Sports Digest: Guthrie strong in Royals' win over Sox

2014-05-21T21:30:00Z 2014-09-09T23:25:15Z Sports Digest: Guthrie strong in Royals' win over Sox nwitimes.com

Pro baseball

GUTHRIE STRONG IN ROYALS' WIN OVER SOX: Jeremy Guthrie, Wade Davis and Greg Holland combined on a four-hitter, and the Kansas City Royals beat the White Sox 3-1 to avoid being swept in their three-game series.

The White Sox had scored 14 runs and hit five home runs in the first two games.

Guthrie, who is winless in seven starts since an April 9 victory over Tampa Bay, left after seven innings with the score 1-1. He gave up three hits, walked two and struck out two.

Wade Davis (3-1) struck out two in a flawless eighth and has tossed 10 scoreless innings in his last nine appearances. Greg Holland logged his 13th save in 14 chances, but not before giving up a single to Dayan Viciedo and walking Adam Dunn in the ninth.

Left-hander Jose Quintana (2-4) gave up three runs on eight hits over 7 1/3 innings for Chicago.

SOX'S SALE SET TO START AGAINST YANKEES: Chris Sale, an American League All-Star pitcher the past two seasons, will come off the disabled list today and start for the White Sox against the New York Yankees.

Sale went on the disabled list April 22 with a flexor strain in his left arm. He allowed one run and one hit in seven innings against Boston on April 17 in his previous start, throwing a career-high 127 pitches and reported he was sore the next day.

Pro basketball

SPURS ROLL TO 2-0 LEAD WITH ROUT OF THUNDER: Tony Parker scored 22 points; Danny Green made seven 3-pointers and added 21, and the San Antonio Spurs used a dominant third quarter to decimate the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-77 on Wednesday night, rolling to a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Tim Duncan added 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw had 11 points apiece off the bench.

Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each had 15 points, but the third-quarter barrage made spectators of both — not that they accomplished much when they did play. The star duo combined to shoot 13 for 40, including 4 for 14 in the third quarter.

Game 3 is Sunday at Oklahoma City.

NBA FINES STEPHENSON $5,000 FOR FLOPPING: The NBA fined Indiana's Lance Stephenson $5,000 for flopping in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Stephenson was chasing Miami's LeBron James as James dribbled up the court in the third quarter of Tuesday's game. Stephenson lightly bumped into James, then fell backward to the court as if it had been a real collision.

Stephenson was also fined in last year's series against the Heat, the first year the NBA began penalizing players for the act of exaggerating contact to fool referees into calling fouls.

PACERS' GEORGE DIAGNOSED WITH CONCUSSION: Pacers star Paul George has been diagnosed with a concussion and will go through league-mandated procedures before he can return to the Eastern Conference finals.

There is no timeframe for completion of those NBA protocols. The series resumes Saturday in Miami.

The back of George's head was struck by Heat guard Dwyane Wade's knee as both players went for a loose ball in the fourth quarter of Miami's Game 2 victory on Tuesday.

Pro football

COLTS' MATHIS APOLOGIZES TO TEAMMATES FOR SUSPENSION: Colts linebacker Robert Mathis apologized to his teammates for the four-game suspension he received from the NFL.

On Wednesday, Mathis spoke publicly for the first time since the league announced he had violated its performance-enhancing substance abuse policy.

Mathis had previously admitted to taking fertility medication that contained a substance on the NFL's banned list.

College football

NOTRE DAME'S KELLY RECEIVED BONUS IN 2012: Documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service show Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly earned $607,200 in bonus and incentive pay during fiscal 2012 while leading the Fighting Irish to a berth in the national championship game.

The documents obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press showed Kelly earned a total of $1.46 million in pay and other benefits during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013. That's an increase over the $1.09 million he received the year before and likely wasn't the total amount of money Kelly was paid. The document states that Kelly is allowed to receive pay from external sources.

The document also shows the university paid $2.05 million to Charlie Weis, who was fired as coach after the 2009 season and now coaches Kansas.

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