubhouse, tied for second with Colin Montgomerie and Jim Furyk. From a chance for a third straight major to a spot next to Jean Van de Velde in the pantheon of major meltdowns. • Mickelson said he would go home and rest for a while; majors have always taken a lot out of him. He conceded it will take a lot of healing to be ready for the British Open at Royal Liverpool a month from now. "The biggest reason it's disappointing is that this is the tournament I dreamed of winning as a kid, that I spent countless hours practicing, came out weeks and weeks and months early to get ready and had it right there in my hands," Mickelson said. Ogilvy, meanwhile, got his first major championship not only thanks to Mickelson's mistake, but to his own solid play through four days on a brutal Winged Foot'course that yielded only 12 ONE N81E G1MMS THREE VICTIM! IT WlNQEI f NT MORRY GASH / Associated Press Geoff Ogilvy holds the championship trophy after winning the U.S. Open oh Sunday at Winged Foot Golf Club In Mamaroneck, N.Y. sub-par rounds all week. The 29-year-old Aussie shot 2- over 72 to finish at 5-over 275. He became the first U.S. Open winner not to break par since Andy North in 1978 at Cherry Hills. "I think I was the beneficiary of a little bit of charity," Ogilvy said. . But make no mistake. Ogilvy did plenty of solid work to get in position to have tills handed to him. On the 17th hole, he chipped in from the gnarled greenside rough to save par and stay at 5 over. On 18, he hit a perfect drive up the fairway, only to see it come to rest in a divot — the ultimate bad break on a course that was already tough enough. His approach lost power as it reached the green, tumbled down the hill, but he made a great up-and-down By JIM O'CONNELL ASSOCIATED PRESS MAMARONECK. N.Y. — On most Sundays at a major championship, Colin Montgomerie's meltdown at the final hole would have been the talk of the tournament. But there was another, even uglier, fiasco still to come from Phil Mickelson. "At my age I've got to think positively," Montgomerie said. "Being 43 next week, it's nice to think I can come back nine years after contending and do to save par. Then, from the clubhouse, Ogilvy saw Mickelson make the kind of mistakes most people thought were behind him. He chose driver over his 4- wood on the tee, feeling that a driver that would curve a little to the left had been his "bread-and- butter shot" over the last 21/2 years, during which he has morphed from the O-for-42-in-the-ma- well again. I look forward to coming back next year and try another US. Open disaster." Both men made double bogey on No. 18 at Winged Foot and finished at 6-over 286, one shot behind champion Geoff Ogilvy and tied for second with former U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk, who bogeyed the 450-yard, par-4 hole. It's hard to say who felt the worst, but Mickelson was the odds-on favorite. jors guy to the primary threat to T^ger Woods. That shot sliced so far left, it landed near the hospitality tents called The Champion's Pavilion, into the matted rough. Instead of hitting a safe shot and trying to guarantee at least a bogey and a playoff with Ogilvy, he went for the green and hit a tree. A branch knocked down his ball and it advanced only 25 yards. V

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