Heat ring in new season and beat Bulls...Lakers win battle of LA...Pacers dump Magic
UNDATED (AP) — The Miami Heat celebrated their second straight NBA championship by distributing rings and raising the title banner before Tuesday's season-opening game against the Chicago Bulls. They spent the first half proving they have the horses to win a third straight championship.
Miami built a 54-33 halftime lead in a 107-95 win over the Bulls. Miami scored 37 points in the second quarter alone, more than Chicago accumulated the entire first half.
LeBron James had a team-high 17 points and Chris Bosh added 16 for Miami.
Bulls guard Derrick Rose finished with 12 points in his first game since missing all of last season because of knee surgery.
The Los Angeles Lakers did just fine without the injured Kobe Bryant, blowing out the Clippers in the fourth quarter of a 116-103 win at Staples Center. The Lakers trailed by four before outscoring the Clippers 41-24 in the final period.
Jodie Meeks scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Lakers ruined Doc Rivers' debut as coach of the Clippers.
Xavier Henry carried the Lakers' offense with a career-high 22 points on 8 of 13 shooting. Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL') added 15 points and 13 rebounds to the win.
The NBA season actually began last night in Indiana, where Paul George scored 24 points and Roy Hibbert grabbed 16 rebounds in the Pacers' 97-87 win over Orlando. George drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the third quarter and spark a decisive 17-4 run.
Mavs need another GM
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks are in the market for a general manager once again.
Gersson Rosas has resigned after three months, saying it wasn't the best fit for him at this point in his career. Rosas filled a position that had been vacant since former coach and GM Don Nelson left the franchise eight years ago.
Cardinals have a hard time flying
UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals finally got off the ground as they flew to Boston yesterday for Game 6 of the World Series against the Red Sox.
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny (muh-THEE'-nee) says mechanical problems caused their flight to be delayed for what appeared to be about six hours. Game 6 starter Michael Wacha (WAH'-kah) said from the plane that he and his teammates were watching movies and were provided with dinner. Wacha described the attitude aboard the stranded plane as pretty good, saying nobody was in a bad mood.
The Cards' offense has been flying low, however. They have scored just three times in losing the last two games, allowing the Red Sox to take a 3-2 series lead. The Redbirds are batting .218 and averaging 2.6 runs in the World Series.
Conversely, nobody is hotter than Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, who will be the team's designated hitter the rest of the series after playing all three games in St. Louis at first base. Ortiz has gone 3-for-4 the last two games and is hitting .733 with two homers, six RBIs and five runs scored in 15 at-bats this series. He's reached base 15 times in 20 plate appearances, quite a turnaround from the 2-for-22 slump Ortiz endured during the ALCS against the Tigers.
John Lackey will start for the Red Sox tonight. Lackey was the losing pitcher in Game 2, surrendering three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. But he followed that with one hitless inning of relief in Game 4, helping the Bosox win 4-2.
Lackey has experience in potential championship clinchers, having won Game 7 of the 2002 World Series as a rookie with the Angels.
Wacha has fared pretty well in the postseason. The rookie is 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA and just 11 hits allowed in 27 innings. He beat the Red Sox in Game 2 last Thursday, yielding only three hits in six innings.
Cabrera has surgery...Cuban standout signs with White Sox
UNDATED (AP) — Miguel Cabrera underwent muscle repair surgery Tuesday and the Detroit slugger is expected to be ready for spring training.
After the season, the Tigers revealed that Cabrera had been limited down the stretch by a tear in his groin. He still hit .348 with 44 home runs and 137 RBIs during the season. Cabrera batted .262 with two home runs in 11 postseason games before Detroit lost to Boston in the AL Championship Series.
Cabrera faces 6-8 weeks of rehabilitation.
In other baseball news:
— The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a six-year, $68 million deal with Cuban slugger Jose Abreu. The White Sox announced the move on Tuesday, about a week and a half after they reached an agreement. The 26-year-old Abreu will receive a signing bonus of $10 million and earn $7 million in 2014.
— Dave Wallace is the Baltimore Orioles' new pitching coach after spending the past four years as Atlanta's minor league pitching coordinator. He replaces Rick Adair, who left the Orioles in mid-August for personal reasons. Wallace was pitching coach when the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, and he's also served in that capacity with the Dodgers, Mets and Astros.
Royals, Orioles snare three Gold Gloves
UNDATED (AP) — There are a host of first-time Gold Glove winners this year.
Toronto pitcher R.A. Dickey has captured his first Gold Glove, as have Kansas City catcher Salvatore Perez, Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado. The first-timers on the National League side are Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons, Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado and Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez.
Left fielder Alex Gordon was the third Royal named to the American League Gold Glove squad. The Orioles also have three Gold Glove winners after center fielder Adam Jones and shortstop J.J. Hardy were so honored. They are joined by Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-ah) and Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino.
St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina earned the hardware, as did Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips, Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez and Diamondbacks right fielder Gerardo Parra. It's the sixth straight Gold Glove for Molina.
Ducks rally to win again
UNDATED (AP) — Kyle Palmieri allowed the Anaheim Ducks to improve to 10-3 this season, currently the NHL's third-best record.
