Sports Digest: Pacers' Hibbert, Stephenson fined for flopping

2014-05-29T21:30:00Z 2014-09-09T23:13:05Z Sports Digest: Pacers' Hibbert, Stephenson fined for flopping nwitimes.com

Pro basketball

PACERS' HIBBERT, STEPHENSON FINED FOR FLOPPING: When the Miami Heat get home from a road game at 3:30 a.m., they typically get the entirety of the following day off.

These are not typical times.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra summoned his team onto the practice court Thursday afternoon, not so much looking to tune up for today's Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Pacers but rather to get rid of any lingering frustration that might have been there.

The Heat still lead the series 3-2 after losing 93-90 at Indianapolis on Wednesday night.

Game 5 was bizarre: LeBron James had seven points and was in foul trouble all night, Lance Stephenson walked into a Heat huddle and blew into James' ear, and Stephenson and fellow Pacer Roy Hibbert both earned fines for flopping. Stephenson was fined $10,000 for his second violation of the playoffs. Hibbert was fined $5,000.

SPURS ROUT THUNDER TO TAKE 3-2 LEAD IN WEST FINAL: Tim Duncan had 22 points and 12 rebounds; Manu Ginobili scored 19 points, and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 117-89 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green each had 14 points; Boris Diaw added 13, and Tony Parker scored 12 for the Spurs, who are a win away from returning to the NBA Finals after losing in seven games to Miami last year.

Kevin Durant scored 25 points, but Russell Westbrook had only 21 points and seven assists after finishing with 40 points and 10 assists in Game 4.

Game 6 is Saturday in Oklahoma City.

FEVER USES STRONG SECOND HALF TO BEAT SUN: Briann January scored 20 points and led a strong second half by the Fever in a 79-65 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Thursday night.

Fever coach Lin Dunn recorded her 199th career victory.

Pro football

BEARS CLAIM OLA OFF WAIVERS: The Bears have claimed offensive lineman Michael Ola off waivers after he was released by the Miami Dolphins.

The Bears also terminated the contract of cornerback Derrick Martin and waived offensive lineman Rogers Gaines on Thursday.

Ola signed with the Dolphins in January after spending the 2012 and 2013 seasons with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, playing one year under Chicago coach Marc Trestman.

Martin has appeared in 73 games over eight seasons with Baltimore (2006-08), Green Bay (2009-10), the New York Giants (2011), New England (2012) and Chicago (2013). Gaines spent last season on the Bears' practice squad after entering the league as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee State.

Pro hockey

RANGERS KNOCK OUT CANADIENS: Dominic Moore scored in the second period; Henrik Lundqvist bounced back from his worst performance in the playoffs, and the New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 on Thursday night to advance to the Stanley Cup finals.

The Rangers are in the championship round for the first time since winning it all in 1994.

Pro tennis

DEFENDING CHAMP NADAL INTO FRENCH OPEN THIRD ROUND: Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal improved his French Open record to 61-1 after beating big-hitting Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday.

Nadal next faces Leonardo Mayer of Argentina, who beat Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Fifth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain, last year's runner-up to Nadal; Briton's Andy Murray, seeded seventh, and No. 12 Richard Gasquet of France also advanced to the third round in straight sets.

In the women's draw, fourth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania beat Britain's Heather Watson 6-2, 6-4; No. 5 Petra Kvitova won 6-4, 6-4 against Marina Erakovic, No. 6 Sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic won 7-5, 6-0 against Japan's Kurumi Nara, and No. 10 Sara Errani of Italy won 6-2, 6-4 against Germany's Dinah Pfizenmaier.

Around the horn

Purdue Calumet men's basketball coach Dan Voudrie is the guest on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230). ... An individual with knowledge of negotiations to sell the Los Angeles Clippers says Shelly Sterling has reached an agreement to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. ... Rory McIlroy made two eagles on the back nine at Muirfield Village and opened with a 9-under 63 at the Memorial. That gave him a three-shot lead over Masters champion Bubba Watson, Paul Casey and Chris Kirk.

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