Magic beats Celtics, forces Game 7

The pressure is back on the defending champions. Dwight Howard had 23 points and 22 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic beat the Boston Celtics, 83-75, on Thursday night to force a decisive Game 7. Rashard Lewis had 20 points, and Hedo Turkoglu made a three-pointer to highlight an 11-2 run to close the game for the Magic, who haven't made it to the conference finals since 1996. Rajon Rondo finished with 19 points, 16 rebounds and six assists, and Paul Pierce scored 17 for the Celtics, who led by 10 points in the second half before falling apart. Game 7 is Sunday in Boston. The Celtics also failed to close out the Chicago Bulls in Game 6 of their first-round series, a triple-overtime epic. Boston will now go the distance in its first two series for the second straight year. Boston had chances. The Celtics held the Magic scoreless for more than five minutes to start the third quarter, building a 10-point lead on a jumper by Glen "Big Baby" Davis. But Howard led the Magic back, with a backspin alley-oop from Turkoglu that highlighted a spurt to end the third quarter. Orlando took its first lead with 8:38 remaining in the fourth.

Mavericks: : Forward Josh Howard will be in New York next week for arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle. Howard missed 22 games this season because of the ankle. He returned in late March and played through pain but was a big part of Dallas' run to the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference and first-round playoff series win against San Antonio. Howard said Thursday that doctors are "just going in there to clean out all the junk."

76ers: : Philadelphia will interview former NBA coach Eddie Jordan on Friday for their head coaching vacancy. He was fired by Washington in November and interviewed with Sacramento this week. The 76ers finished 41-41 overall this season, 32-27 under Tony DiLeo, who replaced the fired Maurice Cheeks. DiLeo stepped down as coach Monday and returned to his job as a vice president and assistant general manager.

Jurisprudence: : Darius Miles of the Grizzlies was charged with possession of marijuana after police searched his car during a traffic stop in the St. Louis suburb of Fairview Heights. Miles played in 35 games for the Grizzlies this past season and averaged 3.5 points. ... A woman arrested last week at Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki's house has been arraigned in a Texas jail. A judge arraigned 37-year-old Cristal Taylor in the Jefferson County Jail in Beaumont on a theft of services charge. Taylor was charged under a 2006 indictment with theft for allegedly failing to pay for dental services ranging from $1,500 to $20,000.


Hurricanes top Bruins in OT, advance

Scott Walker scored his first NHL playoff goal 18:46 into overtime to send the visiting Carolina Hurricanes into the Eastern Conference finals with a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins. Byron Bitz gave Boston a 1-0 lead at 7:42 of the first period, and Carolina captain Rod Brind'Amour tied it six minutes later. Sergei Samsonov put the Hurricanes ahead 2-1 at 7:45 of the second period, but Milan Lucic tied it for the Bruins at 6:19 of the third. Carolina will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the East finals.

Red Wings 4, Ducks 3: : Dan Cleary's tiebreaking goal with three minutes left lifted host Detroit over Anaheim and sent the defending Stanley Cup champion back to the Western Conference finals. Anaheim's Jonas Hiller made 36 saves, and Chris Osgood stopped 24 shots for the Red Wings, who couldn't protect an early two-goal lead. Jiri Hudler, Darren Helm and Mikael Samuelsson scored for Detroit, which will next face Chicago in a matchup of Original Six teams. Teemu Selanne and Corey Perry cut into deficits and Bobby Ryan tied it at 3 at 7:37 of the third.

Capitals: : Washington signed center Anton Gustafsson, its first-round pick in last year's NHL draft. Gustafsson is the son of former Capitals player Bengt Gustafsson. The younger Gustafsson, 19, signed a three-year, entry-level contract. He was the 21st overall selection. He took part in Washington's development camp last summer and rookie camp in September.

Canucks: : Vancouver re-signed forward Steve Bernier to a two-year contract extension. Bernier scored 15 goals and posted a career high with 32 points in 81 games in his first season with the team.

Et cetera

Barbaro's brother captures first race; Borel wins 900th at Churchill Downs

Nicanor suddenly has more in common with his older brother, Barbaro: A dominating win. Nicanor broke his maiden in a romp, a 15 1/4 -length victory on the turf at Delaware Park - the same track where Barbaro won his first career race. ... Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel, who is scheduled to ride favored Rachel Alexandra in Saturday's Preakness, became only the fourth rider in the 135-year history of Churchill Downs to win 900 races when he rode War Eagle Lady to victory. ... Premium Gold beat Expansion by 1 3/4 lengths in the $48,000 allowance feature on the turf at Belmont Park. In his debut on grass, Premium Gold ran the 1 1/8 miles on the firm course in 1:47.86. The 4-year-old trained by John Kimmel and ridden by Edgar Prado earned his third win in 14 starts. Premium Gold paid $20.40, $6.70 and $4.10.

Tennis: : Defending champion Andy Murray, top-ranked Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer advanced to the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open. Andy Roddick advanced after Nikolay Davydenko withdrew with a leg injury. Roddick will next face Federer, who defeated James Blake, 6-2, 6-4. Murray stopped Tommy Robredo 7-5, 6-1, and Nadal moved up after Philipp Kohlschreiber also withdrew with a leg injury. In the women's draw, top-ranked Dinara Safina defeated Lucie Safarova, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3, to advance to the quarterfinals.

Swimming: : Towson's Katie Hoff opened the Charlotte Ultraswim with a win in the 800-meter freestyle. Not that she was happy with the time. Hoff, 19, a major disappointment at the Beijing Olympics, touched first at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center in 8 minutes, 39.35 seconds - far off her personal best of 8:19.70.

Golf: : Helen Alfredsson jump-started a career-best, 10-under-par 62 by holing out for eagle from 68 yards on her second hole and took a two-stroke lead over Brittany Lincicome after the first round of the LPGA Sybase Classic in Clifton, N.J. Three-time defending champion Lorena Ochoa opened with a 71. ... Three-time champion Justin Leonard and Paul Goydos shot 7-under 63s to share the first-round lead in the PGA Texas Open in San Antonio. ... Italy's Francesco Molinari shot a 9-under 63 to take a one-stroke leader over Sweden's Johan Edfors in the Irish Open in Baltray.

Colleges: : The Johns Hopkins baseball team avenged its loss in the first round with a win over third seed and 25th-ranked North Carolina Wesleyan, 14-2, at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury in the NCAA South Regional. The Blue Jays (25-15) used a six-run first inning to gain an early lead. The Blue Jays hit three home runs against the Battling Bishops (27-22) to break the school and Centennial Conference single-season records for home runs. Hopkins' 71 homers are the most by a team in the conference since the Blue Jays hit 70 in 2005. ... Former Duke point guard Greg Paulus will enroll in graduate school at Syracuse and try to make a comeback in football for the Orange, he said. ... Kansas State hired John Currie, associate athletic director at Tennessee, as athletic director.

Soccer: : The "All-Stars for Hope" charity game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., next month that would have featured Cristiano Ronaldo was scrapped because of a lack of corporate sponsors.

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