James' 3 beats buzzer, Magic, as Cavaliers even series

LeBron James made a fadeaway three-pointer over Orlando's Hedo Turkoglu as the final horn sounded Friday night to give the host Cleveland Cavaliers a 96-95 victory over the Orlando Magic and even the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece. From 23 feet - matching his jersey number - James made a shot unlike any before in Cleveland history. Taking the inbounds pass from Mo Williams, James only had time to turn his shoulders toward the rim and fire. As the shot dropped in, James sprinted into the arms of his teammates as 20,562 stunned fans hugged in disbelief. James, the NBA's Most Valuable Player, finished with 35 points.

BOBCATS: : After losing tens of millions of dollars, the first black majority owner of a major professional sports team is exploring selling the Charlotte Bobcats. Bob Johnson's decision could pave the way for minority investor Michael Jordan to take control of the team - if he's willing to meet Johnson's price.76ERS: : Chris Ford, a pro scout with Philadelphia who was interim coach five years ago, has interviewed for the team's head coaching job.


Ariz. St. women win NCAAs; Purdue senior top individual

Top-ranked Arizona State put three players among the top 15 overall, posted a 3-over-par 291 for the second straight day and finished with a 72-hole score of 30-over 1182 to win the NCAA Division I women's championship at Caves Valley Golf Course in Owings Mills. It was Arizona State's seventh NCAA championship in women's golf and the program's first since 1998. UCLA shot a 297 in the final round to finish in second place at 1,190. Top individual honors went to Purdue senior Maria Hernandez, who shot a 1-under 71 and finished with a four-day total of 289 to top the field of 126 golfers. Southern California freshman Jennifer Song finished one shot back after double-bogeying the last hole. Central Florida senior Stephanie Connelly of Pasadena shot a 76 and finished in 12th place at 297. "I just couldn't get any putts to fall today," she said.

CHAMPIONS SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: : Ross Drummond shot a 4-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over Tom Purtzer and Scott Hoch after the second round of the major in Beachwood, Ohio.

PGA HP BYRON NELSON CHAMPIONSHIP: : Rory Sabbatini shot four consecutive birdies on the way to a season-best 6-under 64 and a share of the second-round lead with John Mallinger in Irving, Texas.

LPGA CORNING CLASSIC: : Karine Icher shot a 6-under 66 and is at 14-under 130, ahead by two shots over Hee-Won Han after two rounds in Corning, N.Y.


Sharp's OT goal helps 'Hawks cut deficit to 2-1; Keenan fired

Patrick Sharp scored 1:52 into overtime to give the host Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over Detroit on Friday night, cutting the Red Wings' lead in the Western Conference finals to 2-1. After a shot by Matt Walker, Chicago's Dustin Byfuglien scrapped for the puck near the net, and Samuel Pahlsson slid it across to Sharp, who drove it in for his second goal of the game. The Red Wings rallied from a 3-0 deficit with three goals in a 4:23 span late in the second period.

FLAMES:: Mike Keenan was fired as coach of the Calgary Flames on Friday, almost a month after his team lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second straight year. Keenan, whose 672 victories rank fourth on the career list, spent two seasons with Calgary.

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Ex-Orioles outfielder Sheets to coach baseball at Gilman

Former Orioles outfielder Larry Sheets was named baseball coach at Gilman. Sheets, who will join the school as a part-timer, also will be assistant strength and conditioning coach and a physical education teacher. He played for the Orioles from 1984 to 1989 and finished his eight-year major league career in 1993 with 94 home runs and a .266 batting average. Sheets was a part-time varsity baseball assistant at Gilman this season and owns Larry Sheets' Players Family Amusement Center in Westminster, where he also serves as a hitting instructor.

AUTO RACING: : Federal prosecutors dropped the remaining tax evasion conspiracy charge against two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves and his sister, clearing the Brazilian driver of all the charges that once threatened to derail his career. Castroneves, 34 one of the favorites for Sunday's Indianapolis 500, and his 35-year-old sister, Katiucia, were acquitted of other tax evasion charges by a jury April 17.

NFL: : A pit bull owned by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison bit his 2-year-old son in the thigh, but the boy is expected to recover though he remained hospitalized Friday, the player's agent said.

- From Sun staff and news services

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