When Bosh steps up, Heat reaps benefits
MIAMI (AP) - When Chris Bosh scores 20 points in the playoffs, the Miami Heat are nearly impossible to beat.
Bosh had exactly 20 in Miami's Game 2 win over Charlotte in their Eastern Conference first-round matchup on Wednesday night. Miami is now 12-2 in playoff games when Bosh scores at least that many.
All his points in Game 2 came in bunches. There were five points to get the Heat rolling early in the second quarter and five more in a span of less than a minute late in the half. Then a pair of 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter and a pair of baskets late in the fourth helped the Heat pull away.
The Heat lead the best-of-seven series 2-0, with Game 3 in Charlotte on Saturday.
Miami Beach opposes Beckham's soccer stadium plan
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Miami Beach officials and residents say building a Major League Soccer stadium at PortMiami would create a traffic nightmare.
The city held a town hall meeting Wednesday to discuss David Beckham's proposal to build a 25,000-seat stadium on Miami-Dade County land.
Miami Beach commissioners passed a symbolic vote earlier this month welcoming professional soccer to South Florida but opposing the stadium proposal. The Miami Herald reports that residents echoed those sentiments, saying a stadium at the port would add to the heavy traffic already clogging the highway that connects Miami Beach with downtown Miami.
A traffic expert for the city of Miami Beach says a preliminary analysis of the stadium proposal shows that the number of vehicles per hour on the MacArthur Causeway would increase from 2,700 to 5,100.
Colabello' 4 RBIs power Twins past Rays 6-4 in 12
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Chris Colabello drove in four runs and two of them came on a 12th-inning single that lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.
Colabello's game-winning hit came off Josh Lueke (0-1) after hits by Joe Mauer and Trevor Plouffe.
Casey Fien (1-0) got the win and Glen Perkins pitched the 12th inning for his fourth save.
Colabello drove in Minnesota's first two runs with a fourth-inning home run off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi, his third homer of the season and his second in two nights.
The four RBIs gave the Twins designated hitter a league-leading 26 for the season and tied the franchise record for RBIs in April that Kirby Puckett set in 1994.
Desmond Jennings had three hits, stole two bases and scored twice for the Rays.
Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points and the Miami Heat held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the teams' Eastern Conference first-round series.
Dwyane Wade scored 15 points, plus had a steal in the final seconds to help seal the win for Miami. Mario Chalmers added 11 for the Heat.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 22 points for Charlotte, which got 18 points and 13 rebounds from Al Jefferson, who played through a left plantar fascia strain and shot 9 for 23 from the floor. Kemba Walker added 16 and Gerald Henderson scored 15 for the Bobcats.
Game 3 is Saturday night in Charlotte.
Dolphins open with 2 games against AFC East teams
MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Dolphins will play AFC East teams in their first two games for the first time since 1998, opening the 2014 season at home against New England on Sept. 7 and playing at Buffalo on Sept. 14.
The Dolphins finish the regular season with home games against Minnesota on Dec. 21 and against the New York Jets on Dec. 28.
Other highlights of the team's schedule released Wednesday include a game against Oakland in London on Sept. 28. The other prime-time games are Thursday, Nov. 13 at home against Buffalo, and Monday, Dec. 1 at the Jets.
Aside from the Vikings, NFC opponents will be the Green Bay Packers at home and the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions on the road.
Johnson, Palat, MacKinnon up for rookie award
NEW YORK (AP) - Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat are finalists for the NHL's top rookie award.
They're joined by Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche in the running for the Calder Trophy.
Johnson had a rookie team-record 24 goals and tied with MacKinnon for the NHL lead among rookies. MacKinnon, selected first overall in the draft by Colorado, led all NHL rookies in scoring with 63 points.
Palat finished second among rookie scorers with 59 points and 23 goals.
Tampa Bay is the first club to have multiple nominees for the award since 2008 when Chicago's Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews finished first and third, respectively.
The award winner will be announced June 24 at the NHL awards banquet in Las Vegas.
"It's pretty cool. It's always good going back to Vegas," MacKinnon said after Avalanche practice in Minnesota on Wednesday. "It's going to be fun. I watched it on TV growing up and things like that, but it's going to be fun to be with some of the guys I know."
KENTUCKY DERBY ANNOUNCER
Announcer relishes role as voice of Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Derby will have a new track announcer this year.
Veteran announcer Larry Collmus will call the race for the thousands of fans at Churchill Downs and the millions watching on TV.
Collmus has called the past three Derbys for NBC Sports and will continue as the network's caller for Triple Crown races and the Breeder's Cup.
At Churchill Downs, Collmus says he'll introduce the traditional song "My Old Kentucky Home" before the race, but he says he'll tune out the sing-a-long because he doesn't want to get emotional.
He replaces British announcer Mark Johnson, who had called Churchill races since 2009.
The 140th Kentucky Derby will be held May 3.
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