Palmeiri scored the tying and winning goals in the third period as the Ducks rallied to beat the Flyers 3-2 in Philadelphia. The Flyers led 2-0 until Andrew Cogliano tallied late in the second period. Jonas Hiller turned back 26 shots and was perfect after Vincent Lecavalier (leh-KAV'-ul-yay) notched a power-play goal 16:34 into the game.
The Ducks finished the game without forward Teemu Selanne (TAY'-moo seh-LAH'-nee), who left after being struck by Luke Schenn's high stick to the face in the third period.
Elsewhere on ice:
— Jonathan Toews (tayvz) scored a natural hat trick to help Chicago turn a 4-2 deficit into a 6-5 win over Ottawa. Andrew Shaw added a pair of goals, including the game-winner with 5:50 remaining.
— Alex Steen scored his league-leading 11th goal with one minute left to give St. Louis a 3-2 triumph against Winnipeg. Brenden Morrow and Alex Pietrangelo (peh-TRAN'-jeh-loh) also tallied as the Blues improved to 7-1-2.
— Toronto was a 4-0 winner at Edmonton as Phil Kessel (KES'-ul) delivered two goals and two assists to support James Reimer's 43-save shutout. The Maple Leafs top the East with 18 points following their third win in four games.
— Mike Smith made 41 saves and Phoenix avenged last week's 7-4 loss to Los Angeles by silencing the Kings 3-1. Kyle Chipchura had a goal and an assist as the Coyotes improved to 5-0-1 at home.
— Carey Price stopped 26 shots and Montreal won for the second time in as many nights by downing Dallas 2-1. Raphael Diaz set up goals by Michael Bournival (BOHR'-nih-vahl) and Rene Bourque.
— Martin Brodeur (broh-DOOR') stopped 16 shots as New Jersey nipped Tampa Bay 2-1 to end the Lightning's three-game winning streak. Jaromir Jagr (YAH'-roh-meer YAH'-gur) scored his 119th career game-winning goal to break Phil Esposito's NHL record.
— Third-period goals by Ryan McDonagh and Benoit Pouliot (BEHN'-wah POO'-lee-aht) lifted the New York Rangers past the Islanders 3-2. Chris Kreider also tallied and Cam Talbot stopped 22 as the Rangers won for only the fourth time in 11 games.
Giordano out with broken ankle
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Flames defenseman Mark Giordano will be miss six to eight weeks due to a broken ankle.
Giordano had a strong start to the season, recording two goals and nine points in eight games for Calgary. He hasn't played since Oct. 21, and the team had been vague about the injury.
Pats pick up tackle Sopoaga...Foles cleared to practice
UNDATED (AP) — Just one NFL player changed hands on Tuesday as the trade deadline came and went.
The New England Patriots acquired nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga (soh-poh-AH'-gah) from the Philadelphia Eagles, along with a sixth-round pick in 2014 for a fifth-rounder next year.
The passing of the trade deadline also means Josh Gordon is staying in Cleveland. The Browns decided to keep the wide receiver who has developed into Cleveland's top playmaker but whose off-field issues will continue to loom over the team.
In other NFL news:
— New England Patriots right tackle Sebastian Vollmer is out for the season with a right leg injury. Vollmer was hurt in the second quarter Sunday when Miami defensive tackle Randy Starks fell on the back of his legs.
— The Dallas Cowboys have signed Everette Brown and released Jason Vega in a swap of ends for their injury-riddled defensive line. Brown was out of football last year and was among the Eagles' final preseason cuts this summer.
— Nick Foles has passed a concussion test and practiced with the Philadelphia Eagles. Foles sustained a concussion in a 17-3 loss to Dallas on Oct. 20. With Michael Vick sidelined by a hamstring injury, Foles will likely start for the Eagles at Oakland on Sunday unless he has a setback in his recovery.
— The Bengals put cornerback Leon Hall on the injured reserve list, more than a week after he injured his right Achilles tendon. Hall tore his other Achilles tendon in 2011 but returned last season as the Bengals' top cornerback.
— Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Gibson has been placed on injured reserve with a left knee injury. Gibson was hurt in the first half of Sunday's loss at New England.
— The family of the late Bud Adams is taking control of the Tennessee Titans, naming his son-in-law president and chief executive officer of the team. Adams' daughters Susie Adams Smith and Amy Adams Hunt will be co-chairpersons. Grandson Kenneth Adams IV will join the Titans' board of directors.
— Kansas City and Seattle are in a first-place tie in the latest Associated Press Pro32 power poll. The Denver Broncos were a close third after rallying to romp past Washington.
Gardner out for season
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford fifth-year senior defensive end and co-captain Ben Gardner is out for the season with a left pectoral injury.
Sixth-ranked Stanford is off this weekend before hosting No. 2 Oregon next Thursday night, Nov. 7.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SOUTH CAROLINA
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina starting quarterback Connor Shaw has missed practice this week due to the same virus that sidelined him at the beginning of last Saturday's win at Missouri. Coach Steve Spurrier says backup Dylan Thompson will start against Mississippi State on Saturday if Shaw can't play.
Biffle says he'll apologize
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Greg Biffle says he plans to apologize to Jimmie Johnson for how he handled his displeasure with the five-time champion at Martinsville.
Biffle angrily grabbed Johnson by the collar and spun him around while Johnson was being interviewed on pit road after Sunday's race. Biffle believed Johnson had run into the back of his car, causing the bumper to fall off and preventing Biffle from racing for the win.